|PM Score #||Keyword||Description||Roll Call #||Bill #||Amdt||Vote Date||Bill or Amendment Title||Prog Pos||# of Y||# of N||Keyword||PM Score #|
|1h||Revenue, Investment, Taxes||189.1h - Revenue, Investment, Taxes: |
Vote on House rules would have required a 2/3 majority to increase taxes, creating a very high threshold to raise revenue for the Commonwealth.
(Roll Call #5, Bill H2015, Amdt. 11, 1/29/2015. Progressive Position: No)
|5||H. 2015||11||1/29/2015||Tax Roll Call||No +||34||121||Revenue, Investment, Taxes||1h|
|2h||Good Gov't., Democracy, Rules Reform: Leadership||189.2h - Good Gov't., Democracy, Rules Reform (Leadership, Speaker Term Limits): |
This vote on House rules would have retained term limits for the position of Speaker of the House, one of few checks on the vast power of the position. (With this vote, there is now no term limit for the Speaker of the House).
(Roll Call #12, Bill H2015, Amdt 40, 1/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|12||H. 2015||40||1/29/2015||Term Limits for Speaker||Yes +||45||110||Good Gov't., Democracy, Rules Reform: Leadership||2h|
|3h||Labor, Wage Theft (Treble Damages)||189.3h - Labor, Wage Theft (Treble Damages): |
Vote would have repealed a 2008 law where workers, when denied their wages, are compensated by employers' payment of 3x their wages. This is an important worker protection, disincentivizing employers from wage theft.
(Roll Call #38, Bill H3400, Amdt 217, 4/28/2015, Progressive Position: No)
|38||H. 3400||217||4/28/2015||Treble Damages||No +||37||122||Labor, Wage Theft (Treble Damages)||3h|
|4h||Housing, Immigration||189.4h - Housing, Immigration: |
Vote was to send to study an amendment (575) that would prohibit mixed-status immigrant families from living in public housing.
(Roll Call #43, Bill H3400, Amdt 575.1, 4/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|43||H.3400||575.1||4/29/2015||Further to 575||Yes +||115||44||Housing, Immigration||4h|
|5h||Labor, Earned Sick Time||189.5h - Labor, Earned Sick Time: |
Vote was to delay the implementation of Earned Sick Time for workers, a law which was passed by the voters on the 2014 ballot.
(Roll Call #48, Bill H3400, Amdt 187, 7/29/2015; Progressive Position: No)
|48||H. 3400||187||7/29/2015||Earned Sick Time Date Change||No +||45||114||Labor, Earned Sick Time||5h|
|6h||Criminal Justice||189.6h - Criminal Justice: |
Vote was to override the Governor's veto of increased funding for prisoner legal services.
(Roll Call #60, Bill H3650, Line Item Veto 0321-2100, 7/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|60||H. 3650||Line Item Veto 0321-2100||7/29/2015||Correctional / Prisoners Legal Services||Yes +||120||34||Criminal Justice||6h|
|7h||Public Education, UMass||189.7h - Public Education, UMass: |
Vote was to override the Governor's veto of increased funding for the UMass higher education system.
(Roll Call #64, Bill H3650, Line Item Veto 7100-0200, 7/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|64||H. 3650||Line Item Veto 7100 - 0200||7/29/2015||UMASS Veto override||Yes +||140||16||Public Education, UMass||7h|
|8h||Housing, Rental Vouchers||189.8h - Housing, Rental Vouchers: |
Vote was to override the Governor's veto of increased funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), to provide affordable housing to low-income families.
(Roll Call #72, Bill H3650, Line Item Veto 700-9024, 7/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|72||H. 3650||Line Item Veto 7004 - 9024||7/29/2015||Mass. Rental Voucher Program||Yes +||134||20||Housing, Rental Vouchers||8h|
|9h||Public Education, Early Childhood||189.9h - Public Education, Early Childhood: |
Vote was to override the Governor's veto of increased funding for early childhood education programs.
(Roll Call #74, Bill H3650, Line Item Veto 3000-4040, 7/29/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|74||H. 3650||Line Item Veto 3000 - 4040||7/29/2015||Birth through Preschool||Yes +||146||10||Public Education, Early Childhood||9h|
|10h||Revenue, Sales Tax Holiday||189.10h - Public Education, Early Childhood: |
Vote would establish a two-day sales tax holiday during Aug. 2015, reducing state revenue by approximately $50 million, with dubious economic benefits.
(Roll Call #102, Bill H3659, 7/30/2015; Progressive Position: No)
|102||H. 3659||7/30/2015||Sales Tax holiday||No +||136||20||Revenue, Sales Tax Holiday||10h|
|11h||Criminal Justice Reform, Mandatory Minimums||189.11h - Criminal Justice Reform, Mandatory Minimums: |
Vote was to send to study an amendment establishing a mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking fentanyl. Mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes have a disproportionate impact on minority communities, contribute to prison overcrowding and costs, and are not effective deterrents to crime.
(Roll Call #161, Bill 3755, 10/7/2015, Progressive Position: Yes)
|161||H. 3755||10/7/2015||Further to 3||Yes +||109||43||Criminal Justice Reform, Mandatory Minimums||11h|
|12h||Housing, Banks, Foreclosures||189.12h - Housing, Banks, Foreclosures: |
Vote was to allow banks to clear titles of illegally foreclosed homes, and limit wrongly foreclosed homeowners' ability to sue banks that illegally foreclosed their homes. Bill benefits big banks and title insurance companies, at the expense of often financially struggling former homeowners.
(Roll Call #165, Bill S2015, 10/14/2015, Progressive Position: No)
|165||S. 2015||10/14/2015||Clear Title to Property||No +||127||23||Housing, Banks, Foreclosures||12h|
|13h||Economy, Alternative Energy, Solar||189.13h - Economy, Alternative Energy, Solar: |
This vote (the House "solar netmetering bill") reduces the netmetering rates for solar owners, cuts subsidies for solar installed on affordable housing and community solar, and eliminates grandfathering of the net metering rate of current solar installations. This bill moves MA away from a progressive energy policy, aggressively combating climate change, and supporting solar industry jobs.
(Roll Call #175, Bill H3854, 11/17/2015, Progressive Position: No)
|175||H. 3854||11/17/15||Providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change||No +||151||2||Economy, Alternative Energy, Solar||13h|
|14h||Criminal Justice, Jobs, War on Drugs||189.14h - Criminal Justice, Jobs, War on Drugs: |
This vote repeals the law that automatically suspends drivers' licenses from persons convicted of drug crimes. It also removes the $500 fine for license reinstatement. Loss of driving privileges creates barriers to employment and successful re-entry into the community. Fines and fees disproportionately impact low-income persons and communities of color.
(Roll Call #183, Bill S2021, 1/6/2016, Progressive Position: Yes)
|183||S. 2021||1/6/2016||An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension||YES+||150||0||Criminal Justice, Jobs, War on Drugs||14h|
|15h||Revenue, Taxation||189.16h - Revenue, Taxation|
Vote was on defeating a proposal to roll back the sales tax to 5% by sending it to study. Rolling back the sales tax would have reduced state revenue and led to future budget cuts and a continuation of chronic underinvestment in social priorities.
(Roll Call #222, Bill H4200, Amdt 612.1, 4/25/16, Progressive Position: YES)
|222||H.4200||612.1||4/25/2016||612 further ||Yes +||116||42||Revenue, Taxatoin||15h|
|16h||Immigration, Policing||189.17h - Immigration, Policing |
Vote was on banning towns from receiving government aid if they refuse to cooperate with the federal anti-immigrant Secure Communities program. The bill could harm immigrant families across the Commonwealth and make communities less safe by discouraging people from reporting crimes out of fear for themselves and their families.
(Roll Call #227, Bill H4200 , Amdt 608, 4/25/16, Progressive Position: NO)
|227||H.4200||608||4/25/2016||Secure Funding for Secure Communities||No +||34||124||Immigraiton, Policing||16h|
|17h||Reproductive Rights, Health Care||189.18h - Reproductive Rights, Health Care |
Vote was on banning state money from going to organizations that experiment on human fetuses. The amendment was designed as an attack on Planned Parenthood.
(Roll Call #237, Bill H4200, Amdt. 685, 4/25/16, Progressive Position:NO )
|237||H.4200||685||4/25/2016||Section 12J Violation Funding Prohibition||No +||40||117||Reproductive Rights, Health Care||17h|
|18h||Taxation, Revenue, Education, Transportation||189.19h - Taxation, Reveue, Education, Transportation |
Vote on the the Fair Share Amendment, which would create a surtax on income above $1 million, with the revenue earmarked for education and transportation spending.
(Roll Call #253, Bill H3933, 5/18/16. Progressive Position: YES)
|253||H. 3933||5/18/2016||Fair Share Amendment ||Yes +||102||50||Taxation, Revenue, Education, Transportation||18h|
|19h||LGBTQ Rights||189.20h - LGBTQ Rights|
Vote was on allowing for discrimination against transgender individuals in multiple-capacity showers and locker rooms, continuing toxic stereotypes that have no basis in reality.
(Roll Call #260, Bill S735 , Amdt 4, 6/1/16. Progressive Position: NO)
|260||S.735||4||6/1/2016||Exemption for multiple capacity showers and locker rooms||No +||45||110||LGBTQ Rights||19h|
|20h||LGBTQ Rights||189.21h - LGBTQ Rights |
Vote was an attempt to sow confusion around the transgender accommodations law and its enforcement by redundantly criminalizing acts of trespassing, attempting to prey upon toxic stereotypes about transgender persons, with no relation to reality.
(Roll Call #273, Bill S735, Amdt 25, 6/1/16, Progressive Position: NO)
|273||S.735||25||6/1/2016||Gender identity amendment||No +||63||88||LGBTQ Rights||20h|
|21h||Campaign Finance||189.22h - Campaign Finance |
Vote was on requiring direct mailings and billboards to list the top five donors with contributions over $5,000 when a group buys a political ad.
(Roll Call #286, Bill H543, 6/22/16, Progressive Position: YES )
|286||H.543||6/22/2016||An act relative to disclosure of top contributors for independence expenditures or electioneering communications||Yes +||146||10||Campaign Finance||21h|
|22h||LGBTQ Rights||189.23h - LGBTQ Rights|
Vote was on accepting the Conference Committee report on the transgender rights bill, which would guarantee equal access to public places for all regardless of gender identity.
(Roll Call #293, Bill S2407, 7/7/16. Progressive Position: YES)
|293||S.2407||7/7/2016||An act relative to transgender discrimination||Yes +||118||36||LGBTQ Rights||22h|
|23h||Immigration||189.24h - Immigration |
Vote was on prohibiting undocumented immigrants from obtaining state-issued IDs and creating additional hurdles for documented immigrants to do so.
(Roll Call #304, Bill H4488, GOV ATTACHMENT G, 7/14/16 . Progressive Position:NO )
|304||H.4488||G||7/14/2016||Governor's amendment to An act relative to the federal REAL ID law||No +||125||34||Immigration||23h|