The following legislation was sponsored or co-sponsored by Representative Day. Legislation marked with an asterisk denotes that Representative Day is the primary sponsor.
CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
HD4623*: An Act to reduce sexual exploitation of victims of human trafficking
Provides a pathway for survivors of human trafficking to vacate convinctions related to their vicitmization.
HD4348*: An Act relative to excise tax exemption for motor vehicles purchased for the use of a disabled individual
Excise tax exception for motor vehicles purchased or leased for the use of a disabled individual.
HD4337*: An Act relative to automobile insurance premiums
This bill would cap how much insurance companies can raise a premium after the first at fault accident with the cap being set at 35%.
H3362*: An Act honoring as veterans certain persons who served in the National Guard and Reserves
This bill would allow Reservists and Guardmen to be honored as “veterans” for the purpose of ceremonial events and burial respects.
H3322: An Act relative to the sale of all alcoholic beverages in theaters in Stoneham
Stoneham theaters with seating capacities of 300 or more may be granted licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the premises of the theater.
H1921*: An Act prohibiting the participation of healthcare professionals in the torture and abuse of prisoners
Healthcare professionals are expected to do no harm, yet medical and mental health professionals helped to develop the enhanced interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere; they supervised interrogations and waterboarding; and they helped cover up abuse and, in at least one case, a resulting death. This bill will ensure that MA-licensed healthcare professionals are not, in the future, involved in torture, abuse, or direct interrogation of prisoners or detainees. It would impose civil sanctions on healthcare professionals who participate in torture, abuse, or direct interrogations; require professionals to report torture or abuse; and provide protections to whistle blowers.
H1255*: An Act to protect the privacy of 911 callers
This bill would protect the privacy of 911 emergency dispatch callers by disallowing public access to recorded 911 calls without the express consent of the original caller. However, written transcripts would be made publicly available upon request. Exemptions for the release of original recordings are provided for law enforcement and court proceedings.
H2925: An Act promoting transparency and accountability for hosting the 2024 summer games
Boston has been accepted by the United States Olympic Committee on January 8, 2015 as a candidate city to host the 2024 summer games. Boston 2024 Partnership, Inc. was appointed to be the organizing committee.
H933: Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, money is not speech
The Citizens United decision has dramatically changed politics in the United States for the worse. This proposed amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution declares that “corporations are not people, and money is not speech” in an effort to do our part in reversing the corrosive effects of this decision.
H3271: An Act concerning nondiscrimination in access to organ transplantation
Any person with a mental or physical disability in need of an organ transplant should not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The bill calls for “reasonable modifications to policies or practices” when treating a disabled recipient, “supported decision making,” and strengthened commutication of information to the disabled individual.
H77: An Act to ensure continued health insurance coverage for children
Provide coverage to eligible kids birth-18 years old and pregnant woman regardless of federal funding under the Social Security Act.
H79: An Act providing immediate childcare assistance to homeless families
Provides immediate childcare assistance to homeless families.
H790: An Act to improve efficiency and coordination of health through a new division of health insurance
Under current law, health care policy is addressed under the Division of Insurance, but is not its sole focus. This legislation, in creating a new Division of Health Insurance under EOHHS, will strengthen regulation of health insurers, better protect patients, and allow for efficient and streamlined health policy at the state level. Using existing funds and staff from the Division of Insurance Health Care Access Bureau, the new Division of Health Insurance will guard the solvency of health insurers, protect the interests of consumers and encourage fair treatment of health care providers in the marketplace. As part of EOHHS, the new Division of Health Insurance will be better able to collaborate with other health and human service agencies and to hold insurers accountable for developing policies that advance the welfare of the public through overall efficiency, improved health care quality, and appropriate access.
H786: An Act requiring mental health parity for disability policies
This bill would require that disability policies provide the same benefits for behavioral health disorders as physical disorders.
H871: An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare
Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH Act) ISSUE: Currently, a communication called an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) that details the type and cost of medical services received is routinely sent to the primary subscriber each time an enrollee on the plan accesses care. While a subscriber could not learn what type of care that non-minor dependents received by calling the health care provider, sensitive health information is frequently disclosed in an EOB, violating the basic right to privacy for anyone enrolled as a dependent on another?s policy, such as a minor, adult child or spouse. AIM: This bill would help protect patient privacy by allowing the person receiving care to choose how their EOB is received; at the address of the health plan subscriber; at the address of the insured dependent receiving care; at an alternative address that the insured dependent provides; or through electronic means when available. As a part of this legislation, insurance carriers will not identify or describe the sensitive health care services received in a common summary of payments form.
