Legislative Agenda

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Sponsored Legislation (2019-2020)

191st Legislative Session

This session I filed legislation to hold Massachusetts to the standard that it should be: a place of equity. With the waging war on minorities, immigrants, reproductive rights, LGBTQI rights, and an ever growing wealth disparity across the Nation, now more than ever, we need to take action to protect vulnerable populations. We must do what we can to remain an example of what progressive courage and policy can accomplish on the State Level. I filed 32 pieces of legislation this session. Below are some of the highlights.

H 3320 An Act removing obstacles and expanding access to women’s reproductive health 
(The ROE Act)

Assigned Committee: Judiciary Committee

This bill would improve access to affordable and safe abortions by removing unnecessary and burdensome provisions that otherwise delay and deny care. It’s not a secret that Roe v. Wade is under attack. I believe that Massachusetts should adapt accordingly to strengthen our laws that give access to reproductive health care and update the laws that lay as a barrier to access to that care .

The ROE Act would eliminate the onerous judicial bypass process that teenagers must navigate to access a safe and legal abortion, provides safety net coverage for abortion regardless of a resident’s income or legal status, expands access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of fatal fetal anomalies, and much more. I am working with my colleague, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, Senator Chandler, and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and NARAL ProChoice Massachusetts on this vital legislation for families everywhere.


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H681 – An Act to extend early voting to all elections

Assigned Committee: Election Laws Committee

In 2014, the State Legislature passed reforms to implement early voting in presidential elections. This measure was put to the test in 2016 and we have already seen a surge in voter participation. That is why I proposed HD 788, to expand early voting to all elections, including municipal elections. By expanding voting beyond a single Election Day, we are creating more opportunities for working people, young people, and people living with a disability that would require accommodation. I filed this bill with Representative Andy Vargas.



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To get involved with this effort, please email my Legislative Aide, Caitlin Duffy

H1173 – An Act creating a common application for core food, health, and safety-net programs

Assigned Committee: Health Care Financing Committee

This bill works to address the disparity commonly known as the “SNAP Gap.” Currently, there are about 680,000 people who are receiving Mass Health benefits and are likely eligible for SNAP but are not receiving SNAP benefits, for which the State is currently reimbursed by the federal government. MassHealth and SNAP have separate application processes that ask for the same basic information, duplicating efforts and creating more work for both the state and applicants. This legislation would require the State to create a common application portal to let low income households apply for MassHealth and SNAP at the same time. This would lay a foundation for a comprehensive common application portal for safety-net benefits which would reduce duplicate data collection and increase the efficiency of State Government while helping our State’s low-income population. I have partnered with Senator Sal DiDomenico, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the SNAP Gap Coalition on this issue.


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To JOIN the SNAP Gap Coalition: contact Pat Baker at MLRI, PBaker@mlri.org or Jamie Klufts, NASW- MA at jklufts.naswma@socialworkers.org

H1959– An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools

Assigned Committee: Public Health Committee

This bill would ensure access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools for all people who menstruate. People who menstruate should not have to choose between personal hygiene and putting food on the table, and unfortunately, that is a decision that many people must make. As the wealth disparity grows along with our appetite to provide inclusive policies for all regardless of gender identity, I believe that this is a public health issue worth taking action on. I’ve been excited to partner with Representative Christine Barber, Senator Pat Jehlen, and the Massachusetts chapter of the National Women’s Organization (MassNOW) on this legislation.


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H3358- An Act to reduce mass incarceration

Assigned Committee: Judiciary Committee

This bill would eliminate sentences for life without parole. Last term, we eliminated many mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses. The next step to reducing our incarceration rate. Currently, individuals may commit a crime when they are 19 and remain incarcerated until they die in their 70’s or 80’s without any possibility of release. This bill provides that the Parole Board should evaluate whether to parole them after 25 years. California made such a change and the recidivism rate for those released was 2%, which is incredibly low. I am partnership with Senator Joe BoncoreCriminal Justice Policy Coalition, and Prisoner’s Legal Services on this bill.


