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Over the past two years, the Legislature passed major bills relating to criminal justice, gun safety, those struggling with addiction, women’s rights, economic development, veterans benefits, consumer data protections, and energy and the environment. 

  • Provide real-world and balanced solutions to save lives, support our communities, empower working families and businesses as well as address the effects of climate change
  • Amid a charged national political atmosphere, we were able to agree to a fiscally-responsible budget and a...
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Representative Harold Naughton joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that provides funding for municipal police training throughout the Commonwealth. Funding for training will be provided by a $2 surcharge imposed upon every vehicle rental contract made in Massachusetts. These surcharges are projected to provide up to $10 million in new revenue for police training programs. 

“Providing our local officers with the funding they need in order to receive adequate training is essential to the safety of the Commonwealth. I want to...

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(BOSTON) – Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. joined hiscolleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass its FY19 budget which makes investments in programs and services across the Commonwealth.  Funded at $41.88 billion, the budget maintains funding for key programs, including $4.908 billion for Chapter 70 funding, which is an increase of $160.6 million over FY 2018, $68.9 million for Regional School Transportation, and $319.4 million for Special Education Circuit Breaker, which fully funds the mandated obligation of 75% reimbursement.  The final...

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(Boston) - Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. is pleased to announce that he will be co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day event on Saturday May 21, 2016 from 9am to 10:30am.  The event honors all service men and women, active or retired and will take place at SAC Park, 438 Lake Street, Shrewsbury.  Naughton will be joined by other Central Massachusetts legislators.  The event is open to all active and retired military personnel and members of the public who would like to participate in honoring those who have served.

“I am honored to once again have the...

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(Boston) – State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. is pleased to announce that he will be sponsoring a “Community Substance Abuse Awareness Forum” on May 10th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Clinton High School Auditorium.  The event will consist of two parts; an hour of helpful resource tables hosted by various substance abuse organizations, companies, and stakeholders, and then a panel consisting of experts in the field of substance abuse, public safety, and public health.  The event will be co-sponsored by the Clinton Police Department and The Item newspaper....

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In my opinion, working with our youth is one of the most important aspects of being a State Representative. Often times this might be overlooked because they cannot vote; however it is crucial we, as elected officials, maintain these connections because they are our Commonwealth’s future. It is vitally important that we give our children the best education possible, as well as offer them guidance and direction so they can lead a successful life.    
 
This past Friday, February 12th, I got the chance to participate in Clinton Middle School's Annual Career Day and...

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As many of you know, our region as well as the entire Commonwealth is facing an ongoing substance abuse and opioid crisis. To combat this multifaceted issue, the Legislature is doing what they can now to help. That is why I was proud to join my colleagues in passing a comprehensive substance abuse prevention and education bill that will aid our local communities, schools and healthcare facilities in various aspects of this public health epidemic.
 
This past week, I was given the opportunity to directly join the fight against substance abuse by being invited to be a member of...

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(BOSTON) – Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass legislation that prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed. Tanning beds are classified in the most dangerous group of cancer-causing agents by the World Health Organization, and this change reflects the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendations regarding tanning devices.

“I am proud to join my colleagues in getting this important piece of legislation passed and to Governor Baker’s desk,” said Representative Naughton. “Going...

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(Boston) - State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. has been appointed to the Central Massachusetts Opiate Task Force led by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early.  The Task Force was established by District Attorney Early in March 2015 as a way to bring together local law enforcement, government leaders, healthcare professionals, and experts in the field of substance abuse. The Task Force’s mission is to increase the capacity in fighting the ongoing substance abuse crisis that Massachusetts currently faces.

“I am honored to be appointed to the...

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(Boston) – State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass substance addiction legislation that creates a new standard to evaluate and treat patients who present in emergency rooms with an apparent overdose. This new best practice, which will be covered by insurance, is designed to ensure the proper assessment and discharge of patients who seek voluntary treatment. 

The bill limits first-time opiate prescriptions to seven days for adults and all opiate prescriptions for minors to seven days, with exceptions...

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