One Week Left in Legislative Session
As of Monday, July 26, 2010 the Massachusetts Legislature has only one week left of “formal session”. Traditionally the last week of the session is a whirlwind of legislation. The last few days often go late into the night as legislative leaders rush to get out bills before the end. This is when we must be on our guard even more than usual as bills could be gaveled through at 1:00 in the morning.
The formal session ends officially on Saturday, July 31st after which it is doubtful that any controversial matters will be taken up. With very little time left, there are two major items we still have to deal with.
The first is the real threat to our civil rights via the Governor’s bill H.4102 “The Lawful Citizens Imprisonment and Profiling Act.” This bill was released favorably by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The bill currently resides in the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Committee Chair conducted a “pre-poll” of the members over a week ago, but no official action has been taken since then. There has been no further word if H.4102 will come to the floor for a vote, but it is clear that it still remains one of the Governor’s priorities. Knowing that, we must be on guard in these last few hours.
The other bill is GOAL’s “Civil Rights and Public Safety Act”, H.2259. That bill still remains in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. With less than a week left we must reluctantly come to the conclusion that the legislature is not going to take up the bill. There is always a chance that they will, but that chance becomes slimmer with each passing day. The good news is that many legislators outside of our normal circle of supporters are regularly talking about the bill in a positive way. That is clearly a result of the education our members have been providing to their local legislators.
GOAL members have proven time and again that they can respond to a legislative alert very quickly. As we enter into this last week, we would urge all of our members to stand by for any potential alerts.
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