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In 2021, Senator Moran brought home nearly $3 million to the district

 

 

She fought for and secured funding that will:  

  1. Stimulate regional economic development 

  2. Bring a regional convention center in Plymouth County 

  3. Support child care providers  

  4. Expand mental health services provided by law enforcement and first responders 

  5. Improve storm resiliency infrastructure across the district  

  6. Develop STEM programming for students 

Economic Development

  • Successfully obtained:  

    • $200,000 for improvements to Pembroke’s business district community center 

    • $75,000 for regional economic development in Plymouth  

    • $150,000 to begin the development process for a regional convention center that would serve Southeast Massachusetts 

  • Successfully advocated to change the unemployment formula to reduce the tax burden on employers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to unemployment insurance benefits for replacement workers (S.1231): When an employee goes on Paid Family Medical Leave and an employer hires a replacement employee, there is currently a risk that when the employee on leave returns and the replacement employee receives unemployment benefits, the employer will be required to make additional contributions to the Unemployment Fund through its experience rating. This legislation would protect employers from bearing an additional cost by requiring that unemployment benefits for replacement employees be charged to a separate solvency fund. 

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to telework (S.1939): This bill would create a tax break, up to $12 million annually, for businesses who allow their employees to telework. 

  • Sponsoring An Act to increase health insurance affordability for small business (S.1941): This legislation will create a tax credit of 15% of premiums for small businesses with 26-50 employees earning an average of $57,000 per year (indexed annually for inflation, equivalent to current state median income for a family of 3) during years when the employment rate in the state exceeds 5% and the following year thereafter to incorporate the recovery period. This legislation would pair with an existing federal tax credit that applies to small businesses employing 1-25 full-time employees who purchase health insurance through the SHOP Marketplace. This legislation would also require the Department of Insurance to review the effectiveness of existing small business purchasing cooperatives and develop recommendations to give small businesses more leverage in health insurance price negotiation. 

Child Care and Education

  • Child Care

    • Successfully obtained:  

      • An additional $500,000 for mental health support in child care settings   

      • $75,000 for family child care support for the Cape & Islands   

    • Sponsoring the Common Start Bill (S.362): This bill would ensure child care affordability and support the stability of the child care sector.

    • Sponsoring An Act to enhance child care relief (S.2553): This bill would exempt child care stabilization grants from income taxes and ensure that the money coming to the state for child care recovery stays in the child care sector.

  • K-12

    • Successfully obtained:  

      • $230,000 for STEM curriculum and program development   

      • $10,000 to improve Silver Lake Middle School Courtyard  

      • $115,000 for Sandwich public school infrastructure improvements   

    • Sponsoring An Act to ensure charter school transparency and public accountability (S.372): This bill would require charter schools to post information on their websites that contain information on contracting and other business relationships. The bill would also require the inclusion of parents and students on the board and develop recordkeeping to track disparities based on race, income, sex, gender.  

    • Sponsoring An Act relative to MassHealth provider reimbursement (S.809): This bill would return Medicaid funds from school-based treatment to school health services programming, including behavioral health assessment, case management, health education, socio-emotional learning, health support, and other related school health services. 

Environment & Climate

  • Sponsoring An Act protecting the Upper Cape water supply reserve (S.2552): This legislation would ensure that projects on the Joint Base requiring extensive clearcutting would receive appropriate, expert-driven environmental oversight.   

  • Safety from toxic chemicals:

    • Sponsoring An Act to protect the Commonwealth from toxic chemicals (S.593): This bill will allow the Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) of UMass Lowell to work with Massachusetts companies to identify and remove PFAs from their products. This has the simultaneous benefit of reducing exposure for employees who may be unknowingly exposed and for consumers who buy these products. TURI was formed under the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act, or TURA. TURA focuses on reducing the use of toxic chemicals to protect human health and the environment while supporting the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses. Agencies responsible for helping implement TURA, including TURI and OTA, provide technical assistance, training, and grants. They aim to reduce toxic chemical exposure while supporting businesses.   

