Massachusetts lawmakers strike deal on landmark police reform bill
Boston Herald

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

By Erin Tiernan | Dec 01, 2020

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

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.

By Madelaine D. | Nov 29, 2020

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

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.

By Morgan C. Mullings | Nov 26, 2020

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Lawmakers Push DOC To Reduce Prisoners, Increase Testing Amid Pandemic
WBUR

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.

By Deborah Becker | Nov 20, 2020

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Protest Held to Save MBTA Green Line's E Branch From Proposed Cuts
NBC10Boston

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

By Staff Reports | Nov 12, 2020

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

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

By Katie Lannan | Oct 14, 2020

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

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.

By Chris Lisinski | Oct 08, 2020

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

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.

By Yawu Miller | Sep 16, 2020

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

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

By Steph Solis | Aug 03, 2020

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6 lawmakers named to conference committee on police reform
CommonWealth Magazine

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.

By Sarah Betancourt | Jul 27, 2020

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Massachusetts police chiefs issue blistering opposition to sweeping police reform bill
MassLive

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.

By Chris Lisinski | Jul 22, 2020

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

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

By Arjun Singh | Jul 15, 2020

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

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

By Erin Tierney | Jul 10, 2020

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

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.

By Steph Solis | Jul 09, 2020

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Mass. Lawmakers Deliberate Bill on Police Reform
NBC10 Boston

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.

By Sam Doran and Diane Cho | Jul 09, 2020

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Prison advocates push for family access
The Bay State Banner

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.

By Jean Trounstine | Jul 09, 2020

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

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

Jul 09, 2020

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

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.

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

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

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

By Katie Lannan | Jul 06, 2020

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State senate unveils police reform, racial equity legislation
WCVB

Lawmakers along with leaders from the NAACP and ACLU gathered Monday morning outside the Massachusetts State House to announce a sweeping piece of police reform and racial equity legislation.

Jul 06, 2020

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