Below are some legislative items that may be of interest to progressives in Massachusetts. We offer background information and ongoing status updates as a service, with suggested action items for any individuals who may want to advocate for them.
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REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE FAVORABLY
the committee that heard the bill has voted to support the bill and send it to the next step in the legislative process.
- The Middle Skills Solutions Act [S921, H2713]
- An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth and Raising the Net-Metering Caps [S2214] — passed senate, awaiting debate in house
- An Act to Establish a Foreclosure Mediation Program [S865] –passed the senate
- Financial Literacy in Schools Act [S204]
- An Act to Sustain Community Preservation [H765, S1841] — passed as part of the budget
- An Act to Promote Economic Recovery with a Strong Minimum Wage [S951]
- An Act Establishing Paid Sick Days [S930, H1398]
- UPDATE 3/8/12: Act Preventing Students Dropping Out of School [S185]
- An Act to Create Equitable Job Access [S1568]
REFERRED TO STUDY
A polite way for a legislative committee that heard the bill to kill the bill.
- An Act to Invest in Our Communities [S1416] (Progressive Mass.-endorsed legislation. See also our “Campaign for Our Communities” hand-out from our Oct. ’11 Kick-Off)
- An Act Regarding Higher Education Opportunities for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth [H2109, S566]
- An Act to Promote Efficiency and Transparency in Economic Development [S153, H2565]
- An Act to Update the Bottle Bill
STILL IN COMMITTEE
Committee still reviewing the bill; has not made a decision whether to report favorably or put it to study. If action is not taken on a bill by the committee’s deadline, the bill is reported out unfavorably and is therefore dead.
- UPDATE 3/9/12: A Resolution Memorializing the Congress of the United States to Restore Free Speech (“Overturn Citizens United”) [S772]
- SINGLE-PAYER AMENDMENT to S.2260: rejected as amendment to Health Care Cost Control Bill (15-22)