• Rep. Harrington Appointed to Key Committees

    Representative Harrington appointed to key committees

    February 12, 2015

    BOSTON – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce that he has appointed Representative Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) to several key legislative committees for the 2015-2016 session.

    Representative Harrington has been named as the Ranking Minority Member of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Assistant Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Rules. The Groton Representative will also serve as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

    The House Committee on Rules is primarily concerned with scheduling and consideration of legislation in the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Ways and Means is primarily concerned with writing the House’s version of the state budget, and reconciling differences between the Senate and House versions of the budget.

    “As an attorney, Representative Harrington has a wealth of real-world knowledge and expertise in our legal system that will serve her well on the Judiciary Committee,” said Representative Jones. “She also has a clear understanding of the many fiscal challenges facing our cities and towns, and I am confident she will do an outstanding job representing her district with her new committee assignments.”

    “I am pleased to receive my committee assignments from the Minority Leader,” said Representative Harrington. “I look forward to working with my colleagues this session to ensure that the state does not spend beyond its means while also continuing to be a vocal advocate for increased local aid.”

    Representative Harrington represents the First Middlesex District, which consists of the communities of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend and Precinct 1 in Ayer. She is currently serving her third term in the Massachusetts Legislature.

  • REP. HARRINGTON SECURES FUNDING FOR TOWNSEND PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS IN HOUSE BUDGET

    BOSTON (May 5, 2014) – Representative Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton) successfully advocated for an amendment to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 budget that would allocate “no less than $50,000” to the town of Townsend for public safety projects. Amendment G was adopted by the House of Representatives in a roll call vote during the yearly budget debate in late April.

    “I was made aware of Townsend’s need for these funds by the Town Administrator, Andrew Sheehan,” said Representative Harrington. “He told me that Townsend could really use these funds for things like electronic road signs used to alert drivers of road work, detours, and emergencies.”

    The public safety funding was one of many items Representative Harrington fought to include in the FY2015 budget, including increased regional funding for education, and a bill to return surplus revenue to the towns.

    “I make it a priority to maintain a good working relationship with the town governments,” said Harrington. “Sheehan has done a great job of keeping me informed about projects in Townsend that could use supplemental funding. I was glad to advocate on behalf of Townsend to get these public safety projects funded.”

    In the coming weeks, the House budget will go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate budget. A final budget will be produced before July 1, for the start of FY2015.