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Massachusetts Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 31, 2012 S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations Conference Report Adopted - House
(133 - 20)
Nay
July 18, 2012 H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence Conference Report Adopted - House
(139 - 14)
Yea
June 27, 2012 S 2214 Amends Renewable Energy Contract Requirements Bill Passed - House
(135 - 16)
Nay
June 5, 2012 S2270 Reduces Health Care Spending Bill Passed - House
(148 - 7)
Nay
May 30, 2012 H 3986 Authorizes Child Care Workers to Form Labor Organizations Bill Passed - House
(117 - 32)
Nay
April 25, 2012 H Amdt 804.1 Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards Amendment Adopted - House
(123 - 33)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2011 H 3711 Authorizes Gambling Casinos Bill Passed - House
(123 - 32)
Nay
April 26, 2011 Amdt 749.1 Collective Bargaining Restrictions Amendment Adopted - House
(113 - 42)
Yea
March 2, 2011 S 9 Establishing a Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - House
(123 - 30)
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

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