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Massachusetts Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 12, 2014 H 4111 Appropriates Funds for the Expansion of the Boston Convention Center Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 6)
Yea
June 12, 2014 S 2123 & S 2195 Increases the Minimum Wage Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(35 - 4)
Yea
May 1, 2014 S 2123 & S 2195 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2013 Amdt 1 Increases the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(31 - 7)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2013 Amdt 1 Increases the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Senate Sponsor
Nov. 19, 2013 S 1925 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 7)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2013 S 1925 Increases the Minimum Wage Senate Sponsor
July 19, 2012 H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(31 - 7)
Nay
June 27, 2012 H 4174 Authorizes Funds for State Transportation Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(27 - 9)
Yea
May 15, 2012 S Amdt 125 Requires Establishing a Single Payer Health Care System Benchmark Amendment Rejected - Senate
(15 - 22)
Yea
Oct. 13, 2011 H 3711 Authorizes Gambling Casinos Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Nay
Sept. 15, 2011 S 2018 Massachusetts Pension System Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 10)
Nay
Feb. 10, 2011 S 9 Establishing a Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 4)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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