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.
|Bill||Title||Summary from Progressive Mass||Kennedy Cosponsored?|
Creates a 4% surtax on income above $1 million to fund education and transportation reinvestment.
Fixes our outdated school funding formula to more accurately and equitably distribute resources – giving all schools the funding they need to deliver high-quality education.
Creates a higher education system where every Massachusetts resident has a right to attend any public college or university free of tuition and fees.
Makes high-quality early education and child care affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families.
Establishes a single payer system, in which the state provides health care to all residents as a right.
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.
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.
Strengthens and secures the rights of prisoners to receive visits and maintain relationships with their friends and loved ones without unnecessary interference from the state.
Requires the sealing of eviction records in order to combat housing discrimination.
Reforms our state’s abortion laws so that every person can control their own body, life, and future.
Eliminates the arbitrary and discriminatory 20-day registration cutoff and allows eligible residents to register or re-register--and vote--at the polls on Election Day and during the early voting period.
Adopts ranked choice voting for relevant elections, enabling voters to rank candidate preferences and ensuring that the ultimate winner commands a majority of support.
Creates an independent commission to investigate and report on complaints of workplace and sexual harassment in the Massachusetts Legislature.
Codifies environmental justice into law and secures strong enforcement of the state’s current EJ policy.
Sets the goal of 100% renewable energy economy-wide by 2045 and 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
Sets a price on carbon emissions to incentivize the transition to renewable energy, with parts of the resulting revenue allocated for sustainable infrastructure.