Haggerty Announces First State House Intern Selections of 2021

Emily O’Brien from Woburn.

Representative Richard M. Haggerty is proud to announce three individuals that were recently selected to serve as legislative interns to begin the 2021 legislative session. The intern class includes Emily O’Brien from Woburn, Kyle Donohue from Reading, and Gabe Cronin-Golomb from Reading.

Emily O’Brien is a freshman at American University, where she is studying International Relations and Spanish. Diplomacy, immigration, and humanitarian issues are of great interest to her, with some of her other hobbies including reading, running, and spending time with friends and family. From this internship, Emily is hoping to gain a better understanding of the policy making process within our government.

Kyle Donohue from Reading.

 

Kyle recently graduated from Boston College with a major in English major while minoring in Economics and History. Some of his personal interests include comedy, improv, running, and reading to name a few. Kyle is a self-described “political junkie” who enjoys watching election coverage, and with the internship wanted to learn more about the inner workings of his state government and how it affects both policy and residents closer to home.

 

Gabe is currently a junior at Boston University where he is majoring in Political Science. Hiking, meeting new people, and generally trying new things are some of his many hobbies, along with his deep interest in government. Gabe is a big supporter of education reform in the United States, where he believes with enough public support and investment our nation can solve any problem that comes our way. During this internship opportunity he believes constituent outreach is very important and has been helping our office improve the lives of our constituents.

Gabe Cronin-Golomb from Reading.

“It was great having Emily, Kyle, and Gabe join our State House team this winter,” said Rep. Haggerty. “They each brought with them their own unique strengths and insight that was immensely helpful these last couple months as we continue to serve our constituents. It was a pleasure getting to know the each of them, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The three are set to finish their 8-week Winter Internship with Rep. Haggerty’s office. The Representative’s office will be continuing the internship program through 2021 and application packages for potential interns from Woburn or Reading are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information on interning with Representative Haggerty’s office, please contact legislative aide Anthony Langone at Anthony.Langone@mahouse.gov or call (617) 722-2090.

Landmark Climate Legislation Supported by Haggerty into Law

BOSTON  – Representative Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass nation-leading climate legislation, known as the Next Generation Climate Roadmap bill, which overhauls the state’s climate laws, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, advances the clean energy industry, and prioritizes and protects environmental justice communities.

“I was very proud to again support a comprehensive energy bill that builds on the Commonwealth’s commitment to a clean energy future by adopting an aggressive 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, business solar incentives, and creates more megawatts of clean offshore wind power,” said Representative Haggerty. “With it now signed into law, this legislation will support the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center by encouraging further work-force development programs. As we have recently seen with the life science industry in our state, our Commonwealth’s job market will benefit in the long-term from investing in future-growth industries including the clean energy sector.”

The passage of the climate bill comes after a joint commitment from the House and Senate to quickly refile the legislation following a gubernatorial veto last session. This session, Governor Baker offered amendments to the bill, which have been considered by the Legislature. The Legislature rejected efforts to slow the rate of progress toward net-zero emissions by 2050, while accepting a number of more technical amendments that improve the bill.

The bill returned to the Governor’s desk and was signed into law on March 26, 2021.

The final legislation:

  • Sets a statewide net-zero limit on greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and mandates emissions limits everyfive years, as well as sublimits for transportation, buildings, and other sectors of the economy.
  • Codifies environmental justice provisions into Massachusetts law, defining environmental justice populations and providing new tools and protections for affected neighborhoods.
  • Establishes a municipal opt-in specialized stretch energy code which includes a definition of “net-zero building” and net-zero building performance standards.
  • Requires an additional 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind, increasing the total authorization to 5,600 megawatts in the Commonwealth.
  • Directs the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the regulator of the state’s electric and natural gas utilities, to balance priorities going forward: system safety, system security, reliability, affordability, equity, and, significantly, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sets appliance energy efficiency standards for a variety of common appliances including plumbing, faucets, computers, and commercial appliances.
  • Adopts several measures aimed at improving gas pipeline safety, including increased fines for safety violations, provisions related to training and certifying utility contractors, and setting interim targets for companies to reduce leak rates.
  • Requires utilities to include an explicit value for greenhouse gas reductions when they calculate the cost-effectiveness of an offering of MassSave.
  • Increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 3 per cent each year from 2025–2029, resulting in 40 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
  • A national first, this legislation factors the “carbon sequestration” capacity of Massachusetts’ natural and working lands directly into our emissions reduction plans.
  • Prioritizes equitable access to the state’s solar programs by low-income communities.
  • Sets benchmarks for the adoption of clean energy technologies including electric vehicles, charging stations, solar technology, energy storage, heat pumps and anaerobic digestors.
  • Establishes $12 million in annual funding for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to create a pathway to the clean energy industry for environmental justice populations, minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and fossil fuel workers.
  • Provides solar incentives for businesses by exempting them from the net metering cap to allow them to install solar systems on their premises to help them offset their electricity use and save money.
  • Creates a first-time greenhouse gas emissions standard for municipal lighting plants that requires them to purchase 50 percent non-emitting electricity by 2030, 75 percent by 2040 and “net zero” by 2050.

