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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One of the bills Barrett is supporting would repeal or amend outdated laws that remain on the books and restrict women’s choices around family planning.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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Aron Levy January 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Yeah, because the hell with this planet! If we ruin it, we'll just find another one, right Deacon? Or are you waiting for Second Coming to rapture you away? And anyway, you're a 'priest.' What do you know of business?
siobhan hullinger January 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Yes - sort of like those new light bulbs everyone is supposed to use. Wonder if we'll have the mercury issue again in our landfills since that's what's in them. Hope y'all are leaving the room when one breaks.... So is "green" really that "green"?
Aron Levy January 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM
LEDs, Siobhan, LEDs.
x January 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Siobhan, No there is only a trace of mercury, or none at all. That is why the new 'green' compact fluorescents work so poorly... they take much longer to come up to full light output, do not start in cold weather, and are frequently short lived. But there's no mercury. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
siobhan hullinger January 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM
@ Aron Levy - perhaps but read on... http://www.gizmag.com/led-bulbs-found-to-contain-toxic-metals/17876/
siobhan hullinger January 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM
CFLs contain mercury LED contain other carcinogenic materials. http://www.gizmag.com/led-bulbs-found-to-contain-toxic-metals/17876/
x January 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Siobhan, No there is only a trace of mercury, or none at all. That is why the new 'green' compact fluorescents work so poorly... they take much longer to come up to full light output, do not start in cold weather, and are frequently short lived. But there's no mercury. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Aron Levy January 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Siobhan don't get me wrong, as a reader, I despise CFLs with a burning passion. I will keep my incandescents as long as they are available. And when I can afford it, I upgrade to LED. As you know, they last for what is effectively an eternity. And by the time they burn out, I'm sure they will have discovered a proper disposal method. I just can't stand folks like the 'Anti-Pope' who would put profits over their children's futures. I had once read somewhere that Christianity was a religion of compassion. But I guess I may have been mistaken.
Anna Bucciarelli January 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Watch out, guys ... Barrett will soon not allow pharmacies to sell light bulbs either !!! ME? I hate those curley bulbs and i'm with you Aron, I'll use the innies as long as I can but, take note, I could not find hundred-watt bulbs anywhere last week ... do you know if LED's come in high wattage?
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Yeah, that's not what I meant. Not sure what the connection is to Reverend and what you just mentioned other than its an insult. In any case, knock it off please. Talk to the subject, not each other.
Tina January 24, 2013 at 03:07 AM
For a couple of years, I've been stockpiling incandescent bulbs, especially the 100-watters, as they will be the first to be phased out. Many of my favorite lamps will not accommodate CFLs, because the metal shade holders fit directly on the light bulb.
Anna Bucciarelli January 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Tina ... wanna sell me a few? (joke)
x January 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM
How many are aware that the dreaded substance dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is used in the manufacture of CFLs and LEDs? http://www.dhmo.org/ Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
NWBL January 27, 2013 at 03:51 AM
I think you make a very good point and Barrett will be in for quite a fight from the pharmacies in the district if he goes forward with this.
Joseph G. Paquette January 29, 2013 at 02:10 AM
In a short period of time, i have found State Sen. Mike Barrett has quickly responded to my concerns with quick dispatch and intelligent respect and concern for my point of view which he has not always shared but has tried to see from my point of reaching out to him for resolve. What more do you want from a public servant?
x January 29, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Duh... lots more. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Joseph G. Paquette January 29, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Those That Can, Do! Those That Can't, Teach! Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III, respectfully have you considered in your work and in your outlook as to the Wonders of What The Supreme Being or Supreme Beings Together Created Here on this very small planet called: Terra?
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Comments have been deleted due to violations of the Terms of Use. Can't say I didn't warn you.
Jean Whiting January 29, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I just tuned in and watched this exchange. "Anti-Pope"? Anti-business? Thank you, Andrew, for stopping this exchange. What took you so long?
Aron Levy January 29, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Well pardon me for expressing my tiring of the Deacon's constant blathering. The only suggestions he ever makes are to turn this country hard right. I've got more pressing concerns anyway. Still waiting for him to throw his preacher's hat in the ring.
Anna Bucciarelli January 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I get a kick out of the banter ... don't always agree, don't always like what I read, but read on I do. Interesting how folks' minds work.
Anna Bucciarelli January 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Question, Aron ... is he REALLY a preacher?
x January 29, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Bless you, my sister. Bless you. We have much to be thankful for here in the Commonwealth. The dominant rule of moonbat Democrats is not one of them. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Aron. Final warning.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I'd like to believe that two grown adults can act in a civil manner without me having to come in and babysit every five minutes, so I was trying to show some leeway due to the fact that political topics can get heated, despite the fact that everyone I run into in Westford continually tells me they want more moderation and nobody in Chelmsford tells me they want less.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) 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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