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: