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League-Supported/Opposed Legislation 2021-2022

The legislative advocacy efforts of the LWVMA are led by the Legislative Action Committee (LAC), composed of the League’s volunteer legislative specialists.  Each legislative specialist follows one or more focus areas.  For those areas, the specialist researches bills filed with the Massachusetts legislature, recommends League action, writes testimony on the League’s position to submit to the relevant committee of the legislature, and follows the progress of the bill. The bills LWVMA acts on must be consistent with LWVMA or LWVUS positionsThe specialist may also join with approved coalition partners or advocacy groups to work together to support or oppose bills. The Legislative Action Committee decides on support for or opposition to a bill, with the LWVMA board of directors retaining final authority on those decisions.

Legislative specialists encourage League members who are interested in closely following an area of legislation or a specific bill to contact them and be added to that specialist’s “team” for notifications of committee hearings and other activities related to specific legislation.

To contact any of the legislative specialists, email specialists@lwvma.org.

Bills Followed by LWVMA in the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, listed by subject area

The bill numbers listed are the numbers initially assigned.  Those numbers will change many times during the legislative process.  You can find the new numbers by clicking on the numbers below, then following the links under “Bill History” on a bill’s page on the legislature’s website.

Affordable Housing, Clare Gordon, Lori Stewart

 Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.202/S.111  

Emergency family housing assistance

An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessness 

Support

H.1373/S.867  

Prohibiting exclusionary zoning

An Act promoting fair housing by preventing discrimination against affordable housing

Support

H.1428/S.898

Codifying the Mass. Rental Voucher Program-MRVP

An Act codifying the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program/An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program

Support

H.1436/S.874

Right to counsel

An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention in Massachusetts

Support

H.1808/S.921

Eviction Sealing

An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)

Support

H.3049

Increase Community Preservation Revenue

An Act to increase community preservation revenue

 

 

 Support

Agriculture, Louise Haldeman

    

 

Children and Family Issues, Palma McLaughlin

 Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.199/S.96 

Set floor for welfare benefits

 An Act to Lift Kids out of Deep Poverty   

Support

H.311/S.176 

Domestic violence training for salon employees

An Act to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness education for aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapists     

Support

H.715/S.298   

 

 

Outline how schools handle meal debt

An Act to Promote Student Nutrition 

Support

H.1642/S.951    

Domestic violence training for child advocates

 

An Act relative to to improving training for child advocates to recognize indicators of domestic violence 

Support

Criminal Justice and Courts, Nancy Bettinger, Lucy Costa

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.2594/S.1578

Curtails  use of solitary confinement

An Act to provide criminal justice reform protections to all prisoners in segregated confinement

Support

H.1462/S.1035

Requires treatment, not imprisonment  after  relapse while on probation or pre-trial release

An Act relative to treatment, not imprisonment

Support

H.2440/S.1550

Protects the right of incarcerated people to receive visits by family and friends

An Act to strengthen family and community connection with incarcerated people

Suppport

H.2503/S.1560

Ensures parole hearing when eligible,  expands the size and composition of the parole board

An Act to promote equitable access to parole

Support

H.1531/S.980

Expands the types of juvenile records that can be expunged

An Act relative to expungement of juvenile and young adult records

Support

H.1794/S.1022

Prevents consideration of juvenile adjudication records to “enhance” sentences for later offenses

An Act to prevent the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences based on juvenile adjudications

Support

H.1797

Establishes the right to a parole hearing after 25 years in custody

An Act to reduce mass incarceration

Support

H1826/S.920

Restructures the juvenile justice system to include 18 to 20-year-olds

An Act to promote public safety and better outcomes for young adults

Support

Education (Finance), Mary Frantz

    

Education (Higher), Susan Loffredo

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.1350/S.847

 

Establishes pilot at community colleges to remedy student food insecurity

An Act establishing a community college campus hunger pilot program

Support

H.1325/S.824

 

Guarantees additional funds to counteract cuts in higher education spending and inflation since 2001

