TRAM'S SPONSORED BILLS
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.
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.
An Act to improve protections relative to domestic violence
Adds coercive control and technological abuse to abuses covered by 209A protection orders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Act prohibiting body size discrimination
Expands nondiscrimination protections to include discrimination based on a person’s height and weight.
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.
An Act to protect animals from convicted animal abusers
Prohibits convicted animal abusers from possessing or working with animals.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Act designating May 6 as Moyamoya Disease Awareness Day
Designates May 6 as Moyamoya Awareness Day in Massachusetts.
An Act eliminating the procurement act exception for waste and recycling contracts
Eliminates the Procurement Act exception for waste and recycling contracts.
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.