This is the legislative term Rep. Paul became a dean.
Mark's district spans both Berkshire and Franklin Counties and in the Pioneer Valley, five state lawmakers are new. Mark is now embracing the role of helping the new legislators adjust to the job and is aligning with them to promote an agenda for all of Western Massachusetts.
The state Legislature relax a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close.
But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the town of North Field intended to help local farmers.
H.4559 allocates $1 million for the removal of hazardous materials and cleanup at the old Dalton High School site; $500,000 for flood and drainage improvements surrounding the Skyline Trail in the town of Hinsdale; and $500,000 for pond dredging and safety improvements at Highland Park in the city of Greenfield.
State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget.
Mark has filed an amendment for $250,000 to start the task force with the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, and a number of other organizations tackling the issue.