Press Releases


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2017

Contact:
Chris Power, Director of Communications
(617) 722-1415

HUMAN ANNOUNCES APRIL OFFICE HOURS
WESTFIELD – State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours in all 11 cities and towns in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District throughout April.

Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:

Monday, April 3, 2017
Agawam Senior Center                                   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
954 Main Street, Agawam

Southwick Council on Aging                            12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
454 College Highway, Southwick

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Montgomery Town Hall                                  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
161 Main Road, Montgomery

Southampton Council on Aging                      1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
210 College Highway, Southampton

Monday, April 10, 2017         
Holyoke Senior Center                                    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
291 Pine Street, Holyoke
***Joint Office Hours with Representative Aaron Vega

River Mills Senior Center                               1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
5 West Main Street, Chicopee

Friday, April 14, 2017
Easthampton Council on Aging                       10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
19 Union Street, Easthampton

Monday, April 24, 2017
Tolland Town Hall                                           10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
241 West Granville Road, Tolland

Granville Town Hall                                        1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
707 Main Road, Granville

Friday, April 28, 2017
Westfield Senior Center                                 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
45 Noble Street, Westfield

Russell Council on Aging                                 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
65 Main Street, Russell

All are welcome to visit and share their thoughts or concerns about state matters with Senator Humason and his staff.
In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s District Office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston Office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address isDonald.Humason@MASenate.gov

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017

Contact:
Chris Power, Director of Communications
(617) 722-1415

HUMAN NAMED ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER IN SENATE
BOSTON – State Senator Don Humason (R – Westfield) has been named Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate by Senate Minority 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,” said Senator Humason. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Republican Caucus to develop an agenda in the Senate that will best serve families and businesses in my district and across the Commonwealth.”

For the last three years, Senator Humason served as the Senate Minority Whip. His appointment as Assistant Minority Leader marks a move up the ranks in Senate Republican Leadership.

Humason also retained his seat on the powerful Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which is responsible for crafting the state’s annual budget and vetting legislation as it nears completion. He has also been appointed to the following committees:

  • – Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Rules
  • – Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets
  • – Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
  • – Joint Committee on Transportation
  • – Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities
  • – Joint Committee on Public Service
  • – Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs

“My committee assignments for this session reflect some of the areas of concern I hear about most often from my constituents, so I’m well-positioned to continue making those concerns a part of the decision-making process on Beacon Hill,” said Senator Humason.

In addition to his service to legislative committees, Humason also serves as a Senate Chair on both the Aviation and Boating Legislative Caucuses, which provide legislative and budgetary advocacy in cooperation with their respective industries and constituencies.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

The Senator maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2017

Contact:
Chris Power, Director of Communications
(617) 722-1415

HUMASON ANNOUNCES UPCOMING OFFICE HOURS

WESTFIELD – State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours in all 11 cities and towns in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District in February and March.

Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:

Monday, February 27, 2017                  4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Agawam Public Library
Peirce Room
750 Cooper Street, Agawam

Tuesday, February 28, 2017                 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Holyoke Public Library
3rd Floor Study Room
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke

Thursday, March 2, 2017                       4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Grace Hall Memorial Library
161 Main Street, Montgomery

Monday, March 6, 2017                          4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Southwick Public Library
Community Room
95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick

Wednesday, March 8, 2017                   4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Granville Public Library
2 Granby Road, Granville

Monday, March 13, 2017                        4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Westfield Athenaeum
6 Elm Street, Westfield

Tuesday, March 14, 2017                       4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Edwards Public Library
Meeting Room
30 East Street, Southampton

Tuesday, March 21, 2017                        4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Emily Williston Memorial Library
9 Park Street, Easthampton

Wednesday, March 22, 2017                 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Tolland Public Library
22 Clubhouse Road, Tolland

Monday, March 27, 2017                        4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Russell Public Library
162 Main Street, Russell

Wednesday, March 29, 2017                 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library – Main
449 Front Street, Chicopee

All are welcome to visit and share their thoughts or concerns about state matters with Senator Humason and his staff.

In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s District Office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston Office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address isDonald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017

Contact:
Chris Power, Director of Communications
(617) 722-1415

HUMASON ANNOUNCES START OF 2017 OFFICE HOURS

WESTFIELD – State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours in cities and towns across the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District in January and February.

Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:

Monday, January 23, 2017
Agawam Senior Center                                                           10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
954 Main Street, Agawam

Friday, January 27, 2017
Holyoke Senior Center                                                            10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
291 Pine Street, Holyoke

Monday, January 30, 2017
Chicopee Senior Center                                                          10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
5 West Main Street, Chicopee

Monday, February 6, 2017
Southampton Council on Aging                                              10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
210 College Highway, Southampton

Westfield Senior Center                                                         1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
45 Noble Street, Westfield

Friday, February 10, 2017
Russell Council on Aging                                                         10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
65 Main Street, Russell

Monday, February 13, 2017
Easthampton Council on Aging                                               1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
19 Union Street, Easthampton

All are welcome to come, visit, and share their thoughts or concerns on state matters with Senator Humason and his staff.
In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s district office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address isDonald.Humason@MASenate.gov

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2017

Contact:
Chris Power, Director of Communications
(617) 722-1415

HUMASON SWORN IN TO SENATE FOR SECOND FULL TERM

BOSTON — State Senator Don Humason was sworn-in as the State Senator for the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District by Governor Charlie Baker Wednesday morning, marking the start of his second full term in the Massachusetts State Senate.

“It really is a great honor to be returning to the Senate for this new session, and it’s not something I take lightly,” saidSenator Humason. “Our swearing-in ceremony served as a great chance to reflect on both the responsibility I have to my constituents and my gratitude for the opportunity to serve once again, so thank you to my friends, family, and supporters for allowing me to continue this work. I look forward to working with constituents, advocates, organizations, and local officials from all 11 cities and towns in my district to make sure our voices continue to be heard on Beacon Hill.”

Senator Humason was first elected to the State Senate in a 2013 special election to fill the seat that was vacated by former Senator Michael Knapik. Humason was re-elected to the seat in both 2014 and 2016. Before his service in the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives for 11 years as Westfield’s State Representative.

Humason is one of six Republicans in the State Senate. He has recently served as the Minority Whip and sits on a number of high-powered committees, including the Joint Committees on Ways & Means, Transportation, Veterans and Federal Affairs, and more.

Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony marks the start of the 190th biennial session of the General Court of the Commonwealth.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd  Hampden & Hampshire District, consisting of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield, parts of the city of Chicopee, and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

Senator Humason maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address isDonald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016

Contact:
Don Humason
(413) 568-1366

HUMASON HIGHLIGHTS CULTURAL GRANT OPPORTUNITY

WESTFIELD — State Senator Don Humason announced today that the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in partnership with MassDevelopment, is seeking applicants for capital grant funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

“Each year in the state budget, funding the Massachusetts Cultural Councils is a top priority of mine because a large portion of the funding makes its’ way back to communities through programs like this,” said Senator Humason. “This is a great opportunity for local organizations and municipalities to receive funding to upgrade cultural facilities and artistic venues that draw people to our cities and towns. I hope to see a portion of these funds coming to the district when grants are awarded in June.”

The Massachusetts Cultural Council publicized on Friday that it is in search of grant applications for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, which they administer in conjunction with MassDevelopment. The grant aims to support the development and advancement of cultural facilities across the Commonwealth, providing construction jobs; expanding access and education in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and improving the quality of life in communities.

The grant opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

Intent-to-Apply submissions are due by November 18, 2016. Final applications are due by January 13, 2017.

For more information about the grant program, application guidelines, and previously funded projects, visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council strongly recommends that interested organizations or municipalities participate in one of their information sessions to learn about program details and ask questions. The closest information session to the Senator’s district is in Amherst on Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 am at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002).

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, consisting of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield, parts of the city of Chicopee, and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

Senator Humason maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415. His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2016

Contact:
Don Humason
(413) 568-1366

HUMAN ANNOUNCES OCTOBER AS MANUFACTURING MONTH
Speaks on panel at annual industry summit
WORCESTER — Today State Senator Don Humason joined his colleagues from the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus at the 2016 Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Summit to celebrate the state’s manufacturing industry, share updates from Beacon Hill, and discuss the industry’s future in the Commonwealth.“The manufacturing industry has played an incredibly important role in the history and growth of the cities and towns in my district, and it remains a significant industry today – supplying jobs for thousands of my constituents,” said Senator Don Humason. “It’s simple for me. Our manufacturing companies provide well-paying jobs, strengthen local economies, and bolster other industries in the Commonwealth, so I was happy to join in the celebration today and will continue to support the industry on Beacon Hill how and when I can.”

