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Priority Bills 2023 - 2024

Common Name# (link)SponsorsStatusUpcoming Lobby DaysActionsSocial MediaArticlesJames ArcieroSimon CataldoMichelle CiccoloSean GarballeyCarmine GentileKen GordonKate HoganDanillo SenaThomas StanleyMichael BarrettJames EldridgeCindy FriedmanPolicy AreaEndorsing OrganizationNotes (link to 1-pagers and other resources)In Committee?
Votes ACCESS Act (Includes HD.2537, HD.3498, HD.3437, and HD.3551)SD.1458CreemxDemocracy - VotingElection Modernization Coalition, ACLU MA
Improve election systems to increase equitable access to the ballot. Establish same-day registration, ensure polling place access for people with disabilities, simplify the mechanics of mail-in voting, and prevent unwarranted removal of voters from the rolls.
Same Day Voter RegistrationHD.2537GentilexDemocracy - VotingElection Modernization Coalition, Progressive Democrats of MA
An Act decoupling the municipal census from voter registrationHD.3498MoranDemocracy - VotingElection Modernization Coalition
An Act providing uniform mail voting formsHD.3437ArriagaxDemocracy - VotingElection Modernization Coalition
An Act enforcing accessibility for voters with disabilitiesHD.3551KhanxDemocracy - VotingElection Modernization Coalition, ACLU MA
Ensure compliance with federal and state disability access laws by requiring inspection of all polling places every four years
Voting Rights RestorationHD.3153 / HD.3188 / SD.1037 / SD.1464Uyterhoeven, MirandaWrite to your legislator for PM legislative agenda Democracy - VotingProgressive Mass, Election Modernization Coalition (SD.1464)
Ensures that incarceration no longer leads to a loss of voting rights at any stage
Loccal Option for Ranked Choice VotingHD.1183 / SD.391Pignatelli, RauschDemocracy - VotingProgressive Democrats of MA
Would increase the deposit on more beverage containers, create a separate recycling stream which keeps the containers clean, sorted and more easily recycled
An Act clarifying the role of governor’s councillor on the ballotHD.3521 / SD.2268Cataldo, BarrettxxxxxDemocracy - Voting
The People's House Campaign**Email Your Rep and Ask Them to Vote for Transparency! **Join the People's House Campaignhttps://www.facebook.com/act.on.massachusettsGlobe Article: OpinionDemocracy - TransparencyAct On Mass, Progressive Democrats of MA
The Massachusetts State House is one of the least transparent in the country. When decisions about what bills will pass are made in backroom deals with a small handful of people, that’s not democracy. Bay Staters deserve a government that centers their voices - not one that bends over backwards to keep them out.
Public Records & TransparencySD.2075 / SD.131Brady, EldridgeWrite to your legislator for PM legislative agenda xDemocracy - TransparencyACLU MA, Progressive Mass (SD.131), Election Modernization Coalition
Make the governor’s office subject to the public records law.
Modern Open Meeting Access for AllHD.3261 / SD.2017Garlick, Lewis**Tell your open meeting story **Write to your legislator for PM legislative agenda xxxxxxDemocracy - TransparencyACLU MA, Progressive Mass, Election Modernization Coalition
Ensure equitable access to open meetings for people with disabilities, caregiving responsibilities, and limited transportation options by allowing members of the public to participate in person or remotely; Create a trust fund to help municipalities finance this goal.
Anti-Racism, Equity, & Justice in EducationHD.3360 / SD.2008Nguyen, Ultrino, GomezxEducationCoalition for Anti-Racism & Equity in Education
Thrive ActHD.3162 / SD.2067Montano, Hawkins, Miranda, Gomez, ComerfordWrite to your legislator for PM legislative agenda xxEducationProgressive Mass
The bill would end receivership, which has never worked to improve schools, though it has worked to privatize public education funding and decision-making. Instead, the bill would create a system of actual support and accountability for real improvement, and keep the funds and decision-making public.
