H826, An Act protecting sunlight in certain public parks

TO:         Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture  FROM:    Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:          H826, An Act protecting sunlight in certain public parks  DATE:      May 7, 2013  I write regarding House 826, the so-called “sunshine” bill. The goal of the legislation is very important — to prevent cherished park lands from becoming shadowy and windy […]

Statute of Limitations – My Story

To the Honorable Senator Will Brownsberger, In the fall of 2005,I drove from Rockford, Illinois to Columbus, Ohio to testify before the Senate Judiciary Hearings on SB-17, advocating measures eliminating timelines for survivors of childhood trauma. The following is, “My Story,” which was written in about forty-five minutes at the capital’s downtown Kinko’s, at 6:00 […]

Senate Engrosses Bill Allocating Chapter 90 Funding

Yesterday, the Senate engrossed a bill that would allocate Chapter 90 funding for transportation projects, including repairs to roads and bridges, to support the infrastructure of Massachusetts cities and towns. This $300 million appropriaton reflects a $100 million increase over last year’s $200 million appropriation. The increase would be funded by revenue raised and dedicated by a transportation […]

Ethanol Shipments through Population Areas

I have received many expressions of concern about the proposed shipment of ethanol by rail along lines that run through portions of my district. There are several possible routes under consideration. All options run through dense neighborhoods. Click here to view a study that was made of the safety issues by the Massachusetts Department of […]