If you live between Provincetown and Barnstable or on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, contact Senator Daniel Wolf at Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov to urge him to move HB 1766 forward. If you know anyone who lives in these areas, urge them to contact Senator Wolf or Rep. Thomas Conroy of Wayland and Sudbury. They are the heads of the committee holding up the bill.
If you are outside the Cape or Wayland and Sudbury, urge your state rep and senator to contact Rep. Conroy and Senator Wolf to move the bill ahead: https://malegislature.gov/. Our legislators will only take action based on feedback from their own constituents.
We have 7 months to get this bill passed before we have to start over in a new session in 2015. And we have several more steps to make this bill into law:
- The bill went in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, headed up by Rep. Conroy and Senator Wolf, in a public hearing including testimony. The committee decides if the bill should pass to the next step, not pass to the next step, be subject to further study, or discharged to another committee.
- If approved, 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.