The annual event, hosted this year by Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and MassDevelopment, was held at the DCU Center in Worcester and serves as an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the robust advanced manufacturing economy in Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Speaker Robert DeLeo spoke throughout the course of the full-day summit.

Senator Humason joined Representative Joe Wagner, Representative Jeff Roy, Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Chris Walsh, Senator Michael Moore, and Representative Kevin Kuros for the afternoon workshop.

Legislators participated in a panel discussion, question and answer session, and breakout roundtable conversations with workshop attendees. During the session, topics included the importance of the industry for the Commonwealth, the need for workforce skills development, and the work of the Manufacturing Caucus within the Legislature.

“The thing I appreciate about this type of event is that we, as legislators, get to talk directly with industry professionals and learn about how we can best support their work,” said Senator Humason.

The Summit also served as the kick-off event for 2016’s Manufacturing Month, with Governor Baker officially proclaiming October as Manufacturing Month. Attendees attended workshop sessions throughout the day that touched on various aspects of the industry.

Senator Humason plans to participate in the month-long celebration by attending events in the district, including the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s October 6th Celebrate Manufacturing event, as well as touring at local companies.

As a part of Manufacturing Month, companies around the Commonwealth will celebrate Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 7th.

To learn about different ways you can participate in local events throughout the month of October, visit http://www.mfgday.com and http://ampitupma.com for more information.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, consisting of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield, parts of the city of Chicopee, and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

Senator Humason maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415. His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2016

Contact:
Don Humason
(413) 568-1366

Humason, Boldyga Announce E-ZPass Transponder Distribution in Agawam

AGAWAM – State Senator Don Humason and State Representative Nick Boldyga will be hosting an E-ZPass distribution event on Tuesday, August 16 at the Agawam Public Library. The event will provide a convenient opportunity for Western Massachusetts drivers to enroll in the program.

“With all-electronic tolling set to begin in the fall, it’s of utmost importance that drivers are able to take steps to prepare for changes in a convenient and timely way,” said Senator Humason. “I appreciate MassDOT working with us to assist local residents with the E-ZPass program, and I’d like to thank the Agawam Public Library for hosting us.”

I am happy that we were able to get a transponder sign-up event here in Agawam.  It is important that residents be given ample opportunities to sign up for an E-ZPass transponder before they are required,” said Representative Boldyga. “I hope that all residents will take advantage of this event.”

The event will be hosted at the Agawam Public Library from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 16 and is open to all drivers in the region. The Agawam Public Library is located at 750 Cooper Street in Agawam.

To enroll in the program, residents must provide photo identification, motor vehicle registration and $20 by either check or credit card. The transponder is free.

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield, parts of the city of Chicopee, and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

Senator Humason maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

The 3rd Hampden District consists of the City of Agawam and the towns of Granville and Southwick.

Representative Boldyga maintains a district office located at Cooper’s Commons, 159 Main Street, Suite M in Agawam, MA 01001. The telephone number is (413) 455-3007.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2016

Contact:
Don Humason
(617) 722-1415

HUMASON FILES BILL IN REACTION TO AG OVERREACH

BOSTON – Yesterday State Senator Don Humason filed a bill in response to Attorney General Maura Healey’s recent directive to firearm retailers regarding her new interpretation of the state’s ban on certain firearms in Massachusetts.

“As a Legislator and a strong supporter of Massachusetts residents’ second amendment rights, I was very disappointed to learn about the Attorney General’s unclear and overreaching attempt to reinterpret the intention of the Legislature on this issue,” said Senator Don Humason. “As recently as 2014 we debated the state’s gun laws, and to my best recollection this concern was not expressed by a single member in either branch during that debate or the previous sixteen years the Legislature debated this issue.”

Senator Humason’s bill, An Act clarifying firearms oversight, would remove the Attorney General’s authority to promulgate rules and regulations regarding the sale of firearms in the Commonwealth. The proposal has received bipartisan support in the Legislature.

