Author Archives: Ruth Balser

Globe Editorial: If addiction is a disease, why does the probation system treat relapses as a crime?

The revolving door of court-treatment-prison has to stop. By The Editorial Board Updated December 3, 2023, 4:00 a.m. Someone commits a petty crime — theft, say — to feed an addiction and is put on probation. The judge orders them into … Continue reading

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‘Beacons’ on the Hill

Mass Lawyers Weekly Staff // October 27, 2023 The Equal Justice Coalition held a special event at the State House on Oct. 19 to recognize seven lawmakers who have been “Beacons of Justice” on the Hill. Click here to continue … Continue reading

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Calls for Changes to Bridgewater State Hospital Come with Dark Details

MATTHEW MEDSGER | mmedsger@bostonherald.com | Boston Herald- October 3, 2023 Bridgewater State Hospital is more like a prison than a mental health hospital, lawmakers are being told Click here to continue reading.

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Mass. Pols Stand With Israel As New War Unfolds

Written by Sam Drysdale/SHNS– Oct. 11, 2023 Massachusetts public officials and interest groups have come out in a massive show of support for Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas following a surprise attack last weekend. … Continue reading

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With New Model Language, Library E-book Bills Are Back

After a legal setback in 2022, library advocates say they are working closely with advocates on new bills in several states. By Andrew Albanese and Jim Milliot | Publishers Weekly | Feb 23, 2023 Click here to continue reading

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“Addiction is an illness, not a crime”

BY MARTINA JACKSON, FIG CITY NEWS on FEBRUARY 7, 2023 So says State Rep. Ruth B. Balser, explaining a bill she has filed — HD2465 An Act Ensuring Access to Addiction Services. Click here to continue reading

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Local artists present creative works to lawmakers for exemplary Dignity Awards

by Salem News. September 15, 2022. On June 15, the artwork of Nino Lombardi, a 93-year-old Beverly artist, was presented to state Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, and state Rep. Ruth Balser, D-Newton, in recognition and appreciation of their exemplary service … Continue reading

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Massachusetts (Re)Joins the Effort

By Readers First. January 23, 2023 On Friday January 20th, Ruth Balser of the 12th Middlesex district filed “An Act empowering library access to electronic books and digital audiobooks.” Click here to continue reading

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MA Economic Development Bill Includes $2M For Newton Projects

By Anne Sandoli, Newton Patch. November 18, 2022 NEWTON, MA — The $3.76 billion Massachusetts Economic Development Bill that was approved last week includes a total of $2,095,000 for Newton projects, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said Thursday. Click here to continue … Continue reading

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State law now requires development of conservation land be replaced with newly protected land

by Paula Moura, WBUR. November 18, 2022 “It is a tool for meeting the climate crisis. We need open space to mitigate against flooding. We need it to absorb carbon,” said representative Ruth Balser, a Democrat from Newton and co-sponsor … Continue reading

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