Author: Caitlin Duffy

Co-Sponsored Legislation (2019-20)

Co-Sponsored Legislation

191st Session (2019-2020)

Every session, I get the opportunity to sign onto excellent legislation from my colleagues. It really gives me a chance to work on issues that I support and do what I can to champion those efforts. Below is a spreadsheet of all of the bills that I co-sponsored this session. The document is searchable, and I’ve included keywords in their classifications to make certain legislation easier to find.


Docket Number
Bill Title
Lead Sponsor
Subject Area/Keywords
More Info
HD1021An Act to Improve Alzheimer's’ and dementia care in senior care options programsGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1021
HD1033An Act protecting the natural resources of the CommonwealthBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1033
HD1037An Act requiring mental health parity for disability policiesBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Healthcare; Mental Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1037
HD105An Act relative to creating intensive stabilization and treatment units within the Department of Mental HealthHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Healthcare; Mental Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD105
HD1060An Act renaming the Yawkey commuter rail station on the Worcester–Framingham lineBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Civil Rightshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1060
HD1083An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives programMark, Paul W. (HOU)Public Health; Food Accesshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1083
HD1096An Act relative to access to community correctionsMoran, Frank A. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1096
HD1098An Act for equity for high value community hospitalsMoran, Frank A. (HOU)Healthcare; Community Hospitalshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1098
HD1099An Act relative to the disclosure of foreign monetary donationsMark, Paul W. (HOU)Elections; Campaign Finance Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1099
HD1122An Act promoting awareness of sewage pollution in public watersDean Campbell, Linda (HOU)Public Health; Energy & Environment; Waterhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1122
HD1125An Act ensuring access to addiction servicesBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1125
HD1126An Act to collect data on LGBTQI prisoners held in restrictive housingBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Criminal Justice; LGBTQI Rightshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1126
HD1132An Act ensuring municipal participation of the widest eligible rangeVargas, Andres X. (HOU)Election Law Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1132
HD1136An Act helping overdosing persons in emergenciesPignatelli, Smitty (HOU)Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1136
HD1159An Act relative to conservation and natural gas infrastructureMeschino, Joan (HOU)Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks; Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1159
HD1161An Act relative to the divestment of state pension funds from nuclear weaponsConnolly, Mike (HOU)Public Service; Divestment; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1161
HD1178An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public higher education systemGarballey, Sean (HOU)CHERISH Act; Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1178
HD1218An Act regarding Medicare savings programs eligibilityUltrino, Steven (HOU)Healthcare; Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1218
HD1248An Act to secure a clean energy futureBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1248
HD1292An Act establishing a foreclosure review division of the Superior CourtGonzalez, Carlos (HOU)Housing; Foreclosure Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1292
HD1314An Act to improve Massachusetts home careCullinane, Daniel R. (HOU)Health Care; Labor; Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1314
HD134An Act reducing plastic bag pollutionEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Recyclinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD134
HD1353An Act to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness education for aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapistsBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Protections against Domestic Violence;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1353
HD1371An Act to ensure parity for all child care providersBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Children & Families; Laborhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1371
HD1381An Act relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel ServicesMoran, Michael J. (HOU)Laborhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1381
HD1384An Act relative to higher education transparencyGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Higher Education; Consumer Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1384
HD1425An Act requiring reserve electric power at wastewater treatment facilitiesDean Campbell, Linda (HOU)Energy & Environment; Water Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1425
HD148An Act relative to ivory and rhinoceros horn traffickingEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Animal Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD148
HD1505An Act empowering health care consumersBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1505
HD1520An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residentsBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Civil Liberties; Safe Communities; Immigrationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1520
HD1534An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while drivingWagner, Joseph F. (HOU)Public Safety; Pedestrian/Cyclist Safetyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1534
HD1606An Act limiting out of pocket expensesMark, Paul W. (HOU)Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1606
HD1614An Act protecting our coasts from offshore drillingFernandes, Dylan A. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1614
HD1653An Act to reduce traffic fatalitiesRogers, David M. (HOU)Public Safety; Pedestrian/Cyclist Safetyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1653
HD171An Act relative to end of life optionsKafka, Louis L. (HOU)Healthcare; Civil Liberties; End of Life Options; Death with Dignityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD171
HD1719An Act relative to work and family mobilityFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Immigration; Public Safety; Civil Libertieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1719
HD1856An Act excluding student loan forgiveness from taxable income for permanently and totally disabled veteransDriscoll, Jr., William J. (HOU)Higher Education; Consumer Protection; Veteran's Serviceshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1856
HD1874An Act to harmonize wage lawsNguyen, Tram T. (HOU)Employment Law; Labor; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1874
HD1879An Act relative to affordable and accessible high quality early education and careGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Early Education; Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1879
HD1930An Act concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured propertyLewis, Jack Patrick (HOU)Animal Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1930
HD1945An Act relative to HIV prevention access for young adultsLewis, Jack Patrick (HOU)LGBTQI Rights; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1945
HD195An Act relative to defense against abusive waiversGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Labor; Employment Lawhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD195
HD1957An Act providing tax relief to seniors while creating affordable housingPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Housing; Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1957
HD1964An Act relative to Massachusetts home care eligibilityPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Housing; Elder Affairs; LGBTQI Rights; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1964
HD1978An Act to protect electronic privacyPeake, Sarah K. (HOU)Civil Liberties; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1978
HD1999An Act providing a local option for ranked choice voting in municipal electionsBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Election Law Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1999
HD2016An Act relative to election day registration (satellites)Benson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Election Law Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2016
HD2018An Act to create an emergency nursing home task forceCronin, Claire D. (HOU)Healthcare; Elder Affairshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2018
HD2118An Act to require sexual harassment prevention trainingBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Labor; Employment Law; Sexual Harassment Protectionshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2118
HD2182An Act to promote public health through the Prevention and Wellness Trust FundVega, Aaron (HOU)Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2182
HD2206An Act relative to multi-state offshore wind procurementRogers, David M. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2206
HD2250A Resolve to evaluate existing funding for the promotion of, and workforce development in, tourism, arts and cultureMichlewitz, Aaron (HOU)Tourism, Arts, & Culturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2250
HD2276An Act to amend the foreclosure statute to require judicial foreclosureMark, Paul W. (HOU)Housing; Foreclosure Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2276
HD2345An Act removing the liability cap for malpractice resulting in serious injury or deathBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2345
HD2367An Act to reduce deep poverty among kidsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Children & Families; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2367
HD2370An Act to promote green infrastructure and reduce carbon emissionsBenson, Jennifer E. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Carbon Pricinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2370
HD2406An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe placesDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Children & Families; Economic Justice; Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2406
HD2449An Act relative to the Garden of PeaceKafka, Louis L. (HOU)Violence Preventionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2449
HD2461An Act to modernize our natural gas infrastructureCoppinger, Edward F. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Public Health; Gas Leakshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2461
HD2529An Act relative to solar power and the green economyMark, Paul W. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Solarhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2529
HD2559An Act relative to increasing wages of private sector human service workersMahoney, John J. (HOU)Labor; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2559
HD2600An Act relative to housing service coordinatorsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Labor; Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2600
HD2615An Act to ensure equitable health coverage for childrenRogers, David M. (HOU)Healthcare; Children & Familieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2615
HD262An Act relative to the wholesale of malt beverages produced by a pub breweryZlotnik, Jonathan D. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD262
HD2639An Act regarding state income tax credit for renting unsubsidized properties at below market rentsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Housing; Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2639
HD2659An Act requiring one fair wageFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Labor; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2659
HD2698An Act to increase consumer transparency about insurance provider networksBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2698
HD2726An Act relative to unregulated face recognition and emerging biometric surveillance technologiesRogers, David M. (HOU)Civil Liberties; Privacyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2726
HD2727An Act relative to treatment, not imprisonmentBalser, Ruth B. (HOU)Criminal Justice; Substance Use; Mental Health; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2727
HD2776An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessPignatelli, Smitty (HOU)Housing; Economic Justice; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2776
HD2835An Act to preserve community preservation revenueFerrante, Ann-Margaret (HOU)Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2835
HD2848An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minorsKhan, Kay (HOU)Civil Liberties; LGBTQI Rights; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2848
HD288An Act protecting the right to strikeConnolly, Mike (HOU)Labor; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD288
HD2959An Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safetyKhan, Kay (HOU)Healthcare; Midwives; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2959
HD2974An Act establishing Medicare for all in MassachusettsSabadosa, Lindsay N. (HOU)Healthcare; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2974
HD3009An Act to advance modern and sustainable solutions for transportationEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Transportation; Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3009
HD3011An Act to strengthen inmate visitationDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Criminal Justice; Children & Familieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3011
HD302An Act relative to collective bargaining duesChan, Tackey (HOU)Labor; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD302
HD3043An Act to lift the cap on kidsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Children & Families; Food Security; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3043
HD3065An Act to promote healthy soils and agricultural innovation within the CommonwealthSchmid, III, Paul A. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Agriculturehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3065
HD3092An Act re-powering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energyDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3092
HD3094An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuelsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Divestmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3094
HD3098An Act promoting political participationDonahue, Daniel M. (HOU)Campaign Finance Reform; Laborhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3098
