THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 19, 2023 Page 17 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 25,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by MASSterlist’s new editor, Erin Tiernan, with help from Matt Murphy. Both are pros, with a wealth of experience, who introduce each article in their own clever way. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/aPTLucK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: This week’s report is on the latest fundraising and expenditure numbers for the state’s 40 senators’ campaign committees from the latest filing period of April 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023. It also includes how much money each senator has on hand as of April 30, 2023. The numbers are from the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. To get more information and details on any senator’s fundraising and expenditures, go to www.ocpf.usClick on “Filer listing” under “Browse candidates”” and then type the name of your senator in the box that says “Filter by name” in the upper left-hand corner of the page. MOST AMOUNT OF CASH ON HAND: The senator with the most cash on hand is Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) who currently has $805,440.91 in his campaign account. Rounding out the top ten senators with the most cash on hand are Sens. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) $657,981.09; Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) $462,453.49; Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) $308,264.53; Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) $217,377.61; William Brownsberger (D-Belmont) $210,789.49; Julian Cyr (D-Truro) $197,654.27; Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) $175,058.35; Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) $154,132.47 and Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) $149,735.90. LEAST AMOUNT OF CASH ON HAND: The senator with the least cash on hand is Sen. Pavel Payano (D-Lawrence) whose camapign account currently has a balance of $258.81. Rounding out the bottom five senators with the least cash on hand are Sens. Liz Miranda (D-Boston) $1,089.79; Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) $4,644.61; and Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough) $7,528.63; and Michael Brady (D-Brockton) $7,758.68. RAISED THE MOST MONEY: The senator who raised the most money is Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) who raised $65,650.65. Rounding out the top five senators who raised the most money are Sens. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)$34,836.98; Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) $29,731.10; Mike Moore (D-Millbury) $23,825.92; and Adam Gomez (D-Springfield) $20,128.23. RAISED THE LEAST MONEY: There are nine senators who raised $0: Sens. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn); Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett); Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton); Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell); Joan Lovely (D-Salem); Pavel Payano (D-Lawrence); Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester); Walter Timilty (D-Milton); and John Velis (D-Westfield). SPENT THE MOST MONEY: The senator who spent the most money is Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) who spent $44,153.13. Rounding out the top five senators who spent the most money are Sens. Nick Collins (D-Boston) $10,800.73; Julian Cyr (D-Truro) $7,439.99; Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) $6,598.15; and Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) $5,941.98. SPENT THE LEAST MONEY: The senator who spent the least amount of money is Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell) who spent $0. Rounding out the top five senators who spent the least money are Sens. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) $37.19;Pavel Payano (D-Lawrence) $147.67; Adam Gomez (D-Springfield) $223.53; and Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) $238.73. TOTAL CASH ON HAND AS OF APRIL 30, 2023 Here is the total amount of cash your local senators have on hand. Sen. Jason Lewis $91,484.18 TOTAL MONEY RAISED IN APRIL 2023 Here is the total amount of money your local senators raised in April 2023. Sen. Jason Lewis $3,407.70 TOTAL MONEY SPENT IN APRIL 2023 Here is the total amount of money your local senators spent in April 2023. Sen. Jason Lewis $1,424.48 ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL DON’T MISS THIS HEALTHCARE EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 - Massachusetts health care survived many challenges during the COVID pandemic, but the sector now faces a new crisis: An acute labor shortage across the continuum of care as well as the prospect of difficult financial challenges. Join MASSterList and the State House News Service for an important policy event focusing on the causes and possible solutions to treat Massachusetts’ ailing health care system, featuring health care leaders and policymakers. The event is on the morning of Wednesday, May 24, at the MCLE in Boston (Downtown Crossing). Tickets and more information can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/critical-condition-challenges-for-healing-mass-health-care-system-tickets-628988350087 HOMEOWNERS WHO FACE FORECLOSURE (S 921) – The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that would prohibit cities and towns that foreclose on properties on which the owner owes back property taxes, from keeping all of the profits when the city or town sells the property at auction. It would repeal the current law that allows municipalities to keep all of the profits—even if the amount ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ Invitation to Bid Master Meter System Operations and Maintenance Plan (OMP) Compliance Services MHA #051223 MHA is accepting sealed bids for an indefinite quantity contract award to a natural gas industry compliance company expert to provide Master Meter Pipeline Operator (MMPO) services at two MHA properties for a minimum term of one (1) year extending up to a maximum term of five (5) consecutive years in the MHA’s sole discretion. The MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has determined two (2) MHA HUD assisted public housing developments to be Master Meter Natural Gas Pipeline Systems (MMS). MHA procured an Industry Professional to create a MMS Operations and Maintenance Plan (OMP) to enable MHA to complete all obligations and tasks that are required of MMPOs. 