Legislative Updates

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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MARKEY, PRESSLEY REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO FULLY END QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

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 …

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Senate Votes 31-9 to Pass Reform, House Finalizes on Tuesday After a long day of waiting, the Senate quickly voted down several amendments and passed what they called a compromise police teform package. Making minor concessions to assure the Governors signature, the Senate voted 31-9 and sent the bill to the House for action tomorrow. …

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