H901: An Act relative to Lyme disease treatment coverage
Provides coverage for long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease if determined medically necessary by a licensed physician
H941: An Act relative to the care and treatment of patients with mitochondrial disease
provide to any active or retired employees (or spuse) of the commonwealth coverage and treatment for mitochondrial disease. This includes viamins, no limited to, CoEnzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin K1 and L-Carnitine
H948: An Act relative to women’s health and economic equity
This bill would update Massachusetts contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a co-pay.
H984: An Act relative to keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care
This legislation eliminates copays and deductibles for certain high-value and low cost prescription drugs and treatments such as insulin, inhalers, and anti-retroviral medications. A panel of medical experts within EOHHS will determine which of these services should not be subject to cost sharing, and after approval by the EOHHS Secretary, fully insured health plans would no longer charge copays for them.
H1041: An Act concerning sexual violence on higher education campuses
Requires all schools that receive federal funds to take immediate and effective steps to respond to reports of sexual assault. Calls for schools to enact programs to prevent sexual assult.
H1129: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights
Following in the steps of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Illinois, this bill would establish a bill of rights for the homeless in our state to ensure that they are not mistreated or denied access to services based solely on their housing status. These rights would include: (1) The right to use and move freely in public spaces (2) The right to equal treatment by all state and municipal agencies (3) The right not to face discrimination while seeking or maintaining employment (4) The right to emergency medical care (5) The right to vote, register to vote and receive documentation necessary to prove identity for voting (6) The right to protection from disclosure of his or her records and information provided to homeless shelters and service providers to state, municipal and private entities without appropriate legal authority; and the right to confidentiality of personal records and information in accordance with all limitations on disclosure established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Federal Violence Against Women Act; and (7) The right to a reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her personal property to the same extent as personal property in a permanent residence.
H1270: An Act relative to the expungement of records of persons falsely accused and juveniles
When a person has been falsley accused the court shall erase all records obtained by the department of criminal justice information services, the probation department, and the sex offender registry. This will happen in the case of mis identification, intentionally false statements that caused fraud on the court, or police negligence and court staff in initiating a complaint. In addition, erase records regarding the false accusation that are in the care, custody, and control of any other state, municipal or local departments, agencies, commissions, or committees, including law enforcement agencies
H1273: An Act to Protect the Health and Safety of Animals in Cars
Massachusetts has an outstanding felony animal cruelty statute that was recently strengthened in the last legislative session. However, one area where it falls short is in protecting animals confined in cars. Modeled after legislation recently passed in Rhode Island with feedback from Animal Control Officers (ACOs), this legislation creates a citation that can be issued by police or ACOs to serve as a deterrent for when the offense may not rise to the level of felony cruelty. The bill would also give police and ACOs more flexibility in being able to go into a vehicle and retrieve an animal that is suffering.
H1275: An Act to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
Wildlife trafficking of ivory is one of the world?s most lucrative criminal activities, valued at $7-$10 billion annually and is decimating elephant and rhinoceros populations, both facing extinction. There are only FOUR Northern White Rhinos remaining in the world making it too late for them but other species (and the humans protecting them) are being hunted down for the value of their tusks. We will join NY and NJ in disrupting trade in ivory so the poor animals who are killed for this one reason do not become extinct.
H1313: An Act promoting restorative justice practices
This bill creates an option for law enforcement and courts to refer juvenile and low-level adult criminal offenders to a community-based restorative justice program in lieu of or alongside other responses. The referral may be made pre-complaint, at the arrest, pre-arraignment, or sentencing phase and impacted parties and victims may also be part of the process. Restorative justice practices may include voluntary meetings among victim, offender, supporters, and community members that provide an opportunity to meet victim needs, hold an offender accountable, explore the impact of the crime upon community, and agree upon a constructive plan of repair by consensus. The bill also creates an advisory committee to study, track and make policy recommendations to aid in the implementation of restorative justice practices in the Commonwealth. An Office of Restorative Justice will also be established to provide support and assistance to community-based restorative justice programs in the Commonwealth.
