Massachusetts House of Representatives Overrides Governor’s Veto of Driver’s License Bill, 119-36

Frank Soults, 860-471-5692, fsoults@seiu32bj.org

Massachusetts House of Representatives Overrides Governor’s Veto of Driver’s License Bill, 119-36

Historic override celebrated by coalition to expand driver’s license access to all residents, regardless of immigration status

BOSTON —Today the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of the Work and Family Mobility Act by a vote of 119 to 36. The vote was unchanged from the House’s historic passage of the bill in February, minus the absence of former Representative Tom Golden of Lowell, whose seat has remained vacant since he left the State House to become City Manager. The following statement may be credited to the leaders of the organizations co-chairing the Driving Families Forward Coalition, Brazilian Worker Center Executive Director Lenita Reason and 32BJ SEIU Vice President Roxana Rivera:
“We are extremely thankful and proud that the House of Representatives today stood up so strongly to protect the safety of all state residents and promote the well-being of immigrants who need to drive for so many of life’s necessities. We thank House Speaker Mariano, Transportation Chair Strauss, the bill’s tireless lead House sponsors Representatives Farley-Bouvier and Barber, and every supporting legislator. We look forward to the Senate following suit quickly with an override, as Senate President Spilka has promised, which would then make the Work and Family Mobility Act a new state law.”
The Work and Family Mobility Act moves all state residents toward greater road safety, improved security, better public health and a more vibrant economy, and promises a profound transformation in the lives of undocumented immigrants across the Commonwealth. The pursuit of these many goals brought together 32BJ and the Brazilian Worker Center in 2019 to create Driving Families Forward, a coalition of businesses, faith groups, labor unions, community organizations and others that endorse the Work and Family Mobility Act.
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The Work and Family Mobility Act has been endorsed by over 270 businesses and organizations:

ACLU Massachusetts
ADL New England
AFL-CIO
Alliance for Business Leadership
American Friends Service Committee Northeast Regional Office
Anti-Defamation League
Asian American Resource Workshop
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing
Black Ministerial Alliance
The Boston Foundation
Brazilian Women’s Group
Brazilian Workers Center
Business Innovation Center
Cambridge Police Department
Cape Ann Local Action Network
Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities
Cape Verdean Association of Boston
Catholic Charities
Catholic Social Services of Fall River
Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO)
Centro Comunitario de los Trabajadores
Centro Presente
Coalition for Social Justice
Community Economic Development Center
Congress Insurance
Dominican Development Center, Inc.
Episcopal City Mission
Essex County Community Organization
Executive Committee of the Mattapoisett Democratic Committee
Field First, LLC
Gomez & Palumbo, LLC
Greater Andover Indivisible
Greater Haverhill Indivisible
Green-Rainbow Party
Haitian Comm. Faith Leader
Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network
Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc.
Indivisble Mystic Valley
INDIVISIBLE: Nantucket
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Justice at Work
Justice Center of Southeast MA
La Comunidad, Inc.
Latinos unidos en Massachusetts
League of Women Voters – MA
Main Street Alliance
Mass Business Immigration Coalition
Mass Interfaith Worker Justice
Massa Viana Law
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
MassBudget
Mattapoisett Democratic Committee
MCAN
Merrimack Valley Project
MIRA Coalition
Movimiento Cosecha
National Association of Social Workers
New England Bangladeshi American Foundation Inc
New England Justice for Our Neighbors
North Parish of North Andover UU Racial Justice Team
Open Door Immigration Services
Parenting Journey
Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group
Pioneer Valley Project
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Progressive Democrats of Mass.
Progressive Massachusetts
Rosie’s Place
Salem Chamber of Commerce
Salem No Place for Hate
SEIU 32BJ
SEIU 509
SEIU 1199
SEIU Massachusetts State Council
Solidarity Lowell
Student Immigrant Movement
Temple Anshe Amunim
The Irish International Immigrant Center
The Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group
The Welcome Project
TPS Committee
Unitarian Universalist Mass Action
Unitarian-Universalist Society of Fairhaven
United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts
United Workers Association, Region 9a
Western MA Jobs with Justice
Western Mass Area Labor Federation
Women Encouraging Empowerment

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With over 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including 20,000 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

“We are extremely thankful and proud that the House of Representatives today stood up so strongly to protect the safety of all state residents and promote the well-being of immigrants who need to drive for so many of life’s necessities. We thank House Speaker Mariano, Transportation Chair Strauss, the bill’s tireless lead House sponsors Representatives Farley-Bouvier and Barber, and every supporting legislator. We look forward to the Senate following suit quickly with an override, as Senate President Spilka has promised, which would then make the Work and Family Mobility Act a new state law.”

The Work and Family Mobility Act moves all state residents toward greater road safety, improved security, better public health and a more vibrant economy, and promises a profound transformation in the lives of undocumented immigrants across the Commonwealth. The pursuit of these many goals brought together 32BJ and the Brazilian Worker Center in 2019 to create Driving Families Forward, a coalition of businesses, faith groups, labor unions, community organizations and others that endorse the Work and Family Mobility Act.

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The Work and Family Mobility Act has been endorsed by over 270 businesses and organizations:

 

ACLU Massachusetts

ADL New England

AFL-CIO

Alliance for Business Leadership

American Friends Service Committee Northeast Regional Office

Anti-Defamation League

Asian American Resource Workshop

Berkshire Interfaith Organizing

Black Ministerial Alliance

The Boston Foundation

Brazilian Women’s Group

Brazilian Workers Center

Business Innovation Center

Cambridge Police Department

Cape Ann Local Action Network

Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities

Cape Verdean Association of Boston

Catholic Charities

Catholic Social Services of Fall River

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO)

Centro Comunitario de los Trabajadores

Centro Presente

Coalition for Social Justice

Community Economic Development Center

Congress Insurance

Dominican Development Center, Inc.

Episcopal City Mission

Essex County Community Organization

Executive Committee of the Mattapoisett Democratic Committee

Field First, LLC

Gomez & Palumbo, LLC

Greater Andover Indivisible

Greater Haverhill Indivisible

Green-Rainbow Party

Haitian Comm. Faith Leader

Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network

Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc.

Indivisble Mystic Valley

INDIVISIBLE: Nantucket

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

Justice at Work

Justice Center of Southeast MA

La Comunidad, Inc.

Latinos unidos en Massachusetts

League of Women Voters – MA

Main Street Alliance

Mass Business Immigration Coalition

Mass Interfaith Worker Justice

Massa Viana Law

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

MassBudget

Mattapoisett Democratic Committee

MCAN

Merrimack Valley Project

MIRA Coalition

Movimiento Cosecha

National Association of Social Workers

New England Bangladeshi American Foundation Inc

New England Justice for Our Neighbors

North Parish of North Andover UU Racial Justice Team

Open Door Immigration Services

Parenting Journey

Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group

Pioneer Valley Project

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Progressive Democrats of Mass.

Progressive Massachusetts

Rosie’s Place

Salem Chamber of Commerce

Salem No Place for Hate

SEIU 32BJ

SEIU 509

SEIU 1199

SEIU Massachusetts State Council

Solidarity Lowell

Student Immigrant Movement

Temple Anshe Amunim

The Irish International Immigrant Center

The Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group

The Welcome Project

TPS Committee

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action

Unitarian-Universalist Society of Fairhaven

United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts

United Workers Association, Region 9a

Western MA Jobs with Justice

Western Mass Area Labor Federation

Women Encouraging Empowerment

 

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With over 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including 20,000 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

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