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An Act Creating a Special Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on the Commonwealth’s Fishing Industry and Ocean Environment
Ocean acidification (OA) is the process of oceans becoming more acidic due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The rising acidity of our waters can have significant impacts on marine ecosystems, the food chain and coastal economies. OA puts commercially and culturally important species such as oysters, scallops and lobster at risk, which in turn threatens coastal jobs and ocean diversity. This bill creates a commission to study how OA has affected or potentially will affect commercially harvested and grown species along the coast of the Commonwealth and makes recommendations to the State on how to mitigate ocean acidification and protect our fishing industries.
Supported by: Woods Hole Research Center -the world’s leading think tank on climate change research, WHOI, Environmental League of MA
HD - 2386
An Act Establishing a Special Commission on Substance Misuse Treatment
Our district is home to some of the highest opioid and heroin overdose rates in the state and many families have experienced first-hand the devastating effects of this epidemic. Our state invests hundreds of millions of dollars to combat this epidemic and families often face the burden of expensive, long-term treatment options with relatively little guidance on which options are best. Although there is significant data on short-term detox treatments, there is a dearth of substantive research on the efficacy of the myriad long-term treatment options available in our state. This bill creates a commission to review long-term treatment options for heroin and opioid addiction and make recommendations that prove, through data, to lead to long-term recovery.
An Act Requiring Implicit Bias Training for Law Enforcement Officers
We need to address the effects of implicit bias on our criminal justice system. Research shows that implicit bias is a part of human nature and that it can be mitigated through training. To be clear, implicit bias affects everyone - law enforcement or otherwise - but if you carry a firearm, its effects can have fatal consequences. This bill requires law enforcement to take a course during their existing annual training on understanding, recognizing and combatting the effects of implicit bias. Massachusetts already leads the way in implementing this training amongst law enforcement, this bill simply uses the trainings already in place to ensure that every officer receives it on a regular basis for years to come.
Supported by: Cape Cod NAACP, ACLU
HD.74 (filed by Speaker Pro Tempore Haddad)
An Act for community empowerment
This bill empowers local communities, municipalities or municipal aggregators, to decide which particular renewable energy projects they want to support, whether a wind project off their shore, a solar project on alocal hillside, wind project on their farms or a waste-to-energy plant in their town. It also enables communities to decide if they want to move towards using more renewable energy than current state Renewable Portfolio Standards. It does not require use of tax dollars or government balance sheets and supports the expansion of renewable energy use above and beyond that required by current policies (as opposed to being a carve-out of existing policy).
Workers shouldn’t be punished for someone else’s administrative mistakes. In the event that an employer mistakenly overpays its employees, this bill provides protections for workers and sets a framework for how employers can fairly recoup their payments. These commonsense protections include requiring the employer and workers to come to an agreement before commencing repayment, mandating that no more than 10% of a paycheck is deducted at any one time, and stipulating that an employer may only recoup overpayments in the eight weeks prior to a public notice. No one deserves to have the rug pulled out from under them over an error.
Supported by: the AFL-CIO & the Coalition for Social Justice
An Act protecting workers' wages from arbitrary recoupment of overpayments
Climate change is the biggest issue that will impact our children's generation. In 2015, during the Paris Climate Conference, countries from across the world came together to adopt the first-ever global climate deal, the Paris Agreement. This bill ensures that Massachusetts stands in solidarity with the global community to combat climate change and continues to hit its climate change goals by supporting actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by complying with the international guidelines set forth in the Paris Agreement. The Commonwealth will publish a bi-annual disclosure report to take stock of progress on mitigation, which will provide an up-to-date transparent picture of efforts taken to tackle climate change.
An Act Relative to Massachusetts Participation in the Paris Climate Agreement's Green House Gas Emission Standards
It’s only fair that workers get a voice in deciding their own benefits. This bill provides a basis for labor representation when the government decides to enter into a trust or joint purchasing agreement, such as for deciding employee healthcare plans. It achieves this by first mandating a board and steering committee be created for evaluating such agreements, and then requiring that fully one-quarter of the committee be comprised of labor representatives.
Supported by: IAFF - Firefighters
An Act Relative to Fair Worker Representation on Joint Purchasing Group Committees: