Office of Liz Malia Spring Newsletter

New Committee Assignments

In January 2017, Speaker DeLeo appointed Representative Malia to serve as Assistant Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Joint Committee on Ways and Means is a standing committee with the duty to consider all legislation and matters affect­ing the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters. She chaired three of the eight public hearings held around the state that mark the first step in crafting the annual operating budget beyond the governor's initial recommendations. Every fiscal year, the House and Senate each develop their own budgets, reconcile the versions, and send a final proposal to the Governor for his consideration. During the last couple of years, the revenue projections have not materialized as expected, forcing the governor and legislature to frequently revise their budgets. Representative Malia also now serves on the Joint Committees on Labor and Workforce Development and Public Service.

Representative Liz Malia Charing House Ways and Means Committee.

Legislative Priorities

At the beginning of the legislative session, Representative Malia authored two columns explaining her legislative priorities for the 190th legislative session. In both columns, Representative Malia discusses the Community Prosperity Act, the Safe Communities Act, the Justice Reinvestment Act, and much more. Click on the links below to read them.

Malia: These Are My Legislative Priorities -- Part I

Malia: My Legislative Priorities -- Part 2

Representative Liz Malia meeting with Greater Boston Food Bank to discuss their 2018 Fiscal Year budget requests. The ask is fund Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP or better known as Food Banks) at $20M.

Advocacy in the 11th Suffolk District

Representative Malia is in a unique position to advocate for a progressive legislative agenda. She spent the first part of the year meeting with constituents to hear about the issues that matter to them most. The purpose of many of these meetings was to discuss budget priorities. Liz met with organizations across the district and beyond to hear how she can further support initiatives that further create a more fair and prosperous Commonwealth.

Rep. Malia speaking at Dimock Center's 4th annual Breakfast of Champions about the importance of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and harm reduction models to keep people safe and healthy.
Representative Liz Malia with (L-R) State Auditor Bump, Bob Monahan of RHC, and John McGahan of the Gavin Foundation.
Representative Malia at the 14th Annual MOAR Public Policy Dialogue.
Representative Malia meeting with Hyde Square Task Force and youth from the Roxbury/Jamaica Plain area to discuss the Jackson Square Recreation Center.

Self Esteem Boston

Representative Malia was the Keynote speaker for the most recent Self Esteem Boston training program. Self Esteem Boston was founded in 1993 by Marion Davis, with the vision of providing self-esteem programs regardless of ability to pay. They provide training, workshops and seminars to clients and staff in order to teach people that healthy self-esteem is the foundation for success in life.

Self Esteem Boston is an active member in the community by contributing to programs such as job readiness, substance abuse recovery, prerelease, domestic violence shelter and transitional living, shelters and transitional, human service, and public health services.

Representative Malia at the Dimock Center welcoming providers & staff of substance abuse programs participating in Self Esteem Boston's training.

Reach Out and Read

On March 21, the Office of Representative Liz Malia met with constituents and advocates to discuss the importance of early literacy. Clifford the Dog came by to discuss the efforts of Reach Out & Read MA. Reach Out & Read MA is an evidence-based early literacy nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote reading aloud in exam rooms nationwide.

Representative Liz Malia with Clifford the Dog on Reach Out and Read Day.

School of Reentry

On April 18, Rep. Malia joined Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and Secretary Bennett for a visit to the Department of Corrections School of Reentry at Boston Prerelease Center in Roslindale. The School of Reentry provides minimum security inmates an opportunity to return to their communities prepared to live crime free productive lives through a combination of education and vocational training and the development of higher personal cognitive reasoning skills in a 12-18 month residential school. The School is designed to allow inmates to complete their incarceration immersed in education, personal, and workforce development training, funded through a public/private partnership. They partner with Roxbury Community College for the provision of remedial instruction, HiSET training, freshman orientation, tutors and introduction to computer classes.

Representative Liz Malia and Mayor Marty Walsh meeting with students from the School of Reentry.

Youth Build

In March, Rep. Malia met with YouthBuild Boston (YBB) to discuss their FY18 budget priorities and update her on their work. YBB was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing under served young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the building trades.

Representative Liz Malia meeting with students from Youth Build.

Malia Legislative Priorities

At the begining of the legislative session Representative Malia released two op-eds explaining her legislative priorities for the 190th Legislative session. In both op-eds Representative Malia discusses the Community Prosperity Act, Safe Communities Act, Justice Reinvestment Act, and more. To read both op-eds click on below.

Malia: These Are My Legislative Priorities — Part I

Malia: My Legislative Priorities – Part 2

"The 319 bills I sponsored or co-sponsored form an aggressive and progressive agenda that I intend to pursue this session. The bills highlighted here and in my previous column represent the core of that agenda. Between your advocacy and mine, I am hopeful progressive laws will pass over the next 18 months."

For more information about Representative Malia, please visit our website at www.replizmalia.com

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