TRAM'S SPONSORED BILLS
This bill would require school curriculum to be more racially and culturally inclusive, and address racial and cultural bias in K-12 schools.
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.
Adds coercive control and technological abuse to abuses covered by 209A protection orders.
Promotes safety for victims of violent crime and human trafficking.
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.
Improves protections for sexual assault survivors, adds clause requiring surrender of offender’s firearms, and extends protection orders to cover survivors and their pets.
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.
Expands nondiscrimination protections to include discrimination based on a person’s height and weight.
This bill would strengthen wage theft protections, by granting workers with some of the powers of the AG to enforce their own wage rights.
Protects animals for convicted animal abusers.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
This bill helps low-wage workers – many of whom were negatively impacted by COVID-19 – by allowing them better access to higher unemployment benefits.
This bill establishes a Special Commission on the solvency of the unemployment trust fund.
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.
Designed to help homeowners keep their homes by requiring better notices and protections in the process of collecting delinquent property taxes.
Provides emergency tax relief for workers who collected unemployment during the pandemic.
Designates May 6 as Moyamoya Awareness Day in Massachusetts.
Eliminates the Procurement Act exception for waste and recycling contracts.
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.