HD3108An Act to ensure compliance with the anti-shackling law for pregnant incarcerated womenKhan, Kay (HOU)Criminal Justice; Children & Families; Women's Rightshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3108
HD3113An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher educationHiggins, Natalie M. (HOU)Higher Education; Consumer Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3113
HD3115An Act relative to GIC composition and transparencyCapano, Peter (HOU)Public Servicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3115
HD3145An Act regarding breakfast after the bellVega, Aaron (HOU)Children & Families; Food Security; Economic Justice; Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3145
HD3180An Act relative to maintaining adequate water supplies through effective drought managementDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Water Protection;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3180
HD3197An Act ensuring safe patient access to emergency careBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcare; Public Safety; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3197
HD3202An Act advancing and expanding access to telemedicine servicesGolden, Jr., Thomas A. (HOU)Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3202
HD326An Act relative to special education fundingHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Special Education; Disabilities;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD326
HD3269An Act relative to grants for high quality early educationPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Early Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3269
HD327An Act to assure opportunity for all students with disabilitiesHaddad, Patricia A. (HOU)Special Education; Disabilities;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD327
HD3274An Act to establish health equity for pregnant personsSabadosa, Lindsay N. (HOU)Healthcare; Women's Rights; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3274
HD3285An Act to establish a sharps stewardship programSantiago, Jon (HOU)Healthcare; Substance Use; Mental Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3285
HD3294An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campusesFarley-Bouvier, Tricia (HOU)Public Safety; Sexual Violence Protection; Higher Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3294
HD3300Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollarsO'Day, James J. (HOU)Fair Share Amendment; Economic Justice; Children & Families; Wealth Inequityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3300
HD3303An Act relative to physician assistant non-competesSantiago, Jon (HOU)Labor; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3303
HD331Resolve providing for investigating construction practices and their impact on firefighter deathsStanley, Thomas M. (HOU)Public Safetyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD331
HD3339An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinatorsDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Pollinator Health; Beeshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3339
HD3352An Act relating to the remedy for the sale of sick puppies and kittensRogers, David M. (HOU)Animal Protectionshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3352
HD3379An Act relative to housing reformHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Housinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3379
HD3384An Act relative to the scheduling of employeesGarballey, Sean (HOU)Labor; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3384
HD3393An Act ensuring high quality early educationPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Early Educationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3393
HD3403An Act to require the disclosure of lead in water pipesDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Water Protection;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3403
HD3412An Act improving juvenile justice data collectionTyler, Chynah (HOU)Criminal Justice; Children & Families; Juvenile Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3412
HD3432An Act relative to determining the best interest of children in probate & family courtDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Children & Families; Judiciaryhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3432
HD3442An Act to ensure prescription drug cost transparency and affordabilityBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcare; Prescription Medication; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3442
HD3447An Act ensuring gas safety and consumer fairnessEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks; Ratepayer Fairnesshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3447
HD3449An Act relative to expungement, sealing and criminal records provisionsDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Criminal Justice; Children & Families; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3449
HD3461An Act relative to high quality early educatorsPeisch, Alice Hanlon (HOU)Early Education; Laborhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3461
HD3487An Act to restrict the use of polystyreneDecker, Marjorie C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Consumer Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3487
HD3495An Act relative to enforcing federal lawCabral, Antonio F. D. (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3495
HD3511An Act removing barriers to solar for low-income communitiesDykema, Carolyn C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Economic Justice; Solarhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3511
HD3523An Act relative to Environmental Justice and Toxics Reduction in the CommonwealthDuBois, Michelle M. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3523
HD3554An Act to reduce racial disparities in maternal healthKhan, Kay (HOU)Healthcare; Intersectional Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3554
HD3557An Act further regulating the enforcement of illegal hunting practicesEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Animal Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3557
HD3577An Act to create a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving commonwealthMeschino, Joan (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3577
HD3607An Act protecting Massachusetts hospitals and health systemsMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Healthcare; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3607
HD3608An Act relative to election day registrationMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Election Reform; Same Day Voter Registrationhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3608
HD3636An Act reducing recidivism and promoting family relationships during incarcerationMalia, Elizabeth A. (HOU)Criminal Justice; Children & Familyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3636
HD3680An Act relative to the employment of persons with disabilities on state contractsBiele, David (HOU)Labor; Public Service; Disabilitieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3680
HD3719An Act for utility transition to using renewable energy (FUTURE)Ehrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Gas Leaks;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3719
HD3732An Act ensuring equitable representation in the CommonwealthChan, Tackey (HOU)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3732
