Category Archives: Legislation

Bond Bill to Fund Hopkinton Public Library Renovation and Expansion Now Pending

hplfRepresentative Carolyn Dykema is a co-sponsor a bond bill of $150 million, a portion of which will help fund the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. When approved by the House and Senate and as funds become available through the Governor’s Capital Plan, the bill will provide $150 million in funding to projects currently on the Waiting List of the Library Construction Grant program offered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Hopkinton Public Library is currently 5th on the Waiting List. “I am proud to be a co-sponsor of H.2996 which will help provide crucial funding to meet the growing demand for library services,” said Representative Dykema. “Libraries are vital and vibrant centers, connecting residents of all ages within our community to each other and to the resources they need to keep us growing.” Continue reading Bond Bill to Fund Hopkinton Public Library Renovation and Expansion Now Pending

Casino Bill Update

Thank you very much to Representative Carolyn Dykema for attending our event on September 25 and answering our questions. The top two contenders for the “Northeastern Region” casino site are Milford and East Boston (Suffolk Downs). The most clicked link in our last email was the location of the proposed Milford casino, which would be nestled between Route 85 and Route 16 on the Hopkinton/Holliston side of Milford. Here it is again in case you missed it: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=33+New+York+Ave,+Framingham,+Middlesex,+Massachusetts+01701&msa=0&ll=42.168938,-71.500225&spn=0.028818,0.054159&t=h&z=14&msid=105846700826706787977.0004765faeddb24bdd8ba 

The Massachusetts House voted to authorize casino gaming on September 14, the Massachusetts Senate has not yet completed its debate or voted. The Senate is still going through over 180 proposed amendments. Two of Hopkinton’s Sentator, Karen Spilka’s amendments did already pass:

  1. The first amendment adopted makes clear that the initial studies an applicant is required to provide to the Gaming Commission would not be deemed to prevent the need for corresponding studies and reports prepared for host or surrounding communities. Host and surrounding communities will be significantly impacted and this amendment ensures that a municipality has the ability to receive additional studies on these impacts from the Commission or gaming applicant that they need to fairly negotiate agreements. 
  2. The second amendment adopted authorizes the Commission to provide for reasonable costs of negotiating agreements between municipalities and applicants – the Commission may require applicants to pay these costs. Since the negotiation process can be burdensome, complex, and expensive for host and surrounding communities, this will give them the tools they need to ensure effective and fair representation. 

Read more from Senator Spilka at http://karenspilka.com/2011/09/26/senate-adopts-spilkas-amendments-to-protect-communities/ and read this recent article about Senator Spilka’s role in the Senate debate so far http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/politics/state_politics/senate-gambling-debate-stalls-out.

What Can Hopkinton Residents Do? 

  1. Write to Senator Karen Spilka and Governor Deval Patrick. Snail mail is best, but in the interest of time you should feel free to call or email them if that is easier for you. 
  2. Educate Hopkinton is looking for more volunteers to help keep our subscribers informed about this important issue. Please contact Amy Ritterbusch at amyritterbusch@educatehopkinton.com if you can help. We already have three people who have stepped up to work on this issue, but could use more. 

Contact Info 
Senator Karen Spilka
State House – Room 511C
Boston, MA 02133 617-722-1640
Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Gov. Deval Patrick
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor – Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
617.725.4005

Casino Bill Update

On September 14, the Massachusetts House voted to authorize casino gaming in the Commonwealth. Hopkinton’s Representative Carolyn Dykema was one of 32 “no” votes against the bill. The bill authorizes three resort-style casinos spread across three regions of the state and one slot parlor bid competitively. Each region would be eligible for no more than one resort casino. Hopkinton and Milford are part of the region which includes Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Read more from Rep Carolyn Dykema

The Massachusetts Senate has formally scheduled Monday, September 26 to begin debate on the expanded gaming bill. In an effort to protect municipalities concerned about negative impacts from a bill to expand gaming in the Commonwealth, Hopkinton’s State Senator Karen Spilka filed amendments on September 22 with the Senate Clerk’s Office to strengthen safeguards and provide additional protections for surrounding communities. Read more from Senator Karen Spilka

What Can Hopkinton Residents Do?

