Past sessions

24%

2017-2018

Percentage of state legislators
who sponsored the bill
(49 sponsors)

29%

2015-2016

Percentage of state legislators
who sponsored the bill
(58 sponsors)

20%

2013-2014

Percentage of state legislators
who sponsored the bill
(39 sponsors)

2017-2018 legislative session
In early 2017, the bill was filed by lead sponsor Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) as Senate Bill 1013.

In February 2018, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development gave the bill a favorable reading. It moved to Senate Ways & Means.

Senator Paul Feeney (D-Bristol Norfolk) took on the bill as a unofficial lead sponsor for the remainder of the legislative session.

No action was taken on the bill in the Senate at the end of the session in July.

Here's who co-sponsored the bill:

Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton)
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Boston)
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-2nd Suffolk)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Middlesex and Suffolk)
Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D-Woburn)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Peabody)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Shrewsbury)
Rep. James Arciero (D-Chelmsford)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy)
Rep. Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn)
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Brockton)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Barnstable)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose (D-Amherst)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. James O'Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield)
Rep. David Vieira (R-East Falmouth)
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Chelsea)
Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Gardner)

These state legislators expressed interest in supporting the bill after the co-sponsor deadline (the hearing):
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-1st Worcester)
Senator Paul Feeney (D-Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth)
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-4th Middlesex)
Senator Jason Lewis (D-5th Middlesex)
Senator Dean Tran (R-Worcester and Middlesex)
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen)
Rep. James Cantwell (D-Marshfield)
Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge)
Rep. William C. Galvin (D-Canton)
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster)
Rep. Jay R. Kaufman (D-Lexington)
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River)
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus)

In May 2018, Senator Paul Feeney introduced the legislation as Senate Budget Amendment 23. These Senators signed onto the amendment:
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Boston)
Senator Julian Cyr (D-Cape and Islands)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Middlesex and Suffolk)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Worcester and Norfolk)
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-4th Middlesex)
Senator Anne Gobi (D-Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Shrewsbury)
Senator Patrick O'Connor (R-Plymouth and Norfolk)
Senator Walter Timilty (D-Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth)
Senator James T. Welch (D-Hampden)

 
2015-2016 legislative session
In January 2015, the bill was filed by lead sponsors Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) as House Bill 1771. Fifty-six co-sponsors supported the bill thanks to our advocates contacting their legislators directly:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Senator Sal N. DiDomenico (D-Everett)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)
Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn)
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (D-Bridgewater)
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Stephen L. DiNatale (D-Fitchburg)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham)
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield)
Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington)
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Peru)
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth)
Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton)
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston)
Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Warren)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. David Vieira (R-East Falmouth)
Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)

On July 21, 2015, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing. They listened to testimony about the Healthy Workplace Bill, including an official panel.

On July 30, 2015, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development gave the bill a favorable reading.

On August 10, 2015, the bill moved to a Third Reading in the House.

The legislative session ended at the end of July 2016 with no further progress on the bill.

2013-2014 legislative session
The bill was filed as House Bill 1766 by Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and co-sponsored by 37 legislators:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)
Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield)
Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton)
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)
Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D-Springfield)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester)
Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. James O'Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Carl Sciortino, Jr. (D-Medford)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)

2011-2012 legislative session
The bill was filed by Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and designated as House Bill Number 2310 and Senate Bill Number 916. Eleven co-sponsors supported the bill this year thanks to our advocates contacting their legislators directly:

Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange)
Rep. Nick Collins (D-Boston)
Rep. Gloria L. Fox (D-Roxbury)
Rep. Kevin G. Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Louis L. Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter V. Kocot (D-Northampton)
Rep. John W. Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Frank I. Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Alice K. Wolf (D-Cambridge)

The bill passed out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on February 29, 2012 and onto the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
The House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling favorably read out H. 2310 on April 4, 2012 and moved it directly to the House Floor for a second reading.
The House moved the bill onto a third reading on May 30, 2012.

2009-2010 legislative session
Senator Joan M. Menard, a Senate leader, sponsored this bill.