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Senator Ross Announces Summer Internship Opportunities

March 29, 2017

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross would like to announce that internships in his State House office are currently available for college students for the summer. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

“State House legislative interns are given a unique opportunity to learn about the lawmaking process and the workings of state government. Ideal candidates are motivated individuals who are eager to learn and grow professionally,” said Senator Ross.

Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents, gathering news clips, legislative research and general administrative tasks. Internships are unpaid, but present a chance to learn about state government firsthand. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.

It is important to note that preference will be given to candidates from Senator Ross’ district, which includes Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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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Regional Delegation Supports Health Insurance for Metacomet Emergency Communications Center Employees

March 28, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk), and Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) testified at the Joint Committee on Public Service hearing on Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 1453, An Act authorizing the board of directors of Metacomet Emergency Communications Center to accept chapter 32B of the General Laws. The members advocated that the legislation be reported favorably before the Senate.

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is a regional public safety communications and dispatch center, established by the towns of Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. Senate Bill 1453 would allow the MECC Board of Directors to offer health insurance to its employees.

“As a sponsor of this bill, it is my hope that The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center can continue to grow in its services for employees,” said Senator Ross. “The Board of Directors of MECC should have the authority to offer the necessary health insurance to all employees.”

Representative Dooley added that “The MECC will provide superior and more responsive service to all members of the community if it is done correctly.  We need to make sure that the Board has every tool at their disposal to hire and retain the very best for this critical role.”

“The regional communications center is important to our area and we need this legislation to address some of the management issues,” said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy. “I was proud to sponsor the legislation establishing the center in 2013 and look forward to aiding in the passage of this piece that will give the MECC Board of Directors the opportunity to provide this necessary service to its employees.”

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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Millis Legislative Delegation Advocates to Improve Police Department

March 28, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), Representative David Linsky (D-Natick), and Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) testified before the Joint Committee on Public Service hearing on Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 1452, An Act exempting certain positions in the police department of the town of Millis.

This special legislation would allow all future officer positions with the Town of Millis Police Department to be exempt from the Commonwealth’s civil service law. The Millis Police Department is in need of several new hires, and currently has had to pay substantial amounts of overtime due to a lack of staff.

“We filed this bill so that the Millis Police can get back up to full staff as soon as possible, without bearing undue financial concerns,” said Senator Ross.

“In order for the Millis Police Department to continue providing the highest quality of public service, they are in need of new hires,” said Representative Linsky. “This is an important bill for the Town of Millis and the safety of its residents.”

Representative Dooley added that “the Town of Millis prioritizes public safety and through the years has determined that civil service has become a hindrance to providing the quality staffing that the residents expect and deserve.”

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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