H1531: An Act to protect electronic privacy
Fixes major gaps in outdated laws and protects personal information collected by phone and internet companies?where we go, who we communicate with, our emails and texts, and any information we store online.
H1560: An Act establishing a right to counsel in certain eviction cases
This legislation creates a right to counsel for indigent individuals in civil proceedings in which loss of housing is a potential outcome. What good are legal rights if you cannot afford to exercise them? For far too many, “and justice for all” is an illusion. Supported by the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, this legislation helps make the promise of justice more real. Housing is one of the foundations on which individuals and families build lives, and the loss of housing is one of the most disruptive events a person or family can experience. By making sure rights are protected in practice as well as in theory, we can also at times avert the introduction of a major risk factor for homelessness and thereby see budgetary savings.
H1575: An Act relative to data collection and fair treatment of drivers
This bill would prohibit racial profiling of motorists by law enforcement officials. The bill requires routine data collection during traffic stops to help law enforcement better understand and address racial disparities. It also requires law enforcement agencies to regularly report the data they collect to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for independent analysis and publication
H1577: An Act relative to gender identity and nondiscrimination
This bill adds “gender identity” to existing state non-discrimination law for public accommodations. Excluding transgender persons from protections in public places causes confusion for businesses and their employees as well as the transgender person. For instance, under current law, a restaurant employee can’t be fired because they are transgender. But they can be refused service at that very same establishment because they are transgender. This bill is another tool to give them guidance and clarity about their legal obligations. The absence of public accommodations protections for transgender people undermines the very protections we did enact for them last session, because it tells people it’s still okay to discriminate against this vulnerable community.
H1656: An Act relative to the Geographical jurisdiction of the Housing Court Department
Housing division shall consist of a Northeaster, southeaster, western, easter northwestern, and southwestern side. Eastern division hold one meeting in Suffolk and Middlesex county. central division hold one in City of Worcester, Northern Wocester County, and Middlesex County. southeastern division in Plymouth county, Barnstable county. metro south division of the housing court department in Norfol county and plymouth. The court, with the consent of the chief justice of the trial court, shall also sit in such other courthouse facilities as the chief justice of the housing court department may deem to be expedient or convenient
H2209: An Act providing health insurance coverage to the surviving children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty
If a surviving spouse dies or remarries, dependents under the age of 19 may continue to recieve coverage.
H2771: An Act relative to the governance of the Health Policy Commission
The fourth person appointed by the governor shall be a registered nurse licensed to practice in Massachusetts currently practicing in a patient care setting. This person shall be initially appointed for a term of 5 years.
H2772: An Act to improve public records
This bill seeks to improve the public record keeping and distribution system.
H2858: An Act relative to transparency in private utility construction contracts
Outlines regulations for companies entering contracts in the amount of $100,000 or more for services related to the excavation or construction on a public way.
H2979: An Act exempting Veterans from the standard registration fee for Veterans license plates
This legislation removes the standard registration fee of $60 from Veterans license plates for the Veterans of our Commonwealth while maintaining the modest $40 special plate fee that will continue to help fund the Chelsea and Holyoke Soldiers’ homes.
H2985: An Act relative to safe driving
The goal of this legislation is to license and insure every individual who operated a motor vehicle in the commonwealth. To that end, this bill will separate driver’s licenses from valid identification for Massachusetts residents who are denied driving privileges because they are unable to provide a social security number. In accordance with REAL ID Act, these licenses will not be valid as identification. Additionally, license holders must pass a driver’s education course and renew the license every four years. The license is invalidated if the holder is driving an uninsured vehicle.
H3039: An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension
The registrar shall keep all records of suspension and the underlying offense from public access.
H3216: An Act relative to direct mailings
Requires senders to include valid return mailing addresses, email addresses, or phone numbers on sent materials. If a receiver asks not to receive direct mail from a sender, it is unlawful for the sender to initiate a mailing to the recipient more than 10 buisness days after the receipt of the request.
H3474: An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving
In 2010 the legislature voted to ban texting while driving. However, holding a cell phone to make a call while driving is still allowed, and it is very difficult for police to distinguish between texting and dialing a phone number. This bill would ban the use of hand-held phones while driving but still permit drivers to place calls using hands-free technology.
