Prescription Drug Theft

District Issues, Uncategorized

Check out this article from the Gloucester Daily Times regarding prescription drug theft in the Commonwealth, including legislators’ efforts to prevent such activity. State Rep. Lenny Mirra, a West Newbury Republican, said there needs to be a better system for tracking the theft of opioid medications that are finding their way into the illicit drug […]

February 25, 2019

Gas Workers Reach Deal with National Grid

District Issues, Uncategorized

National Grid reached an agreement with gas workers this week, effectively ending the lockout that lasted for several months and left over 1,000 workers without health insurance. Gas workers will finally return to work this month after successfully negotiating their contracts with National Grid. To read the full article from the Boston Globe covering this […]

January 8, 2019

Committee confronts natural gas executives

District Issues, Uncategorized

The Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy committee held a hearing last week with several lawmakers present, including Representative Lenny Mirra. Natural gas executives testified before the committee on the gas explosions which occurred earlier this fall and resulted in at least one death, extensive property damage, and thousands of displaced residents. Read the full article from Shira […]

December 12, 2018

West Newbury Bicentennial Celebration

District Issues

Check out this article by Jennifer Solis of the Newburyport Daily News. The bicentennial committee has set a fun-filled agenda for the town’s 200th anniversary celebration next year, with events sponsored by the planners as well as local organizations. Most events take place the week of July 6. But because the town was incorporated on […]

September 11, 2018

Challenges Facing Regional Schools

Community Events, District Issues

Representative Mirra joined several legislators from the Northern Essex region last Thursday to discuss the financial and logistical challenges facing regional school districts. The panel included state auditor Suzanne Bump, the director of local mandates Ben Tafoya, Triton Superintendent Brian Forget, Senator Bruce Tarr, Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Representative James Kelcourse, and Representative Brad Hill. […]

January 29, 2018

UPDATE on Health Insurance Changes for State Employees

District Issues, Uncategorized

The Group Insurance Commission announced plans to reconsider its decision earlier this week to limit health care plans of 450,000 state employees and retirees. After intense criticism from lawmakers and residents alike, the GIC will meet next Thursday and vote to either maintain current health plans or proceed with narrowing health plans for 200,000 employees and retirees. GIC Chief […]

January 25, 2018

Lake Attitash Grant

District Issues, Legislation

Congratulations to the Lake Attitash Association for their success in securing a federal grant of $352,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection. Lake Attitash is an essential environmental and recreational resource for the City of Amesbury and Town of Merrimac. This generous grant will be used to ensure that the lake has clean and safe water […]

December 19, 2017