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.

 

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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Action Alert! H.4860

July 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

House debate begins tomorrow! We have been working hard to place our input into this version of the bill. Click the name of the amendment to view the proposed change. Please contact your local State Reps and ask for their support on the following amendments:Amendment# 3 (Rep. Alan Silvia)-  Membership of Police Standards and Training CommissionAmendment #61 …

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House Reform Bill Summary

July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Please follow the link to view the summary of H.4860. Click here for summary

Written Testimony to the House

July 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Written Testimony was submitted to the House this morning by Executive Director Jim Machado on behalf of the Association. Electronic Email Only testimony is being allowed until 11:00AM. We encourage you to submitted your testimony by emailing: Testimony.HWMJudiciary@mahouse.gov Click here for a copy of the testimony that was submitted by the MPA

Senate Releases Final Revision

July 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The senate has released their final revision. Stay tuned as we expect the house to release their version on Monday. Click here to view the bill.

Press Release Regarding Senate Bill s.2800

July 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Senate Bill Handcuffs Police

July 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Early this morning, after nearly 17 hours of painful debate, the Senate passed their vision of police reform by a 30 to 7 vote with 3 members voting present. Senators Rush, Collins from Boston , Velis, Gobi, Fattman, Moore and Tran from central and western Mass voting no . Senators Tarr, O Connor and DiZoglio …

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Senate Session Ends Without Action

July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

As we alerted you, the Senate did meet and the item was quickly tabled again. A session is scheduled for tomorrow but we are hearing that real action in more likely on Monday. We cant let our guard down and must continue to press for fair and equitable solutions to qualified immunity and due process. …

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