Lawmakers offer vast expansion of voting options

MetroWest Daily News, May 30, 2020

“We’ve been voting by mail since the Civil War when soldiers went away,” Lawn said. “President Trump has voted by mail the last few elections, as has the vice president. We understand we don’t need a polarizing issue right now to call our elections into question, but we do need to provide options, especially for our seniors, and we think we’ve addressed that.” ...

Lawn was among those who wanted to go the extra step and simply mail ballots to all voters, but described the committee’s bill as a compromise.

“We definitely understand the complication of mail-in ballots without an application and this is common ground that we found and we think the right way to go,” Lawn said.


House passes legislation to move Massachusetts tax filing deadline, support governments, restaurants

Wicked Local Waltham, Apr 2, 2020

"Reps. Tom Stanley, D-9th Middlesex; and John Lawn, D-10th Middlesex, along with their colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, passed legislation to move the individual tax filing and payment deadline, support municipal government operations, and allow alcohol sales for take-out or delivery at restaurants...

'This relief package will give administrative and economic relief to our restaurants, our cities and towns, and to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth,' said Lawn. 'The bill has several provisions that give towns and municipalities the flexibility they need to allow for extending time frames for town meetings and assessing some kind of temporary leniency with paying taxes and late fees.'"


State legislature passes COVID-19 assistance bills

Wicked Local Waltham, Apr 7, 2020

“We’re working on important legislation to help strengthen the safety net for our residents struggling during the national pandemic,” said state Rep. John Lawn. “Working in collaboration with our colleagues in the House, we’re doing all we can to provide relief, support and assistance.”