The legislative session beginning in January, 2019 will feature several legislative priorities for the Children’s League of Massachusetts.

Chief among these priorities are the following:

  • Conversion Therapy Ban:  The Massachusetts legislature failed to make this a legislation a priority, despite overwhelming support, and as a result the bill failed to pass in time.  CLM and The Massachusetts Coalition to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors  will continue to push for this important legislation.
  • Juvenile Justice Expansion:  CLMl, along with Citizens for Juvenile Justice, is discussing a proposal to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include 18-20 year olds. The initiative seeks to make the criminal justice system more in line with the science of cognitive development, as well as decrease crime and help the Massachusetts economy.
  • Family Resource Centers:  The last state budget proposed increased funding for Family Resource Centers, CLM will continue advocate for more support of FRC’s.
  • Mandatory Reporting:  The Office of the Child Advocate is recommending that Massachusetts completely overhaul it’s Mandatory Reporting Laws.  CLM will actively advocate for such overhaul, and look to participate in the drafting of such legislation.

In November and December, the CLM membership, and the CLM Executive Committee will discuss other legislative priorities and decide which to draft into legislation.

Check back in January to see the specific legislation.