Legislative Updates

The Massachusetts Police Association's Executive Director Jim Machado works tirelessly to ensure that the voice of the association is heard on Beacon Hill. Jim is well respected and has been instrumental in ensuring our primary goals are communicated to the State Delegation. On this page you will find the latest news from Beacon Hill. Jim is constantly updating the association with breaking news that is pertinent to not only active police officers but also retired.


Public Service Committee Hearing & POST Meeting

February 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

The committee on public service has announced a hearing on March 4, 2024 to discuss changes to civil service. The bill contains language that would allow communities to expand the hiring process. Over the past several years many communities have bargained leaving civil service as a way to expand their potential hires. Click here for […]

Public Service Committee Releases Bills

February 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

In accordance with joint rule 10, the committee has issued their report with legislative decisions on topics that will move forward. Our veterans buy back bill received a favorable recommendation while the retiree earnings was sent to study. We have included it below. Note there are 3 tabs. Favorable, Study and Extension. Contact us with any questions. […]

Senate Finalizes Gun Bill

February 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

Late Thursday night the Senate voted 37-3 to advance their version of gun reform. Among the few amendments accepted was a Senator Velis proposal that would mandate repeat gun offenders be held until trial. Another by Senator Fattman would create a new crime for shooting at an officer. Both of these Senators were named legislators […]

9C Cuts Spare Local Aid, FY25 Budget on Tap

January 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

In early January, Governor Healey announce 9C cuts in an attempt to bring the fiscal 24 budget into balance. The shortfall was estimated at one billion dollars. Although revenue is higher than fiscal 23, it has fallen short of benchmark which had called for approximately a 4% increase. Unlike cuts by Governor Patrick in the […]

Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Nearly $5 Million to Address Local Public Safety Needs

November 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced on Thursday, November 16, 2023 nearly $5 million in funds awarded to 130 police departments across the state to address their communities’ unmet public safety priorities. The awards were made possible by the Edward J. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, a federal grant awarded by the Department of Justice to the Office […]

Gun Bill Update

October 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

On October 18th, the House overwhelming supported their version of the gun bill. Ten democrats joined the entire Republican caucus in voting against the bill. The one bright spot is an amendment filed by Representative Cusack of Braintree that exempted off duty officers from section 123 was one of four that were accepted. The amendment, […]

Legislative Update – Busy Week

October 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

This week was one of the most substantive of this legislative session. On Tuesday, we submitted written testimony to the committee on public service regarding a number of important topics. Our bill H2660 which would do away with the monetary earnings cap and make it strictly the 1200 hours was among many bills on the topic. […]

Joint Committee on Public Service

April 3, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Joint Committee on Public service is holding a hearing to collect testimony. The hearing is a hybrid format and those wishing to attend virtually must register. Please visit: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4483 for more information. The deadline to register is Monday, April 3 at 4:00PM

Retiree Earning Cap Returns

January 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Last week PERAC released a memo to all retirement boards announcing that the earnings waiver enjoyed over the last three years expired on 12/31/22. Although we are filing legislation to provide relief, members are reminded of the current law. Retirees who left before 2022 are allowed to make the difference between their pension and the current […]

Inauguration Brings New Season

January 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

This past week, Governor Healey was sworn in along with other constitutional officers. Not only is Healey the first female governor, women now control four of five constitutional positions. The lone male, William Galvin remains as secretary of state. Democrats control all offices as well as overwhelming majorities in the legislature. President Spilka and Speaker […]