      • UPDATE: After Senator Moran filed this legislation, the TURA Administrative Council voted unanimously to add PFAS to the TURA list of Toxic or Hazardous Substances.   

    • Sponsoring An Act empowering towns and cities to protect residents and the environment from harmful pesticides (S.2551): This bill would enable municipalities to further regulate the use of pesticides beyond existing state regulations. As it stands right now, only the state has the authority to determine which pesticides are acceptable to use, and this legislation gives communities control over what chemicals are being used on their own land.  

  • Sponsoring An Act encouraging the use of renewable energy on agricultural land (S.590): This legislation will encourage the use of renewable energy on agricultural land under solar incentive programs developed by the department of energy for agricultural land and such land will be subject to provisions afforded to agriculture in MGL ch. 40A § 3. This legislation would (1) allow on-farm dual-use energy creation (land use simultaneously for agricultural and energy production) to retain the same protection under zoning law as other agricultural activities and (2) confirm that dual-use agricultural projects are eligible for inclusion in ch. 61A tax programs.  

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to the Farm Technology Review Commission (S.591): This legislation calls for a reorganization of the Commission to study and recommend options for updating farming technology. This is intended to broaden the scope to reflect the diversity of agriculture in the Commonwealth.  

  • Cranberries:

    • Sponsoring An Act relative to a cranberry wetland mitigation bank (S.589): This legislation allows for the development of a pilot program to use abandoned cranberry bogs for development projects’ wetland mitigation requirements. The bogs can provide value with minimal restoration and have potential to replicate the function of the original wetland lost in development.  

    • Sponsoring an Act relative to the separation of cranberry bogs from agricultural use for renewable energy purposes (S.1940): This legislation would reduce the tax burden on cranberry bogs pursuing renewable energy projects.   

  • Nuclear Energy Safety: 

    • Sponsoring An Act relative to responsible emergency planning (S.2206): This bill would allow the Department of Public Health to continue to make assessments on sites where volatile nuclear materials remain after active use of the site has ceased. Enactment of the legislation would also incentivize the facility to move spent fuel quickly from a volatile spent fuel pool to on-site dry cask storage, a significantly more secure storage technique that will reduce the need for state oversight.  

    • Sponsoring An Act relative to the prompt decommissioning of nuclear power stations (S.2207): This bill creates a fee for every spent fuel rod assembly held in wet storage (a pool of water above the reactor). As the spent fuel is moved into dry cask storage, the fee ends.   

  • Coastal Support:

    • Successfully codified Shellfish Advisory Panel to facilitate communication between policymakers and shellfish industry leaders. 

Healthcare

  • Successfully obtained $55,000 to support elder caregiving programming for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. 

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to cancer patient access to biomarker testing to provide appropriate therapy (S.808): This bill removes prior authorization requirements for biomarker testing for stage 3 and 4 cancers. Biomarker testing helps identify specifics about the cancer and find appropriate and targeted treatments.   

  • Sponsoring An Act to increase access to lactation care and services (S.713): This bill creates a licensure process for lactation care, so the services may be covered by health insurance. 

Housing

  • Successfully obtained $1 million for housing development in Bourne. 

  • Established a Housing Roundtable made up of housing experts and advocates in Plymouth, Pembroke, and Kingston to develop regional collaborations to expand affordable housing.   

  • Collaborated with legislative partners to create similar regional collaboration on the Cape.  

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to the establishment of a means-tested senior citizen property tax exemption (S.1937): This bill would create a local option for a property tax exemption for senior citizens that cannot pay their property taxes on a fixed income. 

Infrastructure

  • Successfully secured $150,000 to support development of a local fiber optic network for fast, affordable, and reliable Internet services 

  • Sponsoring An Act to increase accountability in the sale of personal data (S.1938): This legislation will do three things: (1) require the Department of Revenue (DOR) to compile records of business entities engaged in the sale of personal information in Massachusetts and report this information to the legislature; (2) require DOR to propose a tax on sales of personal information; and (3) establish the Municipal Broadband Trust where any income from the tax will be directed. The Municipal Broadband Trust will be reported on annually and run by the Department of Telecommunications and Cable. 

