Massachusetts – End Child Marriage

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Legislative Activity

2021 – 2022 Legislative Session

Senator Chandler and Rep. Khan re-filed bills to end child marriage in Massachusetts: HD718 and SD292. Co-sponsors are being sought. See our Call to Action with step-by-step guidance to contact your Massachusetts legislators.

2019 – 2020 Legislative Session

JPus proudly signed on as a supporter of Massachusetts’ S2294 (formerly HB1478/S24), An Act to End Child Marriage. These bills were introduced in parallel by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Harriette L. Chandler. It would ban all marriages of anyone younger than 18 years – no exceptions.

On March 26, 2019 there was a hearing on the senate bill before the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. It passed out of committee on July 18, 2019 and the full Senate voted unanimously in favor on July 25, 2019. Despite this, it didn’t make it out of the House and needs to be resubmitted next year.

Background

In 2017 Representative Khan submitted a bill (H2310) to end child marriage. The bill didn’t pass, even though there were 15 cosponsors and a hearing scheduled.

In 2019, H.1478, Rep. Khan’s legislation to end child marriage in MA was placed into a study order, meaning it died in the Judiciary Committee.

Testimony

JPus has submitted testimony at every stage of the 2019 legislative session to support efforts to end child marriage in the state.

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