Letters to Governor Healey re. Migrant Housing Crisis

Letters to Gov. Healey re. Migrant Housing Crisis September 6, 2023 I think it's concerning and offensive that increasing numbers of illegal immigrants are being housed by the state at taxpayer expense at Joint Base Cape Cod and in private local hotels and motels. I acknowledge the failure of our federal officials to secure the border and pass needed immigration reform, which chiefly caused this crisis. I also believe every person in our state should be treated with compassion and dignity. But, I look at situations like the one at Liberty Lodge in Sandwich and wonder why we [...]

Letters to Governor Healey re. Migrant Housing Crisis2023-09-08T11:40:09-04:00

Statement Opposing HD4420

Rep. Xiarhos Statement Opposing HD4420 July 20, 2023 I've been asked by many people my position on legislation filed by my colleague, Representative Day, to significantly change our state's gun laws (HD4420). This bill has received a lot of attention in the press recently, and it’s generated more than 100 inquiries from constituents to my office. As I continue responding individually to inquiries, I want to state my position publicly here: I do not support HD4420. Friends, you all know that I served as a Deputy Police Chief for many years. As such, I am very familiar with [...]

Statement Opposing HD44202023-07-20T09:08:27-04:00

Xiarhos testimony in favor of legislation to extend protections against assault and battery

Xiarhos testimony in favor of legislation to provide additional protection against assault and battery Submitted to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary - May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023 Hon. James B. Eldridge, Senate Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary The State House, Room 511-C Boston, MA 02133 Hon. Michael S. Day, House Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary The State House, Room 136 Boston, MA 02133 Re:  Testimony in Support of House Bills 1823 and 1825 Dear Senator Eldridge and Representative Day: I write to testify in support of the passage of House Bill 1825, An Act [...]

Xiarhos testimony in favor of legislation to extend protections against assault and battery2023-05-18T13:43:09-04:00

Xiarhos Secures State Funding for Local Projects

Xiarhos Secures State Funding for Local Projects April 27, 2023 BOSTON, Mass. – State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R – 5th Barnstable) is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has voted to approve significant funding for the towns of Sandwich, Barnstable, and Bourne as part of its Fiscal Year 2024 Budget debate. The House version of next year’s state Budget includes almost $8 billion of Local Aid for cities and towns across Massachusetts. Importantly, the Budget increases funding for Chapter 70 school aid from last year, dedicating an additional $595.8 million to the Commonwealth’s school districts for [...]

Xiarhos Secures State Funding for Local Projects2023-04-27T13:51:15-04:00

Canine blood drive to be held in Bourne on April 12

CANINE BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD IN BOURNE ON APRIL 12 April 10, 2023 BOSTON – State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R – 5th Barnstable) is asking dog owners across Cape Cod and southeast Massachusetts to stop by the Bourne Police Station this Wednesday for a Canine Blood Drive. The first annual Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists (CCVS) Canine Blood Drive is taking place this Wednesday, April 12, from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Bourne Police Station, located at 35 Armory Road, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. It is being hosted by CCVS, the Bourne Police Department, and State Representative Xiarhos. [...]

Canine blood drive to be held in Bourne on April 122023-04-10T12:45:03-04:00

Xiarhos Appointed to Serve on Four Key Legislative Committees

Xiarhos Appointed to Serve on Four Key Legislative Committees February 22, 2023 BOSTON – BOSTON, Mass. – State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R – 5th Barnstable) is pleased to announce that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for the 2023-2024 Legislative Session. As a member of the Ways and Means committee, Xiarhos will play a crucial role in shaping the state's budget and fiscal policies, including laws regarding revenue, and making recommendations on state expenditures. In this capacity, Xiarhos will be well-positioned to work on policies that have [...]

Xiarhos Appointed to Serve on Four Key Legislative Committees2023-02-22T12:14:40-05:00

Info on Proposed Title 5 Regulation Changes

https://www.mass.gov/regulations/310-CMR-15000-septic-systems-title-5 There is an ongoing discussion on the Cape about proposed changes to MassDEP regulations concerning Title 5 (septic systems). Recently, MassDEP agreed to extend the period for public comment about these regulatory changes until 5pm on January 30. MassDEP also is sponsoring two virtual hearings this week for people to find out more about what's going on and to make comments. The online hearings are scheduled for this Tuesday 1/24 and Wednesday 1/25, from 6-9pm. The hearings are free and open to everyone, but pre-registration is required to participate. I've created event pages on Facebook for these hearings [...]

Info on Proposed Title 5 Regulation Changes2023-01-23T12:11:40-05:00

State Awards $400,000 Grant to Fund Sandwich Road Work

State Awards $400,000 Grant for Road Work at Forestdale and Meetinghouse Roads in Sandwich July 14, 2022 BOSTON, Mass. – State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R – 5th Barnstable) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the Town of Sandwich a $400,000 grant to resurface the intersection at Forestdale Road and Meetinghouse Road, to add bicycle lanes, reconstruct sidewalks, and add countdown crosswalk signals. The grant is part of funding released under the state Complete Streets Funding Program, which enables safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities. “I am [...]

State Awards $400,000 Grant to Fund Sandwich Road Work2022-07-14T15:27:23-04:00

Statement of Steve Xiarhos upon this inauguration of President Biden

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 [...]

Statement of Steve Xiarhos upon this inauguration of President Biden2021-01-20T11:42:21-05:00

Xiarhos urges Governor Baker to veto the “police reform bill”

Xiarhos Urges Governor Baker to Veto the "Police Reform Bill" December 9, 2020 Steve Xiarhos has sent the following letter to Governor Baker urging him to veto S.2963, the "Police Reform Bill": =============================== December 9, 2020 His Excellency Charles D. Baker Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts The State House, Room 360 Boston, MA 02133 Dear Governor Baker: I am writing to encourage you to veto Senate Bill 2963, the so-called Police Reform Bill. I served as a Massachusetts police officer for four decades, retiring from the position of Deputy Chief of Police in the Town of Yarmouth [...]

Xiarhos urges Governor Baker to veto the “police reform bill”2020-12-09T12:04:07-05:00