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Celebrating 100 Days in Office

April 16, 2021

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe, but today marks a very important milestone. It has now been 100 days since I was sworn into office to serve as your State Representative.

I have worked hard each and every day to represent the 5th Barnstable District with integrity and to deliver results you can be proud of. I’ve worked hard to communicate with you and listen whenever you have a question or concern. I’ve had the honor of participating in some of the initial legislative sessions held this year. And, I have been doing my best to advocate for you and make sure that everything Beacon Hill decides will be in the best interests of Cape Cod.

I am proud of what we have accomplished so far, and I wanted to share some of these accomplishments with you as one of my best supporters. Please click here to see a checklist of some of our most notable successes to-date. Many of these are consistent with goals outlined in a Legislative Agenda for this session which I released earlier this year (in case you missed it, please click here to read a copy).

Of course, the work is far from done. Our Commonwealth still has much to do to mitigate the public health and economic effects of the pandemic. We still face important challenges to our public safety. Veterans and seniors still need our support, as do our kids in school. Our environment remains fragile, and our public infrastructure remains in need of repair and improvement. We must remain vigilant with regard to those who wish to impose new taxes and fees on Massachusetts residents, and those who would seek to undermine public confidence in state government.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together so far, but I’m not letting up. We’re just getting started. Our mission continues, and it’s a mission I am proud and excited to pursue.

Thank you, as always, for your generous support of everything that I do. I can’t tell you how much I value your trust, confidence, and constant encouragement.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Steve

Rep. Xiarhos Releases Spring 2021 Legislative Agenda

March 8, 2021

BOSTON – State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R – West Barnstable) has only been in office for a few weeks, but he is already busy working on a bold legislative agenda on behalf of his 5th Barnstable District constituents.

“After almost a year dealing with the pandemic and its effects, people are looking to Beacon Hill for leadership and help getting Massachusetts schools and businesses back on-track,” said Xiarhos. “As a legislator, my focus is to do all I can to help people get back to a sense of normal as soon as possible, while we continue our work dealing with the lingering public health concerns brought about by COVID-19.”

Recently, Xiarhos released a fifteen-page agenda outlining some of his top priorities for 2021. In it, Xiarhos discusses how he has been busy helping constituents and volunteering for charity during the first few weeks of his term. He also explains his recent appointment to several legislative committees and how he plans to work with those committees on important policy issues. And, Xiarhos has summaries of bills he has filed for consideration by the House as of late February, which was the deadline for newly-elected members to propose legislation.

“I was elected to help make Cape Cod a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Since taking office, I have worked hard every day toward that goal,” said Xiarhos. Among his legislative proposals are measures intended to improve public safety and reduce financial burdens on individuals and small businesses. Xiarhos also is focused on helping seniors and veterans, improving education, and protecting the environment. Through it all, Xiarhos says he intends to be a vocal advocate on behalf of taxpayers and for the four communities he represents.

Xiarhos says he anticipates lots of opportunities to work on these and other priorities as the House gets down to business later this Spring. “Our biggest task at hand is working on a budget for next year, and I want to be active in that process,” said Xiarhos. “I have been working hard to develop a regular dialog with local officials and constituents to make sure I understand needs within the community and ways I can be helpful. I think communication is important and I plan always to be accessible to those who need help,” he said.

To download a copy of Xiarhos’ legislative agenda, please click on the button below:

Xiarhos represents the 5th Barnstable District in the House of Representatives, which includes the Town of Sandwich and portions of Barnstable, Bourne, and Plymouth.

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Rep. Xiarhos Refiles “Nero’s Bill”

February 4, 2021

BOSTON – State Representative Steven Xiarhos (R- West Barnstable) has refiled legislation that would allow police canines who have been injured in the line of duty to be treated and transported by emergency medical services (EMS) providers.

The bill, HD.326 An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs Injured in the Line of Duty, otherwise known as “Nero’s Bill”, was filed in response to the April 2018 shooting of Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon and his canine companion officer, Nero. The legislation was originally filed by former Representative Will Crocker in the 2019-2020 legislative session but was never voted on.

Nero was gravely injured in the 2018 shooting, but due to existing state law, the canine was unable to be treated or transported by EMS providers. At the time of the shooting, Xiarhos served as the Deputy Chief with the Yarmouth Police Department.

