During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to increase public safety in our communities:
An Act to restore community trust in Massachusetts law enforcement
In May of 2012, the federal government activated the “Secure Communities” program, over the objections of Governor Patrick and others. This program undermines the local work of Massachusetts police departments and drives a wedge between police officers and the constituents and the communities they serve. The TRUST Act will ease the unfair burden currently placed on local governments and improve public safety for everyone by establishing that Massachusetts law enforcement officials are not involved in immigration enforcement. This bill will prevent the damaging effects of the program, including broken families and communities, damaged public safety, misuse of local resources, and unequal access to justice. Specifically, this bill will: provide individuals ordered released by Massachusetts judges and magistrates not to be detained for ICE in spite of the court’s release order; allow for the detainment of individuals charged with crimes; and clarify that it is not the responsibility of Massachusetts law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law, and direct Massachusetts law enforcement officers not to arrest, detain, or transport individuals for federal immigration purposes.
An Act relative to death benefits to surviving spouses of firefighters and to other emergency personnel
This bill will provide important benefits and protections to the families of call/volunteer firefighters who may be killed in the line-of-duty in Massachusetts.