COVID-19 End of Week Update 6/14 + Police Licenses, Use of Force, Testing & Tracing, Inclusive P

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, we witnessed more powerful protests, heartbreaking violence, and the beginning of a true reckoning.

After almost 1.5 years of working with my colleagues in the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, the Governor announced he'll be filing legislation in the coming weeks to create a long-overdue police certification/license system, like many states already have, to bring forces in line with other trained professions where workers must be in good standing with an active license or certificate to operate in their official capacity. ​

On Thursday, I cosponsored my colleague Rep. Liz Miranda's bill that seeks to overturn many of the injustices baked into our current systems, most notably around the use of police force. As always, I will continue to stand with my colleagues in support of proposals that seek to make our systems work for everyone in an equitable manner.

Remember, we're still in Phase 2: Cautious of the state's 4 Phased Reopening Plan.

The first part of Phase 2 includes the opening of retail, childcare facilities, restaurants, hotels and lodging, warehouses, personal services without close physical contact, post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools, youth and adult amateur sports, outdoor recreation facilities, professional sports practices, non-athletic youth instructional classes, driving and flight schools, outdoor historical spaces, and funeral homes. These businesses are operating under careful guidelines.

If you have questions, input, or comments regarding the Reopening Massachusetts plan, you can submit comments online. These comments can be used by the Administration to support efforts to methodically reopen the economy. And please do not hesitate to reach out, especially if you need food, housing or unemployment assistance, or anything else.

We can listen and help point you to the next best step.

Warmly,

Liz Malia