Politics

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Legislative Agenda

The Massachusetts Chamber is one of America’s leading state chambers of commerce, Under the Council of State Chambers banner, unanimously voting to support the U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise.

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State Initiatives

Working with:

Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight:
 to encourage the Commonwealth to do business with companies who are located within the Commonwealth.

Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business:
 to increase cap on Small claims from $2,500 to $7.500

Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies:
  in support of House Bill 4068, An Act establishing and regulating resort-style entertainment in the Commonwealth.

Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight:
  In opposition of House Bill 757, An Act for a competitive economy through safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.

Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture:
in strong support of House Bill 4167. to help property owners, both residential and commercial better deal with and Laws that pertain to Natural Heritage.

Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business:
 in opposition to Item Pricing. H. 4094, An Act Relative to Clear and Conspicuous Price Disclosure.

Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development:
 in opposition of a number of bills that would make significant changes to the unemployment insurance system. Asked that the Committee not pass any legislation that would unfairly single our any particular industry.

Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies:
 in support of Senate Bill 2270, An Act Promoting Economic Development throughout the Commonwealth.

Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business:
 in support of House Bill 4490, An Act Providing for job creation by small business

National Initiatives

Health Care: Formed Employers for Quality Health Care, a coalition of 20 state chambers of commerce representing thousands of employers across America, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500s.

Card Check: Congressional Democrats have said they are willing to throw the secret ballot aside in order to advance a political agenda and expand the influence of Big Labor in the workplace. Forcing a worker’s decision to be made public would open the door for coercive and intimidating tactics – from both union and employer.

House Energy & Commerce Committees: to ensure that biosimilars are as effective as the medicines they are attempting to replicate.

Supported the important issue of biosimilars, medicines and treatments that are similar to, but not exact copies of, breakthrough biologics.

Supported General Aviation’s Economic Contribution - as aviation is an essential business tool proving a very real competitive edge to businesses that use it wisely.

H.R 5819, the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act, Opposed.  This bill introduced by the House Committee on Small Business would have l allowed venture capital firms to receive billions of dollars in federal small business contracts.

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