Cherish ActHD.2755 /SD.2092Garballey, Duffy, ComerfordWrite to your legislator for PM legislative agenda xxxxxxxEducationProgressive Mass
Creates a framework for adequate funding levels for public higher education, including increased student support and better pay and benefits for faculty and staff; implements a debt-free college plan; and creates a plan for green and healthy buildings on campus.
An Act for an Equitable Work Force (Vocational Education)HD.3617 / SD.2312Cabral, Cronin2023-02-03Commonwealth Magazine, xxEducationProgressive Democrats of MA
Would require use of lottery for vocational school admissions
Safe Communities ActHD.2459 / SD.1937Balser, Cruz, EldridgexxxxRacial & Social JusticeProgressive Mass, League of Women Voters, SURJ
Healthy Youth ActHD.3874 / SD.2199O'Day, Howard, DiDomenicoxxxxxRacial & Social JusticeProgressive Mass
I AM BillHD.1783 / SD.1171Livingstone, Barber, JehlenxxxxRacial & Social JusticeMass NOW, MA Menstrual Equity Coalition
Lift Kids Out of Deep PovertyHD.507 / SD.501Decker, DiDomenicoxxxxxxRacial & Social JusticeLift Our Kids
HOMES Act (Eviction Sealing)HD.3625 / SD.1592Moran, EdwardsxxRacial & Social JusticeProgressive Mass, ACLU MA, Abundant Housing MA, Public Health Institute of Western MA
Protects tenants from being unfairly branded with an eviction record if they don’t have a judgment against them, if they weren’t actually evicted, or if they didn’t do anything wrong. More information.
Access to Counsel and Housing StabilityHD.3657 / SD.1082Rogers, DiDomenicoxxxRacial & Social JusticePublic Health Institute of Western MA, ACLU MA
86% of landlords are represented in court, but only 11.5% of tenants are, according to FY2022 Trial Court data. Tenants facing eviction are overwhelmingly poor, female, and people of color. This bill will establish an Access to Counsel program to provide legal representation to low-income tenants and low-income owner-occupants in eviction proceedings. More Information.
Language Access and InclusionHD.3616 / SD.1066Madaro, gonzalez, DiDomenicoxxxRacial & Social JusticeProgressive Mass
Builds the capacity of key public-facing state agencies to meet the language access needs of an increasingly diverse population by standardizing and enforcing language access protocols and practices.
An Act to create access to justice HD.1581 / SD.1079Meschino, DiDomenicoxRacial & Social JusticeMass Power Forward
This legislation creates — under state law — critical civil rights protections that were previously available under federal law. Specifically, it would eliminate the burden of proving that governmental programs or activities that have a disparate impact were motivated by discriminatory intent.
Protecting Equity for Homewoners Facing ForeclosureHD.81 Roy, Vitolo**‘Home equity theft’ — in New Bedford and across Massachusetts xxxRacial & Social Justice
The bill would make tax foreclosures more like mortgage foreclosures, so homeowners could keep their remaining equity after the foreclosure sale. It also would help make sure homeowners are informed about foreclosure proceedings before they happen.
Debts & Driving ActHD.3030 / SD.2337Fluker-Oakley, CyrxxxxRacial & Social JusticeACLU MA
Eliminate license suspension for reasons related to debt and poverty, rather than safety. Promote on-time payment of money owed to the RMV and allow indigency waivers when appropriate. Remove economic roadblocks and help get people back to work, to school, and to medical appointments.
An Act Relative to Medicaid Coverage for Doula ServicesHD.2452 / SD.1638Sabadosa, MirandaxxxxWomen/HealthReproductive Equity Now, ACLU MA
mandate MassHealth coverage of doula care which improves birth, breastfeeding, and maternal health outcomes and is an essential tool for the Commonwealth to address racial inequities for birthing people.
