Allan F. Jones

Allan F. Jones was a Massachusetts state legislator who introduced the Jones Act. BARNSTABLE – Longtime Cape and islands legislator Army veteran. A veteran state legislator who represented Cape Cod and the islands for more than 20 years, died March 15 at the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth. Mr. Jones was the husband of the late Betty Ann Lowr the late Betty White Jones.He was born in Marstons Mills, and was a 1939 graduate of Barnstable High School. He graduated from the Bordentown Military Academy in 1940. Mr. Jones enlisted in the Arm served in World War II from 1942 …

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Francis W. Hatch, Jr.

Frank Hatch authored the Hatch Act, Massachusetts’ landmark wetlands protection law, in 1965. Mr. Hatch was the former chairman of the Conservation Law Foundation, and honorary board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Mr. Hatch was the son of Francis W. Hatch and Marjory Kennard Hatch, was born May 6, 1925 in Cambridge, Mass. Educated at Noble and Greenough School and Harvard College, he was consecutively a reporter for the Minneapolis Star & Tribune, Vice President of Suburban Centers Trust and Mutual Life Insurance Co. In 1957, he was elected to the first of …

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Jones Act

The Jones Act (enacted as M.G.L. Ch. 139, Sec. 27A) was adopted in 1963 to safeguard shellfish and marine fisheries against the cumulative deterioration of estuaries and coastal wetlands. It was an emergency law designed to restrict dredge and fill operations. The law empowered the Department of Public Works and the DNR to put an immediate temporary hold on proposed dredge and fill activities. But its authority was limited in that it did not allow the state to take any action until development plans on a wetland already existed. Named after Allan F. Jones, a Republican, who served 14 terms in the …

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