Addiction

An Act to Protect Youth from the Harms of Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products | H.1900
Co-Filed with Representative Sean Garballey
Summary: This act would protect the health of youth by restricting the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to adult-only retail shops.

An Act Relative to Preventing Overdose Deaths and Increasing Access to Treatment | H.1712
Co-Filed with Representative Dylan A. Fernandes
Summary:
Six Massachusetts residents die every day from an opioid related overdose. This bill authorizes the Department of Public Health to promote regulations for a safe use facility pilot program, where an individual could use pre-obtained drugs and receive referrals to treatment in a safe environment under the supervision of heath care professionals. The Massachusetts Medical Society supports this legislation because data from the Vancouver clinic show that safe use sites caused a reduction in overdose deaths by 35% and an increase in those seeking treatment by 30%.

An Act to Allow Narcotics Testing Products | H.3313
Co-Filed with Senator Jo Comerford
Summary: This legislation would ensure that individuals can use narcotics testing products, such as fentanyl test strips, without being subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability. It would also protect police officers, non-profit workers, family members, medical professionals, and others who may provide testing products to individuals who use drugs from prosecution and liability. Narcotics testing products are demonstrated to encourage those struggling with addiction to adopt strategies and behaviors that reduce overdose and overdose deaths.

An Act to Advance Public Health and Safety Using Fentanyl Testing Strips | H.1717
Co-Filed with Senator Jo Comerford
Summary:
Directs the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to conduct a 3-year pilot to implement and study the public health and public safety outcomes from using fentanyl testing strips. These narcotics testing products are demonstrated to encourage those struggling with addiction to adopt strategies and behaviors that reduce overdose and overdose deaths.

An Act Relative to the Establishment of and Payments into an Opioid Stewardship Fund | H.1718
Lead Sponsor Summary: Directs the Department of Public Health to establish a Naloxone Co-Pay Assistance Program for the purpose of improving access and affordability of naloxone and other FDA approved drugs that can save a person’s life during an opioids-related overdose. The co-pay program would supplement the cost of insurance co-payments so that the cost of Naloxone is greatly reduced or free of charge to those who need it.

An Act to Study the Future of Drug Courts | H.3317
Lead Sponsor Summary: This bill would create a multi-disciplinary commission to study the effectiveness of Massachusetts adult drug courts, determine resource needs and gaps, access and equitability, and ensure replication of best practices to reach the needs of those struggling with addiction and involvement in the criminal justice system.

Child Welfare

An Act Establishing a Working Group on Adverse Childhood Experiences | H.122
Co-Filed with Representative Liz Miranda
Summary: Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences (ACCEs) refer to traumatic events which occur before the age of 18 including experiencing or witnessing domestic violence; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; neglect; food and financial insecurity; living with a person struggling with mental illness or substance use disorder, or both; experiencing racism; and having divorced parents or an incarcerated parent. This bill would create a working group on matters related to Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences in Massachusetts for the purpose of identifying needs and resources to address childhood trauma, as well as to identify the gaps in response, prevention, and resiliency-building in those who experience childhood trauma. The group shall be comprised of fifteen diverse members across the Commonwealth.

Economic Justice

An Act Relative to Universal Basic Income | H.1632
Co-Filed with Senator Jamie Eldridge
Summary:
This bill establishes a 3-year pilot program to test the individual, family, and community impacts of a modified universal basic income (UBI) and cost savings associated with such a scheme. A UBI helps individuals and families thrive by ensuring they have the resources they need to meet basic needs. A UBI may be a critical tool to address growing economic inequality in a rapidly changing economy and it is essential that Massachusetts begins to explore such innovative programs.

