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State Rep Jeff Roy

Committee assignments

I am very fortunate to serve on three, exciting legislative committees, having been assigned to the EducationJudiciary, and Global Warming and Climate Change committees in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Every proposed bill or budget item proposed must be studied by at least one committee before any action can be taken.
These are challenging times and these assignments will offer a great opportunity for me to help the residents of Massachusetts. I was pleased that the Speaker will allow me to apply my skills as a lawyer and my background in education to assist with the business of the House of Representatives.
The Committee on Education considers all matters concerning education in grades K through 12. The duty of the Committee on Judiciary is to consider all matters concerning crimes, penalties and sentencing, criminal offender record information, judiciary, including the recall of judges, the salaries of judges, court clerks and court officers of the various courts, probation officers, juries and jury duty, parole, registers of deeds, and correction issues. The House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change considers all matters related to the Commonwealth’s climate policy, including greenhouse gas emissions, the climate impacts of renewable energy development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

To get more information on these committee assignments and other work on Beacon Hill, please visit our district website by clicking on
It is an honor and privilege to represent Franklin and Medway. Thank you for your support in the effort to make Massachusetts a great place to work and live.

A visit with HMEA

Rep. Roy recently visited HMEA to discuss the many challenges facing individuals with disabilities. Headquartered in Franklin, HMEA employs 650 dedicated individuals statewide who work with more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities that include Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome. 
“We must ensure that our disabled residents, one of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations, have access to high quality care and employment opportunities,” said Roy. “This will require a partnership between those in the human services arena and state government to develop the resources necessary to build a successful future for our residents and provide a livable wage for the thousands of hard-working caregivers throughout Massachusetts.”
In addition to meeting with HMEA staff at the agency’s Franklin headquarters, Roy visited HMEA’s direct service staff at an employment program for individuals with disabilities in Hopedale.  
The Milford Daily News report on the visit can be viewed by clicking here. Pictures from the visit can be viewed by clicking here.

Division 1 state soccer champs visit

The Massachusetts Division I State Champion Girls Soccer Team from Franklin High School visited the State House in a congratulatory visit after their perfect 2012 season. They toured the building with Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D – Franklin) and Sen. Karen Spilka (D – Ashland). 
The girls were awarded a Senate citation from Sen. Spilka and Sen. Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), as well as a House citation from Rep. Roy. 
“It was an honor to host the undefeated State Champs at the State House,” noted Roy. “By all accounts, the girls demonstrated a commitment to teamwork and good sportsmanship throughout the season, and the State Championship was well deserved. They have brought great honor to our community, and for that, they are to be commended.”
The attached photo was taken in the Senate Chambers. Members of the team, their coaches, Sen. Spilka, and Rep. Roy were in attendance.

Local author pens Franklin history book

Eamon McCarthy Earls, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has written the latest history book on Franklin. The book covers Franklin history from pre-colonial times to 2012.
Helping the Franklin Historical Museum move its facilities downtown in 2010 sparked his interest in Franklin history, and he worked on the project for the next two years. He traces development from a tiny colonial hamlet to a town with farmers, factories, and large immigrant population, to today, where Franklin has become an edge-city.

The book is available at the Franklin Historical Museum or can be purchased online by clicking here.

Office hours

Franklin – Tuesday, March 5th, 8:30-9:30AM, Franklin Senior Center - 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA
Medway – Wednesday, March 13th, 7:00-8:00AM, Medway Senior Center – 76 Oakland Street Medway, MA
Franklin – Saturday, March 23rd, 8:00-9:00AM, Central Park Terrace Community Building – Central Park Terrace
Medway – Tuesday, March 26th, 6:00-7:00PM, Medway Country Manor – 115 Holliston Street Medway, MA
Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. You are also invited to call the State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, email, or schedule an in-district appointment..

Unemployment rate freeze

Rep. Roy recently voted in support of legislation that freezes a scheduled increase in the unemployment insurance assessment paid by all employers.
“During the campaign, residents and business owners in Franklin and Medway made it clear that the Legislature needed to take steps to get our economy back on track and focus on economic development,” said Roy. “I am pleased that one of my first votes as a Representative will help businesses create jobs, avoid additional costs, and help stabilize the economy.”
Freezing the rate at Schedule E will save the average employer from having a near 30% increase for unemployment insurance per employee. Passage of the legislation does not impact employees. Workers will continue to receive the same benefits under this rate freeze. 
This legislation also includes spending provisions for operating deficiencies of an immediate nature, such as $45 million for Homeless Family Shelters and $3 million for unexpected costs to state agencies as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The Senate passed similar legislation and Governor Deval Patrick provided his signature to enact it on February 17.

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