Senate Passes Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT) Act

Bill will reduce prescription drug costs, promote transparency, and increase patient access

On November 14th, the Massachusetts Senate passed An Act relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT Act), comprehensive pharmaceutical cost control legislation aimed at addressing the high and rapidly increasing costs of prescription drugs. By connecting the need for greater drug price transparency with policies to improve oversight over the pharmaceutical industry, the legislation will put Massachusetts at the forefront of the state’s efforts to tackle increasing drug costs. It will also reduce drug costs to patients and lower health care costs overall.

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MASSACHUSETTS SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT

Bill will invest $1.5 billion in public schools, update statewide education policy, and support effective approaches to closing opportunity gaps for students throughout the Commonwealth.

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On October 3rd, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, Senate Bill 2350, an unprecedented $1.5 billion new investment in Massachusetts K-12 public education. This legislation ensures public schools have adequate resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over time the bill could provide an estimated $2.2 billion.

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Final FY20 Budget Approved: Senator Cyr secures $7.34 million of budget appropriations

Budget appropriations will fund programs to stem the opioid epidemic, housing, critical public safety programs, economic development, and environmental safeguards

(BOSTON, MA) — State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) successfully secured appropriations totaling $7.34 million in the FY2020 budget for district and statewide programs. Cyr will deliver $740,000 in local initiatives to help Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and $6.6 million in statewide priorities. A majority of the spending will go to programs that provide housing, shelter, and mental health services for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens; fight the opioid crisis via funding evidence-based prevention and harm reduction programs; support critical public safety programs to help veterans, children, as well as victims and witnesses to violent crimes; promote economic development through employee ownership of small businesses and job training; and safeguard the environment.

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Walsh Property in Truro: Provincetown Banner Op-Ed

I write in enthusiastic support of Article 11, a debt exclusion for up to $5.1 million to purchase 69.895 acres known as the Walsh Property on the warrant of Truro Town Meeting. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we can’t let it pass us by.

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SENATOR CYR SECURES $7.34 MILLION IN SENATE BUDGET

Budget amendments include funding to help stem the opioid epidemic, fund housing, critical public safety programs, economic development and environmental safeguards 

Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) successfully filed twenty-four amendments, totaling $7.34 million in the FY20 state senate budget. Cyr secured $740,000 in local initiatives and $6.6 million in statewide priorities for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. A majority of amendments focus on providing housing, shelter, and mental health services for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens; fighting the opioid crisis via funding evidence-based prevention and harm reduction programs; supporting critical public safety programs to help veterans, children, as well as victims and witnesses to violent crimes; promoting economic development through employee ownership of small businesses and job training; and safeguarding the environment.

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SENATE PASSES BILLS ON NON-BINARY GENDER LICENSE OPTION, CYCLIST SAFETY; OVERRIDES WELFARE CAP VETO

The Massachusetts State Senate on April 25th passed legislation allowing for a non-binary option for gender on drivers’ licenses and birth certificates, new requirements for cyclists and motorists that promote safety for everybody who uses the road, and a final effort to lift the so-called ‘Cap on Kids.’ All three bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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