Legislative Update – Week of December 12, 2022

Dec 13, 2022

Last week:

MassBio President Kendalle Burlin O’Connell was named one of Boston’s power players of 2022 by Axios.

The MBTA Green Line extension’s Medford branch opened early Monday morning. The new branch connects Tufts University at College Station and runs through Ball Square, Magoun Square, Gilman Square, and East Somerville stations. The MBTA predicts the new branch will serve 50,000 trips per day.

Democrat Kristin Kassner beat Republican incumbent Lenny Mirra by one vote in the recount for the Second Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Mirra intends to challenge the results of the recount. 

This week:

Join MassBio for “Looking Back at 2022: A Year in Review,” a forum on the past year of the biotechnology industry. Register here to join in-person or virtually on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau hosts its 37th annual meeting, featuring a panel discussion on “Greater Worcester’s Talent Advantage for Life Sciences.”

The Health Policy Commission convenes on Wednesday for their last meeting of 2022 to discuss findings from the 2022 Cost Trends Report and discuss data on changes in the pediatric market and the use and implications of risk adjustment in Massachusetts.

With a combined 22 new legislators joining the Massachusetts Senate and House in January, farewell speeches of outgoing members of the Legislature take place on Monday at 11am in the House and 12pm in the Senate.

The MBTA hosts a virtual public meeting on Tuesday to discuss options for extending the Silver Line to Everett and surrounding communities.

The Massachusetts Public Health Association holds their annual conference and meeting on Tuesday. The virtual conference, titled Rooted in Community: Building Equity-Driven Policies will include a keynote speech on public health data and an overview of the Association’s policy agenda for the new legislative session.

Also on Tuesday, the Massachusetts High Technology Council hosts a hybrid event to showcase key findings from their 2022 Women in the Workplace report.

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