“Public input and deliberative debate is critical when we are considering changes to laws regarding citizens’ constitutional rights,” said Humason. “What the Attorney General issued this week flies in the face of the transparent and accessible government that residents expect and we work to ensure.”

On Wednesday, the Attorney General issued a directive that sought to define the terms “copy” and “duplicate” as used in the Commonwealth’s ban on all fully automatic firearms and certain semiautomatic firearms. Her action effectively caused an immediate ban on an undefined list of firearms across the state, sparking legal concerns for law-abiding firearms owners, firearms dealers, and law enforcement officials.

“I am happy to discuss the many ways we can promote increased firearm safety while preserving second amendment rights in the Commonwealth, and I think it is an important conversation to have on a continuing basis. The bill I filed seeks to ensure that the Legislature can continue to have that conversation honestly and openly, without misinterpretation of the bodies’ intent.”

Formal sessions in the Legislature conclude on July 31.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

The Senator maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415. His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2016

CONTACT
Don Humason
(617) 722-1415  

HUMASON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATURE’S FINALIZED FY17 BUDGET

 BOSTON – State Senator Don Humason announced today that the Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a finalized version of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which includes a number of the Senator’s priorities.

“It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a difficult fiscal climate, but I am happy we are able to deliver an on-time budget that supports critical programs and services that our cities and towns rely on,” said Senator Don Humason. “I’m very appreciative that so many of my priorities were included in the Committee’s finalized proposal, and I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for their collegiality and partnership throughout the process.”

During the Conference Committee’s deliberation, Senator Humason successfully advocated for the following local priorities, which were included in the final version of the budget:

· $150,000 for upgrades and repairs to Agawam Public Schools
· $50,000 for a one-stop service center for military and veteran students and their families at Westfield State University
· $15,000 for war memorial maintenance, renovations, and enhancements in Agawam, Southwick, and Easthampton
· $25,000 for safety improvements and restoration of the Westfield Athenaeum
· $50,000 to promote the Westfield International Air Show at the Westfield-Barnes Airport
· $50,000 for preparations in advance of the 350th Anniversary of the City of Westfield
· $25,000 to support community policing efforts in the City of Holyoke
· $10,000 to offset the cost of purchasing Narcan for the Holyoke Fire Department
· $54,000 to support local violence prevention programs for the South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
· $100,000 to support Holyoke Community College’s Dual Enrollment Program for area high school students

The Committee also included a two policy-focused amendment filed by the Senator during the Senate budget. The first requires E-ZPass Transponders to be made available at all full services Registry of Motor Vehicle locations, expanding access to the devices in light of the coming transition to All-Electronic Tolling on the Turnpike.

The second policy priority seeks to ease elevator inspections on small elevators and chairlifts, often used infrequently in churches, clubs, and non-profits. The policy seeks to balance public safety assurances with cost savings from unnecessary inspection fees for these organizations.

Senator Humason also noted that statewide programs and services he is also supportive of were also included in the budget, such as

· Providing $17.7 million for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program
· $14.3 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Council
· Providing $61 million for Regional School Transportation Reimbursements
· Requiring long-term insurance coverage for Lyme Disease
· $1 million for the Substance Abuse Trust Fund
· Extending protections to municipal retirees from increased out-of-pocket healthcare costs 

“I know well that the residents and local officials in the cities and towns I represent are best equipped to tackle obstacles and meet the needs of their communities when they have adequate resources,” said Senator Humason. “I was very happy to advocate for these items in the budget because they represent direct support to the residents in my district and the municipalities they live in.”

Without increasing taxes, the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget funds local aid for cities and towns at $1.02 billion, a 3% increase over Fiscal Year 2016 spending. Chapter 70 education funding received a $116 million increase benefitting every school district and bringing the total to $4.63 billion. The budget also increases funding for Councils on Aging to $14.8 million and fully funds the Special Education Circuit Breaker. 

The six-member Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the budget released their recommendations on Wednesday, and received final approval from both branches on Thursday.

With approval from both branches, the budget now heads to Governor Baker for his consideration. The Governor has the ability to veto provisions within the proposal, while the Legislature would then require a vote of 2/3 of the members in each branch to override any of the Governor’s vetoes.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.  

