Legislative Update: Week of July 13, 2020

Jul 13, 2020


On Monday, Governor Baker signed into law legislation that will allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail this fall, without having to provide a reason.

Additionally, the Baker Administration announced a new “Stop the Spread” initiative that will provide free COVID-19 testing in eight Massachusetts communities. Beginning last Friday and running through August 14, the “Stop the Spread” initiative will offer free tests in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford to ensure those residents can get testing without concern about possible associated costs. To learn more, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.

On Thursday, the U.S. Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled, “Consumers Beware: Increased Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This hearing sought to address the counterfeit personal protection equipment (PPE), price gouging, and COVID scams, and protect vulnerable Americans from fraud and dangerous products.


On Wednesday, Senator Cindy Friedman, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Financing will join MassBio CEO Bob Coughlin for a virtual briefing as part of MassBio’s July “Policymakers Live” series. You can register online, here. To view all upcoming Policymakers Live events, please visit the MassBio website.

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