DiZoglio Calls for Immediate Action on Bills to Help Local Restaurants

On the heels of Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that Massachusetts’ state of emergency will end on June 15, State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is calling for immediate action to be taken on legislation she filed to assist local restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter dated May 17 to Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) and House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy), DiZoglio calls for two bills she has filed to be advanced through the legislative process: S. 196, which expands beverage take-out and delivery options for restaurants, and SD. 2556, which extends third-party delivery cost containment for restaurants.

Measures around take-out and delivery and third-party delivery cost containment were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – and are set to expire following the end of the state of emergency. While DiZoglio has filed these measures as amendments to the FY22 Senate Budget, the final state budget will not be signed into law until well after the end of the state of emergency.

“These measures were critical to helping our small businesses remain afloat in the face of the pandemic – and remain just as essential to them now, on the road to recovery,” said DiZoglio. “It is imperative we get this legislation across the finish line as soon as possible and ensure our local restaurants do not lose access to these crucial, revenue-generating opportunities that can make all the difference regarding their survival.”

DiZoglio is sending her letter to fellow state legislators for consideration and urges concerned residents to contact their legislators and ask them to sign on.

Senator DiZoglio to Host Attorney General Healey for Small Business and Youth Engagement Roundtables

State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) will host Attorney General Maura Healey for a small business and youth engagement tour of the Merrimack Valley on Monday, May 10.

During the visit, DiZoglio and Healey will embark on a small business tour in the City of Haverhill, meeting with local entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and listening to their concerns during a small business roundtable. The Senator and Attorney General will then meet with local youth in the City of Methuen who have been involved in the creation of a first-ever Methuen Youth and Community Center. The visit will close with Healey visiting the future Youth Center site itself.

“As I travel the state, I’ve seen how resilient our communities are as we recover from this pandemic,” said Healey. “I look forward to meeting with small business owners in Haverhill and visiting Methuen’s new youth center. Supporting the health and wellbeing of young people is a top priority of my office, and I thank Senator DiZoglio for her leadership on this important community project.”

“It has been an extremely challenging year for our small businesses, who have faced countless obstacles in weathering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DiZoglio. “I am so grateful to the Attorney General for coming to our community and meeting with local entrepreneurs who have worked tirelessly to remain afloat. I am also so excited for the Attorney General to meet with local students who have done an incredible job working toward making the dream of a Methuen Youth and Community Center a reality.”