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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 ( or by telephone (617-722-2396)


Rep Livingstone Testifies on H.429 – An Act relative to ensuring the wellbeing of all children in the Commonwealth

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On Tuesday, October 20th, I had the privilege of testifying in support of a bill that I filed that would help poor children access welfare benefits. The bill, which was the result of a collaboration with the nonprofit Healthcare for All, works to amend a range of concerns for low income children in the Commonwealth. The Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children (HHH) Coalition, a diverse group of human service providers, researchers, and advocacy organizations, has backed this legislation and view it as a holistic approach to fixing these issues. There are over 30 organizations that make up the HHH Coalition including Health Care for All, Boston Children’s Hospital, Greater Boston Food Bank, and Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association. Their website can be found HERE.

For more information regarding this important legislation, click here.


Press Release: Legislators, Advocates, Researchers and Providers Announce Support for Bill to Strengthen Children and Families in the Commonwealth

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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.


Rep. Livingstone Outlines Local Aid In State Budget

Beacon Hill Times — Update from Rep. Livingstone on the state budget and its local impact. “The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an organization that provides many services throughout Boston in addition to the free summer performances put on at the Hatch Shell each summer, was a grant recipient. The Landmarks Orchestra received a $75,000 grant for the purpose of covering the cost of the significantly increased security at the Hatch shell that the State Police require in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.” Read the story.


April 2015 Dispatch

Livingstone Dispatch

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Dear Friends. . .

I hope that this newsletter find you well. Spring has begun and the snow has finally melted. With the change of the season comes the excitement of a new budget cycle. The House Committee on Ways and Means plans to release their budget this week, and I will do my best to keep you informed each step of the way. My office has heard a variety of requests from the 8th Suffolk District, and all of those needs will be considered as I review budgetary matters. Among the priorities that I will be advocating for that I am particularly excited about is a continued effort to ensure proper funding for Early Education.

In this issue of the Dispatch, I have highlighted some pieces of legislation that I have co-sponsored this session. I’ve broken them down into categories to give you a sense of the variety of bills and innovative ideas that I am excited to work on. This is a small sample of a variety of bills that I have co-sponsored. I have also included details about my new office location as well as my monthly Office Hours so that we can keep in touch. I hope to see you soon, whether it be in the State House or in the District. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions or requests.

Best Wishes,

Jay Livingstone
State Representative
8th Suffolk District

Office Change

Since Committee Assignments were made, a lot of offices have been relocating in the State House. I recently moved to a new office as well. My legislative aide and I are excited about our new location in the Judiciary Committee suite!

If you would like to come by to visit, feel free to schedule an appointment with my legislative aide, Caitlin Duffy (, or stop by Room 136! Below is our new contact information:

Office: (617) 722-2396
Fax: (617) 722-2819


Check out these blog posts on my website to see how I did on some legislative score cards!

State Representative Jay Livingstone named “Champion” for Choice by Planned Parenthood Massachusetts

State Representative Jay Livingstone receives high marks on Mass Audubon and Environmental League of Massachusetts Legislative Scorecards


Along with the pieces of legislation that I filed as a lead sponsor this session, I have had the opportunity to work with other legislators to sign onto other important pieces of legislation. Below are just some highlights of bills that I am excited to support and will be watching this session. To read about all of them, go to my legislative webpage!

l Animal Rights l Consumer Protection l Criminal Justice l Education l

l Environment/Energy l Health Care/ Public Health l Housing l

l Mental Health/Substance Abuse l Privacy l Transportation l

Office Hours

Every week, I will be in the community to receive feedback, ideas, and suggestions on both local neighborhood issues and statewide policy priorities. Below is the schedule for April. Hope to see you there!

The schedule of office hours is as follows:

Beacon Hill: Panificio Bistro and Bakery
Thursday, April 16th, 8:30am-9:30am
144 Charles St. Boston, MA 02134

West End: J Pace & Son
Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:30am-9:30am
75 Blossom Court Boston, MA 02114

Back Bay: Thinking Cup
Tuesday, April 28th, 8:30am-9:30am
85 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116

Central Square: 1369 Coffee House
Thursday, April 30th, 8:30am-9:30am
757 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139


Co-sponsorship Highlights: Housing

An Act to facilitate alternatives to foreclosure
Sponsored by Rep Keefe; This bill would require banks to mediate in good faith with homeowners to identify alternative resolutions before starting foreclosure and establishes the Massachusetts Foreclosure Mediation Program, (MFMP), administered by the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration and overseen by the Attorney General. (H.888)

An Act to establish an apprenticeship program to ready vacant public housing apartments for occupancy
Sponsored by Rep. Honan; This bill would establish an apprenticeship training program to enable public housing residents to obtain the education, job skills training, job placement assistance, and long-term follow-up leading to economic self-sufficiency. (H.1108)

To see a complete list of bills that I co-sponsored this session, visit my legislative webpage at