Issues

Landmark Criminal Justice Reform: Rep. Malia led on 4 criminal record (CORI) provisions included to help individuals secure gainful employment and housing.

  • Reduces wait time to seal a conviction from 10 to 7 years for a felony and from 5 to 3 years for a misdemeanor;
  • Allows a conviction for resisting arrest to be sealed;
  • Expands ability of an applicant with a sealed record to be able to answer “no record” on housing and professional license applications;
  • Establishes protections for businesses and landlords who shall be presumed to have no notice or ability to know about criminal records that have been sealed or expunged.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Rep. Malia deeply understands the cycle of addiction, which drives her passionate and forward-thinking work to increase fact-based, supportive services and transitional pathways to treatment.

  • Bolstering statewide access to clean syringes to prevent the spread of diseases like Hep C and HIV/AIDS
  • Adequately funding our 5 Recovery High Schools
  • Solidifying our health care delivery infrastructure for all individuals, including those currently incarcerated, to offer all 3 forms of FDA-approved medication assisted treatment (MAT) to keep people alive and on the path to recovery

District Champion: Rep. Malia annually secures $tate dollar$ for numerous local organizations and projects.

  • Project RIGHT: outreach, prevention and intervention for at-risk youth and elders in Boston; outreach worker addressing substance use issues across multiple age groups in Grove Hall area of Roxbury/Dorchester.
  • Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention: in-school counseling to youth struggling with trauma, many of whom are unable to see a provider outside of school.
  • Dimock Community Health Center: 2nd largest health center in Boston that delivers comprehensive, integrated health, human services, and education to a predominately low-income population. Secured $5M in state funding for Center’s detox unit renovation and expansion, increasing capacity by 10 new detox beds for a total of 40 beds onsite.
  • Franklin Park Zoo: capital and operating funds for the statutorily created economic anchor in a mixed commercial/residential area.
  • Horizons for Homeless Children Statewide Playspace Program: partners with 94 congregate family shelters in MA to create trauma-informed, supportive environments to engage young children in early learning and quality play opportunities.
  • Community Servings: state’s only food and nutrition or food as medicine program based in Jamaica Plain that provides comprehensive medical nutarian therapy to individuals and families living with critical and chronical illnesses.

Getting to Yes:

  • Shattuck Childcare Center: remained open onsite until finding a new home
  • Future Planning: helped secure City's commitment to conduct a master planning process from Forest Hills to Jackson Square.
  • Youth Recreation: passed legislation guaranteeing $5.6M in state funding for Kelly Rink replacement (Jackson Sq. Rec Center) (JP/Rox)
  • Affordable Housing: led negotiation sessions between City Realty Management, City Life/Vida Urbana, and Chinese Progressive Assoc. that led to agreement on rent affordability for vulnerable, low-income tenants who rely on Section 8 voucher program.