  1. Write to our legislators and governor Deval Patrick. Snail mail is best, but in the interest of time you should feel free to call or email them if that is easier for you. 
  2. Educate Hopkinton is looking for more volunteers to help keep our subscribers informed about this important issue. Please contact Amy Ritterbusch at amyritterbusch@educatehopkinton.com if you can help. We already have two people who have stepped up to work on this issue, but could use more.

Contact Info
Senator Karen Spilka
State House – Room 511C
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1640
Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Representative Carolyn Dykema
State House – Room 473F
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2210
Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov
Gov. Deval Patrick (supports casino bill)
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor – Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
617.725.4005
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (opposes casino bill)
Room 413-C State House
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1673
Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (supports casino bill)
State House – Room 356
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2500
Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov
Senate President Therese Murray (supports casino bill)
State House – Suite 332
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1500
Therese.Murray@masenate.gov

Other Notes and News Updates

Meet Superintendent Landman – Community Dialogues
If you have not yet had a chance to attend one of these sessions, we highly recommend them. It is a great chance to get to know Dr. Landman and express what you like and don’t like about the Hopkinton Public Schools.

  • Saturday, September 24: 10:00 AM – Noon HHS Library
  • Wednesday, October 5: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Public Library
  • Tuesday, October 11: 6:30 – 8:30 PM Hopkins Library

Hopkinton News and Notes
Hopkinton announces process for replacing retiring asst. superintendent
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/archive/x2137970540/Hopkinton-announces-process-for-replacing-retiring-asst-superintendent#ixzz1YhSKGlsR

Hopkinton ranks #13 in Towns with the highest rise in home prices
The Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/realestate/gallery/median_home_price_increases?pg=14

Hopkinton committee looks to ease Wood Street traffic
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, MetroWest Daily News
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/archive/x227170637/Hopkinton-committee-looks-to-ease-Wood-Street-traffic#ixzz1YhT7CFFK

Schools look at costs for building fixes in Hopkinton
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/archive/x227170661/Schools-look-at-costs-for-building-fixes-in-Hopkinton#ixzz1YhTJ4BBn

Casino News and Notes
Senators work for better deal in casino legislation
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff and Krista Kano/Daily News correspondent
http://www.milforddailynews.com/archive/x1406674256/Senators-work-for-better-deal-in-casino-legislation#ixzz1YhSn29SZ

Boston Globe poll shows 53 percent of respondents support expanded gambling in Massachusetts, while 40 percent oppose.
http://articles.boston.com/2011-09-04/news/30113168_1_poll-results-senator-scott-brown-setti-warren

Ashland selectmen want to be heard on casino issue
By Laura Krantz/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x948304675/Ashland-selectmen-want-to-be-heard-on-casino-issue#ixzz1YhTm2Tmm

Neighbors of Suffolk Downs http://www.neighborsofsuffolkdowns.org/
“Massachusetts’ elected officials have not conducted an unbiased study on the impact casinos will have on the state and host communities.”

Tax Relief Proposals

Dear Educate Hopkinton Subscriber: 
 

There are currently several proposals being considered by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue which would offer tax relief to taxpayers in Massachusetts. Included are potential deductions for: fees paid for participation in sports, academic, or other student activities (S 1225); fees paid for transporting students to school if bus services is not made available by the town (H 2731); fees for water, sewer, and trash collection (S 1334). 

 

For information regarding where to send your comments, please visit the Joint Committee on Revenue website at:  http://www.mass.gov/legis/comm/j26.htm.

 

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Bus Fee Legislation

Bus Fee Legislation – House Bill 3658
Under state law schools must provide free busing to students in grades K-6 living more than two miles away. All others can be charged. Hopkinton’s State Representative, Carolyn Dykema, is proposing House Bill 3658, which would allow school committees to charge all students other than those in free or reduced lunch programs or those covered by other laws. The legislation would eliminate the two mile clause in the current legislation, allowing the school district to charge a bus fee to anyone, equally, rather than two targeted groups as it currently is. You can read more online at http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopedale/homepage/x1579119122/Should-all-students-be-charged-bus-fees. Please take a minute to write Representative Dykema to let her know whether or not you support this bill or if you have any questions at carolyn.dykema@state.ma.us or 617-722-2210.

 

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