On Day 31 of Federal Government Shutdown, State Legislators Call for an Emergency Bipartisan Task Force to Identify and Address Statewide Impact

Today, Senator Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District) and State Representative Natalie Blais (1st Franklin District) announced legislation to establish a bipartisan emergency response task force to address mounting statewide impacts of the prolonged federal government shutdown.

In First Bill Filing, State Representative Blais Maintains Focus on the Needs of Rural Massachusetts

Last week, newly elected State Representative Blais (1st Franklin) submitted her first piece of legislation: An Act relative to the rural policy advisory commission (HD 3142). The bill will be joint presented with Rep. Paul Mark (2nd Berkshire). The deadline for bills to be submitted was Friday, January 18th, by 4:59 pm.

If passed into law and funded, the legislation would create an Office of Rural Policy whose mission would be to enhance the economic vitality of rural communities and to advance the health and well-being of rural residents.

PRESS RELEASE: Representative-Elect Blais Files for Intervenor Status with Federal Agency over Proposed Pipeline Expansion

On November 24, 2018, Representative-Elect Natalie Blais (1st Franklin) filed for intervenor status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline upgrade application. The pipeline and compressor station upgrade projects included in the application are part of and necessary for the Columbia Gas “Reliability Project” that would pump more gas into Columbia’s Northampton and Greater Springfield Service Areas.

IN THE NEWS: New wave of lawmakers heading for Beacon Hill

Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, won the 1st Franklin District in an unopposed race. The district contains many Hampshire County communities. Blais, who is the executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, won a seven-way primary for the Democratic Party nomination in September. She will replace the seat’s longtime Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who is retiring.