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Voting Record

Legislators are scored for their roll-called votes on bills and amendments where an important progressive advancement (or stopping a bad policy) is at stake. Learn more about the benefits and limitations of a scorecard.

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Transparency Pledge

Legislator signed the "Voters Deserve to Know" transparency pledge committing to publish their committee votes online and to stand for recorded votes when their colleages request so for amendments or bills the legislator has co-sponsored.

Progressive Position: YES

No
No: 38
Yes: 2
Improved Access to Records

Vote was on increasing the notice for hearings from 48 hours to 72 hours and requiring the posting of recorded votes taken in committee online.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 39
No: 0
Conference Committee Reports

Vote was on providing representatives more notice when a Conference Committee produces a final bill for legislators to vote on (i.e., moving up the deadline from 8 pm to 5 pm the night before).

Progressive Position: YES

No
No: 31
Yes: 8
Constitutionality of Banning Conversion Therapy

Vote was a conservative attempt to get the conversion therapy ban ruled unconstitutional. The ban, which passed, would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from “practicing” on minors the damaging and homophobic/transphobic fraud of “conversion therapy,” which has the goal of “changing” a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 32
Yes: 6
TAFDC Reforms

Vote was on a proposal from Republican Governor Charlie Baker to make the adoption of a more stringent calculation of benefits (counting a parent's Supplemental Security Income in determining their children's eligibility for welfare benefits) a precondition of lifting the punitive "cap on kids."

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 32
Yes: 6
Family Planning

Vote was on making up to $8 million available for family planning clinics in Massachusetts at risk of losing federal funding under a new Trump administration rule that cuts support for providers that offer abortion services.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 34
No: 5
Lifting the cap on kids (override)

Vote was on overriding the Governor’s veto on a bill to eliminate a punitive welfare policy that denies benefits to children who were born while a family is receiving state assistance. MA is one of the only states to still do this.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 37
No: 3
An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification

Vote was on establishing a gender-neutral identity option for Massachusetts licenses, a recognition that some individuals may not identify as either male or female.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 39
No: 1
Ensuring that Funds Appropriated are in Addition to and Not In Lieu of Funds Already Appropriated for Such Purposes

Vote was on redundantly requiring the money from the Fair Share amendment to be spent on education and transportation, a conservative attempt to push anti-tax and anti-spending framing.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Exempting S corporations

Vote was on creating a corporate tax carveout in the Fair Share amendment.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Not more than 4%

Vote was on attempting to enable future Legislatures to set the surtax in the Fair Share amendment below 4% -- or even negate it entirely.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Flexible Fair Share Amendment to allow future changes in rate without constitutional amendment

Vote was on attempting to enable future Legislatures to set the surtax in the Fair Share amendment below 4% -- or even negate it entirely.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Reducing the regressivity of the Fair Share Amendment by reducing rates of lower income taxpayers

Vote was on lessening or negating the surtax—and requiring that every surtax on millionaires be matched with a tax cut.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 32
Yes: 7
Education and Transportation Trust Fund

Vote was on redundantly requiring the money from the Fair Share amendment to be spent on education and transportation, a conservative attempt to push anti-tax and anti-spending framing.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Advancing the Fair Share Amendment

Vote was on advancing the Fair Share amendment, a 4% surtax on income above $1 million to fund education and transportation reinvestment, to the 2022 ballot.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 35
No: 5
Prior Coordination for the Use of Government Facilities and Buildings

Vote was on enabling bosses to prevent public sector workers from hosting union meetings at the office.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Employee Information

Vote was on an amendment to make it more difficult for public sector workers to communicate while trying to form or operating a union.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 33
Yes: 6
Governor's Amendment

Vote was on an amendment from Governor Charlie Baker to the Janus bill to make it more difficult for public sector workers to organize a union.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 34
Yes: 5
Review of the foundation budget

Vote was on increasing the frequency of reviews of the education funding formula from every 10 years to every 5 years so that it never gets too out-of-date.

Progressive Position: YES

No
No: 26
Yes: 12
Targeted Improvement Plans

Vote was on increasing community and educator involvement in school districts' plans to reduce disparities -- and requires charter schools to create such plans as well.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 38
No: 0
Analyze impact of Proposition 2 ½

Vote was on requiring a study of the impact on this regressive tax law on municipalities' ability to provide a high-quality education to all students.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 32
No: 6
Minimum per pupil aid to $100

Vote was on a regressive amendment to steer a greater percentage of total education spending toward more affluent districts.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 27
Yes: 11
Student Opportunity Act

Vote was on updating the outdated education funding formula and investing $1.5 billion in additional money in our public schools, especially for the neediest students.

Progressive Position: YES

Yes
Yes: 39
No: 0
Continuity of Sales

Vote was on removing the ban on menthol cigarettes from the underlying bill.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 27
Yes: 11
(Not) Reducing Plastic Bag Consumption

Vote was on the House version of the plastic bag ban, which would have allowed retailers to use thicker single-use plastic bags and eliminated the fee for other single-use bags.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 26
Yes: 13
Small Retailer Exemption

Vote was on nullifying the enforcement of the ban on single-use plastic bags and levying a small fee on other single-use bags.

Progressive Position: NO

No
No: 27
Yes: 12