Posted January 14, 2022

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We have more 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.
 
Yesterday, the State Senate voted unanimously (39-0) to pass the Mass ID Access bill. The vote followed the Senate Committee on Ways and Means’ action on Monday to report out favorably the Senate version of the bill as Senate Bill 2612. You can watch the recording of yesterday’s session, which includes Senator Chandler’s speech about the bill’s importance.
 
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 three updated actions you can take now to help move this critical legislation forward:
 
    • Please thank your State Senator for voting in favor of the Mass ID access bill, Senate Bill 2612. 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
    • Please ask your State Representative to ask House Leadership to bring the Mass ID access bill, Senate Bill 2612, to a vote as soon as possible. State Representatives can be reached via the State House switchboard: 617-722-2000, or by email. The full contact information for each Representative is included on the Legislature’s website. Unsure who your Representative 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. Come back to our website for more details on next steps for the bill on the House side.

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

Thank you for your advocacy and collaboration!

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 voted unanimously to pass 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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