Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Senate passed S.2545, An Act fostering voter opportunities, trust, equity and security (the VOTES Act). This comprehensive voting reform bill permanently codifies mail-in and early voting options used in Massachusetts in 2020.
Senate Press Releases
Legislature Passes Bill to Help Vulnerable Residents, Support Schools Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Provisions address homelessness and MCAS testing requirements
MA Legislature Passes Bill to Provide Immediate Relief to Municipalities During the COVID-19 Crisis
The bill extends the state income tax filing deadline; addresses disruptions in municipal tax collections and permitting; and allows licensed restaurants to sell certain alcoholic beverages with food take-out and delivery orders, among other provisions.
Senate Passes Bill to Expand Scope of Practice During COVID-19 Emergency
This bill removes barriers to immediate care by granting certain health care professionals the authority to work at the top of their license, education and training to ensure that our health care system can meet the increased demand it’s currently seeing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Senate Approves Next Generation Climate Policy
The Senate passed three bills to address contributing factors of climate change, act against global warming, and move towards clean energy.
Senate Passes the Healthy Youth Act
This bill ensures that Massachusetts schools electing to provide their students with sex education use age-appropriate and medically accurate curriculum.