An Act Ensuring Access to Full Spectrum Pregnancy CareHD1582 / SD.1132Sabadosa, Balser, FriedmanxxxxxWomen/HealthReproductive Equity Now, ACLU MA
An Act Relative to Birthing Justice in the CommonwealthSD.2401MirandaxxxWomen/HealthReproductive Equity Now, ACLU MA
This bill introduces a framework to improve maternal health outcomes and advance recommendations from the Special Commission on Racial Inequities in Maternal Health.
Enhancing Access to Abortion CareHD.3434 / SD.1854Kerans, RauschxWomen/HealthACLU MA
Expand equitable access to abortion care in several ways including improving youth access, expanding access to abortion later in pregnancy, prohibiting targeted restrictions of abortion and abortion providers, and ensuring safe access to diagnostic care.
An Act establishing a transportation network driver bill of rightsHD.2071 / SD.1162Moran, LewisWBUR 2023.01.23International Association of Machinists, 32BJ SEIU
Fairness for Agricultural WorkersHD.2936 / SD.1239Gonzalez, GomezACLU MA
Establish basic labor law protections for agricultural workers in the commonwealth, including minimum wage parity, overtime pay, and a day of rest
Living WageHD.3965 / SD.2032Nguyen, Donahue, LewisxxProgressive Mass, Progressive Democrats of MA
Raises the minimum wage to $20 per hour over four years and indexes it to inflation to better align the minimum wage with a living wage. (We won a $15 minimum wage, but that has already been eroded due to inflation, and too many people are forced to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.)
One Fair WageHD.2112 / SD.1296Farley-Bouvier, Oakley, JehlenxxSURJ, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Remove Racist MascotsHD.3026 / SD.857Oakley, ComerfordWrite to Legislators - Support Indigenous AgendaxxxIndigenous Legislative AgendaSURJ, MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda
This bill would prohibit the use of Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools. About 25-30 schools in the Commonwealth currently use such mascots. Native mascots negatively impact mental and emotional health of Native students & reinforce racism in non-Native students. Fact Sheet
Honor Indigenous People’s DayHD.468 / SD.268Barber, ComerfordWrite to Legislators - Support Indigenous AgendaxxIndigenous Legislative AgendaSURJ, MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda
This bill replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the Massachusetts General Laws. Indigenous People’s Day celebrates Native resilience & survival. More Info.
Celebrate and Teach Native American Culture & HistoryHD.2237
/ SD.387
Lewis, RauschWrite to Legislators - Support Indigenous AgendaxxIndigenous Legislative AgendaSURJ
Protect Native American HeritageHD.1611 / SD.1410Rogers, Biele, CollinsWrite to Legislators - Support Indigenous AgendaxxIndigenous Legislative AgendaSURJ
Support the Education and Futures of Native YouthHD.932 / SD.1826Montano, MirandaWrite to Legislators - Support Indigenous AgendaxIndigenous Legislative AgendaSURJ
An Act to reduce mass incarcerationHD.2267 / SD.752Worrell, MirandaCriminal JusticeEmancipation Initiative, ACLU MA
Raising the AgeHD.3510 / SD.428O'Day, Cruz, CrightonCriminal JusticeProgressive Mass, ACLU MA
Raises the age of criminal majority to 21, allowing youth to have better access to treatment and educational services and thereby reducing recidivism.
Full Decriminalization of Sex WorkHD.2868 SabadosaCriminal JusticeDecriminalize Sex Work, Black and Pink Massachusetts
Reduce Incarceration for Technical Violations of ParoleSD.1004 / SD.2246Miranda, JehlenCriminal JusticeACLU MA
Eliminate automatic reincarceration for technical violations of parole conditions that do not warrant a new arrest.