HD3764An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessMiranda, Liz (HOU)Housing; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3764
HD3765An Act ensuring safe drinking water in schoolsEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Public Safety; Children & Families; Water Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3765
HD3789An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcementDonahue, Daniel M. (HOU)Labor; Employment Law; Wage Theft;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3789
HD3815An Act promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility through Eviction Sealing (HOMES)Moran, Michael J. (HOU)Housing; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3815
HD3835An Act to assure informed consent for pelvic examinations of anesthetized or unconscious patientsProvost, Denise (HOU)Healthcare; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3835
HD3872An Act codifying the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Housing; Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3872
HD3878An Act relative to environmental justice in the commonwealthMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3878
HD3879An Act accelerating the renewable portfolio standardElugardo, Nika C. (HOU)Energy & Environmenthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3879
HD389An Act promoting the proper disposal of miniaturesHunt, Randy (HOU)Energy & Environment; Recyclinghttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD389
HD3890An Act concerning certain ballotsMichlewitz, Aaron (HOU)Election Reform; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3890
HD3891An Act relative to home energy efficiencyMadaro, Adrian C. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Consumer Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3891
HD3905An Act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residentsHonan, Kevin G. (HOU)Elder Affairs; Housing; Disabiliteshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3905
HD407An Act to improve literacy skillsCoppinger, Edward F. (HOU)Education;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD407
HD414An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactionsConnolly, Mike (HOU)Housing; Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD414
HD426An Act establishing the Massachusetts infrastructure bankConnolly, Mike (HOU)Economic Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD426
HD434An Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable educationVega, Aaron (HOU)Education;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD434
HD437An Act promoting affordability of home care servicesGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairs; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD437
HD438An Act relative to intensive case management for clinically complex older adultsGregoire, Danielle W. (HOU)Elder Affairs; Healthcarehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD438
HD530An Act supporting parents running for public officeConnolly, Mike (HOU)Campaign Finance Reform; Elections; Children & Familieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD530
HD543An Act to provide Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessationBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcare; Public Healthhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD543
HD549An Act recognizing pharmacists as health care providersBarber, Christine P. (HOU)Healthcare; https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD549
HD551An Act relative to unmanned aerial systemsStraus, William M. (HOU)Civil Liberties; Privacyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD551
HD576An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and showsEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Animal Protectionshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD576
HD580An Act relative to Energy Savings Efficiency (Energy SAVE)Cutler, Josh S. (HOU)Energy & Environment; Consumer Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD580
HD583An Act to end child marriage in MassachusettsKhan, Kay (HOU)Children & Families; Sexual Violence Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD583
HD599An Act requiring sexual misconduct climate surveys at institutions of higher educationEhrlich, Lori A. (HOU)Higher Education; Sexual Violence Protectionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD599
HD600An Act relative to ensure fairness for certain employees of the department of correctionsO'Day, James J. (HOU)Labor;https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD600
HD603An Act relative to secure choice retirement savings planO'Day, James J. (HOU)Elder Affairs; Retirementhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD603
HD802An Act requiring health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violenceGarlick, Denise C. (HOU)Labor; Workplace Violencehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD802
HD815An Act relative to ranked choice votingVargas, Andres X. (HOU)Election Reformhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD815
HD827An Act relative to healthy youthBrodeur, Paul (HOU)Education; Sexual Health; Children & Familieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD827
HD833An Act amending the unemployment insurance law for workers with fluctuating work schedulesGordon, Kenneth I. (HOU)Labor; Employment Lawhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD833
HD840An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identificationLinsky, David Paul (HOU)Civil Liberties; LGBTQI Rights; Gender Identityhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD840
SD1178An Act relative to access to community correctionsBrownsberger, William N. (SEN)Criminal Justicehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1178
SD1241An Act relative to collective bargaining duesBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Laborhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1241
SD1355An Act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing and harassment, without regard to protected class statusFeeney, Paul R. (SEN)Labor; Workplace Violencehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355
SD1359An Act relative to safety and violence education for students (the SAVE Students Act)Finegold, Barry R. (SEN)Education; Children & Families; Violence Preventionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1359
SD2192An Act An act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residentsLovely, Joan B. (SEN)Elder Affairs; Violence Preventionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD2192
SD2195An Act relative to bullying in public housingLovely, Joan B. (SEN)Housing; Violence Preventionhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD2195
SD306An Act relative to the proper disposal of miniaturesDiDomenico, Sal N. (SEN)Energy & Environment; Recycling; Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD306
SD582An Act eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offensesBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Criminal Justice; Children & Familieshttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD582
SD618An Act to establish food allergy plansCreem, Cynthia Stone (SEN)Consumer Protection; Public Safetyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD618
SD723An Act relative to landlord tenant tax creditsBoncore, Joseph A. (SEN)Housing; Revenuehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD723

