CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATE #19
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The weather is starting to turn, and the COVID-19 infection curve is moving in the right direction. Remember, we all need to keep up our physical distancing and mask-wearing best practices to keep the COVID contagion trend moving downwards.
I have some additional exciting news: tomorrow I will testify before the Joint Committee on Election Laws in support of my 2020 Vote by Mail Act. Senate Chair Barry Finegold will livestream the hearing via his Facebook page. I will be speaking at approximately 1:45 p.m. Please tune in!
I encourage you to submit your own written testimony by emailing the Committee Chairs, Senator Finegold (Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov) and Representative Lawn (John.Lawn@mahouse.gov). Testimony must be submitted by 5 pm this Friday, May 13.
Also tomorrow, the Senate will hold its first ever formal session via remote voting. (Remember that you can always tune in to watch session via livestream at malegislature.gov!) This is a notable advancement. At the core of our representative democracy is engaged debate by legislators and voting on the record. Tomorrow's session brings us one step closer to the debates we need on several complex bills still pending, including the election reforms we will discuss during tomorrow's hearing. While we have passed several important bills during the pandemic so far, we've had to do it all with unanimous support. We are now at the point where we might not have complete consent, and that's not a bad thing -- in fact, it's a healthy part of our democracy -- but we have to have the process to make it happen, even during a public health crisis.
As always, my team and I are here for you. Call us at 617-722-1555 or email me directly at email@example.com and one of us will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates.
Wishing you and your families strength, health, and resilience.
Yours in service,
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