Saturday, April 1, 2017

Senator Ross: March 2017 State House Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, March 2017
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

State House
Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054
Dear Friends,

Spring has arrived, and with that the hope of an end to severe winter weather. This past month, my colleagues in the state senate and I have been busy touring the Commonwealth and listening to the concerns of residents across the state.

If you missed the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit seminars that took place in the district this month, please take note that there is still time to apply. For more important information, you may click here.

Please read/share my monthly newsletter for information on internship opportunities, constituent service resources, as well as upcoming office hours during the month of April.

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at 617-722-1555.

Early Voting Cost Remedy
According to a recent report by State Auditor Suzanne Bump, provisions of a 2014 state law requiring municipalities to conduct early voting constitute an unfunded mandate. Senate Republicans have aimed to address this problem with a bill that will require the state to meet its funding obligations for this more popular early voting elections process.

Senate Republicans have proposed and recently filed a bill where communities across the state will have mandated expenses for the state's new election law. Republican members have consistently sought to address concerns about state laws which result in unfunded mandates to various communities. In recent findings, the State Auditor has confirmed that the early voting law did impose financial impacts which are unfunded state mandates.

This bill will allow cities and towns to create an Early Voting Reimbursement Fund which would receive reimbursements from the state for expenses incurred as a result of compliance with the early voting law. While the new early voting program proved to be a valuable resource for voters, it also resulted in a financial burden to complying municipalities. This bill will ensure that our cities and towns no longer have to incur the high costs of these unfunded mandates – a responsibility the Commonwealth should undertake.

Senator Ross Announces Office Hours in April
Senator Ross and his staff will be holding office hours at locations throughout the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District to provide constituents with an opportunity to meet Senator Ross and discuss any matters of importance to them. Constituents may contact Senator Ross' office at (617) 722-1555 or by email at to register for a meeting in advance whether in the district or at the State House in Boston.         
Tuesday, April 4th (Staff)
Millis Town Hall, 900 Main Street, Millis

Tuesday, April 11th (Staff)
Wellesley Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, Wellelsey

Tuesday, April 18th (Staff)
Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin

Tuesday, April 25th (Staff)
Norfolk Town Hall, 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk

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