Improve Transparency and Integrity in Informal Sessions Senate #3

Vote Description

This was a vote on Amendment #2 to S8, the Senate Rules, which calls for all bills being taken up in informal session, to have either received a public hearing or other disposition by a committee of relevant subject matter. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S8/Amendments/Senate

Mass Fiscal Explanation

Mass Fiscal supports a yes vote because we believe this amendment increases transparency and integrity in government. Informal sessions are held as a way to keep things moving such as approval of liquor licenses and sick-leave banks. However, sometimes they are used to sneak through important controversial pieces of legislation at a time when politicians know many legislators are not at the state house and when the public is not listening. Informal Senate sessions are not available to watch on the legislature’s website as formal sessions are. This amendment would at least require a public hearing by committee on any legislation taken up in informal session.

Mass Fiscal's Stance

Vote result on 02/02/2017

PASSED

Yea
38

Nay
0

Find A Legislature

Michael BarrettThird Middlesex 1%
Joe BoncoreFirst Suffolk and Middlesex 1%
Michael Brady2nd Plymouth and Bristol 2%
William N. BrownsbergerSecond Suffolk and Middlesex 1%
Harriette L. ChandlerFirst Worcester 1%
Sonia Chang-DiazSecond Suffolk 44%
Cynthia Stone CreemFirst Middlesex and Norfolk 2%
Julian CyrCape and Islands 1%
Viriato Manuel deMacedoPlymouth and Barnstable 65%
Sal N. DiDomenicoMiddlesex and Suffolk 1%
Kenneth J. DonnellyFourth Middlesex 38%
Eileen DonoghueFirst Middlesex 2%
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester 3%
Ryan C. FattmanWorcester and Norfolk 74%
Jennifer L. FlanaganWorcester and Middlesex 30%
Linda Dorcena ForryFirst Suffolk 2%
Anne M. GobiWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex 4%
Adam G. HindsBerkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden 2%
Donald F. HumasonSecond Hampden and Hampshire 60%
Kathleen O'Connor IvesFirst Essex 4%
Patricia D. JehlenSecond Middlesex 2%
John F. KeenanNorfolk and Plymouth 1%
Barbara L'ItalienSecond Essex and Middlesex 2%
Eric P. LesserFirst Hampden and Hampshire 1%
Jason M. LewisFifth Middlesex 1%
Joan B. LovelySecond Essex 2%
Thomas M. McGeeThird Essex 3%
Mark C. MontignySecond Bristol and Plymouth 4%
Michael O. MooreSecond Worcester 3%
Patrick O'ConnorPlymouth and Norfolk 40%
Marc R. PachecoFirst Plymouth and Bristol 2%
Michael J. RodriguesFirst Bristol and Plymouth 2%
Stanley C. RosenbergHampshire, Franklin and Worcester 0%
Richard J. RossNorfolk, Bristol and Middlesex 47%
Michael F. RushNorfolk and Suffolk 2%
Karen SpilkaSecond Middlesex and Norfolk 1%
Bruce E. TarrFirst Essex and Middlesex 57%
Walter F. TimiltyNorfolk, Bristol and Plymouth 4%
James E. TimiltyBristol and Norfolk 38%
James T. WelchHampden 2%