Each representative across the Commonwealth filed a number of amendments for specific projects in their district.
This year, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is putting all of her efforts behind just one: St. Mary the Morningstar.
One of the most important aspects of the bill is the outline of how proceedings shall be conducted when an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported. Both the reporting party and responding party are given equal rights, notices and opportunity for representation throughout the proceeding.
About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community.
The city had reached a high in the number of births among teenage women and it brought on an array of challenges, from poverty to social issues to that child having trouble learning in school.
The state's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday shoring up the rights of pregnant workers.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to provide basic accommodations for employees who are pregnant or a new mother. Such provisions include allowing pregnant woman to take more frequent bathroom breaks, drink water while they work, or provided a stool to sit on.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier will move on to the general election to attempt to keep her seat in the state House of Representatives.
The two-term incumbent won her Democratic primary on Thursday by 382 votes against challenger Michael Bloomberg.