H.4139 (HD.4420) on the move again!


Track H.4139


The Massachusetts House and Senate did not agree on a version of the "Lawful Citizen's Imprisonment Act". As a result, each named their members of the "Conference Committee" (See explanation below.)

GOAL is urging all of our members to contact the Conferees and oppose any new restrictions on lawful citizens! There is nothing in any of the language that will reduce violent crime or address the mental health epidemic.

  • At some point the Conference Committee will begin the process on developing a bill that the House and Senate can agree on. 
  • There is no set schedule on negotiations, they could begin to meet tomorrow or months from now.
  • The only deadline is July 31, 2024 - the end of formal sessions.
  • All work the Committee does will be done in secret. 
  • The public is not allowed to attend or even listen to deliberations.
Sample Email/Letter Language


Easy copy and paste email contacts:


Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov

Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov

Michael.Day@mahouse.gov

Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov

joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov


Conferee's Full Contact Information

Senator Cynthia Stone Creem

Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

(617) 722-1639

24 Beacon St.
Room 312-A
Boston, MA, 02133


Senator Joan Lovely

Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov

(617) 722-1410 

24 Beacon St.
Room 413-D
Boston, MA, 02133


Senator Bruce Tarr

Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov

(617) 722-1600 

24 Beacon St.
Room 308
Boston, MA, 02133

Rep. Michael Day

Michael.Day@mahouse.gov

(617) 722-2396 

24 Beacon St.
Room 136
Boston, MA, 02133

Rep. Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov

(617) 722-2230 

24 Beacon St.
Room 167
Boston, MA, 02133


Rep. Joseph McKenna

joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov

(617) 722-2810 

24 Beacon St.
Room 167
Boston, MA, 02133

Conference Committee Explanation

When a stalemate develops between branches over an amended Bill, a Conference Committee is established to try to resolve the disagreement. A Conference Committee is made up of three legislators from each branch, chosen by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President. Two of the members are chosen from the majority party; the remaining member is selected from a minority party. Usually, the Chairperson of the Committee where the Bill originated from is selected as the Chairperson of the Conference Committee. This selection is often made to acknowledge the Chairperson's expertise and knowledge of the subject area.

Conference Committee members are expected to uphold the position of their prospective branches. However, each Conference Committee is responsible for working out a compromise that both branches can agree upon. Once a majority of Conference Committee members reach an agreement a Conference Report is sent to the floor from which the Bill originated. A Conference Report cannot be amended; it can be only accepted or rejected by this branch and sent to the other branch for acceptance or rejection. Conference Reports that are accepted by both branches are sent to the Governor for signature or veto. Rejected Conference Reports are sent back to the Conference Committee for further negotiations.