For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Contact: Matt Wilder
Breaking: MA Lawmakers Advance Final Version of Transgender Bill
BOSTON — Today a conference committee of Massachusetts lawmakers voted to advance a final version of the transgender protections bill (S2407), which updates state law to ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places, including parks, restaurants, hospitals, and public restrooms. The bill previously passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly and with bipartisan support.
The reconciled version makes the law effective October 1, sooner than the usual 90-day effective period. It also requires the attorney general to issue guidance to ensure that transgender people are not improperly referred to law enforcement for accessing public accommodations consistent with their gender identity. It now goes back to the House and Senate for final minor procedural votes before heading to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.
“The legislature has put a lot of hard work over the past few weeks into finalizing a bill that ensures full protection from discrimination for transgender people in Massachusetts,” said Kasey Suffredini, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts. “We are tremendously grateful to members of the conference committee who successfully worked together not only to report out a strong bill, but also to ensure that transgender people will not have to wait much longer to be ensured protections. This bill will go a long way toward making Massachusetts a better place for all of its residents to live, work, and thrive. We are grateful for the tireless leadership of Senate President Rosenberg and Speaker DeLeo, without whom this victory would not be possible. We look forward to seeing this bill become law very soon.”