Legislative Accomplishments


 

Marijuana Bill Signing, 7/27/17

2017-2018 Legislative Accomplishments
 

Enacted:

· Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 An Act to ensure safe access to marijuana
· S.874 An Act relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.873 An Act relative to larceny (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.876 An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.877 An Act updating the wrongful compensation law (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.1327 An Act relative to the use of community corrections (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.1063 An Act relative to expungement for repealed crimes (Chapter 69 of Acts of 2018)
· S.1139 An Act authorizing the City of Somerville to borrow funds to pay certain costs of the Green Line extension
· H.3892 An Act authorizing the City of Medford to issue certain licenses to the Chevalier Theater for the sale of food and alcoholic beverages
· S.341 An act relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s as part of H.4116 / S.2612 An act relative to Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the Commonwealth
· (FY19 H.4408) S.2039 An act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth
· S.346 An act relative to LGBT awareness training for aging services providers (included in FY19 Outside Section 13)
 
Engrossed the Senate:
· S.50 An Act eliminating archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
· S.386 An Act supporting working parents who choose to run for public office (FY19 budget)
· S.448 An Act promoting awareness of safe recreation in public waterways
· S.1720 An Act relative to sleep deprivation avoidance and promotion of good sleeping practices
· S.1855 An Act protecting ratepayers from gas pipeline expansion costs
· S.2294 An Act relative to the membership of the licensing commission and the board of election commissioners of the City of Somerville
· S.1543 An act increasing the property tax deferral for seniors as part of S.2135
· S.344 An act directing the administration to amend the frail elder home and community-based waiver to permit eligible older adults to choose to reside in certified assisted living residences as part of S.2202 “HEALTH Act”
· S.349 Resolve to examine cost trends and financial performance among nursing facilities as part of  S.2202 “HEALTH Act”
· S.629  An act preserving special needs trusts for disabled seniors as part of S.2202 “HEALTH Act”
 
Notable Action:
· S.1017 An Act relative to the enforcement of noncompetition agreements – a version passed that protects some low wage workers
· Subminimum wage for tipped workers was increased
· Published the ESSA Subcommittee Report

 

Equal Pay Bill Signing, 8/1/16

2015-2016
Enacted:

Engrossed in the Senate:

  • S. 594 An Act eliminating archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (now S. 2167)
  • S. 844 An Act relative to larceny (now S. 2176)
  • S. 1275 An Act relative to the use of community corrections for pre-trial detainees and criminal defendants (S. 2216)
  • S. 77 An Act establishing a task force relative to the Commonwealth's direct-care workforce (now S. 2466)
  • S. 1494 An Act increasing the property tax deferral for seniors

Passed through the Senate by other means:

  • S. 1665 An Act relative to sleep deprivation avoidance and promotion of good sleeping practices (attached to S. 2110)
  • H. 1105 Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the need for accessible homes for the  elderly, returning veterans with disabilities, and families that include persons with disabilities (attached to S. 2350)

Adopted through other means:

  • S. 1277 An Act relative to end of life choices of inmates (adopted as a Department of Corrections practice)

 

 

2013-2014
Enacted:

  • S. 295 An Act relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee (Chapter 228 of the Acts of 2014)
  • S. 865 An Act relative to parental leave (Chapter 484 of the Acts of 2014)
  • S. 911 An Act regarding rights of persons receiving services from programs or facilities of the Department of Mental Health (Chapter 476 of the Acts of 2014)
  • S. 1984 An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Debra Saverse, an employee of the Department of Revenue
  • H. 1050 An Act relative to breast cancer early detection (Chapter 150 of the Acts of 2014)
  • H 3450 An Act authorizing the mayor of the city of Somerville to appoint Sean A. Collier a police officer of the city of Somerville (Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2013)
  • H 3654 An Act directing the Somerville Retirement Board to retire Mario Oliveira, a police officer of the city of Somerville
  • H. 3919 An Act relative to the charter of the city of Somerville
  • H. 4095 An Act extending the authority of the traffic commission in the city of Medford to include public off-street parking areas
  • H. 4078 An Act increasing the exemption for residential real property from 30 per cent to 35 per cent in the city of Somerville

 
Engrossed in the Senate:

  • S. 601 The Visitability Bill
  • S. 55 An Act eliminating archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth

 
Adopted through other means:

  • S. 238 An Act regarding sign language proficiency for certain teachers and educational interpreters – included through new regulations
  • H. 1804 An Act relative to the overuse of psychoactive drugs on the elderly – in FY15 budget (Section 72BB of Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2014)
  • H. 2047 Resolve establishing a special commission on LGBT aging – FY14 budget (Section 186 of Chapter 38 of the Acts of 2013)

 

HIV Testing Bill Signing, 4/27/12

2011-2012
Enacted:

2009-2010
Enacted:

  • S. 949 An Act relative to floor finishing products (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2010)
  • S. 1712 An Act further regulating debt collection (Chapter 431 of the Acts of 2010)
  • S. 2136 An Act authorizing the division of capital asset management and maintenance to convey certain land in the City of Somerville to the Somerville Housing Authority (Chapter 245 of the Acts of 2010)
  • S. 2263 An Act exempting the position of deputy chief of police in the city of Somerville from the provisions of civil service law (Chapter 379 of the Acts of 2010)

 
Adopted through other means:

  • S. 820 An Act restricting access to birth records (included in H. 4910 An Act relative to the security of vital records and verification of identity)