Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless bill priorities, 2019-2020
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Bill NumberDocket NumberBill NameLead SponsorLink to Current Version of the BillInitial Committee AssignmentBill StatusBill HearingNotes
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House Bill 1264House Docket 2395An Act to further provide a rental arrearage programRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1264Joint Committee on HousingFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on February 26, 2019Hearing date TBDThis bill is similar to House Bill 84 from last session.
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House Bill 1265House Docket 2406An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe placesRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1265Joint Committee on HousingFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on Housing on July 30, 2019.Over 3,500 families have stayed in places not meant for human habitation before later being approved for shelter since a misguided policy was implemented in 2012 requiring many families to do so (based on DHCD data through October 2018).
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House Bill 3066House Docket 1263An Act to provide identification to homeless youth and familiesRepresentative Kay Khan https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3066Joint Committee on TransportationFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation on February 26, 2019Hearing date TBDThis bill would allow access to standard Mass IDs, not REAL ID Act-compliant Mass IDs, for which residents must provide additional verifications that meet federal standards. The language of this bill was passed unanimously by the Senate last session.
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Senate Bill 2043Senate Docket 667An Act to provide identification to homeless youth and familiesSenator Harriette Chandlerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2043Joint Committee on TransportationFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation on January 22, 2019 Hearing date TBDThis bill would allow access to standard Mass IDs, not REAL ID Act-compliant Mass IDs, for which residents must provide additional verifications that meet federal standards. The language of this bill was passed unanimously by the Senate last session.
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House Bill 621House Docket 605An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthRepresentative Jim O’Day https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H621Joint Committee on Elder AffairsFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Elder Affairs on February 26, 2019Hearing date TBDThis bill would put the recent removal of the EAEDC homelessness penalty into statute, increase monthly grant levels, provide an annual cost of living adjustment, and increase the program's asset limit from $250 to $2,500.
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Senate Bill 356Senate Docket 1382An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthSenator Patricia Jehlenhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S356/Joint Committee on Elder AffairsFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Elder Affairs on January 22, 2019 Hearing date TBDThis bill would put the recent removal of the EAEDC homelessness penalty into statute, increase monthly grant levels, provide an annual cost of living adjustment, and increase the program's asset limit from $250 to $2,500.
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House Bill 1314House Docket 2776An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessRepresentative Smitty Pignatellihttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1314Joint Committee on HousingSent from the Joint Committee on Housing to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 8, 2019; previously filed, closed for cosponsorship, and assigned to the Joint Committee on Housing on February 26, 2019Transferred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. Hearing date TBD.This bill would be a statement of legislative intent, recognizing and affirming various rights of people experiencing homelessness, such as the right to move freely in public spaces, the right to confidentiality of records, the right to privacy of property, the right to register to vote and to vote, etc.
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Senate Bill 816Senate Docket 1952An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessSenator Becca Rauschhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S816Joint Committee on HousingFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on January 22, 2019 Transferred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. Hearing date TBD.This bill would be a statement of legislative intent, recognizing and affirming various rights of people experiencing homelessness, such as the right to move freely in public spaces, the right to confidentiality of records, the right to privacy of property, the right to register to vote and to vote, etc. Similar legislation also was filed by Senator Nick Collins (Senate Docket 2170).
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House Bill 150House Docket 3764An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessRepresentative Liz Mirandahttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H150Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room B-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3182.This bill would build on the work to decrease discrimination and to establish a bill of rights (see above), and would provide additional civil rights protections for people experiencing homelessness. The bill would affirm the right to rest, eat, pray, and be in public spaces by amending the Commonwealth's public spaces laws (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 45), amend the Commonwealth's voting laws to affirm the right to vote and register to vote without a permanent address (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 50, Section 1), amend the Commonwealth's anti-discrimination laws to include housing status (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B), and repeal archaic sections of Massachusetts General Laws regarding so-called "tramps","vagrants", and "vagabonds" (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 272, Sections 63-69).
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Senate Bill 76Senate Docket 1950An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessSenator Becca Rauschhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S76Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on January 22, 2019 Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room B-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3182.This bill would build on the work to decrease discrimination and to establish a bill of rights (see above), and would provide additional civil rights protections for people experiencing homelessness. The bill would affirm the right to rest, eat, pray, and be in public spaces by amending the Commonwealth's public spaces laws (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 45), amend the Commonwealth's voting laws to affirm the right to vote and register to vote without a permanent address (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 50, Section 1), amend the Commonwealth's anti-discrimination laws to include housing status (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B), and repeal archaic sections of Massachusetts General Laws regarding so-called "tramps","vagrants", and "vagabonds" (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 272, Sections 63-69).
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House Bill 104 (Now House Bill 3594)House Docket 3043An Act to lift the cap on kidsRepresentative Marjorie Decker https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3594/Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesPassed by the House and Senate, sent to the Governor, and vetoed by the Governor; veto overridden by the House on April 10th with a vote of 155-1, and overridden in the Senate on April 25th with a vote of 37-3; see https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3594/Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on March 5, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-2. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3074.The Department of Transitional Assistance is in the process of implementing the changes, and will issue retroactive benefits back to January 1, 2019, once the changes are implemented fully.
