League-Supported/Opposed Legislation 2015-2016

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, after researching and voting on support or opposition for a bill, makes a recommendation the LWVMA board of directors on the League position on that bill.  The board then votes whether to support or oppose a specific bill. Once the board has made its decision, LWVMA and local Leagues can actively work to support or oppose the bill.

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 2015-2016 Legislative Session, listed by subject area

Affordable Housing, Clare Gordon

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.1111 Increase housing construction 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
 S.827 Domestic violence
training
An Act relative to improving training  for child advocates to recognize indicators of domestic violence Support Testimony
H.1207/ S.834  Child centered family law An Act relative to child centered family law Oppose
Testimony

Criminal Justice and Courts, Colleen Kirby and Carolyn Lee

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S.844 Felony larceny amount An Act updating the definition of felony larceny Support Testimony
S.71 Restorative justice An Act promoting restorative justice practices Support Testimony
 H.1584/ S.802 Bail reform An Act reforming pretrial process Support Testimony
Letter
H.1620/ S.786 Eliminate mandatory minimum drug sentences An Act eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses Support Testimony
H.1270 Remove record of mistaken arrests An Act relative to the expungement of records of persons falsely accused and juveniles Support
H.3039/
S.2014
Change rules on driver’s license suspension An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension Support Testimony
Action Alert
S.729 Impact of good behavior An Act relative to parole eligibility Support
Testimony
H.1475/
S.1255
Solitary confinement
restrictions
An Act to reduce recidivism, curb unnecessary spending, and ensure appropriate use of segregation Support
Testimony
Testimony
H.1313 Restorative justice An Act promoting restorative justice practices Support
Testimony
H.1270/ S.810 Expungement of records An Act relative to the expungement of records of persons falsely accused and juveniles Support
Testimony

Education, Terry Yoffie

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S.251 Dropout prevention An Act relative to dropout prevention and recovery Support
Testimony
S.2062 Sexual health education An Act relative to healthy youth Support
Testimony
Action Alert

Elder Affairs, Pat Costello

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.2029/
S.1159
Informing patients of status An Act regarding notification of patient observations status Support
Testimony

Elections and Voting, Linda Freedman

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.553/
S.377
Election Day voter registration An Act to establish election day registration (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony
H.3321 Redraw Boston precincts An Act regarding Decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston Support
H.3937 Automatic voter registration An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud Support
Testimony
H.572 Campaign finance An Act relative to the elimination of public campaign financing (Bill no longer active this session.) Oppose
Testimony
H.574 Require paper ballots An Act to ensure secure voting equipment (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony
H. 557 Require voter ID An Act ensuring election integrity through voter identification (Bill no longer active this session.) Oppose
Testimony
H.569 Require voter ID An Act requiring photo identification for voting Oppose
Testimony
H.595 Require voter ID An Act relative to valid identification at voting polls (Bill no longer active this session.) Oppose
Testimony
H.600 Allow overseas ballot by secure website An Act relative to UOCAVA voting (Bill no longer active this session.) Oppose
Testimony

Environment—Energy and Resource Conservation, Launa Zimmaro

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S.1747 Carbon pricing An Act combatting climate change Support
Testimony
Action Alert
Letter
H.756 Electronic waste products An Act to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products Support
Testimony
H.2870 and S.1768 Gas leaks An Act relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony
H.2871 and S.1767 Gas leaks An Act relative to gas leak repairs during road projects Support
Testimony
H.3854 Sets solar net metering caps and other solar energy policies An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change Oppose
Letter
S.2372 Energy diversity An Act to promote energy diversity Support
Letter
Letter

Environment—Natural Resources, Lynn Wolbarst

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.2119 Toxic chemicals An Act to prohibit the distribution in commerce of children’s products and upholstered furniture containing certain flame retardants, and for other purposes Support
Testimony
H.646 Repeals current bottle deposit law An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth Oppose

Fiscal Policy, June Michaels

Good Governance, Carolyn Lee

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.3665 Access to public records An Act to improve public records Support
Testimony
Action Alert
Action Alert
Letter
Action Alert

Health Care, Judy Deutsch

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.1026 Single-payer health care An Act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts Support
Testimony
H.1033 Public health insurance option An Act establishing a public health insurance option Support
Testimony
H.965 Compare health care costs An Act to ensure effective health care cost control Support
Testimony
H.1958/ S.1206 Patient-staff ratios An Act relative to patient safety Support
Testimony
S.2076 Dental Hygienist An Act establishing an advanced dental hygiene practitioner level of practice Support
Testimony
S.1114 Health disparities An Act to eliminate health disparities in the Commonwealth Support
Testimony

Human Trafficking/Child Safety, Carole Pelchat

Immigration, Karen Price

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.1061 In-state tuition for some non-citizen students An Act relative to equal opportunity for high school graduates in the commonwealth (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony

Meeting Basic Human Needs, Clare Gordon

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.1129 Homelessness An Act providing a homeless bill of rights Support
Testimony
H.2479 Earned Income Tax Credit An Act improving the earned income credit for working families (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony
S.70 Financial Stability An Act promoting financial stability and asset development Support
Testimony

Transportation, Lois Levin

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
H.3100 Transportation assessment An Act directing the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to assess the current status of the Commonwealth’s transportation system Support
H.2698/ S.1474 Local ballot initiatives for transportation An Act relative to regional transportation ballot initiatives Support
Testimony
H.3613 Omnibus transportation bill An Act for a reliable, sustainable Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Support
Testimony
H.3073/S.1807 Sets space between cars and other road users An Act to protect vulnerable road users Support
Testimony
H.3019/S.1810 Side guards on trucks  An Act to protect vulnerable road users by requiring certain vehicles to be equipped with side under-rider guards and blind spot mirrors (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
H.3072/ S. 1808 Keep vehicles out of bicycle lanes An Act to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes Support
Testimony
S. 1809 Allows cyclists to ride when using crosswalk An Act to protect bicyclists in bicycle paths Support
Testimony

Women’s Issues

Bill # Topic Bill Title LWVMA Action
S.2107 Pay equity An Act to establish pay equity Support
Testimony
Action Alert
Action Alert
Action Alert
H.1769 Rights for pregnant workers An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act Support
Testimony
Letter
H.784 Disability insurance equity An Act providing for equitable coverage in disability policies (Bill no longer active this session.) Support
Testimony
Action Alert