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Governor signs legal notices bill

Governor Baker signed into law H1566, An Act relative to electronic publication of certain legal notices, a bill I had filed in this session. The new law requires that all legal notices must now appear, not only in a newspaper’s print publication, but also on the newspaper’s website and on a statewide website that may be maintained as a repository for such notices

As you know, print media subscriptions are at an all-time low, but readership of newspapers is at all-time high because of the availability online. This new law will capitalize on online readership and increase access to information, including public records, documents and hearing notices. It encourages civic engagement and it will revolutionize access to public notices, long left to the back pages of newsprint in small fonts and unattractive layouts.

This increased access will be accomplished at no additional cost to any government entity. The Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association (MNPA), on behalf of the state’s newspapers, will bear the cost of launching, operating and maintaining this statewide website. In fact, the MNPA just recently launched the new Public Notice Massachusetts website, which can be found at masspublicnotices.org, and a number of newspapers have already started uploading notices to the site.

It was great to be a part of the team that advanced good government and certainly hope that you will use the public notices site to stay updated on what is happening. Thank you for your continued support.

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Campaign kickoff

Rep. Roy kicked off his 2016 re-election campaign at the Black Box in Franklin with support from Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, and House colleagues John V. Fernandes (D-Milford), Tom Sannicandro (D-Framingham), Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), and Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough), Massachusetts. Roy is seeking re-election for a third term in the 10th Norfolk District which includes all of Franklin and precincts 2, 3 and 4 in Medway.
 
Roy currently serves on the Joint Committees on Ways & Means, Judiciary, and Labor & Workforce Development. He also serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Ethics. He also is an attorney who maintains a trial practice in Franklin. 
 
"I have enjoyed serving the residents of Franklin and Medway for the past four years and would be honored to serve another term," noted Roy.  "We have made great progress in the areas of education, economic development, health care and veterans affairs, and I want to build on that success. In addition, we have addressed the challenges of opioid addiction, gun violence and transportation, and I look forward to continuing the work in these areas.
 
"I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from my friends and colleagues, and have enjoyed the opportunity to be the voice of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill. If re-elected, I will continue to be a fierce advocate for these communities.”

You can view photos from the kickoff event by clicking here.

Little free library

Rep. Roy joined his friends at the Franklin Housing Authority for the grand opening of Little Free Library number 41,689.

The new library brings books and reading to the community and came with some creative assistance from the students in the Bi-County Collaborative who painted the box.

The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.

The library is open to all Franklin residents, so please drop by and share some knowledge.

Pan Mass Challenge 2016

Next weekend, Rep. Roy will ride in his 14th Pan Mass Challenge, a bicycle ride that raise money to fight cancer.   

The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single athletic event in the country, $500 million since 1980 and $45 million last year alone! This success is the result of a lot of people riding for, and caring about, a cure. 

There is still time to donate to the PMC and support Rep. Roy's ride. You can do so by clicking here.

DNC in Philadelphia

Rep. Roy joined several Massachusetts colleagues for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The group began its journey to historic Philadelphia with a train ride out of South Station in Boston. You can read the Globe story about the train ride by clicking here.

At the convention, the group heard from a number of folks about unity, respect, inclusion, and the future of America. It was a great series of conversations that forged a pathway for the future of America.

It is quite fitting that these conversations took place in the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence.

You can view photos from the convention by clicking here.

Human services bill

Rep. Roy's student loan reimbursement bill (H.124) was featured in a WBZ radio story on staff shortages in addiction recovery centers. The story reports on people who are leaving the profession because of low salaries.

The student loan reimbursement bill would provide 150 dollars a month in relief to certified human service workers. Since we are unable to offer them a higher salary, this might be a way to keep them in the human services professions so they can provide the services that we know are badly needed. 

Attracting and retaining workers in these centers is vital to saving lives and fighting this public health epidemic.

You can see and hear the full story from WBZ by clicking here.
Copyright © 2016 State Rep Jeff Roy, All rights reserved.


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