Rehabilitation including guaranteed health, treatment, and safety for incarcerated LGBTQI+ PeopleHD.3099 / SD.447Lewis, Montano, CyrPrison ReformBlack and Pink Massachusetts
No Cost CallsHD.822 / SD.1441Tyler, Creem**Toolkit for Action **Email your legislatorsxxxPrison ReformProgressive Mass, SURJ, Election Modernization Coalition, ACLU MA
Curbing Solitary ConfinementSD.2383EldridgexxPrison Reform
Jail and Prison Construction MoratoriumHD.799 / SD.661Tyler, ComerfordPrison Moratorium State House for a Day of Action: Thursday, 2/9, 3-6pm **Pass the Jail/Prison Moratorium call script **xxPrison ReformSURJ, Families for Justice as Healing, The national Council, Progressive Mass, Black and Pink Massachusetts
An Act to promote Yes in My Back Yard - Zoning ReformHD.3252 / SD.2006Vargas, Honan, CrightonxxxHousingAbundant Housing Massachusetts, Progressive Mass
Housing production goal, multi-family around public transit, legalize accessory dwelling units, etc.
Healthy Homes ProgramHD.3864 / SD.728Cruz, Arriaga, KeenanHousingPublic Health Institute of Western MA
Create the Massachusetts Healthy Homes Program (MHHP) Fund, to scale up the Commonwealth’s efforts to address serious health problems caused by substandard housing.
Affordable Housing & Climate Resilience (HERO)HD.2510 / SD.1226Montano, EldridgexxxHousingProgressive Mass, The Housing and Environment Revenue Opportunities (HERO) Coalition, Progressive Democrats of MA
Real Estate Transfer FeeHD.2857 / SD.1982Connolly, ComerfordxxxxHousingLOHA Coalition, Progressive Mass
Medicare for allHD.1584 / SD.2182Garlick, Sabadosa, Eldridge**Ask your legislator to co-sponsor **Organizational Sign-on Letter xxxShared ProsperityMass-Care, Progressive Democrats of MA
(Progressive Mass, League of Women Voters - endorsed Medicare for all in 21-22 legislative session) Establishes a single payer system, in which the state provides health care to all residents as a right. Slide Show Video More Info
Universal Child Care (Common Start)HD.2794 / SD.667Gordon, Madaro, Lewis, Moran**Ask your legislator to co-sponsor xxxxxxxxxShared ProsperityCommon Start Coalition, Progressive Mass, Reproductive Equity Now, ACLU MA, Progressive Democrats of MA
Establishes a universal system of affordable, high-quality early education and child care for all Massachusetts families, over a 5-year timeline Fact Sheet Bill Overview FAQ
Increasing the Corporate Tax RateHD.2758 / SD.508Keefe, DiDomenicoxxxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass, Raise Up Massachusetts
Tiered Corporate Minimum TaxHD.418 / SD.677Connolly, GomezxxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass
Ensures that larger corporations pay a minimum corporate tax bill in proportion to the size of their business in MA, while small businesses continue paying the current corporate minimum tax of just $456 per year
Taxing offshored “GILTI” incomeHD.388 / SD.1541Barber, Uyterhoeven, RauschxxxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass, Raise Up Massachusetts
Corporate Tax DisclosureHD.751 / SD.1038Capano, MirandaxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass
Makes publicly accessible reports that are already filed annually by publicly-traded corporations, detailing their sales, profits, taxable income, and taxes paid.
Fiscally Responsible Estate Tax ReformHD.1465 / SD.888 / SD.1114Uyterhoeven, Jehlen, CyrxxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass
Preserves most of the revenue-generation, inequality-reduction, and fairness benefits of the estate tax, while eliminating the current cliff effect.
A Targeted Charitable DeductionHD.3073 / SD.1596Uyterhoeven, EldridgexTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass
Makes the charitable deduction more targeted by limiting it to individuals who are not already getting such a deduction on their federal taxes.
Statutory Protections for FSA RevenueHD.2236 / SD.1166O'Day, LewisxxxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass, Progressive Democrats of MA
Prevents Fair Share revenue from being diverted to tax giveaways or reserves, so it is available for spending on transportation and education as voters intended.
