Past sessions

2013-2014 legislative session
The bill was filed as House Bill 1766 by Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and co-sponsored by:

Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton)
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D-Springfield)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Rep. John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester)
Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield)
Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. James O'Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Carl Sciortino, Jr. (D-Medford)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield)

2011-2012 legislative session
The bill was filed by Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and designated as House Bill Number 2310 and Senate Bill Number 916. Eleven co-sponsors supported the bill this year thanks to our advocates contacting their legislators directly:

Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange)
Rep. Nick Collins (D-Boston)
Rep. Gloria L. Fox (D-Roxbury)
Rep. Kevin G. Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Louis L. Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter V. Kocot (D-Northampton)
Rep. John W. Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Frank I. Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Alice K. Wolf (D-Cambridge)

The bill passed out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on February 29, 2012 and onto the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
The House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling favorably read out H. 2310 on April 4, 2012 and moved it directly to the House Floor for a second reading.
The House moved the bill onto a third reading on May 30, 2012.

2009-2010 legislative session
Senator Joan M. Menard, a Senate leader, sponsored this bill.