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Gov Baker Said He Now Supports Transgender Legislation

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

 

GOP Governor Charlie Baker said he will sign the legislation that will would allow people to use restrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity. Baker issued a statement on Tuesday which said that the House version “addresses the concerns that some have with the bill by requiring the Attorney General to issue regulations to protect against people abusing the law.”

Activist who support the bill immediately praised the Governor’s decision. Freedom Massachusetts Campaign Manager Carly Burton said,  "We are thrilled to hear of the Governor's support for this critical piece of legislation. His statement underscores that this is not a partisan issue. Governor Baker promised to listen to all sides and has shown that the efforts of transgender people and their allies to share their stories has made a real difference. Tomorrow, lawmakers in the House will vote, and we expect soon all transgender people living and visiting Massachusetts will have full and explicit protections under the law."

Building Support in MA

Earlier this month, Senator Michael Moore (D-Milbury) spoke in favor of the Senate legislation.

“I found it important to educate myself on both sides of this issue,” said Sen. Moore.  “Public discussion regarding the rights of transgender individuals often generates a polarized response.  However, after thoroughly reviewing the merits of this legislation, and having met with families and children whose individual rights are at stake, my concerns, which were largely based on being unfamiliar with the issue, were quickly dispelled. This bill fills the gap to ensure that transgender individuals are not refused service or discriminated against in public places such as restaurants, nursing homes, coffee shops, grocery stores, and sports arenas. I am confident that the legislation offers reasonable provisions to protect the rights of transgender individuals without infringing on the rights of others.”            

“I am deeply proud of the Massachusetts Senate for reaffirming our commitment to value and celebrate the diversity of humanity, and fulfilling our sworn duty to uphold civil rights for all individuals as enshrined in the Equal Protection clause of the Massachusetts and United States Constitutions,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “I am very hopeful that this will become the law of our land as soon as possible. Every day without equal protection under the law for transgender people is another day we tolerate discrimination, and one more day is far too many.” 

Obama's decision sparks national lawsuit

Last week, Texas was joined by 10 other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration regarding its directive on transgender students in public schools. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are the other states included in the lawsuit.
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The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth announced its strong support for new guidance released by the Obama Administration, directing public schools across America to allow transgender student access to the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The guidance, released by the Departments of Education and Justice, cites Massachusetts as an example of a state already implementing similar policies in schools. 

“The action being taken by the Obama Administration is a clear message to transgender students across America that the federal government values them for who they are,” said Julian Dormitzer, Chairperson of the Commission. “We are incredibly proud that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had the foresight to begin this work three years ago and is now serving as a national model.”

 

Related Slideshow: The Ten Most Politically Powerful in Central MA

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Senator Michael Moore

Senator Moore, D-Millbury, serves as the Massachusetts Senate Vice-Chair on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

In November, Moore was named the Vice-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety. 

“I am honored to be appointed the Vice-Chair of the NCSL’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety,” said Moore “This appointment will provide me the opportunity to continue to advocate and promote important public safety issues to ensure the safety of residents in the Commonwealth.”

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Matt Beaton- Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Like Polito, Beaton is from Shrewsbury and served as State Rep. for Worcester’s 11th District before being named Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs by Governor Baker.

Baker said that Beaton had the right experience to carry out green energy initiatives and that his leadership will be an important asset to accomplish goals throughout the Commonwealth.

Beaton has experience serving on the Ways and Means, and the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture committees. Beaton will take charge of the administration's task of creating energy efficiency, conservation and improved outdoor recreation.

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Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus

City Manager Augustus has solid relationships at the top of both political parties in the state. He is an avid supporter of Congressman Jim McGovern and he has recently celebrated that Karyn Polito, from Shrewsbury, will be the Lt. Governor.

"Central Massachusetts is proud to once again have one of our own in the Lieutenant Governor’s office. I look forward to working with the new administration to continue the work of bringing economic development to the Heart of the Commonwealth, improving the standard of living, and ensuring government works for all residents, regardless of class or status," said Augustus.

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Sheriff Lew Evangelidis

Following eight years as State Legislature, in 2010 Lew Evangelidis was elected as Worcester County Sheriff.

With his political background, Evangelidis has gained both visibility and a reputation for getting things done in Worcester County. On Friday night, Evangelidis gave a speech at the Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito's Inauguration Celebraton.

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Mike O'Brien

O'Brien spent nine years as Worcester's City Manager before stepping down in late 2013. 

"Mike is certainly a valuable asset to any Governor. His public service is his great strength," said Connie Lukes, former Mayor of Worcester and current Worcester City Councilor. "Central Mass. is going to have a voice in the Governor's office, and is really becoming a political machine."

O'Brien serves as Baker's Co-Chair of the State of the State Committee and was a central figure during the Baker and Lt. Governor Polito's Central Mass Inauguration Celebration last Friday.

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Senator Ryan Fattman

In November, State Representative Ryan Fattman of Webster defeated incumbent Richard Moore (D) for the South Central Massachusetts Senate Seat. The victory was a huge upset for Fattman who continues to make a remarkable climb up the Massachusetts political ladder.

By winning the State Senate election, Fattman has established a Republican foundation in Central Massachusetts and has helped the Republican party gain control of the State House.

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Tim Murray

"Tim Murray, Gov. Baker, and Karen Polito share many concerns and ideas about the importance of economic development and job opportunities; sound budgets and sensible policies can create a certain momentum and confidence in investors and business leaders that Massachusetts is in capable hands; Tim Murray's current constituencies are the Central Mass. Chambers of Commerce. Those constituencies were and are for the most part eager Baker/Polito supporters. I anticipate that they'll make some beautiful music together, as they share the same economic development/ jobs hymnal. Call Baker a 'Murray Republican' or call Murray a 'Baker Democrat'," said Tom Finneran, former Speaker of the House and GoLocal MINDSETTER™.

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Senator Harriet Chandler

Beginning her eigth term, Senator Harriet Chandler is likely to play important Committee and caucus roles under the new Senate President.

She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus, Co-Chair of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Legislative Caucus, Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Oral Health Caucus.

"Through hard work and persistence, she has become a leader who ensures that the concerns of Central Massachusetts communities are heard at the State House, " said State Rep. Jim O'Day.

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Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

As reported by GoLocal last week, former Speaker of the House Tom Finneran said this about Polito: "Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito have strong histories with the Legislature; watch for Central Mass. legislators, Democrats and Republicans, to work closely with the Administration...Lt. Governor Polito's first-hand knowledge and experience regarding transportation needs in Central Mass. mirrors Tim Murray's; look for the two of them working together in perfect harmony; Governor Baker will pay close attention and Central Mass. will be the beneficiary. There's no political ego here---just a determination to make Massachusetts as great a state as it can be."

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Congressman Jim McGovern

Following his successful, but long-time bid to initiate relations with Cuba once again, Congressman McGovern proved he has weight to pull both locally and nationally. 

In an interview with GoLocal Worcester regarding McGovern, MINDSETTER™ Paul Giorgio said "If you want to get things done, you need a partner in Washington. You can’t get things done solely on the backs of Worcester tax payers. You need federal dollars. You need state dollars. $10 million to renovate City Square, most of that money isn’t coming from Worcester. It’s state money. Funding for JetBlue, that’s federal money, that’s FAA money."

 
 

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