  • Successfully established the Human Service Transportation Task Force to improve transportation access for individuals with disabilities.

Local Government

  • Obtained over $1 million to support municipal costs, including water main replacement, improvements to community centers, boiler and generator replacements, school improvements. 

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to municipal equity in Steamship Authority operations (S.2207): This legislation would ensure both the port and island communities have an equal say on the Steamship Authority board. 

  • Sponsoring An Act increasing fairness in the distribution of local aid generated by the state lottery (S.1351): This bill directs the State Lottery Commission to revisit the local aid distribution associated with lottery revenue to give special consideration to the percentage of total lottery revenue collected from the municipality, median household income in the municipality, and the financial needs of local public schools. 

  • Sponsoring An Act to support partnerships between the cannabis industry and municipalities (S.77): This legislation codifies municipalities’ ability to apply fees and taxes on marijuana businesses earning over $250K per year. This bill further creates an explicit requirement that any agreement with the municipality required for licensure does not exclude, intentionally or unintentionally, anyone based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, or income. The agreements will be subject to review by the Cannabis Control Commission. 

  • Cosponsored legislation and budget amendments to increase investment in local public health. 

  • Filed amendments to the VOTES Act to ensure the cost burden does not fall on municipalities for implementation. 

Mental Health

  • Successfully included an amendment to ABC Mental Health 2.0 Act to set up the 988 mental health crisis hotline in the Commonwealth.   

  • Sponsoring An Act establishing a task force for person-centered mental health care (S.1307): This task force requires recommendations to improve continuity of services and remove administrative barriers by making the agencies have processes to communicate with one another and streamline their funding sources. The task force requires representation from agencies with major involvement in mental health, advocates, service providers, and individuals with direct experience navigating the mental health system to get together to improve the provision of mental health services across agencies. There is an explicit requirement that this group include people from across the Commonwealth. They will be tasked with exploring methods to improve continuity of care, to allow agencies and funding mechanisms to reflect clinical needs, to streamline funding streams, and to create processes for interagency communication. There is an annual report required to outline regulatory and legislative recommendations as well as costs.  

  • Sponsoring An Act to support children with neonatal abstinence syndrome (S.138): This legislation adds neonatal abstinence syndrome to the list of diagnoses for automatic consideration for Children's Support Services provided by the Department of Developmental Services. This bill will remove administrative burdens on families and ease access to services.   

  • Hosted the Secretary of the Department of Mental Health, hospital administrators, medical officials, legislators, and law enforcement to discuss emergency room boarding and needed reforms to the mental health system. 

Military & Veterans

  • Successfully obtained $150,000 for the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation to reduce veteran food insecurity.   

  • Sponsoring An Act to support military personnel and families (S.2416): This legislation would reform the governing statute for the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund to close accounting loopholes cited in a 2007 auditor’s report. The money would be controlled by the Department of Veterans Services (DVF), and DVF will award grants to qualified organizations. The awarded organizations will create rules and regulations for who should receive assistance under this grant funding in consultation with the military division. The awarded organizations will be required to submit an annual report of their spending, and if they do not file the report, they will lose the funding.  

  • Sponsoring An Act relative to the military family advocacy program, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect (S.2417): This bill would open up information sharing between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the military, allowing the military to supplement the resources of DCF, an already overworked and under-esourced agency, with the Family Advocacy Program that stations counselors and clinicians at military installations.   

Public Safety

  • Successfully obtained:   

    • $100,000 for assistance for police officers responding to mental health crisis calls   

    • $10,000 for peer mental health support for the Sandwich Fire Department   

    • $10,000 for BEAT COVID Initiative, a partnership between the Sandwich Fire Department and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to supply COVID-19 testing for businesses  

    • $40,000 to replace the Bourne fire station’s boiler.  

  • Cosponsored Nero’s bill, which would allow police dogs to receive emergency support when injured in the line of duty. 

    • UPDATE: Nero's bill was approved by the Massachusetts State Senate​