Rep. Gordon, House Pass Measure to Provide More Than $1 Billion in Federal Reimbursement for COVID-19 Needs, Establish Juneteenth Holiday in Massachusetts

BOSTON – Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) along with his House colleagues, passed a supplemental budget to facilitate federal CARES Act funding to reimburse communities affected by COVID-19 and establish Juneteenth as a state holiday in Massachusetts.

The spending measure follows the April passage in Congress of the Federal Cares Act, that requires states to expend funds on items related to COVID-19 for federal reimbursement. The supplemental budget directs funds to address vital needs including personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing.

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Marilou Barsam, Co-founder of Bedford Embraces Diversity, Honored as a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine

Months before the nation turned its focus to civil rights challenges, Marilou Barsam and the Bedford Embraces Diversity (“BED”) group that she founded were hard at work addressing the hurdles facing marginalized groups in a largely Caucasian region.  Recognizing the importance of her leadership early this year, State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) nominated Ms. Barsam as the Commonwealth Heroine of the 21st Middlesex District. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recently released the members of its 2020 class of Heroines, Ms. Barsam among them.

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State Legislature Passes Bill for Increased COVID-19 Data Collection

The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed legislation that lawmakers say is meant to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, will increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus, a joint release from State Sen. Cindy Friedman and State Rep. Ken Gordon. The legislation also establishes a task force to study and make policy recommendations to address health disparities for underserved and underrepresented communities during the pandemic.

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Rep. Gordon, House Pass Legislation to Expand Voting Options and Support the Commonwealth’s Restaurants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Representative Ken Gordon (D – Bedford) and his House colleagues passed a bill on Thursday to significantly expand mail-in and in-person early voting options for the upcoming September and November elections in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The legislation was passed in near-unanimous fashion one day after the House expanded opportunities for restaurants to provide outdoor seating, offer sealed cocktails to go, and capped the fees delivery services can charge for their services.

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