An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public education system

Support
Testimony

H.2399/S.1470

Medication abortions provided at public universities

An Act to require public universities to provide medication abortion

Support

Education (Policy), Karen Mazza

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.605/S.362

Affordable Early Education & Childcare

An Act Providing Affordable and Accessible High Quality Early Education and Care to Promote Child Development and Well-Being and Support the Economy in the Commonwealth

Support

H716/

CIVICS studies

An Act creating an inclusive vision for implementing civics studies (CIVICS)

Support

H584/S365

Anti-racism education

An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education

Support

Elder Affairs, Pat Costello

    

Elections and Voting, Nancy Brumback, Linda Freedman

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.805/S.459

Make 2020 voting reforms permanent

An Act Fostering Voting Opportunities, Trust, Equity, And Security (VOTES Act)

Support
Testimony

H.836/S.474

Voting assistance for incarcerated voters

An Act to protect the voting rights of eligible incarcerated people

Support

H.813

Same day voter registration

An Act relative to same day voter registration

Support
Testimony

S.435

An Act allowing election day registration

H.76

Remove absentee ballot restrictions from Constitution

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide for no excuse absentee voting

Support
Testimony

H.769/S.475

Allow use of campaign funds for child care

An Act supporting parents running for public office

Support

H.3547/S.2261

Free public transit on Election Day

An Act to establish free access to ride to elections in Massachusetts (FARE Act)

Support

S.448

Allow municipalities to lower voting age for local elections

An Act ensuring municipal participation of the widest eligible range (EMPOWER Act)

Support

H.794

Allow municipalities to lower voting age for local elections

An Act establishing health voting habits among youth

Support

H.825/S.485

Ranked choice voting in municipal elections

An Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal elections 

Support

H.843

Ranked choice voting in municipal elections

An Act ensuring municipal power over whether elections are reformed

Support

H.780

Change processes for electronic transmission of completed absentee ballots by overseas voters

 An Act relative to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting (UOCAVA)

Oppose

H.824

Change processes for electronic transmission of completed absentee ballots by overseas voters

An Act relative to voting overseas

Oppose

H.762

Photo ID to vote

An Act requiring photo IDs to vote 

Oppose

H.792

Photo ID to vote

An Act ensuring the election integrity through voter identification 

Oppose

Environment—Climate Change and Energy, Launa Zimmaro

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.3350/S.2202

Decarbonization of buildings

An Act relative to building energy and decarbonization

Support

H.3264/S.2138

TCI funds for transportation and EJ

An Act relative to transportation and environmental justice

Support

H.3292

Infrastructure funding EJ

An Act achieving a green future with infrastructure and workforce investments

Support

H.3298/S.2148

Transitioning off gas heating

An Act relative to the future of heat in the Commonwealth

Support

H.3289/S.2149

Updated bottle bill

An Act to expand the Bottle Bill

Support

H.878/S.610/S.517

Producer responsibility for paper and packaging

An Act to save recycling costs in the commonwealth

Support

H.3288/S.2136

100% Clean Energy by 2035 and 100% clean heating and transportation by 2045

An Act transitioning Massachusetts to clean electricity, heating, and transportation

Support

Environment—Natural Resources, Carolyn Lee

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.898/S.530

Water Resources – Drought policy

An Act relative to maintaining adequate water supplies through effective drought management

Support

S.527/S.505

Water Resources – “Water Banking” trust fund

An Act improving municipal water infrastructure

Support

H.897/S.529

Water Resources – Flushable Wipes labeling

An Act protecting water systems through the labeling of flushable wipes

Support

H.937/S.556

 Environmental Protection – pest management

An Act providing for the public health by establishing an ecologically based mosquito management program in the Commonwealth

Support

H.999/S.563

Environmental Protection –invasive species

An Act responding to the threat of invasive species

Support

H.2350/S.1387

Environmental Protection – hazardous chemicals (PFAS)

An Act restricting toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products to protect our health

Support

H.3362/H.3333/S.2193

 

Environmental Protection – air pollution, environmental justice (biomass)

An Act furthering our commitment to non-carbon emitting energy sources/ to prevent biomass energy to protect the air we breathe

Support

H.851/S.524  

Environmental Protection – Public Lands

An Act preserving open space in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony

Fiscal Policy, June Michaels

    

Good Governance, Carolyn Lee

Bill #Topic Bill TitleLWVMA Action

H.135/S.47

Privacy protection

An Act to regulate face surveillance 

Support

H.142/S.46

Privacy protection

An Act establishing the Massachusetts Information Privacy Act

Support

H.3658/S.2402

Call for Article V Constitutional convention

Resolutions for a United States Constitutional Amendment and a limited amendment proposing convention

Oppose

Gun Control, Jennifer Muroff, Sue McCalley

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

H.2437

Analysis of crime gun date to determine illegal gun trafficking patterns

An Act relative to crime gun data analysis and reporting

Support

Health Care, Janice Goodell, Valentina Pasquantonio

Bill #TopicBill Title LWVMA Action

H.1267/S.766

Universal single payer health coverage for all

An Act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts

Support

H.2329/S.1386

Ensure minimum local public health standards, uniform data collection and reporting

An Act relative to accelerating improvements to the local and regional public health system to address disparities in the delivery of public health services

Support
Testimony

H.2271/S.1517

Uniform collection and reporting process for immunization information

An Act promoting community immunity

Support

H.2979/S.788

Tax credit for caregivers of family members at home

An Act establishing the family caregiver tax credit

Support

H.2341/S.1519

License midwives practicing in out-of-hospital settings

An Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safety

Support

Immigration, Jennifer Muroff

Bill #TopicBill Title LWVMA Action

H.2418/S.1579

“Safe Communities Act” prevents state/local involvement in federal  immigration enforcement

An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents

Support

H.3456/S.2289

Allow drivers’ licenses to all regardless of immigration status

An act relative to work and family mobility during and subsequent to the COVID-19 emergency

Support

H.1477

Prohibits county sheriffs and state officials from entering into contracts with federal immigration and customs enforcement (ICE)

An Act relative to enforcing federal law

Support

Meeting Basic Human Needs, Clare Gordon

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action   

H.264/S.142

Rights for Homeless Persons

An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness

Support

H.1290/S.761

Common Application for Assistance

An Act to streamline access to critical public health and safety-net programs through common applications

Support

S.1821

Earned Income Credit State Match

An Act improving the earned income credit for working families

Support

H.199/S.96

Lift Our Kids

An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty

Support

Racial Justice, Vedna Lacombe-Heywood, Jennifer Muroff

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action   

H.1819/S.1051

Enhance hate crime statues to add protected classes and increase penalties

An Act to reform the hate crime statutes

Support

H.2519/S.1552

Grant program to establish community/clinician response to 911 calls

An act to create alternatives for community emergency services (ACES)

Support

Transportation, Tanya Roy, Lois Levin

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action

S.2265

Omnibus transportation bill

An Act creating a New Deal for Transportation in the Commonwealth

Support

H.3347/S.2151

Promotes use of ZEVs thru rebates and special rates disclosure

An Act promoting zero-emission vehicles

Support

H.2978/S.1899

Authorizes municipality to impose tax surcharge to fund transportation-related projects

An Act relative to regional transportation ballot initiatives

Support

Women’s Issues, Jan Soma, Susan Loffredo

Bill #Topic Bill TitleLWVMA Action

H.2020/S.1196

 

Equal Pay

An Act relative to transparency in the workplace

Support

H.3157/S.2077

Parity on public boards

An Act to ensure gender parity and racial and ethnic diversity in public boards and commissions

Support

H.1935/S.1171

Harassment prevention in workplaces

An Act to require policies and training to prevent harassment, including sexual harassment

Support

H.1984/S.1164

Ban on mandatory arbitration in the workplace

An Act relative to the defense against abusive waivers

Support

H.2354/S.1445

No cost menstrual products

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

Support

S.2102

Independent commission to investigate State House sexual harassment/abuse

An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature

Support

H.1196/S.673

Health insurance coverage for all pregnancy related care

An Act ensuring access to full spectrum pregnancy care

Support

H.673/S.318

Ensures age appropriate, medically accurate sex education in schools

An act relative to healthy youth

Support

 

Bills Followed by LWVMA in Previous Legislative Sessions