Achievements

  • In 2006, we spearheaded the successful effort to pass legislation extending genetic privacy, as well as separate legislation granting professional licensure for genetic counselors.

  • At the very tail end of the 2006 legislative session, we brought a bill that reinstated a prohibition on for-profit adoption placements in Massachusetts from concept language to the Governor’s desk in less than two months time. 

  • In April of 2008, we helped sign into law legislation to reform the Wage Act in Massachusetts, which grants employees mandatory treble damages for an employer’s failure to pay wages.

  • A few months later, we secured a change in the law to allow physicians to supervise additional physician assistants.

  • In 2008, we also represented Oíste: The Massachusetts Latino Political Organization in its effort to create a comprehensive government affairs agenda for the Latino community. Through this partnership, we were successful in passing legislation to reduce drop out rates.

  • As one of the last acts of the 2008 legislative session, and against great odds, we achieved passage of landmark oral health legislation granting dental hygienists the right to practice (as well as bill for services) in public health settings without the supervision of a dentist.

  • In 2010, on behalf of the National Consumer Law Center, we achieved passage of legislation updating and modernizing the statute pertaining to items exempt under debt collection.

  • Also in 2010, in coalition with other groups, we helped pass legislation requiring insurance companies to cover services to children on the autism spectrum.

  • In 2012, on behalf of the Sierra Club, we helped achieve passage of an updated Bottle Bill in the Massachusetts Senate, the first time the bill has successfully advanced in any one branch in the last 15 years.

  • During the 2012 legislative session, we achieved a milestone for our client, the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, by securing passage of the most positive changes made to the statutes governing PAs since the adoption of prescriptive practices two decades prior.

  • In 2014, we led a successful effort to pass into law new protections for workers who make minimum wage and overtime, ensuring that these vulnerable workers are able to adequately recover any back wages they are owed.

  • Also in 2014, we spearheaded passage of a law for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, which sets up a continuum of services for homeless youth, a perpetually underserved and under-acknowledged population in the Commonwealth.

  • For the past few years, we have secured the requested level of funding of every single client of ours who has sought support and funding in the state budget, including multiple increases from previous years.

  • Finally, in the last hours of the 2013-2014 legislative session, we assisted in the passage of parental leave legislation, a law which makes parental leave gender-neutral, ensuring that all families, including non-traditional families, are able to appropriately care for their children after birth, while not having to worry about losing their jobs by taking this leave.