Posted January 12, 2022; last updated January 13, 2022

We have some good news to share with you on the Everyone Needs ID bill to expand access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness, Senate Bill 2276/House Bill 3515, filed by Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Kay Khan, and Representative Jim O’Day. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means reported out favorably the Senate version of the bill, after making very minor tweaks. The new version of the bill, Senate Bill 2612, is scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate tomorrow! The Senate session is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. You can tune in for the session by following this link to the livestream.
 
What would the bill do?
 
This bill would establish a fee waiver process for youth and adults experiencing homelessness seeking standard Mass IDs; create a process for individuals experiencing homelessness to apply for standard Mass IDs if they cannot meet the existing criteria by allowing ID applicants who are experiencing homelessness to submit residency documentation from providers of homelessness services and state agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS); and expand upon the Registry of Motor Vehicles efforts to better serve people experiencing homelessness.
 

Take action!

We have two actions you can take now to help move this critical legislation forward:
 
    • Please ask your State Senator to vote in favor of the Mass ID access bill, Senate Bill 2612, tomorrow. State Senators can be reached via the State House switchboard: 617-722-2000, or by email. The full contact information for each Senator is included on the Legislature’s website. Unsure who your Senator is? Find them by entering your address/address where you are staying here: www.wheredoivotema.com
    • If you are part of an organization,we are asking your organization to officially endorse the bill, and to share this request with allied organizations. The endorsement form can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/massid2122. A list of groups from across the Commonwealth that already have signed on can be found on the bill fact sheet (last updated 1/13/22.)

 

Please keep reading below for more details on the bill’s history. We will be back in touch with the outcome of tomorrow’s vote, and next steps on the House side.

Please share any feedback or questions with Kelly: kelly (at) mahomeless.org.
 

Thank you for your advocacy and collaboration!

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Bill History
 
Both Senate Bill 2276 and House Bill 3515 were refiled in January 2021, and were reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Transportation in November 2021. Senate Bill 2276 was sent to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and emerged with minor language tweaks as Senate Bill 2612 on January 10, 2022. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill on January 13, 2022. House Bill 3515 was sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means, and is awaiting action.
 
In both the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 legislative sessions, versions of the Mass ID access bill were passed unanimously by the Senate.
 
 

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