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To get involved with this effort, please email my Legislative Aide, Caitlin Duffy

H3362- An Act relative to the reform of unconstitutional archaic laws

Assigned Committee: Judiciary Committee

This bill would repeal archaic and regressive laws that exist in the MA General Laws, including laws criminalizing sodomy that remain on the books and could threaten LGBTQI people in the future pending federal legislation. I am partnering with MassEquality on this bill.


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To get involved with this effort, please email my Legislative Aide, Caitlin Duffy

Co-Sponsored Legislation

Every session, I get the opportunity to sign onto excellent legislation from my colleagues. It really gives me a chance to work on issues that I support and do what I can to champion those efforts. Below is a spreadsheet of all of the bills that I co-sponsored this session. The document is searchable, and I’ve included keywords in their classifications to make certain legislation easier to find.

Bill Number
Docket Number
Bill Title
Lead Sponsor
Assigned Committee
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Subject Area/Keywords
H102HD2367An Act to reduce deep poverty among kidsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Children, Families and Persons with Disabilitieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2367Children & Families; Economic Justice
H145HD1083An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives programMark, Paul W. (HOU)Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilitieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1083Public Health; Food Access
H150HD3764An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessMiranda, Liz (HOU)Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilitieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3764Housing; Economic Justice
H162HD2615An Act to ensure equitable health coverage for childrenRogers, David M. (HOU)Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilitieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2615Healthcare; Children & Families
H197HD1353An Act to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness education for aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapistsBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Consumer Protection and Professional Licensurehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1353Protections against Domestic Violence;
H363HD262An Act relative to the wholesale of malt beverages produced by a pub breweryZlotnik, Jonathan D. (HOU)Consumer Protection and Professional Licensurehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD262
H404HD1371An Act to ensure parity for all child care providersBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1371Children & Families; Labor
H410HD827An Act relative to healthy youthBrodeur, Paul (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD827Education; Sexual Health; Children & Families
H422HD407An Act to improve literacy skillsCoppinger, Edward F. (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD407Education;
S255SD618An Act to establish food allergy plansCreem, Cynthia Stone (SEN)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD618Consumer Protection; Public Safety
S285SD1359An Act relative to safety and violence education for students (the SAVE Students Act)Finegold, Barry R. (SEN)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1359Education; Children & Families; Violence Prevention
H470HD1879An Act relative to affordable and accessible high quality early education and careGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1879Early Education; Education
H476HD326An Act relative to special education fundingHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD326Special Education; Disabilities;
H477HD327An Act to assure opportunity for all students with disabilitiesHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD327Special Education; Disabilities;
H551HD3269An Act relative to grants for high quality early educationPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3269Early Education
H552HD3393An Act ensuring high quality early educationPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3393Early Education
H553HD3461An Act relative to high quality early educatorsPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3461Early Education; Labor
H591HD3145An Act regarding breakfast after the bellVega, Aaron (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3145Children & Families; Food Security; Economic Justice; Education
H586HD434An Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable educationVega, Aaron (HOU)Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD434Education;
H604HD2018An Act to create an emergency nursing home task forceCronin, Claire D. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2018Healthcare; Elder Affairs
H605HD1314An Act to improve Massachusetts home careCullinane, Daniel R. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1314Health Care; Labor; Elder Affairs
H614HD1021An Act to Improve Alzheimer's’ and dementia care in senior care options programsGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1021Elder Affairs
H612HD437An Act promoting affordability of home care servicesGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD437Elder Affairs; Healthcare
H613HD438An Act relative to intensive case management for clinically complex older adultsGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD438Elder Affairs; Healthcare
H624HD1964An Act relative to Massachusetts home care eligibilityPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1964Housing; Elder Affairs; LGBTQI Rights; Healthcare
H635HD1999An Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal electionsBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1999Election Law Reform
H636HD2016An Act relative to election day registration (satellites)Benson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2016Election Law Reform
