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.


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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Congress Proposes Police Reforms

June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Yesterday Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership released the Justice in Policing Act which calls for reforms in policing that include a ban on chokeholds, an end no knock warrants in drug cases and makes lynching a federal hate crime. It goes on to require local departments submit their uses of force to the feds …

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April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on SJC RULING ON PRISONER RELEASE

Today the SJC gave us a partial victory in their ruling concerning the release of prisoners in Massachusetts jails. They ruled that only pre-trial detainees being held on bail for non violent offenses could be eligible for release. There would be a hearing to decide on a case by case basis. The ACLU said the …


Emergency Order Lifts Retirement Earnings

April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Emergency Order Lifts Retirement Earnings

Brother and Sister Retirees,Over the weekend Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020 which states that retiree earnings earned during the declared state of emergency would be exempt from earnings restrictions for the calendar year 2020. The state of emergency began on March 10th so any earnings received from that …

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