MA House Passes Driver’s License Bill 

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

MA House Passes Driver’s License Bill 

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

BOSTON —Today the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the Work and Family Mobility Act by a vote of 120 to 36. 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 cannot overstate our joy, pride and gratitude for today’s historic vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The House passage of the Work and Family Mobility Act moves all state residents toward greater road safety, improved security, better public health and a more vibrant economy, while holding out the prospect of transformational change for undocumented immigrants across the Commonwealth. The joint pursuit of these many goals is what brings together Driving Families Forward, a broad and diverse coalition of 270 endorsers that includes business associations, labor unions, immigrant advocates, faith groups and many more. It’s also why the bill has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association, whose members lead two-thirds of the state’s total police force, as well as by a majority of the state’s District Attorneys and sheriffs, and dozens of individual chiefs in smaller towns and cities.

“We extend our deepest thanks to Speaker Mariano for his clear support in moving the bill through the legislative process. We also thank the bill’s four lead sponsors, dozens of cosponsors and the many thousands who have written letters, made calls, and attended meetings to help bring us to this point. We now urge Senate leadership to quickly take up this vital legislative proposal, the Senate to pass it, and Governor Baker to follow the overwhelming consensus with his signature, turning the Work and Family Mobility Act into law.”  

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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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