Governor Charlie Baker has signed the campus sexual assault bill into law. The bill was moved to the Governor’s desk after it was passed by both the House and Senate just last week.
This comes after six years of work and advocacy by Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and his colleagues to ensure the safety of students on higher education campuses throughout the Commonwealth. The bill garnered much support in the years that were spent trying to get it passed, and this momentum was hugely important in getting the bill over the line this legislative session. Specifically, the bill received much support from several student groups, the Victims Rights Law Center, the Every Voice Coalition and Jane Doe Inc. These groups and organizations played an integral role in raising awareness of the issue, as well as getting the legislation passed.
“I have been working alongside my colleagues to get this bill passed for six years now, so I couldn’t be happier that it has finally become law,” said Senator Moore, Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Protecting students on college campuses has long been a mission of mine, and I’m so grateful for the advocacy and support we received in accomplishing this mission. I also extend my thanks to leadership in both the House and the Senate for getting the bill up for a vote, and ultimately passed, this session.”