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Shareable link to this chart: https://tinyurl.com/mchbills2122PDF summary of bill priorities: https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2021-2022-bill-priorities-2-28-22.pdfActively updating this column!15
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An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessnessHouse Bill 3515https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H3515Representative Kay Khan and Representative Jim O’Day The Mass ID access bill (a.k.a. Everyone Needs ID 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 during the current and past two sessions.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/mass-ID-bill-fact-sheet-for-legislators-3-25-22.pdfJoint Committee on TransportationFiled on February 3, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation; reported out favorably by the committee on November 22, 2021 and then sent to House Ways and Means, where it is awaiting action; the Senate version was reported out favorably as redrafted on January 10, 2022; passed unanimously by full Senate (39-0) on January 13, 2022 and referred to the House Committee on Ways and MeansNo hearing, but reported out favorablyLink to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/massid2122 Link to online letter action to House Leaders and your own State Representative: https://mahomeless.org/mass-id-access-action/House Bill 3066https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3066
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An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessnessSenate Bill 2612 = redrafted version of Senate Bill 2276https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S2612Senator Harriette ChandlerThe Mass ID access bill (a.k.a. Everyone Needs ID 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 during the past two sessions.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/mass-ID-bill-fact-sheet-for-legislators-3-25-22.pdfJoint Committee on TransportationFiled on February 3, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation; reported out favorably by the committee on November 22, 2021 and then sent to Senate Ways and Means; reported out favorably as redrafted on January 10, 2022; passed unanimously by full Senate (39-0) on January 13, 2022 and referred to the House Committee on Ways and MeansNo hearing, but reported out favorablyLink to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/massid2122 Link to online letter action to House Leaders and your own State Representative: https://mahomeless.org/mass-id-access-action/Senate Bill 2576 (previously Senate Bill 2043 and 2555)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2576
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An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recoveryHouse Bill 1434https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1434Representative Frank Moran and Representative Kevin HonanThis bill would protect public health, prevent displacement, and address the serious financial distress resulting from the COVID-19 emergency by: requiring parties to first seek rental assistance before filing an eviction case; protecting the most vulnerable tenants from forcible eviction for COVID-19 related debt; pausing no-fault or no cause evictions during the state of emergency and recovery period 12 months after the state of emergency ends; reinstating a pause on foreclosures and instituting forbearance requirements mirroring federal policies; and requiring the state to adopt equitable principles, flexibility, and simplification in the distribution of rental assistance funds. (Summary via Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/covid-19-housing-equity-bill-fact-sheet-2-23-21.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; heard by the committee on August 12, 2021; given an initial extension order until February 22, 2022; the Legislature approved a further extension until May 9, 2022 in February 2022; a further extension until June 30th was approved in May 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held August 12, 2021Link to organizational endorsement form: https://forms.gle/CWQBgEqMV2AvYnXE9 More details: http://www.homesforallmass.org/
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An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recoverySenate Bill 891https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S891Senator Patricia JehlenThe bill would protect public health, prevent displacement, and address the serious financial distress resulting from the COVID-19 emergency by: requiring parties to first seek rental assistance before filing an eviction case; protecting the most vulnerable tenants from forcible eviction for COVID-19 related debt; pausing no-fault or no cause evictions during the state of emergency and recovery period 12 months after the state of emergency ends; reinstating a pause on foreclosures and instituting forbearance requirements mirroring federal policies; and requiring the state to adopt equitable principles, flexibility, and simplification in the distribution of rental assistance funds. (Summary via Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/covid-19-housing-equity-bill-fact-sheet-2-23-21.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; heard by the committee on August 12, 2021; given an initial extension order until February 22, 2022; the Legislature approved a further extension until May 9, 2022 in February 2022; a further extension until June 30th was approved in May 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held August 12, 2021Link to organizational endorsement form: https://forms.gle/CWQBgEqMV2AvYnXE9 More details: http://www.homesforallmass.org/
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An Act providing upstream homelessness prevention assistance to families, youth, and adultsHouse Bill 1385https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1385Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Liz MirandaThis bill would put the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) homelessness prevention program into state statute, and ensure that benefits are available to households earlier in a housing or utility crisis. The bill also seeks to streamline access, improve cross-agency collaboration, and allow households to access the resources needed to clear arrearages without arbitrary caps.https://tinyurl.com/raftbill2122Joint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; heard by the committee on October 12, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee on February 2, 2022; assigned to the House Committee on Ways and Means on March 3, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003 Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/raft2122House Bill 1264https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1264
