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Kaitlyn C. Sprague

Director of Government Relations

KCSprague@mlstrategies.com

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Kaitlyn is a Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies. With eleven years of experience in legislative affairs and Massachusetts state government, Kaitlyn brings a deep understanding of legislative proceedings, especially regarding the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Governor’s Office. 

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Kaitlyn was the Legislative Director in Governor Baker’s Office of Legislative Affairs. There, she drove the Governor’s legislative agenda from filing to passage, through bipartisan coalition building, legislative strategy sessions, and consistent communication with the legislature. Additionally, she coordinated with the Governor’s Legal Office to facilitate the ten day review of over 1,300 enacted bills over three sessions by identifying support and opposition for each to provide the Governor with sound recommendations. She also managed a team of nine Legislative Directors, overseeing the legislative interactions of each of the Secretariats. Prior to her position in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Kaitlyn acted as the Legislative Director to Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. While there, she led a team of analysts that were responsible for covering all legislative committees as well as drafting policy positions and drafting amendments on all major legislation, including minimum wage and domestic violence reform, redistricting, and various borrowing bills. 

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, cum laude)
  • Boston College (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.