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It is deeply regrettable to learn that the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League (G.O.A.L.) was not invited to the gun bill signing ceremony yesterday given their instrumental role throughout the legislative process. This new comprehensive update to the Commonwealth’s gun laws would not have been possible without the input and contributions of the members of G.O.A.L., especially their Legislative Director, Jim Wallace, and other lawful firearm owners. Jim and the members of G.O.A.L. were tremendous partners at each step of the process and remained focused and committed to finding a middle...

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State Rep. Harold Naughton, Jr., a member of the Task Force, offered his full support for the report of the state’s Task Force on School Safety and Security. The report, which was officially released earlier today, was designed as a resource for school leaders and community members to enhance safety and security in preparation for the upcoming school year. 

“Massachusetts was recently ranked number one in the nation for the best academic achievement,” said Naughton. “The release of this report reinforces our commitment to provide the best education for every student in the...

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State Rep. Harold Naughton Jr joined his colleagues in the Legislatures to pass a $36.5 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) focused on economic growth and increased government accountability and oversight. 

The spending plan makes important investments in local aid, education, and human services including substance abuse treatment and prevention and mental health care. Building on a responsible yet proactive approach to combatting the recession, the Legislature’s budget contains multiple measures to achieve sustainable economic growth and provide essential services...

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I want to applaud the efforts of everyone who offered their guidance and assistance in this project, including Governor Patrick, members of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, and my colleagues in the House and Senate. Over the next five years this bond bill will enhance state and national security, bolster Massachusetts’ economy, protect local jobs, and strengthen the Commonwealth’s commitment to our Military Forces, service members and veterans. The men and women of the Armed Forces dedicate their lives to serve and protect Massachusetts and the nation. I am honored to...

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Naughton secures funding for business incubators in the Towns of Northborough and Lancaster

(BOSTON) – State Representative Harold Naughton joined by his colleagues in the House, today approved comprehensive economic development and jobs legislation.

The bill aims to further strengthen Massachusetts’ innovation industries and position the state as a global leader both economically and culturally through forward-looking solutions including a focus on emerging industries, investments in workforce development and education, and promoting targeted regional growth....

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Representative Naughton secures $2.5 million for restoration of Nashua River beach area and votes to expand bow hunting access.

(Boston) – State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives yesterday to pass the environmental bond bill which provides a total of $1.75 billion to local communities for environmental projects and developments. Additionally, during yesterday’s formal session Representative Naughton also voted to expand access to bow hunting in the Commonwealth. This bill was approved on a voice vote to partially lift...

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(Boston) – State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. is pleased to announce that allocated funding was secured for the restoration and expansion of the Nashua River beach area located between the east bank of the Nashua River and Boylston Street in the Town of Clinton. This crucial funding will provide necessary support needed to rehabilitate and enhance this natural waterway that flows through numerous communities of the 12th Worcester District. By investing in this endeavor, the communities of the 12th Worcester District can benefit through long-term educational and recreational use.

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State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. makes a statement on the issues surrounding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

“Recent findings within the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs have sparked a nationwide controversy that has shed light on a broken and forgotten system. After my experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am proud to say that I received exceptional care from the VA facilities here in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, my comrades across the nation are not receiving the same health care they need when they return home.

As we approach Memorial Day, the...

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State House rally garnered widespread support for improvement to VA services throughout the nation.

(BOSTON) – State Representative Hank Naughton, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Veterans Caucus, and the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Fund gathered on the front steps of the State House yesterday afternoon to demonstrate their continued commitment to veterans throughout the Commonwealth and nation.

Representative Naughton, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, presented a resolution signed by members of the legislature that calls upon the federal government to...

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(BOSTON)- State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives yesterday to pass the FY’15 budget. The approximate $36.2 billion House budget includes increased funding for items related, but not limited to, public safety, local aid, and education. The budget also puts additional resources into the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day fund.

“I am proud of the efforts my colleagues and I put forth to produce a financially responsible budget,” said Representative Naughton. “This budget reaffirms our commitment to the continued growth of programs and...

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