League-Supported/Opposed Legislation 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 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

 Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H1305/S797Updates state’s rental voucher programAn Act codifying the Mass. rental voucher programSupport
H1288/S775Provisions to expand housing for people with low and moderate incomesAn Act relative to housing reformSupport
H1264Provides rent support to prevent families from losing homesAn Act to further provide a rental arrearage programSupport

Children and Family Issues, Palma McLaughlin

 Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H102Set floor for welfare benefitsAn Act to reduce deep poverty among kidsSupport
S36An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty
H591/S267Make breakfast available after school beginsAn Act regarding breakfast after the bellSupport
H104Repeal family cap on welfare benefitsAn Act to lift the cap on kidsSupport
S37An Act relative to the well-being and care of a child
H197/S125Domestic violence education for salon employeesAn Act to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness education for aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapistsSupport
H585/S256Outlines how schools deal with meal debtAn Act to promote student nutritionSupport

Criminal Justice and Courts, Colleen Kirby

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H3420/S825Raise age of juvenile jurisdiction gradually to include 18-20 year-oldsAn Act to promote public safety and better outcomes for young adultsSupport
H1486/S940Revise how criminal justice system deals with those under 25 or 26An Act to reduce the recidivism among emerging adultsSupport
H1386/S900Expungement of certain charges against juvenilesAn Act relative to expungementSupport
H1493/S1014Decriminalizes consensual adolescent sexual relationsAn Act clarifying consent laws for adolescentsSupport
H3457/S1390Changes to parole boardAn Act relative to paroleSupport
H1541Require release on parole unless evidence of dangerAn Act establishing presumptive paroleSupport
H3358/S826Require parole hearing after serving 25 yearsAn Act to reduce mass incarcerationSupport
H1343/S937Supports treatment, not jail, if an addict relapsesAn Act relative to treatment, not imprisonmentSupport
H2047/S1379Eliminates broad restrictions on prison visitsAn Act to strengthen inmate visitationSupport

Education (Finance), Mary Frantz

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H586/S238Revise funding formula for educationAn Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable educationSupport

Education (Higher), Susan Loffredo

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H1214/S741Expands funding for public higher educationAn Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public education systemSupport
H1209/S764How institutions of higher education deal with sexual harassment and violenceAn Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campusesSupport

Education (Policy), Karen Mazza

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
S240Create pre-kindergarten grant programAn Act relative to universal pre-kindergarten accessSupport

Elections and Voting, Linda Freedman

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H685/S396       Election Day RegistrationAn Act relative to Election Day RegistrationSupport
H636 An Act relative to Election Day Registration (satellites)
S397 Expand early votingAn Act relative to early voting privacy and expansionSupport
H681An Act to extend early voting for all electionsSupport
H684/S387An Act relative to early voting in the 2020 presidential primarySupport
H719Ranked choice voting in state and federal electionsAn Act relative to ranked choice votingSupport
S414An Act to use ranked choice voting in electionsSupport
H635/S420Provide a local option to use ranked choice voting in city or town electionsAn Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal electionsSupport
H687/S388/H721Strengthen law requiring audits of random precincts after electionsAn Act relating to post-election auditsSupport
H639/S408Allow campaign funds to be used for child careAn Act supporting parents running for public officeSupport
H78Allow no-excuse absentee votingProposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide for no-excuse absentee votingSupport
H658Require photo ID to voteAn Act ensuring the election integrity through voter identificationOppose
H705An Act relative to valid identification at voting polls
H677Public campaign financingAn Act relative to the elimination of public campaign financingOppose

Environment—Climate Change and Energy, Launa Zimmaro

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H2836/S1958Goals for renewable energy useAn Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100% renewable energySupport
H832Implement 2008 Global Warming Solutions ActAn Act to create a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving CommonwealthSupport
H2810Carbon pricingAn Act to promote green infrastructure and reduce carbon emissionsSupport
S1924An Act to combat climate changeSupport
H2802/S2005Omnibus energy billAn Act to secure a clean energy futureSupport
H3008/S2106Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative agreementAn Act to advance modern and sustainable solutions for transportationSupport
H2865/S1935Defines highly energy-efficient buildingsAn Act to establish a net zero stretch energy codeSupport
H826/S464Promote environmental justice, reduce disparities in exposure to toxinsAn Act relative to environmental justice and toxics reductions in the CommonwealthSupport
H2849/S1940Transition natural gas industry to renewable energyAn Act for utility transition to using renewable energySupport
H853Remove biomass from allowed renewable heating optionsAn Act to assure the attainment of greenhouse gas emissions goals in the alternative portfolio standardSupport