Environment and Climate

An Act to Establish a Net Zero Stretch Energy Code | H.2865
Co-Filed with Senator Joanne M. Comerford
Summary:
Buildings are responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth. Ten years ago, Massachusetts adopted a Stretch Energy Code, an appendix to the base building code which allows municipalities to build more energy-efficient buildings community-wide and is an important step to becoming a Green Community. The Stretch Energy Code has undergone minimal changes related to energy efficiency, limiting the 250 municipalities that have adopted the code. The bill directs the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS) to develop a Net Zero Stretch Energy Code that would allow towns and cities to complete net zero planning and will contribute to helping us meet our climate goals as a state.

Health

An Act Assuring Prompt Access to Health Care | H.1101
Co-Filed with Representative Lindsay Sabadosa
Summary:
This bill would expand the types of care exempt from cost-sharing to include outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) services.

An Act to Advance the Health and Well-Being for All Massachusetts Residents | H1901
Lead Sponsor Summary: Life expectancy in the U.S. decreased for the first time in two decades. Too many individuals are experiencing physical and emotional pain and disease, despair, disconnection, and lack of opportunities to thrive. In order for each of us to achieve our fullest potential and live healthy, fulfilling lives, sectors beyond traditional healthcare settings must share responsibility for fostering the health and well-being of Massachusetts families and communities. These sectors include: health and safety; lifelong learning; meaningful work and wealth building; humane housing; a healthy natural environment; reliable transportation; and a sense of belonging and opportunities for civic engagement. The state will adopt, measure, and report on well-being measures across sectors in order to adequately plan, analyze, and address equity gaps and provide direction for future programs and policies at the state level.

Law Enforcement

An Act Relative to Victim's Rights | H.3314
Lead Sponsor Summary: Under current Massachusetts law, the arbitrary timing of a defendant’s death nullifies a criminal conviction. For example, the convictions of John Salvi for his attack on two abortion clinics where two women were killed and five others wounded were vacated when he committed suicide in prison while his appeal was pending. Another notable example is the former Catholic priest John Goeghan whose 2002 indecent assault and battery conviction was vacated as his appeal was pending when he died in prison. This proposal would reverse this Common Law Rule so that when a defendant dies during a pending appeal, their appeal would be dismissed and the conviction would be left intact.

Act Against Video Surveilling Nude or Partially Nude Persons, or the Sexual or Intimate Parts |
H.3316

Lead Sponsor Summary: This act makes photographing, videotaping, or electronically surveilling a nude or partially nude person without consent a sex offense and updates sentencing accordingly.

An Act Regarding District Court Jurisdiction of Threats to Use Deadly Weapons, Explosives, Chemical or Biological Agents, or Other Devices or Substances Capable of Causing Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Substantial Property Damage | H.3315
Lead Sponsor Summary: Under current law, there is little room for prosecutorial discretion regarding sentencing for threats to use deadly weapons, explosives, and other substances, leading to harsh sentences in situations that police and prosecutors do not feel are effective. This act would enable prosecutors to have flexibility and discretion in sentencing.

Revenue

An Act Relative to the Repeal of the Sales Tax Exemption for Aircraft | H.2484
Co-Filed with Representative Jack Patrick Lewis
Summary: Under current law, sales of aircraft and aircraft parts are exempt from the sales tax. This bill would remove that exemption. Typical business jets sell for between $40 million and $60 million. It is unfair to exempt these purchases from the sales tax.

Social Justice

Act Prohibiting the Use of Native American Mascots by Public Schools in the Commonwealth | H.443 Co-Filed with Representative Nika Elugardo
Summary: Directs the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure that no public school uses an athletic team name, logo, or mascot which names, refers to, represents, or is associated with Native Americans, including aspects of Native American cultures and specific Native American tribes.

Voting Access

An Act Establishing Healthy Voting Habits Among Youth | H.662
Co-Filed with Senator Michael Barrett
Summary:
Allows cities and towns to lower the voting age to 16 or 17 for municipal elections and town meeting participation without having to receive approval from the State Legislature or Governor. Currently, when cities and towns lower the voting age in municipal elections (such as the case in Concord), approval must be received via a home rule petition in the legislature, causing delays in voter enfranchisement.