BOSTON - State Representative James J. O'Day (D-West Boylston) has announced that he has been named vice chairman of the House Committee on Bills in Third Reading, as well as to general membership positions on the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, and the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
"I am honored that Speaker (Robert) DeLeo has appointed me as vice chair of the House Committee on Bills in Third Reading, a position with a crucial role in the legislative process. I am looking forward to serving with my colleague and chair of this committee, Chairman Vincent Pedone," O'Day said. "This 187th Legislative Session will have greater leadership from the Worcester Delegation, inclusive of Chairman John Binienda as chair of the House Committee on Rules and Senator Harriette Chandler's promotion to assistant majority whip in the Senate."
The influential House Committee on Bills in Third Reading considers all bills and resolves prior to their final reading, and examines, corrects and recommends such amendments as may be necessary concerning duplication, grammatical errors, constitutionality, etc. The committee also takes action in relation to resolutions and proposals, and other matters.
Representative Vincent A. Pedone (D-Worcester), chairman of the House Committee on Bills in Third Reading said of Representative O'Day's appointment: "The Speaker and the members of the Democratic Caucus have recognized Representative Jim O'Day as a leader in the State House by appointing him to Bills in Third Reading to assist in the thousands of pieces of legislation that will come up for a vote before the House. I am excited about the opportunity of working with him and Representative George Peterson. Central Massachusetts is well-positioned in the leadership structure on Beacon Hill."
O'Day also looks forward to continuing his over 25 years of advocacy for children and families in his new appointment to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
"In many ways, as a legislator, I am still a social worker, and on this committee, I look forward to focusing on a...