Thursday, December 22, 2022

Senate President Karen Spilka: Happy Holidays! The 192nd Legislative Session in Review

Senate President Karen Spilka
Updates from Beacon Hill & MetroWest

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season are finally upon us and with it comes an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and plan for the year ahead. We have so much to be thankful for: our family, friends, neighbors, and community. This season, I am thankful for your support and what we've accomplished together.

As we begin 2023—and a new two-year legislative session—I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and all of you to build a strong, inclusive, innovative and compassionate Commonwealth.

From my family to yours, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.


As always, my office is available if you need assistance or wish to share your opinion. You can email me at or call 617-722-1500.

Warm regards,

Reflecting on the last two years

As 2022 comes to a close, so too does the 192nd Legislative Session of the Massachusetts General Court, our state's legislature.

The 2021-2022 Legislative Session proved to be a historic and exciting time as the Massachusetts State Senate works to address the challenges affecting every one of us.

As our state continues to recover from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to deliver relief to workers, families, and small businesses, centering them in our strategy to promote an equitable recovery for all.

In response to worrying trends at the national level, we expanded Massachusetts residents' access to voting, protected our right to receive reproductive or gender-affirming healthcare, and be safe from gun violence. We also passed two major bills, now law, aimed at combatting climate change, positioning Massachusetts as a leader in this fight.

Of course, no reflection on the last two years would be complete without celebrating passage of my priority issue, bringing long overdue reform to our mental and behavioral health care delivery system and ensuring that everyone can get the mental health care they need, when they need it.

With the signing of the Mental Health ABC Act 2.0 into law in August 2022, all residents will soon be guaranteed a free mental health assessment, we will have tools to enforce parity for mental health coverage and we will take significant steps toward addressing the emergency room boarding crisis. And having spoken with representatives from the White House who believe that our mental health care reform bill can and will serve as model legislation for the United States, I am grateful to know that we will be providing hope for the entire nation.

Our state has an important role to play as a national leader and a beacon of hope to so many. I look forward to tackling the challenges that the new session will bring.

192nd Legislative Session

Highlights of the 192nd Legislative Session

Below, are just a few of the most prominent issues which my colleagues and I in the Massachusetts State Senate addressed in the 2021-2022 Legislative Session. You can read more about all of these in the Senate's Session Report.


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