Showing posts with label Rep Roy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rep Roy. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Let's finally update the MA Bottle Bill

Here in Massachusetts, many of us have been trying to update the Bottle Bill for a long time. We have a shot this session, but I need all my friends in Massachusetts to help us get it done.

Right now, a Committee of Massachusetts legislators are meeting to finalize the Climate Omnibus Bill. The Committee (Senators Barrett, Creem and Tarr, and Representatives Roy, Haggerty, and Jones)  will determine whether the bill includes the amendment to modernize the Commonwealth’s Bottle Bill program. 

Let's finally update the MA Bottle Bill
Let's finally update the MA Bottle Bill

If included in the Climate Bill, the updated bottle return program would not only raise the deposit fee from five to ten cents per beverage, but also expand the program to include new types of beverages that were not around in the early 1980s when the Bottle Bill first passed. 
  • 82% of registered voters support modernizing the Bottle Bill 
Now is the time to ask your legislators to put pressure on the members of the Committee. 

Just Zero recently conducted a statewide poll on litter and the Bottle Bill. The results show that most voters want legislators to address Massachusetts’ litter problem by modernizing the Bottle Bill this session. In fact, 82% of registered voters support modernizing the Bottle Bill.  

By modernizing the state’s bottle return program through the Climate Omnibus Bill, we can reduce litter and increase recycling across the state. It’s time for legislators to listen to their constituents and update the most impactful recycling program we have – at no cost to taxpayers. 

Contact your legislators now and ask them to put pressure on members of the Committee to update the state’s bottle return program in the finalized Climate Omnibus Bill. 

Thank you for all of your help!
Kirstie Pecci

Executive Director,
Just Zero

Let's finally update the MA Bottle Bill
Let's finally update the MA Bottle Bill










Friday, June 21, 2024

Governor Healey Signs Bill Banning Revenge Porn, Expanding Protections Against Abuse and Exploitation

Governor Maura T. Healey today (6/20/24) signed into law An Act to prevent abuse and exploitation, which seeks to prevent abuse and exploitation, strengthen protections for survivors, and enhance education for young people about the dangers of sexting and deepfakes.

The law adds Massachusetts to the states that have acted to prohibit image-based sexual assault – sometimes referred to as "revenge porn," which is the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. The law extends to "computer-generated images," such as "deepfakes," which have recently caused alarm. It will also expand the criminal harassment statute to prohibit the distribution of sexual images without consent and increase the maximum fines for criminal harassment convictions.

(L - R) State Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Jason Riley, Gov Maura Healey
(L - R) State Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Jason Riley, Gov Maura Healey

The new law also addresses teen sexting provisions from a bill filed by State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin). Rep. Roy worked with Franklin Police Lt. Jason Reilly for several years to make these changes to the law. Currently, minors who possess, purchase, or share explicit photos of themselves or other minors are charged with violating Massachusetts child pornography laws and are required to register as sex offenders. The legislation signed today instead authorizes commitment to the Department of Youth Services (DYS), but also allows minors to be diverted to an educational program in lieu of criminal punishment. A district attorney, however, is allowed to petition the court to bring criminal charges in extreme cases.

The educational diversion program, to be created by the Attorney General, would provide teenagers with information about the legal and nonlegal consequences of sexting, which would be made available to school districts. DESE should also encourage districts to implement media literacy programs in their schools as a prevention measure.

"This legislation represents a coordinated effort and a holistic approach to address an increasingly prevalent behavior and provides mechanisms to protect individuals victimized by those who threaten, intimidate, and harass the subjects of these images," said Roy, a lead sponsor of the bill. "The sexting provisions provide law enforcement officers with a middle ground that will allow them to educate kids about the consequences of their actions without ruining their lives. It will have a tremendous impact on people who have become entangled in the web and transmittal of images that can cause traumatic and lifetime harm through a diversion program that will educate them about the legal and personal consequences of this behavior."

Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham), House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and House Chair of the conference committee noted: "The House has heard the urgent call of survivors to enhance protections and ensure that our laws keep up with technology. But the House does not just listen, we act. This law will provide essential protections to survivors of predatory acts while, at the same time, intelligently addressing risky adolescent behavior through education and not necessarily only criminalization."

Lt. Reilly was present for the bill signing along with Rep. Roy and a host of state leaders and advocates.

The Governor's press release -> https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-healey-signs-bill-banning-revenge-porn-expanding-protections-against-abuse-and-exploitation

Link to the Legislation -> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/H4744

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

State Representative Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - June 2024


Memorial Day ceremony

Rep. Roy was delighted to offer remarks at the Franklin Memorial Day commemoration on the Town Common to honor the courage of those who faced unimaginable challenges on the battlefield, who stood firm in the face of adversity, and who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in peace and security.

At both a breakfast and column ceremony on the Town Common, Rep. Roy remembered their valor, their sacrifice, and their unwavering commitment to duty.

And he was proud to mention that in May, the House of Representatives passed the HERO Act. The bill, aptly titled: Honoring, Empowering and Recognizing Our service-members and veterans expands access to supports and benefits for veterans in the Commonwealth. You can learn more about that bill by clicking here.




