Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office confirmed today that the House will vote on #TransBillMA (House Bill 4253) next Wednesday, June 1 at 1 p.m.
Legislation to explicitly protect transgender Bay Staters from discrimination in public places has never made it this far. In fact, efforts to enact similar legislation have started and stalled for 10 years. Before the Senate voted on May 12 to pass its version of #TransBillMA, this legislation had seen no movement at all for nearly a year.
Now, it’s passed the Senate and is officially scheduled for a full vote in the House. The decade-long fight to ensure transgender people are equally protected from discrimination under the laws of Massachusetts might be about to end.
The full House vote is this bill’s biggest hurdle yet. Support for #TransBillMA has been strong within the legislature and among legislators’ constituents and other groups, but its passage through the House is certainly not a done deal.
Proponents of the bill will also be meeting at the Statehouse next Wednesday, June 1, a little before 1 p.m. to lobby legislators.