Saturday, March 28, 2020

Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #7


Friday, March 27, 2020


Another extremely busy week on Beacon Hill. I hope everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing.

My team and I are working hard to keep you updated and get you access to resources that you may need. Check out our website's new resource pages on domestic violence, food banks, mental health, public health, small business, and unemployment.

My team and I also held our very first virtual office hours today! Overall, it was a big success. More details to come on the next virtual office hours session next week, so please stay tuned.

I know there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty and anxiety during this difficult time. I am glad to see emails from many of you highlighting issues for me to work on. Some of the issues the Senate advanced this week include:
  • Expanding access to unemployment;
  • Creating a robust safety net for housing and supports for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Expanding scope of practice for certain nurse practitioners to increase the capacity of our healthcare workforce (this passed the Senate!);
  • Securing additional personal protective equipment for healthcare workers; and
  • Extending the state income tax due date to July 15 (the final legislative action on this should happen on Monday!).
All of these ideas are in various stages of the legislative process. As ideas become concrete proposals, I will continue to update all of you. My team and I also update my website daily to keep all of you in the loop with the state government response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Follow along at our State Response Tracker ( In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any other opinions or are in need of assistance.

In addition, as you likely know from prior updates, I have been intimately involved in crafting legislation to aid cities and towns in continuing to operate during this outbreak. That legislation has been passed by my Committee, and currently sits with the House for further action.

Finally, please join me for a virtual tour of the State House! One of the things helping my husband and me keep our two young children entertained has been virtual tours, especially of museums. I had to go into the (mostly empty) State House twice this week for Senate session, so I've now recorded two mini-tours (#1 and #2). Enjoy!

We will continue sending these updates and resources on Tuesdays and Fridays, so as to not overwhelm you and your inboxes. Please remember that my team and I are fully up and running remotely, and we are here to help you! Please call (617) 722-1555 or email me at if you have questions, comments or concerns.

Yours in service,"

Senator Becca Rausch
Senator Becca Rausch

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Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #7
Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #7

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