August 2021 Newsletter
September 1, 2021
One of my most important jobs as your State Representative is to keep in contact with you. I want you to know what I am doing on your behalf and what is happening on Beacon Hill that might effect the 5th Barnstable District.
Part of my constituent communication program is the distribution of a monthly newsletter. Please click below to read the latest edition for August 2021. As you will read, August was another busy month!
Thank you for your continued support.
– Steve X
Celebrating 100 Days in Office
April 16, 2021
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”