• Posts Tagged ‘2015’

    DIYA: Bill Filing Process

    by  • January 12, 2015 • DIYA

    The 189th General Court of Massachusetts (the State Legislature) kicked off its two-year legislative session last week. It is abuzz with activity as representatives, senators, and staffers work to file legislation before this Friday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m.

    By rule, all bills filed by the third Friday of January in a new legislative session...

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    Update on H4384, “An Act relative to the sterilization of musical instruments in schools”

    by  • January 9, 2015 • Calls to Action, Legislation

    We regret to inform everyone that H.4384, “An Act relative to the sterilization of musical instruments in schools”, was signed into law by now former Governor Patrick before he left office. There were two amendments adopted in the final bill*.

    View the final language of the now law:

    https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H4384

    The next steps in our advocacy...

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    DIYA: Leadership Changes and Shakeups

    by  • January 8, 2015 • DIYA

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    n November 2014, twenty new members were elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and five new members were elected to the State Senate. This Tuesday, these “freshmen” legislators, along with re-elected incumbents, were sworn into the 189th General Court of Massachusetts. Their first act was to elect a Speaker of the...

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    Urgent Call To Action! Stop H.4384 Before It Deprives Children of Musical Instruments!

    by  • January 7, 2015 • Calls to Action, Legislation

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    esterday, one day before Governor Deval Patrick leaves office, the state legislature enacted a bill that threatens access to musical instruments for students throughout the Commonwealth. H.4384, “An Act relative to the sterilization of musical instruments in schools,” could potentially force school districts and/or parents to pay for expensive and possibly carcinogenic...

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    Get Your Advocacy On! 2015 Overview

    by  • January 5, 2015 • DIYA

    The state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 won’t be signed into law until the summer, but budget appropriations are already being penned. The New Year will bring shakeups in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the corner office. Our politicians are facing a revenue shortfall, and with local aid on...

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