H3679: An Act to ensure compliance with the anti-shackling law for pregnant incarcerated women
Mandates annual training of correctional facility staff members who transport or supervise female prisoners on the requirements of this chapter. Any time restraints are used on a pregnant or postpartum inmate, the superintendent of a state correctional facility shall, within 48 hours, submit a report to the secretary of public safety and security. The secretary shall submit to the legislature an annual report regarding compliance with this section .
H3733: An Act to amend Chapter 60A Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws
Senior citizens over the age of sixty-five may be exucsed from a motor vehicle excise if their annual income is at or below federal poverty guidelines.
H3731: An Act to require written notice of medical tests outside a patient’s network for insurance purposes
For insurance purposes, any physician or physician practice manager that orders tests, procedures, or lab work that will be conducted outside the physician’s office or specific practice shall be required to notify the patient in writing prior to said test if the test will be conducted by a facility outside the patient’s network.
H3914: An Act relative to denying firearms and explosives to suspected terrorists
In this age of global terrorism, it is crucial to keep dangerous weapons and firearms out of the hands of terrorists. However, due to inaction by the federal government, people who have been placed on the terrorist watch list by the FBI are still legally able to pass background checks and purchase guns in the United States. In fact, Al-Qaeda has urged its associates in the US to take advantage of how easy it is to buy guns in this country. According to a report by the federal Government Accountability Office, more than 2,000 suspects on the FBI terrorist watchlist legally purchased weapons in the US over the last 11 years. 91% of all suspected terrorists who tried to buy guns in America passed the necessary background check and completed their purchase, because the FBI is not able to block sales due to being on the watchlist. Those who did not pass the background check failed to do so due to other disqualifying events such as a felony conviction. According to a recent article in the New York Daily News, the percentage of terror suspects who successfully purchased guns went up to 94% in 2013-14, just as ISIS was beginning its global recruitment push. The House docket I filed today will disqualify anyone who appears on the FBI terrorist watchlist or the federal no-fly list from legally acquiring either a Firearms ID Card (FID) or a License to Carry (LTC) in Massachusetts. In 2013, New Jersey became the first state to pass similar legislation, and I am hoping we can follow suit. The public ? gun owners and non-gun-owners alike – overwhelmingly supports passage of this legislation at the federal level. While there is no replacement for federal action on this issue, a bill here in Massachusetts can make an impact on public safety and raise awareness in other states as well.
S1483: An Act relative to the senior circuit breaker tax credit
If a taxpayer’s total income does not exceed 50% of the applicable income limitation, then the amount to which the real estate tax payment exceeds the taxpayer’s total income shall be determined by calculating 8% of the taxpayer’s total income.
S606: An Act to keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care
Establish the Barrier-Free Care Expert Panel, which will make recommendations regarding high-value cost-effective health services, treatments or prescription drugs. Insurance plans, health coverage, and other medical assistance programs shall not charge cost sharing for high-value cost-effective medical and behavioral health services.
COMBATING DRUG DEPENDENCY
S2116: An Act relative to safe driving and open containers
Whoever is in possession of a narcotic drug or marihuana in a public space shall be fined no less than $100 nor more than $500.
H2021: An Act further regulating the sale of tobacco products to teenagers
Whoever sells a tobacco product to a person under the age of 21 or, not being his/her parent or guardian, gives a tobacco product to a person under 21 shall be fined not less than $100 for the first offense, not less than $200 for a second offense, and not less than $300 for a third or subsequent offense.
H858: An Act to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services
Adding a mental health professional to help adolescents: licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist
H1620: An Act eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses
Get rid of Mandatory Minimums for Drug Offenses in Massachusetts. History has proven that each year in Massachusetts, hundreds of men and women are sentenced to mandatory minimums for a drug offense that is incredibly costly. Reducing the number of prisoners serving time for drug offenses to 1985 levels would save $90 million annually. In addition, this bill would eliminate disproportionately long sentences; sentences for nonviolent drug crimes can be longer than the sentences for violent crimes. Statiscally, mandatory minimums disproportionatley impact communities of color. People of color make up roughly 20% of the state’s population yet comprise on average 77% offenders sentenced to mandatory minimums each year, despite the fact that all races use drugs at roughly equal levels. Over 20 states have reformed their mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. Currently, there is no evidence that long, mandatory sentences either deter crime or reduce the number of drug crimes or rate of addiction. In fact, they prevent access to treatment.
