Judge ordered state to pay for transgender killer's sex-change operation and legal fees.
One of Andover's newest legislator is making waves on Beacon Hill. State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, has co-authored a bill that would require the state to pay legal fees for all "law-abiding tax-paying citizens of Massachusetts" up to $700,000. That's the amount of legal fees the state has been ordered to pay on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender inmate who won a highly publicized legal battle to force the state to pay for his sex-change operation. Kosilek, 63, was known as Robert Kosilek when he murdered his wife Cheryl Kosilek in Mansfield in 1990. He changed his name to "Michelle" in 1993. Lyons and state Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, were outraged when U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered the state to not only pay for the …
Lyons cast 104 consecutive roll call votes this year, a perfect voting record so far.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. congratulated State Representative Jim Lyons(R-Andover) today for achieving an impressive voting record so far this legislative session. The Andover Republican participated in 104 consecutive roll call votes in the House this year, a 100 percent voting record, casting votes in favor of a number of reforms relative to reversions for local aid and court reform. Representative Lyons also cast numerous votes challenging the Democratic-led House on a number of issues, including a comprehensive Ethics Reform package, an income tax rollback, a permanent sales tax holiday and a gradual rollback of the state sales tax. “Lyons is an incredibly committed member of the Massachusetts House of …