We have 7 months to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill before the legislative session ends, and we have to start over again in the next two-year legislative session after July 31. Here’s what we still have to do to get this bill passed:
– If approved by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, the bill moves onto the House for its First Reading usually followed by referral to another committee for further review.
– If approved, the bill moves to the House floor for a Second Reading. Debate begins. The bill is subject to amendments.
If approved, the bill is then ordered to a Third Reading in the House. In this phase, the bill is examined for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law and then heads back to the House or Senate floor for debate and amendments.
– If approved, the bill moves onto the Engrossment Committee at the Third Reading.
– If approved, the Senate considers the bill through three readings and engrossment. If amended, the bill returns to the House for another vote. If the bill is rejected, three members of each branch draft a compromise bill.
– The bill gets enacted by the legislature.
– The bill gets signed by the governor. Ninety days after the governor’s signature, the bill becomes law.
We’re stalled in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development (step #1). Our bill is not a priority. Help make it one by urging people in Wayland or Sudbury, committee head Rep. Conroy’s district, to contact him about moving the Healthy Workplace Bill, HB 1766, forward: 617-722-2014, Thomas.Conroy@mahouse.gov.