TRAM'S SPONSORED BILLS

Bill H.671

An Act promoting racially and culturally inclusive K-12 curriculum

This bill would require school curriculum to be more racially and culturally inclusive, and address racial and cultural bias in K-12 schools.

Bill H.1168

An Act relative to fairness in debt collection

Improves protections in debt collection practices to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for people in debt, by protecting more wages from garnishment, reducing the interest rate on debts, reducing the window of time to collect on debts, and ensuring that no one in the Commonwealth will be imprisoned for failure to pay a consumer debt.

Bill H.1643

An Act to improve protections relative to domestic violence

Adds coercive control and technological abuse to abuses covered by 209A protection orders.

Bill H.1818

An Act promoting safety for victims of violent crime and human trafficking (Passed July 2021)

Helps victims obtain certification needed to apply for a U- or a T-visa.

Bill H.1819

An Act to reform the hate crime statutes

This proposal consolidates the two current hate crimes laws into one statute which structures separate crimes and accompanying penalties based on the seriousness of the underlying offenses rather than grouping all alleged offenders together.  Adds gender and immigration status to protected classes.

Bill H.1820

An Act improving protections for sexual assault survivors

Improves protections for sexual assault survivors, adds clause requiring surrender of offender’s firearms, and extends protection orders to cover survivors and their pets.

 

Bill H.1821

An Act updating the definition of sexual assault counsellor to expand confidentiality protections

Updates the definition of sexual assault counselor to expand confidentiality to include employees of rape crisis centers under the supervision of licensed certified health professionals.

Bill H.1822

An Act prohibiting body size discrimination

Expands nondiscrimination protections to include discrimination based on a person’s height and weight.

Bill H.1823

An Act to further protect employees through a private right of action

This bill would strengthen wage theft protections, by granting workers with some of the powers of the AG to enforce their own wage rights.

Bill H.1824

An Act to protect animals from convicted animal abusers

Prohibits convicted animal abusers from possessing or working with animals.

Bill H.1825

An Act supporting survivors of trafficking and abuse and encouraging increased access to opportunities through expungement and/or sealing of records

Helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking, who have been criminalized for actions they have engaged in as a result of their victimization, by expanding options to expunge or seal their criminal records.

Bill H.2015

An Act relative to employee definition harmonization

Massachusetts has different tests to determine who is considered an employee in the contexts of workers’ compensation and unemployment. This bill would align the two tests to result in one definition of “employee.”

Bill H.2031

An Act relative to occupational presumption and COVID-19

This bill would presume that any frontline healthcare worker who is exposed to, or contracts COVID-19, was exposed at work and qualifies for protection and benefits.

Bill H.2032

An Act to protect injured workers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

This bill strengthens anti-retaliation laws by clarifying that employers are prohibited from firing, refusing to hire, or in any way retaliating against workers for reporting or seeking care for a work-related injury, including COVID-19.

 

Bill H.2033

An Act to increase unemployment insurance benefits for low wage workers 

This bill helps low-wage workers – many of whom were negatively impacted by COVID-19 – by allowing them better access to higher unemployment benefits.

Bill H.2034

An Act to establish a commission on unemployment trust fund solvency (Passed March 2021)

This bill establishes a Special Commission on the solvency of the unemployment trust fund.  

Bill H.2833

An Act to allow individual donations to countries vulnerable to climate change

This bill would create a voluntary checkbox on the Massachusetts state income tax form to contribute to the Massachusetts Fund for Vulnerable Countries Most Affected by Climate Change.

Bill H.3026

An Act relative to providing better notices and protections in the process for collecting delinquent property taxes

Designed to help homeowners keep their homes by requiring better notices and protections in the process of collecting delinquent property taxes.

Bill H.3027

An Act relative to emergency tax relief to unemployed workers (Passed March 2021)

Provides emergency tax relief for workers who collected unemployment during the pandemic. 

Bill H.3211

An Act designating May 6 as Moyamoya Disease Awareness Day

Designates May 6 as Moyamoya Awareness Day in Massachusetts.

Bill H.3212

An Act eliminating the procurement act exception for waste and recycling contracts

Eliminates the Procurement Act exception for waste and recycling contracts.

Bill H.3554

An Act relative to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service interruptions

This bill directs the MBTA to use any increase in revenue collections to prevent the elimination or transit services and closure of commuter rail stations, and to ensure the continued progress of capital projects.