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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: 149
Yes: 12
Time to review bills

Vote was to require copies of all bills to be made available to all members of the House and the public at least 72 hours before a vote.

Progressive Position: Yes

No
No: 104
Yes: 55
Time to review amendments

Vote was to require at least 30 minutes for representatives to read an amendment before voting on it.

Progressive Position: Yes

No
No: 112
Yes: 47
Committee materials and votes

Vote was to make all submitted testimony and committee votes available to the public, as well as to provide representatives at least 24 hours to read a bill before voting on it in committee.

Progressive Position: Yes

No
No: 110
Yes: 49
Conversion therapy ban

Vote was on prohibiting 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: Yes

Yes
Yes: 149
No: 9
Motion to recommit: An Act to raise the cap on kids

Vote was a conservative attempt to delay the elimination of 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: No

No
No: 128
Yes: 31
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: 140
No: 14
Veto override: An Act to raise the cap on kids

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: 156
No: 1
Eliminating personal information and replacing with work contact only

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: 126
Yes: 31
Eliminating union right to use public e-mail system

Vote was on an amendment to make it more difficult for public sector unions to communicate with members about formal union buiness.

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 135
Yes: 22
Allow Employee recording of all meetings

Vote was on allowing workers to film union organizing meetings without the consent of other workers.

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 129
Yes: 29
Employer required to meet with employee and offer the employee the opportunity to opt out

Vote was on enabling bosses to threaten workers against joining a union.

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 131
Yes: 27
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: 125
Yes: 34
Exempting S corporations

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

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 123
Yes: 36
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: 124
Yes: 34
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

Yes
No: 122
Yes: 37
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

Yes
No: 123
Yes: 35
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: 123
Yes: 33
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

N/A
Yes: 116
No: 43
Governor's Amendment

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

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 130
Yes: 29
Commission Composition

Vote was on adding two commissioners to the body overseeing the director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance to ensure that the commission does not consist solely of elected officials and that it contains people with independent legal, campaign, and elections experience.

Progressive Position: Yes

No
No: 130
Yes: 30
Removing tax cuts for large corporations

Vote was on eliminating a $37 million tax cut specifically designed to help the wealthiest companies.

Progressive Position: Yes

No
No: 147
Yes: 9
Fentanyl interdiction

Vote was on increasing the spending on the drug war.

Progressive Position: No

Yes
No: 118
Yes: 37
Age Requirement

Vote was on creating new penalties for drug possession, doubling down on the failed drug war.

Progressive Position: No

No
No: 127
Yes: 32
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: 158
No: 0