We now have a tentative hearing date in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Tuesday, June 25 (time to be announced).
We want to fill the auditorium with supporters who will wear orange to show their support of the bill. We’ll hold a t-shirt decorating event before the hearing to put such phrases on our shirts as “Work shouldn’t hurt.” We’ll show our legislators visually how much support we have for this bill.
So What Do We Do Before the Hearing?
We have one major goal before the hearing: we encourage our friends, family, co-workers, and more to attend the hearing. Let’s fill the auditorium!
While you’re at the State House that day, drop by your legislators’ offices (both your rep and senator) and tell them you want House Bill 1766, the Healthy Workplace Bill, to become law. If you can schedule appointments with them that day, even better. Whether or not you meet with your legislators, leave the following with their aides or them:
If you can’t make it on that day, e-mail this information to your legislators.
Then What Happens?
Once we pass this committee as we did last session, we expect to move onto a First, Second, and Third Reading in the House — where we stopped last session before the session ended. Passing the Third Reading in the House is a major accomplishment in getting this bill into law, but then the bill moves onto the same three readings in the Senate before it gets enacted.
Remember: most bills take multiple two-year sessions to pass into law. Thousands of bills get filed each session, but only a few hundred even make it to the House — but we’ve had one of them, thanks to your help in spreading the word. Don’t underestimate how much of a ripple effect telling even one person can have.