By Phil Orlandella
State Representative Aaron Michlewitz has filed 25 pieces of legislation for the 2017-2018 legislative agenda.
At the April, North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting he discussed some of them and answered several questions relating to his legislation.
His bills included: Short-Term Residential Rentals that covers policies and categories from registration, liability insurance, fire and safety code, taxes, management and many other subjects.
Other bills are: Preventing Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability that’s geared to protect workers from wage theft and unfair subcontractors’ practices.
Gun Control (first bill) measures that would allow police to search premises for weapons when they are called to the scene of a domestic violence disturbance and seize them if the weapons would threaten the safety of the victim.
The second bill would have the State create a Gun Offender Registry List that would be available for the public to see. Similar to Sex Offenders Registration List.
Better regulations concerning sex offenders.
First bill would instruct the Department of Public Safety to formulate a plan for proper discharges of level 3 sex offenders to homeless shelters.
Second bill would clarify how sex offenders register with local police, mandating that they check in within 30 days of being released from custody.
Car Rental Fees. The bill would exempt Boston and Cambridge residents and those customers renting from car sharing organizations from paying the surcharge on rental cars that goals to the Boston Convention Center.
His Tunnel Safety bill would require the state to assess and report the amount of insurance required for all privately owned tunnels in the state.
Another bill Traffic Violations, which strengthen penalties for vehicles, bicycles or mopeds that do not fully stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks when they have the right-of-way.
His Fines for License Violations bill would allow the Licensing Board to level financial fines on businesses while retaining all other penalties at their disposal.
Currently the Licensing Board has no means of assessing businesses with purely financial penalties.