Cosponsoring legislation is an important way for a legislator to help put momentum behind certain bills. To learn more about which bills Progressive Mass thinks are most important to support, you can view the guide to progressive legislation for the 2019-2020 term.
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Establishes a universal system of affordable, high-quality early education and child care for all Massachusetts families, over a 5-year timeline.
Creates a higher education system where every Massachusetts resident has a right to attend any public college or university free of tuition and fees.
Establishes a single payer system, in which the state provides health care to all residents as a right.
Doubles the deeds excise tax on home sales to provide a funding stream for the Global Warming Solutions Fund, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Fund.
Enables cities and towns to assess a fee of 0.5-2% on residential and commercial real estate transactions, with the funds allocated to affordable housing trust funds.
Protects tenants from being unfairly branded with an eviction record if they don’t have a judgment against them, if they weren’t actually evicted, or if they didn’t do anything wrong.
Limits local and state police collaboration with federal immigration agents, bars law enforcement and court personnel from inquiring about immigration status, and ensures due process protections.
Enables all qualified state residents to apply for a standard Massachusetts driver’s license or identification card, regardless of immigrant status.
Expands the rights of those in solitary confinement, including requiring treatment for those with serious mental illness and monthly reviews for eligibility to return to the general population.
Prevents prisons and jails from charging individuals who are incarcerated for phone calls to loved ones.
Creates a grant program through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to increase the availability of non-law-enforcement, unarmed community-based response options for calls to 911
Commits MA to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and net zero carbon emissions across all sectors by 2030.
Puts thousands of MA residents to work retrofitting 100,000 homes each year to improve energy efficiency and health outcomes, and reduce utility bills and carbon emissions.
Makes reforms from last year’s COVID elections package permanent and builds on them with Election Day Registration, measures to ensure that individuals who are incarcerated but still have the right to vote are able to do so, and steps to strengthen enforcement of the 2018 Automatic Voter Registration law.