LET’S GET TO WORK
I was sworn in to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on January 2, 2019, to represent Brookline in the legislature. Since then I’ve been working hard every day for our community and our Commonwealth. I’ve been meeting with constituents, advocacy groups, and local public interest organizations. I’ve also been getting to know my colleagues, both the other 24 newly elected representatives and the 135 more senior members. I am confident that we will make real progress over the next two years in the 191st session of the General Court.
Things move quickly. Bills had to be filed before 5pm on Friday, January 18 for consideration in the 2019-2020 session. I filed ten bills — some “refiles” filed by Representative Smizik last session that didn’t become law, some in direct conjunction with advocacy groups or constituents, some in partnership with current or past members of the House or Senate, and some addressing needs or opportunities that I discovered in my role as a Town Meeting Member or as a private citizen. One, An Act Establishing a Sick Leave Bank (H.75), has already passed both the House and the Senate and become law.
In the second half of January I had the opportunity to sign on as a co-sponsor of bills filed by my colleagues, and supported dozens of progressive bills. I’ve been assigned four committees: Community Development and Small Business, Elder Affairs, Public Service, and Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. Sometime in March my legislative aide Ann and I will be moved from the new legislator “bullpen” into our office space. Spring and early summer focus on budget work, with committee hearings ongoing.
During all of this time, my office is open to you. Is there a bill or issue worthy of support? Do you have an idea on what state government could do better? Do you have a specific need with which my office could help? Would you like me to attend an event? Don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
– Tommy Vitolo
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