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Committee assignments announced

I was honored to have been appointed by Speaker DeLeo as the Vice-Chair on the Committee on Healthcare Financing for this session. The Committee is responsible for all matters concerning health care programs and regulation of the health care system, including oversight of health facilities, medical professionals, health plans, certificates of need, health programs including Medicaid, and other matters related to the health care industry. I am looking forward to the challenges that are ahead, particularly in light of discussions going on with the ACA at the federal level.

I was also honored to be appointed by the Speaker to be the House Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus. Massachusetts is poised to be the number one state in the nation in manufacturing, and I will work hard with the Speaker and my colleagues to make that happen.

I also thank the Speaker for appointments to the Joint Committees on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Export Development, and Municipalities and Regional Government. These assignments will no doubt make it a very busy session and will position me well to serve the 10th Norfolk District and citizens of the Commonwealth well.

As always, I value your input and feedback and am honored to serve.

Massachusetts tops the nation

Business births, low unemployment, several measures of educational achievement and successful health care have combined to drive the Bay State to the overall No. 1 place in U.S. News and World Report's Best States rankings

US News and World Report examined 68 factors, but focused on seven that were most valued: health care, education, crime and corrections, infrastructure, opportunity, and government.

Policymakers, business leaders, educators, and all of us in Massachusetts have worked together to make it work. In the process, we have created terrific ecosystems that make Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family.

You can learn more about the report by clicking here.
Charles River Meadowlands

Charles River Meadowlands

This month, the Boston Globe ran a great story on a project started by Franklin resident Alan Earls to draw attention to some beautiful tracts of land in Franklin, Medway and Bellingham, and to develop access points for hiking and passive recreation. The Town of Franklin has actively worked to preserve access to the land, and Rep. Roy has been working to provide state assistance to the project.

As noted in the Globe piece, Rep. Roy is a frequent traveler on Interstate 495, the heavily traveled highway that bisects his district. But it wasn’t until two years ago, that he came to appreciate a stretch of woods and waterways between Exit 17 in Franklin and Exit 18 in Bellingham that spans both towns and a section of Medway.

You can view the Globe story by clicking here. You can learn more about the project at by watching the video above or visiting the website by clicking here

Meeting with Medway officials

Rep. Roy was honored to join Sen Karen Spilka and Rep Brian Murray at a legislative breakfast in Medway to talk about issues and priorities for the community over the next year.

This annual event featured conversations on the new marijuana law, local aid and school budgets, affordable housing projects, bill filing, and committee work on Beacon Hill. We heard from members of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Finance Committee during the two hour discussion. 

To view the Milford Daily News report on the meeting, click here.

Dean College gets life sciences grant

Rep. Roy was thrilled to join Dean College President Paula Rooney, Lt Gov Karen Polito, and Life Sciences Center Director Travis McCready at Mount Wachusett Community College for distribution of a grant to Dean to enhance its educational offerings in the life sciences area. Dean's $297,030 grant will allow the school to purchase lab equipment and develop new molecular biology and biotechnology courses.

Out of around 1,150 students, 79 are now majoring in STEM fields, school officials said. Dean is looking to build its STEM program to meet student demand and spur future enrollment. The new equipment will be used in core classes required for all students.Congratulations Dean College.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, established by the state legislature in 2006, is a Waltham-based investment agency that distributes state grant monies and promotes life sciences innovation.

S.A.F.E. community conversation features Dr. Ruth Potee

The S.A.F.E. Coalition's Community Conversation series continues on Thursday March 16th at 7:00 PM, when nationally recognized addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”. The program will take place in the Franklin High School Auditorium. You can view the Local Town Pages report on the event by clicking here.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Public Schools of Franklin and Medway, Mike Morrissey and the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, the Representatives Jeffrey N. Roy (10th Norfolk District) and Shawn Dooley (9th Norfolk District).

Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.

Since 2013, she has co-chaired the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin. As a school physician, she has provided training and curriculum for school nurses throughout western and central Massachusetts on adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, a position she assumed in 2014 that oversees care for 300 inmates in the county.

Dr. Potee's talk will focus on the impact of substance use on the adolescent brain and strategies parents may employ to assist their children in making healthy decisions.

