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Massachusetts Representative Smitty Pignatelli

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As COVID-19 related closures wreak havoc on Berkshire County cultural institutions, two state legislators are moving to create a relief fund to support them.

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A Berkshire County state representative says he doesn’t expect schools to reopen this school year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Two Berkshire County legislators have introduced a bill to the Massachusetts House that would establish a fund to support residents who cannot work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Smitty Pignatelli is the Democratic State Representative for the 4th Berkshire District in Massachusetts. With State Senator and fellow Democrat Adam Hinds, Pignatelli is the co-presenter of a bill that would put Great Barrington’s December town vote for home rule into law. The Southern Berkshire community of around 7,000 is seeking the legal confirmation to ensure that it will have the final word on whether horse racing returns to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds for the first time in two decades, which Suffolk Downs is exploring. Pignatelli spoke with WAMC Tuesday.

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Berkshire lawmakers are reacting to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday.

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With former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick now running for president, Berkshire County politicians are responding.

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Today marks the deadline for Massachusetts legislators to file bills for the new session on Beacon Hill. WAMC spoke with two Berkshire County state representatives about what they’re bringing to the table.

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Massachusetts State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of the 4th Berkshire District has represented South County since 2002. Unopposed for reelection this year, the Democrat has been appointed to the Project Advisory Committee for the East-West Passenger Rail Study. He spoke with WAMC about the assignment and what he thinks it will bring to the Berkshires.

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A state hearing in Lenox this week focused on water quality across Massachusetts. 

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Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture held a hearing Tuesday on the dangers of underground storage tanks. 

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The Massachusetts State Senate recently approved a measure by Senator Adam Hinds to expand a veterans tax write-off program through community service. It was an amendment to legislation by fellow Western Massachusetts Democrat State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of the 4th Berkshire District. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Pignatelli about how veterans and the community can benefit from the property tax program.

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Massachusetts State Representative Smitty Pignatelli has been named the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture – a role last held by the late Gailanne Cariddi. Cariddi died in June after battling cancer. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Pignatelli, a Democrat from the 4th Berkshire District, about his new position. 

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While Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has outlined his priorities in the State of the Commonwealth address and the administration’s budget proposal in the past week, western Massachusetts lawmakers are also figuring what issues to tackle in the legislative session.

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Western Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier announced this morning that she will not run for the area’s state Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Ben Downing.

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A western Massachusetts lawmaker says Governor Charlie Baker sent the wrong message during his State of the Commonwealth address Thursday when he reassured some taxpayers about the fiscal oversight of the MBTA.

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As 2015 approaches, Democratic lawmakers from the Berkshires are eying a new legislative session — and for the first time in eight years, a Republican governor.