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.

 

Senate Completes Budget, Amendment Included

November 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last night the Senate completed debate on the 46 billion dollar fiscal 21 budget. Very similar to the House version, it now heads to conference committee to iron out the few differences, then on to the Governor. Our amendment waiving retiree earning was accepted and will be in the final version. We thank Senate leadership …

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House Completes Budget, Amendment Accepted

November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week, the House completed budget debate with abortion debate taking center stage. Worried that the US Supreme court may act on Roe v. Wade, the House passed safeguards to assure women would still be able to end their pregnancy. The rest of the budget passed with little debate and few amendments. We were fortunate …

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House Begins Budget Debate

November 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

The House began debate on a 46 billion dollar fiscal 21 budget. Delayed 7 months due to covid, the House uses nearly 2 billion from the rainy day fund to maintain services.  Although Speaker DeLeo warned they would not consider policy amendments, we along with Massachusetts Retirees are looking to extend the waiver of earnings …

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MPA endorses Kevin O’Connor for US Senate

October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Kevin is dedicated toward defending the police, not defunding them. Please consider voting for him on election day

MPA endorses Donald J. Trump for President

October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

During the 2020 MPA Convention, The executive board and membership moved to endorse Donald J. Trump for President.

Jerry McDermott for Norfolk County Sheriff

October 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attention Norfolk County Members: The MPA has endorsed the candidacy of Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott. Sheriff McDermott is running to complete the unexpired term of former Sheriff Mike Bellotti. Jerry is a single dad, raising two daughters in Westwood. He is a graduate of UMass Boston, is trained by the National Sheriffs Institute and …

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MPA denouces Comments of Sen. Markey

September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

On September 14, 2020, Senator Ed Markey tweeted “Portland police routinely attack peaceful protestors with brute force. We must disarm these officers, and every other police department in America, of weapons of war, and enact a nationwide ban on tear gas, rubber and plastic bullets, and bean bag rounds.” The Massachusetts Police Association denounces these …

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MMA Comments on Police Reform

August 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

The MMA is taking police reform and suggesting further crippling of collective bargaining rights in order to carry out the mission of reform. The suggestion of dismantling bargaining rights under 150E would be the final nail in the coffin of law enforcement. We are disappointed but not surprised that municipal leader would take this opportunity …

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A New Normal

August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Covid 19 has changed a lot of behavior including this year’s legislative session. Since 1995, the formal session ended at the stroke of midnight on July 31st. That all ended this year when both the House and Senate voted to extend the formal session thru year end. This means that in addition to the budget …

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Committee Formed

July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Senate named Senators Brownsberger, Chang-Diaz and Tarr while the House named Representatives Cronin, Gonzalez and Whelan to the conference committee which will negotiate the final version of police reform. No real surprises but we are hopeful that Representative Gonzalez who also serves as chairman of the black and latino caucus can temper the dialogue. …

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