Preventing FSA Tax EvasionHD.2310 / SD.1167O'Day, Lewis**2023-02-13 CommonWealth Article xxTax Fairness (Progressive Tax)Progressive Mass, Progressive Democrats of MA
Prevents tax avoidance of the Fair Share Amendment by requiring, as many other states do, couples who file jointly at the federal level to file jointly at the state level as well.
Rodenticide BillHD.577 / SD.1144Hawkins, FeeneyxxxxEnvironmentAn Act relative to pesticides
Air QualityHD.2474 / SD.1180Barber, Connolly, JehlenxxxxxxEnvironmentMass Power Forward Our Climate
Act to improve outdoor and indoor air quality for communities burdened by pollution.
An Act to Save Recycling Costs in the CommonwealthHD.3565 / SD.539 / SD.1691Day, Rush, DiDomenicoEnvironmentProgressive Democrats of MA
Would make companies responsible for the packaging waste they create,help reduce the amount of packaging waste created, increase recycling rates, ban certain toxic additives and provide the necessary funding to develop reuse systems.
An Act to Update the Bottle BillHD.3912 / HD.3420 / SD.2038Ciccolo, Decker, CreemxEnvironmentProgressive Democrats of MA
Would increase the deposit on more beverage containers, create a separate recycling stream which keeps the containers clean, sorted and more easily recycled
Plastics Omnibus BillHD.3854 / SD.2116Ciccolo, LewisxxEnvironment
PFAS Omnibus BillHD.3324 / SD.2053Hogan, Cyr**All About PFAS xxxxxxxEnvironment
This bill would ban food packaging and consumer products with intentionally-added PFAS from the state by 2030
Zero Carbon Renovation Fund (ZCRF)HD.776 / SD.500Vargas, GomezAsk your legislators to co-sponsorxxxxxxxClimateMass Climate Action Network, Progressive Mass, Mass Power Forward, Progressive Democrats of MA, Our Climate
Allocate $300 million from the remaining American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to establish a Zero Carbon Renovation Fund that will jumpstart the market for zero carbon renovations in existing buildings in Massachusetts. The ZCRF will advance equitable building decarbonization by prioritizing affordable housing, public housing, low- and moderate-income homes, schools, BIPOC and women businesses, and buildings located in Environmental Justice communities
Polluter PaysHD.3460 / SD.2366Owens, EldridgexxClimateProgressive Mass, Mass Power Forward, Our Climate
Requires fossil-fuel producers to fund the state’s climate adaptation programs based on past emissions, a proposal that would extend the long-standing “polluter pays” principle for toxic waste cleanups to addressing climate change
Gas MoratoriumHD.3794 / SD.1925Williams, A. Ramos, GomezxxClimateProgressive Mass, Mass Power Forward
Pauses the approval for any new or expanded gas infrastructure through 2026
Building Justice with JobsHD.2535 LeBoeuf, Cruz, PachecoClimateMass Power Forward
Energy Facilities Siting ReformHD.4024 / SD.505Madero, DiDomenicoxxxxClimateMass Power Forward, Mass Climate Action Network
Commuter Rail ElectrificationHD.2742 / SD.1190Owens, Armini, xxxxClimate
Clean Energy, Equity, and Innovation within Municipal Utilities HD.131 / SD.151Cataldo, EldridgexxxClimateMass Climate Action Network
This bill requires municipal utilities (also known as Municipal Light Plants or MLPs) to adhere to the same clean energy goals and requirements as Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs). It also establishes a $50 million fund to accelerate the transition to clean energy for environmental justice communities, low- or moderate-income housing, and elderly housing that is being served by MLPs.
Incorporation of Embodied Carbon into State Climate PolicyHD.1033 / SD.840Ciccolo, Owens, ComerfordxClimateMass Climate Action Network
This bill takes critical steps to address this little-known but critical source of global emissions by establishing a state advisory board to address embodied carbon.
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