Filed Legislation (2019-20)

Sponsored Legislation (2019-2020)

191st Legislative Session

This session I filed legislation to hold Massachusetts to the standard that it should be: a place of equity. With the waging war on minorities, immigrants, reproductive rights, LGBTQI rights, and an ever growing wealth disparity across the Nation, now more than ever, we need to take action to protect vulnerable populations. We must do what we can to remain an example of what progressive courage and policy can accomplish on the State Level. I filed 32 pieces of legislation this session. Below are some of the highlights.


HD 2548 – An Act removing obstacles and expanding access to women’s reproductive health (The ROE Act)

This bill would improve access to affordable and safe abortions by removing unnecessary and burdensome provisions that otherwise delay and deny care. It’s not a secret that Roe v. Wade is under attack. I believe that Massachusetts should adapt accordingly to strengthen our laws that give access to reproductive health care and update the laws that lay as a barrier to access to that care .

The ROE Act would eliminate the onerous judicial bypass process that teenagers must navigate to access a safe and legal abortion, provides safety net coverage for abortion regardless of a resident’s income or legal status, expands access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of fatal fetal anomalies, and much more. I am working with my colleague, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, Senator Chandler, and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and NARAL ProChoice Massachusetts on this vital legislation for families everywhere.

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HD 788 – An Act to extend early voting to all elections

In 2014, the State Legislature passed reforms to implement early voting in presidential elections. This measure was put to the test in 2016 and we have already seen a surge in voter participation. That is why I proposed HD 788, to expand early voting to all elections, including municipal elections. By expanding voting beyond a single Election Day, we are creating more opportunities for working people, young people, and people living with a disability that would require accommodation. I filed this bill with Representative Andy Vargas.

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HD 655 – An Act creating a common application for core food, health, and safety-net programs

This bill works to address the disparity commonly known as the “SNAP Gap.” Currently, there are about 680,000 people who are receiving Mass Health benefits and are likely eligible for SNAP but are not receiving SNAP benefits, for which the State is currently reimbursed by the federal government. MassHealth and SNAP have separate application processes that ask for the same basic information, duplicating efforts and creating more work for both the state and applicants. This legislation would require the State to create a common application portal to let low income households apply for MassHealth and SNAP at the same time. This would lay a foundation for a comprehensive common application portal for safety-net benefits which would reduce duplicate data collection and increase the efficiency of State Government while helping our State’s low-income population. I have partnered with Senator Sal DiDomenico, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the SNAP Gap Coalition on this issue.

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HD 2272 – An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools

This bill would ensure access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools for all people who menstruate. People who menstruate should not have to choose between personal hygiene and putting food on the table, and unfortunately, that is a decision that many people must make. As the wealth disparity grows along with our appetite to provide inclusive policies for all regardless of gender identity, I believe that this is a public health issue worth taking action on. I’ve been excited to partner with Representative Christine Barber, Senator Pat Jehlen, and the Massachusetts chapter of the National Women’s Organization (MassNOW) on this legislation.

