Our bill: H.3543, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Infrastructure Bank

H.3543, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Infrastructure Bank, was introduced in the 2017-18 legislative session. We had our first hearing before the Joint Committee on  Community Development and Small Businesses and the bill was subsequently sent to the Joint Committee on Financial Services. Unfortunately, it was sent to study, and therefore died in committee before the end of the session. We are determined to reintroduce it in 2019-20, and to build up a stronger coalition to advocate for it.

The bill was filed by Rep. Byron Rushing, 9th Suffolk, and had the following co-sponsors:

Rep. Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex

Rep. Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex

Rep. David M. Rogers, 24th Middlesex

Rep. Jack Lewis, 7th Middlesex

Rep. Peter V. Kocot, 1st Hampshire

Rep. Jay D. Livingstone, 8th Suffolk

Sen. Sal N. DiDomenico, Middlesex and Suffolk

Sen. Julian Cyr, Cape and Islands

Sen. William N. Brownsberger, Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, 10th Hampton

Rep. Thomas Stanley, 9th Middlesex

When the bill is refiled we will have only a short time to get legislators on board as co-sponsors. We’d like to be as proactive as possible about getting our legislators informed about public banking, and the need for a public infrastructure bank in Massachusetts. We need your help in introducing us to allies in your community, as well as to your legislators. If you’d like to help, please contact us for more information.