Senator Jamie Eldridge files 88 Senate bills and co-sponsors 849 bills in the House and Senate for the 2017-18 legislative session in the Massachusetts Legislature.
BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) announces his freedom legislative agenda aimed at reducing the wealth gap, improving health care, protecting the environment, increasing education opportunities, reforming the criminal justice system, improving public safety, and safeguarding the civil rights of immigrants and Muslims in Massachusetts.
“If we’re serious about protecting the freedoms that we all hold dear in Massachusetts, and if we’re committed to strengthening the middle class, then we have to make sure that the door of opportunity remains open to all residents,” said Sen. Eldridge. “The Massachusetts Legislature must take action this session to expand civil liberty protections, ensure freedom from economic insecurity, and provide all residents with the right to quality education and health care.”
As a national leader on health care reform, many people will look to Massachusetts for solutions to America’s impending health care crisis. Sen. Eldridge’s “Medicare for All” bill would establish a health care system where all people can get the care they need to maintain and improve their health regardless of income, age, or socio-economic status. A “Medicare for All” system would significantly lower administrative costs and eliminate medical debt and bankruptcy, thus saving money for families, businesses, and municipalities.
As a long-time supporter of reducing student debt, Sen. Eldridge filed legislation that would make public higher education debt-free for more than ninety percent of Massachusetts households. Under his “College for All” bill, the state would cover the cost of all tuition and mandatory course fees for students whose household income is under $200,000. The bill would also cover housing and transportation costs for Massachusetts residents whose annual household income is at or below the median income in the state.
The “College for All” bill is part of Sen. Eldridge’s economic freedom agenda, which also includes improving debt collection practices, and requiring corporations receiving $10 million or more in tax incentives to pay employees at least $15 per hour.
Sen. Eldridge’s energy and environmental legislative package would improve the state’s recycling efforts, protect consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked gas, and create more green sector jobs by ensuring that Massachusetts stays on track towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Sen. Eldridge is a strong proponent of overhauling the Commonwealth’s broken criminal justice system to ensure that Massachusetts has more humane sentencing laws that will end mass incarceration, and reduce recidivism. The Acton Democrat has filed legislation that would improve solitary confinement conditions, and expand restorative justice programs across the Commonwealth.
A long-time advocate for immigrant rights, Sen. Eldridge has filed the Safe Communities Act, which would prevent the Commonwealth’s resources from being used to register Muslims or to aid President Trump’s mass deportation orders.
Sen. Eldridge will also continue to push for election reform that would improve campaign finance transparency and regulation, as well as call for a constitutional convention that would amend the U.S. Constitution to limit the role of corporate money in elections.
“I’ve spoken with many constituents over the past few years who are tired of seeing billionaire corporations exploit tax loopholes, who are concerned about our unjust criminal justice system, who are worried about the destructive impact of climate change, and who are tired of working longer hours without being able to afford health care costs or a college education for their kids,” Sen. Eldridge said. “Massachusetts residents deserve better, and it’s time for us to pass legislation that will seriously address the decline of the middle class, and that improves the quality of life for all residents – not just the wealthy.”
Please visit Sen. Eldridge’s webpage at www.senatoreldridge.com/legislation/jamies-2017-18-legislation for more details about these bills, and to follow their progress through the legislative session.