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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.

 

Sincerely,

Richard J. Ross Signature

Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Ross Appointed to Domestic Violence Panel

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

 

 

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617)   722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

                                   April 10, 2014                                              617-722-1555

Ross Appointed to Domestic Violence Panel

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) was appointed today to a panel focused on initiatives to combat domestic violence. Ross and colleagues from the House and Senate will craft compromise legislation as part of a conference committee.

“Curbing domestic violence is a challenge that we must take on. We need to help victims and increase penalties for future perpetrators,” said Senator Ross. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address this problem.”

The legislation provides employment leave to victims of domestic violence to address matters related to the abuse. It also establishes the crime of strangulation, and increases penalties for other domestic violence crimes.

The Senate and the House of Representatives passed differing versions of this legislation. This conference committee has been assembled to create a compromise bill that will be presented to Governor Patrick for his approval.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Ross Passes Amendment to Gas Leak Safety Legislation

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

 

 

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617)   722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

                             April 10, 2014                                              617-722-1555

 

Ross Passes Amendment to Gas Leak Safety Legislation

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) today successfully passed an amendment to the natural gas leaks bill that would strengthen the leak classification system created by the bill.

The bill establishes a three-tiered classification system that will be used to categorize leaks based on their potential safety threat. Senator Ross’ amendment bolsters the definition of grade 1 leaks, those that pose the greatest safety risk, by mandating that they be repaired as immediately as possible. Lower grade leaks will be provided additional time for scheduled repairs.

“This amendment reinforces the bill’s intent by providing a sense of urgency to those repairs that pose the most immediate threat to our safety,” said Senator Ross. “As our aging infrastructure breaks down, it is imperative that we enact the necessary safeguards to prevent dangerous situations from arising.”

The bill also prioritizes gas leaks that are identified within a school zone and requires that the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) authorize all use of explosives within 500 yards of a natural gas pipeline. To enhance community safety, gas companies must be notified of any significant projects for public ways that expose natural gas infrastructures. The project area must then be surveyed for gas leaks.

The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate. A conference committee will now be appointed to resolve differences between the bills that were passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or email Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Senator Ross’ Statement on the Tragic Events of March 26, 2014

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

Erin Hearn

Legislative Director

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617) 722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

Erin.Hearn@masenate.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

March 27, 2014                                           617-722-1555

 

Senator Ross’ Statement on the Tragic Events of March 26, 2014

 

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) has issued the following statement:

 

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy today. These courageous men tragically lost their lives while protecting the safety of the City of Boston. Their valor and heroism will not be forgotten.

 

To all of the firefighters who answered the call yesterday, I commend you and offer my sincerest thanks and gratitude. Your commitment to public safety and protecting the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Firefighters across the Commonwealth work diligently to uphold our public safety each and every day. I cannot overstate my appreciation and respect for these brave men and women. Their courage and determination make our communities safe and secure for our children and families.”

 

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