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Primary election on Thursday

On Thursday, Sepetmber 8 (yes, we will be voting on a Thursday), the State Primary election will take place throughout Massachusetts. In our District, the polls open at 6 am in Franklin at the High School and at 7 am in Medway at the Middle School.

I will be on the ballot and ask for your vote for as the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 10th Norfolk District.

Even though many of the races on Thursday's ballot are uncontested, it's important to have your voice heard at the ballot box. Our government was designed for citizen participation, and voting is one of the opportunities to engage in the democratic process. If you don't vote, other people are going to make the decisions for you.

From the opening bell to poll closing at 8 pm, we'll be out there holding signs at both locations. I hope that you will stop by to say hello on your way in.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


Walgreens honored

Rep. Roy was honored to join his community partners (the S.A.F.E. Coalition, Norfolk DA Mike Morrissey's office, and local officials) at Walgreens in Franklin to present the pharmacy with a House citation recognizing the store for proficiency in providing Narcan to the community.

The award came as the result of a survey of area pharmacies by the Norfolk DA's office. Undercover visitors went to the county's 120 pharmacies and provided the results of their trips. The Franklin Walgreens rated highly in providing Narcan, which counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose.

"The amount of support that everyone in Franklin has shown in combating the Commonwealth's opioid epidemic has been truly remarkable," said Rep. Roy. "It was great to recognize and acknowledge the hard work that Walgreens is doing to keep our community safe and healthy." 

In addition to the House citation, the store received certificates from the Norfolk DA, the S.A.F.E. Coalition, and the Town of Franklin. Store manager Brian Votolato and Pharmacy manager Tricia Ngyuen accepted the recognition on behalf of Walgreens. 

For the Milford Daily News report on the event, click here.

Mass students score high on ACT

Massachusetts high school students in the graduating class of 2016 had the highest average composite score in the nation on the ACT test, an annual predicative measure of college and career readiness for many high school graduates.

According to this year's ACT results, Massachusetts 2016 public and private high school graduates who chose to take the ACT had an average composite score of 24.8 out of a possible 36, up from last year (24.4). The national average was 20.8, which fell slightly from last year's 21.0.

In addition, 53 percent of Massachusetts graduates met all four ACT college readiness benchmarks, up from 51 percent last year and above the national average of 26 percent. You can get more info on ACT by clicking here.

New PMP launched

The state's new online prescription monitoring program has been used for thousands of searches since its launch last week, and approximately 70 percent of all expected users have registered, according to the Department of Public Health.

The system, called the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, or MassPAT, is intended to be more user-friendly and accessible than the previous version. MassPAT is compatible with electronic medical record systems and includes data-sharing with Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. Connectivity with New York is expected to begin by the end of the month.

The system lists every filled prescription for federally controlled substances in the state and allows authorized users to view a patient's prescription history.

Last week, the Massachusetts Medical Society urged health care providers to register with the system, citing reports saying less than 25 percent of prescribers had done so. As of last week, 63 percent of prescribers who had issued a prescription for a Schedule II or III drug over the past six months were registered with the system. 

Energy secretary visits Franklin

Massachusetts is currently dealing with one of the worst droughts in 20 years. Last month, Rep. Roy sat down with MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton and Franklin Town officials to discuss how the issue has impacted Franklin.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recommended the Secretary meet with Franklin to discuss Franklin’s success at managing these historic drought conditions noting Franklin as a model partner in this effort.

The meeting included an overview of the successes Franklin has had improving water conservation. Successes include storm water regulation and retainage by incorporating public education, cooperation with neighboring communities, updating technology and stressing best management practices. 

The meeting also included a tour of a Franklin water monitoring and treatment facility.

You can view more photos from the visit by clicking here.

Medway High one of tops in nation

Congratulations Medway High School for being one of the 18 to make Newsweek's top public high schools list for 2016. MHS ranked 312th in the nation.

The criteria is based on a range of data bent on answering the question: "Does this high school prepare students for college?" Factors include college enrollment rates, graduation rates, standardized testing scores and more.

You can view the full list by clicking here.

Pipeline fee stricken

The Supreme Judicial Court struck down a Baker administration push to facilitate the construction of new natural gas pipeline capacity by allowing utilities pass the cost of pipeline construction on to ratepayers.

In an opinion written by newly retired Justice Robert Cordy, the state's top court said the pipeline tariff would "reexpose ratepayers to the very types of risks that the Legislature sought to protect them" with a 1997 law restructuring the electricity market. ENGIE and the Conversation Law Foundation, however, challenged the fees in court, and won their case.

"The department's interpretation of the statute as permitting electric distribution companies to shift the entire risk of the investment to the ratepayers is unreasonable, as it is precisely this type of shift that the Legislature sought to preclude through the restructuring act," Cordy wrote in the court's opinion.

Attorney General Maura Healey, who took the rare step of supporting the plaintiffs in the case over a state agency that she would usually be defending in court, celebrated the decision. "Requiring electric ratepayers to pay for new natural gas pipeline capacity effectively shifts the risks associated with building these projects to ratepayers, contrary to the state's policies of the past two decades," Healey said in a statement.

You can read the full decision by clicking here.

Click here for a small slice of Franklin from the pages of the Boston Globe
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