ATMA Legislative Agenda 2017-2018

Action Together Massachusetts is committed to advancing progressive values and legislation in order to advance social welfare across the Commonwealth.  ATMA has identified the following viable pieces of legislation which we are focused on promoting and passing in 2017.

Call and urge your State Senators and Representatives to support these important pieces of legislation at: (617) 722-2000

Automatic Voter Registration (S373/H2091) / Sticky Voter Registration (S370)

Modernizes voter registration by automatically registering citizens who interact with government agencies (“opt-out” instead of “opt-in”) and ensures that such information is handled in a secure fashion.

Safe Communities Act (S1305/H3269) / Fundamental Freedom Act (S787/H873)

Prohibits the use of state resources for mass deportations or deportation raids, limits local and state police collaboration with federal immigration agents, and prohibits state support for a Muslim registry.

Establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (S1048/H2172)

Makes employees eligible for job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new child.

ACCESS – Advancing Contraceptive Coverage (S499/H.536)

Updates MA’s contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a copay.

Reduce the Criminalization of Poverty (S777/H2359)

Eliminates or reduces numerous fees, such as parole supervision, and ensures indigent residents are not jailed or given unreasonable fees simply because they struggle to pay court-related fines.

Combating Climate Change (Carbon Pricing) (S1821/H1726)

Enacts revenue-positive carbon pricing. 80% is rebated to residents while 20% is invested in green infrastructure, with a carve-out for low-income communities. / Enacts revenue-neutral carbon pricing. Every state resident receives an equal rebate, and employers get rebates based on their number of employees.