May 24, 2017

House expected to respond to Trump proposals

Speaker Robert DeLeo's working group is expected to formally respond to Trump administration proposals through legislation soon.

The Massachusetts House is expected to take it first legislative action in response to the Trump administration Wednesday, the first fruit of Speaker Robert DeLeo's Trump working group.

Bills filed by Rep. Antonio Cabral of New Bedford and endorsed by the working group created to respond to the Trump administration -- dubbed by Majority Leader Ron Mariano "The Therapy Committee" -- are expected to come to a vote after 1 p.m.

One bill (H 3034) would prevent inmates in Massachusetts from being sent to labor on out-of-state projects, including Bristol Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's proposal to offer inmate labor to help build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The second (H 3033) seeks to prevent the use of state resources to carry out agreements that delegate Immigration and Customs Enforcement authority to officers at the state or local level.

The sheriffs of Bristol and Plymouth counties and the state Department of Correction have signed such agreements, though their officers have not yet received the training necessary to carry them out.

Hodgson last week said that if the Legislature passes the bills "it will show once again that personal political agendas are more important than keeping our citizens and legal residents safe."

Roll call votes are expected to begin at 1 p.m.

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