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Massachusetts Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 19, 2012 H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(31 - 7)
Yea
June 27, 2012 H 4174 Authorizes Funds for State Transportation Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(27 - 9)
Nay
May 15, 2012 S Amdt 125 Requires Establishing a Single Payer Health Care System Benchmark Amendment Rejected - Senate
(15 - 22)
Nay
Oct. 13, 2011 H 3711 Authorizes Gambling Casinos Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 S 2018 Massachusetts Pension System Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2011 S 9 Establishing a Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 4)
Nay
July 31, 2010 H 5000 Gambling Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(25 - 15)
Yea
July 27, 2010 H 4156 National Popular Vote Act Motion Agreed - Senate
(28 - 9)
Nay
July 15, 2010 H 4156 National Popular Vote Act Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 10)
Nay
July 1, 2010 H 4619 Gambling Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Yea
Jan. 14, 2010 S 2247 Education Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(23 - 12)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2009 S 2210 Sentencing Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 12)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2009 S 2205 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 11)
Nay
Sept. 22, 2009 H 4246 Authorizing Governor to Appoint Interim U.S. Senator Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Nay
June 18, 2009 S 2087 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(27 - 11)
Yea
July 29, 2008 S 2807 Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 5)
Nay
June 12, 2008 H 4554 Life-Science Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(31 - 7)
Nay
May 6, 2008 H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 6)
Nay
March 20, 2008 H 4554 Life-Science Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 4)
Nay
Feb. 7, 2008 H 4488 Education Reorganization Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 5)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2007 S 2414 Presidential Primary Date Change Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 5)
Yea
July 31, 2007 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 4)
Yea
June 14, 2007 S 2220 Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage Bill Failed - Senate
(5 - 34)
Nay
July 13, 2006 H 126 Unsigned Political Posters Veto Override Passed - Senate
(30 - 6)
Nay
July 13, 2006 H 4176 Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Veto Override Passed - Senate
(25 - 11)
Nay
June 22, 2006 S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing Veto Override Passed - Senate
(29 - 8)
Nay
June 7, 2006 H 4176 Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 8)
Yea
May 24, 2006 Amdt 8 to SB 3 Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Adopted - Senate
(23 - 16)
Yea
May 24, 2006 Amdt 8 to SB 3 Sales Tax Holiday Senate Co-sponsor
May 24, 2006 H 4479 MassHealth Immigrant Eligibility Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate
(34 - 5)
Nay
May 18, 2006 H 229 Primary Seat Belt Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Yea
May 4, 2006 H 4479 Health Care Access & Affordability Bill Section 113 Veto Override Passed - Senate
(37 - 2)
Yea
May 4, 2006 H 4479 Health Care Access & Affordability Bill Section 113 Veto Override Passed - Senate
(31 - 9)
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.

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