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Legislative co-sponsors of the Patient Safety Act

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
April 2009 Edition

Rep. Christine Canavan
  Sen. Marc Pacheco

On Jan. 14, and in continuing response to the ongoing staffing crisis in the commonwealth’s hospitals, the MNA refiled the Patient Safety Act for the new legislative session. This bill passed the House of Representatives in 2006 and 2008, and would require the state’s Department of Public Health to set a limit on the number of hospital patients a nurse can be forced to care for at one time.

Below, is a list of House and Senate co-sponsors of the bill. If your state rep/senator is listed as a co-sponsor, be sure to call and thank them. To find out the names of your legislators go to

House of Representatives
Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton), lead House sponsor
Rep. Kevin Aguiar (D-Fall River)
Rep. Geraldo Alicea (D-Charlton)
Rep. Willie Mae Allen (D-Boston)
Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord)
Rep. Carlo Basile (D-Boston)
Rep. Jen Benson (D-Lunenburg)
Rep. John Binienda (D-Worcester)
Rep. Michael Brady (D-Brockton)
Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford)
Rep. Jen Callahan (D-Sutton)
Rep. Thomas Calter III (D-Kingston)
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen)
Rep. Steve Canessa (D-New Bedford)
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose)
Rep. Geraldine Creedon (D-Brockton)
Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport)
Rep. Steve D’Amico (D-Seekonk)
Rep. Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg)
Rep. Jim Driscoll (D-Braintree)
Rep. Jim Dwyer (D-Woburn)
Rep. Mark Falzone (D-Saugus)
Rep. David Flynn (D-Bridgewater)
Rep. John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Rep. Bill Galvin (D-Canton)
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Rep. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Rep. Mary Grant (D-Beverly)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Lida Harkins (D-Needham)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Boston)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Sharon)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Florence)
Rep. Robert Koczera (D-New Bedford)
Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster)
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick)
Rep. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Rep. Allen McCarthy (D-East Bridgewater)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. Mike Moran (D-Boston)
Rep. Robert Nyman (D-Hanover)
Rep. Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Matt Patrick (D-Falmouth)
Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown)
Rep. Vincent Pedone (D-Worcester)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)
Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere)
Rep. Robert Rice (D-Gardner)
Rep. Pam Richardson (D-Framingham)
Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood)
Rep. Richard Ross (R-Wrentham)
Rep. Michael Rush (D-Boston)
Rep. Rosemary Sandlin (D-Agawam)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep Robert Spellane (D-Worcester)
Rep. Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody)
Rep. William Straus (D-Mattapoisett)
Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst)
Rep. Ben Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Walter Timilty (D-Milton)
Rep. Steve Tobin (D-Quincy)
Rep. Tim Toomey (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Cleon Turner (D-East Dennis)
Rep. Brian Wallace (D-Boston)
Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Boston)
Rep. Steven Walsh (D-Lynn)
Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Hanson)
Rep. Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge)

Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), lead Senate sponsor
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diáz (D-Boston)
Sen. Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington)
Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton)
Sen. Jen Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Sen. Anthony Galluccio (D-Cambridge)
Sen. Jack Hart (D-Boston)
Sen. Tom Kennedy (D-Brockton)
Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury)
Sen. Jim Timilty (D-Walpole)
Sen. Marion Walsh (D-Boston)