FEATURED BILLS

I am proud to have filed the following legislation:

H.3570 (Haley's Law), An Act relative to offenses while driving on a non-administrative license suspension

  • Increases penalties for people convicted of driving on suspended licenses, especially when endangering others on the road

  • Named for Haley Cremer, a 20-year-old Sharon woman who was tragically killed by a driver with a suspended license, this bill will make our roads safer by keeping reckless drivers off of them

  • I am proud that Governor Baker has included this bill as part of his omnibus road safety legislation

H.988, An Act to establish a mattress recycling program in the Commonwealth

  • Establishes a system in the Commonwealth which collects discarded mattresses, breaks them down into parts, and recycles those parts

  • Stops mattresses from contributing to our growing landfills and creates green jobs throughout Massachusetts

  • Replicates the successful system already in place in California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

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H.683, An Act improving students' access to life saving treatments

  • Enables trained members of school staff (in the absence of a school nurse) to administer glucagon, a potentially life-saving treatment, to diabetic students experiencing hypoglycemia

  • With the permission of the students' parents, this ensures that diabetic students will not be denied emergency treatments because their nurse is absent or because their school lacks full-time health staff

H.2386, An Act relative to improving outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest

  • Trains 911 dispatchers in CPR so that if a caller reports someone having a heart attack, emergency services can guide the caller through CPR over the phone

    • Implementing this requirement for dispatches enables bystanders to take potentially life-saving actions before EMTs arrive, regardless of whether or not they knew CPR beforehand​​

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H.2124, An Act enabling physician assistants to authorize psychiatric holds

  • Allows physician assistants to restrain a psychiatric patient posing a threat to themselves or others

    • As it stands, only licensed doctors, nurses, and social workers can authorize these holds; in their absence, this can endanger physician assistants who are prohibited from putting a hold on a dangerous or unstable patient​

H.685, An Act relative to equipping public elementary and secondary schools with panic alarms or emergency mechanisms

  • Requires all new Massachusetts public schools be equipped with panic alarms that can discreetly alert local police in an emergency

    • These silent security mechanisms can enable emergency services to more quickly respond; in a crisis, even a few seconds can save lives​

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H.2387, An Act relative to the availability of prescription medication during an emergency

  • Creates a system to make prescription medications available immediately prior to an expected state of emergency, especially before imminent severe weather, by allowing early refills and by giving prescription delivery services the same road access as emergency vehicles

    • This system ensures that people with prescriptions, especially seniors and those with disabilities, will not have their medication access hindered by weather emergencies​

H.3037, An Act relative to reductions in property tax liabilities

  • Allows residents over 60 to volunteer for their town in exchange for a reduction in their property taxes for the current year and for future years

    • As it stands, volunteer service only counts towards the current year's property tax obligations; this bill removes that restriction​

  • Helps our seniors stay in the towns they call home and opens up more opportunities for volunteer service across the Commonwealth

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H.3569, An Act relative to The Ride service of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

  • Extends The Ride's area of coverage for medical visits to Boston to every town within a 25-mile radius of the city

    • Currently, only some towns in that radius have access to The Ride, leading to confusion and difficulty for seniors in need of medical care in Boston, who may need to take multiple shuttles to get into the city​

    • Stoughton is within the 25-mile radius, but does not have access to The Ride; this bill would remedy that

H.1834, An Act relative to the use of telephones in places of detention

  • Gives arrested or detained people the right to a phone call to make arrangements for a dependent person or pet

    • As it stands, only a single call to legal counsel is allowed in such circumstances

  • Prevents a person's arrest or detention from unnecessarily harming their family, pets, or others in their care

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COSPONSORSHIPS

I am a proud cosponsor of the following legislation:

 
  • H.2381, An Act relative to end of life options

  • H.673 (Healthy Youth Act), An Act relative to healthy youth

  • H.692, An Act concerning genocide education

  • H.3288 (100% Clean Act), An Act transitioning Massachusetts to clean electricity, heating, and transportation

  • H.1959 (Wage Theft Act), An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement

  • H.2437, An Act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis

  • H.2439, An Act relative to ghost guns

  • H.714, An Act relative to universal school meals

  • H.2329 (SAPHE 2.0), An Act relative to accelerating improvements to the local and regional public health system to address disparities in the delivery of public health services

  • H.1900 (Free Telephone Calls for Inmates Act), An Act relative to telephone service for inmates in all correctional and other penal institutions in the Commonwealth

  • H.2354, An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools

  • H.690, An Act concerning disposable menstrual products in schools

  • H.682, An Act relative to educator diversity

  • H.605 (Common Start Act), An Act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth

  • H.3336, An Act relative to energy facilities siting reform to address environmental justice, climate, and public health

  • H.2264, An Act to improve access to emergency contraception

  • H.2020, An Act relative to transparency in the workplace

  • H.3368, An Act codifying the electric vehicle consumer rebate program

  • H.3456 (Work and Family Mobility Act), An Act relative to work and family mobility during and subsequent to the COVID-19 emergency

  • H.2418 (Safe Communities Act), An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents

  • H.1325 (CHERISH Act), An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public higher education system

  • H.501, An Act establishing the Massachusetts coronavirus recovery corps

  • H.1961, An Act relative to emergency paid sick time

  • H.2620, An Act to provide a retirement enhancement opportunity for certain members of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System

  • H.2808, An Act relative to providing a COVID-19 retirement credit to essential public-sector workers

These are just a few of the bills I have been working on at the State House. For a complete list, please visit my official page. If there is another piece of legislation you'd like to discuss with me, please reach out below.

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