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HD 154 – An Act to reduce mass incarceration

This bill would eliminate sentences for life without parole. Last term, we eliminated many mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses. The next step to reducing our incarceration rate. Currently, individuals may commit a crime when they are 19 and remain incarcerated until they die in their 70’s or 80’s without any possibility of release. This bill provides that the Parole Board should evaluate whether to parole them after 25 years. California made such a change and the recidivism rate for those released was 2%, which is incredibly low. I am partnership with Senator Joe Boncore, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, and Prisoner’s Legal Services on this bill.

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HD 185 – An Act relative to the reform of unconstitutional archaic laws

This bill would repeal archaic and regressive laws that exist in the MA General Laws, including laws criminalizing sodomy that remain on the books and could threaten LGBTQI people in the future pending federal legislation. I am partnering with MassEquality on this bill.

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Rep. Livingstone’s 2019-20 Legislative Agenda

Filed Legislation (2019-2020)

191st Legislative Session

I’m so excited to share my legislative agenda for the 191st Legislative Session! As you may know, in the House, we are given one window of time at the beginning of each Session to file legislation. Submitting proposed legislation is the first step in the cycle of a Bill becoming law. This term, I filed legislation that speaks to topics ranging from criminal justice, combating poverty, women’s rights, public health, elections reform, and much more. Below are some of the highlights. To see a comprehensive list of the bills that I filed, please click here.


HD 655 – An Act creating a common application for core food, health, and safety-net programs

This bill works to address the disparity commonly known as the “SNAP Gap.” Currently, there are about 680,000 people who are receiving Mass Health benefits and are likely eligible for SNAP but are not receiving SNAP benefits, for which the State is currently reimbursed by the federal government. MassHealth and SNAP have separate application processes that ask for the same basic information, duplicating efforts and creating more work for both the state and applicants. This legislation would create a common application portal to let low income households apply for MassHealth and SNAP at the same time. This would lay a foundation for a comprehensive common application portal for safety-net benefits which would reduce duplicate data collection and increase the efficiency of State Government while helping our State’s low-income population.


HD 2272 – An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools

This bill would fund disposable menstrual hygiene products in public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters. Access to menstrual hygiene products is an incredible barrier for people who menstruate that are experiencing poverty. I’ve been excited to partner with Representative Christine Barber, Senator Jehlen, and the Massachusetts chapter of the National Women’s Organization (MassNOW) on this legislation.


HD 2548 – An Act removing obstacles and expanding access to women’s reproductive health (The ROE Act)

This bill would improve access to affordable and safe abortions by removing unnecessary and burdensome provisions that otherwise delay and deny care. It’s not a secret that Roe v. Wade is under attack. I believe that Massachusetts should adapt accordingly to strengthen our laws that give access to reproductive health care and update the laws that lay as a barrier to access to that care .

The ROE Act would eliminate the onerous judicial bypass process that teenagers must navigate to access a safe and legal abortion, provides safety net coverage for abortion regardless of a resident’s income or legal status, expands access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of fatal fetal anomalies, and much more. I am working with my colleague, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and Planned Parenthood on this vital legislation for families everywhere.


HD 788 – An Act to extend early voting to all elections

Cambridgeport Update: BU Bridge and Safety

Cambridgeport Update: BU Bridge and Safety

Last week, I attended the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association meeting, where MassDOT gave us an update on the state of the BU Bridge and how we should address traffic issues moving forward. For those who could not attend, Joe Barr from Cambridge, Jeff Parenti from DCR, and Neil Boudreau from MassDOT came and provided updates.

This is the third meeting regarding traffic issues related to the BU bridge that arose shortly after changes completed on that bridge as well as on Granite Street.  The streets impacted are under the jurisdictions of the three entities.  Granite Street and Brookline Street are under the jurisdiction of Cambridge, the circle and Memorial Drive are DCR’s, and the BU Bridge is MassDOT’s responsibility.  Once you arrive at the lights on the bridge at Commonwealth Ave in Boston, it is Boston’s responsibility to operate them.  Although no one from Boston came, both Neil Boudreau and I had been in touch with Boston officials, who have been very cooperative to find out what was happening and trying to fix it.

First, for Granite Street, Joe Barr announced that Cambridge was finished experimenting with parking and had decided to permanently remove parking on one side of Granite between Rockingham and Brookline Streets.  This will allow two lanes of cars on Granite so that people can make a left on Brookline Street even if those making a right on Brookline are stuck in traffic.  There were several suggestions regarding improving signage on Granite, Waverly, and Rockingham Streets.  Joe agreed to evaluate the suggestions and make appropriate changes.

