Call your state senator and representative today
MTA members are urged to call their senators and representatives to support the following MTA-filed bills currently being considered by various legislative committees.
Senate Ways and Means Committee
SB 1585 -- A bill enabling public educators, PreK through graduate school, to purchase up to 10 years of creditable service for time spent teaching in non-public institutions. (Lead Sponsor: Sen. Steven C. Panagiotakas, D-Lowell)
The Public Service Committee amended the bill to permit the purchase of up to five years of creditable service and then reported the bill favorably. SB 1585 (as amended) will now be referred to Senate Ways and Means for cost analysis.
Calls are now recommended to one's own state senator, urging him or her to lobby the chairwoman of Senate Ways and Means (Se. Therese Murray, D-Plymouth) to report the bill favorably to the senate floor for a vote
Public Service Committee
SB 1535 – An act extending state group health insurance coverage to part-time faculty members who teach at least two courses per semester, providing three or more credits, or four courses per calendar year, at a public institution of higher education. (Lead sponsor: Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge.)
HB 189 – An act providing pension equity and fair vesting for part-time faculty members who teach at least two courses per semester, providing three or more credits, or four courses per calendar year, at a public institution of higher education. (Lead sponsor: Rep. Martin J. Walsh, D-Dorchester.)
HB460 and HB266- providing for creditable service for time any teacher spent in a layoff status. HB460 was filed by Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen of (D-Somerville) and HB266 by Rep. John Binienda (D-Worcester).
MTA members: Please call your local legislators (those who represent the district where you live and vote). Ask them to urge the Senate and House co-chairs of the Public Service Committee to report out the bills favorably. The co-chairs are Sen. Jehlen and Rep. Jay R. Kaufman (D-Lexington).
"Intensive lobbying will help ensure that these important bills get reported out favorably by the committee," said MTA President Catherine A. Boudreau. "That's the essential first step in the battle to having them enacted into law."
In the past weeks, MTA has provided written as well as verbal testimony in support of the bills.
For up-to-date progress of any bill filed by MTA, see Track Legislation with MTA.