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.

 

Qualified Immunity Debate May Stall Senate Session

July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are getting early indications that the Senate session scheduled for today may be impacted by further use of parliamentary  procedure to lay the bill on the table. The standoff hinges on qualified immunity with the MPA position being that the issue is too complex to decide in 3 days. We have been advocating for …

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Reform Bill Stalled

July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Using parliamentary procedure, Senator Ryan Fattman moved to place the item on the table. This means the debate will begin again tomorrow at 11:00AM. Over the last several hours, we have been involved in detailed discussions on qualified immunity. Explainations of the anticipated action created more confusion than answers. Given this, we asked the issue …

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Senate Police Reform Update

July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Executive Director Jim Machado is working tirelessly on the proposed legislation and we will up date membership when we have concrete info. We are working towards change that is fair for all. Our biggest concerns are preserving qualified immunity and an appeal process as well as the number of votes necessary from the board for …

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Senate Releases Police Reform

July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today the Senate will be releasing their version of the Police Reform. The entire bill can be viewed by clicking the link provided. We expect this to move very quickly and anticipate a vote this week. Continue to call your Senators and let your voice be heard.

Reform on the Fast Track

July 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just received word that the final touches are being put on the Senate version of police reform/ POST legislation. It could be released as soon as this weekend but no later than next week. We are led to believe that it will focus mostly on POST with several items such as chokeholds, data collection, militarization …

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Legislative Update

June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Throughout the weekend, we have been in numerous  communications with members of the legislature as well as the administration including those in the House and Senate responsible for creating legislation for their branches. As bad as some of the already released legislation cripples law enforcement, we are aware of a concerted effort by some to …

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Summary of Governor’s Reform Bill

June 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Earlier today, Governor Baker was joined by members of the black and Latino caucus and released his bill on police licensing/certification. We have put together a summary and highlights of the legislation. Establish a police officer standards and accreditation committee (POSAC) made up of 7 police officers and 7 civilians. They would serve for three …

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Governor Baker’s Reform Package

June 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

We were informed late last night that Governor Baker will release his version of police reforms on Wednesday. We expect to receive a draft this morning and will have more comments.

SCOTUS passes on Qualified Immunity Review & House Docket 5128 Update!

June 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, the SCOTUS chose not to review cases regarding qualified immunity. This principle protects government employees acting in an official capacity from lawsuit unless their actions violate ” clearly established” federal law or constitutional rights. It takes four justices to take up a case. In the past, Justice Sotomayor, the most liberal on the court and …

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House Bill HD.5128

June 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are tracking this Bill closely as it is in the early stages of development. As of yesterday, it did not have a filing number yet. We look forward to an open dialogue and having a voice in any future reform discussions. Stay tuned as we will keep you posted to any updates. The bill …

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