Boston City Councilors are considering a new ordinance that would legally require landlords to give their new tenants the paperwork to vote in Boston.
Councilors Michelle Wu and Josh Zakim proposed the new ordinance at the regular city council meeting this week.
Zakim said some landlords in his district already do this and find it easy. Zakim said he believes this will be a limited burden on landlords if enacted.
“They found it to be simple. They often come here in August and pick up a stack of registration forms,” he said of the current landlords that already do this.
“It’s a great opportunity to help folks update their information,” Zakim added.
The councilors said landlords of rehab centers and other health facilities in Boson would be exempt from the new law.
Landlords who do not follow the new requirement, if passed, could be fined $100.
Wu believes this would help residents become more involved in the community.
“This will encourage them to get involved, find out who is on the ballot, and what issues are facing their communities,” she said.
“It’s another tool in the tool box to increase access to our voting engagement,” said Zakim.
In other news, Councilor Lydia Edwards is calling for a public hearing regarding ending wage theft at Logan Airport. Edwards has heard that some subtractors from Logan Airport have not been paying their employees and have created a hostile working environment.
“We fight for workers. We fight for working families. That’s what we do in Boston,” she said during the council meeting.
She invited her colleagues and Massport to attend the hearing when it is scheduled.
“Massport is not just a neighbor here. They comply with ordinances when they see fit.” She said. “They have a role to play in promoting equity, fairness and good jobs.”
“We are going to talk about how we are going to stop wage theft at Logan Airport. We need to make sure they are paid for every single hour they work when they are away from their families,” she added.