League-Supported/Opposed Legislation 2017-2018

The legislative advocacy efforts of the LWVMA are led by the Legislative Action Committee (LAC), composed of the League’s 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 on them to the LAC, 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 positions. The 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 or opposition for 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 2017-2018 Legislative Session, listed by subject area

The bill numbers listed are the numbers initially assigned.  Those numbers will change several 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 # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H675

Summary

Bonds to produce new affordable housing and purchase existing units An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents Support
Testimony
H673/S723

Summary

Increase housing production An Act relative to housing production Support
Testimony

Agriculture, Louise Haldeman

Casino Gambling, Louise Haldeman

Child Safety, Palma McLaughlin

 Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
 S34

Summary
Repeal family cap on welfare benefits An Act to lift the cap on kids Support
Testimony
S862

Summary

Domestic violence training An Act relative to improving training for child advocates to recognize the indictors of domestic violence Support
H811 Child-centered family law An Act relative to shared parenting Oppose
H85

Summary

Repeal family cap on welfare Benefits An Act relative to the care and well-being of a child Support
S48

Summary

Raises age of juvenile jurisdiction An Act to promote the appropriate treatment of young children Support

Criminal Justice and Courts, Colleen Kirby

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S777 / H2359

Summary

Deals with having to serve jail time because unable to pay court fees and fines An Act to reduce the criminalization of poverty Support
Testimony
S874

Summary

Conditional medical parole An Act relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates Support
Testimony
S779 /H3121

Summary

Increases participation in rehabilitation programs, adds to parole board membership An Act related to parole Support
Testimony
S770/H3072

Summary

Allow alternative sentences for primary caregivers of minor children An Act providing community-based sentencing alternatives for primary caregivers of dependent children convicted of non-violent crimes Support
Testimony
H74

Summary

Reduce Recidivism An Act implementing the joint recommendations of the Massachusetts criminal justice review Support
Testimony
S944/H2309

Summary

Remove records of mistaken and juvenile arrests An Act relative to sealing juvenile records and expungement of court records Support
Testimony
S873/H967

Summary

Felony larceny amount An Act relative to larceny Support
Testimony
S834/H3120

Summary

Pretrial and bail reform An Act reforming pretrial process Support
Testimony
S847/H793

Summary

Restorative justice An Act promoting restorative justice practices Support
Testimony
S1306/H3071

Summary

Solitary confinement restrictions An Act reducing recidivism, curbing unnecessary spending and ensuring appropriate use of segregation Support
Testimony
S819/H741

Summary

Repeal certain mandatory minimum sentences An Act to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses Support
Testimony
S773

Summary

Increase program participation An Act to expand sentencing options Support
Testimony

Education, Terry Yoffie

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S2071/H3704

Summary

Sexual Health education An Act relative to healthy youth Support
Testimony
Testimony
S223

Summary

Revise funding formula for education An Act modernizing the foundation budget for the 21st century Support
Testimony
S215/H2016

Summary

Civics engagement and learning An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement Support
Testimony

Elder Affairs, Pat Costello

Elections and Voting, Linda Freedman

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S371

Summary

 

Election Day Registration An Act to establish election day registration Support
Testimony
H353 An Act to establish election day registration
H2093 An Act relative to same day voter registration
S373/H2091

Summary

Automatic voter registration An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud Support
Testimony
HD2379 Boston reprecincting An Act regarding decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston Support
S374

Summary

Require photo ID to vote An Act establishing voter identification procedures Oppose
Testimony
S397 An Act requiring photo identification to
H363 An Act ensuring election integrity through voter identification
H372 An Act requiring photo identification for voting
H386 An Act relative to valid identification at voting polls

Environment—Energy and Resource Conservation, Launa Zimmaro

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H1726

Summary

Carbon pricing An Act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs Support
Testimony
S1821

Summary 

Carbon pricing An Act combating climate change Support
Testimony
S1876/H2700

Summary

Increase minimum use of renewable energy by electric utilities An Act relative to enhancing RPS standards Support
S1846/H2706