Woburn Delegation Joins Colleagues in Extending Vote-By-Mail Through June

BOSTON – On Thursday, March 11, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), Representative Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn), and Representative Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass legislation to extend mail-in voting and early voting options for elections held through the end of June 2021. The vote-by-mail provision was previously set to expire […]

Haggerty Statement on MA Vaccine Rollout

I have received many calls, emails, texts and messages from people who are frustrated, distressed, anxious – and yes angry – about the vaccine rollout in Massachusetts. I want you all to know I share many of those feelings and continue to advocate through the legislative process for steps to be taken to improve the rollout moving forward.

Especially disappointing has been the website failures and the delay in the creation of the 2-1-1 call center. Many residents experienced the difficult to use first iteration of the state vaccine signup website only to then find out that the ‘new and improved’ site was crashed the day the 65+ population could start to sign up. Then just yesterday, seniors were placed on ‘hold’ for hours only to be told there were no more appointments available or worse they thought they did have a date/time only to be notified at the end of the process that the date/time was no longer available.

Personally, I experienced the same frustration as I tried to get my mother an appointment for over an hour only to be told there were no more available. It begs the obvious question – Why were people put in a waiting room when all the appointments were taken? Buying concert tickets 30 years ago seemed to run smoother – one seat one person.

I want to thank the Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management who yesterday pressed the Governor and his administration on the vaccine rollout. Many of the committee members did a thorough job expressing the frustration of Massachusetts residents and the disappointment felt by so many.

Final thoughts:
For the sake of our students and our teachers we should put a plan in place to vaccinate all schoolteachers by April in an effort to get our students back in the classroom. Vaccinating teachers will give our school committees greater flexibility with local decision making and is an integral part of moving back to in-person-learning.

We should be distributing a limited number of vaccines to local boards of health so they can vaccinate local seniors who have difficulty with transportation, lack of physical mobility, or are ill. Municipalities did a wonderful job running the local clinics and many of the seniors I spoke with gave rave review about the staff and ease of use of these clinics.

We should not allow a resident to go through the entire process of booking a vaccination appointment on the commonwealth’s website only to be told the “appointment time and date is no longer available.” Either the appointment is available, or it is not.

To those who have contacted my office I want you to know I hear you loud and clear and have made every effort to communicate your frustration to the Baker Administration. Given the overwhelming number of communications, I have not had the opportunity to get back to each of you individually, but I am fully aware of your frustration.

I also continue to advocate with area legislators for a more easily accessible mass vaccination site, more to come later on this.

Given everything we have went through over the past year I understand people are emotional about getting the vaccine for themselves and their loved ones – and they want a sense of normalcy back into their lives. I also recognize that the biggest limitation we have faced as a nation is the lack of vaccines being produced. In the coming months, the federal government has reported that we will see a sizable uptick in vaccine production which presents an opportunity for the Commonwealth to get it right.

I will continue to work with my colleagues in the legislature to pressure the administration on the changes I have outlined above as well as others – and look forward to your continued communications.

Rep. Haggerty Announces March Virtual Office Hours

State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) has announced upcoming virtual office hours to be held next Thursday.

The forum will be held via the Zoom video conference app, with the abilities to dial-in via the app and through phone. The virtual format of the community office hours will allow members of the community to speak with the Representative directly despite social distancing, where they can voice any questions or concerns they may have.

The office hours session will be held next Thursday, March 11th at 11:30am via Zoom. If you are interested in participating in either event, call-in details will be provided by reaching out to legislative aide Anthony Langone directly at Anthony.Langone@mahouse.gov or by calling (617) 722-2090.