The Other Talk

Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey is bringing a presentation from Caron Student Assistance Program called The Other Talk to Franklin on Wednesday, April 12. The program will take place in the FHS Lecture Hall (on the 2nd floor) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The format for this will be a 2-hour evening presentation for parents of high school upperclassmen.  

Student alcohol and drug use is an undeniable problem, but many parents have difficulty broaching the subject. In particular, parents of college students frequently doubt their abilities to impact their children’s choices.

To encourage parents to address the topic of alcohol and substance abuse head on, Caron SAP designed The Other Talk, a program that helps parents of soon-to-be college students communicate accurate, healthy and practical messages to their children regarding college alcohol and drug use.

The program is open to the general public and admission is free.

Speaker visits Franklin to promote manufacturing

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo joined us in Franklin to speak about the importance of training the next generation of manufacturing workers at a meeting of area manufacturers.

He came to the MACWIC regional meeting to discuss ways to fill the pipeline in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Massachusetts is home to world-class makers of everything from machinery to biopharmaceuticals to jet engines. Manufacturing output here is at its highest level in history and accounts for more than 11 percent of the state’s economy. But we need more skilled workers to get the job done.

While in Franklin, Speaker DeLeo announced that the MACWIC courses from its Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification Program for Level 1 and 2 certification will now be freely available to all employees of MACWIC members. And it will be available online for students to progress at their own pace.

Rep. Roy announced proposed legislation for a 50 percent tax credit to manufacturers for eligible expenses for employees who receive certification through the MACWIC’s . The tax credit is for training that results in successful certification by the employee, and the employee must be employed in the commonwealth on a full-time basis.

You can read the Milford Daily News report on this meeting by clicking here.

Manufacturing caucus meets in State House

The Manufacturing Caucus hosted its first meeting of the session at the State House this month. Rep. Roy hosted the meeting with his co-chair Senator Eric Lesser.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and Helena Fruscio Altsman from the Office of Housing and Economic Development were joined by Ira Moskowitz from the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative as speakers at the meeting.

Secretary Ash gave an overview of the Manufacturing strategy of the EOHED for the current Session, citing: workforce development, innovation, and the creation of new markets as key approaches to promote manufacturing in the Commonwealth. This strategy is vital in helping Massachusetts maintain a wide network of supports for manufacturing, to help it grow.

Helena expanded upon the ideas that Secretary Ash laid out, with her introduction of the Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan Framework. The framework went into greater detail, addressing all of the possibilities for the promotion of manufacturing in the commonwealth.

Ira stressed the importance of being able to adjust accordingly in this time of innovation and revolution, stating that a new industrial revolution is happening. With breakthroughs in technology, manufacturing will become more streamlined and efficient. It is through this efficiency and growth that the new revolution will happen. Ira also spoke about the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and its role in the next 5 years of Advanced Manufacturing in the Commonwealth.

This meeting laid the groundwork for Manufacturing in the Commonwealth over the next session, and beyond. Massachusetts is home to world-class manufacturers, and fifty years after the first automation wave in the 1970s, we are on the verge of yet another renaissance.

Mass tops world in education

Massachusetts students’ reading and science scores place the state in a league with the top-scoring nations in the world. These results are evidence of what many of us already know: Massachusetts schools offer a world-class education.

The results come from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey designed to assess how well 15-year-old students can apply their knowledge and skills.

If Massachusetts were a nation, it would share the top spot in reading with eight other nations worldwide. In science, the state’s students came in second, trailing only students from Singapore. In math, 11 other nations were ahead of the Commonwealth.

Rep. Roy was honored to meet with Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to discuss the test results. Schleicher flew in from Paris to meet with legislators at the State House.

You can read more detail about the test results by clicking here.

JFK at 100

Rep. Roy spent Presidents Day 2017 at the JFK Library in Boston and had the chance to witness the unveiling of a new stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth. The week before, he attended the 100th birthday celebration for JFK in the House Chamber.

The stamp showcases a 1960 photo of the president campaigning in Seattle taken by photojournalist Ted Spiegel. Spiegel was in attendance at yesterday's ceremony.

Also among those attending were Kennedy family members, including U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. Congressman Kennedy represents Franklin and Medway in the U.S. House.

The House ceremony featured remarks from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. A member of the Kennedy family, she was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003.

You can view Rep. Roy's photos by clicking here. You can video of the stamp unveiling by clicking here. You can view video of the House ceremony by clicking here

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