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BOSTON) – Today the Massachusetts State Senate voted to override Governor Baker’s veto of funding for early voting, scheduled to be implemented for the first time this year under a 2014 law. The state legislature originally approved a state budget that included an estimated $1.2 million according to Secretary of State William Galvin to fund early voting. As part of a larger set of vetoes, Governor Baker vetoed funds for early voting, effectively disrupting early voting from beginning this year.

“Early voting encourages civic participation by making it more convenient to vote,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “People lead busy lives, and having only 13 hours to get to your polling place, particularly for people who work long hours, have disabilities, or have family care or health issues, can make it unduly difficult to vote. It is extremely important that we implement our early voting law as intended.”

07-25-2016   Press Release

Boston, MA.  Today, the Senate has passed S.2444, An Act to strengthen the anti-human trafficking law sponsored by Rules Chairman Senator Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford).  The bill seeks to impose increased protections for survivors of human trafficking while providing tools for public awareness, data reporting and training for law enforcement, court personnel, health professionals and educators.

Human trafficking is a vicious crime and modern day version of slavery that has little understanding amongst the general public both locally and globally.  Many victims are vulnerable women or children with very few financial resources lured into trafficking with false promises of economic opportunity and prosperity.

Victims are forced into the commercial sex trade or involuntary labor services, fearing that they will suffer serious penalties to themselves or their families if they resist.  Meanwhile traffickers recoup billions of dollars in profits, making human trafficking the second-largest and fastest growing black market in the world.  The epidemic is prevalent throughout the United States, infiltrating communities across Massachusetts.

“The horrendous crime of human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that affects mostly women and children.  This bill strengthens the human trafficking law that the legislature passed in 2011 by closing a loophole in the law and offering more tools to help the victims of human trafficking,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “I thank Senator Montigny for his work and advocacy on this important piece of legislation.”

07-23-2016   Press Release

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed a measure to ensure that men and women receive equitable compensation for comparable work. The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in the payment of wages for comparable work unless the variation is based upon a mitigating factor including seniority; a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, sales, or revenue; education, training or experience.

Notably, the bill would prevents employers from requesting salary history in hiring, a measure designed to end the self-perpetuating cycle of wage disparity. Massachusetts would be the first state in the nation to adopt such a provision. However, prospective employees would not be barred from voluntarily disclosing their past salaries.

"The House is proud to have fostered consensus that will ensure a workable, effective implementation,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the legislators who have raised their voices and tenaciously pursued this issue for decades. Your work will shape a better and more just future for women in the Commonwealth.”

The Senate put pay equity on the Legislative agenda in January and I am pleased that we will soon move this compromise bill to the Governor’s desk.  This bill will protect women from discrimination in the workplace and close the gender pay gap,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “I thank my colleagues in both the Senate and House for taking on this important issue for the people of the Commonwealth.”

07-23-2016   Press Release

07-23-2016   Press Release

BOSTON — The governor must sign a bill into law. But apparently, to hold a formal signing ceremony, the governor is optional.

07-20-2016   In The News
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