Page 20 BHRC | FROM PAGE20 der to vote and only allows the worker to vote during the two hours after the polls open on Election Day. “Workers should not have to choose between earning a paycheck and exercising their fundamental right to vote,” said sponsor Sen. Becca Rausch. “Where Massachusetts should be a leader in the nation on the issue of granting paid time off to head to the polls, we are notably far behind. Twenty-three other states and the District of Columbia already enacted paid time off for voting, and our commonwealths’ citizens deserve the same.” “I think if we really want to have a discussion about how we really want to help people that are working two, three, four jobs, we should have that discussion,” said Sen. Barry Finegold. “But I don’t think this [amendment] solves that. There is a problem out there, that we did not have enough people in lower social economic communities take advantage of vote by mail, because they don’t trust the post offi ce and there's a lot of misconceptions up there. That is something I believe we need to work on, but I don’t think this is going to be the solution to get people from lower social economic communities to come out to vote even more. I do think that with some of the things we have passed, having a better public relations campaign explaining the benefi ts of vote by mail, that is how we can get people from lower social economic communities to get out.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Jason Lewis No Part-Time Handyman 4 to 5 days a week Must have own transportation Must speak English $20 per hour Call 617-549-7475 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 15, 2021 PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN (S 2545) Senate 38-0, approved an amendment that would require the secretary of state, via digital and social media and other means, to conduct “a linguistically diverse and culturally competent public awareness campaign” to inform voters of the election law changes in the bill. The secretary would also be required to ensure specifi c outreach is done for groups and communities that have historically underused vote-by-mail and early voting. Sponsor Sen. Becca Rausch said that the bill “contains many significant advancements for voter access that should be celebrated, including expansion of mail-in and early voting, same day voter registration and jailbased voting reforms.” “Simply put, we can’t achieve our goal of expanding ballot box access unless the voters know about these substantial reforms,” continued Rausch. “A culturally relevant and linguistically diverse outreach campaign will support voters in exercising their constitutional right to vote.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Sen. Jason Lewis Yes OVERSEAS VOTING (S 2545) Senate 38-0, approved an amendment that would allow Massachusetts residents who are serving in the armed forces overseas and their families as well as any Massachusetts citizen living in a foreign country to cast their vote electronically through a secure online portal. Amendment supporters said that the current process for voting from overseas is complex and burdensome. The voter is required to communicate with their local clerk, receive their ballot, print it out and fax, scan or mail it back. They noted that military members often do not have functioning printers, scanners or fax machines available to them on military installations or are out on missions that take them away from their installations. “When you are in the military, the focus is always on the mission at hand,” said sponsor Sen. John Velis (D-Westfi eld). “We as a commonwealth have an obligation to make this process as easy as possible so that our military members can exercise their right to vote and get back to their mission. At the most fundamental level, this amendment is about making it easier to vote for those who have given us our right to vote.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Sen. Jason Lewis Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK'S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature's job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been fi led. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of October 4-8, the House met for a total of four hours and 32 minutes while the Senate met for a total of fi ve hours and 40 minutes. Mon. Oct. 4 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:08 a.m. Senate 11:09 a.m. to 11:16 a.m. Tues. Oct. 5 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:37 a.m. No Senate session Wed. Oct. 6 House 11:01 a.m. to 2:44 p.m. Senate 1:17 p.m. to 6:49 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 7 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:11 a.m. Senate 11:22 a.m. to 11:23 a.m. Fri. Oct. 8 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com D & D ConstruCtion Co. Phone No. 781-866-9898 Toll Free 1-877-758-9675 Celebrating over 30 years! All your needs done with one call Take Care Of The Problems Now! Call the home improvement specialists FREE • Roofs • Windows • Sump Pumps • Hardwood Floors • Decks • Walkways • Gutters ESTIMATES • FULLY INSURED • Vinyl Siding • Painting • Tiling • Carpentry • Driveways • PVC Fence • Chainlink Fence • Stockade Fence Cleanouts/Junk Removal • Attics • Basements • Yards You know the price before we do the job! 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