UPDATE: THE DEADLINE FOR CO-SPONSORING HOUSE BILLS HAS PASSED, BUT THERE IS NO DEADLINE FOR CO-SPONSORING SENATE BILLS.
WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SOON ABOUT WHICH LEGISLATORS DID AND DID NOT CO-SPONSOR OUR PRIORITY LEGISLATION. ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR LIST TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW
Steps to Change. Easy. Pass it on. (LEGISLATORS' DEADLINE IS FRIDAY!!)
STEP 2. Write an Email to Your State Rep and Your State Senator asking they Co-Sponsor the bills on the Progressive MA Legislative Agenda (sample email below) (click here for full list of bills, with descriptions, on our Legislative Agenda)
Yes -- on the whole it is usually better to call than email. But for this COSPONSORSHIP system, aides will prefer printing out your request list over hearing a 17 -item recitation on the phone. There is a way, though, to have the best of both worlds -- send your email (like below) and then call the next day to remind the office you're serious!
SAMPLE EMAIL (with areas to fill in) (click here for a plain text file you can copy/paste)
SUBJ: Co-Sponsorship of These Priorities
I am writing to call your attention to the Progressive Mass Legislative Agenda for 2017-18, which would put Massachusetts on the forefront of progressive policy, where it belongs.
The bills in the agenda would keeps Massachusetts moving forward in areas such as education, workers’ rights, affordable housing, health care, civil rights, economic and racial equality, combating climate change, voting access, while also fighting back against the troubling right-wing corporate agenda of President Trump and the Republican Congress.
Please show your commitment to this agenda by adding your name as a co-sponsor (I understand that the House deadline is February 3, while the Senate has no deadline).
Along with so many other voters (IN MY AREA/TOWN), I am concerned about what is coming from the Trump administration as well as [LONG-STANDING STATE/LOCAL ISSUES]
It is really important that my elected officials stand up and make a clear commitment to moving the Commonwealth forward, at a time when many Massachusetts residents are deeply anxious and concerned about the direction of their country, while also making a difference in the lives of everyday people.
The list of bills is below, with further information available via Progressive Mass (progressivemass.com/legislativeagenda).
I would also be happy to find out more information if you require it.
- HD.2719/SD.984: An Act to improve the Commonwealth’s economy with a strong minimum wage and a strong tipped minimum wage (Donahue-Donnelly)
- Citizen’s Petition: An Initiative Petition for an Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth to Provide Resources for Education and Transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of One Million Dollars (Fair Share Amendment)
- HD.2573/SD.1768: An Act establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program (Gordon-Spilka)
- SD.1609: An Act promoting housing and sustainable development (Chandler)
- HD.3249/SD.698: An Act establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts (Garlick-Eldridge)
- SD.1905: An Act modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st century (Chang-Diaz)
- HD.771/SD.945: An Act making public higher education in Massachusetts free for residents of the state (Gentile) /An Act promoting access to debt-free public higher education (Eldridge)
- HD.2714/SD.1128: An Act for justice reinvestment (Keefe - Chang-Diaz)
- HD.1794/SD.500: An Act to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses (Carvalho-Creem)
- HD.3052/SD.1596: An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents (“Safe Communities Act”) (Matias-Eldridge)
- HD.2929/SD.1389: An Act to reduce the criminalization of poverty (Tyler-Brownsberger)
- HD.450/SD.939: An Act relative to advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security in our state (ACCESS) (Haddad/Scibak-Chandler)
- HD.2500/SD.1791: An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud (Kocot-Creem)
- SD.2049 An Act Creating 21st Century Massachusetts clean energy jobs (Pacheco)
- HD.2157/SD.1632: An Act relative to solar power and the green economy (Mark-Eldridge)
- HD.3204/SD.1727: An Act clarifying authorities and responsibilities of the Department of Public Utilities (Kulik-Eldridge)
- HD.1504/SD.1021: An Act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs (Benson) / An Act combating climate change (Barrett) [Carbon pricing]
I hope you will be cosponsoring and fighting for a wide variety of bills that address the concerns of all residents of Massachusetts, and appreciate your consideration of the bills I’ve asked you to cosponsor.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
[YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFO]