- Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (S.1080)
Lead Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi
This bill would establish a regional commission on the status of women and girls in the Hampden County. The commission will be composed of nine members with staggered terms that will recommend policies and make recommendations to state and local agencies based on the information gathered from periodically held hearings and testimonies of the area.
- An Act Providing for Equitable Coverage in Disability Policies (H.783)
This bill would end sex discrimination in disability insurance policies. Currently, state-regulated disability insurance is classified by sex, and filings at the Division of Insurance show different premiums for men and women with the same job classification. Women pay upwards of 75% more than their male co-workers do for the same insurance. Passing this legislation would end this discrimination and would put disability insurance amongst the many other types of insurance that are legally barred from discriminating based on sex.
- An Act Relative to Healthy Youth (H.448)
This bill recognizes that many students are without health education, but when health education is offered the legislation aims to ensure that students receiving sexuality education have the right information so they can make the best decisions to protect their health. If schools are teaching sexuality education, then it must be age-appropriate, comprehensive, and medically accurate.
- An Act to Establish Equal Pay (S.983, H.1773)
This bill would take a number of action steps in securing pay equity in the Commonwealth. Building upon the previous Comparable Work bill, the Pay Equity bill calls for the same wages be allocated for positions of comparable skill, effort, and responsibility notwithstanding gender. In order to do so, the bill bars employers from restricting employees in discussing their wages, benefits or other compensation. Further, through its employee protections and safeguards for pay transparency this bill expands the research, study, and development of definitions with respect to the topics of: pay equity and comparable work, traditional gender roles and the workplace, comparable skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions and the legitimacy of merit-based work systems.