“I will never forget the sight of wounded K9 Nero being carried out, bleeding and gasping for air in the arms of a police office,” said Representative Xiarhos. “I will do everything in my power to make this bill become law in honor of K9 Nero and all of the devoted and loving animals serving and protecting us for generations to come.”

This bill would seek to allow emergency personnel to treat and transport injured working police canines. It would also require a full cleaning of the ambulance following the transportation of the animal and require any emergency personnel who renders care to have completed training consistent with standards approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

“This bill refiled by Representative Xiarhos will take away any hesitation for first responders to administer emergency care to operational K9s and transport them to a veterinary hospital without fear of the sanctions that currently exist,” said Chief Frank Frederickson of the Yarmouth Police Department. “I hope that the necessity for these services will be rare but we all know that this situation can happen in any community and at any time. We owe this to the K9s and their handlers, who both operate in dangerous
atmospheres.”

Twenty-nine other legislators have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill thus far.

The deadline for representatives and senators to sign on as a co-sponsor is Friday, February 26th, 2021.

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Xiarhos Urges Federal Officials to Build New Cape Cod Canal Bridges – Without Tolls or Gas Tax Hikes

January 22, 2021

BOURNE — State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R-West Barnstable) issued a call today for federal transportation officials to make good on their commitment to rebuild the Bourne and Sagamore bridges – without increasing the gas tax or imposing tolls on drivers.

“I appreciate the commitment the federal government has shown to rebuild our aging bridges, but my job is to protect the interests of the people of the 5th Barnstable District, and that is exactly what I intend to do,” said Xiarhos. “On the surface, that means making sure bridge reconstruction is completed, serving the safety and transportation needs of our region, with due attention to local concerns. We also need federal funding, so Massachusetts taxpayers do not get stuck with a huge bill for a federal project. I believe the Memorandum of Understanding signed this past summer furthers those goals, and we need the federal government to follow through on its commitments. But, there’s also more to the story. Specifically, we need to make sure there is no increase in the gas tax, and that the bridges remain toll-free for drivers.”

On Friday, Xiarhos sent a letter to incoming Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, echoing a recent invitation by U.S. Senator Edward Markey for Buttigieg to visit Cape Cod and tour the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. “It would be my distinct honor and pleasure to help welcome you to Cape Cod and to discuss this project, in hopes of working collaboratively to see this project completed successfully,” Xiarhos wrote.

However, Xiarhos also expressed concern about comments Buttigieg made at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. When asked about a potential increase in the federal gas tax by U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R – Fla.), Buttigieg reportedly replied, “I think all options need to be on the table,” adding that the federal gas tax has not been increased since 1993 and is not pegged to inflation. According to Xiarhos, “these comments are worrisome, especially to Massachusetts residents who have consistently rejected proposals to increase the gas tax. My job is to protect taxpayers.” Xiarhos also noted his opposition to the expansion of tolls on Massachusetts roadways, especially on newly-constructed Cape Cod Canal bridges. “Putting tolls on our bridges would not only be unfair, but also damaging to our regional economy, especially during the important summer tourist season. As much as I am in favor of reconstruction of our transportation infrastructure, and in particular the rebuilding of our Canal bridges forthwith, I am equally opposed to increasing the gas tax and putting up new tolls on our roadways.”

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Statement of Steve Xiarhos upon the inauguration of President Biden

January 20, 2021

Today, for the 46th time in our nation’s history, America inaugurates a new President. The election is over. The people have spoken. America decided. Joseph Biden was chosen. And at noon today, he will become our nation’s new leader according to our Constitution.

Our nation’s president, traditionally regarded as the leader of the free world, is an important symbol of democracy and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. From the earliest days of our founding, we have conceived of intrinsic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And, through our shared experience, we have deepened our appreciation for the principle that each of us is created equally, with equal opportunity to thrive and succeed within a system governed justly by the rule of law.

I pray for President Biden and Vice President Harris to successfully unify our nation, end the Coronavirus pandemic, promote peace and prosperity for all Americans, and most of all, protect our freedoms and liberties. I similarly urge all Americans to stand united today, with respect for the office of presidency and the important freedoms it protects. My son fought and died on a battlefield overseas in service to our country, protecting the integrity of our freedoms. I similarly swore to protect and defend these ideals on a local level as a career police officer, enforcing respect for law and order on the streets of Cape Cod for four decades. It is important for the continuity of our republic that such respect transcend allegiance to any particular political party or ideology, and withstand the ebbs and flows of life’s many vicissitudes.

