Massachusetts Legislature enacts broad police reform bill; next hurdle is Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto pen

By Steph Solis | Dec 10, 2020

Lawmakers enacted legislation that creates a certification process for police officers, bans officers from racial profiling and using tear gas and limits qualified immunity for those stripped of their credentials for misconduct.


Boston Herald
Massachusetts lawmakers strike deal on landmark police reform bill

By Erin Tiernan | Dec 01, 2020

Lawmakers struck a deal on a long-stalled landmark police reform bill that would institute a certification system for officers.


Latin Post
COVID-19 Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Workers

By Madelaine D. | Nov 29, 2020

Sonia Chang-Diaz explained that allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses would increase job opportunities in the communities that are hardly hit by the pandemic.


The Bay State Banner
Activists push legislation as budget debate winds down

By Morgan C. Mullings | Nov 26, 2020

Debates on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget in each branch of the state Legislature have come to a close, and legislators are getting ready for conference committees to start deliberating on a final product.


Lawmakers Push DOC To Reduce Prisoners, Increase Testing Amid Pandemic

By Deborah Becker | Nov 20, 2020

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz co-sponsored an amendment to the Senate budget that would require the DOC to routinely test prisoners throughout the pandemic.


Protest Held to Save MBTA Green Line's E Branch From Proposed Cuts

By Staff Reports | Nov 12, 2020

The MBTA's plan would also cut bus service, eliminate weekend Commuter Rail service and pause ferry service


State House News Service
State Equity Panel Focused On Data, Vaccine, Virus Spread Mitigation

By Katie Lannan | Oct 14, 2020

Data collection and reporting, vaccine distribution and funding for COVID-19 response initiatives are identified as "critical priorities" for the state to pursue.


Lowell Sun
Health equity ideas run into wall of state budget woes

By Chris Lisinski | Oct 08, 2020

The Health Equity Task Force was created by the Legislature under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed in June to address disparate health outcomes for underserved or underrepresented populations.


The Bay State Banner
Electeds join effort to save Melnea Cass trees

By Yawu Miller | Sep 16, 2020

Activists with Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard gathered Monday with state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and city councilors Kim Janey and Michelle Wu to call on city officials to revise their plans for the roadway.


Interest groups make final push to sway Massachusetts lawmakers negotiating police reform bill

By Steph Solis | Aug 03, 2020

While law enforcement officials say the bills are too extreme, civil rights advocates argue the bills don’t go far enough.


CommonWealth Magazine
6 lawmakers named to conference committee on police reform

By Sarah Betancourt | Jul 27, 2020

Springfield Democrat Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, who chairs the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, will be joined by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz of Jamaica Plain, who is the sole member of the caucus in the Senate.


Massachusetts police chiefs issue blistering opposition to sweeping police reform bill

By Chris Lisinski | Jul 22, 2020

Under the wide-ranging bill, Massachusetts would implement a new certification system for police under the watch of a commission -- constructed differently in the House and Senate proposals -- that could revoke officers' certifications.


WGBH - Boston Public Radio
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz Discusses Mass. Senate's Police Reform Bill

By Arjun Singh | Jul 15, 2020

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said the goal of the bill is to address three different areas: police misconduct, aggressive policing, and racism.


Lowell Sun
Qualified Immunity a Sticking Point in Senate's Police Reform Bill

By Erin Tierney | Jul 10, 2020

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said the bill is “one step” toward erasing the “racial injustices that permeate every aspect of our lives.”


Massachusetts Senate’s police reform bill held up due to concerns that it didn’t undergo public hearing

By Steph Solis | Jul 09, 2020

The move to table the bill drew criticism from Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues, who said several components of the omnibus bill had public hearings when they were filed as stand-alone bills.


NBC10 Boston
Mass. Lawmakers Deliberate Bill on Police Reform

By Sam Doran and Diane Cho | Jul 09, 2020

Senate lawmakers on Beacon Hill deliberated police reform legislation Thursday that, as one Massachusetts senator says, aims to fight racism and reduce police misconduct. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz says the bill would shift from force and punishment to de-escalation and helping.


The Bay State Banner
Prison advocates push for family access

By Jean Trounstine | Jul 09, 2020

Justice advocates, prisoners and families of those incarcerated are speaking out about bills to expand visitation rights, offer free phone calls, improve the Parole Board and decarcerate prisons and houses of correction in Massachusetts.


WHDH 7 News Boston
State senators discuss parameters of bill that would require certification for police

Jul 09, 2020

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz said she felt a mix of grief and pride in the sweeping bill to institute police reform and fight racism.


Bay State Banner
Senate police reform bill takes aim at profiling, use of force

By Morgan C. Mullings and Yawu Miller | Jul 06, 2020

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, who co-chaired the Senate working group with Sen. William Brownsberger, said the measures would make police more accountable to the communities they’re charged with serving.


State House News Service
Mass. Senate Leaders Propose Sweeping Police Reforms

By Katie Lannan | Jul 06, 2020

"Everything that's in this bill is a priority," Chang-Diaz said.






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