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Shannon O'Brien on War & Peace

Former State Treasurer; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


5-point plan to protect without infringing personal freedoms

    After September 11th, public safety must be a top priority. We can protect the public without infringing on personal freedoms. I proposed a five-point plan in December.
  1. We must develop a health care network to coordinate communication between DPH, health care providers, pharmacies, universities and the government.
  2. We should require background checks for flight school trainees, transporters of hazardous materials, and certain biotechnology workers.
  3. We have to create a state registry of facilities lawfully possessing anthrax or other biological agents.
  4. We must strengthen criminal penalties for terrorist activities.
  5. We should adopt my bill to establish safety assessment grants for public water supplies.
Other states throughout the nation have undertaken common sense, low-cost initiatives which seek to protect citizens from acts of terror and do so without trampling on rights. We should do the same here.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issues: Anti-Terror" Feb 16, 2002

5-point plan to protect without infringing personal freedoms

We have to create a state registry of facilities lawfully possessing anthrax or other biological agents.
  • We must strengthen criminal penalties for terrorist activities.
  • We should adopt my bill to establish safety assessment grants for public water supplies. Other states throughout the nation have undertaken common sense, low-cost initiatives which seek to protect citizens from acts of terror and do so without trampling on rights. We should do the same here.
    Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issues: Anti-Terror" Feb 16, 2002

    $3 million to assess threat against water supplies

    State Treasurer Shannon P. O’Brien proposed that $3 million be issued in grants to provide cities, towns, and water districts the means to assess the safety of public drinking facilities. O’Brien, chairman of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, said the events of Sept. 11 require a reassessment of the security of the water supply. The treasurer has filed legislation to finance the grants with pre-existing water trust funds left over from state loan repayments.
    Source: Boston Globe, “Security of Water Supply” Oct 18, 2001

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