The Policy and Government Division
The Policy & Government Division works on the state level with the Legislature, Executive Branch, and other state entities, with members of the Commonwealth's federal delegation, and with municipal officials throughout Massachusetts as liaison for the Attorney General’s Office.
The Division responds to the needs of municipal and state officials by answering questions regarding general policy concerns, pending state and federal legislation, and referrals of constituent matters from municipal and state officials and staff. P&G staff meet regularly with community stakeholders on broad policy matters such as energy and environmental concerns, criminal law proposals and consumer protection matters. Staff is available to provide legal analysis to legislative and administration staff on a broad range of policy matters. The Division also works internally to help formulate and advance the office's own legislative and policy initiatives.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, P&G staff worked with members of the Legislature on the development of several major pieces of legislation, including a comprehensive anti-bullying law aimed at protecting children, a new law establishing criminal mortgage fraud, and important updates to our victim compensation and public charities laws. These new laws further protect the public and strengthen the AGO's ability to keep our community safe.
For the 2011-2012 session, the Attorney General filed 10 initiatives as part of her legislative agenda to help the office to better protect public safety, combat fraud and corruption, and address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The Division will continue to work with public officials and other stakeholder to advance these, and other important initiatives.
Seeking to combat gang and gun violence, hold corporations responsible for actions that result in manslaughter, and ending fraud between drug testing labs and sober houses, Attorney General Martha Coakley today announced the filing of eight bills as a part of her 2013-2014 legislative priorities.