H1784: An Act relative to increasing access to psychological services
The bill ensures that services provided by licensed psychologists will be covered by MassHealth.
H1806: An Act relative to diversion to substance abuse treatment for non-violent drug offenders
This bill would provide individuals facing first and second time non-violent, drug offenses an opportunity to be evaluated by a licensed addiction specialist to determine if they are drug-dependent and would benefit from treatment. If so, the person can request assignment to a drug treatment facility. This would stay their drug offense court proceedings until the drug treatment program is completed.
H1812: An Act to promote accessibility and affordability of behavioral health and substance abuse services for recipients of MassHealth
Outlines regulations for companies entering contracts in the amount of $100,000 or more for services related to the excavation or construction on a public way.
H1809: An Act relative to medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction
Provides coverage for FDA approved drugs that treat opioid dependence. Establishes billing codes and rates for methadone clinics to provide services to those in need of treatment for opioid dependence.
H1937: An Act relative to the safe disposal of prescription drugs
This legislation would require the Commissioner of Public Health to promulgate rules and regulations establishing the safe collection and disposal of unwanted drugs from residential sources through producer provided and funded product stewardship including free drop off places at local pharmacies, a robust education program for the safe disposal of prescription drugs and enforcement and penalty for non-compliance by the producers.
H1992: An Act establishing a board of registration in naturopathy
This bill would license naturopathic doctors (NDs) to practice in Massachusetts. It would create an independent board, made up of both NDs and conventional medical professionals, to broadly regulate the profession, as well as institute the same educational requirements and testing standards that exist in all the other states that license naturopathic doctors. This board would also establish regulations for collaboration and referral between NDs and conventional medical doctors, require an annual review and report to the legislature of research on complementary medicine. The board would also enforce a prohibition on false claims/advertising, certain practices, promotional agreements with supplement manufacturers, and other actions that would cause medical or financial harm to the consumer. Naturopathic doctors would also be prohibited from using the term ?physician? and ?primary care? and be required to receive a signed consent form from patients. This bill was passed the House and Senate in the 2011-2012 session. Licensing of NDs would improve access to Complementary Medicine by the health care consumer and establish standards for education and training to protect the public and prevents unqualified practitioners from claiming to be naturopathic doctors, all while improving the quality of care. This bill would not prevent anyone else from providing or using natural therapies or require insurance companies to reimburse for naturopathic services.
H2050: An Act modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors
This legislation modernizes our tobacco control laws by amending the statutory definition of ?tobacco? to include e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products. The legislation also restricts the sale of these products to minors, bans product giveaways and free samples and prohibits their use on school property and in locations currently covered under the state Smoke-free Workplace Law. The legislation does not ban adults from purchasing or using these products, but instead ensures former smokers, families, and children are not exposed to vapor that contains unknown and undeclared levels nicotine and other harmful chemicals. In the absence of state and federal action, 77 Massachusetts communities have banned the use of e-cigarettes in locations covered by the state Smoke-free Workplace Law. This legislation will extend such commonsense public health protections to all residents of the Commonwealth.
H3469: An Act to promote disclosure of toxins in e-cigarettes
The manufacturers of e-cigarettes shall file annual reports that identify the concentrations of any toxins contined in the vapor produced by an e-cigarette. These files will be made public on the department of public health website.
H3755: An Act relative to the trafficking of Fentanyl
Any person who trafficks fentanyl, or any derivative thereof, shall be imprisoned in state prison for not more than 20 years.
H3811: An Act regulating oxycontin prescriptions for minors
No pharmacy or pharmacist shall give medications containing oxycotin to any person under the age of 17. No practicioner authorized to administer or prescribe a controlled substance shall prescribe medication containing oxycotin to any person under the age of 17.
