OP-ED: Mass. Senate Passes Police Reform Bill, Brownsberger Gives Details

Massachusetts State House. State Sen Will Brownberger provided the following piece:

Early in the morning on July 14, the Senate passed S.2800 — the Reform, Shift and Build Act. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the House of Representatives to finalize soon a joint package to lay before the Governor. The outline below offers a thematic organization of the bill. Links in the outline lead to relevant resources.

See Who Rep. Hecht Endorsed to Succeed Him in the State House

Democratic activist and Democratic State Committee member Steve Owens is running for the State Representative seat that Jon Hecht will be leaving. State Representative Jonathan Hecht has endorsed Steve Owens in the raceto fill the 29th Middlesex seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, according to a statement released by the Steve Owens Campaign. The Representative is stepping down and not seeking re-election in this year’s primary. “I first met Steve Owens in 2005 when I was a Town Councilor in Watertown. We both worked on Deval Patrick’s Gubernatorial campaign where I got to see first-hand the type of leader Steve is.

Gov. Baker, Legislature Extend Tax Filing Deadline Due to Coronavirus

Massachusetts State House. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts income tax deadline will be pushed back three months in response to the the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. The agreement between the Governor’s office and the State Legislature pushes the deadline to file taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers do not have to file anything to qualify to the extension. The change comes a week after the Federal Income Tax filing deadline was extended.

State Sen. Brownsberger Polling People About State’s Response to Coronavirus

State Sen. Will Brownsberger

State Sen. Will Brownsberger is taking an anonymous poll of constituents about Massachusetts’ response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), so far. (See the results here: http://www.watertownmanews.com/2020/03/24/see-the-results-of-sen-brownsbergers-poll-on-the-states-coronavirus-response/)

The short questionnaire (four questions) asks people what they think about the steps taken by the State of Massachusetts, including closing schools, potentially sheltering in place and how it has impacted them. To take the poll go here: https://willbrownsberger.com/covid-19-response-questions/

Brownsberger represents Watertown, Belmont and parts of Boston.

Two Opportunities to Meet With State Rep. Hecht in March

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht

Representative Jonathan Hecht announced he will hold office hours twice in Watertown in March. Constituents are invited to meet with Representative Hecht at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, March 10

8:30-9:30 a.m.Watertown Town Hall149 Main St, 3rd Floor hallway

Monday, March 235:00-6:00 p.m.Watertown Free Public Library123 Main St, Raya Stern Trustees Room

Anyone unable to attend these office hours can call Representative Hecht at 617-722-2140 to schedule an appointment at another time.

Watertown State Rep. Hecht Talks About Leaving His Seat After A Dozen Years

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht

Jonathan Hecht has been a popular guy since he announced that he would be stepping down from as State Representative for the 29th Middlesex District at the end of his term. The Watertown resident has represented most of the Town, plus part of Cambridge, since 2009. Last week, he announced publicly his decision not to seek reelection. “People have been very nice. I don’t know whether that means they like job I’ve done or they are glad to see me leaving,” Hecht said.

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht Makes Big Announcement

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht

The following statement was released by State Rep. Jonathan Hecht, who represents Watertown Precincts 1-9 and part of Cambridge:

Dear Constituents,

I am writing to share with you my decision not to run for re-election this fall. For the next 11 months, I will remain fully dedicated to serving as your State Representative. Come next January, it will be time for me to move on to new challenges and time for someone else to take up this job. It is genuinely an honor and a pleasure to represent you at the State House. Thank you for all the help you have given me and for being such caring, engaged constituents. With best regards,

Jon

Residents Have 2 Chances to Meet with State Rep. Jonathan Hecht

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht

The following announcement was provided by State Rep. Jonathan Hecht’s office:

Representative Jonathan Hecht will hold office hours twice in Watertown in February. Constituents are invited to meet with Representative Hecht at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, February 11th

8:30-9:30 a.m.Watertown Town Hall149 Main St, 3rd Floor hallway

Thursday, February 20th5:00-6:00 p.m.Watertown Free Public Library123 Main St, Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room

Anyone unable to attend these office hours can call Representative Hecht at 617-722-2140 to schedule an appointment at another time.