While we have word that we did not pass the House this session, we made HUGE progress this first full session thanks to your help:
- We made a noticeable impact on the awareness of the legislature and other groups.
- We grew our group of advocates from a few hundred to more than 3,000.
- We had one sponsor in 09-10 and grew to a dozen sponsors in 11-12.
- We moved the bill to the brink of a floor vote in the House.
We’ll continue to gain support in the State House through December, and we’ll re-introduce the bill in January. Our progress this session should move the bill along more quickly next session, and we’re working on a plan to increase awareness of the bill this fall.
“Remember that this process takes determination and patience. Take, for example, the ‘3 strikes’ legislation concerning violent felons that is now very much in the news. Regardless of what you think about the new law, understand that it took 13 years from the time of the tragic murder that inspired it to the point where the Governor, with reservations, signed it. I don’t think it will take us that long with the HWB — I think we have a very good chance this coming session,” explained co-coordinator and Suffolk Law Professor David Yamada.
Co-coordinator Greg Sorozan adds “our goal is to demonstrate that this legislation is not adversarial in nature but offers numerous benefits to the workplace while providing legal remedy to seriously harmed individuals. Being bullied is not partisan in nature. Enabling bullying in the workplace is not partisan. It is wrong!”