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An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessnessHouse Bill 202https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H202Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Liz MirandaThis omnibus legislation would address access and administrative issues for families and children seeking to access or retain Emergency Assistance shelter and HomeBASE rehousing benefits.https://tinyurl.com/eabill2122bJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; reported out favorably by the committee on February 1, 2022; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on February 3, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 15, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4022.Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/ea2122Sections related to House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 2750https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1265 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2750
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An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessnessSenate Bill 111https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S111Senator Adam GomezThis omnibus legislation would address access and administrative issues for families and children seeking to access or retain Emergency Assistance shelter and HomeBASE rehousing benefits.https://tinyurl.com/eabill2122bJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on February 19, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; reported out favorably by the committee on January 26, 2022 and referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 15, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4022Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/ea2122Sections related to House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 43https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1265
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An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessHouse Bill 264https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H264Representative Smitty Pignatelli and Representative Frank MoranThis bill would recognize and affirm 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., and would provide additional civil rights protections for people experiencing homelessness. The bill also 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). The bill would give the Superior Court jurisdiction to enforce the rights included in the legislation: "(e) It shall be an affirmative defense to a civil claim or criminal charge related to use of public spaces that a person experiencing homelessness was exercising any right set forth in this section. (f) The superior court shall have jurisdiction in equity to enforce any right set forth in this section and award damages in connection with any violation thereof."https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Bill-of-Rights-Fact-Sheet-from-Senator-Rauschs-office-10-8-21.pdfJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on February 17, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; heard by the committee on October 15, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee on February 1, 2022; assigned to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on February 14, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 15, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4022Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/rights2122 House Bill 4688 (previously House Bill 1314)https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H4688
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An Act providing a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessnessSenate Bill 142https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S142Senator Becca RauschThis bill would recognize and affirm 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., and would provide additional civil rights protections for people experiencing homelessness. The bill also 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). The bill would give the Superior Court jurisdiction to enforce the rights included in the legislation: "(e) It shall be an affirmative defense to a civil claim or criminal charge related to use of public spaces that a person experiencing homelessness was exercising any right set forth in this section. (f) The superior court shall have jurisdiction in equity to enforce any right set forth in this section and award damages in connection with any violation thereof."https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Bill-of-Rights-Fact-Sheet-from-Senator-Rauschs-office-10-8-21.pdfJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on February 17, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on April 13, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee on January 31, 2022 and referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 15, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4022Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/rights2122.
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An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthHouse Bill 750https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H750Representative Jim O’Day This bill would put the 2018 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 for individuals and to $5,000 to participant households of two or more people.Joint Committee on Elder AffairsFiled on February 5, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs; heard by the committee on July 12, 2021; attached to Senate Bill 411 which was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs on October 25, 2021 and sent to the Senate Committee on Ways and MeansHeld July 12, 2021Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/eaedc2122House Bill 621https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H621
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An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the CommonwealthSenate Bill 411https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S411Senator Patricia JehlenThis bill would put the 2018 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 for individuals and to $5,000 to participant households of two or more people.Joint Committee on Elder AffairsFiled on February 5, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs; heard by the committee on July 12, 2021; reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs on October 25, 2021 and sent to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held July 12, 2021Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/eaedc2122Senate Bill 356https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S356/
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An Act promoting housing stability for families by strengthening the HomeBASE programHouse Bill 1372https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1372Representative Christine BarberThis first-timed filed bill would put the HomeBASE program into state statute and direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide renewals of HomeBASE rental assistance to families and children who otherwise would be facing a return to homelessness.https://tinyurl.com/hbbill2122Joint Committee on HousingFiled on February 10, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; sent to study by the committee on February 1, 2022 (effectively stopping movement on the bill for this session). We are pushing for key elements of the bill to be incorporated into the FY23 budget. (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003. Link to organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/homebase2122n/a
