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Decision on Safe Driving Bill postponed to May 15; Trust Act passed favorably out of committee
March 20, 2014 BOSTON — Immigrant advocates and their allies reacted positively to the decisions yesterday from various legislative committees on bills that would increase public safety and equity in Massachusetts. The Joint Committee on Transportation extended until May 15 its consideration of the Safe Driving Bill, which would allow all otherwise qualified Massachusetts residents to earn a driver's license, regardless of their immigration status. And the Joint Committee on Public Safety favorably reported out the Trust Act, which would grant local law enforcement decision making power over whether or not to honor detainers issued by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for low-level, non-dangerous detainees.
A thousand students would lose adult education classes under current BPS budget proposal
March 12, 2014 BOSTON — Adding to a petition signed by nearly 300 classmates and appearances at previous budget hearings, a group of adult students will rally tonight at 4:30 outside the Boston Public Schools building to ask the School Committee to reject cutting almost all funding from the Department of Adult Education and Community Services. The budget proposal under consideration would eliminate 85 percent of the program's funding, cutting $1.1 million dollars
from a program that cumulatively serves nearly 1,000 students at its four sites. In the daytime, the program offers classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and in the evening also offers the city's only credentialed adult high school program, located at the Madison Park High School complex.
Maria Harris (center), Director of Adult Education, informing evening students of potential school cuts, O'Bryant High, February 25
Six-hour hearing ends with stream of spontaneous testimonies in favor of bill that would ensure all Massachusetts drivers are tested, licensed and insured
March 6, 2014 BOSTON — Yesterday over 500 immigrants and supporters "took over" the State House, as one admiring Representative put it, to advocate for passage of the Safe Driving Bill, which would allow all qualified Massachusetts residents to apply for a driver's license regardless of one's immigration status. In a long and impassioned public hearing on the bill, supporters seemed to win over the admiration of the Joint Transportation Committee co-chair, Representative William Strauss, who closed the hearing by commending participants on their dedication and civility.
Potential snow storm delays hearing on bill that would ensure all Massachusetts drivers are tested, licensed and insured
"By removing immigration status as a barrier to applying for a learner's permit and taking a driving test, the Safe Driving Bill would reduce both accidents and costs," said State Senator Patricia Jehlen, the lead Senate sponsor of the Bill. "Not only would roads become safer, police and other officials who monitor our roads and highways would be able to focus on that safety first and foremost.”
Business, labor, faith, and safety groups join to push for law to license and insure all Massachusetts drivers
WHAT: Press-Conference Supporting "Safe Driving Bill"
WHERE: Nurses Hall
Massachusetts State House