Category: Testimony

Legislative Update: Texting and Driving Ban

More information about the bill can be found below

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Massachusetts State House of Representatives passed legislation to require the use of hands-free mobile telephones while driving. This legislation was passed with public safety in mind as we have increasingly seen tragedy in our communities as a result of texting while driving. The legislation also included important data collection information to make sure this and other traffic laws are not enforced in a discriminatory manner. I was proud to vote YES on this important issue. The bill is now before the Senate, which has indicated it will take it up in the next few weeks.


Texting and Driving Ban

H. 3793 – An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving

  • Prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices by drivers unless the device is being used in hands-free mode, with a single touch or swipe allowed to active hands-free operation.
  • Does not apply to public safety personnel or first responders performing their duties, and drivers could still use mobile electronic devices in certain emergency situations
  • Requires annual analysis of racial and demographic identification of drivers issued citations during traffic stops. (The police must issue citations for all car stops and provide a warning or issue a ticket.)
  • Study created to determine how to expand data collection for stops when a citation is not issued.

Testimony: H.2960 – An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare

Bill title: An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare

Filed by: Representative Kate Hogan of Stow

Summary: This bill pertains to the privacy of an individual whose healthcare information is disclosed in the explanation of benefits sent to the primary policy holder of a health plan

Heard by: Joint Committee on Financial Services

Date: May 16, 2017

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Testimony: H.2147 and H.2149 – Climate Change Legislation

Bill titles: 

  • H.2147 – An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
  • H.2149 – An Act relating to the effective and efficient implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008

Filed by: Representative Frank Smizik of Brookline

Heard by: Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture

Date: May 16, 2017

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Testimony: H.418 – An Act Relative to the Use of Elephants in Traveling Animal Acts

Bill title: An Act relative to the use of elephants in traveling animal acts

Filed by: Representative Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead

Summary: This bill prohibits elephant acts in traveling shows in Massachusetts

Heard by: Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Date: May 8, 2017

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Testimony: H.2310 – An Act to End Child Marriage in Massachusetts

Bill title: An Act to end child marriage in Massachusetts

Filed By: Representative Kay Khan of Newton

Summary: This legislation would strengthen current statute to ban marriage under the age of 18 in Massachusetts. Marriage under the age of 18 is currently allowed with parental and judicial consent.

Heard by: Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Date: May 8, 2017

 

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