Volume 4, Issue 12 | December 30, 2022
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this final newsletter of the year finds you and your loved ones healthy and well this holiday season. As we say goodbye to 2022, this newsletter includes an announcement about REAL IDs, highlights from a selection of recent events and announcements relevant to the district, and a brief public health section. If you would like to review major accomplishments from the 192nd Legislative Session, please refer to this newsletter from earlier this year. My office will be filing bills for the new legislative session in January, so please be on the lookout for our press releases and our January newsletter to stay up-to-date.

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

Thank you for a productive year past, and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year ahead!

Very truly yours, Joan
REAL ID Deadline Extended by DHS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.

TSA publishes a list of its acceptable identification documents on its website. Those who already have a full-term REAL ID are eligible to renew online up to a year in advance of their expiration date.

Please reach out to my office with any further questions, which we will pass along to MassDOT.
MassDFS Announces FY23 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants to Fire Departments in 3rd Plymouth District
The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services recently announced $5 million in grant funding to over 300 municipalities under the Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program. Among these municipalities were Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and Scituate. Towns in the 3rd Plymouth District received a combined total of $68,126.18 in Safety Equipment funding.

This Safety Equipment funding equips our first responders with critical tools that will best serve citizens in the Third Plymouth District and across the Commonwealth—thank you to the Department of Fire Services and our Fire Marshal for this continued investment in our public safety resources.
Division of Marine Fisheries Announces Grant for Recreational Fishing Access Project in Cohasset
To further expand access to the Commonwealth’s natural resources, the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) awarded $56,000 in state grant funds to three municipalities in Massachusetts, including an $18,000 grant to the Town of Cohasset. These funds have been allocated for saltwater fishing access projects popular with Massachusetts’ recreational fishing community.

The Town of Cohasset will install specialized cartop vessel launch floats to assist people in launching canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, which are becoming more popular as fishing vessels every year. The specialized floats will simplify entering and exiting the water in rocky coastal locations and in locations with significant tidal changes. State funding for the launch floats project will allow local recreational fishers as well as all Cohasset residents to access the water and coastal fishing more easily and to enjoy this shared environmental resource.
Representative Meschino Named to Women's Caucus Board of Directors for 193rd Legislative Session
On November 21, The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators announced the selection of new Co-Chairs and a Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 legislative session, following a first-time inclusive application process. The bipartisan group consists of both House and Senate legislators who are committed to enhancing the opportunities and outcomes of women in the Commonwealth.

I will again serve in the leadership of the Women’s Caucus next session, and I look forward to critically engaging with my colleagues in the Legislature to continue to support efforts aimed at positively impacting women’s issues in Massachusetts.
Representative Meschino (back row, right) stands with Women's Caucus members and newly-elected legislators.
TUE Joint Committee Visits Passive House Construction Site in Roxbury
On November 29, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy toured the Kenzi building at Bartlett Yards in Roxbury. This new affordable housing has the highest-possible energy efficiency standard, serving as a model for future sustainable and equitable construction. Thank you to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for continuing your commitment to Passive House standards.
Representative Meschino (front left) poses for a photo with TUE Joint Committee members and Passive House colleagues from MassCEC.
Rep. Meschino Attends UMass Lowell Panel Discussion on MA Climate Action
I joined TUE Chairman Roy, faculty members, and students at UMass Lowell’s Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy for a conversation around COP27 and Massachusetts’ 2050 Roadmap. I was able to discuss accomplishments in the climate space, including An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind, which was passed earlier this year by the Legislature. Continuing to meet our climate goals is a priority for our state.
Representative Meschino speaks about climate progress and future legislation at UMass Lowell with TUE Chair Jeffrey Roy.
State Officials Dedicate State House Memorial Tree at Gold Star Families Ceremony
On December 8, the annual Tree Dedication for Gold Star Families took place in the State House’s Memorial Hall. Thank you to our military families—may we continue to honor and remember you and your family members.
Left: The Gold Star Families Tree at the ceremony in the State House.

Right: Representative Meschino (center) poses with Senator Walter Timilty (left) and MA National Guard Major General Gary Keefe (right).
Representative Meschino Meets with Massachusetts Chapter of Elders Climate Action
On December 13, I was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Massachusetts chapter of Elders Climate Action. Thank you to ECA for hosting me and to its members for asking engaging questions about our plans for climate legislation in the House of Representatives.
Representative Meschino (top right corner) meets with members of Elders Climate Action.
Hull High School Pirates Win Division 8 Football Championship, Rebounding from Previous Season
Congratulations to the Hull High School Pirates on their undefeated football season and their win at the Division 8 Super Bowl Championship at Gillette Stadium! Senator O’Connor and I had the opportunity to honor the team on December 18 with citations for a hard-fought season.

Thank you to Head Coach O’Donnell for your leadership, and thank you to our first responders for facilitating a safe celebration and parade.
Left: Hull High School students receive honorary citations at a HHS ceremony.

Right: Representative Meschino and Senator Patrick O'Connor congratulate the HHS football coaches and athletic staff.
Announcing Office Hours

Constituent services are our top priority. We continue to work remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. On 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, January 9, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Willcutt Commons, 91 Sohier St, Cohasset
  • Monday, January 23, 4:00 am - 5:00 pm, Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St, Hingham
  • Monday, January 30, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Hull Council on Aging, 197A Samoset Ave, Hull

To learn more about our constituent services, please visit our website.
CDC Authorizes Updated Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shot
The CDC has now endorsed the use of booster shots that are specifically reformulated to combat the two most prevalent Omicron subvariants. The CDC recommends that everyone 12 and older who has not received a vaccine within the past 2 months should get the updated booster. However, people who have recently had a COVID infection may consider delaying the booster by 3 months from symptom onset or positive test (if the infection was asymptomatic) according to the CDC’s vaccine advisers.

Updated boosters for kids younger than 12 will likely be made available later this fall. The push for the updated boosters comes at a good time, as health officials are warning that another spike in COVID-19 transmission is likely this fall as people head back indoors once again. The updated boosters are currently available in Massachusetts.
Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster
Here are the steps to find a convenient location to get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster:

  1. Visit the VaxFinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations. Residents are able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering vaccines and boosters, with appointments available now for booking.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use VaxFinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-2 PM) is available by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish. Translators are available in nearly 100 other languages.
  3. Parents who prefer to have their adolescent vaccinated by a primary care provider should call their provider’s office directly.

Vaccines are widely available in Massachusetts. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing people can do to protect themselves, their families, and the community.

The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. People do not need an ID or health insurance to get a booster shot and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster. Additional information on the COVID-19 booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster.
General Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Tests, Cases & Treatment

Town-Specific Information on COVID-19
Basic Needs
  • Tool to find healthy foods
  • Free outdoor Wi-Fi map through the public libraries
  • Eviction Diversion Initiative website with resources for tenants, landlords, and others needing housing assistance
  • SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 877-785-2020
  • Mental Health Resources:
  • MassSupport for free mental health support resources
  • HandholdMA.org for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts concerned about their child's mental health
  • 24-hour Parental Stress Line at 1.800.632.8188, offered through Parents Helping Parents
  • Utilities:
  • The AGO website has a utility FAQ page and consumer flyers with details about available programs to manage bills and prevent shutoff
  • Boating Safety/Vessel Examination:
  • Contact United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 12 Commander Matthias Mulvey
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