Copyright (C) 2024 State Rep Jeff Roy. All rights reserved.

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Pride Flag rises in Franklin (photo essay)

Amber Wilson, former President of the LGBTQ Alliance, was master of ceremonies on Saturday morning (June 1) at the Municipal Building as a good crowd gathered to celebrate the beginning of Pride month. The Pride flag was raised for the first time officially in Franklin.

Amber Wilson
Amber Wilson (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

State Rep Jeff Roy
State Rep Jeff Roy (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

before the pride flag rising
before the Pride Flag rising (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

Town Councilor Ted Cormier-Leger
Town Councilor Ted Cormier-Leger (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

Senator Rausch's District Director Aiden Doherty
Senator Rausch's District Director Aiden Doherty  (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

FSPA's Electric Youth performed
FSPA's Electric Youth performed (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

Almost all present posed for a group photo
Almost all present posed for a group photo (photo courtesy Paul Viccario)

Additional photos courtesy of Paul Viccaro https://photos.app.goo.gl/HnT7QBUhA7qcy1sd8

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

State Representative Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - May 2024


What's happening in the district - May 2024

What's happening in the district?

In the House, we just completed the budget for FY25. I was proud to deliver local aid to Franklin and Medway that will assist the Franklin Food Pantry ($50,000), the Medway Village Food Pantry ($50,000), the Franklin Performing Arts Company ($100,000), the SAFE Coalition ($50,000), the Franklin Downtown Partnership ($25,000), and the Medway Community Farm ($25,000). I was also happy to file an amendment that added $500,000 to the Genocide Education Trust Fund.

We voted to send $29,717,993 to Franklin and $11,042,877 to Medway for school aid through Chapter 70, which represents an increase of $104 per student over FY24 (nearly triple what the Governor proposed in her budget) and $2,983,453 for Franklin and $1,473,066 to Medway in Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA). This is on top of our vote to provide $939,828 to Franklin and $395,457 to Medway, critical tools to make improvements to local transportation infrastructure.

Overall, the FY25 House budget funds UGGA at $1.283 billion, and Chapter 70 education funding at $6.863 billion, representing a $309 million increase over the funding provided for Chapter 70 in the FY24 budget. The budget also funds the fourth year of a six-year implementation plan for the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), which was enacted in 2019 to ensure that public schools have the necessary resources to provide high-quality education to students, regardless of zip code or income level.

Click on the image below for the video of the highlights of the environmental and energy provisions in the budget from remarks I made on the House floor.

It was an amazing budget in challenging times and I am will keep you updated as the budget moves to the Senate later this month.

Jeff

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

This episode talks about working with clay and words to create awareness around Empty Bowls 2024 (audio)

FM #1183 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1183 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Brenna Johnson, Franklin High School art/ceramics teacher and Empty Bowls (EB) coordinator. We met to record in the ceramics room at FHS on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. 


The FHS EBers introduce themselves as we go around the table: 


  • Kira Magliari, Senior, EB Social Media, continuing a family tradition of participating in Empty Bowls, has made a Silent Auction piece, helped make the Jeff Roy Project this year

  • Allie Maccalous, Senior, EB President, in AP3D Ceramics this year, assists in running Empty Bowls administratively each week, has made several Silent Auction pieces over the years, helped with the Jeff Roy Project this year

  • Bridget Kennedy, Senior, EB Secretary, in AP3D Ceramics & Independent Study in Ceramics this year, has made several Silent Auction pieces

 

The conversation runs about 35 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with the FHS Empty Bowls Club leadership team. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1183-empty-bowls-2024-working-with-clay-words-04-23-24



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Tickets for the Empty Bowls Dinner May 23 -> https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E188424&id=86 


Buy a T-shirts for Empty Bowls -> https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=32256 


Steve’s poem dedicated to Brenna Johnson and the Empty Bowls Club -> https://www.quietpoet.com/2023/03/please-should-not-be-needed.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit www.franklin.news/ or  www.Franklinmatters.org/ 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!


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This episode talks about working with clay and words to create awareness around Empty Bowls 2024 (audio)
This episode talks about working with clay and words to create awareness around Empty Bowls 2024 (audio)

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Episode 42 starts with eclipse highlights and legislative seminar before discussing headlines (audio)

FM #1176 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1176 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We met to record in the Franklin TV & Public Radio studio on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.  

We continued making sense of climate on an almost extemporaneous discussion similar to what we recently had. Starting with highlights from Ted’s experience of the eclipse, and with my highlights from the Citizen Legislative Seminar where I spent 2 days in State House.



This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session.  

The conversation runs about 43 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted.

Audio link ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1176-making-sense-of-climate-42-04-16-24


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** See the page that collects all the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit www.franklin.news/ or  www.Franklinmatters.org/ 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Episode 42 starts with eclipse highlights and legislative seminar before discussing headlines (audio)
Episode 42 starts with eclipse highlights and legislative seminar before discussing headlines (audio)