H3898: Resolve establishing a special commission on behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention
Calls for the reduction of risk factors and enhancement prevention initiatives to protect people from developing behavioral health issues while enhancing their success in personal, civic, and professional life. Establishes an interdisciplinary Special Commission, who will create the Commonwealth’s Promote Prevent Plan
H4062: An Act relative to benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics
This legislation would call for the Department of Public Health to promulgate regulations establishing a safe tapering protocol for the patient?s Benzodiazepine; pharmacists to add a warning to the prescription informing the patient of the risks associated with long-term use; the distribution of pamphlets with information about the use of Benzodiazepines and their discontinuation; and require written consent by the patient before they are prescribed a Benzodiazepine.
S1502: An Act providing access to full spectrum addiction treatment services
Patients need not preauthorization for treatment, stabilization, and transitional support services that last up to a total of 28 days
S1045: An Act preventing prescription drug abuse by closing the pharmacy shopping loophole
Replaces the phrase “7 days” with the phrase “24 hours” in lines 27 and 28
H1831: An Act supporting municipal fiscal stability through a special education stabilization fund
This bill provides an opportunity for school districts to better manage the unpredictable nature of special education costs. Specifically, this bill would give municipalities the option of establishing a stabilization fund that could be used to help pay for unexpected and unbudgeted out-of-district special education costs, including tuition and transportation. These expenses can present significant challenges for school budgets. This legislation offers our cities and towns another tool they can use to improve their fiscal stability. Primary
H340: An Act relative to a moratorium on high stakes testing and PARCC
Eliminates proficiency as measured by MCAS or another standardized test as a condition for high school graduation. Standardized tests scores shall not be used to assess the the performance of any educator, public school, or school district. The PARCC assesment shall not be used as a graduation requirement or a measure of student competency.
H355: An Act relative to student conduct
Calls for the incorporation of intermediary steps prior to the use of suspension or expulsion. If the student is expelled for a large number of consecutive school days, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall receive notice of a right to appeal to the superintendent. The superintendent makes the final decision on behalf of the school district with regard to the suspension or expulsion.
H403: An Act relative to total amounts distributed to cities and town for the purpose of education
The total amounts given to cities and towns for educational aid shall be a minimum of 17.5% of their Foundation Budget.
H422: An Act to establish the state seal of biliteracy
Calls for the establishment of the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have high proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.
H431: An Act relative to target share funding
This bill would establish a minimum funding contribution of 17.5% of a town’s education foundation budget, fulfilling the promise of full target share funding for our cities and towns.
H448: An Act relative to healthy youth
School districts that offer sexual health education shall provide medically accurate, age-appropriate education. A parent/guardian has the right to withdraw his/her child from the instruction, and alternate eduactional activity shall be made available to students whose parents have excused them from instruction. Each school district shall file a report regarding sexual health education in the district.
H456: An Act establishing an educational mandate task force
Calls for the creation of an educational mandate task force to review existing state mandates placed on public schools in the Commonwealth.
H1060: An Act establishing an education loan repayment program for social workers in areas of need
Creates a student loan repayment pilot program, administered by the board of higher education for licensed social workers, to encourage social workers to work in underserved areas of the commonwealth. The program shall be subject to appropriation and funded at $1.2 million.
H2782: An Act establishing Massachusetts Farm to School Month and commending farm to school programs
Designates the month of October as Farm to School Month in the Commonwealth and encourages the Department of Elementary and Secondary education, the Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Department of Public Health to initiate a joint taskforce in collaboration with the Massachusetts Farm-to-School Project to strategize opportunities to spread farm-to-school programs statewide.
HD4556: Resolutions supporting efforts to ensure that students from Massachusetts have access to debt-free higher education at public colleges and universities
Calls for states to increase investments in higher education to ensure that all students have access to debt-free higher education.
HD4531: An Act strengthening public education in the Commonwealth
This bill implements the Chapter 70 Review Commission’s findings.
S1089: An Act supporting municipal fiscal stability through a special education stabilization fund
Allows for the establishment of, or transfer of money to a reserve fund to cover the cost of special education. The balance of this fund shall not exceed 2% of the net anual school district spending.
S254: An Act authorizing a study of starting times and schedules
This bill will require the Department of Education to conduct a study on the effect of school starting times on middle and high school students.
