I've been honored to secure key priorities for our district in my time in office.
Addressing Opioid Abuse
- Billerica, much like our sister communities in the Merrimack Valley, has felt the devastation of opioid abuse in our community. An average of four people die from an opioid overdose every single day in Massachusetts, and the Department of Public Health (DPH) has reported that 3 out of every 4 communities in the Commonwealth experienced at least one opioid-related overdose death between 2012 and 2014.
- In March of 2016 with the support of Representative Marc Lombardo, the Legislature passed a comprehensive bill that hopes to make great strides to tackle the issue of substance abuse. Provisions in the bill include: limits on the amount of opioids that can be prescribed for acute care patients; expanded use of the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP); and a requirement that hospitals conduct a substance abuse evaluation within the first 24 hours of an individual being brought to the emergency room after suffering an overdose
- The Legislature enacted a fentanyl trafficking bill that imposes a prison sentence of up to 20 years for manufacturing, distributing or dispensing more than 10 grams of fentanyl or any of its derivatives. Representative Lombardo knows it’s critical to the drug dealers, who are killing our loved ones, off the streets.
$73 Million in Funding for a New Billerica Memorial High School
- In January, 2016, Billerica’s state delegation of Representative Marc Lombardo and Senator Ken Donnelly helped secure the largest state funding grant in Massachusetts history in the revised Massachusetts School Building Authority program. Billerica will receive over $73 Million in funding for the new Billerica Memorial High School
Supporting our Community
- During his tenure, Marc has helped secure approximately $150,000,000 in local aid for Billerica, strongly outpacing neighboring communities’ receipts of aid.
- Representative Lombardo has been a leading advocate for making the Yankee Doodle Bike Path a reality. In the FY16 State Budget, Representative Lombardo secured $50,000 to aid the design stage for the bike path and secured another $50,000 in the House FY17 budget.
- When veterans from the VFW Solomon post made Representative Lombardo aware of an urgent need for funding to support an environmental cleanup project that was no fault of their own, the Representative secured $50,000 in the FY16 budget to support the veterans club and their effort.
- In the House FY17 budget, Representative Lombardo secured $25,000 for Shawsheen Technical High School’s athletic field reconstruction project.
- During his tenure, Representative Lombardo has helped secured over $116,000 for the Billerica Boys and Girls Club.
- Solar Energy for the Commonwealth - Marc supported the bill which raised the state’s net metering cap by 3 percent, allowing a number of Solar projects that had been stalled under the previous cap to move forward. The private net metering cap will increase from 4 percent to 7 percent, while the public net metering cap will increase from 5 percent to 8 percent. At the same time, subsidiary rates were reduced which saved rate payers Billions of dollars.
- Reforming the MBTA - Representative Lombardo was proud to support legislation that significantly reformed the MBTA, including a realignment of the MassDOT Board of Directors, the creation of a Fiscal Management Control Board and a three-year suspension of the Pacheco Law to provide the MBTA with more flexibility in its procurement practices. These changes are critical to ensuring that the MBTA can achieve long-term fiscal stability while also providing more reliable service to the public.
- Sex offender classification –The House Republican Caucus successfully passed legislation limiting the amount of time Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders can secure a stay of final classification pending a court appeal, and mandating an expedited hearing process whenever a stay is granted. These changes will help preserve the public’s ability to access information about convicted sex offenders living and working in their community who are considered to be at a high risk of re-offending.
Honoring our Veterans
- Stolen Valor Act – The Legislature honored our state’s veterans for their service to our county by enacting a statewide “Stolen Valor Act” to prosecute individuals who falsely claim to be a veteran or recipient of a military honor in order to obtain money, property or other tangible benefits. Individuals who falsely claim military service credentials for personal financial gain can now be charged with a gross misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year in a house of correction, a fine of $1,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.
- Veterans graves protection – The Legislature passed legislation that imposes a fine of up to $5,000 for the unauthorized sale, retention or disposal of a veteran’s grave marker, with repeat offenders subject to an additional punishment of up to 5 years in state prison or up to 2 ½ years in a house of correction. In addition, the Legislature passed a law requires vandals who desecrate a gravestone or veteran’s grave marker to pay restitution to the property owner, in addition to facing a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 5 years’ imprisonment in the state prison or up to 2 ½ years’ imprisonment in a jail or house of correction.
- Purple Heart fee waivers – Legislation signed by Governor Baker on November 23, 2016 allows Purple Heart recipients to visit any state park, forest recreation area and reservation without having to pay any charges or fees. This waiver previously applied only to disabled veterans and handicapped persons.
- DCF reform – The Legislature took steps to support the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to implement reforms at the Department of Children and Families to ensure the protection of children entrusted to the state’s care. The Fiscal Year 2016 budget included a $35.5 million funding increase for DCF for the hiring of new social workers to help reduce the agency’s caseload. The fall supplemental budget included an additional $2.2 million to address immediate staffing and training needs at DCF, along with a $1 million reserve to provide training and supports for foster families and adoptive families.