Category: Elections and Voting

Rep. Livingstone’s Bill Co-Sponsorship for 2017-18 session

Legislative Agenda

Co-Sponsored Legislation
2017-2018 Legislative Session

Below are all of the bills that I have decided to co-sponsor this session organized by their subject area. As you can imagine, leafing through thousands of bills can be very cumbersome, so I would like to thank all of my constituents that wrote in with their requests. If you didn’t have a chance to write in, no worries! Contact information is below to remain updated on whichever bill(s) that you would like.

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To learn more about the legislation that I have filed and co-sponsored, you can check out my public legislative page here, or reach out to my Legislative Aide, Caitlin Duffy, by email (Caitlin.Duffy@mahouse.gov) or by telephone (617-722-2396)

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Thursday’s Primary Results are Posted

Last Thursday, Massachusetts voters cast their ballots in the state primaries. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the election was held later in the week, landing on the first day of school for Boston Public Schools. Due these events and the fact that there were few contested races the voter turnout was less than 10 percent.

Below are the results for the Beacon Hill races:

Representative in Congress for the Eight District

Democrat, Stephen F. Lynch of 55 G St., Boston, uncontested.

Republican, William Burke of 64 Bromfield St., Quincy, uncontested.

Councillor in the Sixth District

Democrat, Terrerence W. Kennedy of 3 Stafford Rd., Lynnfield, Present Governor’s Councillor; candidate for re-nomination, received 75 percent of the votes at 31,674.

Democrat, Stephen Borelli, 24 Hanover Ave., Boston, received 18 percent at 7,581.

Democrat, Richard J. DiMeo, 50 Monmouth St., Boston, received 7 percent at 2,925.

Senator in General Court, First Suffolk & Middlesex District

Democrat, Joseph A. Boncore of 39 Sagamore Ave., Winthrop, uncontested.

Representative in General Court, Eighth District

Democrat, Jay D. Livingstone of 19 Revere St., Boston, current state representative, received 100 percent of the vote at 1,515.

Sheriff, Suffolk County

Democrat, Steven W. Tompkins of 196 Williams Ave., Boston, Present Sheriff; candidate for Re-nomination, received 77 percent of the vote at 24,764.

Democrat, Alexander Rhalimi of 34 Highland St., Revere, received 23 percent of the vote at 7,440.

Register of Deeds, Suffolk District

Democrat, Stephen J. Murphy, 141 Warren Ave., Boston, former City Council President, County Commissioner, received 32 percent of the vote at 10,995.

Democrat, Katherine V. Forde, 670 Hyde Park Ave., Boston, received 27 percent at 9,165.

Democrat, Stepanie L. Everett, 197 Manchester St., Boston, received 11 percent at 3,902.

Democrat, Douglas Bennet of 37 South Munroe Ter., Boston, received 10 percent at 3,310.

Democrat, Jeffrey Michael Ross, 554 B Massachusetts Ave., Boston, received 10 percent at 3,593.

Democrat, Paul f. Nutting, JR., 385 Savin Hill Ave., Boston, received 8 percent at 2,736.

Democrat, Michael B. Mackan, 39 Bearse Ave., Boston, received 2 percent at 817.

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Bill would help poor children access welfare benefits

Mass Live — Report on the bill filed by Rep. Livingstone and supported by a coalition of more than thirty organizations, including Health Care for All, Boston Children’s Hospital, Greater Boston Food Bank and many others. “It take a comprehensive approach to helping those that need the help the most – kids whose parents are on some sort of public assistance,” said State Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, the bill’s prime sponsor. “It really tries to get at the issues that they have often in school by focusing on all the problems – nutrition, housing, healthcare – and trying to find ways to improve each of those things and also make the government more efficient.” Read the story.

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Rep. Livingstone Re-Files Budget for All Resolution

Rep. Livingstone re-filed the Budget for All Resolution for the General Court to adopt. The Resolution calls upon the President and U.S. Congress to:

• Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
• Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
• Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and
• Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.

The resolution addresses the same issues of a non-binding ballot initiative voted upon on November 6, 2012 by voters in 91 cities and towns across Massachusetts, although the ballot initiative urged elected state officials to make these requests to our elected federal officials. The voters overwhelming expressed their support for a “Budget for All” non-binding public policy question during that election. Former Rep. Carl Sciortino filed the same resolution during the 188th Legislative Session as H3211.

The resolution requests that the federal government’s budget reflect our values as a society and that the federal government re-direct funding to invest in our domestic needs.

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Rep. Livingstone Files Privacy Bill

Representative Livingstone filed a bill pertaining to privacy this session. The bill, called An Act to Establish Transparency in Government Surveillance (HD 3303), would regulate the use of video recording devices by the government throughout the Commonwealth.

Current state law does not provide criteria for the use of video recording devices by government entities. While there are some regulations at the state and local level, government entities often have wide discretion to install recording devices without any public input, record and keep for long periods of time the data collected, and give broad access to that data. This situation has the potential to infringe on the civil liberties of the law-abiding citizens unnecessarily.

The bill attempts to address this situation by providing the public more information about what is happening and create standard rules for the use of recording devices. If enacted, this bill would create a public process prior to the use of stationed recording devices as well as require that any governmental entity that wishes to use such devices have regulations approved by the Attorney General regarding data use and access. Government entities using recording devices would also have to publicly disclose that information regularly. The bill aims to promote transparency in government and the protection of the citizen’s privacy.

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