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Representative Mark Sets New Office Hour Schedule

The office of state Rep. Paul Mark has updated the schedule for weekly office hours throughout the 2nd Berkshire District.

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Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee Assignments

State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting. Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark added that it also affects a significant number of federal and state grant programs which are based on per capita.

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Hinds, Barrett Call on Big Y to Work With Adams Officials

The town's two state lawmakers are calling on Big Y to work more closely with local officials during the grocery's closing and expected transfer to a new owner.

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Higher Ed Remains Top Priority For Representative Mark

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.

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4 Freedoms Coalition Celebrates Third Year

Three years ago activists from all over Berkshire County joined together on the mission to fight for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four freedoms. The political groups formed the 4 Freedoms Coalition and on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to preserving freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

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Hinds Rolling Out 'Rural Agenda' In New Legislative Session

State Sen. Adam Hinds is pushing a "rural agenda" in the new legislative term. The Pittsfield Democrat is filing more than 60 bills this term, many of which are aimed at helping small rural areas.

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Health Drives Much of Pignatelli's Legislative Agenda

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli heard a story in which a police officer witness someone die from an overdose while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Not all first responders carry Narcan and Pignatelli believes that if that police department had it, the person could have lived. As this new legislative session starts, Pignatelli has filed a bill to require every first responder in the state to carry the overdose reversal drug.

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More Heating Assistance Sought as Officials Discuss Poverty

According to Berkshire Community Action Council, around 8,000 households in Berkshire County apply for LIHEAP (the low-income heating assistance program) every year; across the state, a total of 160,000 residents seek help.

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Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda

Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected. "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.

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