The Senator maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov .  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2016

CONTACT
Don Humason
(413) 568-1366

Senate Passes Bill to Regulate Transportation Network Companies

BOSTON—Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), including Uber and Lyft. The bill, S.2371 An Act regulating Transportation Network Companies, creates a strong regulatory framework for operatives and drivers to be administered by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). It would also subject drivers to strict background checks, set rules for insurance requirements, and require drivers to be certified.

“Access to transportation has been a longstanding issue for many residents in Western Massachusetts. The bill we passed today embraces the notion that new technologies may be able to assist us in addressing old problems, while also promoting a culture of safety in this new industry,” said Senator Don Humason. “I was happy to support the bill because I see this as an opportunity for new job growth and a boon for my constituents, who typically lack transportation options.”

“Through innovation and disrupting the current market, TNCs have created additional transportation options for residents across the Commonwealth. With that said, they cannot continue to operate in an unregulated fashion,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This bill strikes a balance between allowing an innovative business the ability to thrive while also implementing common sense regulations that protect public safety and consumers.”

Over the past few months, a Senate working group met with a range of stakeholders on this issue including TNCs, taxi drivers, taxi medallion owners, the livery industry, the Division of Insurance, municipal leaders, insurance companies, and the Department of Criminal Justice Information Systems.

Under the bill, the state division established within DPU and the TNC must both verify that each driver has successfully completed a background check. A driver must be at least 21 years old and his or her name must not appear on the National Sex Offender Registry. The driver must not have been convicted of certain crimes in the past seven years and no more than 5 traffic violations or any major traffic violation in the past 3 years. The DPU will be required to issue TNC-specific decals that drivers will be required to place on their vehicles for identification purposes. The bill also includes steep penalties of up to $1,000 for willfully permitting an uncertified driver to use a certificate that does not belong to them.

The legislation increases consumer protection and ensures that the industry is transparent and accountable. Under the bill, a TNC must provide accurate fare estimates, prohibit fare increases during emergencies and require accommodation of riders with special needs. It also requires a TNC to set up a toll-free customer service hotline on their app and website to better meet the needs and concerns of consumers.

The bill establishes a trust fund that will provide cities and towns with funds at least annually based on the proportion of rides originating in those cities and towns. These funds may be used for anything related to unmet transportation needs. It is funded by a marginal 10-cent charge on each TNC ride in the Commonwealth.

A conference committee will now be tasked with resolving the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.

Senator Humason represents the 2nd  Hamden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

The Senator maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2016

Contact:
Don Humason
(413) 579-8850

HUMASON CERTIFIED FOR FALL BALLOT

WESTFIELD – State Senator Don Humason has submitted over 500 nomination signatures from all eleven cities and towns in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District to the Secretary of the Commonwealth ahead of the May 31st deadline, officially placing his name on the ballot for State Senate in the Fall.

“This is just the first step towards seeking reelection, and the widespread support I’ve received so far has been overwhelming,” said Humason. “I want to thank my supporters for signing my nomination papers and volunteering their time to help collect signatures from every city and town in the district.”

In order to appear on the November ballot, a candidate for the State Senate is required to submit nomination papers with 300 certified signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. After collecting signatures in all of the eleven cities and towns in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, Senator Humason has submitted 520 certified signatures.

The state’s primary election is being held on Thursday, September 8th. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.

Humason, 48, is serving in his 2nd term as State Senator for the district after winning the special election to replace former Senator Mike Knapik in November of 2013. He went on to win re-election to a full two-year term in the Senate in November of 2014.

Senator Humason currently serves as the Senate Minority Whip, as well as a member of the powerful Joint Committee on Ways and Means. He also serves on the Joint Committees on Transportation, Veterans and Federal Affairs, and more. Humason was recently one of six legislators appointed to the Conference Committee tasked with negotiating a legislative update to the state’s outdated Public Records Law, which received unanimous support in both branches.

He is a 1989 graduate of Westfield State College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Spanish. A lifelong Westfield resident, he is the son of retired Westfield firefighter Donald Humason, Sr. and retired nurse Alberta Humason. He is married to Janice Humason and they have a 4 year old son named Quinn.

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and Chicopee Wards 7, 8A, and 9A; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

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March 30, 2016

Contact: Don Humason
(413) 568-1366

 

HUMASON KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN WITH GOVERNOR TO FULL ROOM

WESTFIELD – On Tuesday night, State Senator Don Humason and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker were greeted by a standing-room-only group of supporters at the East Mountain Country Club in Westfield to announce Senator Humason’s re-election campaign for the State Senate.

