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Sen. Don Humason assumes leadership role in Massachusetts Senate

Sen. Don Humason, R-Westfield, has been named assistant minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate.
The recent appointment was made by Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester.
“I am honored that Minority Leader Tarr appointed me to this new position, and I am excited to take on the new roles and responsibilities that come with it,” Humason said.


State Sen. Don Humason, R-Westfield, touts perfect roll call voting record

Since first taking office in November 2013, Humason has not missed a single roll call vote. Humason said Friday he had been congratulated by Sen. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr.
“Roll call votes are one of the primary and crucial ways that senators protect and represent the interests of their constituents, and often they involve critical issues where every vote makes a difference,” said Tarr, R-Gloucester, in a statement. “Senator Humason undoubtedly understands that, and his 100 percent voting record reflects his commitment not only to those he represents, but also to the prosperity and future of our state.”


Massachusetts lawmakers concerned about new tolling structure on Mass. Pike

Eleven Massachusetts state senators say they have questions about the shift to all electronic tolling.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation last week rolled out the proposed toll rates for drivers as they travel under the metal gantries at highway speeds. The move to the cashless system is scheduled for Oct. 28.

The proposed tolls “may not meet the Legislative intent to ensure equitable tolling on the Western Turnpike and other roads,” their letter, issued late Friday, said.


Regulations for new transportation companies negotiated

As one of six members of a legislative Conference Committee, state Sen. Don Humason helped negotiate a compromise bill focused on regulating transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

“In some areas of the state, including my district, transportation options are really limited. For that reason, it was important to me that we allow these innovative companies to continue to grow in order to meet our constituents’ unmet transportation needs,”


Senator Don Humason files bill stripping Attorney General Maura Healey’s authority on firearms sales in Massachusetts

BOSTON – A day after gun rights activists flooded the streets outside the Massachusetts State House to protest Attorney General Maura Healey, state Sen. Don Humason said he’s filed legislation in response to her crackdown on assault-style weapons.

Humason, R-Westfield, referred to Healey’s decision to step up enforcement on what she called “copycat” weapons as “unclear” and an “overreaching attempt to reinterpret the intention of the Legislature on this issue.”

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$115,000 ‘green’ grant honors Holyoke efforts to see light

HOLYOKE – Municipal facilities will get improved lighting thanks to a $115,895 “Green Communities” grant from the state.

“Congratulations to the city of Holyoke for receiving this competitive grant which will support their continued work to reduce the City’s energy consumption year after year,” Humason said in an email.


State Sen. Humason honored for promoting public transparency, open government

Westfield – State Sen. Don Humason has been recognized by a national advocacy organization that promotes open government and public transparency for his legislative efforts in Massachusetts.

The Westfield Republican recently received a Massachusetts Public Service Award from Common Cause for his work on updating the state’s outdated public records law. Humason was one of three senators appointed to a conference committee tasked with …

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Massachusetts Senate expands benefits, protections for Veterans

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill giving veterans preference for subsidized housing, protecting state workers called to military service and providing various benefits for veterans and their families.

The bill, S.2325/H.4285, would also create a new state-level position overseeing housing for veterans, including at the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes, although Western Massachusetts lawmakers inserted an….

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