Legislative Priorities

Each legislative session, MassFamilies establishes legislative priorities to guide our advocacy work.

These priorities are in response to current legislation that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Massachusetts and their families.

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2021 Legislative Priorities

Last updated: 3/29/2021

SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING

SD.1746

Act relative to supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities

– Filed by Senator Joan Lovely

ABOUT:

This bill, allows certain adults, including those with disabilities and elders, to maintain their rights, dignity, and independence by choosing one or more trusted supporters to provide assistance making decisions about their lives.

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

PROTECTING MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN & ADULTS

HD.2640 / SD.1568

An Act to Protect Medically Fragile Children

– Filed by Representative Denise C. Garlick and Senator Cindy F. Friedman

ABOUT:

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

NEEDS OF STUDENTS TURNING 22 DURING COVID-19

HD.2094 / SD.2396

An Act addressing the needs of students with disabilities turning 22 during the COVID-19 emergency

Filed by Representative Carmine Lawrence Gentile and Senator Michael J. Barrett

ABOUT:

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

Disability Commission on the History of State Institutions (Human Rights Framework for public recognition of unnamed graves)

HD3868

An Act establishing a special commission to study and report on the history of state institutions for people with developmental and mental health disabilities

– Filed by Representative Sean Garballey

ABOUT:

This would establish a special commission to study and report on the history of state institutions for people with developmental and mental health disabilities in the Commonwealth. The commission would be independent of supervision or control by any executive agency and shall provide objective perspectives on the matters before it.

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

HD801 / SD.593

An Act relative to accessory dwelling units

– Filed by Representative Christine P. Barber and Senator Bruce E. Tarr 

ABOUT:

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

HOSPITAL TRAINING

HD.1981 / SD.1306
An Act to enhance hospital care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism through training, standards of care and certification requirements.
- Filed by Representative Sean Garballey and Senator Jason Lewis

ABOUT:

This bill will expand current hospital based medical providers' knowledge about autism and I/DD, in order to improve the treatment individuals receive in hospital settings.

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

CREATING HIGHER ED OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

HD.3015 / SD.1763

An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities

– Filed by Representatives Patricia A. Haddad , Sean Garballey and Senator Joan B. Lovely

ABOUT:

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

KATIE'S LAW

HD.4022 / SD.2466

An Act relative to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities

– Filed by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Patricia Jehlen

ABOUT:

This bill would strike out certain phrases/words and outdated language (mentally retarded, handicapped)

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

TRAINING, ASSESSING & ASSIGNING QUALIFIED SCHOOL INTERPRETERS

HD.1883 / SD.392

An Act relative to the training, assessment, and assignment of qualified school interpreters in educational settings

– Filed by Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral and Senator Brendan P. Crighton

ABOUT:

🚦 STATUS:

In the docket. Stay tuned for updates when this legislation becomes a bill.

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