Legislators Come Out Big in Support of MPHA-Priority Bills

Massachusetts Legislators showed tremendous support for MPHA-priority bills over the last two weeks, providing a particularly strong starting point for public health in the new legislative session. Of 200 total legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate, a majority co-sponsored MPHA’s two priority bills. 112 Senators and Representatives co-sponsored the Prevention Trust Bill and 103 co-sponsored the SNAP Gap Bill. Hundreds of MPHA members and allies rallied support for these bills with calls, emails, and visits to legislators, as well as mobilizing their own networks behind these priorities. Thank you to everyone who participated in these important two weeks of action!

In addition to our top priority bills, MPHA also pushed for support on four bills that would promote health equity: the Great Neighborhoods Campaign, Paid Family Medical Leave legislation, Minimum Wage legislation, and Substance Use Diversion legislation. These bills were among nearly 6,000 pieces of legislation filed in late January, the beginning of the new 2-year legislation session for 2017-2018. Throughout the late winter and early spring, bills will be assigned to committees and eventually scheduled for public hearings. Please contact Maddie Ribble at mribble@mapublichealth.org if you’d like to be active in any one of these legislative campaigns.