In the past three years, Michelle has focused broadly on increasing access to opportunity for families.

Click below for text of her legislative accomplishments, summarized with context.





10/24/18: Fair Work Week Ordinance– would require scheduling predictability and other protections for workers at companies contracting with the city.

10/17/18: Local Wetlands Protection Ordinance– would give the City new tools to require green infrastructure and protect vulnerable natural areas that also guard against flooding and heat.

7/11/18: Formula Business Retail Zoning Amendment– would recognize the different impact that chain stores have on neighborhoods and add a conditional use for formula retail establishments in local business districts.

6/20/18: Lobbyist Disclosure– promoting good governance and ensuring transparency in government by requiring registration and disclosure of lobbying activities, with quarterly reporting and public database.

6/13/18: Short-Term Rentals– closed corporate loopholes for short-term rentals that were putting pressure onBoston’slong-term residential housing stock while protecting homeowners’ ability to benefit from home-sharing platforms.

3/14/18: Good Food Purchasing Standards– filed ordinance for Boston to adopt good food purchasing standards for all city agencies through The Good Food Purchasing Program in order to support small business owners, employees in food production and processing, and income inequality in Boston. Assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

1/24/2018: Free Petition – re-filed this ordinance to engage and involve residents in policy, requiring the Boston City Council to hold a public hearing on the subject of any group petition signed by 500 or more residents, within three months of filing the petition. Assigned to the Government Operations Committee for further action.


12/13/2017: Procurement Equity – ordinance amending the City of Boston’s procurement processes for contracting with private businesses for goods and services in order to encourage greater meaningful engagement with women- and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBEs). Passed and signed into law.

12/13/2017: Acoustic Live Entertainment/Boston Unplugged – ordinance permanently eliminating the permit requirement, hearing, and fees for small businesses in business districts to host acoustic live entertainment acts. Passed and signed into law.

11/29/2017: Plastic Bag Ban – ordinance regarding the reduction of plastic bag waste in Boston. Passed and awaiting action from the Mayor.

10/18/2017: Right to Charge – this home rule petition would codify the rights of residents of Boston to install personal electric vehicle charging stations, and bar condominium- and homeowners’ associations from banning or placing unreasonable regulations on the stations. Voted on and unanimously passed by the Council. Sent to the State Legislature for approval.

10/4/2017: Community Choice Energy –  this ordinance would authorize the City of Boston to begin creating a community choice energy or community choice aggregation plan. Using the bulk purchasing power of the City, we will be able to negotiate for a localized utility plan that increases the use of renewable energy sources and focuses on local and regional suppliers. Voted on and unanimously passed by the Council.

3/1/2017: Reprecincting
 – this home rule petition would allow the City to subdivide our largest voting precincts in time for the upcoming municipal elections, without changing political district lines or ward lines. In the decades since Boston last made major adjustments to precinct sizes, our population has shifted considerably, resulting in significant differences in precinct sizes. Voted on and unanimously passed by the Council. Sent to the State Legislature for approval.

3/1/2017: Free Petition – filed an ordinance to codify the right of free petition at the municipal level in Boston. Hearing held on Tuesday April 18, 2017. Remains in Committee for continued work.


12/7/2016: Acoustic Live Entertainment/Boston Unplugged – ordinance eliminating for one year the permit requirement, hearing, and fees for small businesses in business districts to host acoustic live entertainment acts. Passed and signed into law.

11/30/2016: Plastic Bag Ban – ordinance regarding the reduction of plastic bag waste in Boston. Hearing held on December 13, 2016. Passed in December 2017.

4/13/2016: Electric Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption – filed a home rule petition to give Boston the authority to exempt electric cars registered in the city from the motor vehicle excise tax.

3/16/2016: Communications Access – ordinance ensuring translation, interpretation, and assistive technology for access to city services regardless of English language proficiency or communications disability. Passed and signed into law.


3/25/2015: Paid Parental Leave – ordinance providing six weeks of paid leave for new moms and dads in City Hall. Passed unanimously and signed into law. After the City Council vote, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg implemented paid leave for their employees as well.

2/11/2015: BYOB – ordinance to end Boston’s ban on BYOB in small restaurants outside of downtown. Passed and signed into law.


4/16/2014: Health Care Equity – ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in health care coverage for city workers. Passed unanimously and signed into law. After the City Council vote, Governor Deval Patrick implemented health care equity for transgender residents through the Division of Insurance.

4/9/2014: Open Data Accessibility – ordinance filed 4/7/2014 with the Clerk’s office and immediately met with an Open Data Executive Order that afternoon. Held hearing and stayed in communication with DOIT about Open Data policy issued in July 2015.



10/17/18: Corporate Tax Break Transparency– a hearing was held on November 29, 2018 to provide access to data from special tax agreement for better transparency and accountability.

10/3/18: Equity in Opportunity of City Contracting– a hearing focused on creating and building wealth in our neighborhoods; and creating opportunities for small business owners and employees in every neighborhood, which is essential for addressing income inequality in our city.

