Press Release: Rep. Randy Hunt Assigned to Committees for 2017-18 Legislative Session
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 @ 3:13PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2017
Contact: Matt Liber, 617-722-2396
Rep. Randy Hunt Assigned to Committees for 2017-18 Legislative Session
Boston – The skies were not all that broke and illuminated Massachusetts with warmth and clarity last week. Legislators’ plans for the 190th General Court were given greater direction and clarity as legislative committee assignments for the 2017-18 legislative session were revealed on Beacon Hill.
State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) received appointments to the Joint Committees on Health Care Financing; Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TU&E); and Transportation. He will serve as the Ranking Member on Health Care Financing and the Assistant Ranking Member on Transportation. Currently, no other legislators from the Cape are sitting on those committees. Rep. Hunt intends to serve as their point-person for the entire Cape Delegation.
Representative Hunt joins the Health Care Financing committee at a consequential moment for our nation’s health care system, with the future of the Affordable Care Act uncertain and the working relationship between state and federal governments on health care services ever in flux. The representative and his staff are rising to the challenge and getting up to speed on committee matters; small stacks of health care finance-related reports and bills are currently being combed through at a steady pace.
“With health care costs eating up more and more of the state’s budget as well as our own personal budgets, I wish to bring my perspective as a CPA and business owner to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. My background on mental health and addiction-related policy matters from my years on the Mental Health and Substance Abuse committee should be a useful tool, as well,” said Representative Hunt. “Bending the curve downward on insurance premiums is crucial to maintaining affordability in Massachusetts and the country.”
Rep. Hunt’s presence on the Joint Committee on Transportation is critical, as two of the three Cape Cod Canal bridges, the Bourne and the Sagamore, are located within the 5th Barnstable District. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT are both in the middle of their multi-year studies examining the current state of the bridges, as well as their future. The results for both studies are slated for release within the duration of the 2017-18 legislative session, and Representative Hunt will be prepared to take action on their recommendations.
Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy is the only committee Rep. Hunt is returning to. Last session, in addition to TU&E, he served on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (now the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery; or MHSUR) and the Joint Committee on Revenue. Representative Hunt will continue to remain active in those committees’ respective fields.
Representative Hunt invites constituents and interested policy watchers to sign up for one of his email update listservs at http://www.randyhuntstaterep.com/contact-2/.