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The MHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug & Smoke Free Agency May 19, 2023 of the profit far exceeds the amount of back taxes owed. “Massachusetts foreclosure law wrongly takes away people’s homes for even a small debt and allows municipalities to profit off their home equity well beyond the debt owed— leaving the homeowners vulnerable to housing and economic instability,” said sponsor Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “These homeowners are losing hard-earned equity and life savings, losing homes with precious family memories and also facing housing instability due to predatory tax foreclosure practice.” MAKE IT EASIER TO SELL FOOD MADE AT HOME (S 553) – The Agriculture Committee held a hearing on a proposal that would allow home cooks to sell their home-made foods that carry a low risk of foodborne illness—those that do not need to be temperature-controlled—without a local health department or zoning permit. These so-called “cottage foods” would only be allowed to be sold directly to the consumer in person, at farmers markets, public events, roadside stands, by telephone, Internet or mail delivery. Products include jams, uncut fruits and vegetables, pickled vegetables, hard candies, fudge, nut mixes, granola, coffee beans, popcorn and some baked goods including breads, biscuits, cookies, churros, pastries and tortillas. “Technicalities should not prevent small businesses and farmers from stimulating rural economies and improving economic development,” said sponsor Sen. Jake Oliveira (D-Ludlow). “My legislation … will break down the barriers that prevent rural small business owners from operating, spur competition in the market and create better prices for consumers. Supporters, noting that 49 states allow cottage food sales, say that during the pandemic, selling cottage food provided a lifeline for unemployed Massachusetts residents and noted consumers also enjoy having access to local food. They argue that by following the lead of these 49 other states, Massachusetts can support food entrepreneurs, create economic opportunities and increase access to locally made food. TAX CREDIT FOR DONATION OF OYSTER SHELLS (S 466) – Anothermeasure heard by the Agriculture Committee would provide a tax credit of $5 per full 5-gallon bucket to individuals or businesses that donate oyster shells to an oyster shell recycling organization. “A shell recycling tax credit presents a creative and thoughtful tool to help diminish land fill waste, create habitat and mitigate pollution in our waters,” said sponsor Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “A $5 tax credit per 5-gallon bucket of recycled shells for restaurants will help encourage this environmentally friendly practice.” INSPECTION STICKER (H 1044) – The Financial Services Committee held a hearing on a measure that would prohibit failure to get a vehicle inspection from resulting in a surcharge on the car’s owner’s insurance. “Being late on a motor vehicle inspection (expired inspection sticker) should not result in an insurance surcharge, which could be counted towards a suspension of a driver's license,” said sponsor Rep. Steve Howitt (R-Seekonk). “It should not be comparable to a moving violation.” INSURANCE COMPANIES MUST NOTIFY DRIVER (H 1059) – Another bill heard by the Financial Services Committee would require insurance companies to provide a written notification to customers when the company charges a fee to process an electronic payment transaction for an automobile insurance policy. “I filed this bill after hearing from a constituent who was being charged by their insurance company for making online payments and had never been notified that they would be subject to these fees,” said sponsor GOP Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “This is a pro-consumer bill that will help to ensure that insurance companies provide full disclosure to their policyholders on any additional fees they may assess for conducting these types of transactions.” TAX CREDITS FOR FAMILIES CARING FOR ILL OR ELDERLY LOVED ONES AT HOME (S 1906 and S 1908) – The Revenue Committee held a hearing on a pair of bills filed by Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) which would offer tax credits to families taking care of sick or elderly relatives at home. S 1906 would provide a $2,500 tax credit for families that provide more than half of the support for a relative who is at least 70 years old, or a totally disabled relative with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. The relative must have lived with the family for more than six months within the year the tax credit is provided. S 1908 would offer a $5,000 tax credit to individuals who pay for direct home health services for themselves or elderly parents and in-laws aged 60 and over. The legislation would also allow a $5,000 tax credit to individuals who pay for direct home hospice services from a licensed provider for either themselves or another. “Caregivers are most often family members,” said the bills’ sponsor Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Whether they’re staying home to take care of family or bringing in additional help, these individuals shouldn’t have BHRC | SEE PAGE 20 Water and Sewer Rates FY24 Legal Notice City of Malden Public Hearing Public Works Commission There will be a Public Hearing conducted by the Public Works Commission on Tuesday, May 30th, at 5:00 pm at Malden City Hall, 215 Pleasant Street, Conference Room #108, Malden, MA., regarding FY24 Water and Sewer Rates. Karen M. Bourque, Clerk Public Works Commission May 12, 19, 2023 ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~

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