H639HD530An Act supporting parents running for public officeConnolly, Mike (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD530Campaign Finance Reform; Elections; Children & Families
H646HD3098An Act promoting political participationDonahue, Daniel M. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3098Campaign Finance Reform; Labor
H685HD3608An Act relative to election day registrationMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3608Election Reform; Same Day Voter Registration
H686HD1099An Act relative to the disclosure of foreign monetary donationsMark, Paul W. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1099Elections; Campaign Finance Reform
H690HD3890An Act concerning certain ballotsMichlewitz, Aaron (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3890Election Reform;
H720HD1132An Act ensuring municipal participation of the widest eligible rangeVargas, Andres X. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1132Election Law Reform
H719HD815An Act relative to ranked choice votingVargas, Andres X. (HOU)Election Lawshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD815Election Reform
H751HD1122An Act promoting awareness of sewage pollution in public watersDean Campbell, Linda (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1122Public Health; Energy & Environment; Water
H752HD1425An Act requiring reserve electric power at wastewater treatment facilitiesDean Campbell, Linda (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1425Energy & Environment; Water Protection
S452SD306An Act relative to the proper disposal of miniaturesDiDomenico, Sal N. (SEN)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD306Energy & Environment; Recycling; Revenue
H761HD3523An Act relative to Environmental Justice and Toxics Reduction in the CommonwealthDuBois, Michelle M. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3523Energy & Environment
H762HD3180An Act relative to maintaining adequate water supplies through effective drought managementDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3180Energy & Environment; Water Protection;
H763HD3339An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinatorsDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3339Energy & Environment; Pollinator Health; Bees
H771HD134An Act reducing plastic bag pollutionEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD134Energy & Environment; Recycling
H772HD148An Act relative to ivory and rhinoceros horn traffickingEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD148Animal Protection
H773HD3557An Act further regulating the enforcement of illegal hunting practicesEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3557Animal Protection
H774HD3765An Act ensuring safe drinking water in schoolsEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3765Public Safety; Children & Families; Water Protection
H826HD3878An Act relative to environmental justice in the commonwealthMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3878Energy & Environment
H832HD3577An Act to create a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving commonwealthMeschino, Joan (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3577Energy & Environment
H873HD3065An Act to promote healthy soils and agricultural innovation within the CommonwealthSchmid, III, Paul A. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3065Energy & Environment; Agriculture
H732HD1033An Act protecting the natural resources of the CommonwealthBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture (ENRA)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1033Energy & Environment
H908HD1037An Act requiring mental health parity for disability policiesBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1037Healthcare; Mental Health
H913HD2698An Act to increase consumer transparency about insurance provider networksBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2698Healthcare
H935HD426An Act establishing the Massachusetts infrastructure bankConnolly, Mike (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD426Economic Justice
H991HD3202An Act advancing and expanding access to telemedicine servicesGolden, Jr., Thomas A. (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3202Healthcare
H1037HD1930An Act concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured propertyLewis, Jack Patrick (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1930Animal Protection
H1076HD603An Act relative to secure choice retirement savings planO'Day, James J. (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD603Elder Affairs; Retirement
H1102HD3274An Act to establish health equity for pregnant personsSabadosa, Lindsay N. (HOU)Financial Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3274Healthcare; Women's Rights;
H1133HD3442An Act to ensure prescription drug cost transparency and affordabilityBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3442Healthcare; Prescription Medication;
H1129HD543An Act to provide Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessationBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD543Healthcare; Public Health
H140HD2848An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minorsKhan, Kay (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2848Civil Liberties; LGBTQI Rights;
H1174HD3607An Act protecting Massachusetts hospitals and health systemsMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3607Healthcare;
H1180HD1606An Act limiting out of pocket expensesMark, Paul W. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1606Healthcare
H1184HD1098An Act for equity for high value community hospitalsMoran, Frank A. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1098Healthcare; Community Hospitals
H1194HD2974An Act establishing Medicare for all in MassachusettsSabadosa, Lindsay N. (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2974Healthcare;
H1199HD1218An Act regarding Medicare savings programs eligibilityUltrino, Steven (HOU)Health Care Financinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1218Healthcare; Elder Affairs
