THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“As part of our public health toolkit, the administration is committed to increasing access to convenient at home COVID-19 tests for our residents. Partnering with these trusted community organizations is the right thing to do to ensure that individuals facing financial hardship and food insecurity have easy access to getting these tests.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

PROTECT REPORTERS OF PATIENT ABUSE IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

By Bob Katzen

Bill (S 426) – Would offer protection to persons who make good faith reports of an allegation of patient or resident abuse, mistreatment or neglect in a senior assisted living facility. The measure allows employees of the facilities who are fired after reporting credible allegations of abuse to file a cause of action for relief in court and potentially have their employment reinstated if the court sees fit. Continue reading PROTECT REPORTERS OF PATIENT ABUSE IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 564) – Would require that 50 percent of the entrees served for lunch in schools are healthy foods containing whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes and other fiber-rich proteins. The measure also prohibits the serving of more than 20 percent of foods that that are ultra-processed or have a nutritional composition that includes more than 30 milligrams of cholesterol or more than 5 percent of its total calories from saturated fat. Continue reading HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, approved a bill that would require the state to develop and implement a Women’s Rights History Trail Program. The measure includes requiring the state to designate properties and sites that are historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women’s rights and women’s suffrage. Another provision provides that the state promote education and awareness of the struggle for women’s rights in the state. Continue reading CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

CREATE A FUND TO HELP CITIES AND TOWNS DEVELOP AGREEMENTS

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 8-31, rejected an amendment that would create a state-funded Host Community Technical Assistance Fund to help cities and towns in developing and negotiating Home Community Agreements (HCAs)—which are agreements between a city or town and the business looking to open a marijuana-related business in the community. Continue reading CREATE A FUND TO HELP CITIES AND TOWNS DEVELOP AGREEMENTS

REQUIRE REFERENDUM ON ONSITE CONSUMPTION

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 3-36, rejected an amendment that would require a city or town to hold a voter referendum on any proposal that would allow the sale of marijuana and marijuana products for consumption on the premises where they are sold. The amendment would replace language in the bill that gives two options to cities and towns: hold a referendum or have the option to give the authority to the City Council or Board of Selectmen. Continue reading REQUIRE REFERENDUM ON ONSITE CONSUMPTION

Going Back and Forth With Yourself Online, A Mental Illness Struggling With Different Personalities aka “Split Personality Disorder”

By William Tauro

I know many of you over the past few months have seen some very bizarre postings on different websites coming from different fictional characters with multiple fictional names, with fictional email addresses talking and fighting with each other over politics and obsessed mainly with me. Continue reading Going Back and Forth With Yourself Online, A Mental Illness Struggling With Different Personalities aka “Split Personality Disorder”