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Reading awarded $7,961 in state fire safety grants

BOSTON – State Representative Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn), House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading), and State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) recently joined with the Baker-Polito Administration to announce the Reading Fire Department has been awarded $7,961 in state fire safety grants.

A total of $1.9 million in grants are being distributed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to fire departments in 235 communities. Reading’s award includes a $5,281 grant funded through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program, as well as a $2,680 Senior SAFE grant.

Established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1996, the S.A.F.E. program provides funding on an annual basis for municipal fire departments to offer fire safety education in schools. As part of the program, students are taught 23 key fire safety behaviors, including how to recognize the dangers of fire as well as the fire hazards associated with tobacco products.

The Senior SAFE program was created to support fire prevention training for seniors, who are among the most at risk for fire-related deaths. The program works with agencies serving seniors and local fire departments to teach older adults how to reduce fire safety hazards in their homes.

“Ensuring we properly fund our public safety officials so they have the means to protect and keep our communities informed is of the upmost importance,” said Representative Haggerty. “This nearly $8,000 in grant money will ensure the Reading Fire Department has the critical funding it requires to continue keeping the town and its residents safe through fire safety education and prevention.”

“The S.A.F.E. program and the Senior SAFE program have both proven to be tremendously successful in raising fire safety awareness and reducing fire deaths among some of our most vulnerable populations,” said Representative Jones. “My thanks to the men and women of the Reading Fire Department for everything they do to keep the town’s residents safe.”

“With many families spending more time at home than ever before, community-wide fire safety education and prevention resources are crucial to keep our community safe,” said Senator Lewis. “I’m very pleased that the Reading Fire Department will receive state support to keep up their great work educating the public about fire prevention and safety.”

According to State Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey, during the 26 years the S.A.F.E. program has been in existence, child fire deaths have been reduced by 78%. In 2020, 39 people died in fires in Massachusetts, compared to 42 in 2019, but none of those deaths involved children.

“S.A.F.E. is an example of the many successful and valuable programs that the legislature and the governor support on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Ostroskey noted. “We are thankful to the legislature for their support of these vital programs, and thankful for expanding S.A.F.E. to include older adult fire prevention education. Additionally, we appreciate and applaud the continued efforts of local fire departments to maintain the highest level of service and professionalism to their communities.”

Rep. Haggerty Announces February Virtual Office Hours

BOSTON – State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) has announced upcoming virtual office hours to be held next Thursday.

The forum will be held via the Zoom video conference app, with the abilities to dial-in via the app and through phone. The virtual format of the community office hours will allow members of the community to speak with the Representative directly despite social distancing, where they can voice any questions or concerns they may have.

The office hours session will be held next Thursday, February 4th at 11:30am via Zoom. Additionally, there will be an upcoming virtual joint office session with the Woburn State House delegation to be held Tuesday, February 9th at 5:00pm. If you are interested in participating in either event, call-in details will be provided by reaching out to legislative aide Anthony Langone directly at Anthony.Langone@mahouse.gov or by calling (617) 722-2090.

Sweeping Economic Development Bill Authorizing $627 Million for COVID-19 Recovery Signed into Law

BOSTON – On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn), joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing $627 million in funding for a sweeping economic recovery and development bill which will provide much-needed support to businesses, investments in infrastructure, and creation of new jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law on January 14, 2021.

An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth ensures the residents of Massachusetts a COVID-19 relief and recovery package that will provide support to the restaurant and tourism sectors, small businesses, and those who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, while also creating a Future of Work Commission, establishing protections for student loan borrowers, and ushering in zoning reforms that will encourage housing development in our communities.

“The economic downturn caused by the pandemic is presenting serious challenges for working families and small businesses, exacerbating our housing crisis, and impacting sectors of our economy that our communities depend on,” said Senator Friedman, Vice Chair of Senate Ways and Means. “This law provides immediate relief to the hardest hit sectors of our economy, putting our Commonwealth on a pathway toward a more equitable and sustainable economic future. I’d like to thank the Senate President as well as Conference Committee members Senators Lesser and Rodrigues for their steadfast leadership in moving this bill through the legislative process with a sense of urgency as our state continues to reopen and recover.”

