Progressive Mass Legislative Agenda
Fair Share Amendment (SD.1709/HD.3300):
Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars (Lewis – O’Day) Creates a 4% surtax on income above $1 million to fund education and transportation reinvestment.
Fully Funding Our Public Schools / PROMISE Act (SD.101/HD.434): An Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable education (Chang-Diaz — Keefe/Vega) Fixes our outdated school funding formula to more accurately and equitably distribute resources – giving all schools the funding they need to deliver high-quality education.
Debt-Free College (SD.1415/HD.3113): An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher education (Eldridge-Higgins) Creates a higher education system where every Massachusetts resident has a right to attend any public college or university free of tuition and fees.
Affordable Child Care & Early Ed (SD.1744 / HD.1879): An Act relative to affordable and accessible high quality early education and care (Friedman – Gordon) Makes high-quality early education and child care affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families.
Medicare for All (SD.2062/HD.2974): An Act establishing medicare for all in Massachusetts (Eldridge – Sabadosa/Garlick) Establishes a single payer system, in which the state provides health care to all residents as a right.
Real Estate Transfer Fee & Affordable Housing Funding (SD.334/HD.414): An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions (Boncore – Connolly) Enables cities and towns ato assess a fee of 0.5-2% on residential and commercial real estate transactions, with the funds allocated to affordable housing trust funds.
Racial and Social Justice
Safe Communities Act (SD.926/HD.1520): An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents (Sen. Eldridge – Balser/Miranda) 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.
Visitation Rights (SD.2137/HD.3011): An Act to strengthen inmate visitation (Chang-Diaz – Decker) 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.
Eviction Sealing / HOMES Act (SD.526/HD.3815): An Act promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility through Eviction Sealing (Boncore – Moran) Requires the sealing of eviction records in order to combat housing discrimination.
Comprehensive Reproductive Rights / ROE Act (SD.109/HD.2548): An Act to remove obstacles and expand abortion access (Chandler – Livingstone) Reforms our state’s abortion laws so that every person can control their own body, life, and future.
Good Government and Strong Democracy
Same Day Registration (SD.1695/HD.3608): An Act relative to election day registration (Creem – Malia) 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.
Ranked Choice Voting (SD.768 / HD.815): An Act to use of ranked choice voting in elections (Lewis – Vargas/Madaro) Adopts ranked choice voting for relevant elections, enabling voters to rank candidate preferences and ensuring that the ultimate winner commands a majority of support.
Changing State House Culture (SD.1412 / HD.2713): An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature (Rausch – Sabadosa) Creates an independent commission to investigate and report on complaints of workplace and sexual harassment in the Massachusetts Legislature.
Environmental Protection and Sustainable Infrastructure
Environmental Justice (SD.1824 / HD.3523): An Act relative to environmental justice and toxics reduction in the Commonwealth (Eldridge – DuBois/Miranda) Codifies environmental justice into law and secures strong enforcement of the state’s current EJ policy.
100% Renewable Energy (SD.1625 / HD.3092): An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy (Eldridge – Decker/Garballey) Sets the goal of 100% renewable energy economy-wide by 2045 and 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
Carbon Pricing (SD.1817 / HD.2370): An Act to Combat Climate Change (Barrett) / An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions* (Benson) Sets a price on carbon emissions to incentivize the transition to renewable energy, with parts of the resulting revenue allocated for green infrastructure (allocations differ between the bills) [*preferred version]