Legislative Hearings

Massachusetts Bar Association representatives testify at the Statehouse on legislative topics of interest to the legal profession. This page will be updated with relevant hearing dates when they become available.

Below are some recent legislative hearings where the MBA has testified:

May 18, 2011

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Senate Bill 665

Family Law Section Council Chair Marc E. Fitzgerald testified in favor of alimony reform legislation.

May 3, 2011

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

House Bill 3395

Massachusetts Bar Association President Denise Squillante and Past President Leo V. Boyle urged the Legislature to swiftly pass legislation to professionalize Trial Court management to better align Massachusetts with other innovative and forward-thinking court systems.

June 9, 2011

Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development

Statehouse, Boston

House Bill 1393

Massachusetts Bar Association Vice President Douglas K. Sheff, chair of the MBA's Workplace Safety Task Force, testified in favor of a "Right to Know" bill, which would mandate that temporary workers receive basic information about their employer and their legal rights.

 

March 30, 2011

Joint Commitee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Massachusetts Bar Association President Denise Squillante testified to have the Probation Department remain in the judicial branch, and for the Legislature to pass sweeping court reform. MBA Executive Management Board member Lee J. Gartenberg spoke in favor of Senate Bill 708, which gives judges additional options following revocation of probation.

 

Jan. 28, 2010

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

House Bill 1332

Massachusetts Bar Association Secretary Jeffrey N. Catalano explained the MBA's position on An Act Improving Patients' Access to Timely Compensation. The "apology bill," in part, would make any apology or expression of sympathy or regret by a doctor or health care worker to a patient or their family inadmissible at trial.

 

July 27, 2009

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

President Edward W. McIntyre and former MBA Criminal Justice Section Chair Lee J. Gartenberg testified in favor of eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, reforming CORI laws and reducing the 1,000-foot school-zone buffer.

 

Feb. 6, 2008

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Senate bills 868 and 999

Massachusetts Bar Association General Counsel Martin W. Healy testified in support of bills that would increase the hourly rate for private attorneys representing poor clients.

 

Jan. 24, 2008

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Senate Bill 843 and House Bill 1652

Massachusetts Bar Association President David W. White Jr. testified in favor of bills that would overhaul the commonwealth's archaic probate system by passing the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code.

Nov. 13, 2007

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Massachusetts Bar Association President David W. White Jr. testified for the repeal of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug crimes and an increase in both parole opportunities and treatment programs.

 

Sept. 18, 2007

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Statehouse, Boston

Massachusetts Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council Chair Lee Gartenberg testified in favor of comprehensive reforms to Massachusetts CORI laws, which he said are necessary to help those with criminal pasts turn into productive citizens.

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