2019-2020 Legislative Priorities


An act REQUIRING sexual misconduct climate surveys at institutions of higher education H1208/S736

Filed by Representative Ehrlich and Senator Brownsberger

Heard by the Joint Committee on Higher Education on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:30A.M. in RM A-1 of the State House

The bill creates a 21 person task force, which is charged with creating a free, effective climate survey for all colleges and universities to use biennially that employs best practices in survey design.  The survey will protect the confidentiality for respondents and colleges will only be allowed to administer a survey other than the one crafted by the task force if it is approved by the Commissioner of Higher Education. Lastly, to ensure transparency of the findings, higher education institutions will be required to publicly post summaries of survey results on their websites and submit them to the Department of Higher Education, who will also post the results their website.             

An Act supporting parents running for public office H639/S408

Filed by Representatives Meschino, Connolly, and Senator Jehlen

Hearing Scheduled for: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1P.M. in RM A-1 of the State House—Election Laws

This act would insert wording to explicitly allow working parents running for office to use campaign funds to pay for childcare while the candidate is “performing work or attending events directly related to the candidate’s campaign.”


An Act relative to the PENALTIES for THE crime of female genital mutilation h3332

Filed by Representative Higgins and Representative Livingstone

Pending before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation. According to a recent CDC study, half a million women and girls living in the US have been cut or are at risk of FGM (14,000 live in Massachusetts).


An act AMENDING the statute of limitations regarding criminal prosecutions for the crimes of sexual assault and rape of a child S980

Filed by Senator Lovely

Pending before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

This would eliminate the statute of limitations for the sexually assaulting or raping a child.


An Act to end child marriage in massachusetts H1478/s24

Filed by Representative Khan and Senator Chandler

House bill heard by the Judiciary on September 10, 2019; Senate bill heard on Tuesday, March 26 2019 by the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; and Senate passed legislation on July 24, 2019.

This would raise the marriage age to 18. Under current Massachusetts law, a child may enter into a marriage with a parent and judge’s consent but would not be legally able to divorce that spouse until they are over the age of 18.


An act relative to medicaid coverage for doula services h1182

Filed by Representatives Miranda, Sabadosa, and Haddad

Public Health Hearing on Tuesday, September 10th

This bill establishes a state-wide registry of doulas and enables Masshealth coverage of the service (up to $1,500).


An act requiring one fair wage H1617/s600

Filed by Representative Farley-Bouvier and Senator Jehlen

Pending before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

This legislation would gradually increase the tipped-minimum wage until is meets the minimum wage before eliminating it.