“Economic stimulus has never been more important,” said Representative Haggerty. “This stimulus package is providing tens of millions more in funding for small businesses including restaurants, as well as job training, tourism support and advanced manufacturing expansion. Our number one priority is getting past the health threats around COVID, but it is equally as important to make sure we pass policy measures that bolster job creation.”

The bill also includes the following bonding authorizations and policy changes.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIEF AND RECOVERY
Bonding Authorizations
● $30 million for the state’s COVID-19 Payroll Protection Program
● $20 million for restaurant COVID-19 recovery grants
Policy Changes
● Limits fees charged by third-party delivery services for restaurants to 15% during the COVID-19 state of emergency and prohibits third-party delivery service companies from reducing rates for delivery drivers or garnishing gratuities as result of the limitation
● Creates a commission to examine and make recommendations on addressing the recovery of the cultural and creative sector, including the arts, humanities, and sciences, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

HOUSING
Bonding Authorizations
● $50 million for transit-oriented housing developments
● $40 million for a program to redevelop blighted buildings
● $10 million for climate-resilient affordable housing developments
● $5 million for a Gateway Cities housing program
Policy Changes
● Implements a zoning reform to help cities and towns approve smart growth zoning and affordable housing by lowering the required vote threshold for a range of housing-related zoning changes and special permits at the local level from a two-thirds supermajority to a simple majority
● Requires designated MBTA communities to be zoned for at least one district of reasonable size, in which multi-family housing is permitted as of right and requires such housing to be suitable for families with children
● Increases the state low-income housing tax credit program cap from $20 million to $40 million

EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS, BUSINESS GROWTH, AND EQUITY
Bonding Authorizations
● $35 million for a Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation matching grant program to community development financial institutions for small business loans and grants
● $27.7 million for a new Employment Social Enterprise Capital Grant Program
● $20 million for a Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation small business grant program
● $14 million for travel and tourism grants
● $10 million for regional and community assistance planning grants
Policy Changes
● Enables, via local option, the creation of tourism destination marketing districts (“TDMDs”), made up of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, for the purpose of generating local revenue dedicated solely for the promotion and marketing of specific regions of the Commonwealth
● Amends the statutory definition of wait staff employee to include a person in a quick service restaurant who prepares or serves food or beverages as part of a team of counter staff
● Provides that the taking of family or medical leave shall not affect an employee’s right to accrue vacation time, sick leave, bonuses, advancement, seniority, length-of-service credit or other employment benefits, plans or programs
● Exempts natural hair braiding from the definition of hairdressing, and exempts natural hair braiding from rules and regulations pertaining to aesthetics, barbering, cosmetology, electrolysis, hairdressing, and manicuring
● Encourages the PRIM Board to use minority investment managers to manage PRIT Fund assets, where appropriate, and to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of Fund investments
● Establishes a commission of experts, industry members, academics, and elected officials to research and propose policy solutions that ensure the future and sustainability of local journalism in Massachusetts

STUDENT PROTECTIONS
● Establishes a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights regulating the licensing and operation of student loan servicers by the Commissioner of Banks
● Creates a Student Loan Ombudsman within the Office of the Attorney General for the purpose of receiving, reviewing, and assisting in the resolution of complaints from student loan borrowers and authorizes the Ombudsman to assist with repayment options, applying for federal loan forgiveness programs, ending wage and tax refund garnishments, resolving billing disputes, and obtaining loan details

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL SUPPORT
Bonding Authorizations
● $20 million for rural community development and infrastructure grants
● $2 million for an urban agriculture grant program
Policy Changes
● Expands the Food Policy Council to include an expert in healthy soil practices and codifies the definition of ‘healthy soils’
● Gives the Commission for Conservation of Soil and Water the ability to establish a Massachusetts Healthy Soils Program and Fund

TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Bonding Authorizations
● $52 million for the Technology Research and Development and Innovation Fund
● $15 million for lottery IT infrastructure
● $10 million for the expansion of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2)
● $5 million for the Massachusetts Broadband Incentive Fund
Policy Changes
● Creates a special commission on the future of work to conduct a comprehensive study relative to the impact of automation, artificial intelligence, global trade, access to new forms of data and the internet of things on the workforce, businesses, and economy
● Clarifies that carsharing platforms may obtain insurance coverage from non-admitted carrier and that carsharing platforms do not need their own insurance-producer or broker licenses to offer or maintain insurance policies for carsharing vehicles or drivers

Other bonding authorizations include:

● $102.3 million for local economic development projects;
● $20 million for Mass Cultural Council cultural facilities grants;
● $15 million for vocational technical school expansion grants;
● $15 million for higher education workforce grants
● $15 million for trial court virtual mediation services;
● $12.5 million for the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation;
● $6 million for Massachusetts Cultural Council grants; and
● $5 million for Mass Cultural Council public school grants.