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Senate Bill 37Senate Docket 1452An Act relative to well-being and care of a childSenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S37Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesHouse version (see above) passed by the House and Senate, sent to the Governor, and vetoed by the Governor; veto overridden by the House on April 10th with a vote of 155-1, and overridden in the Senate on April 25th with a vote of 37-3; see https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3594/Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on March 5, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-2. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3074.The Department of Transitional Assistance is in the process of implementing the changes, and will issue retroactive benefits back to January 1, 2019, once the changes are implemented fully.
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House Bill 102House Docket 2367An Act to reduce deep poverty among kidsRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H102Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room B-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3182.This is a first-time filed bill that seeks to increase TAFDC and EAEDC benefits each year to bring benefits up to and beyond the deep poverty level (50% of the official poverty level).
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Senate Bill 36Senate Docket 1328An Act to lift children out of deep povertySenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S36Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on January 22, 2019 Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room B-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3182.This is a first-time filed bill that seeks to increase TAFDC and EAEDC benefits each year to bring benefits up to and beyond the deep poverty level (50% of the official poverty level).
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House Bill 1305House Docket 3872An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramRepresentative Adrian Madarohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1305Joint Committee on HousingFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and assigned to the Joint Committee on Housing on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on Housing on July 30, 2019.This bill is similar to Senate Bill 719 from last session.
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Senate Bill 797Senate Docket 864An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramSenator Jamie Eldridgehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S797Joint Committee on HousingFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on January 22, 2019 Was heard by the Joint Committee on Housing on July 30, 2019.This bill is similar to Senate Bill 719 from last session.
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House Bill 160House Docket 1356An Act to end child homelessnessRepresentative Denise Provosthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H160Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room B-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3182.This is a re-filed bill to ensure that families that are facing eviction from subsidized housing or termination from shelter are not, in effect, being sent to stay in places not meant for human habitation.
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House Bill 3456House Docket 3385An Act to ensure right to counsel in eviction proceedingsRepresentative Chynah Tylerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3456Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on July 16, 2019 between 1 - 5 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3220.This bill seeks to level the playing field to ensure that tenants have representation in court when facing evictions. Without legal representation, many tenants lose their housing and are unable to negotiate more favorable settlements with their landlords.
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Senate BIll 913Senate Docket 625An Act to ensure right to counsel in eviction proceedingsSenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S913Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on January 22, 2019 Was heard by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on July 16, 2019 between 1 - 5 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3220.This bill seeks to level the playing field to ensure that tenants have representation in court when facing evictions. Without legal representation, many tenants lose their housing and are unable to negotiate more favorable settlements with their landlords.
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House Bill 3566House Docket 3815An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)Representative Michael Moran
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/h3566
Joint Committee on the JudiciaryWas heard by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on July 16, 2019 between 1 - 5 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3220.
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Senate Bill 824Senate Docket 526An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)Senator Joe Boncorehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S824Joint Committee on the JudiciaryWas heard by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on July 16, 2019 between 1 - 5 p.m. at the State House, Hearing Room A-1. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3220.
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House Bill 1288House Docket 3379An Act relative to housing reformRepresentative Kevin Honanhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1288Joint Committee on HousingFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and assigned to the Joint Committee on Housing on February 26, 2019Was heard by the Joint Committe on Housing on 05/14/2019 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM at the State House in the Gardner Auditorium. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3113
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Senate Bill 775Senate Docket 1640An Act relative to housing reformSenator Joe Boncorehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S775Joint Committee on HousingFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on January 22, 2019 Was heard by the Joint Committe on Housing on 05/14/2019 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM at the State House in the Gardner Auditorium. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3113
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House Bill 1769House Docket 414An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactionsRepresentative Mike Connollyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1769Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional GovernmentFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government on February 26, 2019Hearing date TBD.
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Senate Bill 773Senate Docket 334An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactionsSenator Joe Boncorehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S773Joint Committee on HousingFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on Housing on January 22, 2019 Hearing date TBD.
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House Bill 3420House Docket 1295An Act to promote public safety and better outcomes for young adultsRepresentative Jim O'Dayhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3420Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled, closed for cosponsorship, and referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary on January 22, 2019 Hearing date TBD.
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Senate Bill 825Senate Docket 530An Act to promote public safety and better outcomes for young adultsSenator Joe Boncorehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S825Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled, open for cosponsorship, and referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on January 22, 2019 Hearing date TBD.
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*Please encourage your State Representative and Senator to sign on to Senate filed bills, if they have not done so already.
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* Please go to http://www.mahomeless.org/advocacy/present-policy-campaigns for current fact sheets and additional bill details.
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Overview sheet for legislators: http://www.mahomeless.org/images/cosponsorship_letter_1-29-19.pdf
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Last updated 8-23-19
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