Today, Rep. Natalie Blais (1st Franklin) announced House passage of H.73, a “Resolve establishing the Massachusetts government assistance task force to address the statewide impacts of the 2018-2019 federal government shutdown.”
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.
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.
Today marked my first day as Representative for the First Franklin District. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 19 communities spanning the district for giving me the opportunity to serve you. It was an emotional yet powerful day.
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.
Thank you to the residents of the First Franklin District who cast their vote for me. Just as I did on Election Day, I will show up for all 19 communities of this district as your State Representative. I look forward to working alongside you to bring the voices of western Massachusetts to the halls of the Massachusetts State House.
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.
Natalie Blais, Democratic candidate for the First Franklin House District, has won the Massachusetts Democratic primary, earning 3,703 votes, or 40.44%.
Natalie Blais is one of the people who helped me survive the worst period of my life. In December 2012, my 55-year-old husband Dave went in for what we thought would be a 3 hour kidney operation. It turned into a 142 day nightmare when he suffered a brain injury during the surgery. Dave died the following May.
Recently, when Blais was explaining why she worked for people like Sanders, Olver and McGovern, she said she only works for people she believes in. And now she wants to work for us, for the same reason.