H687: An Act to reduce solid waste, increase recycling and generate municipal cost savings
Consistent with the vision of achieving zero waste in the state’s Solid Waste Master Plan, this bill implements a number of strategies for reducing solid waste and increasing recycling in the Commonwealth. These strategies include setting specific muncipal recycling performance targets, strengthening oversight and enforcement of waste bans, strengthening regulation of waste haulers, and improving the collection and reporting of solid waste data. Increased funding to implement these strategies will be provided by a $1.50 surcharge assessed per ton of solid waste disposed.
HD4517: An Act relative to the Energy Facilities Siting Board
This legislation will clarify the EFSB’s charge so that it considers a proposal’s impact on the environment and public health, and seeks a minimum impact on the overall wellbeing of residents abutting the project before prioritizing the “lowest possible cost” of the proposal when considering whether or not to grant a license. Primary
H647: An Act to increase access to recycling
All cities and towns in the Commonwealth providing curbside waste removal are required to also provide curbside pickup of recyclable material. All cities and towns in the Commonwealth providing a site or facility for waste drop-off are required to offer recycling at that site or facility. Primary
SD2422: An Act relative to the energy facilities siting board
Create an environmentally friendly energy supply for the Commonwealth that is affordable and harmless for residents. Inspects transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, facilities for the manufacture and storage of gas, and oil facilities
H3242: An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
Creates a standard for labeling foods and seeds produced using genetic engineering.
S438: An Act to reduce solid waste, increase recycling and generate municipal cost savings
Calls for research into the amount of solid waste generated per resident every year. Diverts disposal of solid waste materials, especially Waste Ban Materials.
JOBS & THE ECONOMY
H1733: An Act to establish pay equity
The bill prevents employers from discriminating on the basis of gender in the payment of wages, benefits, or other compensation.
H1756: An Act to further define standards of employee safety
Rules and regulations regarding employee safety shall comply with the standards set forth in the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
H1773: An Act to establish a living wage for employees of big box retail stores and fast food chains
This Act would raise the minimum wage of big box retail and fast food chains in the Commonwealth to $15.00 by 2018. This applies to any corporation that employs 200 or more fast food or big box retail employees in the commonwealth, whether directly or through a contractor or subcontractor such as a temporary or staffing agency or a cleaning or security contractor, and any fast food franchisor, or a fast food franchisee of a fast food franchisor, where the franchisor and the franchisees of that fast food franchisor together employ a total of 200 or more fast food employees in the commonwealth.
H2374: An Act relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel Services
This bill defines the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) as a public employer in the collective bargaining statute, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 150E. In addition, it creates equity with other state agencies, provides budget clarity, contains cost and stabilizes the CPCS workforce.
H2391: An Act relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining
Provisions of collective bargaining agreements can be suspended in the event of an emergency, an emergency being defined as a condition in which the safety of the public is at risk.
H2477: An Act closing a certain corporate tax haven loophole
Commissioners shall submit a biannual report of reccomendations for legislation related to tax haven jurisdictions. These reports shall be made availiable to the pubic.
H2626: An Act relative to sales tax exemptions for gun safes and trigger locks
Strikes the word “comericial” in paragraph (rr)
H3923: An Act relative to fair wages
Nullifies occupations in which employees earn oppressive and unreasonable wages. Defines a wage of less than $10 per hour as oppressive and ureasonable. Sets a specific minimum wage for Covered Commecial Service Employees at Logan Airport.
S1524: An Act closing a corporate tax haven loophole
Sets guidelines for Commisioners determining if a tax haven is a jurisdiction. Commissioners shall submit reports to the Legislature regarding recommendations for legislation related to tax haven jurisdictions
S966: An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
Calls upon the attorney general to bring in civil action for employees who claim to have incurred damages, or lost wages and other benefits. Gives the attorney general and other designees the power to issue stop work orders against oppressive employers.
H2655: An Act enhancing the volunteer service tax reduction for seniors
For people over 60 in volunteer services may obtain reduced property tax. No rate equivalent to the current Commonwealth minimum wage of up to 125hrs of service in a tax year.
H516: An Act relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s
all local agencies train protective case workers to recognize symptoms of Alzhimers and how cognitive impairing affects investigation and service planning.
H3404: An Act to strengthen the Massachusetts Home Care Program
Calls for the establishment of a home care worker registry of all individuals employed by home care agencies.