10/3/18: Car Free Day– a hearing to examine creating a car-free day in the City of Boston, to assist in meeting the goals of Climate Ready Boston, Imagine Boston 2030 and Go Boston 2030.

9/26/18: One Car Municipal Identification Program– a hearing was held on November 29, 2018 regarding removing city barriers to obtaining formal government-issued ID regardless of immigration status, housing status, or gender identity.

7/11/18: Local Wetlands Protection Legislation a hearing was held on August 8, 2018 regarding climate change as a overriding public interest, against which current laws do not sufficiently protect, and which the City’s Conservation Commission could more strongly address through a local wetlands ordinance.

7/11/18: Boston Zoning Code– recognizing the importance of small and locally owned businesses in its land use and planning objectives and providing welcoming environment to allow such businesses to thrive and be successful.

2/14/18: Flooding– a hearing was held on March 26, 2018 to discuss funding for major infrastructure projects needed to adapt and protect the city from increasingly frequent flooding.

2/14/18: Resiliency Standards for Development of City PropertyThe City of Boston strives to be a leader in climate resiliency, with aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to 2005 levels by 2020 and be carbon free by 2050.

2/14/18: Local Assessment Payment MBTA– a hearing to discuss the City of Boston’s annual local assessment to the MBTA to ensure affordability and accessibility standards.

2/7/18: Limits on Surveillance Technology– hearings were held on April 30, 20118 and June 19, 2018 regarding coalition to draft legislation that would require community-informed policy prior to acquisition of new surveillance technology in order to safeguard civil liberties and privacy.

2/7/18: Vocational Educationa hearing was held on November 26, 2018 to work to expand and improve Boston’s vocational and technical pathways based on best practices from other districts and local industry.

2/7/18: Biannual Urban Renewal– hearings were held on March 2, 2018 and October 18, 2018 for the Boston Planning Development Agency to provide public updates twice per year to the Boston City Council further codified by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

1/24/18: Equitable Access to Public Transportation with a Cashless Fare Collection Systema hearing held on June 22, 2018 to plan policy changes aimed at increasing efficiency and streamlining riders; interaction with the public transit system.

1/24/18: Resident Parking Permits– a hearing was held on June 28, 2018 to discuss reform of the resident parking permit program in the City of Boston.

1/24/18: Community Choice Energy– a hearing was held on May 30, 2018 to recognize the need to adopt cleaner and more renewable forms of energy in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and foster a more sustainable future.


10/4/2017: South Boston Waterfront – hearing to be scheduled to examine the lack of public facilities (no school, library, community center, fire station or police station) in the South Boston Waterfront/Seaport neighborhood, which is undergoing rapid population growth.

6/7/2017: Boston City Hall Carbon Footprint
 – a hearing was held on June 23, 2017 to reduce the carbon footprint of Boston City Hall and other municipal buildings.

3/29/2017: Fenway Cultural District – an off-site hearing at the Museum of Fine Arts was held on May 31, 2017. Resulted in a resolution passed by the Council supporting the Fenway Cultural District’s reapplication to maintain its designation as a Cultural District.

3/29/2017: Urban Renewal Progress Update – a hearing was held on April 10, 2017 to hear the BPDA’s biannual oversight report regarding urban renewal.

1/25/2017: Community Choice Energy – hearing to be scheduled to explore the adoption of Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program established by state law that allows cities and towns in MA to use bulk purchasing power on behalf of residents and small businesses to set a higher percentage of clean, renewable energy. Held a working session on April 25, 2017. Led to the passage of CCE authorization order on 10/4/2017.

1/25/2017: Early Education and Childcare Briefings – several policy briefing sessions were held and will continue to be held the next few months focusing on topics in early education and childcare. Resulted in passing a resolution in support of S257/HD3564, a bill proposed by Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry and Rep. Marjorie Decker at the State House, which would provide immediate child care assistance to homeless families.



11/16/2016: Reprecincting – a hearing was held on February 6, 2017 to add additional polling locations in the six largest precincts in Boston. Resulted in a home rule petition passed by the Council.

8/24/2016: Caribbean Carnival – hearing to be scheduled to discuss supporting Carnival in Boston. Held a working session on September 13, 2016.

8/3/2016: Tobacco Regulations – hearing to be scheduled summer 2017 to discuss changes to the City’s tobacco regulations, specifically the partial ban on selling flavored tobacco products passed by the Boston Public Health Commission in December 2016.

7/13/2016: Municipal ID Program – after holding a hearing and several working sessions, the Mayor released a request for proposals (RFP) in January 2017 to study the feasibility of implementing such a program.

3/2/2016: City Housing Vouchers – a hearing was held on March 21, 2016 to assess the feasibility of introducing city-sponsored rental housing vouchers for Housing First.

3/2/2016: Procurement and Purchasing – a hearing was held on March 9, 2017 to explore how the City’s spending on services (through procurement) and on products (through purchasing) can intentionally create pipelines for local residents and businesses owned by women and people of color.

