Legislative Session in Review
Many of us have lost a friend, neighbor or family member to addiction, or know someone impacted by its destructive force. As a legislator, and as a parent, I recognize that we cannot succeed at repelling this epidemic and reducing the risk to our families until we confront the realities of this challenge and ensure that adequate resources are made available. Earlier this year, I was proud to support the passage of comprehensive legislation to enhance substance abuse prevention efforts in the Commonwealth.
The new law strengthens intervention, prevention and education efforts, including the creation of a framework to evaluate and treat patients who present in emergency rooms with an apparent overdose. The new law also includes a provision that I sponsored to prohibit the possession, sale or manufacturing of powdered alcohol which has become a growing issue across the Country. While many steps remain in the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis, legislation that I have supported in the Senate seeks to provide a long term approach to curbing this epidemic. Learn more about the new law by clicking here.
Access to quality education also continues to be a concern for many families in the Second Worcester District and throughout the Commonwealth. I was proud to support increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for public education, and an increase in the salary rate for early educators to help hire and retain highly qualified teachers. In an effort to make the prospect of college graduation more attainable, I also supported policies that enhance services for students and families. This includes reducing the high cost of tuition and fees, and expanding opportunities for transferring course credits.
As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, I am particularly proud to have advanced legislation this year in the Senate to prevent sexual violence on college campuses. The comprehensive legislation would codify and compliment federal requirements, and establish new state-level policies for all higher education institutions in the Commonwealth. I welcome you to learn more about this landmark higher education bill by clicking here.
While we have made great progress on the above-mentioned issues and other policy matters including government transparency, environmental protections, public education funding, and the criminal justice system reform, there are many more issues that require attention by the Legislature.
Serving residents of the Second Worcester District is a great responsibility that I do not take lightly. As the 2015-2016 legislative session draws to a close, I look forward to continuing my efforts on behalf of local residents of the Second Worcester District which includes the Towns of Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Upton and the City of Worcester. I hope the information on this page helps to share some of the recent initiatives that I have been involved with. As always, if my office can ever be assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
MICHAEL O. MOORE
Second Worcester District
Serving Local Residents
As a public servant, Senator Moore has the opportunity to help members of the community with navigating through red tape in government, and to spread information about resources and programs available to residents. During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Senator Moore's Office assisted more than two thousand residents of the Second Worcester District with issues related to state-level government agencies and other entities. To learn more about how Senator Moore can assist you, please click below.
Over the course of the 2015-2016 legislative session, Senator Michael O. Moore filed many priority bills ranging from local home rule petitions to legislation impacting the entire Commonwealth.
Senator Moore also voted to advance legislation in the Senate to address a variety of issue areas including bills to promote open and transparent government, enhanced environmental protections, a stronger public education system, and reforms to the criminal justice system.
Notably, Senator Moore supported the so-called "Veterans' HOME Act" which was signed into law by the Governor earlier this year. This legislation expands on the Commonwealth's commitment to its veterans, service members and their families by providing benefits and services. The legislation also builds upon passage of the Valor Act I in 2012 and Valor Act II in 2014. To learn more about the new law, please click here.
Senator Moore also supported legislation to enhance the public school funding formula and address issues relative to charter school expansion. The bill passed by the Senate focuses on transparency, admission and retention of students, funding, and the charter school cap. To learn more, please click here.
Local priorities were also achieved through legislation including a bill to help transform the Route Nine corridor in Shrewsbury. Aside from expanding opportunities for local residents and consumers, the bill helped foster a new commercial development to create hundreds of jobs within the construction, retail and restaurant industries.
Within the Fiscal Year 2017 state budget, Senator Moore advocated for increased local aid which culminated in a final budget providing $1.02B for Unrestricted General Government Aid, an increase of $42.1M over the FY 2016 funding level. Moreover, the budget provides $4.63 billion for Chapter 70 funding which marks a $116 million increase over FY16 and an increase of $55 per pupil in minimum aid.
As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, Senator Moore advanced legislation in the Senate to prevent sexual violence on college campuses. The comprehensive legislation would codify and compliment federal requirements, and establish new state-level policies for all higher education institutions in the Commonwealth. To learn more about this landmark higher education bill, click here.
In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, Senator Moore voted in favor of substance addiction legislation that enhances intervention, prevention and education efforts, including the creation of a framework to evaluate and treat patients who present in emergency rooms with an apparent overdose. As a former law enforcement officer, Senator Moore led a successful effort to amend the bill and prohibit the possession, sale or manufacturing of powdered alcohol which has become a growing issue across the country. To learn more about the substance abuse prevention legislation that was signed into law, please click here.
Senator Moore also advanced legislation in the Senate to enhance wildlife protections and to strengthen penalties against poaching in the Commonwealth. The bill updates existing anti-poaching laws which have remained widely unchanged since the 1930s. Learn more about this bill by clicking here.