State Sen. John Cronin, D-Fitchburg, has received his committee assignments for his second term as a member of the Massachusetts Senate.
Thursday, Cronin said in a press release that he had been chosen to serve as chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, as well as a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
“I’m thrilled to have received such impactful committee assignments for the new legislative session,” Cronin said in the press release. “As the Chair of Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, I’ll have the opportunity to help shape the Commonwealth’s workforce. I’m equally excited to serve on Ways and Means, which, in my opinion, is the primary driver of legislation and good policy in the Senate. I look forward to beginning this important work and to ensuring that North Central Mass is at the forefront of our state’s legislative priorities.”
The Senate Ways and Means Committee is chaired by state Sen. Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, and plays a significant role in crafting the Legislature’s annual budget, facilitates supplementary budget bills and shepherds high priority legislation to the Senate floor. Cronin said the committee’s most pressing responsibility will be creating and approving the annual budget to fund state government and local initiatives for the coming fiscal year.
As chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Cronin said he will be tasked with overseeing legislative relative to consumer rights, occupational licenses and worker classifications. The senator said he had experience in this area of legislation, citing the passage of the Wheelchair Repair Bill by the Senate in 2022. The consumer rights legislation originated in this committee, he said.
Additionally, Cronin announced he will serve as vice chair of the Committee on Health Care Financing and as a member of the Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Municipalities and Regional Government, Labor and Workforce Development, and Financial Services.