40R Zoning and Methuen’s Downtown

40R Zoning and Methuen’s Downtown

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Feb. 2017 Methuen has made some significant strides in recent years leveraging State investment in projects to renovate the High School, build the Methuen Rail Trail, and improve infrastructure as with the replacement project for the Rotary. It is very gratifying and exciting to be working with our city leaders […]

House Members Under Tight Deadlines to File Legislation for New Session

House Members Under Tight Deadlines to File Legislation for New Session

  By: Linda Dean Campbell – Feb. 2017 The deadline for filing and co-sponsoring legislation guaranteed to receive a public hearing occurs a few weeks after the session starts. While we shall file additional more complex bills later, here are those that I have filed before the deadline: Recreational Marijuana (HD1494).  Changes the composition of […]

Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Jan. 2017 Before I list several very challenging issues that we will likely face in this Session – some good news: Massachusetts was recently ranked the number one state in the country for quality of life by a fre quented website, 24/7 Wall St. This ranking was based upon […]

Legislature Will Honor Will of Voters to Legalize and Regulate Pot – But…

Legislature Will Honor Will of Voters to Legalize and Regulate Pot – But…

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Dec. 2016 We should begin discussions to focus upon the concerns of our local communities as well as develop better formulated estimates of cost. We need to start discussions as soon as possible so that the new commission on legalization of marijuana will be aware of our concerns from the […]

Gov. Legislature Working Together to Change Bridgewater State, Increase Access to Mental Health Care

Gov. Legislature Working Together to  Change Bridgewater State, Increase  Access to Mental Health Care

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Oct, 2016 Bridgewater State Hospital is the center of attention for a number of high profile incidents stemming from the use of excessive force. These include the recent suicide of Leo Marino this April and the death of Joshua Messier from the excessive use of restraints in 2014. […]

An Answer to Some Critics of the Expanded Use of NARCAN

An Answer to Some Critics of the  Expanded Use of NARCAN

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Sept, 2016 During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln explained his reluctance to impose capital punishment upon homesick soldiers that deserted or upon young men who bolted from their posts and “ran like hell” when being fired upon for the first time. Quite simply, he said, “It is simply […]

Getting the People’s Business Done

Getting the People’s Business Done

By: State Representative Linda Dean Campbell – July, 2016 The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed important legislation for workers, for our communities, and protections for transgender individuals. Facing an unexpected decline in capital gains, we also passed a budget on time – unlike many states throughout the country. I will have more on the […]

Bipartisan Legislation Passed, But Tough Issues Ahead

Bipartisan Legislation Passed, But Tough Issues Ahead

By: State Re. Linda Dean Campbell – April, 2016 Recently, we saw the bipartisan approval by the Massachusetts House of a bill to fund local municipal road and bridge repair. Additionally, Governor Baker has requested more money for local bridge repair, which will require an additional appropriation. As a member of the Committee on Ways […]

Campbell Amendment Requires Hospitals to Report Overdoses to Primary Care Physicians

Campbell Amendment Requires Hospitals to Report Overdoses to Primary Care Physicians

The Massachusetts House of Representatives took a number of important measures in addressing the ongoing opioid abuse crisis in the Commonwealth. The House passed comprehensive legislation that incorporated aspects of Governor Baker’s bill, the Senate opioid bill, input from the medical community, and input from families who have been affected by this scourge. The House […]

Seeking Treatment for Addiction at Police Stations

Seeking Treatment for Addiction at Police Stations

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell 2.5.16 I am pleased that the House of Representatives is currently closely reviewing legislation filed by Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante from Gloucester that will allow those suffering from addiction to go to their local police station for help without fear of being charged with drug possession. There may be […]

Stronger Support by Medical Community Needed to Address Opioid Crisis

Stronger Support by Medical Community Needed to Address Opioid Crisis

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Jan. 2016 We have an opportunity in coming weeks in the Legislature to send the Governor a comprehensive piece of legislation to further address the opioid crisis. Legislative action to date includes substantially increased funding for: treatment post-detox; Community Mental Health Centers for both adults and youth; and […]

House Passes Public Records and Solar Legislation – Both Need Changes in Senate

House Passes Public Records and Solar Legislation – Both Need Changes in Senate

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Dec. 2015 Before Thanksgiving, the Massachusetts House passed two important pieces of legislation. One of these bills will make significant changes to our antiquated public records law. The other will lift the cap on solar energy production to take advantage of existing solar projects and expiring federal tax credits. Both […]

Women In Combat

Women In Combat

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Nov. 2015 Over this past summer, we saw two women graduate from the Army’s Ranger School, our military’s premier course for both leadership and light infantry combat. While there has been a long ongoing debate upon whether American women should fill military occupations associated with close combat, we are […]

Rep Report: Action Regarding The Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Rep Report: Action Regarding The Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell October, 2015 The Baker Administration has placed our DCF under new executive leadership that is deeply committed to effecting very necessary improvements in our State’s child protection systems. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I can tell you that the Legislature is highly supportive […]