Month: December 2019

Legislature approves additional roadway funds

A close-out state budget passed by the legislature and recently approved by Gov. Baker contains additional roadway funds for our towns. Our district will receive an additional $110K, as follows: Duxbury: $53,837; Pembroke: $56,531, and Hanson: $32,174. These funds ,which are allocated based on community road miles, population and employment factors, provide direct assistance to our cities and towns for essential roadway repairs and projects. This latest round of funding is in addition to the regular annual Chapter 90 disbursement, which in our district this year totaled $1.4M.

Summary of 1st Year of 2019-2020 Session Accomplishments

As of Friday, Nov. 23, 2019, the House passed major legislation relating to education, climate change, public health and safety, children’s wellness, and protecting civil and reproductive rights. In addition, the state’s rainy day fund, also known as the stabilization fund, reached over $3 billion for the first time in the Commonwealth’s history – helping to protect critical services into the future.

During the first half of the Massachusetts 191st General Court’s 2019 to 2020 session which ended on Nov. 20, 2019, the House passed 11 pieces of significant and legislation including the historic $1.5 billion investment in public education known as the Student Opportunity Act.

The House also passed nation-leading legislation to modernize tobacco control and ban all flavored tobacco and legislation to reduce distracted driving. In addition the House passed  comprehensive legislation relating to children’s wellnesshigher education financial stability, banning conversion therapy, providing breakfast after the bell for school children, and to provide supplemental funding for women’s reproductive health organizations as a result of cuts the Title X program, which was included as part of a supplemental budget. 

Helping to protect the most vulnerable children and families in the Commonwealth, the House voted tolifts a decades-old family welfare cap to extend cash benefits to the 8,700 Massachusetts children and their families who had previously been excluded.  The House also voted to protect public sector employee rights and to approve campaign finance reform.  

Finally, the House acted to address climate change by advancing a $1 billion investment over the next 10 years to help communities across Massachusetts adopt technologies that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure, and reduce municipal costs.

The House passed the following bills during the first year of its two-year session.

Enacted Laws

An Act Relative to Educational Opportunity for Students (S.2412)

An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids (H.3594)

An Act to Support Improved Financial Stability in Higher Education (H.4099)

An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving (H.4203)

An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control (H.4196)

An Act Relative to Abusive Practices to Change Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors (H140)

An Act Relative to Children’s Health and Wellness (H.4210)

An Act Relative to Campaign Finance (H.4223)

Awaiting action from the Senate

An Act Relative to GreenWorks (H.3997)

An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell (H.4218)

Enter Rep. Cutler’s 8th annual Student Art Show

Click here to download entry packet.

Local high school students are invited to participate in Rep. Josh Cutler’s 8th annual Sixth Plymouth District Student Art Competition. Selected works will be hung on display at the Massachusetts State House.

The competition is open to any high school age student living in Pembroke, Duxbury or Whitman-Hanson. Any original piece of artwork completed by the student within the last 18 months and not previously entered in the competition is eligible.

Each student may submit up to three pieces in a format suitable for hanging. Categories are photography, paintings, drawing and pastels and mixed media. There will be an award for Best in Show.

The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 14, 2020. Any original student work completed in the past year is eligible. A panel of local artists will judge the works and select winners. Artwork will on display in March at the Massachusetts State House, and an online gallery of all winning entries will be posted to Rep. Cutler’s website.

“We’ve got some talented young artists here on the South Shore and this is a way to showcase their efforts,” said Rep. Cutler. “I can’t wait to see all the entries and be able to share them with our State House visitors.”

Entries should be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick; not weigh more than 15 pounds; and be original in concept, design and execution.

Entries may be delivered to Rep. Cutler’s office, 620 County Road, Hanson, via their high school teacher, or at the Duxbury Art Association by the entry deadline. Entry forms must be completed and attached to the work.

Click here to download entry packet.