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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.



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Richard J. Ross

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Small Business Spotlight: Serani M Designs, North Attleboro

Small Business Spotlight: Serani M Designs, North Attleboro

November 24, 2015

With the owner of Serani M Designs, Sandra Higgins.

With the owner of Serani M Designs, Sandra Higgins.

Sandra Higgins has had a passion for creating and manufacturing jewelry for most of her life and being a breast cancer survivor Sandra wanted to utilize her passion to also give back. Subsequently, she began an entire bracelet line of pink and white bracelets, donating all of the net proceeds to breast cancer research. When she realized how many people wanted to support breast cancer research while also wearing other colors, she created bracelets in more muted earth tones while continuing to raise and donate as much as possible, jumpstarting a remarkable local small business.

Based out of North Attleboro, Sandra has been steadily growing her small business, Serani M Designs, for quite some time. Named after her grandparents, Serani M Designs offers a multitude of different jewelry options including bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. She also creates jewelry from sand, called the “Sand and Surf Collection,” that are custom made for each client to commemorate a significant moment in their lives.

Sandra’s message and unique vision have gained her widespread attention, most recently garnering her an invitation to participate in the Golden Globes Gifting Suite in Los Angeles last January. In such a short amount of time, Sandra continues to work with celebrity stylists, challenge herself creatively, and constantly find new ways to give back.

Sandra’s passion, style, and love for her craft are truly evident in her work. Her desire to help others and continued business growth prove that only great things are ahead for this North Attleboro gem.

For more information on Serani M Designs, please visit

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at

Small Business Spotlight, Serani Designs

Small Business Spotlight: Scorpio’s Pizza, Attleboro

Small Business Spotlight: Scorpio’s Pizza, Attleboro

October 14, 2015

With the co-owner of Scorpio's Pizza, John Constantini.

With the co-owner of Scorpio’s pizza, John Constantini.

One of my favorite places to grab lunch or dinner, and the latest stop of my small business spotlight, is Scorpio’s Italian Eatery and Pizzeria in downtown Attleboro. Since calling Attleboro home in 2010, Elisabetta  and John Constantini and their staff have worked very hard to bring the taste of Italy right to their own backyard.

Elisabetta’s parents, Giuseppe and Maria Scorpio both immigrated from Italy in the 1970s, and in 2002 after a couple more moves, settled down in Florida where the original Scorpio’s Italian Eatery was established. Eventually, with a strong passion for cooking and the restaurant business Elisabetta and John decided to open a place of their own in Attleboro, bringing Elisabetta’s highly regarded family recipes along as well.

Since officially opening its doors five years ago, Scorpio’s has helped to revitalize the downtown area, encouraging more residents to eat locally and support flourishing small businesses. With food that is fresh and homemade as well as a fun, relaxing atmosphere, this hometown favorite is simply one of a kind.

It is hard to believe it has only been around for five years, but this local eatery proves that with hard work and dedication that anything is possible and I can’t wait to visit again.

If you would like more information on Scorpio’s Italian Eatery and Pizzeria, please visit

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at

Small Business Spotlight, Scorpios (2)

Senate Takes Action on Addiction Prevention

October 1, 2015

Boston –Today, Senator Richard J. Ross joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate in unanimously adopting a bill intended to reduce the rate of opioid addiction and increase efforts to retool pain management practices through policy changes at state agencies and municipal health, safety and education departments.

The Senate bill, An Act relative to substance use prevention, was developed from recent findings of the Senate Special Opioid Committee, of which Senator Ross is a member, following a year-long effort to produce recommendations to further strengthen opioid abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery options.

“Over the past several years, we have seen with alarming regularity an increase in drug-related deaths across the Commonwealth. This opioid epidemic touches every community and no family is immune to it. Last session, we passed comprehensive legislation that made a strike against this epidemic, but today we went a step further by focusing on education and prevention,” said Senator Ross.

The Senate Special Opioid Committee first convened in January 2014 in response to the substantial increase in reported overdose emergencies and fatalities across Massachusetts.  Deaths from heroin and other opioids totaled more than 1,200 in 2014, a spike of 34% over 2013 and 88 percent greater than 2012.

Components of this legislation include:

  • Directing the newly formed Drug Formulary Commission to publish a list of non-opiate pain management products that may be used as lower risk alternatives,
  • Establishing a voluntary program for a person in recovery to record a non-opiate directive. This would allow a person to have a clear indicator in their patient record that a health care practitioner shall not administer or prescribe opiate drugs to that person,
  • Limiting opioid prescriptions in an emergency department to a 5-day supply;
  • Establishing a Drug Stewardship program for drug manufacturers to allow patients to safely dispose of unwanted drugs,
  • Creating a school-based screening and referral system,
  • Ensuring patient access to pain management consultation,
  • Expanding our “Good Samaritan” legal protections for first responders to possess and administer Naloxone.

Senators considered more than forty amendments during debate of the bill and adopted several sponsored or cosponsored by members of the Republican Caucus, which:

  • Lessens unused and unwanted prescriptions by requiring a practitioner to consult with a patient to determine preferences for reduces quantities and dosages of opioid medications, a so-called partial fill option,
  • Assists local police departments by providing service referral and education training for individuals seeking treatment at local police departments,
  • Makes a requirement for school districts to conduct student drug screenings to be subject to state appropriation,
  • Creates a special commission to examine roadside drug testing,
  • Requires an assessment of the capacity for inpatient substance abuse treatment,
  • Includes a module on addictive substances to be part of driver education courses for Junior Operators,
  • Requires that a practitioner receive informed consent from the parent or guardian of the minor prior to prescribing a controlled substance,
  • Requires acute hospitals to report the number of newborns exposed to controlled substances.

“It is my hope that this legislation will not only reach those who are already in need of addiction treatments, but also our children who are most susceptible to outside influences. This legislation provides key tools for our schools, physicians, and public safety officials to limit the amount of unused and unwanted prescription pills available, keep our communities safe, and ultimately save lives,” said Senator Ross.

The first piece of legislation released by the Committee and signed into law in August 2014 required private insurance companies to cover up to 14 days of detoxification services and inpatient treatment for private insurance clients, 14 days of inpatient treatment for MassHealth patients, and expanded treatment options for patients and doctors. The insurance coverage mandates go into effect today, October 1st, 2015.

Opiates are responsible for more annual deaths in Massachusetts than auto accidents and guns combined.  The bill, S2020, now moves to the House of Representatives.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or