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Legislative and Budgetary Accomplishments Update

Category : General

Here is a snapshot of legislative and budgetary accomplishments from the first 19 months of my two year term. This list represents a fraction of the issues I am working on and the projects I am involved in.  I am proud of my record and I sincerely hope voters and residents in Marlborough, Northborough and Westborough see how diligently my office works every day on their behalf.  As always, I encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call or email me and I’m happy to address them.

Legislation:

  • Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Relative to Insurance Proceeds for Injured Police and Fire Personnel in the Town of Northborough
  • Chapter 23 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Authorizing the Town of Westborough to Grant and Additional License for the Sale of All Alcoholic Beverages to be Drunk on the Premises
  • Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Establishing a Parks and Fields Capital Enhancements Special Revenue Fund in the City of Marlborough
  • Chapter 61 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Relative to Insurance Proceeds from Property Claims in the Town of Northborough
  • Chapter 158 of the Acts of 2014: An Act to Foster Economic Independence (in correspondence with a well-attended DTA Listening session)
  • Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to Convey Certain Parcels of Land in the Town of Westborough
  • Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with Autism and Other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (including the language of House Bill 1026, An Act Relative to MassHealth Providing Medically Necessary Treatments for Members Diagnosed with Autism)
  • Chapter 269 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to Convey a Certain Parcel of Land in the City of Marlborough
  • Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014: An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence

Pending Legislative Changes:

  • House Bill 4293, An Act Relative to the Position of Assistant Clerk in the First District Court of Eastern Worcester: currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Due to budgetary, legislative and judicial persistence, the FDA will be looking at banning the use of aversive therapy at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton.

Funding:

  • All three communities received an increase in Chapter 70 funding between FY13 and FY14 for a total increase of $673,000
  • All three communities received an increase in unrestricted government aid between FY13 and FY14 for a total increase of $154,000
  • All three communities received an increase in Chapter 70 funding between FY14 and FY15 for a total increase of $1,198,595
  • All three communities received an increase in unrestricted government aid between FY14 and FY15 for a total increase of $185,311
  • The FY15 budget successfully included three amendments at the request of Rep. Gregoire:
    1. $50,000: for a city-wide restaurant/food safety education program.
    2. $15,000: for seed money for a city wide drug and alcohol awareness campaign.
    3. Language instructing the Department of Environmental Protection to investigate and report on any state and federal resources available to the owners of the surrounding property on Bolton Street in Marlborough who sustained damage due to the underground storage tank leak which occurred in April 2012.
  • $5,000,000 allocated in the Transportation Bond Bill for the permitting and design of the reconstruction of I-290 and I-495 Interchange and Bridge Replacement

 


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Donations to Elect Danielle Gregoire are Graciously Accepted

Category : General

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Mass. House Legislation Assists those with Autism and the Intellectually and Developmentally Challenged

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Mercadante
(617) 722-2460

HOUSE PASSES SWEEPING LEGISLATION TO ASSIST THE AUTISM COMMUNITY AND THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

(BOSTON)- Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives yesterday in passing legislation to assist those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities along with their families.

This legislation would encourage educators to develop teaching plans to allow children with autism to remain in regular classroom settings and enable families to save tax-free for the care of their loved ones. In addition the bill focuses on addressing employment and housing needs of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, this bill calls for the creation of an Autism Commission within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. This commission will make recommendations and monitor the implementation of policies impacting individuals with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, they will investigate range of services and supports necessary for individuals to achieve full potential across their lifespan.  Members of this 34 person commission will include representatives from various agencies, affected parents, autism organizations, and representatives of the House and Senate. Finally, this legislation will use a federal definition of developmental disabilities instead of a state rule which currently makes individuals with an IQ of 70 or higher permanently ineligible for services as adults.

With April being Autism Awareness Month, I am thrilled to see the House of Representatives making significant strides towards bettering the lives of individuals with autism as well as their families, said Representative Gregoire. The Special Commission Relative to Autism established in 2010 made several recommendations and I am pleased that my colleagues have chosen to implement them to provide a better quality of life for members of our community.

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Download PDF: Massachusetts House Passes Legislation to Assist those with Autism and the Intellectually and Developmentally Challenged


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Massachusetts Valor Act II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Mercadante
(617) 722-2460

LEGISLATURE PASSES VALOR ACT II

(BOSTON)- Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues in the House and Senate to pass the VALOR Act II this week. This legislation strengthens the 2012 Valor Act which expands opportunities and services for military personnel, veterans and their families.