H1208HD599An Act requiring sexual misconduct climate surveys at institutions of higher educationEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD599Higher Education; Sexual Violence Protection
H1209HD3294An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campusesFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3294Public Safety; Sexual Violence Protection; Higher Education
H1214HD1178An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public higher education systemGarballey, Sean (HOU)Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1178CHERISH Act; Higher Education
H1217HD1384An Act relative to higher education transparencyGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1384Higher Education; Consumer Protection
H1221HD3113An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher educationHiggins, Natalie M. (HOU)Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3113Higher Education; Consumer Protection
H1265HD2406An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe placesDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2406Children & Families; Economic Justice; Housing
H1279HD2600An Act relative to housing service coordinatorsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2600Labor; Housing
H2500HD2639An Act regarding state income tax credit for renting unsubsidized properties at below market rentsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2639Housing; Revenue
H1288HD3379An Act relative to housing reformHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3379Housing
H1305HD3872An Act codifying the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3872Housing; Economic Justice
H1314HD2776An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessPignatelli, Smitty (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2776Housing; Economic Justice;
H1341HD1126An Act to collect data on LGBTQI prisoners held in restrictive housingBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1126Criminal Justice; LGBTQI Rights
H1343HD2727An Act relative to treatment, not imprisonmentBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2727Criminal Justice; Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcare
H1345HD2118An Act to require sexual harassment prevention trainingBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2118Labor; Employment Law; Sexual Harassment Protections
H1346HD2345An Act removing the liability cap for malpractice resulting in serious injury or deathBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2345Healthcare
S829SD582An Act eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offensesBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD582Criminal Justice; Children & Families
H1368HD3495An Act relative to enforcing federal lawCabral, Antonio F. D. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3495
H1385HD3432An Act relative to determining the best interest of children in probate & family courtDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3432Children & Families; Judiciary
H1386HD3449An Act relative to expungement, sealing and criminal records provisionsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3449Criminal Justice; Children & Families;
H1416HD802An Act requiring health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violenceGarlick, Denise C. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD802Labor; Workplace Violence
H3300HD1292An Act establishing a foreclosure review division of the Superior CourtGonzalez, Carlos (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1292Housing; Foreclosure Reform
H1443HD3905An Act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residentsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3905Elder Affairs; Housing; Disabilites
H1478HD583An Act to end child marriage in MassachusettsKhan, Kay (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD583Children & Families; Sexual Violence Protection
S984SD2192An Act An act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residentsLovely, Joan B. (SEN)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD2192Elder Affairs; Violence Prevention
S985SD2195An Act relative to bullying in public housingLovely, Joan B. (SEN)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD2195Housing; Violence Prevention
H3379HD3636An Act reducing recidivism and promoting family relationships during incarcerationMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3636Criminal Justice; Children & Family
H3384HD2276An Act to amend the foreclosure statute to require judicial foreclosureMark, Paul W. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2276Housing; Foreclosure Reform
H1525HD1096An Act relative to access to community correctionsMoran, Frank A. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1096
H3422HD1978An Act to protect electronic privacyPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1978Civil Liberties;
H1538HD2726An Act relative to unregulated face recognition and emerging biometric surveillance technologiesRogers, David M. (HOU)Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2726Civil Liberties; Privacy
S1043SD1241An Act relative to collective bargaining duesBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1241Labor
H1596HD302An Act relative to collective bargaining duesChan, Tackey (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD302Labor; Economic Justice
H1602HD288An Act protecting the right to strikeConnolly, Mike (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD288Labor; Economic Justice
H1610HD3789An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcementDonahue, Daniel M. (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3789Labor; Employment Law; Wage Theft;
H1617HD2659An Act requiring one fair wageFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2659Labor; Economic Justice
S1072SD1355An Act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing and harassment, without regard to protected class statusFeeney, Paul R. (SEN)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355Labor; Workplace Violence
H1625HD195An Act relative to defense against abusive waiversGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD195Labor; Employment Law
