Nurses believe that high nurse-to-patient ratios have led to a public health crisis. For this reason, the bedside nurses
who care for our families every day wrote this ballot question. The MTA stands with nurses in recommending Yes on 1.
Passage of Question 1 would create the Patient Safety Act, which would set a safe maximum limit on the number of patients
assigned to a nurse at one time. The proposed law provides flexibility to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific
needs, and it would protect other valuable members of the health care team by preventing a reduction in the number of caregivers
who are assigned to patients.
Independent scientific studies have consistently found that the quality of care decreases dramatically when nurses are forced to
care for too many patients. This puts patients at greater risk of complications such as pneumonia, bedsores and medication errors.
Eighty-six percent of registered nurses in Massachusetts support Question 1, according to the Massachusetts Nurses
Association. The opposition is backed by hospital executives, who have spent $12 million trying to confuse voters into believing
that nurses are divided on this question.
Question 3 asks voters whether they approve of a law passed by the Legislature in 2016 that added gender identity to
the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in “places of public accommodation, resort or amusement.” The MTA
recommends a Yes vote on Question 3, which will keep the current law in place.
The MTA believes that the current law makes Massachusetts more welcoming and safe for transgender people; helps prevent
discrimination in places such as stores, restaurants and hospitals; helps protect transgender youth and adults; and lets transgender
people go about their daily lives without interference.
“Gender identity” is defined as a person’s sincerely held gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not it is different
from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.
The law prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in a person’s admission to or treatment in any place of public
accommodation. The law requires any such place that has separate areas for males and females to allow access to and full use of
those areas consistent with a person’s gender identity.