State Representative Dave Rogers

Updates

Belmont Land Bill Passes the House!

For the first time, a piece of legislation that I filed has passed the House of Representatives.  As some of you may be aware, there is a piece of land in Belmont that was at one time the site of an incinerator.  No longer in use for incineration, ownership of the site has reverted to the Commonwealth.  Now, Belmont would like to purchase the land back from the state.  With the support of town government, I filed legislation to this end that would allow Belmont to purchase the land at a fair price.  Leadership from Belmont joined me to testify in support of the bill, and I met many times with the chairs of each of the three different committees through which the bill had to pass  Finally, the bill came to the floor and was passed.  It now moves to the Senate where Senator Brownsberger will attempt to pass it.  While we are only half way there, I am hopeful that Senator Brownsberger will be able to move the bill forward. This is a great initial victory for Belmont.

Compounding Pharmacy Bill

On October 2, 2013, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill regulating compounding pharmacies.  I strongly support the legislation and only wish it had been in place sooner.  The bill puts into place more stringent regulations on an industry that was, one year ago, responsible for a national outbreak of meningitis that killed 61 people and infected hundreds more.  Paired with an increase in funding for oversight of the industry from $182,000 to $1.35 million each year, these are meaningful steps taken in response to a true tragedy.

The bill sets up a number of provisions, establishing direct oversight and increasing dialogue between patients, health organizations, and regulators.  The Board of Registration in Pharmacy will conduct random audits of compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts and grant licenses for any pharmacies out-of-state to ship drugs to Massachusetts.  Also, a website will be created which lists all of the compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts and any violations.

While there is no reparation that makes up for the loss of life and illness of so many, the provisions set forth in this bill are strong.  When paired with a meaningful increase in funding, it should serve to help ensure that such a tragedy will never again come to pass.

Valor Act

Massachusetts once again led the way in providing for its veterans as, on October 30th, the House followed the Senate in passing the VALOR Act II.  The Act establishes a number of provisions, including expanding employment, educational and healthcare support services.  Additionally, it sets up a home modification program to help disabled veterans stay in their homes and function independently.  I was glad to vote in support of Massachusetts’ continued leadership on support services for veterans and I look forward to having the opportunity to do so in coming years.

Media Literacy in Schools

One of the pieces of legislation that I filed this session along with Senator Katherine Clark, An Act Concerning Media Literacy in Schools, was heard before the Joint Committee on Education on Thursday October 31st.  “Media Literacy” refers to the ability to analyze and communicate in our media-saturated environment.  Media literacy education affording children with the skill set needed to navigate the 21stcentury, while also providing them with an awareness of the fact that they are constantly exposed to messaging from all manner of interests. The bill would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to:
  1. Develop standards and objectives for all grades within existing curriculum.
  2. Provide resources for districts wishing to pursue media literacy education.
  3. Ensure that media literacy training is available for professional development points within the teacher recertification program.
I testified in support of the legislation alongside multiple panels of experts which included academics, teachers, and students.  The hearing was powerful, with advocates offering many arguments about the efficacy and necessity of media literacy.  I hope to work with the committee to move the legislation forward and help our schools provide the best possible education for the 21st Century.

Raise Up MA

For those of you who may wish to get involved, Raise Up MA is an organization that has formed around the goal of getting both an increase of the minimum wage and "Earned Sick Time" on the ballot in the fall of 2014.  I strongly believe both of these issues are important pieces of social and economic policy, and I encourage you to join the movement and help to make Massachusetts a more equal and just place for all to live. Particularly in the case of "Earned Sick Time", while there is legislation on the issue pending in the Legislature, it is unlikely to pass. Therefore this movement to get the issue on the ballot for next year is so important.

Dave's new website

My Website

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new website!  Visit www.RepDaveRogers.com to hear about what I am working on, community events and resources, to contact me and more.  Please visit with the understanding that I have chosen to launch the website before I have finished fully populating it with content.  Still in its infancy, it is very much a work in progress and more will be coming soon! Feel free to weigh in with ideas. I welcome them!
 

Community Events

Meet Katherine Clark in Belmont

We now have a Democratic nominee for the Fifth Congressional District!  Come meet your next Congresswoman, Katherine Clark, TONIGHT, Thursday, November 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm!  Join with Belmont Democrats at the Apartments at Coolidge School Auditorium, 319 Arlington Street, Watertown to have an opportunity to show your support and find out more about State Senator Clark.  For more information, contact Kelsey Perkins at 339-545-1689.

Katherine Clark in Arlington

Join the next US Congresswoman from the 5th Massachusetts District, Katherine Clark, at an event in Arlington!  Sunday, November 10th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm there will be a meet and greet for State Senator Clark at the home of Heather Fowles and Lynn Bishop at 51 Windmill Lane in Arlington hosted by Arlington for Katherine Clark.  Come show your support and find out more about your next Congresswoman!

Look Before You Leap

 Come join State Senator Pat Jehlen and myself for an installment of Senator Jehlen’s "Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years” series.  We will be discussing the Common Core and other upcoming changes to our education system in light of the past twenty years of education reform at University Hall 2-150, Lesley University 1815 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge on Wednesday, November 15 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

November Office Hours

Saturday, November 16th  from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Singa Bella Cafe  in North Cambridge (2401 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA  02140).

Saturday, November 16th  from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.at the Sweet Peach Diner  in Belmont (628 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA  02478).

Tuesday, November 19th 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Diner (134 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA  02474).

Dan Scharfman Memorial Run

Come honor the memory of a pillar of the Belmont community, Dan Scharfman, at the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run at 9:30 am on Sunday, November 17th at the Belmont High School Track.  You can run, donate, or volunteer at the website!


Contact Me

I welcome your input and hope to hear from you on issues of mutual concern. Email: rep.dave.rogers@gmail.com. State House office phone: 617-722-2400. Personal cell phone: 617-817-9395.
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