3/2/2016: Transit Signal Prioritization – a hearing was held on April 26, 2016 to explore transit signal priority, technology that could make MBTA bus service faster and more reliable in Boston by making it more likely for traffic signals to turn green when a public bus approaches.

1/13/2016: Inconsistent Commuter Rail Fares – an off-site hearing was held on March 2, 2016 at the Hyde Park Community Center. Resulted in a resolution passed by the Council calling for cities and towns not to have a split rate.



9/30/2015: Care of Street Trees – hearing to examine the policies and resources available for the selection, planning, care, and removal of trees on Boston streets.

9/2/2015: On-site Child Care – hearing to discuss incentivizing onsite child care in new commercial developments in the City of Boston.

9/2/2015: Purple Heart License Plate Parking – hearing to discuss extending metered parking privileges to veterans with Purple Heart license plates in Boston.

9/2/2015: Appetite for Arts – hearing to create an Appetite for Arts program to connect local artists with restaurants.

8/12/2015: Urban Wilds Protection along American Legion Highway –held a hearing, will have further working sessions.

8/12/2015: BPS Parent Engagement MBTA Vouchers – hearing to be scheduled.


10/8/2014: Fossil Fuel Divestment – held a hearing, resulted in a resolution passed by the Council calling for divestment by the Commonwealth.

7/9/2014: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness – came after Michelle visited nearly every homeless shelter and emergency shelter in the city. Held a hearing.

2/26/2014: Arts & Culture Funding – held a hearing and continue to participate in the City’s Boston Creates Leadership Council.

2/26/2014: Streamlining Small Business Permitting & Licensing – held a hearing, neighborhood listening sessions, then produced a report with 25 recommendations, many of which have been implemented.


11/15/2017: H.2723 Pilot for Fairmont Corridor Rapid Transit – passed unanimously. Resolution supporting Representative Evandro Carvalho’s bill at the State House to create a pilot program for increasing equity through transportation along the Fairmont Corridor. Residents in the Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park neighborhoods along the corridor face some of the longest commute times in the Boston region.
11/1/2017: Historic Tax Credit – passed unanimously. Resolution supporting the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program, which President Trump has proposed to cut in his budget blueprint. 
9/13/2017: Chinese American WWII Veterans
– passed unanimously. Resolution supporting H.R. 2358/S.1050 which would grant the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American veterans of WWII, as a group.
6/21/2017: Paris Climate Agreement – passed unanimously. Resolution committing the Boston City Council to the goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.
6/7/2017: Fenway Cultural District – passed unanimously. Resolution supporting the renewal of the Fenway Cultural District Designation to the MA Cultural Council.
5/17/2017: Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals – passed unanimously. Resolution urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. TPS is an emergency immigration status given when people are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
3/15/2017: Childcare Assistance to Homeless Families – passed unanimously. Resolution supporting S257/HD3564, a bill proposed by Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry and Rep. Marjorie Decker at the State House, which would provide immediate child care assistance to homeless families.
1/25/2017: Equality Act – passed unanimously. Resolution supporting the Equality Act, a federal Act sponsored by Rep. Cicilline and Sen. Merkley which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

10/19/2016: Harvard Dining Workers – passed unanimously.
8/24/2016: MBTA Janitors – passed unanimously.
3/23/2016: Statewide Public Accommodations Protections – passed unanimously.
3/9/2016: MBTA Commuter Rail Fares – passed unanimously.

7/22/2015: Banning LGBT Conversion Therapy – passed unanimously.
3/11/2015: Late Night MBTA – passed unanimously.

11/19/2014: Fossil Fuel Divestment – passed 12-1.
6/4/2014: Eliminating Non-Competes Clauses – passed unanimously.
2/26/2014: Domestic Workers Bill of Rights – passed unanimously.



5/10/2017: Transportation Policy Briefing Series Report – this report summarizes the transportation policy briefing series that the Council held over the last few months, including recommendations and graphics.

2/8/2017: Special Committee on Civil Rights – the Council voted unanimously to approve my order to establish a Special Committee on Civil Rights, which will be chaired by Councilor Zakim.


11/2/2016: Transportation Policy Briefing Monthly Seriesorder to create a legislative docket that would allow the Council’s Parks, Recreation & Transportation Committee to host a series of policy briefings about key topics in transportation policy.

8/24/2016: Paid Parental Leave for Council Employeesorder to close a loophole that exempted City Council staff from the city’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance that was passed unanimously by the Council in 2015.

5/11/2016: Urban Renewal Letter – sent on behalf of the Council to Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Golden setting expectations for the first of the new Urban Renewal oversight meetings that will take place every six months. All Councilors signed onto the letter.

5/2/2016: Accessibility to the Council Chamberconvened an Executive Session to discuss proposed physical accessibility upgrades to the Council Chamber. The goal is to begin construction next summer.


6/18/2014: Recommendations for Streamlining Boston’s Small Business Permitting & Licensing – policy report detailing recommendations for action by Mayor Walsh.

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