november 21, 2019

Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Ban Flavored Tobacco,
Protect Young People from Nicotine Addiction

BOSTON – “For far too long, Big Tobacco has targeted our kids with flavored products,” said Senator John Keenan (D – Quincy), lead sponsor of the legislation to ban flavored tobacco products. “By banning the sale of the flavored products that attract young people, implementing a 75 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes, and expanding coverage of cessation treatment, we are telling Big Tobacco their days of hooking kids in Massachusetts are over. Hopefully, this effort will serve as a roadmap for the rest of the country. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing this landmark legislation.”.…. continue reading


October 10, 2019

Senator Keenan applauds advocates, lawmakers for $1.5 billion new investment in public schools

BOSTON – On Thursday, October 3, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, voting to invest an unprecedented $1.5 billion dollars in public education across the Commonwealth. Following years of discussion on how to improve public school funding in Massachusetts, this bill makes significant new investments in employee health care costs and special education, and provides additional funds for low-income students and English language learners.…. continue reading


MARCH 7, 2019

John Keenan Meets with Holbrook Students to Discuss Teen Vaping, Flavored Tobacco Ban

HOLBROOK, MA – On Tuesday, March 5, State Senator John Keenan met with members of the Holbrook Middle-High School Civics Club to discuss the increase in teen vaping across Massachusetts. The Holbrook Civics Club has been working to raise awareness about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes and vape products such as JUUL, and joined Senator Keenan to discuss legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide…. continue reading


FEBRUARY 15, 2019

State Senator John Keenan Looks Forward to New Roles

BOSTON, MA – Committee assignments have been announced for the next session of the Massachusetts State Legislature, and Senator John F. Keenan (D-Quincy) says he looks forward to working with new committee members in both the House and Senate…. continue reading