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An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention in MassachusettsHouse Bill 1436https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1436Representative David Rogers and Representative Michael DayThis bill seeks to establish a right to counsel to level the playing field to ensure that low-income tenants, occupants, and certain owner-occupants have representation in court during eviction proceedings. http://www.massrtc.org/uploads/2/7/0/4/27042339/fact_sheet_8.16.21.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 17, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; House action on February 7, 2022 to extend reporting date; reporting date extended to May 9, 2022; a further extension until June 15th was approved in May 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003See campaign materials at https://www.massrtc.org/ House Bill 3456https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3456
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An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention in MassachusettsSenate Bill 874https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S874Senator Sal DiDomenicoThis bill seeks to establish a right to counsel to level the playing field to ensure that low-income tenants, occupants, and certain owner-occupants have representation in court during eviction proceedings. http://www.massrtc.org/uploads/2/7/0/4/27042339/fact_sheet_8.16.21.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; House action on February 7, 2022 to extend reporting date; reporting date extended to May 9, 2022; a further extension until June 15th was approved in May 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003See campaign materials at https://www.massrtc.org/ Senate Bill 913https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S913
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An Act to lift kids out of deep povertyHouse Bill 199https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H199Representative Marjorie DeckerThis bill seeks to increase Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) cash assistance benefits 20% each year to bring benefits up to and beyond the deep poverty level (50% of the official poverty level).https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Lift-Kids-Out-of-Deep-Poverty-fact-sheet-2-9-21.pdfJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on February 1, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; heard by the committee on September 29, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee on February 1, 2022; assigned to the House Committee on Ways and Means on February 22, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held September 29, 2021See campaign materials at https://www.liftourkidsma.org/ House Bill 102https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H102
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An Act to lift kids out of deep povertySenate Bill 96https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S96Senator Sal DiDomenicoThis bill seeks to increase Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) cash assistance benefits 20% each year to bring benefits up to and beyond the deep poverty level (50% of the official poverty level).https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Lift-Kids-Out-of-Deep-Poverty-fact-sheet-2-9-21.pdfJoint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on January 29, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; heard by the committee on September 29, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee on February 1, 2022; assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on February 7, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held September 29, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3970See campaign materials at https://www.liftourkidsma.org/ Senate Bill 36https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S36
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An Act removing barriers to lifting people out of povertySenate Bill 2657 = redrafted version of Senate Bill 102https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S2657Senator Jamie EldridgeThis bill would, among other provisions, prohibit the state from suspending public benefits and family shelter benefits during a state of emergency; require a centralized, online application system for Department of Housing and Community Development programs; require DHCD to maintain local offices for access to DHCD benefits; and remove assets as countable if the assets do not create income on their own.Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesFiled on January 14, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities; heard by the committee on December 6, 2021; amended and reported out favorably by the committee in early February 2022; assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on February 7, 2022Held on December 6, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4110
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An Act codifying the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramHouse Bill 1428https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1428Representative Adrian MadaroThis bill would put the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program into state statute, and reduce tenant share of rent from 40% to 30% of income.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Codify-MRVP-Fact-Sheet-H.1428S.898.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 19, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; attached by the committee to the Senate version of the bill, which was reported out favorably on February 2, 2022; assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on March 17, 2022 (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003
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An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramSenate Bill 898https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S898Senator Joan LovelyThis bill would put the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program into state statute, and reduce tenant share of rent from 40% to 30% of income.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Codify-MRVP-Fact-Sheet-H.1428S.898.pdfJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; reported out favorably by the committee on March 17, 2022 with the House version of the bill attached (Status current as of June 14, 2022)Held on October 12, 2021 in a virtual hearing. See https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4003
