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Taylor C. Shepherd

Senior Manager of Government Relations

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Taylor is Senior Manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies. She regularly assists ML Strategies clients with project management and team communications. She is experienced in developing and organizing service teams and strategic plans to help clients achieve their legislative and regulatory goals. Taylor works on a wide range of issues, including those from the clean energy, health care, and technology industries.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Taylor worked as a Budget Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to develop reporting mechanisms to project payroll, monitor operational spending and facilitate Western, Central and Northeastern Massachusetts regional areas in their spending and personnel ventures. Previously, Taylor worked as a Legislative Aide and then Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee at the Massachusetts State House. Under the former House Chair, Taylor worked to draft policy and budgetary recommendations relating to the mental health, developmental disabilities and judiciary accounts within the FY2017 and FY2018 annual state budgets.

Education

  • Salve Regina University (BA, cum laude)

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Major Update in Data Privacy Laws Proposed in Massachusetts

February 3, 2022 | Blog | By Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

On February 2, 2022, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity released a new draft of a bill designed to provide mechanisms for how personal information is used and to control how companies use such information.  This 65-page bill, known as the “Massachusetts Information Privacy and Security Act” or “MIPSA”, would be the first major piece of legislation related to data privacy passed since the Legislature updated the data breach legislation in 2019.
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Governor Baker Releases Eighth Budget Recommendation

January 26, 2022 | Blog | By Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Today, Governor Charlie Baker released his Fiscal Year 2023 (FY2023) budget recommendations.  This is the unofficial start of “budget season” in Massachusetts that will culminate with a legislative conference committee agreeing on a budget bill sometime around late June or early July.
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Proposed Laws Are One Step Closer to the November 2022 Ballot

September 3, 2021 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

On Wednesday, September 1st, Attorney General Maura Healey certified 17 out of 30 ballot proposals filed in August to continue on the path to securing a spot on the 2022 ballot.  Of the 17 proposals certified, 16 were initiative petitions including, but not limited to, proposals relative to alcohol reforms, requirements for presentation of identification to vote, and the employment of app-based drivers.  The seventeenth proposal is a constitutional amendment providing for no-excuse absentee voting.
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New Laws Possible in Massachusetts - Proponents Set Sights on 2022 Ballot

August 6, 2021 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Those seeking to amend Massachusetts law or the Massachusetts Constitution through the state’s unique ballot initiative process had until Wednesday, August 4, 2021 to file their proposals with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. By the time the deadline was reached, 30 proposals were filed.
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Today the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“FinCEN”) published in the Federal Register a notice framing and seeking comment on key questions about how it will implement the new law requiring domestic and foreign legal entities to report their beneficial ownership to the U.S. government.
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Massachusetts FY2021 Conference Report

December 7, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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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Massachusetts Legislature Negotiating Extending the 2019-2020 Session Beyond July 31st

July 30, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo Delivers Remote Chamber Address on Vision for the Remainder of Legislative Session

May 21, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

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.
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The Sobering Truth behind COVID-19’s Impact on Massachusetts’ Annual Budget

April 20, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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”). Economist’s projections are at the mercy of the raging virus as many states enter “the surge”, compromising health care systems, learning institutions and local economies nationwide.
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