Dear MassCOP Members,
Just a short time ago, the Senate released S. 2820 – the new version of S. 2800 that includes all of the passed amendments incorporated into the body of the full Bill. The formerly 71-page document is now an astonishing 89-page document that incorporates all of the anti-police, anti-collective bargaining, and anti-public sector employee language we have been opposing since the beginning. The current Bill will not enhance law enforcement in Massachusetts. We continue to work for a Bill that will bring about positive changes that will enhance and further professionalize our work, while allowing us to be able to do the work that needs to be done, without fear of constantly being sued.
As the House prepares to debate the Bill, they have asked for written testimony via email only.
The Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, in cooperation with Representative Claire Cronin, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, will accept written testimony only via email until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
MassCOP intends to work with the other groups in the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group (MLEPG) to submit written testimony in order to present a united voice on behalf of law enforcement across the state. It would be counterproductive, confusing, and could be used against us if testimony was submitted that contradicts another group’s testimony. Working together, we will demonstrate to the House, from the beginning of their process, that all of law enforcement is standing together on these, and future, important issues. Our voice is essential.
There is no doubt that the House is fully aware of our criticism of the Senate process that essentially shut everyone out of the debate on S.2800, prohibiting an open and transparent process. We have an opportunity to be heard – loudly – as the House proceeds with this Bill.
Scott A. Hovsepian