Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Senator Spilka: Updates from the State House

MARCH 2014

My annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be held at Keefe Technical School in Framingham on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

Ashland High School
Saturday, March 22nd
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Exploring options and opportunities for after high school? The Ashland Education Foundation and the Ashland Parent Teacher Organization are sponsoring a terrific event for students and families to learn about colleges and career paths. For more information, click here.

Sheraton Framingham
Tuesday, March 25th
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and the MetroWest Tourism and Visitors Bureau present Taste of MetroWest, an annual event showcasing our area's best restaurants, caterers, gourmet and ethnic markets, wineries and brewhouses. For more information about this fun, inexpensive evening out in MetroWest, click here.

Framingham Centre Common
Saturday, April 26th

Learn about ways to conserve energy, make sustainable choices, support local businesses, preserve natural habitats, and reduce, reuse and recycle. The event includes live music, kids activities, local food, and educational workshops. More details here.


We are always looking for motivated individuals to work as interns in my office. This is a great opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Beacon Hill and the legislative process. For more information, visit my website. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Puja Mehta at Puja.Mehta@masenate.gov.


Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
Room 320, State House
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Steve,

With Spring hopefully just around the corner, I'm pleased to share news about recent progress in the Senate on my legislative priorities and highlights of the many exciting community events happening across MetroWest. These upcoming events are a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends, neighbors and family and explore the activities and attractions our region has to offer. For more updates, visit my website, follow me on Twitter and "like" my Facebook page.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or need my assistance at (617) 722-1640, or email me at Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov.

See you around MetroWest!

Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk


Anti-Shackling and Safe Pregnancies

Last month, the Joint Committee on Public Safety reported favorably on my bill to prevent shackling and promote safe pregnancies for female inmates (S.2012). Shackling of women in labor is unnecessary and inhumane, and it can be detrimental to the health of the woman and baby. Read recent press coverage of this issue here:

Tax Fairness Commission

As part of last year's Transportation Finance Reform bill, I advocated for the creation of a Tax Fairness Commission to evaluate our state's system of taxation and find ways to ensure that the system is equitable and fair for all. The Commission issued its final report last week, making 5 recommendations for a more progressive tax structure. Read more here.

Electronic Privacy

Last month, the MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police need warrants in order to search cell phone records. The issue of the privacy of our electronic information is becoming increasingly critical, and now is the time to pass my Electronic Privacy Act. Read more about the SJC's ruling and the larger issue of data privacy here.


MetroWest Shop and Explore

I had a great time exploring Natick Center last week as part of the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau's 2nd annual Shop and Explore effort. I visited four terrific local businesses: Full Circle Arts, Renew Arts & Industry, COLORES KIDS and Five Crows Gallery and Handcrafted Gifts, and it was great to see so many examples of MetroWest creativity and talent in our community.

All of the beautiful art, accessories and crafts at Full Circle Arts (pictured above) are hand-made by adults with disabilities, as part of Justice Resource Institute's employment training program.

Click here to see more pictures from my Shop and Explore tour.

Share Your MetroWest Transportation Nightmares

Ten years ago, the 495/MetroWest Partnership and the MetroWest Daily News joined forces to report on the region's Top 10 Transportation Nightmares. A decade later, some issues have improved, but other problems still need attention:
As a follow-up to the 2004 survey and report, they are soliciting nominations for today's top "transportation nightmares." Knowing where the trouble spots are helps us all work to fix them. Reliable, well-maintained transportation infrastructure is key for quality of life and economic development in our community. This project is a terrific way to identify our region's top needs.

Make your voice heard: submit your nightmares by filling out this nomination form.


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