According to WCVB-TV, parents had been holding a vigil at the State House for more than a month to push the Legislature to pass the bill during the informal session, which is over at the end of the year. That requires a unanimous vote.
However, concerns were raised last month by the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the state's public defender's office, about the rights of abusers and due process.
“I’m very disappointed that the CPCS threw doubt on the due protection measures of the bill at the 11th hour of this session," said Leo Sarkissian, The Arc’s executive director. "CPCS could have requested a meeting with bill proponents first but chose to work to kill the bill instead.”
State Rep. Kay Khan (D-11th Middlesex), who chairs the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities for the House, said she had a "positive meeting" with CPCS, someone from the office of House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and others.
"The bill is not dead by any means," Khan said.
She said she is working with CPCS on their concerns in the next session, which begins in two weeks.