The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) is the largest professional social work organization in the state with 6,500 members representing every Senate and House district across the Commonwealth. Our members work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and health care settings, community agencies, jails and courts, government, academia, nursing homes, schools, private practice and more. The agenda of priority and supported bills serves to represent the diverse and varied social work and social justice concerns among our members.
Massachusetts operates on a two year legislative session with our current 2017-2018 session ending on July 31, 2018. See below on how you can get involved in planning our next priorities.
Activist Opportunity: If you are interested in helping us set the 2018-2019 agenda and are a member of NASW, please consider joining our Legislative Advocacy Committee by contacting the co-chairs: Margaret Haffey,LCSW and Mary Ruhl, LCSW.
2017-2018 Legislative Wins:
- S2104-H3659 Protection for Pregnant Workers (Sen. Lovely/Rep. Rogers)- Signed 07/27/17
- S499-H536 ACCESS: Birth Control with No Co-Pay (Sen. Chandler/Rep. Haddad)- Signed 11/20/17
- S2296-H4256 PATCH: Protecting Access to Confidential Healthcare (Sen. Spilka/Rep. Hogan)- Signed 04/02/18
- S2170-H2308 An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Sen. Chang-Diaz/Rep. Keefe)- Signed 04/13/18
S1306-H2248 An Act Relative to Solitary Confinement (Sen. Eldridge/Rep. Balser) was included in this bill.
- H4640 An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and The Sales Tax Holiday (Sens. Spilka & Friedman/Reps. Gordon & Donahue) -Signed 06/28/18
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