2020 Emergency Right to Counsel Pilot Bill
As part of a comprehensive response to the eviction tidal wave expected to hit when the state's eviction moratorium lifts, Senator DiDomenico filed S. 2785, emergency legislation to establish a Right to Counsel Pilot project to protect low-income renters and owner-occupants in areas of the Commonwealth hardest hit by COVID.
The Massachusetts Right to Counsel Coalition seeks to ensure that low income people have access to resources and assistance that will prevent an eviction and stabilize their housing. Three right to counsel bills have been refiled for the 2019-20 Session and assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
RTC Coalition's Proposed Bill
On November 4, 2019, the RTC Coalition submitted a proposed bill to the Judiciary Committee to reconcile the different RTC bills. The proposed bill recommends drawing together principles consistent with guiding principles adopted by the Coalition (see below).