This week, Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, voted in favor of the Human Trafficking and Pension Reform bills. Chandler said of her vote on the Pension Bill, “This bill will help improve the current pension system by saving taxpayers money, closing loopholes, and securing the financial future of the Commonwealth,” said Chandler. “Not only does it protects retirement savings of existing employees, but also provides additional relief for current retirees.” She also announced that the Senate was "getting tough on human trafficking laws," and "anyone involved in the organization of forced labor and sexual servitude would face tough criminal penalties under this legislation."
This week, Sen. Chandler voted in favor of improving laws against habitual sex offenders.
With only one formal session this week, the Senate voted on Senate Bill 728 “An Act Relative to Habitual Offenders, Sentencing and Improving Law Enforcement Tools” (also known as “Melissa’s Bill”). Senator Harriette Chandler voted in favor of this bill. Currently, convicted felons are eligible for parole after serving half of their sentences. Those who commit first-degree murders are not eligible for parole. Those convicted of second-degree murder must serve 15 years of his or her life sentence before being eligible for parole. Proposed legislation in the new bill includes: · Habitual offenders who have committed two crimes from the list of the most serious offenses would not be parole-eligible upon conviction of a third offense from the …