Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless bill priorities, 2019-2020
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Docket Number/Bill Number
Bill NameLead SponsorLink to Current Version of the BillBill StatusNotes
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House Docket 2395An Act to further provide a rental arrearage programRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2395Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignmentSimilar to House Bill 84 from last session.
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House Docket 2406An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe placesRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2406Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 1263An Act to provide identification to homeless youth and familiesRepresentative Kay Khan https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1263Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
This 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 Docket 667An Act to provide identification to homeless youth and familiesSenator Harriette Chandlerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD667
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
This 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 Docket 605An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthRepresentative James O’Day https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD605Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
This 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 Docket 1382An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthSenator Patricia Jehlenhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1382
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
This 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 Docket 2776An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness
Representative William Smitty Pignatelli
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2776Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 1952An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessSenator Becca Rauschhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1952
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 3764An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessRepresentative Liz Mirandahttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3764Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 1950An Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessnessSenator Becca Rauschhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1950
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 3043An Act to lift the cap on kidsRepresentative Marjorie Decker https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3043Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
The Legislature voted to lift the TAFDC cap on kids last session, but the language was not allowed to take effect due to an amendment from the Governor.
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Senate Docket 1452An Act relative to well-being and care of a childSenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1452
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
The Legislature voted to lift the TAFDC cap on kids last session, but the language was not allowed to take effect due to an amendment from the Governor.
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House Docket 2367An Act to reduce deep poverty among kidsRepresentative Marjorie Deckerhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2367Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 1328An Act to lift children out of deep povertySenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1328
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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 Docket 3872An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramRepresentative Adrian Madarohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3872Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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Senate Docket 864An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramSenator Jamie Eldridgehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD864
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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House Docket 1356An Act to end child homelessnessRepresentative Denise Provosthttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD1356Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
This is 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 Docket 3379An Act relative to housing reformRepresentative Kevin Honanhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3379Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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Senate Docket 1640An Act (relative to) housing reformSenator Joe Boncorehttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1640
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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Senate Docket 625An Act to ensure right to counsel in eviction proceedingsSenator Sal DiDomenicohttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD625
Filed, open only for Senate cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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House Docket 414
An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions
Representative Mike Connollyhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD414Filed, closed for cosponsorship, and awaiting committee assignment
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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 2-7-19
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