Sen. Lesser Appointed to Ways and Means Committee, Continues as Chair of Committee on Economic Development and Vice Chair of Transportation

Committee assignment follows last year’s passage of Economic Development Bill under Sen. Lesser’s leadership as Chair of Economic Development Committee

Sen. Lesser will also assume positions on the high-profile Ways and Means, Ethics and Judiciary Committees

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser will serve as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and as Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation in the 2019-2020 legislative session, as announced by Senate President Karen E. Spilka today.

Sen. Lesser will also assume Chairmanship of the Senate Ethics Committee and positions on the high-profile budget-writing Ways and Means Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Lesser will also serve on the Financial Services and Export Development committees.

“I’m very excited to continue working on the Economic Development Committee, which is really the chief job-creating committee in the Legislature. We have to grow our economy, both statewide and regionally, and we have to make sure Western Mass. gets its fair share. This is really about making sure all our families have a seat at the table,” Sen. Lesser said.

This session’s committee assignments follow last year’s passage of the Economic Development Bonding Bill and the Mass Life Sciences Bill under Sen. Lesser’s leadership as Chair of the Economic Development Committee.

As Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, Sen. Lesser will also continue to have a role in transportation funding and oversight of transportation infrastructure and planning.

“Having a Western Mass. seat on Transportation ensures that funding for regional transit like the PVTA and continuing the fight for East-West Rail remain at the top of the agenda,” Sen. Lesser said.

The Economic Development Committee is critically important to Western Massachusetts. It oversees matters concerning commercial and industrial establishments; casino gambling; industrial development and manufacturing; science and technology; research and development; information, networking, the Internet, data storage and access; biotechnology and medical devices; environmental technologies; and workforce training, among many other issues.

It will also likely be the first stop in the Legislature for an impending debate over sports betting, which states now have the power to regulate under a 2018 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Eric Lesser