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.
ORDINANCES AND HOME RULE PETITIONS
9/13/2017: Right to Charge – this ordinance 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.
8/2/2017: 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. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Environment and Sustainability for a hearing.
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.
1/11/2017: Plastic Bag Ban – refiled ordinance regarding the reduction of plastic bag waste in Boston. Hearing to be scheduled; held a working session.
12/7/2016: Acoustic Live Entertainment/Boston Unplugged – ordinance eliminating the permit requirement, hearing, and fees for small businesses in business districts to host acoustic live entertainment acts. Passed and signed into law.
11/30/2016: Plastic Bag Ban – ordinance regarding the reduction of plastic bag waste in Boston. Hearing held on December 13, 2016.
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.
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 Aggregation – hearing to be scheduled to explore the adoption of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), 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.
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.
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.
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 Series – order 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 Employees – order 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 Chamber – convened 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.