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MA Legislature Passes $2.4 Billion Environmental Bond Bill

BOSTON – Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the Legislature who voted today to pass a $2.4 Billion Environmental Bond Bill focused on improving climate change resiliency and adaptation; enhancing environmental and natural resource protection; and investing in parks and recreational assets. The legislation passed today ensures that Massachusetts can continue to plan for global warming and a changing climate, including along our vulnerable coastlines. Among other spending, the bill appropriates: $225,000,000 for community investment grants; $100,000,000 for energy and environment coastal infrastructure; $100,000,000 for state hazard mitigation, climate adaptation,

Malia Press Statement: Immigrant Protection Provisions

Sent to JP News publisher on Sunday, July 29 at 3:09PM per Sunday night deadline. “It’s disappointing and frustrating to me that the legislature didn’t have enough votes to override the governor’s veto on the desired immigrant protection provisions in the FY19 budget,” said Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk). "It appears many of my colleagues didn’t want to take the vote, especially in certain purple and red districts of our commonwealth. Unfortunately, they found a way to block the inclusion of the protection provisions, although some corrections were required. “Sadly, we supporters, including Chairman Sánchez, didn’t have enough votes to make it happen under Governor Baker’s loomi

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights

(BOSTON) – Representative Malia (D-11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the Legislature to pass legislation repealing unconstitutional laws that impose criminal penalties for abortion and contraception in Massachusetts. With an uncertain future for federal action on landmark reproductive rights, Massachusetts took decisive action to protect the rights for women across the Commonwealth. Five of the Massachusetts laws the bill repealed were previously deemed unconstitutional under several U.S. Supreme Court rulings including Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), Roe v. Wade (1973), and Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health (1983). The legislation also repeals the requirement that a person be m

Legislature Passes Civics Education Curriculum

(BOSTON) – Representative Malia (11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the Legislature to enact S.2631, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. This legislation is the result of years of advocacy and collaboration between bipartisan House and Senate legislators, and it will implement a civics education curriculum in all Massachusetts public schools. The legislation promotes a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement. It incorporates project-based learning components, encourages the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy – and provides extracurricular civic-participation opportunities. The bill is now before the Governor for his

House Passes Bill Establishing Campus Climate Surveys at Higher Education Institutions

Surveys promote safer campuses with published results; expert task force to oversee the effort (BOSTON) – Representative Malia (11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the House to pass legislation requiring Massachusetts higher education institutions to conduct surveys assessing the campus climate relative to sexual misconduct every two years. With the goal of fostering safe and inclusive campus environments, the surveys – known as campus climate surveys – will assist institutions with gathering sexual misconduct data, including the number of incidents of misconduct as well as provide information about student awareness of campus policies and procedures, and help campuses identify at-risk gr

Legislature Passes New Data Breach Protections for Consumers

Provisions increase transparency, improve credit monitoring and provide better consumer notifications (BOSTON) – Representative Malia (11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the House and Senate to announce legislation enhancing protections for consumers against data breaches. The bill includes provisions that make it easier for consumers to monitor their credit, request security freezes on data, limit fees associated with data breach protections as well as requires transparency from breached companies and their affiliates. The bill requires breached entities to provide more detailed consumer notifications about data breaches and options to help consumers better protect themselves. Highlight

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