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Massachusetts Legislature Plans More Oversight Of Pandemic Response

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    With complaints rising about a slow and uneven rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Massachusetts, the state legislature is planning to step up oversight.

     Legislative leaders have announced three new standing committees that will focus on the state’s pandemic response.

     House Speaker Ron Mariano said there were “communications and operational shortcomings” by the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker in the vaccine rollout.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with State Senator Eric Lesser, who represents the First Hampden and Hampshire district.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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