Accomplishments

A Proven Leader Who Delivers Results for Our Community

As your State Representative, I am honored to be your voice on Beacon Hill advocating for the Second Barnstable District.

Priority Issues:

  • Opioid Prevention, Education, and Treatment
  • Homelessness
  • Law Enforcement
  • Tourism
  • Veterans

Legislative Committees:

  • Ranking Member, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery
  • Labor and Workforce Development
  • Housing Committee

Legislative Accomplishments:

  • Perfect voting record:  521 consecutive roll call votes cast in 2017-2018 session
  • Obtained funding for the following important local programs:
    • $50,000 for funding of Barnstable Homeless Outreach Coordinator
    • $50,000 for funding of coastal restoration at Blish Point
    • $200,000 for funding design, impact studies, planning and development of the Oceanside Performing Arts Center in Hyannis
    • $225,000 for funding of study and business plan of the Barnstable Applied Climate/Resiliency Center 
  • Passed 3 home rule petitions: H.3971, H.3706, and H.3673
  • Worked with my legislative colleagues to pass the following important pieces of legislation for the Commonwealth:
    • Municipal Police Training Bill
    • Police Peer to Peer Support Bill
    • Senior Property Tax Exemptions
    • Increased Benefit Access for Veterans and their Families
    • Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
    • Civic Engagement Bill which establishes Civics Projects Trust Fund

2019-2020 Sponsored Legislation:

Bill Number

Summary

Committee

Status

H.1771

Vineyard Wind land taking

N/A

Made Session Law

H.2037

Nero’s Bill, would allow K9s to be treated and transported by EMS. Supported by the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.

Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

Heard before committee on 07/18/2019, awaits committee vote

H.3890

Freezes the property tax of senior citizens at the rate of the time they apply for tax freeze, local option on whether or not towns want to take part in this.

Joint Committee on Revenue

Heard before committee on 09/24/2019, awaits committee vote

H.3258

Imposes a $2,500 fine on a person who willfully does not restrain (i.e. have dog on a lease) their dog and their dog attacks another animal or human

Joint Committee on Judiciary

Heard before committee on 09/24/2019, awaits committee vote

H.3885

Creates a commission to study police career pay incentives to determine potential improvements and changes to the “Quinn” bill. Supported by the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.

 

Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

Heard before committee on 07/11/2019, awaits committee vote

H.2984

Would require that school buses have an operational camera on the outside. Cameras would encourage drivers to be more aware of the need for increased safety and attentiveness around school buses. Equipping the outside of school buses with cameras is a critical tool for the safe transportation of school children.

Joint Committee on Transportation

Awaits a hearing date

H.97

This bill will correct an unintended consequence in the Acts of 2014 which limit/prohibit police departments from communicating information realized from domestic violence incidents to investigators assigned to the Department of Children and Families.

Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities

Heard before committee on 09/10/2019, awaits committee vote