League-Supported/Opposed Legislation 2023-2024

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Bills Followed by LWVMA in the 2023-2024 Legislative Session, listed by subject area

Affordable Housing, Lori Stewart & Lucy Kennedy

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Eviction Record Sealing

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

Support

Testimony

Access to Counsel

An Act promoting access to counsel and housing stability in Massachusetts

Real Estate Transfer Fee to benefit affordable housing

An Act granting a local option for a real estate transfer fee to fund affordable housing

Support
Testimony

Emergency family housing assistance

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

Support
Testimony

Codifying Mass Rental Voucher Program MVRP

An Act codifying the Mass. Rental Voucher Program

Support
Testimony

Prohibiting exclusionary zoning

An Act promoting fair housing by preventing discrimination against affordable housing

Support
Testimony

Increase community preservation revenue

An Act to increase community preservation revenue

Support
Testimony

Children and Family Issues, Palma McLaughlin

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Lift Our Kids

An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty

Support
Testimony
**Interim annual increase passed as part of FY’24 budget

Universal school meals

An Act relative to Universal School Meals

Support
Testimony
**Passed as part of FY’24 budget

Basic needs assistance for immigrant residents

An Act Establishing Basic Needs Assistance for Massachusetts Immigrant Residents

Support
Testimony

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
Testimony

Adds coercive control to definition of domestic violence

An Act improving protections relative to domestic violence

Support
Testimony
PASSED BY HOUSE 1/10/24 as part of HB4241, An Act to prevent abuse and exploitation

Limits abusive litigation

An Act relative to controlling and abusive litigation

Support
Testimony

Expands the list of professions, volunteers, and citizenry required to report suspicions of child abuse

An Act authorizing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to establish additional mandated reporters for the purpose of the protection and care of children

Oppose
Testimony

Increases the number of judges in family court

An Act to improve the administration of justice in probate and family court

Support
**Passed as part of FY’24 budget

Mandates shared custody agreements

An Act Relative to Shared Parenting

Oppose
Testimony

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Promoting humane treatment and rehabilitation

An Act related to rehabilitation, re-entry and human rights for incarcerated people

Support
Testimony

Establishes corrections inspector general

An Act establishing a correctional inspector general office

Support
Testimony

Juvenile diversion

An Act promoting diversion of juveniles to community supervision and services

Support
Testimony

Parole review for the elderly incarcerated

An Act relative to parole review for aging incarcerated people

 Support
Testimony

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

An Act to reduce mass incarceration

 Support
Testimony

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
Testimony

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

An Act relative to treatment, not imprisonment

Support
Testimony

Education policy K-12

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

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 (Common Start)

Support
Testimony

Ensures K-12 education includes accurate histories contributions of racial and ethnic groups

An Act to promote racially inclusive curriculum in schools

Support
Testimony

Elder Affairs, Pat Costello

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Tax deferrals for seniors and active duty military

An Act relative to taxes due upon the death of active duty personnel and the elderly

Support
Testimony

Elections and Voting, Nancy Brumback & Nell Forgacs

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Voting reforms including Same Day Registration

*Note that the four provisions of S.410 have been filed as separate bills in the House, below

An Act making voting administrative changes to create equitable systemic solutions (ACCESS Act)

Support
Testimony

Same-day voter Registration

An Act establishing same day registration of voters

Support
Testimony

Uniform mail voting forms

An Act providing uniform mail voting forms

Support
Testimony

Decouple municipal census from voting

An Act decoupling the municipal census from voter registration

Support
Testimony

Monitor polls for disability access

An Act enforcing accessibility for voters with disabilities

Support
Testimony

Implement risk-limiting post-election audits

An Act Protecting Elections using Risk-Limiting Audits

Support
Testimony

Felon voting

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to voting rights

Support
Testimony

Voter ID requirements posted

An Act mandating the posting of identification requirements at polling places

Support
Testimony

Free public transit on Election Day

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

Support
Testimony

Ranked choice voting in municipal elections

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

Support
Testimony

Allow use of campaign funds for child care

An Act empowering parental participation in elected office

Support
Testimony

Allow use of campaign funds for child care

An Act supporting parents running for public office

Support
Testimony

Allow municipalities to lower voting age in municipal elections

An Act ensuring municipal participation of the widest eligible range

Support
Testimony

Photo ID to vote

An Act requiring photo IDs to vote

Oppose
Testimony

Show ID to vote

An Act ensuring the election integrity through voter identification

Oppose
Testimony

Photo ID to vote

An Act establishing identification at the voting polls

Oppose
Testimony

Restricts deepfake ads within 90 days of election

An Act relative to deceptive and fraudulent deepfakes in election communications

Support

Environment—Climate Emergency, Launa Zimmaro

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Climate bank

An Act creating a climate bank in Massachusetts

Support
Testimony

Transition gas to thermal energy utilities

An Act relative to the future of heat in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony

Supply heating energy from zero emissions sources

An Act relative to the clean heat standard

Support
Testimony

Bottle bill expansion

An Act to expand the bottle bill

Support
Testimony

Reduce waste and recycling costs

An Act to reduce waste and recycling costs in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony

Building decarbonization

An Act relative to Better Buildings

Support
Testimony

Building decarbonization

An Act relative to Building Energy and Decarbonization

Support
Testimony

GETS: Grid enhancement technologies

An Act advancing grid enhancement technologies

Support

Permitting and siting

An Act to expedite permitting for electric decarbonization infrastructure projects

An Act relative to energy facilities siting improvement to address environmental

Support

Environment—Natural Resources, Carolyn Lee

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Water Resources – Drought policy

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

Support
Testimony

Water Resources – “Water Banking” trust fund

An Act improving municipal water infrastructure

Support
Testimony

Water resources – Flushable wipes labeling

An Act protecting water systems through the labeling of flushable wipes

Support
Testimony

Environmental Protection – pest management

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

Support
Testimony

Environmental Protection – invasive species

An Act responding to the threat of invasive species

Support
Testimony

Environmental Protection – hazardous chemicals (PFAS)

An Act to protect Massachusetts public health from PFAS

Support
Testimony

Environmental Protection

An Act increasing the conservation land tax credit (CLTC)

Support
Testimony

Good Governance, Carolyn Lee

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Privacy protection

An Act to implement the recommendations of the special commission on facial recognition technology

Support
Testimony

Prohibits book bans

An Act regarding free expression

Support
Testimony

Call for Article V Constitutional convention

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

Oppose
Testimony

Hybrid meetings

An Act to modernize participation in public meetings

Support
Testimony

Cable access

An Act to modernize funding for community media programming

Support
Testimony

Gun Violence Protection, Sue McCalley

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Firearms omnibus bill

An Act to modernize firearm laws

Health Care, Ellen Church & Andrea Bresnahan

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Universal single payer healthcare

An Act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts

Support
Testimony

Uniform collection and reporting process for immunization information

An Act Promoting Community Immunity

Support
Testimony

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

License midwives practicing in out-of-hospital settings

An Act promoting access to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth options

Support
Testimony

Tax credit for caregivers of family members at home

An Act to establish the family caregiving tax credit

Support
Testimony

Death with dignity

An Act Relative to End of Life Options

Support
Testimony

Immigration, Amy Cooper

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Provide services in multiple languages

An Act relative to language access and inclusion

Support
Testimony

“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
Testimony

Fair wages for agricultural workers

An Act establishing fairness for agricultural laborers

Support
Testimony

Tuition equity for all MA HS graduates

An Act to ensure tuition equity for Massachusetts residents/ An Act providing access to higher education for high school graduates in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony
**Passed as part of the FY’24 budget

Ends 287g ICE agreements

An Act relative to Massachusetts state sovereignty

Support
Testimony

Meeting Basic Human Needs, Clare Gordon

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Rights for Homeless persons

An Act establishing a bill of rights for individuals experiencing homelessness

Support
Testimony

Earned Income Credit State Match

An Act improving the earned income credit for working families

Support
Testimony
**Passed as part of Tax Relief Bill (40%)

IDs for homeless individuals

An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessness

Support
Testimony

Racial Justice, Felina Silver

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Commission to study improving education outcomes for Indigenous youth

An Act providing for the creation of a permanent commission relative to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native residents of the Commonwealth

Support

Curriculum standard to include MA Indigenous peoples

An Act relative to celebrating and teaching Native American culture and history

Support

Bans use of Native American mascots in schools unless tribe has granted permission

An Act prohibiting the use of Native American mascots by public schools in the Commonwealth

Support

Establishes Indigneous Peoples Day as a state holiday

An Act establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day

Support

Transportation, Franny Osman &  Lois Levin

Bill #

Topic

Bill Title

LWVMA Action

Regional transit authorities

An Act to increase regional transit accessibility in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony

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

An Act relative to regional transportation ballot initiatives

Support

Sets deadlines to electrify regional transit authorities

An Act Electrifying Regional Transit Authorities

Support
Testimony

Sets deadlines to electrify school buses

An Act Setting Deadlines for School Bus & Public Fleet Electrification and Programs to Encourage Electrification of Private Fleets

Support

Sets deadline to electrify the commuter rail

An Act Setting Deadlines to Electrify the Commuter Rail

Support
Testimony

Women’s Issues, Jan Soma

No cost menstrual products

An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products

Support
Testimony

Ensures age appropriate, medically accurate sex education in schools

An Act relative to healthy youth

Support
Testimony

Health insurance coverage for all pregnancy related care

An Act ensuring access to full spectrum pregnancy care

Support
Testimony

Ban on mandatory arbitration in the workplace

An Act relative to defense against abusive waivers

Support
Testimony

Equal Pay

An Act relative to transparency in the workplace

Support
Testimony

Equal Pay

An Act relative to pay range disclosure

Support
Testimony

Parity on public boards

An Act to promote gender and racial and diversity on public boards and commissions

Support
Testimony

Black maternal health omnibus-new

An Act relative to birthing justice in the Commonwealth

Support
Testimony

Independent commission to investigate State House sexual harassment/abuse

An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature

Support
Testimony

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