Personally, I will continue doing all I can to bring people together and promote a sense of unity and common purpose here on Cape Cod. At the same time, I recognize that the vitality of our democracy relies not only on a shared understanding of what it means to be an American, but also on the diversity of our individual experiences and beliefs. It is important for the respectful, peaceful, and principled expression of those beliefs to continue on, protected as part of our political discourse. The chorus that is our democracy is made better by the spirited resonance of many different voices.

May God continue to Bless the United States of America.

Happy Friday, friends!I began this week by joining my colleagues on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on a tour of Joint Base Cape Cod. What an awesome experience! I frequently visit the base, but this tour gave me a whole new perspective and allowed me the opportunity to learn much more about the operations of the base. We received CyberSecurity and Counter Drug operations briefings from the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard and also received updates on the important missions being conducted at Joint Base Cape Cod. Thank you to Adjutant General Gary Keefe and his team for their briefings.While on base, I brought some of my colleagues to the Empowerment Center for a tour and to hear about all the center has to offer. Tuesday was a very busy day! I began the day by meeting with constituents in Sandwich that had reached out to my office for help due to their home, yard, and basement having significant flooding and pooling of water in the last few months and it may involve a state-owned drainage system. I also stopped in at Food4Vets Sandwich, which has food for veterans and military families every Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the old Sandwich Police Station on Route 6A. It is open to all veterans and military families at no cost. The Joint Committee on the Judiciary had a hearing on several bills on Tuesday including one of my bills - H.1931 – An Act Relative to Fentanyl Arrests. I submitted testimony in support of this bill. Fentanyl was found in 93% of all opioid-related deaths in 2019 and 2020 in Massachusetts, in cases where toxicology tests had been conducted. Every day our fellow citizens are dying due to fentanyl overdoses. This legislation would establish no bail for anyone arrested for distribution or intent to distribute fentanyl. Currently, someone who is arrested for distributing this highly addictive and dangerous drug, pays a simple $40 bail fee and is released on personal recognizance back into the community. The current bail process for fentanyl distribution must be brought to a new level. Similar to the current law regarding no bail in violation of a restraining order in domestic violence cases in the Commonwealth, it is time to send a clear message that if you distribute the deadly drug fentanyl anywhere in our Commonwealth, you will stay in jail with no bail set until a judge in court reviews the case and sets bail. I am a forty-year veteran police officer and father, who has seen the worst that anyone could ever imagine regarding the distribution of fentanyl. Addiction to heroin, which is comprised of the deadly drug fentanyl, affects someone in just about every family in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts must take a strong and bold stance in our fight to prevent addiction and save lives. Our intern, Sandra, attended a briefing organized by the Manufacturing Caucus (of which I am a member) and MassBio regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The briefing featured speakers from Pfizer and Moderna’s Global Supply Teams, along with Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, two state-of-the-art manufacturers located here in Massachusetts. She heard about their drive to pursue innovation in the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic and how the Massachusetts ecosystem fueled this pursuit.On Tuesday evening I attended two events. The first was the Sandwich Chamber’s Business After Hours. What a fun evening with the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce at Wish Gift, Sundance Clothing, and Tails in the Sand. Great to see so many people outdoors, networking, and having fun. After that, I headed back home to join in on a virtual meeting on redistricting hosted by the League of Women Voters Cape Cod where I was joined by my colleagues Rep. Tim Whelan and Rep. Kip Diggs.On Wednesday morning, I attended the No Veteran Forgotten ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. It was a powerful morning hearing the bell toll after each of the 45 fallen veterans with no families names were announced. I was proud to ride in with Massachusetts Patriot Guard Riders and stand with local Sandwich town officials Selectmen Charlie Holden and Town Clerk Taylor White. I even got a chance to spend some quiet time with my own special fallen veteran and son…Thank you to all who came to honor and remember our American fallen heroes. Later on Wednesday, the House met in a formal session. I participated in the GOP caucus prior to the start of session. The House took up Governor Baker’s FY22 budget vetoes and further amendments from the Governor. One of the measures I supported was to sustain the Governor’s veto of language that calls for delaying the charitable deduction. The