Editorials & Columns

Editorials and columns related to MA State Representative Linda Dean Campbell and the 15th Essex District

April 2017
Public Safety Related Legislation I am Filing
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April 2017
Methuen Life Article Page 17
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March 2017
Methuen Life Article Page 33
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Feb 2017
Methuen Life Article Page 33
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Feb 2017
40R Zoning and Methuen’s Downtown
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Feb 2017
House Members Under Tight Deadlines to File Legislation for New Session
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Jan 2017
Methuen Life Article Page 38
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Jan 2017
Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session
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Dec 2016
Methuen Life Article Page 39
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Dec 2016
Legislature Will Honor Will of Voters to Legalize and Regulate Pot – But…
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Nov 2016
Methuen Life Article Page 39
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Oct 2016
Methuen Life Article Page 39
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Oct 2016
Gov. Legislature Working Together to Change Bridgewater State, Increase Access to Mental Health Care
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Sept 2016
An Answer to Some Critics of the Expanded Use of NARCAN
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July 2016
Getting the People’s Business Done
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May 2016
House Budget Makes Key Investments Affecting the Merrimack Valley
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April 2016
Beacon Hill Comes to Methuen
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March 2016
Getting More Pre-Trial Offenders into Treatment for Substance Abuse is Smart Policy
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February 2016
House Passes Comprehensive Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis
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March 2016
Seeking Treatment for Addiction at Police Stations
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January 2016
Stronger Support by Medical Community Needed to Address Opioid Crisis
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December 2015
House Passes Public Records and Solar Legislation
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November 2015
Women in Combat
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November 4, 2015
Press Release on Veterans Bills
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October 28, 2015
Press Release Final Supplemental
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October 21, 2015
Press Release on Animal Curelty
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October, 2015
Rep Report: Action Regarding The Department of Children and Families (DCF)
The Baker Administration has placed our DCF under new executive leadership that is deeply committed to effecting very necessary improvements in our State’s child protection systems. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I can tell you that the Legislature is highly supportive of and a collaborating partner in all of these efforts…
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October 23, 2015
Letter: Fast-track Baker’s proposal to combat opioid crisis
From my perspective, there is little to nothing not to like in Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans to further fight opiate addiction in Massachusetts. While some members of the medical community would rather not have their right to prescribe opiate-based painkillers further restricted, e.g., in most cases to a 72-hour supply, the very inescapable fact of the matter is that far too many (most of our present day heroin addicts) got started on the path to life-ending and greatly life-altering addiction because of prescription drugs they were legally given…
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September, 2015
A Very Tight House Budget
The Budget passed by the House of Representatives for Fiscal Year 2016 closes a budget gap without tax increases, new fees, and without taking additional money from our “rainy day fund” as we needed to do during the recession and the years following, in order to preserve a social safety net for those who were seeking employment…
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September, 2015
Legislative Veto Overrides Restore Local Aid, Education Funding, Substance Abuse Treatment
Governor Baker knew that the final word on the budget would be determined by legislative overrides.
Veto overrides, by law, must come from the House of Representatives and the Senate must agree. It takes a two-thirds vote of both chambers to sustain a veto override…
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August, 2015
New Map, More Paving on the Methuen Rail Trail Agenda
Now that they have their hands on funding for the Methuen Rail Trail improvements, community leaders have made it a top priority to make the path more user friendly.
Volunteers have already started building an informational kiosk at the trail’s Railroad Street entrance…
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August, 2015
Comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline
I am writing today to convey the concerns that have been raised by many of my constituents in the 15th Essex district, particularly those in the city of Methuen who will be directly impacted by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Pipeline….
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August, 2015
Methuen and Governor Baker Do Very Well in the State’s Budget
Thanks to a team effort by a strong delegation including myself, Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Representatives DiZoglio and Moran, Methuen received unprecedented support – $400,000 – for our high school stadium project in the budget just signed by Governor Baker…
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July, 2015
Methuen Resident Fran Gradzewicz Cites Personal Story in Impassioned Testimony on End of Life Care
Francis “Fran” Gradzewicz, longtime resident of Methuen, was joined by her husband Thomas, her daughter Karen Hayden, and myself, as they brought their case regarding the lack of clarity in current law governing end-of-life medical care to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Fran testified in front of the Committee with both clarity and strong conviction…
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June, 2015
Strong Support Demonstrated at State House Hearing to Improve Access to Public Information
Massachusetts gets an F grade for access to public records according to some very respected public interest groups. A number of bills have been filed to change this including legislation filed by Senator Ives and co-sponsored by both Representative DiZoglio and myself…
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June, 2015
Headlight Law Amended for the Better
When you are using your wipers, remember to turn on your headlights – it is the law! I can assure you that this generated quite a few calls to the State House. As a result, the law has been amended stipulating that there will be no surcharges to insurance for violations…
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May, 2015
Nevins – Memorial Day – 2015
Good morning everyone… my fellow Veterans, Congresswomen Tsongas, and all my colleagues in government, friends of the Nevins, distinguished guests, and most importantly, supporters of our Veterans…
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May, 2015
Advocates and elected officials pressed for a stronger state public records law Tuesday
Advocates and elected officials pressed for a stronger state public records law Tuesday, telling stories of roadblocks to getting basic public information and arguing that an opaque government is at odds with the essence of democracy.
Massachusetts is widely seen as having one of the weakest public records laws in the country. At a State House hearing, a wide variety of public officials, journalists, and representatives of good-government groups spoke in favor of legislation that would update the law and give it some teeth….
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April, 2015
Methuen marks stadium project’s start
Arthur Nicholson III looked up at the plaque memorializing his eponymous grandfather while remembering clearing trees for a new track his freshman year in college with his dad and brother, and his voice caught, almost imperceptibly…
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April, 2015
Rep Update: Transparency Legislation Gaining Momentum on Beacon Hill
Constituents and members of the press often run into significant roadblocks trying to obtain public records. These include excessive wait times and excessive fees charged which prove to be an insurmountable barrier for constituents attempting to access government publications and records which are public property…
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April, 2015
Transportation Secretary and Energy Secretary Testify in Methuen
The faculty, staff and students of our High School proved to be both amazing and gracious hosts. Because of this the several State Secretaries, Commissioners, and many Legislators from across the State who attended the hearing were both impressed and very appreciative of the hospitality…
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April, 2015
Ways and Means Begins Hearings on Governor’s Budget
Beginning this month, the House and Senate Joint Committee on Ways and Means hears testimony from State Secretaries and Department heads regarding the Governor’s proposed budget. The House and Senate will simultaneously develop their respective budgets and shall vigorously debate them separately…
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March, 2015
Rep Update: Legislation That I Am Filing
This session I am sponsoring and co-sponsoring approximately fifty pieces of Legislation targeting substance abuse prevention in the Merrimack Valley…
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March, 2015
Legislature works with Governor to Address MBTA Crisis and 768 Million Shortfall in the Current Budget
As a member of the budget committee, I am pleased with the cooperation thus far between Governor Baker and the Legislature on current fiscal matters. In particular, the challenges of the MBTA and a 768 million budget shortage must be addressed immediately…
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January, 2015
Joseph Bella Brings Expertise, Passion and Commitment to the MA Civil War Commission
Appointed by Representative Linda Campbell, Joseph Bella has been serving on the MA the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission since 2011…
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September, 2014
A Decade of Team Work: Methuen High School and the Massachusetts School Building Program
Methuen Life
The Methuen High School dedication was indeed a glorious day for the City of Methuen and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts…
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August, 2014
Good News for Methuen in State Budget and Bond Bills
Methuen Life
While it’s the season to fire-up the BBQ and take advantage of long-awaited summer sun, July is also one of the busiest months in the Massachusetts Legislature…
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May, 2014
House Releases Budget
Methuen Life
After six months of preparation and interviews of key players and careful consideration of the governor’s budget, the House released its budget April 9.
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April, 2014
Live Near a River? Flood Insurance Limits Now in Place
Methuen Life
The spring is a very hectic time of year for legislators as we finalize budget inputs and finalize conference reports that resolve differences between the House and Senate on numerous pieces of legislation.
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March, 2014
Mismanagement plays big role in DCF’s failure with Mass. families
Methuen Life
Gov. Deval Patrick has directed an external review of operations within the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Legislature is conducting its own series of hearings into the same matter.
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February, 2014
Substance-abuse crisis near & far needs support to stunt violence, suffering
Methuen Life
My sincere thanks to Methuen state Rep. Diana DiZoglio for highlighting the crisis of substance abuse in the Merrimack Valley through the public hearings she has recently hosted on this issue.
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January, 2014
Smaller state income tax coming, but …
Methuen Life
I am very pleased to be assigned to the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives, which is responsible for looking at each piece of legislation to analyze the cost associated with the proposed policy – and a way to pay for it.
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