Proud to have the endorsement of Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury police chiefs.

Proud to have the endorsement of the Amesbury Fire Department.

THANK YOU Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury for the award again this year. It is a privilege to serve you in the State House.

“With all that we have accomplished so far, I could 
not have asked for a better partner on these issues than Jim Kelcourse.” Governor Charlie Baker

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James Kelcourse
James KelcourseApril 2, 2020 at 4:43pm
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional Steps to Encourage Social Distancing at State Parks and Beaches
Coastal State Beach Parking Areas Will Temporarily Close; Select Seasonal State Parks to Open Early

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker today issued an emergency order requiring all coastal beach reservation parking areas managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to close effective 12:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 to reduce large concentrations of people at beaches during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, effective 12:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020, DCR will open select seasonal state parks early and expand access at other parks to provide additional open space opportunities for residents to enjoy and alternatives to popular state parks throughout the Commonwealth.

Coastal parkways that provide access to state beaches will also be closed to both parking and dropping off passengers. State beaches will remain open and available to pedestrians for transitory use only (walking, jogging, biking, solitary fishing, etc.). A link to find specific parking and traffic restrictions can be found here.

State parks and associated parking areas remain open at this time; however, the public is asked to visit state parks and other open space properties that are located near their homes to ensure social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, DCR’s agency-owned ice rinks, visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, fitness areas, athletic fields, athletic courts, golf courses, and bathroom facilities will remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.

DCR will also be limiting the amount of parking spaces available at certain high-visitation state parks. DCR continues to stress that if a park is crowded, visitors should consider visiting a different location or returning at a later date or time. The state parks system has over 450,000 acres of property, and every region of the state contains multiple parks to explore that may be less busy than others in the area. DCR advises visitors of state parks to:

· Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;

· Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;

· Participate in only non-contact recreational activities;

· Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds; and,

· Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.

To centralize COVID-19 updates that impact the state parks system, DCR recently developed a Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 Updates webpage. Prior to visiting a state parks property, members of the public should review the contents of the webpage. Furthermore, for information about the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website.
James Kelcourse
James KelcourseDecember 27, 2019 at 1:23am
Representative Kelcourse maintains perfect voting record
Casts 142 consecutive roll call votes in first half of 2019-2020 session

BOSTON – State Representative James Kelcourse, Amesbury successfully maintained a perfect voting record for the first half of the 2019-2020 legislative session. The Amesbury legislator participated in all 142 roll call votes cast in the House of Representatives between January and November of 2019, compiling a 100% voting record.

Representative Kelcourse cast votes this session on several key bills that were later signed into law, including the Student Opportunity Act, a comprehensive education reform bill that will increase Chapter 70 funding by $1.5 billion over the next seven years while also creating strong accountability standards for local school districts to help close student achievement gaps. Other major initiatives he supported that were signed into law this year include a distracted driving bill that bans the use of cell phones outside hands-free mode while operating a motor vehicle, beginning in February of 2020, and a higher education bill that provides protections for students who are attending colleges that may be facing closure.

Representative Kelcourse also backed legislation this year to:
- expand access to behavioral and mental health services for children;
- make over $1.3 billion in state grants available for cities and towns to invest in climate change adaptation and infrastructure improvements;
- establish a continuing education program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to address deployment-related health conditions among Massachusetts veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- create a Women’s Rights History Trail to promote education and awareness of the struggle for women’s rights in Massachusetts;
- establish a special commission to honor Deborah Sampson, a Plympton resident who served in the Continental Army during the American war for independence, by creating a permanent memorial at the State House;
- expand access to school breakfast for students in low-income communities; and
- reform campaign finance laws by requiring legislators and legislative candidates to file more frequent reports on their fundraising and spending activities, using a depository reporting system requiring third-party verification.

Formal legislative sessions will resume in January and end on July 31, 2020.

Representative Kelcourse represents Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury. He currently serves on the Committees on Ways and Means; Education; and Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
James Kelcourse
James KelcourseDecember 11, 2019 at 9:08pm
Thank you for a great turnout at the Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport! Grateful to have Governor Baker there in support. It is an honor to be your State Representative.


As a resident of the district since childhood, I understand the unique promise our community offers to everyone who lives, works or visits here. As a small business owner, husband and father of two young boys, I also know the challenges that we face in continuing to realize that promise for ourselves and the generation to come.




Education will always be a top priority of mine. As a member of the Joint Committee on Education, I will work with the Administration and leadership to ensure that funding for our schools continues to increase as it has over the last 2 years.

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