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An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)House Bill 1808https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1808Representative Mike MoranThis bill would seal many eviction records in Massachusetts, which now are held permanently in a public database maintained by the Massachusetts Trial Courts. Among other provisions, the bill would: seal all eviction cases as soon as they are filed and while they are pending, until and unless an allegation is proven; seal no-fault evictions; only make non-payment and fault eviction cases publicly available when there is a judgment against the tenant on the merits, or there is an agreement for judgment and the tenant has actually been evicted; and seal all eviction records after 3 years and provide a process for sealing sooner with good cause. (Provision summary via Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled on February 12, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary; heard by the committee on August 3, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee in February 2022, accompanied by Senate Bill 921Held August 3, 2021House Bill 1808 differs from Senate Bill 921 in that it would provide for sealing on a case-by-case basis after a petition to the court.House Bill 3566https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/h3566
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An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)Senate Bill 921https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S921Former Senator Joe Boncore (retired in 2021)This bill would seal many eviction records in Massachusetts, which now are held permanently in a public database maintained by the Massachusetts Trial Courts. Among other provisions, the bill would: seal all eviction cases as soon as they are filed and while they are pending, until and unless an allegation is proven; seal no-fault evictions; only make non-payment and fault eviction cases publicly available when there is a judgment against the tenant on the merits, or there is an agreement for judgment and the tenant has actually been evicted; and seal all eviction records after 3 years and provide a process for sealing sooner with good cause. (Provision summary via Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)Joint Committee on the JudiciaryFiled on February 8, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary; heard by the committee on August 3, 2021; attached to House Bill 1801, which was reported out favorably by the committee on/before February 2, 2022Held August 3, 2021Senate Bill 921 differs from House Bill 1808 in that it would provide for automatic record sealing.Senate 824https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S824
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An Act relative to the stabilization of rents and evictions in towns and cities facing distress in the housing marketSenate Bill 889https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S889Senator Patricia JehlenJoint Committee on HousingFiled on February 18, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Housing; House filed order to extend reporting date until March 1, 2022Not scheduled yet as of October 5, 2021
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An Act to end housing discrimination in the commonwealthHouse Bill 428https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H428Representative Adrian Madaro and Representative Carlos GonzálezThis bill includes provisions that would require all fair housing enforcement agencies to make referrals to the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespeople (BRREBS) to seek license suspension for brokers who engage in discriminatory practices; significantly raise penalties for real estate brokers who violate fair housing laws; require that one member of the BRREBS be an expert in fair housing and civil rights; and more.Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional LicensureFiled on February 19, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; heard by the committee on August 2, 2021; status not updated on legislative website as of February 9, 2022Held August 2, 2021See fact sheet from the Coalition to End Housing Discrimination: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14E7VyjBofjm9b2K7aI58UqXf-VizOkfT/view?usp=sharing
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An Act to end housing discrimination in the commonwealthSenate Bill 208https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S208Senator Adam GomezThis bill includes provisions that would require all fair housing enforcement agencies to make referrals to the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespeople (BRREBS) to seek license suspension for brokers who engage in discriminatory practices; significantly raise penalties for real estate brokers who violate fair housing laws; require that one member of the BRREBS be an expert in fair housing and civil rights; and more.Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional LicensureFiled on February 19, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; heard by the committee on August 2, 2021; status not updated on legislative website as of February 9, 2022Held August 2, 2021See fact sheet from the Coalition to End Housing Discrimination: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14E7VyjBofjm9b2K7aI58UqXf-VizOkfT/view?usp=sharing
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An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters and public schoolsHouse Bill 2354https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H2354Representative Jay Livingstone and Representative Christine BarberThis bill, a.k.a. the I AM bill, would address period poverty and menstrual stigmatization by increasing access to free, disposable menstrual products for people in prisons, shelters, and public schools.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/I-AM-Fact-Sheet-2022.pdfJoint Committee on Public HealthFiled on January 26, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; heard by the committee on May 21, 2022; accompanied Senate version, which was reported out favorably by the committee and assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on December 2, 2021; see aboveHeld on May 21, 2022See campaign materials from Mass NOW and the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition: http://www.massnow.org/iam
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An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters and public schoolsSenate Bill 2730 = redrafted version of Senate Bill 1445https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S1445Senator Patricia JehlenThis bill, a.k.a. the I AM bill, would address period poverty and menstrual stigmatization by increasing access to free, disposable menstrual products for people in prisons, shelters, and public schools.https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/I-AM-Fact-Sheet-2022.pdfJoint Committee on Public HealthFiled on February 5, 2021; referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; heard by the committee on May 21, 2021; reported out favorably by the committee and assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on December 2, 2021; accompanied by House Bill 2354; amended by Senate Ways and Means on February 28, 2022 and recommended "ought to pass"Held on May 21, 2021See campaign materials from Mass NOW and the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition: http://www.massnow.org/iam
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