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Attleboro State Rep. Heroux Files 14 Bills

Several of the bills involve the criminal justice system.

Attleboro state Rep. Paul Heroux issued the following press release:

Freshman State Rep. Paul Heroux has filed 14 bills, including, but not limited to:  

  • measuring prison and sex offender programs; 
  • protecting physical disability and mental health rights; 
  • sex offender registration requirements and classification; 
  • protecting children from secondhand smoke; 
  • increasing the standard of proof for children under 13 years old to enter the criminal justice system; 
  • a bill to help seniors;
  • and various other issues.

"I campaigned on the promise to try to make sure that we start measuring the programs that tax payers are paying for. I am starting with prison programs. I understand how the Massachusetts prison system can measure its programs at no additional cost to the taxpayer and no additional cost to the department. This is important because we parole inmates based on participation in programs and if these programs don't work, we are putting communities throughout the state at risk. We must know if our prison programs are reducing recidivism or not. I also campaigned on mental health advocacy and there are several bills that I have filed that support this promise," Heroux said.

Four of the 14 bills Heroux filed were previously filed but they did not become law.

"There is a lot of important work that needs to be done. Fourteen bills is only a tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, many of my bills won't become law on their first try and that is just the nature of the game. But it doesn't mean that I won’t keep at it," Heroux said.

A review of Heroux's bills can be seen here:


deb of see-attleboro January 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM
This one gave me pause: "For legislation to develop an elective high school course on labor law and workers' rights" However, I suppose we should not be surprised that this would become part of the government school agenda. I suppose such training could be a good thing. Or maybe not. I guess it depends on who proposed it and what the motive is.
Chrys Swenson January 20, 2013 at 01:44 PM
HD01558 An Act Relative to Sex Offender Classification HD01559 For legislation to include licensed rehabilitation counselors in the definition of licensed mental health professionals. HD01560 For legislation to exempt farmers’ markets from certain property taxes HD01739 Relative to requiring certain motor vehicle surcharges and court costs be used for firefighter salaries HD01743 An Act Relative to Footpaths Commonly Used by Senior Citizens HD01746 An Act Relative to Reporting Jail and House of Correction by the Commissioner of Prisons HD02087 An Act Relative To Raising the Standard of Proof for Juvenile Defendants HD02649 An Act Prohibiting Discrimination Against Adults with Disabilities in Family and Juvenile Court Proceedings HD03057 An Act Relative to Healthcare Proxies HD03288 An Act For Out of State Sex Offenders HD03362 For legislation to prohibit smoking in motor vehicles if young children are in the vehicle HD03426 Relative to recidivism reducing program reporting by the Department of Correction HD03429 Relative to the reporting sex offender treatment program outcomes by the Commissioner of Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Services HD03456 For legislation to develop an elective high school course on labor law and workers' rights
Chrys Swenson January 20, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I am surprised that in a state like Massachusetts we do not already have a law against 2nd hand smoke and children. It would seem common sense that it would be wiser to ban that than plastic shopping bags and plastic water bottles.
yerkillinme January 20, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Do we really need legislation at the State level for this? How about allowing the local school boards to decide if they want to provide this elective class? It sounds a lot like indoctrination. What about classes on entrepreneurship? I agree completely about the smoking in the car with children, especially given some of the absurd laws the legislature has chosen to pass.
Betty L. Colol January 21, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Ban the plastic.
Amy January 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
More laws, more regulations. We the Gvm't
Amy January 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Anything there about paying for murders sex changes?
deb of see-attleboro January 22, 2013 at 06:44 PM
In a state like Massachusetts, I am surprised we do not have a total ban on smoking on public roadways. It probably makes more sense than a futile attempt to protect children from irresponsible parents. At least with a total ban the number of butts on the side of the road would be drastically cut and there would be a lower risk of brush fires during the hot, dry summers.
Satyagraha January 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Nice job Representative Heroux filling legislation to support firefighters, labor, and workers rights as part of your first initiatives. Thank you.
john lane February 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM
labor law & workers rights makes sence my value system knows its correct and needed


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