Hearing date information:
WHAT: The committee hearing in support of An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts (S.1689/H.1685)
WHEN: Tuesday, July 18th
WHERE: Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House. Doors open at 9am (hearing begins at 11am)
Urge the Massachusetts Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight to support Anti-Discrimination Language.
The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bipartisan bill S.1689/H.1685: Act Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts, filed by Senator Cynthia Creem, Representatives Paul McMurtry and Steven Howitt and supported by over 1/3 of the Legislature.
This bill prohibits the state from contracting with companies that are engaged in discrimination, including those that boycott Israeli businesses solely based on their nationality. Singling out and refusing to deal with a business owner based on an immutable characteristic —national origin in the BDS context—is a form of discrimination and taxpayer funds should not be used to subsidize this conduct.
The bill sends a clear message that hate and bigotry have no place in our Commonwealth and leverages the state’s procurement power to strengthens existing anti-discrimination laws that protect individuals from being targeted based on a broad range of characteristics including race, gender, color, religion, national origin and sexual orientation. This bill echoes similar anti-BDS laws passed in several other states as well as an executive order in New York and underscores the strength of the Massachusetts-Israel relationship.
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Read Our Statements:
We Stand Together Against Discrimination - January 25, 2017
Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation - July 15, 2016