H1627HD833An Act amending the unemployment insurance law for workers with fluctuating work schedulesGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD833Labor; Employment Law
H1658HD2559An Act relative to increasing wages of private sector human service workersMahoney, John J. (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2559Labor;
H1669HD1874An Act to harmonize wage lawsNguyen, Tram T. (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1874Employment Law; Labor;
H1686HD3303An Act relative to physician assistant non-competesSantiago, Jon (HOU)Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3303Labor; Healthcare
H1700HD1125An Act ensuring access to addiction servicesBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recoveryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1125Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcare
H1719HD105An Act relative to creating intensive stabilization and treatment units within the Department of Mental HealthHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recoveryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD105Healthcare; Mental Health
H1747HD1136An Act helping overdosing persons in emergenciesPignatelli, Smitty (HOU)Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recoveryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1136Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcare
H1769HD414An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactionsConnolly, Mike (HOU)Municipalities and Regional Governmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD414Housing; Revenue
H1823HD3352An Act relating to the remedy for the sale of sick puppies and kittensRogers, David M. (HOU)Municipalities and Regional Governmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3352Animal Protections
H1850HD3197An Act ensuring safe patient access to emergency careBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3197Healthcare; Public Safety;
H1849HD549An Act recognizing pharmacists as health care providersBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD549Healthcare;
H3502HD3487An Act to restrict the use of polystyreneDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3487Energy & Environment; Consumer Protection
H1872HD3403An Act to require the disclosure of lead in water pipesDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3403Energy & Environment; Water Protection;
H1926HD171An Act relative to end of life optionsKafka, Louis L. (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD171Healthcare; Civil Liberties; End of Life Options; Death with Dignity
H1948HD2959An Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safetyKhan, Kay (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2959Healthcare; Midwives;
H1949HD3554An Act to reduce racial disparities in maternal healthKhan, Kay (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3554Healthcare; Intersectional Justice
H1954HD1945An Act relative to HIV prevention access for young adultsLewis, Jack Patrick (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1945LGBTQI Rights; Healthcare
H1991HD3835An Act to assure informed consent for pelvic examinations of anesthetized or unconscious patientsProvost, Denise (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3835Healthcare;
H2006HD3285An Act to establish a sharps stewardship programSantiago, Jon (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3285Healthcare; Substance Use; Mental Health
H2012HD2182An Act to promote public health through the Prevention and Wellness Trust FundVega, Aaron (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2182Public Health
S1364SD1178An Act relative to access to community correctionsBrownsberger, William N. (SEN)Public Safety and Homeland Securityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1178Criminal Justice
H2047HD3011An Act to strengthen inmate visitationDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Public Safety and Homeland Securityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3011Criminal Justice; Children & Families
H2088HD3108An Act to ensure compliance with the anti-shackling law for pregnant incarcerated womenKhan, Kay (HOU)Public Safety and Homeland Securityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3108Criminal Justice; Children & Families; Women's Rights
H2134HD331Resolve providing for investigating construction practices and their impact on firefighter deathsStanley, Thomas M. (HOU)Public Safety and Homeland Securityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD331Public Safety
H2141HD3412An Act improving juvenile justice data collectionTyler, Chynah (HOU)Public Safety and Homeland Securityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3412Criminal Justice; Children & Families; Juvenile Justice
H2179HD3115An Act relative to GIC composition and transparencyCapano, Peter (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3115Public Service
H2202HD1161An Act relative to the divestment of state pension funds from nuclear weaponsConnolly, Mike (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1161Public Service; Divestment;
H2220HD3094An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuelsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3094Energy & Environment; Divestment
H2330HD1381An Act relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel ServicesMoran, Michael J. (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1381Labor
H2343HD600An Act relative to ensure fairness for certain employees of the department of correctionsO'Day, James J. (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD600Labor;
S1603SD723An Act relative to landlord tenant tax creditsBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD723Housing; Revenue
H2448HD1856An Act excluding student loan forgiveness from taxable income for permanently and totally disabled veteransDriscoll, Jr., William J. (HOU)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1856Higher Education; Consumer Protection; Veteran's Services
