On July 16, the Right to Counsel pilot bill, S.2785, moved to Senate Ways and Means Committee after being reported out favorably by the Housing Committee. It is urgent that the Senate Ways and Means Committee take action on the bill quickly as the formal legislative session ends on July 31st and as we brace ourselves for thousands of evictions when the moratorium lifts.
Action Needed Today
- Email Chair of Ways and Means Senator Michael Rodrigues and ask him to take swift action to move S.2785 to the Senate floor. Use the sample email below. If you submitted testimony to the Housing Committee redo and resend your testimony to Senator Michael Rodrigues, Chair of Senate Ways and Means at Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.
- Email and Call Your Senator. Ask your Senator to ask Senator Rodrigues to advance S.2785 to the Senate floor. Asking your Senator to go to Chairman Rodrigues is very important so that he hears from his colleagues that this is a priority.
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- Tweet the Governor. Keep the issue before the Governor. Here's a tweet you can use or adapt.
In MA, 92% of tenants face eviction without legal representation, while 78% of landlords have lawyers. When the eviction moratorium ends, vulnerable families will face evictions during a pandemic. We need emergency right to counsel to correct this disparity. #MassRight2Counsel #mapoli
Sample email to Senate Ways and Means Chairman Rodrigues