Legislative Updates

MPA Endorses Rep. Tom Stanley

The MPA Executive Board has voted to endorse Representative Tom Stanley from the 9th Middlesex District. He has been a longtime supporter of Law Enforcement in Massachusetts and we look forward to working with him in our future endeavors.

MPA endorses Patrick O’Connor for State Senate

The MPA Executive Board voted to endorse Rep. O’Connor. He has a been a longtime supporter of law enforcement in the Commonwealth. We wish him the best of luck in this upcoming election and look forward to working with him in the future. For more information please visit his campaign website: https://www.oconnorforsenate.com/

POST Meeting Update

Moments ago the POST Commission closed their public meeting without enacting emergency regulations covering recertification process. After nearly two hours of comments and questions, commissioners were uncomfortable with the emergency enactment. Attorney Scheft spoke on behalf of the MPA with the concerns we had raised in our meeting last week and codified in our document submission. …

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POST, Retiree Earnings , Immigrant Drivers Licenses

The week began with a meeting between MPA leadership and Executive Director Zuniga and legal staff of the POST commission. During a 3 hour meeting, we presented our concerns and suggestions for improvement to the questionnaire and soon to be released emergency regulations. After the meeting, Attorney John Scheft working with MPA prepared a written response for …

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NEPBA Seeks Injunction

Yesterday, The NEPBA in conjunction with the Worcester Police Patrol Officers’ Union filed a lawsuit against the POST Commission in Superior court. For more information please read more: https://nepba.org/nepba-seeks-injunction-against-post-commission-in-worcester-superior-court/

POST Commision Meeting

Executive Director Machado participated in the POST Commission Meeting on May 3. The recording is available here: https://www.mass.gov/event/peace-officer-standards-and-training-commission-public-meeting-may-3-2022-2022-05-03t083000-0400-2022-05-03t103000-0400

POST Questionnaire

Last week the POST commission approved an 8-question recertification questionnaire. At first glance it appears to be creating more questions than it answers. It seems to put aside rights of officers covered in collective bargaining C150E as well as rights against self-incrimination. What makes is more troubling is that law enforcement officers/union officials that sit …

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Legislative Update

Although the State House remains in lockdown business is slowly progressing.  This week the House released its budget for fiscal year 2022. We continue to go through it but noted that it increases spending over the Governors proposal and puts more money into local aid. We don’t expect any legislative/policy changes to be taken up during …

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Representative Pressley and Senator Markey have reintroduced a bill to eliminate qualified immunity. The bill was a re-file of legislation proposed last session in the wake of the death of George Floyd. They were joined by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton and Katherine Clark and a number of others as co …