May 13, 2020

MA Legislative Update

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, NAGE has consistently pushed for legislation to support and benefit our members across the Commonwealth.  Below you will find an update on said legislation:

House Bill 4631
NAGE members recently met with the Chairs of Public Service via video conference to lobby for passage of NAGE’s bill to provide hazard pay to all public employees required to report to a work location outside their home during the State of Emergency.  As a result of the meeting, the Public Service Committee sent a request for federal funding in support of the employee initiatives before the committee to Congressman Richard Neal, the Chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee.  NAGE National President David Holway submitted a letter requesting federal funding specifically for House Bill 4631 to Congressman Neal.
 
House Docket 5050/Senate Docket 2924
NAGE filed House Docket 5050 and Senate Docket 2924 'An Act relative to a COVID-19 Presumption for Public Employees' last week.  The bill would create a presumption of on-the-job transmission of COVID-19 for any employee testing positive who has been required to continue reporting to their worksite throughout the emergency.  This presumption would make any essential/core employee who succumbed to COVID-19 eligible for a 100% survivor pension, as well as the one time death benefit payment made to police and fire.
 
House Unveils record $3 trillion relief proposal
Today the House Democrats released a new $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package.  While the bill is expected to meet resistance in the US Senate, the House is expected to pass the relief bill as soon as this week.  To find out more, please see the articles linked below.  

CNN: Democrats unveil $3 trillion Covid relief package

NPR: House Democrats Unveil $3 Trillion Proposal for Coronavirus Relief 

We would like to thank Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats for their leadership in crafting a relief proposal that will bring much needed aid to local governments across the county.  We will keep you updated as the process continues.  
 

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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