Massachusetts Governor Signs Health Bill, With Vetoes

04/13/2006 Eagle Tribune BOSTON – Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law yesterday a landmark health care bill designed to insure nearly all Massachusetts residents and set a national standard for other states to follow.Even as he signed the bill, surrounded by state and congressional leaders at a ceremony steeped in fanfare at Boston’s historic Faneuil […]

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Health Bill, With Vetoes

Published: 04/13/2006 Massachusetts governor signs health bill, with vetoes Eagle Tribune BOSTON – Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law yesterday a landmark health care bill designed to insure nearly all Massachusetts residents and set a national standard for other states to follow.Even as he signed the bill, surrounded by state and congressional leaders at a […]

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Signing of Autism Bill

Representative Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) today announced the signing of House 1123 – An Act to Address the Special Education Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The L’Italien sponsored bill was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate in late March and signed by the Governor on April 7th becoming Chapter 57 of the […]

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Some local lawmakers say slots a loser for Merrimack Valley

Published: 04/05/2006 Some local lawmakers say slots a loser for Merrimack Valley By Edward Mason, Staff writer Eagle-Tribune BOSTON – A proposal to allow slot machines at four Massachusetts racetracks would hurt rather than help border communities and reduce aid to cities and towns, some area lawmakers and business leaders said yesterday. House lawmakers are […]

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Don't Believe the Slot Machine Hype

Published: 04/02/2006 Eagle Tribune Op-Ed Don’t believe the slot machine hype Barbara A. L’Italien The next time a politician or an editorial writer says that legalizing slot machines is a good idea ask him (or her) three questions: 1. Have you done any fact-checking on the press releases generated by the gambling industry? 2. Have […]

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Health Care Reform Consensus Reached; Historic Bill to Win Approval This Week

Embarking on a new era of health care reform in Massachusetts, members of a House-Senate Conference Committee today filed comprehensive consensus legislation to cover virtually all of the state’s uninsured residents within three years, State Representative Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) announced today. The bill is expected to be approved by both chambers and sent to the […]

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Prescription Advantage

State Representative Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover). Co-Chair of the Elder Affairs Caucus, is pleased to announce that Prescription Advantage, the Commonwealth’s pharmacy assistance program administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, will conduct an Open Enrollment March 15 through April 28. This is the first open enrollment since Prescription Advantage became a program that wraps […]

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State Aid for Special Ed

L’Italien proposes more state aid for special ed By Edward Mason Staff writer for Eagle Tribune With area school districts struggling to do more with less, state Rep. Barbara A. L’Italien is proposing the state spend millions more on one of North of Boston municipalities’ biggest budget busters – special education. The Andover Democrat is […]

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House Plan Would Speed Up Local Permit Process

Published: 03/08/2006 By Edward Mason Staff writer for Eagle Tribune House Plan Would Speed Up Local Permit Process BOSTON – Massachusetts House leaders want to offer financial incentives to cities and towns to shorten the time it takes to approve permits for business and housing developments to 180 days or less.The proposal addresses complaints by […]

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Creation of Special Education Caucus

MA State Representatives Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)announced today the formation of a Special Education (SPED) Caucus in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, which they will co-chair. The Special Education Caucus is made up of a bi-partisan group of legislators who are interested in issues of funding and advocacy surrounding special […]

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