Legislative Proposals for 2017-2018 Session
This session, I have filed twenty four (24) pieces of legislation, here are a few highlights and priorities I will be focusing on the next two years:
1) Short-Term Residential Rentals
- Directs short-term rentals to be registered with State & City
- Three Different categories of Hosts who rent out units for short-term use:
- Residential Hosts
- Unit must be the host’s primary residence.
- Cannot rent out unit more than 60 days per year.
- Commercial Hosts
- Hosts who rent out units for more than 60 days per year and/or rent out multiple units for short-term rental usage.
- Professionally Managed Hosts
- Business entities (Corporate housing and other similar renters) or individuals that have a rental management system in place to oversee the properties.
- Units offered for rent must be for a minimum of 5 nights or more.
- Residential Hosts
- Mandates that rentals be up to code on fire/electrical/safety matters
- Rentals would have to pay State and local taxes
- Bill also mandates rentals have a minimum of $1,000,000 of liability insurance
2) Preventing Wage theft and Promote Employer Accountability
- Helps protect workers from wage theft and unfair subcontractor practices
- Would make contractors/subcontractors/outsources legally responsible for any labor violations. Current law can leave this in doubt
- Legislation being worked on with AFL-CIO and other labor unions
3) Gun Control Measures
- First bill would allow police to search premises for weapons when they are called to the scene of a domestic violence disturbance and seize them if weapon would threaten the safety of the victim.
- Second bill would have State create a Gun Offender Registry List that would be available for the public to see. Similar to Sex Offender Registry List
4) Better regulations concerning Sex Offenders
- First bill would instruct Department of Public Safety to formulate a plan for proper discharges of level 3 sex offenders to homeless shelters.
- Second bill would clarify how sex offenders register with local police, mandating that they check in within 30 days of being released from custody.
5) Car Rental Fees
- Exempts Boston and Cambridge residents and those customers renting from car sharing organizations from paying the surcharge on rental cars that goes to the Boston Convention Center.
6) Tunnel Safety
- Would require the state to access and report the amount of insurance listed and the amount of insurance required for all privately owned tunnels in the state.
7) Traffic Violations
- Strengthens penalties for vehicles, bicycles, or mopeds that do not fully stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks when they have the right of way
8) Fines for License Violations
- Currently Licensing Board has no means of assessing businesses with purely financial penalties
- Legislation would allow Licensing Board to level financial fines on businesses while retaining all other penalties at their disposal