Legislation Tracker

Please find an overview of our 2016 legislative agenda below! We'll be keeping track of our progress on each policy item on this page, so keep checking back to stay up to date!

There will also be links to the text of each bill and supporting petitions for you to sign as they become available when the legislative session moves forward.


Campaign Finance Reform


    • Increase state campaign finance reporting to close remaining loopholes created by the Citizens United decision, including expanding the top 5 contributors requirement to direct mail and removing exemption for certain organizations. 
      • Original sponsors: Rep. Bradley, Rep. Cutler
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 543, H. 548
      • Status: See our testimony here. House voted 142-10 to pass H.543 on 6/22/16. Read our release here! Bill is now before the Senate.
    • Reduce coordination between candidates and SuperPACs.
      • Original Sponsor: Rep. Straus
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: Coming soon!
      • Status: Late-file bill, to be introduced soon!
    • Make corporations accountable for their political spending through required recorded votes and disclosure. 
      • Authors: Rep. Atkins, Sen. Eldridge
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 537, S. 213
      • Status: House bill referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws, Senate bill S. 213 was referred to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, see our testimony here!
    • Establish a robust system of public financing of state elections. 
      • Original sponsor: Sen. Eldridge
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: S. 380
      • Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Election Laws. See our testimony here.
    • Support a federal constitutional amendment to allow the states and Congress to place reasonable limits on independent expenditures and to clarify that corporations do not have the same rights as real people.


    Open and Ethical Government


    • Update Open Meetings Law enforcement. 
      • Original sponsor: Rep. Cabral
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 2715
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
    • Put conflict of interest Financial Disclosure forms on the web. 
      • Original sponsor: Rep. Dykema
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 2732
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
    • Reform hiring practices and put more curbs on patronage.
    • Increase information about state and local governments available on the Internet.


    Election Reform

    • Stregnthen voting rights and increase political particpation through Automatic Voter Registration.
      • Original Sponsor: Rep. Kaufman
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 3937
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws, see our testimony here!
      • Read our Fact Sheet on AVR here!
    • Keep voting lists accurate and reach out to new voters through participation in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)
      • Original sponsor: Rep. Moran
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 582, Fact Sheet
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws
    • Modernize the redistricting process using census block data and remove Boston’s exemption from reprecincting.
      • Original sponsors: Rep. Moran, Rep. Michlewitz
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 3233, H. 3321
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws
    • Enact legislation to permit Election Day voter registration.
      • Original sponsors: Rep. Fox, Sen. Creem
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 553, S. 377
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws, see our testimony here!
    • Update and modernize voter registration process with permanent voter registration. 
      • Original sponsors: Rep. Garballey, Sen. Chang-Diaz
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 554, S. 373
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws, see our testimony here!
    • Support instant runoff voting at both the state and local level and for overseas presidential primary ballots. 
      • Original sponsors: Rep. Story, Rep. Kaufman
      • Full text, cosponsors, and more info: H. 608, H. 610, H. 575, H. 576
      • Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Election Laws, See our testimony here!
    • Ensure that the comprehensive Election Modernization Law passed in 2014, including online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration of 16 year-olds, and audits of election equipment, is fully and adequately implemented. Go to www.EarlyVotingMA.com for more information on our Early Voting Challenge!

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