H2463HD2835An Act to preserve community preservation revenueFerrante, Ann-Margaret (HOU)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2835Revenue
H86HD3300Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollarsO'Day, James J. (HOU)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3300Fair Share Amendment; Economic Justice; Children & Families; Wealth Inequity
H2587HD1957An Act providing tax relief to seniors while creating affordable housingPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1957Housing; Elder Affairs
H2671HD3680An Act relative to the employment of persons with disabilities on state contractsBiele, David (HOU)State Administration and Regulatory Oversighthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3680Labor; Public Service; Disabilities
H2681HD3732An Act ensuring equitable representation in the CommonwealthChan, Tackey (HOU)State Administration and Regulatory Oversighthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3732
H2802HD1248An Act to secure a clean energy futureBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1248Energy & Environment
H2810HD2370An Act to promote green infrastructure and reduce carbon emissionsBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2370Energy & Environment; Carbon Pricing
H2828HD2461An Act to modernize our natural gas infrastructureCoppinger, Edward F. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2461Energy & Environment; Public Health; Gas Leaks
H2832HD580An Act relative to Energy Savings Efficiency (Energy SAVE)Cutler, Josh S. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD580Energy & Environment; Consumer Protection
H2836HD3092An Act re-powering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energyDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3092Energy & Environment
H2843HD3511An Act removing barriers to solar for low-income communitiesDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3511Energy & Environment; Economic Justice; Solar
H2848HD3447An Act ensuring gas safety and consumer fairnessEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3447Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks; Ratepayer Fairness
H2849HD3719An Act for utility transition to using renewable energy (FUTURE)Ehrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3719Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks;
H2851HD3879An Act accelerating the renewable portfolio standardElugardo, Nika C. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3879Energy & Environment
H2852HD1614An Act protecting our coasts from offshore drillingFernandes, Dylan A. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1614Energy & Environment
H2881HD389An Act promoting the proper disposal of miniaturesHunt, Randy (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD389Energy & Environment; Recycling
H2887HD3891An Act relative to home energy efficiencyMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3891Energy & Environment; Consumer Protection
H2896HD2529An Act relative to solar power and the green economyMark, Paul W. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2529Energy & Environment; Solar
H2899HD1159An Act relative to conservation and natural gas infrastructureMeschino, Joan (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1159Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks; Public Health
H2920HD2206An Act relative to multi-state offshore wind procurementRogers, David M. (HOU)Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2206Energy & Environment
H2934HD576An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and showsEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD576Animal Protections
H2943HD2250A Resolve to evaluate existing funding for the promotion of, and workforce development in, tourism, arts and cultureMichlewitz, Aaron (HOU)Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Developmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2250Tourism, Arts, & Culture
H2964HD1060An Act renaming the Yawkey commuter rail station on the Worcester–Framingham lineBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1060Civil Rights
H3008HD3009An Act to advance modern and sustainable solutions for transportationEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3009Transportation; Energy & Environment
H3012HD1719An Act relative to work and family mobilityFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1719Immigration; Public Safety; Civil Liberties
H3070HD840An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identificationLinsky, David Paul (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD840Civil Liberties; LGBTQI Rights; Gender Identity
H3118HD1653An Act to reduce traffic fatalitiesRogers, David M. (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1653Public Safety; Pedestrian/Cyclist Safety
H3139HD551An Act relative to unmanned aerial systemsStraus, William M. (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD551Civil Liberties; Privacy
H3179HD1534An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while drivingWagner, Joseph F. (HOU)Transportationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1534Public Safety; Pedestrian/Cyclist Safety
H104HD3043An Act to lift the cap on kidsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Ways and Meanshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3043Children & Families; Food Security; Economic Justice
HD1520An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residentsBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1520Civil Liberties; Safe Communities; Immigration
HD1505An Act empowering health care consumersBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1505Healthcare
HD3384An Act relative to the scheduling of employeesGarballey, Sean (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3384Labor;
HD2449An Act relative to the Garden of PeaceKafka, Louis L. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2449Violence Prevention
HD3815An Act promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility through Eviction Sealing (HOMES)Moran, Michael J. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3815Housing; Economic Justice