Summary

Solar net metering, solar targets, renewable energy standards An Act relative to solar power and the green economy Support
H2683

Summary

Gas leaks An Act relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas Support
H2148

Summary

Electronic products waste An Act to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse, and recycling of discarded electronic products Support
S1849/H3395

Summary

Goals for renewable energy use An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy Support
S1875/H1725

Summary

Modernize electric grid An Act relative to local energy investment and infrastructure modernization Support

Environment—Natural Resources, Carolyn Lee

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H1744, H2686, S1865

Summary

Repeals bottle deposit laws An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth Oppose
Testimony
H1245

Summary

Ban toxic flame retardants An Act to protect children, families, and firefighters from harmful flame retardants Support
Testimony

Fiscal Policy, June Michaels

Good Governance, Carolyn Lee

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S787/H873

Summary

Prohibit registries based on religion, national origin, etc. and prevent collection of information based on First Amendment activities An Act to protect fundamental freedoms and prohibit discriminatory registration programs Support

Health Care, Janice Goodell

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S591/
H2960Summary
Health insurance reports sent to patient An Act to protect access to confidential health care Support
Testimony
S619

Summary

Single-payer health care An Act to establish Medicare for all in Massachusetts Support
Testimony
H2987

Summary

Single-payer health care An Act establishing improved Medicare for all in Massachusetts Support
Testimony
S610/H596

Summary

Study costs of single-payer health care system An Act to ensure effective health care cost control Support
Testimony
S1169/H2474

Summary

Create advanced dental practitioner level
An Act auth
orizing dental therapists to expand access to oral health
Support
H1189/S1206

Summary

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

Human Trafficking/Child Safety, Carole Pelchat

Immigration, Karen Price

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S1305/H3269

Summary

“Safe Communities Act” on immigration enforcement An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents Support
Testimony
H644

Summary

In-state tuition for some non-citizen students An Act relative to equal opportunity for high school graduates in the commonwealth Support
Testimony
H3033

Summary

Require costs of state and local immigration law enforcement be covered by federal funds An Act relative to enforcing federal law Support

Meeting Basic Human Needs, Clare Gordon

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H659

Summary

Remove requirement for families to spend one night in shelter not fit for sleeping An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places Support
S612/H101

Summary

Common application for safety-net services An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net program Support
Testimony
H695

Summary

Homelessness An Act providing a homeless bill of rights Support
Testimony
S46

Summary

Homelessness An Act creating a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness Support
H1504

Summary

Earned income tax credit An Act improving the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families Support
S1521

Summary

Earned income tax credit An Act improving the Earned Income Tax Credit for healthier families Support
Testimony

Transportation, Lois Levin

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S1905/H2877

Summary

Reduce bicycle and pedestrian accidents An Act to reduce traffic fatalities Support
Testimony

Water Resources, Carolyn Lee

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S1126/H2116

Summary

Permit “water-banking” fee on large-scale water users An Act providing for the establishment of sustainable water resource funds Support
S420/H2711

Summary

Maintain streamflow and water levels An Act relative to streamflow standards Support
S425/H2115

Summary

Water conservation during droughts An Act relative to drought management Support
H2139

Summary

Requires water quality and pollution control report An Act to improve water quality and pollution control programs Support
H2777

Summary

Shift Water pollution oversight from EPA to Mass DEP An Act to enable the commonwealth’s administration of the Massachusetts pollutant discharge elimination system Oppose

Women’s Issues, Jessica Sullivan

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S1023/H1038

Summary

Rights for pregnant workers An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act Support
Testimony
S545/H482

Summary

Disability insurance equity An Act providing for equitable coverage in disability policies Support
Testimony
S499/H536

Summary

Insurers provide contraceptives without copays or deductibles An Act relative to advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security Support
S784      

Summary

Contraception and abortion An Act negating archaic statutes targeting young women Support
Testimony
S805      

Summary

Contraception, abortion adultery and other issues An Act relative to archaic crimes Support
Testimony