2017-2018 Endorsed Legislation

 In addition to our priority legislation, CLM is often asked to endorse legislation on a number of different levels. If you have a piece of legislation that you would like CLM to endorse, please fill out 17-18 Legislative Endorsement Guidelines or contact Kathryn Cohen directly.


Level 1:

An Act establishing the Massachusetts foster care review office

Bill Number: S.61/H.87

Lead Sponsors: Senator Joan LovelyRepresentative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and Representative Aaron Vega

Hearing Information: Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities 6/27/17 1:00 PM

Purpose and Intention:

  • Transfer the responsibility and functions of the Foster Care Review Unit from DCF to an external and independent body, the Foster Care Review Office- FCRO, and mandate the authority required to ensure FRCO determinations and recommendations are implemented and followed-up.
  • Require the FCRO Executive Director to review and update, as necessary, its mission, operations, policies and procedures with a focus on the best interests of children in the care or custody of DCF.
  • Mandate periodic and annual reports on FCRO aggregate data collected, including recommendations to address issues, strengths and challenges identified at the local and systemic levels.

 


Level 2:

An Act providing a homeless bill of rights

Bill NumberS.46/H.695

Lead SponsorsSenator Linda Dorcena Forry and Representative William Smitty Pignatelli

Purpose and Intention:

  • Ensure that people experiencing homelessness have the same rights as any other resident of Massachusetts by seeking to prevent discrimination based on housing status
  • Reinforce the rights to move freely in public spaces, receive equal treatment by municipal agencies, experience freedom from discrimination in employment, receive emergency medical care, register to vote and to vote, experience freedom from unauthorized disclosure of records (in accordance with relevant laws), and have a reasonable expectation of privacy of property
  • Outline these rights as a statement of legislative intent, as a guide for state and municipal agencies

Letter of Support

An Act Relative to Abusive Practices to Change Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors

Bill Number: S. 62/ H. 1190 

Lead Sponsors: Senator Mark C. Montigny and Representative Kay Khan

Purpose and Intention: 

  • This bill would stop the practice of reparative/conversion therapy and would create penalties for those who subscribe to it.

Fact Sheet

An Act Relative to Foster Kids

Bill Number: S.65

Lead Sponsors: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives

Purpose and Intention: 

  • The purpose of this bill is to create more stability in our educational system for children in foster care.
  • Requires DCF to ensure the placement of children in out-of-home care and any subsequent placements promotes education stability by considering the appropriateness of the child’s current education setting and the proximity to the school the child was enrolled in prior to the placement.