The following chart provides an inventory of the commissions and task forces created pursuant to the new criminal justice reform law.
Bail reform is again in the news. It is a confusing issue. Here is a breakdown.
Last month the Massachusetts House and Senate voted unanimously to pass the “BRAVE Act,” a bill designed to expand access to services and benefits for veterans and their families. Although the recently enacted Criminal Justice Reform Law generally expanded diversion availability for adults and juveniles, it eliminated some diversion opportunities for veterans otherwise eligible under the VALOR Act. The BRAVE Act restores one of those opportunities, allowing veterans to be considered for veterans diversion if charged with a first offense operating under the influence (OUI).
On July 24, Alexis Ivy read her poetry of homelessness and addiction in the statehouse. Worth listening.
Under a new policy, I propose to publish comments only of current and former constituents.
Today, after 50 years of intermittent attempts, we finally legalized abortion, contraception and consensual adult sex in Massachusetts.