Insider’s View: Senator Jennifer Flanagan

jflanaganThe Worcester and Middlesex district includes the cities of Fitchburg, Gardner and Leominster and the towns of Berlin, Bolton, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Sterling Westminster, Townsend and sections of Clinton. Currently I serve on the following legislative committees, Chair – Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Vice Chair – Public Health, Chair – Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Options, Public Safety and Homeland Security. I am also the Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and we are usually the first committee that reviews any legislation involving laws related to intellectual or developmental disabilities. Recently we heard testimony from The Arc regarding housing concerns for those with disabilities. In reviewing various bills before the committee we look forward to hearing from those most affected by any potential legislative changes. I also understand the many challenges that families have when one of their members has an intellectual or developmental disability. I continue to be impressed with the love and commitment families show even in the midst of some overwhelming obstacles. I am proud to be the voice for these families in all legislative matters. –Senator Jennifer Flanagan 

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