ON FRIDAY THE GOVERNOR SIGNED H3784– INTO LAW!!!- THERE ARE STILL THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION FOR THE 2012 INFORMAL SESSION TO ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO HELP PASS BY DECEMBER 31st 2012
(Informal session refers to the time after the formal session ends and usually only very noncontroversial pieces of legislation can be passed in informal session as the legislation can be struck down by one person objecting).
Exciting news! The Governor signed Relative to the Art Commission for the City of Boston House Bill H3784– into law on Friday! Thank you for all your calls and emails!
This Bill brings the City of Boston’s Public Art Commission into the 21st Century by updating the membership and rules of the Commission. It was filed by Representative Byron Rushing. Other Representatives backing this bill: Martha M. Walz, Aaron Michlewitz, and Angelo M. Scaccia.
A reminder that the Poet Laureate Bill is moving in the House and the two remaining pieces of legislation in House Ways & Means still have not moved from this Committee- again calls need to be made.
Even if you already contacted your elected officials- please contact them again to stress how important these pieces of legislation are to our community.
For more information that links to the actual bills and how to take action:
Thank you in advance for your help!
Co-founder of MALC and ArtistsUndertheDome.org
The Bills names and brief summaries are listed below and how to take action.
The two pieces of legislation in House Committee on Ways & Means will need two phone calls/emails to push them toward becoming law (see below info and link) and the Third Bill we are waiting for it to be reported out.
How to find out who your Legislators are:
(please note that your State Representative and State Senator are listed under District Representatives)
LEGISLATION TO ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO HELP PASS:
1) An Act Protecting the Commercial Value of Artists, Entertainers and Other Notable Personalities Senate Bill S2382– The bill would allow a person and their family to protect the use of a person’s images or personality in advertising, etc. Thirteen states have enacted statues that specify a transferable right to publicity that survives death. The bill was filed by Senator Rosenberg. It is key to support Intellectual Property rights of all artists. This IP protection is based on current copyright law/protection. It passed the Senate and needs to pass in the House. The Bill is in House Committee on Ways & Means. Best to contact your State Representative and the House Committee on Ways & Means*
2) An Act to Create the Position of Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House Bill H00891 is now HB 4543– This bill creates an honorary poet laureate position. It was filed by Representative Sarah K. Peake and Representative Anne M. Gobi. The Bill is moving in the House and has been ordered for a Third Reading. Next step is for the House to vote to enact it. (after that it goes to the Senate). Best to contact your State Representative and let them know the bill is moving in the House and has a new bill number.
3) An Act Relative to the State House Art Commission and State House Architect House Bill 4124-The bill would establish a State House Art Commission, a State House Curator position, a State House Art Commission Fund, and a Nominating Committee to create a pool of candidates for the Governor to choose from to appoint an honorary State House Architect. Only the State House Curator is a paid position. The bill is in House Committee on Ways & Means. Best to contact your State Representative and the House Committee on Ways & Means*
4) Relative to the Art Commission for the City of Boston House Bill H3784– This bill brings the City of Boston’s Public Art Commission into the 21st Century by updating the membership and rules of the Commission. It was filed by Representative Byron Rushing. Other Representatives backing this bill: Martha M. Walz, Aaron Michlewitz, and Angelo M. Scaccia. It passed in the House and on Dec 13th it passed in the Senate. Both the House and Senate to voted to enact the legislation on Dec 17th. On Dec 21st the Governor signed it into law.
*House Committee contact info: House Committee on Ways & Means, Room 237, State House, Boston, MA 02133 Tel: (617) 722-2380) – The Chair is Rep Brian S. Dempsey, Vice Chair Rep Stephen Kulik, and Assistant Vice Chair is Rep Martha M. Walz.
More info on House Ways & Means: