State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D – Franklin) was appointed to three committees in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo yesterday. Roy will service on the Education, Judiciary, and Global Warming and Climate Change Committees.
“It’s a great honor to have been chosen for these committees,” noted Roy. “These are challenging times and these assignments will offer a great opportunity for me to help the residents of Massachusetts. I was pleased that the Speaker will allow me to apply my skills as a lawyer and my background in education to assist with the business of the House of Representatives.”
The committee on education considers all matters concerning education in grades K through 12 and such other matters as may be referred. Roy’s 10 years with the Franklin School Committee and service on school building committees should be helpful with this work.
The duty of the committee on Judiciary is to consider all matters concerning crimes, penalties and sentencing, criminal offender record information, judiciary, including the recall of judges, the salaries of judges, court clerks and court officers of the various courts, probation officers, juries and jury duty, parole, registers of deeds, correction issues previously sent to Public Safety.
Roy has been a trial lawyer in Massachusetts since 1986 and has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts here. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. This background and experience will serve him well with in his work with the Judiciary Committee.
The House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change considers all matters related to the Commonwealth’s climate policy, including greenhouse gas emissions, the climate impacts of renewable energy development and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The committee also serves in an advisory capacity to other joint committees that consider legislation with significant climate impacts, including environment, natural resources and agriculture, transportation, energy, housing and economic development and emerging technologies.