In February of 2015, the new Massachusetts Governor will submit a proposed budget to the House Ways and Means Committee. At that time, we will request action on:
Line Item: (4120-6000) Head Injury Treatment Services
Action: An inrease of funds for Head Injury Treatment Services.
- Head Injury Treatment Services have been level funded.
- Services such as day programs and transportation remain limited or unavailable to individuals state-wide.
- Representative Tom Conroy will be amending the current state budget to increase line item 4120-6000 from the House’s proposed amount of $15.6 million to $17 million.
- By supporting this line item, there will be an increase in spending for TBI services.
- Increasing the budget would positively benefit brain injury survivors, family members and caregivers alike.
- For more information go to the Brain Injury Affects Page.
For more information on how to become a Legislative Advocate, go to the Become an Advocate Page.
Primary Seat Belt Law
BIA-MA worked with legislators and other groups to pass a primary seat belt law in Massachusetts. Known as "Natalie's Bill," the legislation is named after Natalie De Leon who was killed on July 2, 2006, when she was ejected from a car. Natalie was not wearing a seat belt.
Currently, Massachusetts only has a secondary seat belt law which means law enforcement officers can only cite a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt if they are pulled over for another violation. With the passage of this proposed legislation, law enforcement will be authorized to pull over a vehicle exclusively for not buckling up.
For more information about BIA-MA's Advocacy efforts, contact us at 508-475-0032 or email@example.com