Insider’s View: Senator Barbara L’Italien

Barbara L'ItalienMy senate district is the Second Essex and Middlesex which includes Lawrence, Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. As chairperson of Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government I am keenly aware of the challenges facing local communities in their efforts to provide the best possible constituent services to their residents. Each year the legislature faces the demanding task of adequately funding state services based on available revenues. One of my top priorities during my career in the legislature based on my own family’s experience is remaining supportive of programs and funding for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are countless families in the Commonwealth who each day remain committed to the well being of their members in need. I join with these families and state agencies in working on solutions to expand and improve these services. The passage of key legislation last year for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a strong a statement that these families are not alone. I look forward to the work needed to implement these new legislative initiatives. -Senator Barbara L’Italien

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