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September 19, 2014
 
 
 
TO:                  Local Association Presidents               
MTA Board of Directors
Senate District Coordinators
                              MTA Staff
               
FROM:             Barbara Madeloni, President
Janet Anderson, Vice President
 
RE:                   ENSURING EDUCATORS’ VOICES ARE HEARD IN PROPOSALS FOR MTA LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE FOR 2015 - 2016
 
MTA is seeking input from members on what legislation to have the Legislature consider.  We want to make sure that our proposals reflect your vision of public education.  These proposals will be reviewed by the MTA’s Government Relations Committee (GRC), which then makes recommendations to the MTA Board of Directors for its approval.
 
In Massachusetts, legislative sessions run for two years.  At the beginning of each new session, legislators file bills to be considered during that session; around 6,000 bills are filed, although usually fewer than two hundred are signed into law.  The new legislative session will begin on January 7, 2015.  Bills must be filed by January 16, 2015.  Each session, MTA works with legislators to file, support and pass legislation that advances MTA’s mission.
 
Please click here to propose legislation to be filed for the MTA in the 2015 - 2016 legislative session.  Members who want to propose legislation should complete this proposal by Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  If your local has a web site, we urge you to post this and ask members to make suggestions.
 
The GRC will review these proposals and then make recommendations to the Board of Directors at its December 6th meeting. Legislative sponsors will be secured and the bills will be filed by the Legislature’s filing deadline on January 16, 2014.
 
After reviewing the proposals, the GRC may ask you to discuss your proposal with the committee.  Please, indicate if you would be willing to testify on your proposal at a GRC meeting. Also, feel free to include any supporting materials to show why this legislation is needed.
 
For a list of legislation that was filed by the MTA in 2013 - 2014 and its current status, go to: MTA’s Website > Issues and Action > Legislation > Track Legislation Progress (or click here)
 
Thank you