I hope this legislative update finds you and your loved ones healthy in the New Year. I wanted to provide a recap of the end of the 2020 legislative session.

Clean Energy Legislation
Earlier this week the House and Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill that builds on the Commonwealth’s commitment to a clean energy future that includes a 2050 Net Zero roadmap, solar incentives for businesses, an opt-in municipal net-zero stretch energy code, low-income solar initiatives, as well as a substantial increase in offshore wind power generation. The legislation improves gas safety provisions in response to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

Importantly this bill supports the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to encourage further work-force development programs. As we have recently seen with the life science industry in our state, our Commonwealth’s job market will benefit in the long-term from investing in future-growth industries including the clean energy sector.

Bridge Ceremony
In November, I joined with the Piazza Family, City, and State officials in honoring Angelo “Angie” Piazza by dedicating the Salem Street Bridge in Woburn in his name. Angie is one of Woburn’s greats, having been a United States Marine Corps combat veteran during the Korean War where he earned the Bronze star for valor, Purple Heart, and many other decorations. A Woburn native, Angie would return home after his service to our country and serve our community as a Woburn Police Department officer for 34 years.

There are many people to thank for this event from the Piazza Family, the Woburn Police Department, my colleagues Senator Cindy Friedman and Representative Ciccolo for helping to pass the legislation, Mayor Scott Galvin and the Woburn City Council, VSO Larry Guiseppe, Lenny Burnham, MassDOT, and my dedicated staff.

Protection of Local Aid
My colleagues and I were finally able to pass a bipartisan, balanced FY21 budget funded at $46 billion in November. Keeping our commitment to local communities and protecting the most vulnerable among us were driving forces in this budget debate, with COVID-19 placing incredible pressure on families, businesses, and government. I am proud this budget reflects our commitment to combating COVID while strongly supporting education, food security, addiction services, housing, and economic growth.

Some key provisions included in the budget for Woburn and Reading are:

• Chapter 70 Funding
Woburn: $9,555,857
Reading: $10,834,809
• Unrestricted Government Aid
Woburn: $6,357,386
Reading: $3,442,525

$200k for Schools and Telework
The supplemental budget also prioritized COVID-related support for our students and developmental services. I am happy to report that I secured $200,000 for the City of Woburn for distance learning and telework expenses due to the novel coronavirus. These funds will help compliment the City’s commitment to educating our students and supporting our teachers, with municipal resources like this going a long way in helping our community and our schools better address the known and ongoing expenses related to COVID-19. I applaud Mayor Galvin, the school administration, School Committee, and our teachers for their commitment to our students’ well-being and education during these challenging times.

Funding for Local Coalitions Against Substance Abuse
As part of the House budget process, I was able to secure a $10,000 appropriation for the Woburn Coalition Against Substance Abuse (WCASA) and an additional $10,000 for the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA). It is always great to be able to support such an important mission in our communities, and this funding will go a long way towards continuing the hard work in reducing substance misuse and improving mental health promotion. Additionally, these resources will be used to help educate students, parents, and the public about substance use awareness and prevention.

Healthcare Legislation
The House and Senate recently passed An Act Promoting a Resilient Health Care System that puts patients first. Amidst a global pandemic we have a responsibility to help adjust the way medical care is delivered in Massachusetts. Telehealth services are going to play a much larger role in healthcare and this bill lays the foundation for the future of medical care in the Commonwealth. Pushing forward telehealth reform, recognizing the opportunity technology presents, and protecting the public from surprise billing has never been more important. We have learned many hard lessons in 2020, and this landmark legislation included components that:

• Protects patients against unfair surprise medical billing;
• Requires insurance carriers (including MassHealth) to cover all COVID-19-related emergency, inpatient, cognitive rehabilitation services, and medically necessary outpatient testing without out-of-pocket costs to patients;
• Solidifies telehealth services in Massachusetts by requiring insurance carriers (including MassHealth) to cover telehealth services in any case where the same in-person health care service would be covered, and the use of telehealth is appropriate;
• Allows health care providers to work to the full extent of their training and licensure, expanding access to high-quality medical care;
• Authorizes enhanced monthly Medicaid payments for certain community hospitals for two years, helping mitigate the unprecedented financial challenges community hospitals continue to face during the pandemic.

