Representative Farley-Bouvier has sponsored the following pieces of legislation in the 2015-2016 session of the Massachusetts legislature:

H.2985  An Act relative to safe driving

  • The goal of this legislation is to license and insure every individual who operated a motor vehicle in the commonwealth. To that end, this bill will separate driver's licenses from valid identification for Massachusetts residents who are denied driving privileges because they are unable to provide a social security number. In accordance with REAL ID Act, these licenses will not be valid as identification. Additionally, license holders must pass a driver's education course and renew the license every four years. The license is invalidated if the holder is driving an uninsured vehicle.

H.1278  An Act establishing a bill of rights for victims of sexual assault and related purposes

  • This legislation renders the criminal and civil justice systems in Massachusetts accessible to victims of sexual violence including Rape Kit Processing, rights to Information and Victim’s Advocates, a task force that reviews the implementation of these procedures and Victim Rights in Criminal Proceedings.
  • UPDATE: This bill was changed to H. 4364, An Act relative to the preservation of evidence for victims of rape and sexual assault and was signed into law on October 19, 2016.

H.1937  An Act relative to the Safe disposal of Prescription drugs

  • This legislation would require the Commissioner of Public Health to promulgate rules and regulations establishing the safe collection and disposal of unwanted drugs from residential sources through producer provided and funded product stewardship including free drop off places at local pharmacies, a robust education program for the safe disposal of prescription drugs and enforcement and penalty for non-compliance by the producers.

H.1041  An Act concerning sexual violence on higher education campuses

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Recent federal guidelines have been released to reiterate that Title IX requires all schools that receive federal funds to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence. If a school knows or should know about possible sexual violence, it must investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. A criminal investigation does not relieve a school of its duty under Title IX to resolve reports promptly and effectively. Many schools are in the process of updating their policies in order to ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal laws, such as the Clery Act (which requires colleges and universities to disclose campus safety information, and imposes certain requirements on how to handle sexual violence and emergency situations). This legislation complements the federal requirements by: adding additional information on sexual violence to a higher education institution's annual crime report; appointing a Public Safety Officer to the Board of Higher Education to review of all campus safety policies; requiring campus websites to include information for and resources available to sexual assault victims; requiring that sexual assault policies be emailed to all students each semester; requiring campuses, subject to appropriation, to establish a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with sexual assault crisis services; requiring campuses to form an MOU with law enforcement; requiring the option for anonymous reporting and creating a trained confidential advisor for students to report an assault to; requiring mandatory annual sexual violence training for students; requiring sexual violence training for employees; requiring institutions to integrate a Threat Response Program to be used for emergency communications for students on and off campus; and updating statutes to permit law enforcement to share information with Title IX coordinators as required by federal law and eliminating the requirement for a separate campus crime log that is not subject to public record and instead requiring all entries to be placed in the daily log without names and addresses.

H.1938  An Act relative to creating a commission to study concussions

  • This legislation creates a commission to study concussions that occur as a result of varsity sports in public and private high schools and to make recommendations on how to reduce them.

H.2984  An Act to explore alternative funding sources to ensure safe and reliable transportation

  • This legislation proposes a voluntary vehicle miles traveled pilot program to identify alternatives and supplements to the gas tax. The pilot will evaluate ways to protect the data collected, ensure privacy, and vary pricing based on time of driving, type of road, proximity to transit and vehicle fuel.

H.841    An Act relative to prescription eye drops

  • This legislation will require insurers in Massachusetts to provide additional refills of prescription eye drops. Shaky hands and poor vision can cause inaccuracy and wasted medication. This bill will ensure that seniors are not without medication when they are unable to pay for refills out of pocket.

H.1277  An Act relative to property storage summary process

  • This legislation would provide an exemption for low-income landlords responsible for the costs of removing tenants’ personal property after an eviction. Essentially, a plaintiff/landlord who falls below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, or who receives public assistance, doesn’t have to pay for this initial transportation of a properly evicted defendant/tenant’s belongings. (These are the same income and benefit recipient standards as those used by courts for proof of indigency). The costs are passed on to the warehousers’ who receive the belongings, and the warehousers’ can collect from the defendant/tenant.

H.1276  An Act relative to use of ways by pedestrians (i.e. jaywalking)

  • This legislation would provide municipalities some leeway in punishing violations of local pedestrian regulations by permitting cities and towns to establish the fine (up to $50) without prior written approval of the division of highways or publication in a local newspaper.

H.1590  An Act relative to Veterans' Agents

  • This legislation would make Veteran's Agents be employees of the Dept. of Veteran's Services and for the Dept. to appoint the agents regionally.

H.2288  An Act relative to increasing the size of the Group Insurance Commission Board

  • This legislation increases the size of the Group Insurance Commission Board and states that the new seat shall be filled by a member of the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists (MOSES).

H. 984   An Act relative to keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care

  • This legislation eliminates copays and deductibles for certain high-value and low cost prescription drugs and treatments such as insulin, inhalers, and anti-retroviral medications. A panel of medical experts within EOHHS will determine which of these services should not be subject to cost sharing, and after approval by the EOHHS Secretary, fully insured health plans would no longer charge copays for them.

H.1702  An Act relative to Tipped Minimum Wage

  • Tipped workers hold a uniquely vulnerable position in our state's employment landscape. Whereas Massachusetts law now requires workers to be paid at least $11hr (to be implemented over a three year period) tipped workers in Massachusetts can be paid as little as $3 an hour. As a result tipped workers, nearly 70% of whom are women, experience poverty and rely on government assistance at double the rate of the rest of the workforce. This legislation seeks to achieve one fair wage for all workers by phasing out the tip credit system which allows employers to pay a sub minimum wage to tipped employees. This legislation will bring Massachusetts in line with the seven states that have already eliminated to subminimum wage for tipped workers.

Representative Farley-Bouvier sponsored the following pieces of legislation in the 2013-2014 session of the Massachusetts legislature:

H.3285  An Act relative to safe driving.
H.3284  An Act relative to transportation investment, regional fairness, and accountability to state policies.
H.3142  An Act to establish a vehicle miles traveled pilot program.
H.1025  An Act relative to the senior health insurance (SHINE) program.
H.903    An Act relative to prescription eye drops.
H.1945  An Act relative to tobacco retailer training.
H.2168  An Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in schools.

Click here to read an opinion piece on the Safe Driving Bill that appeared in the December 1, 2013 edition of the Boston Globe.

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