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Barrett Cites 3 Priorities for New Legislation

State Senator Mike Barrett has embraced legislative proposals.

In time for last Friday's Jan. 18 bill filing deadline in the State House, state Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, has embraced legislative proposals to protect women’s health, ban tobacco sales in pharmacies and other places where health professionals work, and require manufacturers of computer electronics to be responsible for the disposal, recycling and reuse of old equipment.

“People in the district are contacting me with a lot of ideas,” Barrett, who represents the Third Middlesex District, said in a statement released Friday, Jan. 18, “And these will be reflected in the comprehensive list of legislative sponsorships and co-sponsorships we release at the end of the month. Today’s survey of three items reflects the diversity of district thinking.”

One of the bills Barrett is supporting would repeal or amend outdated laws that remain on the books and restrict women’s choices around family planning.  One outmoded statute outlaws birth control for unmarried couples while another compels women to have abortions in hospitals only. Barrett is pro-choice and has been involved in women’s issues for four decades.

At the suggestion of a Chelmsford constituent, Barrett is also sponsoring a bill to prevent pharmacies and other retail establishments with specialized health functions from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“If a store is supposed to be promoting public health,” Barrett says, “it shouldn’t at the same time promote and sell nicotine.”

As an environmental matter, Barrett is supporting legislation to require manufacturers of computers, TVs, cell phones and other electronics to be responsible for their collection, disposal, recycling and reuse. At the same time, the bill provides incentives to electronic manufacturers to produce less-toxic products. Barrett is not alone in taking this approach:182 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed nonbinding resolutions to this effect.

Meanwhile, Barrett is hearing from constituents on a huge variety of topics. Since being sworn in earlier this month, he’s received 28 emails on the single issue of so-called “breed neutral” laws – animal control laws that permit individual dogs to be found to be dangerous, but which do not extend “dangerous dog” designations to entire breeds.

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Andrew Sylvia January 29, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Reverend. Warning you too. You want to generalize, that's fine. No mentioning other users.
Tina January 29, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Frosty, where can I find those CFLs in the shape of a standard incandescent bulb? I'd like to try them!
Anna Bucciarelli January 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Tina ... I have seen them right on the supermarket shelves, at K-Mart, Walmart, Target and the big box stores ... they look similar to incandescents but have the curley inside. I can't say they are abundant but they can be found. I haven't tried them yet but I really don't like the light that comes from the curleys and when I was at Lowes this week for another reason, I saw that they still had 100 watters ... the fellow in that dept. said they had an inventory of them and are allowed to sell them till gone, then it is definitely the curleys.
paul surette February 03, 2013 at 10:26 PM
When I was younger, and into my photography, I liked the subtlety of dimly lit places. It offered a flare for the dramatic. Nowadays, I like light, as in bright lights. I've stalked up on 100-watters myself. I agree, Annie, as the 'curlies' don't perform as well. And talk about heating up? I could read War & Peace in the time it takes to get to full wattage. Speaking of dimly-lit bulbs, when was the last time anyone saw a 'bright' light on Beacon Hill? Sylvania must be making a fortune on Beacon Hill! By the way, Annie, where have you been? You've missed some good fodder on the Malden page. There have been mobs carrying pitchforks and torches. But take solace when I tell you I slipped out the back of the windmill. :>)
Anna Bucciarelli February 04, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Paul ... you talkin' to me? I am called "Annie" by my family and almost all who know me and as you have changed your method in photography, I felt lately I needed to "grow up" and use the name on my birth certificate, given me by 2 loving parents who were VERY surprised to be lucky enough to have me after 5 others! However, I do favor and like being called Annie, it's the real me and always has been ... my mama called me "Naninella", which in Italian means "Little Annie" and so did my sweet ol' man. To answer your ? re: the goings on in Malden, fact is I don't get the Patch from Malden and wish I did ... Malden really sounds to me so much like the Bronx I grew up in, a little bit of home in my mind. I'll have to see about subscribing to it, plus the Stoneham one ... they seem to offer more in the way of controversial issues most of the time and, as you well know, I love to stir things up!>:)

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