We need to talk about periods – Bill would make menstrual products available in schools, shelters, prisons

IN 2014 a German nongovernmental organization called WASH United dubbed May 28 “International Menstrual Hygiene Day” to raise visibility around the daily struggle many people face with menstrual hygiene management. The date was chosen intentionally as a reference to the average length of the menstrual cycle – 28 days.

Since then nine states in the US have exempted tampons from taxation, acknowledging that the state budget should not be funded by a cost borne by only half the population. In 2016, New York City passed legislation to make menstrual products available in all public schools, shelters, and prisons. And, just a few months ago, we saw a short documentary, Period. End of Sentence, take home an Academy Award and watched the filmmakers give an impassioned acceptance speech about the need for better menstrual health education and access to menstrual products across the globe.

Right here in Massachusetts, Somerville, New Bedford, and Brookline student activists are organizing to demand that bathrooms be stocked with menstrual products. And town meeting in Brookline voted last week to do just that. It can’t be denied that the menstrual equity movement is growing.

Today, our Massachusetts Legislature has an opportunity to lead the country in menstrual equity legislation by passing Mass NOW’s new bill, An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters, and Public Schools. (It’s nicknamed the “I AM. Bill.”) The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville and Reps.  Jay Livingstone of Boston and Christine Barber of Somerville, contains language to ensure the products are truly accessible without stigmatizing the individual seeking them.

As it stands, over 70 legislators have signed on in support of our bill and more than 40 menstrual activists, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and public servants in Massachusetts have signed onto the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition. But the path forward is long and our work toward ending the stigma around menstruation is far from over. There is a dearth of information about what the state of access to menstrual products is in schools, prisons, and shelters. We’re working with stakeholders across the state to gather stories from all those who would be impacted by this bill to develop an implementation strategy that’s feasible, economical, and truly a service to those it’s meant to support.

Language matters because it is a part of how systems of oppression operate. That’s why the bill refers to “menstruating individuals” – because we know that not all women menstruate, and not all menstruators identify as a woman. We also avoid using the word hygiene because periods are not something dirty that needs to be cleaned away.

Meet the Author

Sasha Goodfriend

Massachusetts chapter National Organization of Women

Mass NOW is calling on menstruators and non-menstruators alike to talk about periods. The power in the stigma and shame around menstruation – and around female and femme identifying bodies more broadly – lies in our refusal to even talk about it. We have the power to break this cycle through conversations around the dinner table, in health education classes and  with Mass NOW; in consciousness raising style in living rooms across the Commonwealth. We shouldn’t need a day to talk about periods, but once you start talking about it, you’ll find that the conversation doesn’t stop flowing.Sasha Goodfriend is the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization of Women.

Metro-Boston Communities Endorse Cape Bill

From MassDivest…

FALMOUTH – Rep. Dylan Fernandes’ bill to allow the 104 independent retirement systems in Massachusetts to divest from the fossil fuel industry (H.3662) has gained the support of two cities in the Metro-Boston region. The city councils of Cambridge and Somerville have passed resolutions calling on the Legislature to pass the Cape bill.

