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Massachusetts Legislation Update

Newly- added LWVMA supported bills

H.3152S.2082 An Act to modernize participation in public meetings. This bill would require remote access to public meetings. (Specialist area: Good Governance)

H.1643/S.1112  An Act improving protections relative to domestic violence. This bill would add coercive control to definition of domestic violence (Specialist area: Children and Families).

H.1377/S.868 An Act empowering cities and towns to support affordable housing with a fee on certain real estate transactions. This bill allows cities and towns to raise real estate transfer fees dedicated to affordable housing. (Specialist area: Affordable Housing)

Progress on our bills in April

Some of our bills continue to receive additional extensions, giving the committee more time to act. Those that have been sent to study, meaning there will be no further action on them this session, are now indicated on the League website. 

LWVMA Bills that were reported favorably out of committee in April

S.104 An Act to authorize the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to establish additional mandated reporters for the purpose of the protection and care of children (LWVMA opposes)

H.1531/S.980 An Act relative to expungement of juvenile and young adult records

H.1826/S.920 An Act to promote public safety and better outcomes for young adults

H.1350/S.847 An Act establishing a community college campus hunger pilot program

H.1325/S.824 An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public education

H.584 An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education

H.851/S.524 An Act preserving open space in the Commonwealth

H.2341/S.1519 An Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safety

H.3456/S.2289 An act relative to work and family mobility during and subsequent to the COVID-19 emergency

LWVMA Bills that passed the Senate in April

S.524 An Act preserving open space in the Commonwealth

LWVMA Bills that passed the House in April

H.3302 An Act to promote offshore wind energy and renewables

See League testimony on these bills here.