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2007 Legislative Agenda

Feel Safe Again, Inc. supports the following bills and invites you to contact your legislators to ask them for their support. Please click on the title links to open the corresponding fact sheets.


An Act to Prevent Harassment  (SB 1002)
Lead Sponsors: Senator Pamela P. Resor (D-Middlesex and Worcester) and Representative Peter J. Koutoujian (D-Tenth Middlesex)

The act would establish a criminally enforceable Harassment Protection Order where by certain victims of rape and stalking (harassment) may obtain protection from further abuse through the issuance of a criminally enforceable civil order of protection, for victims who do not meet the relationship requirements of MGL c.209A.


Lead Sponsors: Senator Pamela P. Resor (D-Middlesex and Worcester) and Representative Peter J. Koutoujian (D-Tenth Middlesex)

Amends the current state law to require that Superintendents of correctional institutions notify the state fire marshal, prior to the release or discharge, of any individual convicted of possession of an infernal machine (bomb) or a hoax device. 


An Act Establishing a Campus Rape / Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Council  (SB 2460)

Lead Sponsor: Senator Pamela P. Resor (D-Middlesex and Worcester)

The act would direct the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to establish a campus rape and sexual assault prevention advisory council.


An Act To Establish Employment Leave And Safety Remedies To Victims Of Domestic Violence, Stalking And Sexual Assault  (SB 1057)
Lead Sponsor: Senator Cynthia Creem (D-1st Norfolk and Middlesex)
This bill requires employers to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to take up to fifteen days of leave from work in any twelve month period, with or without pay, to address issues arising from the abuse. Circumstances which would require time off to be granted would be limited including; obtaining a court order of protection, seeking medical attention, meeting with law enforcement officials, and attending appointments for counseling, or legal assistance.

An Act Relative to Housing Discrimination against Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking  (SB 755)
Lead Sponsor: Senator Cynthia Creem (D-1st Norfolk and Middlesex)
This bill adds victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to those protected against housing discrimination. In addition, the bill creates a vehicle for victims of these crimes to vacate their lease or rental agreements without penalty when their safety is at risk.


An Act Relative to the Recording of Audio and Video Images on Private Property for Security Purposes  (HB 0097)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Dumaine, Rock 3; Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. N. Elliott, Hills 19; Rep. Headd, Rock 3; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock 3
This bill creates an exception to the violation of privacy and wiretapping and eavesdropping statutes to allow any person to conduct, without notice, audio or video recordings, or both, on his or her private property and curtilage for security purposes. 

An Act Restricting Sex Offenders from Residing within a Certain Distance from Schools and Child-Oriented Organizations  (HB 0340)
Lead Sponsor: Rep. Infantine, Hills 13
This bill prohibits sexual offenders and offenders against children from living within 1,000 feet of any school, child care facility, playground, park, child-oriented organization, or any place where minors regularly congregate.

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