Second, Jeff Parenti from DCR spoke about his work.  He spoke about long-term and short-term improvements.  For the short-term improvements to the circle, he had his initial thoughts, which are in the attached document.  He is going to come back to CNA’s next meeting on January 17, 2019 and have a more specific discussion on what people think.  DCR will make improvements through adding paint to the circle and signage.  The changes can be made as soon as it is warm enough for paint to dry, probably next March.  In addition, DCR just hired a consultant to start a public process on infrastructure changes as part of Phase III of the improvements to Memorial Drive.  (Phase I was from the Charles River Dam Road to the Longfellow Bridge and Phase II was from the Longfellow Bridge to the BU Boathouse.)  He is looking forward to redesigning the circle as part of this project.  He said that people should think of the circle as a “blank slate” as they imagine what could be there.  If you have comments on the short-term fix, you can email him directly at jeffrey.parenti@mass.gov. Below is his initial thoughts on short-term changes that could be made.

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Finally, Neil Boudreau from MassDOT spoke about what he had found looking into the lights on Commonwealth Ave.  The lights are designed to adjust to minimize traffic.  This clearly was not occurring at all.  Between the first and second meeting, he said that the problem was that the system was damaged during construction and had only recently become operational.  In the last six weeks, Boston and MassDOT worked to make sure the lights were working as designed.  It turned out there was a communications issue where the lights were reverted to mid-day settings at rush hour.  This meant that there was approximately 15% less green time for those driving from Cambridge to Boston than there should have been.  This has been fixed.  In addition, the signals were adjusted to add a little more green time for the Cambridge to Boston movement.  The combination means that there should be 25% more green time consistently during rush hour than was the case during the worst problem times.  That should help.  Neil said he was continuing to work with Boston to determine if more improvements could be made.  The handout that Neil distributed is below.

BU Bridge Traffic Count Comparisons_Dec 2018

This is obviously an issue that remains to be worked out completely, but I’d like to thank everyone involved who helped us come closer to reaching a resolution. I’m always impressed with the activist nature of Cambridgeport and it’s a great joy of my job to work with the neighborhood to fix issues like these. More updates are forthcoming, but I thought that ahead of the holidays, the people of Cambridgeport deserved some peace of mind that this issue is being worked out.

 

MBTA Update: Touring the New Orange Line Cars

Earlier this week, I was able to see the benefits realized from my first vote.  My first vote in the legislature increased the gas tax by 6 cents and directed the money to the transportation fund.  Governor Patrick, as anticipated, immediately used the money to sign contracts to purchase new orange and red line trains (as well as green line trains and buses).  The current administration continued this program, which is finally bearing fruit.

I toured one of the first new orange line trains that has been delivered to the MBTA.  The MBTA has received six phototypes that it is currently testing.  The inside of the train is pictured.  (The bags are filled with sand to represent the weight of people for testing.)  The MBTA currently is on pace to start adding the new trains to its fleet in January 2019.  In December 2018, it will start receiving four new trains a month, which it will test and, if they pass, add to the fleet as well.  The pace will continue until it received 150 new orange line trains.

Currently, the orange line runs 96 cars each morning and night. The MBTA hopes in the near term to increase that to between 102-108 with the addition of the new cars. Over time, as the entire fleet is replaced, the MBTA will also replace the signaling system for the trains. The new signaling system will allow it to run more trains at one time, maybe as many as 120 at a time. Each train can hold 1500 passengers, which is the same as the current trains, so additional trains are the way we will add capacity.

The MBTA anticipates delivery of the first red line trains next April and the introduction of them to the fleet by November 2019. The MBTA has a similar plan to add four new trains each month until the fleet is all new. The red line trains will have more capacity than the current ones (they are larger). In addition, the MBTA is purchasing new signaling systems for the red line to allow more trains to run at a time. Again, this will greatly increase the capacity of the red line.

The MBTA also required the manufacturer to use the same components for the red and orange line trains. This will help in the future with repairs. Currently, there is one type of orange line train and several models of red line trains – each differs from each other as well as from the orange line. The MBTA needs to hand-make many replacement components because it cannot place large enough orders for anyone to manufacture them as the parts are specialized for the different types of trains it has. Having two fleets will the same parts will help to avoid this situation in the future.

It is great to finally start to see the results I anticipated when I took this vote so many years ago.