“The oath of office that I raised my hand for this afternoon is reflective of everything that is right about our democracy and I do not take it lightly.”
-- Sen. Paul Feeney, D-Foxboro, who was sworn in as the new senator to replace ex-Sen. Jim Timilty.
“There was a fair amount of meeting around the Hill, and some wine involved in that, which made the project that much more fun.”
-- Cheryl Bartlett, friend of ex-Senate President Therese Murray on how she and others convinced a reluctant Murray to sit for the official portrait that was unveiled at the Statehouse.
“I am confident this language will effectively ban bump stock devices while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and closing any loopholes that could be exploited by gun manufacturers.”
-- Rep. David Linksy, D-Natick, on House and Senate approval of his proposal banning the sale, purchase or ownership of “bump stock” devices that are attached to rifles, shotguns or firearms to increase the weapon’s rate of fire and mimic a fully automatic weapon that can fire hundreds of shots in succession.
“The opioid and heroin epidemic knows no boundaries and is tragically claiming the lives of our loved ones every day, and our administration urges Washington to act quickly on our bipartisan recommendations, many of which have already yielded positive results at the state level, to break the cycle of addiction.”
-- Gov. Baker on the final report of President Donald Trump’s opioid commission on which he served.