Entries by Rich Haggerty

Representative Haggerty, Massachusetts Legislature Legalize Sports Betting

BOSTON – Monday, August 1, 2022 – Earlier this week, State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) and the Massachusetts Legislature passed An Act regulating sports wagering, authorizing and regulating sports betting in the Commonwealth. The legislation authorizes the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to grant in-person licenses at gaming establishments, including casinos, racetracks, and simulcast facilities, as […]

Representative Haggerty, State House Delegation Secure $100,000 for Reading in FY23 Budget

BOSTON – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading), State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn), and State Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) have secured $100,000 in funding earmarks for the Town of Reading as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) state budget. The final budget, which was released from conference committee on […]

Representative Haggerty, Massachusetts House Approve Economic Relief Rebates and Permanent Tax Breaks

BOSTON – Thursday, July 14, 2022 – As part of a recently passed economic development bill, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the most substantial tax relief package in a generation. In an effort to give back to all residents in Massachusetts, the House passed both one-time rebates and significant tax relief beginning in 2023. […]

Rep. Haggerty secures 300k for Hurld Park in Economic Development bill

BOSTON – Thursday, July 14, 2022 – The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an economic development bill, which utilizes the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) surplus funds, and bonds to make significant investments across several vital sectors of the economy. Funded at $4.2 billion, the legislation addresses disparities exacerbated by the […]

Representative Haggerty, Massachusetts House Pass Major Clean Energy Legislation

BOSTON – 7/21/2022 – Last Thursday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a sweeping clean energy bill, An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind. The legislation bolsters green transportation, green buildings, and clean power production, including offshore wind, solar, storage and networked geothermal, while creating thousands of new jobs and economic benefits in the process. This […]

Massachusetts House Passes Bill Supporting Veteran’s Services, Military Families

BOSTON – July 7, 2022 – The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed today comprehensive legislation addressing the Commonwealth’s most immediate needs in the veteran community and making necessary updates to service member quality-of-life issues and acknowledgements of our military branches and individual service, including supporting military families who relocate to the Commonwealth with expedited licensure […]

Massachusetts House Passes Legislation to Reform Step Therapy Protocols

BOSTON – Last Wednesday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation limiting the use of step therapy protocols, in which insurance companies refuse to pay for the prescription drugs prescribed by a patient’s health care provider until the patient first tries cheaper, and oftentimes ineffective, alternatives. The legislation establishes exceptions a patient can use to […]

Massachusetts House Passes Comprehensive Behavioral Health Legislation

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed on Thursday, June 16, 2022, comprehensive legislation addressing longstanding issues with our behavioral health care delivery system. The bill focuses on acute psychiatric care and crisis response, youth behavioral health initiatives, community-based behavioral health services, investments in the workforce, and enforcement of existing behavioral health parity laws. […]

Reading’s Erin Gaffen Named Commonwealth Heroine of Class 2022

BOSTON – Reading’s Erin Gaffen was honored this week, at an in-person ceremony, as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) 2022 Class of Commonwealth Heroines. State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) is proud to have nominated Erin for her continued contributions and dedication to the Reading community. “I was […]