Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 26-30

  • The Massachusetts State House in Boston

Published: 10/5/2022 8:52:41 AM

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.


GRANTS TO PRESERVE VETERANS’ HISTORY — Secretary of State Bll Galvin’s office, in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board, is offering matching grants of up to $15,000 to cities and towns and nonprofit organizations including libraries, historical societies and commissions, museums, schools and colleges, to preserve objects, sites and document collections that are significant to the history and experiences of military veterans in the Bay State.

If applicants submit a satisfactory letter of intent letter of intent by Nov. 6, 2022. they be invited to submit a full application. For more information contact

DESIGNATING JULY 8 AS MASSACHUSETTS EMANCIPATION DAY (H 3117) — The House approved and sent to the Senate a measure, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington) designating July 8 as Massachusetts Emancipation Day also to be known as Quock Walker Day, in recognition of the court ruling that rendered slavery unconstitutional in the commonwealth. Walker, born to enslaved Black parents in Massachusetts, was the driving force behind this ruling.

“The inspiration for this bill comes from Sean Osborn, a Lexington resident and historian who founded the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL),” Rep. Ciccolo said. “I am looking forward to annually commemorating Quock Walker’s significant place in our state’s history.”

NATIONAL DWARFISM AWARENESS DAY (H 5321) – The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation establishing Oct. 25 as Dwarfism Awareness Day. Supporters say that around the world people with dwarfism face social and physical barriers. They note that Oct. 25 was chosen as the day for Dwarfism Awareness Day because it was the birthday of Billy Barty who was an American actor who had dwarfism, and in 1957 set up Little People of America — an organization that supports people with dwarfism as well as raising awareness about the issue.

Sponsor Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), a retired teacher from Attleboro High School, filed the measure after a request by former student Vicki Ziniti who has dwarfism. “She has organized an advocacy group of people with dwarfism and asked me about the possibility for ‘National Dwarfism Day’ in the commonwealth. Since graduating, Vicki has gotten her teaching certification and is a classroom teacher so you know we were excited to file this legislation and advocate for its passage.”

“While there may be health complications involved with dwarfism we need to treat people with dwarfism equally with others,” continued Hawkins. “This holiday will be to celebrate the significant accomplishments and contributions to our community from people with dwarfism.


“The MCAS results released today are anything but surprising. Massachusetts students are showing the cumulative impact of trauma, given a pandemic that has brought staggering losses to families and communities — including the deaths of loved ones.”

MTA President Max Page on the disappointing results of the MCAS tests.

“It is concerning that our sales are decreasing, especially given the type and quality of products we’re putting out in the market. But I will say that this is a trend that the entire country is seeing with the lottery. I think everyone is aware of what’s going on in the world financially with inflation and stuff, and so we’re going to be looking at some ways to see if we can make some changes to adjust to the current market structure.”

Interim Lottery Executive Director Mark William Bracken noting that Lottery sales in August were down $35.9 million or 6.4% compared to August 2021.

“All of us, Democrats and Republicans, started talking about the consequences here in the Northeast over the summer and wrote to the Biden administration, met with the Biden administration and gave them a variety of things that we thought they could do that would help us on both price and reliability for our residents this winter. There are some things we’re hoping the feds will do to help us.”

Gov. Baker urging the federal government to step up to help New Englanders likely to be hurt by high electric and heating bills this winter.

“This settlement is a significant result in our work to protect taxpayer dollars and the integrity of our MassHealth program. We are pleased to secure these funds to help control Medicaid costs and ensure that state resources are directed to the best possible uses in our health care system.”

Attorney General Maura Healey on a $14 million settlement with the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care insurer to resolve claims that it overcharged the state Medicaid program, MassHealth, millions of dollars for pharmacy benefits and services provided by subsidiary companies.

Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at Bob founded Beacon Hill Roll Call in 1975 and was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Hall of Fame in 2019.
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