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.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is the legislator of the year in the eyes of the Children's League of Massachusetts.
The Pittsfield Democrat was given the honor alongside state Sen. Bruce Tarr last Tuesday. The Children's League is a non-profit consisting of more than 80 organizations advocating for policies for the state's children, youth and families.
"Both Sen. Tarr and Rep. Farley-Bouvier's commitment to protecting the well-being of our children is unmatched," Erin G. Bradley, execut
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier will not run for state senate.
The Pittsfield Democrat said she considered running for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who opted not to run for re-election, but instead will seek re-election to the House of Representatives.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said 20 percent of victims who report the crime regret they did so because of the way they are treated in the justice system. She is pushing a bill in the State House to provide consistency across the state in how rape cases are handled.
The bill received a hearing on the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday and the Pittsfield Democrat is hoping it'll make it to the legislative floor by the end of the year. The bill focuses on ensuring victims have information
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouiver intends to seek re-election.
The Democrat won the office in a special election in 2011 after Christopher Speranzo took a lifetime appointment in Berkshire Superior Court. Farley-Bouvier first defeated Peter White and Ryan Scago in the Democratic primary and then Green-Rainbow Party Mark Miller, Republican Mark Jester, and independent Pam Malumphy in the general election. She ran unopposed in the following two elections.
She'll face competition in 2016 with