effort fell short, however, as the Governor’s veto was overridden by the House of Representatives on a vote of 124-35. It is long past time to heed the will of the state’s voters, who approved the creation of the charitable tax deduction by a more than 2-1 margin on the November 2000 state ballot. The ballot question was passed with over 1.8 million voters in favor and just 714,884 opposed, representing a margin of 67.1%-26.15%.On Thursday, my chief of staff, Kaitlin, and I got caught up on emails and voicemails regarding legislative and constituent requests.I also had an interview with WBZ News Radio regarding Governor Baker’s two month sales tax holiday proposal, which I support. The expansion of the sales tax holiday would allow for a rare opportunity to provide support for consumers, small businesses and the economy and would help to generate additional sales for local businesses that have suffered financially during the COVID-19 global pandemic, while also allowing customers to save money.Friday was another busy day for us. Kaitlin and I were joined by our intern, Alex, for the day. Our first stop was a retirement celebration at COMM for Firefighter/EMT Thomas Long, who retired after serving at COMM for twenty-eight years. We presented him with a House of Representatives citation. Congratulations on your retirement! We also had our monthly office hours in West Barnstable, Sandwich, and Bourne.In addition, I attended a Behavioral Health forum with my colleagues in the Plymouth delegation and Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth. Tonight, I will have the honor to throw out the first pitch at the Bourne Braves veteran appreciation night.On Saturday, I will be volunteering at the Mac n Cheese dinner pick up. Thank you to Lasagna Love, Kind Hearts, and the Montessori Beginnings School of Sandwich for offering a free family sized homemade Mac n Cheese dinner for all foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver families in the area. Please stop by Montessori Beginnings at 180 Farmersville Road in Sandwich on Saturday 7/31 from 10 AM to 12 PM! First come, first served.At this time, everyone ages 12 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth. If you have any questions on your eligibility, please visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. As of Saturday May 29th, all COVID-19 restrictions in the Commonwealth were lifted. To learn more about the recent re-opening updates, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts.As always, my office remains committed to having constituent services as our number one priority. If you are having issues with Unemployment, the RMV, or any other state agency, please contact us directly and we will assist you in whatever way we can. I can be reached at my email: Steven.Xiarhos@mahouse.gov or by phone: (508) 681-9673. Please do not hesitate to reach out.Wishing everyone a great weekend!Yours in Service,Steve X ... See MoreSee Less
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What a TREAT today for office hours in Bourne! We hold our monthly office hours at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Bourne and today we were met with the kids from the Bourne Recreation Department’s summer program. They had an ice cream sundae social. It was awesome to say hello to the kids and tell them about my work as their state representative, all while having a bowl of ice cream. Thanks, Bourne Rec, great to say hello to the kids and the ice cream sundae was delicious too!When Krissanne double-books the Veteran's Lobby, you get State Representative Steven Xiarhos having ice cream sundaes with kids from the Bourne Rec Summer Program. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Awesome time at Sandwich Office Hours at the beautiful Cape Cod Canal!!! We were joined by Miles, a five year old from Sandwich, who came by to say hello and talk about this upcoming school year. He is about to start kindergarten! Miles and I played catch for a bit and he helped me practice for throwing out the first pitch tonight at the Bourne Braves game. Thanks, Miles. I think we have a future baseball star here!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Great to be at COMM Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services this morning for Firefighter/EMT Thomas Long’s retirement celebration. Tom has dedicated twenty-eight years of service to the citizens of Centerville, Osterville, and Marstons Mills and his department. Congratulations on an exemplary career of service before self! Wishing you good health and happiness in your retirement.#5thbarnstable #COMM CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER! 🇺🇸❤️💪🏻👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
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IN ONE WEEK ‘Coffee with your Rep’Friday, August 6th, 2021The Old Village Store9:00 to 10:00 AMCome and enjoy a fresh cup of great coffee at The Old Village Store on Meetinghouse Way in West Barnstable and hear from your 5th State Representative Steve Xiarhos about what’s happening on Beacon Hill and the District.Coffee with your Rep will happen the First Friday of every month at a different local coffee spot in the district. Come and met your State Representative and bring questions and concerns.See you on Friday August 6th at The Old Village Store! ... See MoreSee Less
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