Somerville City Council President Katjana Ballantyne introduced the resolution April 25 and gained unanimous support from the Council. According to Ballantyne, “We all need to get out of these fossil fuel investments before we lose everything. We need to invest in alternatives to fossil fuels before all is lost.”

This development came on the heels of a similar resolution passed in February by the Cambridge City Council.

“I support H.3662 to give cities and towns local control over divesting their retirement funds from fossil fuels,” said Jan Devereux, vice mayor of Cambridge. “Many Cambridge residents, businesses and municipal employees are working hard to reduce their carbon footprints, and it sends a mixed message for the city’s retirement fund to hold investments that are in direct conflict with the goals of our Net Zero Ordinance and action plan.”

MassDivest introduced these resolutions in Somerville and Cambridge.

“With climate risk increasingly threatening the future, it is important for retirement systems to have the option to protect their assets from the decline of the fossil fuel industry,” said Jessica Hanway, of MassDivest.

Fernandes’ bill provides legislative authorization deemed necessary by the Public Employees Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) via a local option mechanism that allows independent retirement systems to divest from the fossil fuel industry. The bill does not mandate divestment in the way that the Legislature has previously done with regard to tobacco and apartheid South Africa.

“The local option bill would allow fossil fuel divestment to move forward in Massachusetts,” said Randi Mail, legislative director of MassDivest. “Instead of a top-down approach, it would be bottom-up. This bill would empower 104 independent retirement systems at the city and county levels.”

Cambridge and Somerville have long histories of supporting fossil fuel divestment. Somerville has advocated for this move since Mayor Joseph Curtatone called for it in 2014.

“The need for urgency when it comes to cities addressing climate change cannot be understated,” Curtatone said. “Every city and town needs right now — not later — to be taking a close look at their carbon output, setting ambitious carbon reduction goals, and following through. Some of that work will be challenging and complex, but fossil fuel divestment is an impactful and fiscally responsible step we could all easily take right now with the help of Rep. Fernandes’ important bill.”

Fernandes cited this legislation in remarks to the organizers of Harvard University’s recent Heat Week event: “Investing is putting down money now for a long-term future gain, and you can’t name a worse long-term future than one where climate change continues to ravage our cities and towns. That’s why we need to divest from fossil fuels. As a millennial, there is no greater issue that’s going to impact my generation or my children’s generation than that of climate change, global warming and sea level rise. We need to get serious about this, and we need to get serious about it here in Massachusetts, which is why Rep. Jay Livingstone and I filed a bill that allows our 104 independent retirement boards to divest from fossil fuels.”

About MassDivest

MassDivest is a coalition working to divest pension funds in Massachusetts from fossil fuels. They have partnered with Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Rep. Jay Livingstone on H.3662. MassDivest also works with Senator Marc Pacheco, who has introduced S.636, a similar bill in the Senate.

FY2020 House Budget

During the week of April 22nd, the Massachusetts House debated changes to the first version of the Budget released by the House Committee on Ways and Means. This post will take you through that process and what I advocated for this session.

  1. Letter to House Ways & Means
  2. House Ways & Means Budget Released
  3. House Budget Debate

1. Letter to House Ways and Means

On March 19, 2019, I wrote a letter outlining my priorities for the FY2020 House Budget addressed to the House Chair of Ways and Means, Aaron Michlewitz. In the letter, I outlined my budgetary priorities, both local and statewide. Priorities included:

  • Boston Landmarks Orchestra funding
  • Magazine Beach Restoration in Cambridgeport
  • West End Museum in Boston
  • Pre-K Grant Funding
  • Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporations
  • DCR State Parks and Recreation Operations

2. House Ways and Means Budget

On April 10, 2019, the House Ways and Means Budget was released.

3. House Budget Debate

After the House Ways & Means Budget is released, members are given time to file amendments to the budget to reflect changes that they would like to see in the final House Budget.

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.