Thank You & Farewell

Dear Friends, For more than seven years, I have had the high honor of representing the people of the First Middlesex District on Beacon Hill. During my tenure in the Massachusetts State Senate, I greatly enjoyed and took distinct pride … Continued

State Seeks New Mental-Health Provider for Lowell Facility

By Rick Sobey LOWELL — It was yet another major setback for mental-health treatment in the region. After the Lowell Treatment Center on Varnum Avenue permanently shut down last month, local legislators reached out to the state about restoring Lowell-based … Continued

Bill will help those who make it in Massachusetts

Editorial Whatever’s produced in Massachusetts stays in Massachusetts? It’s not quite as catchy as the phrase Las Vegas has successfully used to market its unique assets, but it could deliver a mass message that the state’s smaller manufacturing companies can’t … Continued

The Donoghue Digest: Winter Edition

In the District Lowell’s New Mayor and City Council Begin Terms   With Representative David Nangle and other colleagues from Beacon Hill, I attended the swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Samaras and Lowell City Council members. I look forward to working … Continued

Important to Regulate Fantasy Sports Contests

Editorial Last year, a special commission on Beacon Hill studied the burgeoning digital fantasy sports industry — think DraftKings and FanDuel. In July, the commission concluded the industry could only get bigger, the state should regulate it, the state should … Continued

Editorial: Welcome law targets abuse of handicapped parking

There are plenty of ways to “game the system” as the saying goes, but abusing handicapped parking spots with bogus credentials is one of the more shameful. Handicapped placards, both temporary or permanent, are intended to allow a shorter traveling … Continued

The Donoghue Digest: November Edition

Dear friends, I hope that you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. The victory by a U.S. woman in the New York Marathon notwithstanding, October and November felt like a sprint. The Senate passed major and complex bills to help … Continued

Employers can help with student debt

Source: Commonwealth Magazine By Eileen M. Donoghue, Julie Lammers, and Paul Mark As the student debt crisis worsens, elected officials are turning to college affordability as their primary policy solution. New York is implementing tuition-free public higher education through its … Continued

Special Commission Approves Time Zone Report

As Senate Chair of the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee, I helped to pass major economic development legislation last year that established, among other things, a special commission on the Commonwealth’s Time Zone. Initially spurred by a citizen’s petition, … Continued

The Donoghue Digest: Fall 2017 Edition

The fall edition of my newsletter is jam-packed with stories on what I’ve been up to in recent months on Beacon Hill. From the two special commissions that I established and chaired, to my work in crafting our state’s budget, … Continued

Massachusetts Leaders Unite to Condemn Hatred

In the wake of the violence and tragic deaths of three people in Charlottesville, all of us, now more than ever, must together explicitly denounce hatred, racism, and bigotry in the United States. I proudly cosponsored a joint resolution, which … Continued

Export development committee welcomes Ban Ki-moon to State House

Press Release

BOSTON – The eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon visited the State House yesterday to discuss international trade and engagement with the new Joint Committee on Export Development, which aims to develop partnerships between the commonwealth and other nations … Continued

Senate budget includes Community Benefit Districts

Press Release

BOSTON – Senators voted to include language establishing Community Benefit Districts (CBDs) in the Senate budget yesterday, potentially creating a new tool for cities and towns in Massachusetts to establish local partnerships to manage and support vibrant, walkable places like … Continued