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Caitlin R. Beresin

Vice President Legislative Affairs

CRBeresin@mlstrategies.com

+1.617.348.3048

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Caitlin is a Vice President of Legislative Affairs at ML Strategies. With over 10 years of experience with health care matters, Caitlin focuses primarily on mental health systems, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health related issues. In addition to her healthcare expertise, Caitlin has worked on issues related to housing development, education, public health, criminal justice and economic development.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Caitlin worked as a staff attorney on the House Committee on Ways and Means. There she gained an in-depth understanding of the legislative and budgetary process through handling legislative drafting and redrafting of matters before the committee and advising the chairman on matters relative to behavioral health and other intersecting subjects including social determinants of health.

Previously, Caitlin worked as general counsel and staff director for the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where she led all legislative, research, planning, and scheduling matters for the committee. She planned and organized legislative and oversight hearings; drafted and redrafted legislation; and played a major role in shaping the policy and language of Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014, An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long Term Substance Abuse Recovery. Before starting work at the state house, Caitlin practiced criminal defense for a small firm in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Education

  • New England Law (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (BA)

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The fiscal year 2021 (“FY2021”) budget process has been anything but typical.  Shortly after Governor Baker’s budget proposal was released in January, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, reorienting the legislative calendar for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session. 
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today, highlighting the progress the Massachusetts House of Representatives has made amidst unprecedented times and a global pandemic.
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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.  The plan is coupled with a new “Safer at Home” advisory, replacing the current “Stay at Home” advisory, to allow people to use the reopened businesses and services with stringent safety protocols in place.
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Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors.  That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). 
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This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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On Monday, March 23rd, the Baker Administration issued a stay at home advisory, along with an order (COVID-19 Order No. 13) requiring businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their doors starting March 24th at noon until April 7th at noon.  The Administration has issued a list of business and other organizations deemed essential services and workforces that may continue to operate physical workplaces during this two-week order. 
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The Baker Administration, along with prioritizing the needs of medical professionals on the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), have taken significant steps to relieve pressure on small businesses negatively impacted by the virus.
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020| Blog

The Baker Administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis, expanding almost daily on restrictions for schools, restaurants and several other places of business across the Commonwealth.  As these updates are constantly evolving, this post is meant to provide the most up to date announcements.