Dear Residents of the 24th Middlesex District:
Just three months into my term as a State Representative, I have learned so much. April is budget season and this year the Governor's proposed agenda represents a great opportunity to move our state forward. This month the Legislature most likely will take important votes on the revitalization of our transportation and infrastructure systems, investment in education and tax reform.
Office Hours for March
I am pleased to announce that I have been assigned to the following three committees. I am told that for a new legislator, I received great assignments:
The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: One of the most important committees in the Legislature, this committee will spend much of the coming session managing the integration of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with the health care access law passed here in 2006. Although the federal law was based on what we did here, there are some incredibly important differences that need to be worked out. In addition, there likely will be technical amendments to the landmark Health Care Cost Containment Bill passed in the previous legislative session.
The Joint Committee on Housing: This session, one of the major issues that will come before the committee will be the Governor’s plan to consolidate our over 200 local housing authorities into 6 regional agencies. In addition, I plan to work on the issues of affordable housing and homelessness.
The Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government: This committee deals primarily with bills of particular interest to individual cities and towns. For example, if a town decides that it would like to change its charter, this would be the committee at the state level to first clear the request.
Given the important legislation to be taken up by these committees in this session, I will have a tremendous opportunity to develop as a legislator. Working with bills at this phase of the process will allow me to both exert influence in key areas and develop expertise that will guide my work in the future.
This summer, my office will be opening its doors to interns. These internships are available to college students and high school students (who have completed at least their sophomore year) from the 24th Middlesex District. Interns will be asked to spend between 10 and 20 hours per week in office, and may also have the opportunity to do research out of the office. College graduates with additional time will have an opportunity to set up longer internships without these restrictions. So if your son or daughter is looking for an interesting summer opportunity, please let me know.
The deadline for applications will be Friday, April 19th at 5:00 pm, with interviews over the next two weeks. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, May 3rd. Please send both a cover letter and resume to Representative Rogers' aide, Michael Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships at the Statehouse offer many opportunities, including policy research, constituent services, networking, and daily seminars on government presented by the State House specifically for interns.
Jimmy Tingle & The Sierra Club present “The Battle for the Bottle Bill”
Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Friday, April 19
Marching Forth for Recognition
Jimmy Tingle, along with the Massachusetts Sierra Club, MASSPIRG, Mass Climate Action Network, and Environmental League of Massachusetts present a one-time special event at The Regent Theatre in Arlington (7 Medford Street
), featuring comedy, music, conversation, and calls to action for passage of an expanded Bottle Bill.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
7:00PM – 9:00PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Students & Seniors
$25 Meet & Greet at Not Your Average Joe’s, directly following the show.
This year marks the 98th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. For the past 28 years, a unified committee representing all Armenian political and religious organizations, as well as several state representatives and state senators has planned and hosted the annual State House Commemoration to honor and remember victims of this horrific Genocide. The commemoration will be held in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Massachusetts State House on Friday, April 19, beginning at 10:30 am.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans will deliver the keynote address and Armenian Heritage Park architect Donald Tellalian will receive a Joint House and Senate Resolution.
Following the ceremony, those assembled will march from the State House to the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for additional remarks, music and a catered lunch. Organizers will provide free bus transportation to anyone who is unable to march to the Heritage Park. Free buses, generously provided by the Knights of Vartan, will leave St. James and St. Stephen's Churches at 9:00 am for anyone who needs transportation to the State House. Buses will leave Heritage Park at 2:00 pm for the return to Watertown.
The Commemoration Planning Committee would like to invite everyone in the community to attend this annual commemorative program.
Come Celebrate Earth Day at the Friends of Alewife Reservation & DCR Park Serve Day Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:00am - 2:00pm, Cambridge,
Meet just outside the Alewife MBTA station at the passenger pickup area. Groups will head into Alewife Reservation and towards Arlington. For more information and to register, see www.friendsofalewifereservation.org/
One Last Thing
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Belmont resident Joanne Ferraro
for her work at the Cambridge Department of Public Health to control and reverse the spread of tuberculosis. She was recently honored at the Statehouse with a “TB Honor Roll Award”, a prestigious and richly deserved award.
Please never hesitate to contact my office with any questions, concerns, or comments you may have. I greatly enjoy hearing from constituents and learning your perspective helps make me a more effective representative for our community's interests.
Office of David M. Rogers
State Representative, 24th Middlesex District
State House Room 134
Boston, MA 02133
Office: 617 722 2400