Insider’s View: Rep. Louis L. Kafka

kafkaI represent the 8th Norfolk District; which includes the town of Sharon and parts of Stoughton, Walpole and Mansfield.  I am a member of the Speaker DeLeo’s Leadership team, serving as Floor Leader of the Second Division.  In addition, I serve as a member of the Rules Committee. This year marks my 26th year serving in the MA legislature and during this time, we have championed many issues to help make the state more responsive to the needs of our constituents.  Great changes in areas of mental health, education and developmental disabilities have offered hope to individuals and families who struggle daily to improve their lives. Continue reading

Insider’s View: Representative Todd M. Smola

smolaMy district, the First Hampden includes the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Wales, Sturbridge, Warren and sections of Ware. I serve as the ranking minority member on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The honor of serving on the legislature’s budget writing committee offers the distinct privilege of reviewing every aspect of state spending. In addition, I also serve on the FY’17 budget conference committee with five other members to help reconcile the various differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. Continue reading

Insider’s View: Representative Michael Seamus Day

DayMy district is the Thirty First Middlesex; which includes the towns of Stoneham and Winchester.   In the Legislature, I am a member of the following committees: Judiciary; Education; Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Post Audit and Oversight.  As a lawyer, I have always had a strong interest in advocating for civil rights and civil liberties.  The basis for that belief can be traced to my own family who taught me, from an early age, that every person is unique and special and everyone deserves equal treatment and opportunity in life. Continue reading

Insider’s View: Representative James Kelcourse

kelcourseI represent the 1st Essex District; which includes Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury. I serve on the following Joint Committees: Education, Economic Development, and Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. I have enjoyed working with The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport where some of my constituents receive services. One of the most unique aspects of being a state representative is learning about the experiences and challenges that families and individuals face. I look forward to continuing to work with this terrific organization.

Insider’s View: Representative David T. Vieira

Representative David T. VieiraMy district, known as the Third Barnstable District, includes the town of Mashpee and portions of the town of Falmouth and Bourne.  In addition to my constituent responsibilities to my district,
I also serve as ranking member of the House Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Committee; as ranking house member of the Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee; and as a member of the House & Joint Rules Committees. Continue reading

Insider’s View: MA Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler

chandlerI represent the First Worcester Senate District; which includes the towns of: Boylston, parts of Clinton, Holden, parts of Northborough, Princeton, West Boylston, and most of Worcester. I serve as Senate Majority Leader in addition to Co-Chairing several caucuses; including the Legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus and Oral Health Caucus. During this current legislative session, I filed a bill establishing mid-level dental practitioners, similar to physician assistants in the medical field, while working in collaboration with a licensed dentist. Access to dental care would be expanded for the under served; especially children, seniors, individuals with special needs, low-income families, and rural residents in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Insider’s View: Senator Barbara L’Italien

l'italienCurrently, I represent the Second Essex and Middlesex District; which includes the city of Lawrence and the towns of Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury.   In addition, I serve as chair of the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government; chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; and a member of the following committees: Elder Affairs; Intergovernmental Affairs; Higher Education; Health Care Financing; Education; Redistricting; Community Development and Small Business.  Prior to my time in Senate, I served in the House as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Continue reading