On Thursday, July 16, 2020 the MBLLC met with Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Rep. Christine Barber: lead sponsors for legislation that would enable all qualified state residents to apply for a standard Massachusetts driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status as is detailed by the ACLUM here. Both parties used the opportunity to discuss strategy on the best way to move the policy forward during this legislative session.
On Thursday, July 16, 2020 the MBLLC welcomed representatives from the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group and other police union representatives to discuss the implications of qualified immunity reform. As the Caucus and others seek to reform police standards and accountability in MA, it is important that the implications of proposed reforms are fully understood.
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020 the MBLLC met with Chairman Michael Rodrigues of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to discuss the Caucus' FY2021 budget priorities. Above all else, the Caucus noted that communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus and must be a priority for the upcoming budget. The MBLLC pointed towards education, minority businesses, and youth as key areas to focus on.
The Caucus looks forward to working with both Ways & Means Chairs to ensure our that our communities receive the funding and resources they deserve.
On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 the MBLLC met with Massachusetts State Representative Chris Markey. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Rep. Markey spoke about how his previous work impacts his calls for reforms.
The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss HD5133: legislation filed by Rep. Markey to allow more political pressure on the DA or the AG to request an inquest in the most serious cases of alleged police misconduct. An inquest is a quasi-public hearing, followed by a public report highlighting findings and rulings, that provides a means for families of victims of officer involved deaths to hear the circumstances of a person’s death or serious injury.
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