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.

 

December 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Senate Votes 31-9 to Pass Reform, House Finalizes on TuesdayAfter 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. The …

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Reform on tap for Monday

December 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although the Senate will be holding a formal session Friday, we have been told that police reform will not be on the agenda. Friday will be to take up budget overrides addressed by the House on Wednesday as well as abortion legislation overrides.The Senate will continue to examine the Governors amendments to the reform bill …

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Governor has returned the bill

December 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

You can view it by clicking here

SOS! We need your help!

December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

After a weekend of productive dialogue,  and positive feedback on Monday, today the train went off the rails. We were informed this morning that some in the Governors office had convinced him to put politics before public safety and abandon many of our amendments. We had worked on board makeup and due process protections. Although …

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Our Response to Police Reform Bill

December 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

House Votes on Police Reform

December 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

The house has voted 92 to 67 in favor of accepting the committee’s report. It is now on its way to the Governor’s Desk

Senate Roll Call ON REFORM BILL

December 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Initial Senate Roll Call Click here

Police Reform Update

December 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

After reviewing the bill, we urge you to call your legislators and ask them to vote no. Although it calls for a study of qualified immunity in another section it states if decertified the officer would be subject to litigation. Due process is weak at best and the makeup of various committees and commission are overwhelmingly …

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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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