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Category: Legislative

Distraction-Free Driving

Feb 21, 2020 This Sunday, February 23, 2020, a new law becomes effective in Massachusetts.  The hands-free driving law prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Penalties for breaking this law will include up to a $500 fine, mandatory attendance at…
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Medicare Savings Programs / MassHealth Buy-In

Feb 15, 2020 Working in an aging services agency, I hear stories quite often of seniors who are having to make horrible choices—should they buy their medication or groceries? Should they pay their utility bill or their Medicare premium?  Too many people simply do not have adequate assets and/or income to cover these necessary expenses.…
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I Have a Dream

Jan 17, 2020 This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington D.C. I had not read this speech since I was a high school student, and it…
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Census 2020

Jan 3, 2020 The 2020 decennial census is coming. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that a full count of the population be performed every ten years, and the country has done this every ten years since 1790.  Census packets will be mailed in March and the official count date is April…
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The REAL ID, part 2

Oct 11, 2019 Last week, I wrote about the REAL ID and the need to have a REAL ID or valid passport by October 1, 2020, if you travel domestically or visit federal buildings. I learned about the REAL ID about six months ago. Since I do not have a passport, I started looking into…
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The REAL ID, part 1

Oct 4, 2019 You may have heard about a change to drivers’ licenses called “Real ID.”  Do you know what this is?  Do you know how it will impact you? Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005. This act changed the U.S. federal law concerning security and procedures for state driver’s licenses and identity…
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Civil Rights

Jan 18, 2019 This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington D.C. I had not read this speech since I was a high school student, and it…
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