Volume 5, Issue 2 | February 24, 2023
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This newsletter includes announcements about my committee assignments for this legislative term and a new legislative caucus, highlights from a selection of recent events relevant to the district, and a brief section with public health and assistance resources. Please continue to be on the lookout for our press releases to stay up-to-date.

As always, serving our constituents is our top priority. In March, I will host four in-person office hours. If you cannot attend scheduled office hours, you are welcome to contact my staff to schedule a meeting.

Very truly yours, Joan
Representative Meschino Assigned to Committees for 193rd Legislative Session
I received official legislative assignments to three Joint Committees and one House Committee for the 193rd Session last week. As a member of each Committee, I will hear testimony on bills and weigh in on legislation relating to each of these subject areas. Listed below are the names of these committees:

Joint Committees
  • Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
  • Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
  • Advanced Information Technology, Internet and Cybersecurity
House Committees
  • Intergovernmental Affairs (new appointment)

If you would like to track specific bills and their progress through the Legislature, please visit https://malegislature.gov/ and make an account at the top right corner of the webpage. My staff is able to help track bills as well; feel free to contact our office with any questions.
Representative Meschino Announces Caucus to End and Prevent Homelessness with Rep. Jim Hawkins
This month, I launched the Caucus to End and Prevent Homelessness with my colleague Representative Jim Hawkins of Attleboro. This Caucus is a bipartisan coalition of Massachusetts legislators from across the Commonwealth who will engage to learn and discuss best practices for reducing and ending homelessness. United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will serve as a facilitator and thought partner when the caucus convenes.

I am also advancing homelessness prevention efforts in the Legislature with the filing of An Act to create and implement a Massachusetts flexible supportive housing subsidy pool program (HD.216), which would establish a nimble pot of funds to help support the creation of housing programs that will assist homeless people facing medical challenges and disabilities.
Above: Representative Meschino (right) attends a virtual Legislative Breakfast for Housing with Representative Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro).
2022 Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Now Available
Tax season is upon us, and updated information on the Commonwealth's Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is now available for tax year 2022. More information can be found on DOR's "Massachusetts Tax Information for Seniors and Retirees" webpage (www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-tax-information-for-seniors-and-retirees) and in the annual "Tax Tips for Seniors and Retirees" guide (www.mass.gov/doc/dor-tax-tips-for-seniors-and-retirees/download).

A helpful brochure is also available at senior centers in Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset.
Towns in Third Plymouth District Receive Cultural Sector Pandemic Recovery Grants
Mass Cultural Council has awarded over $51 million in grant funding to individuals and organizations across the Commonwealth. These Cultural Sector Pandemic Recovery Grants are being awarded to 4,000 individuals and 1,218 cultural organizations, including to some in the Third Plymouth District.

Arts and cultural organizations in Hull, Cohasset, and Hingham received a total of $288,150, while select individuals in Hingham received a total of $20,000. These funds will be used to bolster the creative and cultural sectors of the South Shore and the greater Massachusetts economy.
Rep. Meschino Honored as Legislator of the Year by MA Marine Trades Association
Last month, I was selected as the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association 2022 Legislator of the Year. Commercial boating, recreational boating, and all allied businesses remain healthy sources of local jobs for our Bay State economy, and we value our maritime economy as a cornerstone of culture, heritage, and pride on the South Shore.

Thank you to MMTA President Cherie Rudzinsky, Executive Director Randall Lyons, and the MMTA for this honor and for their continued support provided to boaters across the Commonwealth.
Left: Representative Meschino (left) is presented with the Legislator of the Year Award by MMTA President Cherie Rudzinsky.

Right: Representative Meschino gives remarks to industry leaders, boaters, and MMTA members after accepting the Legislator of the Year award.
Division 8 Football Champions from Hull HS Make Official Visit to State House
On February 7, I welcomed the 2022 Division 8 Super Bowl Champions, the Hull Pirates, to the State House for a congratulatory trip with Senator O'Connor! The team, coaches, and I were able to go inside the House Chamber for a historical tour. As a Hull High School alum myself, it was a privilege to speak with students on such a special occasion.

Congratulations on an incredible undefeated season!
Left: Representative Meschino (left) and Senator O'Connor (right) pose with students and coaches from Hull High School.

Right: Representative Meschino greets and shakes hands with the members of the Hull High School football team in Memorial Hall.
Rep. Meschino Speaks with East Elementary School Students with Sen. O'Connor
On February 8, I had the opportunity to speak with students at East Elementary School in Hingham with Senator O'Connor. Thank you to the 5th-grade classes for asking insightful questions about government and for being curious about how to help out our citizens and communities in Massachusetts.
Top: Representative Meschino (back left) poses with the East Elementary fifth-grade classes alongside Senator O'Connor.

Bottom: Representative Meschino and Senator O'Connor speak with students and teachers.
Rep. Meschino Joins Women's Caucus Legislators in State House for Women's Health and Heart Month
In February, legislators from both the House and Senate wore red for #HeartMonth and to support increased awareness of heart disease's impact on women. The Massachusetts branch of the American Heart Association and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators continue to collaborate on the important topic of women's health; to learn more about Heart Month, please visit heart.org.
Representative Meschino (top left) joins House and Senate colleagues for a group photo to support women's heart health awareness.
Rep. Meschino Visits Cohasset Coastal Research Networking Night for Students
On February 15, I had the opportunity to speak with student leaders in the community at a Center for Student Coastal Research event in Cohasset. We discussed how to build student-centered approaches to enhancing community climate action.
Left: Representative Meschino at the CSCR student networking event.

Right: Students affiliated with CSCR speak on a panel.
Announcing Office Hours for March

Constituent services are our top priority. We continue to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, a staff member will be present in the State House. On Mondays, I host in-person office hours in the district.

If you would like to reserve a time slot for virtual office hours or outside of the times listed, please call the office at 617-722-2320 or email my Legislative Aide.

  • Monday, March 6, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Linden Ponds, for Linden Ponds residents
  • Monday, March 13, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Willcutt Commons, 91 Sohier Street, Cohasset
  • Monday, March 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Hull Council on Aging, 197A Samoset Avenue, Hull
  • Monday, March 27, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street, Hingham

To learn more about our constituent services, please visit our website.
Basic Needs
General Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination appointment using the Vaccine Finder
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM) is available by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts for assistance / translation services.
  • Homebound Vaccination Program information
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard
  • MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov allows residents to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history

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