Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/08/13 H 3382 Expands Retail Tax to Include Computer System Design Services
Bill Passed - House (97 - 55)
Nay
7/31/12 S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations
Conference Report Adopted - House (133 - 20)
Yea
7/18/12 H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence
Conference Report Adopted - House (139 - 14)
Yea
6/27/12 S 2214 Amends Renewable Energy Contract Requirements
Bill Passed - House (135 - 16)
Yea
6/05/12 S 2270 Reduces Health Care Spending
Bill Passed - House (148 - 7)
Yea
5/30/12 H 3986 Authorizes Child Care Workers to Form Labor Organizations
Bill Passed - House (117 - 32)
Yea
4/25/12 H Amdt 804.1 Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards
Amendment Adopted - House (123 - 33)
Yea
9/14/11 H 3711 Authorizes Gambling Casinos
Bill Passed - House (123 - 32)
Yea
4/26/11 Amdt 749.1 Collective Bargaining Restrictions
Amendment Adopted - House (113 - 42)
Nay
3/02/11 S 9 Establishing a Redistricting Commission
Bill Passed - House (123 - 30)
Yea
7/31/10 H 5000 Gambling Law Amendments
Conference Report Adopted - House (117 - 36)
Yea
7/20/10 H 4156 National Popular Vote Act
Motion Agreed - House (116 - 34)
Yea
6/02/10 H 4156 National Popular Vote Act
Bill Passed - House (114 - 35)
Yea
5/26/10 H 4703 Sentencing Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (139 - 17)
Yea
4/28/10 Sánchez Amdt Sending Public Benefits Amendment to Study
Amendment Adopted - House (83 - 75)
Nay
4/14/10 H 4591 Gaming Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (120 - 37)
Yea
2/04/10 H 4466 Expanding Driving Regulations
Bill Passed - House (146 - 9)
Yea
1/28/10 H 4441 School Nutrition Standards
Bill Passed - House (152 - 4)
Yea
1/14/10 S 2247 Education Law Amendments
Conference Report Adopted - House (98 - 47)
Nay
10/08/09 SB 2028 Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Plan
Bill Passed - House (114 - 36)
Yea
9/17/09 H 4246 Authorizing Governor to Appoint Interim U.S. Senator
Bill Passed - House (95 - 59)
Nay
6/18/09 S 2087 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation
Conference Report Adopted - House (130 - 25)
Yea
6/03/09 H Amendment 2 Eliminate Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day
Amendment Rejected - House (78 - 78)
Yea
5/01/09 H 4101 Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010
Bill Passed - House (137 - 19)
Yea
4/27/09 Sciortino Amdt Sales Tax Increase
Amendment Adopted - House (108 - 51)
Nay
4/07/09 S 2024 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation
Bill Passed - House (147 - 7)
Yea
7/29/08 Peterson Amdt to H 5022 Reducing Firearm Licensing Fee
Amendment Adopted - House (97 - 59)
Yea
7/29/08 SB 800 Repealing Out of State Marriage Restrictions
Bill Passed - House (119 - 36)
Nay
7/09/08 Frost Amdt - National Popular Vote Plan Ratification Threshold
Bill Failed - House (34 - 120)
Nay
7/09/08 Jones Amdt - Presidential Electors by Congressional District
Bill Failed - House (34 - 120)
Nay
7/09/08 H 678 National Popular Vote Plan
Bill Passed - House (116 - 37)
Yea
6/11/08 H 4554 Life-Science Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (142 - 15)
Yea
6/04/08 H 4346 Trans Fat Ban
Bill Passed - House (116 - 34)
Yea
4/10/08 Garry and D'Amico Amendment: Removal of Cigarette Tax Increase
Bill Failed - House (49 - 105)
Yea
4/10/08 H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase
Bill Passed - House (131 - 23)
Yea
3/20/08 H 4920 to 4307 Establishing and Regulating Casinos
Amendment Adopted - House (106 - 48)
Nay
3/12/08 DeLeo Amdt Legislative Committee Chair Pay Raises
Amendment Adopted - House (126 - 20)
Yea
2/06/08 H 4488 Education Reorganization
Bill Passed - House (135 - 19)
Yea
1/23/08 H 4477 Cell Phone Driving Ban
Bill Passed - House (107 - 47)
Nay
11/01/07 S 1353 Reproductive Health Clinic Buffer Zones
Bill Passed - House (122 - 28)
Nay
10/11/07 H 4282 Supplemental Budget
Bill Passed - House (126 - 18)
Yea
9/27/07 Jones Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestments to Any State Sponsor of Terrorism
Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 124)
Nay
9/27/07 Koutoujian Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestment to Any State with a History of Genocide
Amendment Rejected - House (53 - 101)
Nay
9/27/07 S 2255 State Pension Fund Divestment from Sudan
Bill Passed - House (154 - 2)
Yea
7/26/07 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday
Bill Passed - House (145 - 8)
Yea
6/14/07 S 2220 Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage
Bill Failed - House (40 - 117)
Yea
1/11/07 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday
None - House
Co-sponsor
6/29/06 S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing
Veto Override Passed - House (134 - 22)
Yea
5/24/06 H 4988 Nurse Staffing Bill
Bill Passed - House (133 - 20)
Yea
5/23/06 H 229 Primary Seat Belt Bill
Bill Failed - House (76 - 80)
Nay

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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

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.