The deadline for reporting bills out of the joint committee to which they were assigned has passed. There were three common actions.
Some bills were reported out of committee and have begun the process of moving toward a vote. Most will first be assigned to the Rules or Ways & Means Committees in either the House or Senate. Bill numbers will have changed from the original number, but you can follow the “Bill History” on the legislature website starting with the original numbers listed below. For our testimony on bills, see our website here.
Other bills received an extension of time for the joint committee to make a decision. Three League priority bills are in that category: Election Day registration, the ROE Act to expand abortion access, and the Safe Communities immigration bill. The longer those bills stay in committee, the less time they will have to be passed this session.
The third option was for bills to be “sent to study,” which means they will not proceed any further this legislative session.
Bills reported out of joint committee:
H410/S263 – An Act relative to healthy youth, the sex education bill. Senate version has passed the Senate and is in House Ways & Means. House version is in joint committee on health care financing.
H1949/S1334– An Act to reduce racial disparities in maternal health
H3661– An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in firefighter personal protective equipment
H1264 – An Act to further provide a rental arrearage program
H1305 – An Act codifying the Massachusetts rental voucher program
H1265 – An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places
S834 – An Act relative to female genital mutilation
H3457 – An Act relative to parole
S1379 – An Act to strengthen inmate visitation
H853 – An Act to assure the attainment of greenhouse gas emissions goals in the alternative portfolio standard- To remove biomass from allowed renewable heating options
Bills that have been granted an extension to indicated date and are still in joint committee:
H2047 – An Act to strengthen inmate visitation, to 5/1
H636– An Act relative to election day registration (satellites), to 4/30
H635– An Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal elections, to 4/30
Bills that have been “sent to study” and are no longer active:
In some cases, provisions in the bills below have been incorporated into other active bills.
H1541 – An Act establishing presumptive parole
S1645 – An Act mitigating water resource impacts
H1368 – An Act relative to enforcing federal law – To require costs of state and local immigration law enforcement be covered by federal funds
S240 – An Act relative to universal prekindergarten access
S420 – An Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal elections
H2873– An Act promoting zero-emission vehicles
H2865 – An Act to establish a net zero stretch energy code
H2869 – An Act relative to a clean transportation future
H677 – An Act relative to the elimination of public campaign financing (LWVMA opposes)
H705 – An Act relative to valid identification at voting polls (LWVMA opposes)
H658– An Act ensuring the election integrity through voter identification (LWVMA opposes)
H704 – An Act relative to voting overseas (LWVMA opposes)
H709– An Act relative to UOCAVA voting (LWVMA opposes)