“It is such an honor to be joined by so many dedicated supporters and the Governor to announce that I am running for re-election to the State Senate tonight,” said Senator Humason following the event. “I’ve worked hard to represent my constituents honorably and honestly, and I look forward to continuing that work for another term in the Senate.”

Nearly 300 supporters from across the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District gathered in the ballroom at the East Mountain Country Club to show their support for Senator Humason, including state and local officials.

“I’d like to thank the people from all 11 cities and towns that I have the privilege to represent for their support and collaboration over the last three years, and ask them for their vote in the election this fall,” Humason said. “We have been able to tackle some tough issues in the Commonwealth working alongside Governor Baker, and I’m proud to bring the thoughts and concerns of my district to those conversations every day.”

Humason, 48, is serving in his 2nd term as State Senator for the district after winning the special election to replace former Senator Mike Knapik in November of 2013. He went on to win re-election to a full two-year term in the Senate in November of 2014.

Governor Baker joined Humason at the event following his keynote speech at Outlook 2016 and a tour of the 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base earlier in the day. The Governor offered remarks to the packed room about the importance of strength and decency in public service, commending Senator Humason for his year’s of exemplary service.

“I think one of the things I admire most about people like Don is they do bring strength and decency to the job. I don’t have any trouble knowing where he’s coming from,” said Baker of Humason. He continued, “You know where he stands on issues because he believes that is the best way to play the game; but he is also an enormously decent person, and the more people we can have like that at the end of the day – the better off we all will be.”

Senator Humason is a 1989 graduate of Westfield State College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Spanish. He is the son of retired Westfield firefighter Donald Humason, Sr. and retired nurse Alberta Humason. He is married to Janice Humason and they have a 4 year old son named Quinn.

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and Chicopee Wards 7, 8A, and 9A; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

For more information about the Senator’s campaign, or to volunteer and donate to the Don Humason for State Senate campaign, please visit www.DonHumason.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016

Contact: Don Humason
(413) 568-3390

 

HUMASON ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Governor Baker to attend fundraiser March 29th

WESTFIELD – Today State Senator Don Humason announced the start of his re-election campaign to the State Senate. Senator Humason has represented the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District since 2013.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work on behalf of the people of the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire, and I look forward to building on our accomplishments across the district with another term in the State Senate,” said Humason. “I take the responsibility that has been entrusted to me by my constituents very seriously, and I pride myself on serving the district as best as I can day in and day out.”
Humason, 48, is serving in his 2nd term as State Senator for the district after winning the special election to replace former Senator Mike Knapik in November of 2013. He went on to win re-election to a full two-year term in the Senate in November of 2014.

On Tuesday, March 29, Senator Humason will be joined by Governor Charlie Baker at the East Mountain Country Club in Westfield to kick off his re-election campaign. The event is from 5 PM – 7 PM, and the East Mountain Country Club is located at 1458 East Mountain Road in Westfield.

The event will include appetizers and a cash bar. Supporters will also be able to pick up lawn signs and bumper stickers and sign up to volunteer on the campaign. Donations to his campaign are welcome and will be gratefully accepted.

Currently, Senator Humason holds seats on the Joint Committees on Ways and Means; Veterans and Federal Affairs; Transportation; Education; Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; and Public Service. The Senator also sits on the Senate Committees on Ways and Means; Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets; and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Humason is the Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Aviation Caucus and a member of legislative caucuses that focus on libraries, public higher education, small business, manufacturing, boating, parks, and more.

He is a 1989 graduate of Westfield State College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Spanish. He is the son of retired Westfield firefighter Donald Humason, Sr. and retired nurse Alberta Humason. He is married to Janice Humason and they have a 4 year old son named Quinn.

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and Chicopee Wards 7, 8A, and 9A; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland.

For more information about the Senator’s campaign, or to volunteer and donate to the Don Humason for State Senate campaign, please visit www.DonHumason.org.

District Office

64 Noble Street

Westfield, MA 01085

Phone: 413-568-1366

Email: Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov

Campaign

Phone: 413-579-8550

Email: Campaign@donhumason.org

State House

Room 313A

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-1415

Fax: 617-722-1506

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