Sunday, July 15, 2018

"empowers individual senators to help steer the policy direction of the legislative body"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Less than two weeks from today, the Massachusetts Senate will have its third president in the span of eight months, capping off a tumultuous session for the chamber during which senators grappled with instability in the top ranks of its leadership. 
Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka, an Ashland Democrat currently enmeshed in protracted negotiations with the House over a late fiscal 2019 budget, is expected to be elected Senate president by her colleagues on July 26. 
According to people familiar with the transition planning, the vote will take place at 1 p.m. when the Senate will pause what is normally a busy period of lawmaking in the waning days of the two-year session to inaugurate a new president."

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Left to right: Sen Ross, Rep Roy, Sen Spilka and Delegate Ladybug
Left to right: Sen Ross, Rep Roy, Sen Spilka and Delegate Ladybug (from the FM archives 2015)

While Senator Spilka takes on the Senate leadership role, change may also be found among the other Franklin legislative team. Both Senator Ross and Representative Roy have challengers for this year's election cycle.  Stay tuned to the election news as the primary rolls around in September and then the election is held in November.

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