This session I have been proud to support the reproductive health care rights of women. To be candid I have been disappointed and dismayed by the misinformation being spread about the recently passed legislation. I understand this is a sensitive, deeply personal issue and I am always available to listen to constituents around this topic and others.

I cosponsored, and the Governor recently signed, legislation to protect our families and firefighters from harmful flame retardants. The law bans 11 toxic flame retardants in children’s products, mattresses, household furniture, carpeting and window coverings. It also gives the Department of Environmental Protection the authority to ban additional flame retardants that are hazardous to human health and the environment.

Police Reform
The Commonwealth will now join forty-six other states who have similar police officer certification requirements. Although I opposed earlier versions of the bill the reason for my vote from no to yes was due to the substantive changes in the compromise legislation.

At the outset of this debate, I shared my concerns about the makeup of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST). While I am in agreement with having a Commission that would include civilian commissioners who bring an independent view to provide judicial balance, a Commission of this magnitude should also include law enforcement professionals who understand policing and are open to improving training practices. I felt the commission would be well-served to have commissioners who understand first-hand the inherent dangers faced by our police officers. The bill now includes three law enforcement officials on the POST Commission and requires one of the commission members to be from Labor.

In the original (Senate) bill I also had serious concerns about the open-ended changes to Qualified Immunity, a complex legal doctrine that provides important protections for police officers to ensure these individuals can do their job without fear of civil liability. I advocated for and I am pleased that the legislation now only makes changes to the application of qualified immunity to decertified law enforcement officers – no-one else. The original bill gave a civilian-controlled panel the authority to approve training regulations, but the final bill will keep training oversight within a committee under the Executive Office of Public Safety. The POST Commission and the Municipal Police Training Committee will now have joint responsibility in approving, promulgating and implementing use of force regulations.

This legislation was worked on by Democrats, Republicans, and although contentious at times, ultimately it received strong bi-partisan support and was signed by a Republican Governor. Notably this bill was supported by two State Representatives who served as a Police Chief and a State Trooper respectively. Massachusetts has some of the most well-trained and professional police departments in the nation and I believe there is a willingness within law enforcement to do even better. I joined many others in fighting for a meaningful piece of legislation that supports law enforcement’s mission and brings more accountability to policing.

Final Thoughts
I would like to end this update by thanking our frontline workers for their perseverance and dedication each day, and it continues to show the true resiliency of our communities through this public health emergency. My office continues to have monthly virtual office hours and I stand ready to listen and help in any way I can. If you have questions, please contact my Legislative Aide Anthony Langone at anthony.langone@mahouse.gov or call 617-722-2090.

Representative Haggerty Accepting Applications for Winter State House Internship

BOSTON – State Representative Richard Haggerty is searching for motivated, civic-minded individuals interested in a Massachusetts State House winter internship. Haggerty proudly represents the people of the 30th Middlesex District of Massachusetts, which includes the City of Woburn and Town of Reading.

Interns will have the rewarding opportunity to experience policymaking, politics, and government from the inside the State House through participating in the day-to-day functioning of a State Representative’s office. Interns will report mainly to Anthony Langone, Legislative Aide to Rep. Haggerty, and will be responsible for assisting with a variety of tasks ranging from constituent correspondence, scheduling, legislative research, database management, to communications and social media assignments. They will also have the opportunity to attend various events such as hearings, meetings, and listening to guest speakers, while gaining the satisfaction of serving the Commonwealth along with adding beneficial experience to their resume.

Due to COVID-19, those interested should be prepared to report and work remotely dependent on the situation. Interested applicants should have the following:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• A high level of attention to detail
• Able to conduct themselves and dress professionally
• Respect for confidentiality
• Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.

Those with a particular interest in communications, public relations, graphic design, video production or social media should indicate so in their application. Applicants should send a resume with a brief cover letter of interest, and a 1-2 page writing sample to Anthony.Langone@mahouse.gov by end of day Friday, January 15th, 2021. References should be available upon request and if potential applicants have any questions, please call (617) 722-2090.