Sunday, November 9, 2014

Representative Roy: What's happening in the district

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Thank you for your vote

It was an exciting 2014 election with many open races on the ballot. The turnout was impressive at 60 percent, and voters had an opportunity to let their voices be heard. You can view pictures from the day by clicking here.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a second term in the House of Representatives. I look forward to working with Governor Baker and the rest of my colleagues on Beacon Hill to continue to make Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family.

I thank you for expressing your confidence in me through your vote and look forward to working with you again over the next two years.

School visits

Rep. Roy taught a unit on State Government in an AP History class at Medway High School. He used real examples from the Legislature to explain the role government has in everyday life and the influence it can have on the economy. Thank you to Mr. Pacelli for the invitation.

Rep. Roy also was the guest lecturer in a Graduate Economics course at UMass Boston earlier in the month. Thank you to Franklin's Ed Cook for that invitation.
Governor Patrick joined us in Franklin for a trip downtown. The tour highlighted some of the ways that investments in infrastructure are helping to revitalize downtown Franklin.

His stops included the fire station, Keefe Insurance, Franklin Food Pantry, Nail It hair salon, the Black Box Theater, and Rick's Restaurant. While at Keefe, the Governor was presented with his original customer file from 1992 when he was a customer there.

You can read the Milford Daily News report of the visit by clicking here. For photos from the tour, click here.

Human services bills signed

Rep. Roy was honored to stand with the disabled community and his colleagues at Fenway Park to witness the signing of the Autism, Real Lives & National Background Check bills. It was a proud moment for Massachusetts.

The Autism Bill directs the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to no longer use an IQ-based eligibility requirement for adult services, allowing many more individuals with disabilities to receive services. It also includes a state version of the national Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which establishes state tax-advantaged accounts to empower families to better provide services for family members with disabilities.

The Real Lives Bill enables people with intellectual disabilities to make decisions that are central to how they live their lives through self-directed planning and by giving them the ability to control decisions about where they live, work, and their finical budgets.

The third bill requires national background checks for all individuals who apply for work with DDS or its vendor agencies. It ensures that people who work with individuals with disabilities go through a state and national background check, adding another important level of protection for our most vulnerable residents.

Manufacturing round-table with Congressman Kennedy

Another great discussion about manufacturing needs in our area took place at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. Congressman Joe Kennedy joined us for the discussion.

Area manufacturers told us they are facing a workforce crisis and we discussed ways that we could work together to bridge the gap. Curriculum development in schools and getting kids (and their parents) interested in manufacturing early on are part of the solution. Reducing energy costs and regulatory compliance were other concerns at the table. These ongoing discussions and action plans are important ways that government can help with economic development and Rep. Roy is happy to be at the table.

For more details and to read the Milford Daily News report on the meeting, click here.

Tranquil Yoga opens

Rep. Roy enjoyed welcoming the folks at Tranquil Souls Yoga to Franklin. It is the newest business in downtown Franklin and will help with the revitalization of the area. Congratulations to Heather on this new venture. Namaste!

Ukranian genocide curriculum

Rep. Roy had the opportunity to meet with Medway resident Maria Walzer to continue work on the Ukranian genocide curriculum bill. They met to discuss the curriculum package prepared by Ms. Walzer which has been submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for inclusion in the model curriculum program.

Energy saving tips for winter

With winter weather on its way, now is a good time to think about energy efficiency in your home. National Grid offers a number of ways to help you manage your energy usage through its energy efficiency services and incentives. You can learn more about these programs by clicking here.

Small changes to your daily activities can have a big impact on your bill and the environment. Click here for some tips that can help manage your home energy usage. You can save money while learning to be more efficient and help the environment as well.
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