Environment—Natural Resources, Loring Schwarz, Carolyn Lee

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H2522/S1767Tax credits for donating land for conservationAn Act relative to the conservation land tax creditSupport
H2463/S1618Increases funding for Community Preservation ActAn Act to sustain community preservation revenueSupport
H3500/S1230Ban toxic flame retardantsAn Act to protect children, families, and firefighters from harmful flame retardantsSupport
H3661Bans certain chemicals in firefighter equipmentAn Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in firefighter personal protective equipmentSupport

Good Governance, Carolyn Lee

Bill #Topic Bill TitleLWVMA Action
H3422/S861Require a warrant before obtaining information from phone or internet companyAn Act to protect electronic privacySupport
H1538/S1385Moratorium on use of certain technology until regulations are enactedAn Act establishing a moratorium on face recognition and other remote biometric surveillance systemsSupport

Gun Control, Jennifer Muroff, Sue McCalley

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H2045/S1388Requires reporting and analysis of data on guns used in crimesAn Act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysisSupport
H2092All private gun sales must occur at licensed dealer to assure background checkAn Act relative to universal background checks for private gun salesSupport

Health Care, Janice Goodell

Bill #TopicBill Title LWVMA Action
S683Establish single-payer health care in stateAn Act establishing Medicare for all in MassachusettsSupport
H1948/S1332License midwivesAn Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safetySupport
S834Permit civil lawsuits by victims of female genital mutilationAn Act relative to female genital mutilationSupport
H1853/S1235Evaluate and regulate medical step therapy protocolAn Act relative to fail first and patient safetySupport
H1154Permit pharmacists to discuss drug prices with customers, add pharmacy benefit managers to state lawsAn Act to reduce drug costs through transparencySupport

Immigration, Jennifer Muroff

Bill #TopicBill Title LWVMA Action
H3573/S1401“Safe Communities Act” on immigration enforcementAn Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residentsSupport
H3012/S2061Allow drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration statusAn Act relative to work and family mobilitySupport
H1368Require costs of state and local immigration law enforcement be covered by federal fundsAn Act relative to enforcing federal lawSupport
H1239/S740In-state tuition for some non-citizen studentsAn Act relative to  equal opportunity for high schoolSupport
S739An Act to ensure tuition  equity for Massachusetts residentsSupport

Meeting Basic Human Needs, Clare Gordon

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action   
H1265Remove requirements for families to spend one night in places not fit for sleepingAn Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe placesSupport
H1173/S678Common application for safety-net servicesAn Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health, and safety-net programsSupport
H150/S76HomelessnessAn Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessSupport
H2434Earned income tax creditAn Act improving the earned income credit for working familiesSupport
S1646An Act improving the earned income credit for healthier familiesSupport

Transportation, Tanya Roy, Lois Levin

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H3118/S2042Bicycle and pedestrian safetyAn Act to reduce traffic fatalitiesSupport
S2120Require hands-free devices when drivingAn Act to prevent driver distraction and motor vehicle fatalitiesSupport
H2873Rebates for zero-emission vehiclesAn Act promoting zero-emission vehiclesSupport
H3075/S2035Variable-toll pilot program for tunnelsAn Act relative to congestion relief in East BostonSupport
H2653/S1694Allow municipalities and regions to raise taxes for transportation projectsAn Act relative to regional transportation ballot initiativesSupport
H2869/S2116Prohibit registration of new non-zero-emission vehicles after 2038An Act relative to a clean transportation futureSupport
H3010/S2114 Pilot program for revenue based on vehicle milesAn Act to explore alternative funding sources to ensure safe and reliable transportationSupport

Water Resources, Carolyn Lee

Bill #TopicBill TitleLWVMA Action
H751/S490Creates statewide sewage discharge notification systemAn Act promoting awareness of sewage pollution in public watersSupport
H762/S535Water conservation during droughtsAn Act relative to maintaining adequate water supplies through effective drought managementSupport
H1781Permit “water-banking” fee on large-scale water usersAn Act providing for the establishment of sustainable water resource fundsSupport
S1645An Act mitigating water resource impactsSupport

Women’s Issues, Tracy Brown

Bill #Topic Bill TitleLWVMA Action
H3320/S1209          Changes to laws affecting abortions in state, called the “ROE Act”An Act to remove obstacles and expand abortion accessSupport
H410/S263Sexual health educationAn Act relative to healthy youthSupport
H1949/S1334Commission to study racial disparities in maternal healthAn Act to reduce racial disparities in maternal healthSupport
H3572/S1898 Independent commission on workplace harassment and sexual assault at State HouseAn Act promoting equality and respect in the legislatureSupport
H1959/S1274Make menstrual products available without costAn Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schoolsSupport