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Senate President Stan Rosenberg, elected to 2nd term, lays out 2017 priorities

BOSTON - Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, was elected on Wednesday to a second two-year term as leader of the Massachusetts Senate.

In a speech before the newly sworn-in members of the Senate, Rosenberg laid out his priorities for the upcoming session, which range from regulating self-driving cars to reforming the criminal justice system to passing paid family leave and raising the minimum wage.

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Mass. Senate 'listening tour' successfully brings Beacon Hill to Main Street: Guest viewpoint

Since we took office on January 7th, we've initiated a sweeping set of reforms that promise to change the culture of the Massachusetts State Senate and make it more accessible, more open, and more transparent in its procedures.

Some consider these changes long overdue. We share their instinct – the time is ripe for action.

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State senators continue Commonwealth Conversations tour

Bristol Community College President John J. Sbrega told a visiting delegation of state senators on Wednesday he appreciates their continued support, while at the same time urging them to loosen their purse strings.

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State senators open up conversation with constituents as part of statewide tour

FALL RIVER - For the past month, state senators have been traveling the state as part of the Commonwealth Conversations Tour, an effort to promote civic engagement organized by Westport's Sen. Michael Rodrigues. On Wednesday, the tour will bring the elected officials to the SouthCoast.

The seventh of eight forums, the local senators will wrap up a day of visits to area communities with a town hall-style meeting at Bridgewater State University.

Rodrigues and state Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford, and James Timilty, D-Walpole, will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, and other senators from across Massachusetts.

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Lexington state senators join the Commonwealth Conversations

The Massachusetts senators are traveling around the state hoping to engage constituents in a conversation about priorities for the state. Part of that conversation is going on via social media. Here is a look at where our senators have been and what they have discussed...

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Senators' bus tour hits Lowell teen center

LOWELL -- UTEC and its biggest supporters touted their achievements in keeping youths out of trouble to an audience of about a dozen senators who stopped by as part of a regional bus tour Monday.

The United Teen Equality Center on Hurd Street was one of several stops on the latest leg of the Senate bus tour. A group of senators has been traveling to a different part of the state on eight separate days, starting a month ago and ending March 18.

State Sen. Michael Rodrigues, a Westport Democrat, said he came up with the idea for the bus tour while at a Senate retreat soon after the election. With a new governor and new Senate president, it was a good time to tour schools, service providers and others across the state to hear about a broad range of issues, he said.

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