Local Senators to Host Listening Tour on the North Shore

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 13, 2015

Local Senators to Host Listening Tour on the North Shore

(Boston) – Continuing the statewide tour of Senate districts, Senators Ken Donnelly, Jason Lewis, Tom McGee, Joan Lovely, Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Barbara L’Italien, and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr will be touring businesses and local municipalities to listen to the concerns of the people of the North Shore on Monday, February 23, 2015.  The Senators will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other senators from across the state.

The daylong tour will begin in Burlington and include stops within each Senator’s district, culminating in a public forum at Salvatore’s, located at 354 Merrimack Street in Lawrence from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

“This statewide tour is a wonderful opportunity for the Senate to begin an open and honest conversation with our constituents about what they want to see accomplished this legislative session,” said Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington). “I look forward to joining my colleagues to tour local businesses, meet with municipal leaders, and most importantly, to talk directly to residents about what is most important to them.”

“For state government to best service the Commonwealth’s residents, we in the Legislature must be ever accessible and responsive to those we represent,” reminded Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester).  “The Commonwealth Conversations tour demonstrates the state Senate’s commitment to ensuring that all voices across Massachusetts can be heard and can have an impact.  I applaud Senate President Stan Rosenberg not only for his individual leadership in making this happen, but also in his commitment to the value of shared leadership and to empowering people to make a difference.”

“Making sure the issues and concerns of the people of the Merrimack Valley, and around our region, are fresh in the minds of senators as we begin setting our agenda and priorities for the coming year is of utmost importance,” said Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. “I am so pleased Senate President Rosenberg and the rest of my colleagues in the Senate are able to hold our public forum for the day in Lawrence.  It’s vitally important that we hear directly from the people of the Merrimack Valley and our region about the most important issues they’re facing every single day.”

“As a legislator, I cannot think of a more important responsibility than listening to the people you represent,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “The tours going on across the Commonwealth, including the upcoming North of Boston tour, provide constituents with an opportunity to have a conversation with the Senate and discuss the issues they’re passionate about.”

“This is a great opportunity to have the Senate President and many of our Senate colleagues coming to the North Shore to showcase what our districts have to offer, as well as to hear about the issues we face as a region,” said Senator Tom McGee (D-Lynn). “Civic engagement is an important part of the public policy process, and I look forward to hearing from my constituents about the matters they care deeply about.”

“One of our stops will be in North Andover with small business owners to discuss their challenges and opportunities, where they will be able to detail their experiences, ask questions, and offer suggestions,” said Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport).

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tour has provided legislators with invaluable information from the state’s citizens thus far,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “At every stop we have gathered the perspectives and opinions of informed individuals, and I look forward to listening to, and speaking with the people from my region to further understand some of the issues challenging the Commonwealth.”

“This is the third stop on our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour where we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg.  “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interests groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region. The tour dates run from February 4 through March 11.  All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in the public forum in Lawrence.  To read more about this effort you can go to the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc or follow the conversation on Twitter at @Ma_Senate.

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

MASSACHUSETTS SENATE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

 

Senator Joan B. Lovely

State Senator

2nd Essex District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

February 13, 2015

Local Senators to Host Listening Tour on the North Shore

 

(Boston) – Continuing the statewide tour of Senate districts, Senators Ken Donnelly, Jason Lewis, Tom McGee, Joan Lovely, Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Barbara L’Italien, and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr will be touring businesses and local municipalities to listen to the concerns of the people of the North Shore on Monday, February 23, 2015.  The Senators will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other senators from across the state.

 

The daylong tour will begin in Burlington and include stops within each Senator’s district, culminating in a public forum at Salvatore’s, located at 354 Merrimack Street in Lawrence from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

 

“This statewide tour is a wonderful opportunity for the Senate to begin an open and honest conversation with our constituents about what they want to see accomplished this legislative session,” said Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington). “I look forward to joining my colleagues to tour local businesses, meet with municipal leaders, and most importantly, to talk directly to residents about what is most important to them.” 

 

“For state government to best service the Commonwealth’s residents, we in the Legislature must be ever accessible and responsive to those we represent,” reminded Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester).  “The Commonwealth Conversations tour demonstrates the state Senate’s commitment to ensuring that all voices across Massachusetts can be heard and can have an impact.  I applaud Senate President Stan Rosenberg not only for his individual leadership in making this happen, but also in his commitment to the value of shared leadership and to empowering people to make a difference.”

 

“Making sure the issues and concerns of the people of the Merrimack Valley, and around our region, are fresh in the minds of senators as we begin setting our agenda and priorities for the coming year is of utmost importance,” said Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. “I am so pleased Senate President Rosenberg and the rest of my colleagues in the Senate are able to hold our public forum for the day in Lawrence.  It’s vitally important that we hear directly from the people of the Merrimack Valley and our region about the most important issues they’re facing every single day.”

 

“As a legislator, I cannot think of a more important responsibility than listening to the people you represent,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “The tours going on across the Commonwealth, including the upcoming North of Boston tour, provide constituents with an opportunity to have a conversation with the Senate and discuss the issues they’re passionate about.”

 

“This is a great opportunity to have the Senate President and many of our Senate colleagues coming to the North Shore to showcase what our districts have to offer, as well as to hear about the issues we face as a region,” said Senator Tom McGee (D-Lynn). “Civic engagement is an important part of the public policy process, and I look forward to hearing from my constituents about the matters they care deeply about.”

 

“One of our stops will be in North Andover with small business owners to discuss their challenges and opportunities, where they will be able to detail their experiences, ask questions, and offer suggestions,” said Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport).

 

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tour has provided legislators with invaluable information from the state’s citizens thus far,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “At every stop we have gathered the perspectives and opinions of informed individuals, and I look forward to listening to, and speaking with the people from my region to further understand some of the issues challenging the Commonwealth.”

 

“This is the third stop on our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour where we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg.  “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”

 

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interests groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

 

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region. The tour dates run from February 4 through March 11.  All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in the public forum in Lawrence.  To read more about this effort you can go to the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc or follow the conversation on Twitter at @Ma_Senate.

 

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