Legislative Update: Week of June 13, 2022

Jun 14, 2022


MassBio CEO Joe Boncore hosted a Policymakers Live virtual brief with Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion for the City of Boston. View a recording of the briefing here.

Massachusetts became the 15th state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses when the House and Senate voted to override Governor Baker’s veto on the legislation, known as the Work and Family Mobility Act.

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it will launch an inquiry to examine pharmacy benefit manager’s (PBMs) role in the U.S. pharmaceutical system. Pharmacy benefit managers are the middlemen who are hired to negotiate rebates and fees with drug manufacturers, create drug formularies and surrounding policies, and reimburse pharmacies for patients’ prescriptions.


On Monday, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to set August 13-14 as the state sales-tax-free weekend on most items less than $2,500.

On Thursday, MassBio President & COO Kendalle Burlin O’Connell is recognized by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce as a 2022 Inspire Awardee. The Inspire Awards honor women who demonstrate professional excellence, empower others, and serve as a positive force in the community.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will mark up legislation, including the “Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements Act of 2022” (“FDASLA Act”, S. 4348).

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing, “An Update on the Ongoing Federal Response to COVID-19: Current Status and Future Planning.”

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