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Should Massachusetts institute same-day voter registration? Yes

Representative Ruth B. Balser writes in support of same-day registration Boston Globe February 23, 2018 Among the most troubling aspects of the 2016 election were the reports that many Americans who wanted to vote were turned away from the polls. … Continue reading

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Baker Trying to Have it Both Ways

Opposes Medicaid cuts in Washington, but backs them here Commonwealth Magazine, July 23, 2017 By Reps. Ruth B. Balser, Jay Livingstone and Christine Barber GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has publicly criticized Republican efforts in Washington, DC, to roll back health coverage provided … Continue reading

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Yes: Cable Companies Should Offer High-Definition Channels for Local Access Programming

Boston Globe  |  June 23, 2017 Along with more than 80 legislative co-sponsors, I filed a bill this session that would help to ensure that our local public, education, and government (PEG) channels survive and thrive. An Act Supporting Community … Continue reading

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The Argument: Should Massachusetts raise the smoking age to 21?

Boston Globe  |  January 1, 2016 Should Massachusetts raise the statewide smoking age to 21? YES By: Ruth B. Balser State representative, Newton Democrat, House vice-chair, Joint Committee on Public Health I am proud to be one of 56 cosponsors … Continue reading

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Bill proposes to prevent insurers from charging women more for disability insurance

Mass Live  |  July 22, 2015 BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing whether to prohibit disability insurers from charging higher rates to women than to men. A group of women’s rights advocates and lawmakers are pushing for a bill that … Continue reading

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Pro-sprinkler legislator reattempts push for requirements in homes

Fire Sprinkler Initiative News  |  January 20, 2015 A key ally in the push for home sprinkler requirements, Massachusetts Rep. Ruth Balser has once again filed a bill calling for the installation of these devices in newly constructed one- and … Continue reading

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Lawmakers quiz Baker administration officials over proposed early retirement incentive for state employees

Mass Live  |  Tuesday, March 10, 2015 BOSTON — Massachusetts House and Senate budget writers quizzed Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore on Tuesday about Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to trim the state workforce by 4,500 through an early … Continue reading

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State Reps Push for Funding to Improve Accessibility at Newton’s Rail Stations

Newton TAB  |  February 14, 2014 Newton, Mass. Members of the city’s legislative delegation are pushing for $19 million in funding to improve accessibility at two mass transit stations in Newton. State Reps. Ruth Balser and Kay Khan introduced amendments … Continue reading

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