BOSTON – Fitchburg City Councilors Stephen Hay and Dean Tran are in a race for the 3rd Worcester District state representative seat formerly held by Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. Although the contest won’t be decided until March 1, whoever the new state representative is can look to local politicians, including DiNatale, for advice on how to be an effective representative for Fitchburg and Lunenburg’s Precinct B right from the get-go. “It certainly is a huge learning curve, regardless of what your experience is coming in,” Democratic Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik of Garner said. At 25, Zlotnik is the youngest member of the Legislature, and was the youngest when he was elected at 22 in 2012. He stressed the importance of working with your localdelegation.
BOSTON — A Statehouse panel heard a total of 18 bills on Tuesday concerning the embattled Department of Children and Families, including two bills with different approaches to removing children from their families.
The afternoon session before the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities included a bill by Leominster Rep. Dennis Rosa that would set a higher standard for the DCF to take a child out of his or her family setting.
BOSTON – A gathering of state and academic officials were told this week that young adults convicted of criminal offenses are the most likely in Massachusetts to commit another crime after being released from a correction facility.
Edward J. Dolan, commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service, said it is unfair to define young adults – aged 18 to 24 – as adults in the criminal justice system, as they are not yet fully developed.
“Kids drop off a cliff when they go from juvenile to adult court,” Mr. Dolan told a Statehouse panel Tuesday. “If any of you have an 18- or 19-year-old, none of you would want them in the adult system. You would want someone to give them a shot.”