The legislation provides increased property tax relief and enhances employment, educational and healthcare support services. It creates a home modification program to help injured veterans stay in their homes and function independently, and authorizes the Secretary of Veterans’ Services to establish enhanced training and certification for veterans’ benefits and service officers.

“The passage of the VALOR Act II this week shows the unwavering commitment of our state to our veterans,” said Representative Gregoire. “I am so proud to have voted in support of legislation that provides our heroes with the resources, benefits and services they need and deserve.”

Additional provisions of the bill include increased penalties for disturbing military funerals or services, allows students currently enrolled in college, who are called to active duty, to either complete their coursework without penalty following duty, or to withdraw and receive a tuition refund, requires the Division of Professional Licensure to waive the initial application or certification fee for licensure for any veteran and finally, establishes a post-deployment council to make recommendations and study mental health issues to support military members transitioning to civilian life after deployment.

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Download PDF: Massachusetts Valor Act II


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Federal Real ID Act

Category : Real ID Act

This is a letter I sent two weeks ago to the Governor and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to inquire as to Massachusetts’ progress in complying with the Federal Real ID program.

Several of my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature sent a letter to the Governor demanding swift implementation of Real ID.  While I did not share their sentiment and rather simply wanted to uncover the ramifications of implementation, I was copied on the response they received.  You can find that here:


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House Passes Enhanced Anti-Bullying Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
February 27, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Mercadante
(617)722-2460

BOSTON— Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) along with her colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation this week that builds on the 2010 landmark anti-bullying legislation. This legislation was overwhelmingly passed on a vote of 143-4.

While the original legislation prohibited bullying, cyber-bullying and required schools to establish related programs, the passage of this legislation ensures that the appropriate data is collected and that attention is given to specific populations that are most vulnerable to bullying. Specifically, this bill requires that schools annually report critical data to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Attorney General and the Legislature. In addition, under this legislation, parents will be made aware by the Department of the Problem Resolution System in place and the process that exists if they are interested in filing a claim. Finally, school bullying prevention plans must recognize that some groups of students are more susceptible than others to bullying.

“The educational system in Massachusetts is exceptional, however if students do not feel safe and secure, their ability to make the most of the resources and tools they are given is greatly hindered,” said Representative Gregoire. “It is crucial to ensure that our existing anti-bullying law is as effective as possible to ensure the safety, security and success of our young people.”


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Hotels as Emergency Shelters

Category : Homeless Shelters

As many residents are aware at this time, the City of Marlborough and our hotels are currently housing more than 50 homeless families from across the state that were placed here by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development.  As we continue to face an epidemic of homeless families, we must be cognizant of the fact that this situation is unacceptable for the families AND for the host communities who unfortunately are burdened with sometimes high schooling and transportation costs.  I continue to work with City of Marlborough officials as well as DHCD to find a remedy to this unfortunate circumstance and to end the practice of using hotels as emergency shelter statewide.  Today, DHCD made my office aware of an unacceptable situation currently taking place at one of the hotels providing housing for these families.  I have been assured that the situation has been rectified and that measures have been taken to ensure that these families and our community at large are safe from this point forward.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Danielle


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Gregoire Secures $5M for 495/290 Interchange Improvements

Category : Transportation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 31, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Mercadante
(617) 722-2460

GREGOIRE SECURES $5 MILLION FOR I-495/290 INTERCHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION BOND BILL

(BOSTON) Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) and Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) successfully advocated for $5 million in funding for their district through an amendment to the Transportation Bond Bill.  This important amendment had the support of the 495/Metrowest Partnership, a public-private advocacy and development organization.

The allocation of this funding will further advance the permitting and design of the reconstruction of the I-290 and I-495 Interchange and bridge replacement in the Town of Hudson and the City of Marlborough.  “Over the years, commuters, municipal officials and transportation professionals have deemed the I-495 and I-290 Interchange as a regional priority for infrastructure funding and improved transportation planning,” said Representative Gregoire.  “This funding will allow us to address safety concerns, congestion needs and improve overall travel for our commuters.”

In addition to this funding, the $12 billion bond bill also authorizes $300 million for local road and bridge repairs for fiscal year 2015.  Bond discussions now move to the Senate where debate will continue.

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Download the PDF: Gregoire Secures $5 Million for 495/290 Interchange Improvements


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