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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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
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  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Nov. 13, 2019 MA H 4183 Prohibits Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products, Including Menthol Cigarettes Bill Passed - House (127 - 31)
July 19, 2018 MA S 2599 Requires Licensure and Oversight of "Bodyworks" Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
March 9, 2016 MA H 4049 Establishes Regulations for Ride-Sharing Companies Bill Passed - House (139 - 16)
June 18, 2014 MA S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Conference Report Adopted - House (124 - 24)
June 12, 2014 MA S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 4)
June 11, 2014 MA Amdt 46 Establishes a Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Adopted - House (132 - 14)
May 1, 2014 MA S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 5)
April 2, 2014 MA H 4026 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (125 - 24)
Nov. 19, 2013 MA Amdt 1 Increases the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate (31 - 7)
Nov. 19, 2013 MA S 1925 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
July 31, 2012 MA S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations Conference Report Adopted - House (133 - 20)
April 27, 2009 MA Sciortino Amdt Sales Tax Increase Amendment Adopted - House (108 - 51)
June 12, 2008 MA H 4554 Life-Science Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 7)
June 11, 2008 MA H 4554 Life-Science Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (142 - 15)
May 6, 2008 MA H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
April 10, 2008 MA Garry and D'Amico Amendment: Removal of Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Failed - House (49 - 105)
April 10, 2008 MA H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (131 - 23)
March 20, 2008 MA H 4920 to 4307 Establishing and Regulating Casinos Amendment Adopted - House (106 - 48)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA Jones Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestments to Any State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 124)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA Koutoujian Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestment to Any State with a History of Genocide Amendment Rejected - House (53 - 101)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA S 2255 State Pension Fund Divestment from Sudan Bill Passed - House (154 - 2)
July 31, 2007 MA HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
July 26, 2007 MA HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - House (145 - 8)
June 29, 2006 MA S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing Veto Override Passed - House (134 - 22)
June 22, 2006 MA S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing Veto Override Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
May 24, 2006 MA Amdt 8 to SB 3 Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Adopted - Senate (23 - 16)
May 4, 2006 MA H 4479 Employer Contribution to Employee Health Care Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
April 25, 2006 MA H 4479 MassHealth Immigrant Eligibility Veto Override Veto Override Passed - House (137 - 20)
April 5, 2006 MA S 2227 Slot Machines at Race Tracks Bill Motion Agreed - House (100 - 55)
April 4, 2006 MA H 4479 Health Care Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (154 - 2)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/13 H 4183 Prohibits Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products, Including Menthol Cigarettes Bill Passed - House (127 - 31)
7/19 S 2599 Requires Licensure and Oversight of "Bodyworks" Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
3/09 H 4049 Establishes Regulations for Ride-Sharing Companies Bill Passed - House (139 - 16)
6/18 S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Conference Report Adopted - House (124 - 24)
6/12 S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 4)
6/11 Amdt 46 Establishes a Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Adopted - House (132 - 14)
5/01 S 2123 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 5)
4/02 H 4026 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (125 - 24)
11/19 Amdt 1 Increases the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate (31 - 7)
11/19 S 1925 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
7/31 S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations Conference Report Adopted - House (133 - 20)
4/27 Sciortino Amdt Sales Tax Increase Amendment Adopted - House (108 - 51)
6/12 H 4554 Life-Science Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 7)
6/11 H 4554 Life-Science Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (142 - 15)
5/06 H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
4/10 Garry and D'Amico Amendment: Removal of Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Failed - House (49 - 105)
4/10 H 4645 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (131 - 23)
3/20 H 4920 to 4307 Establishing and Regulating Casinos Amendment Adopted - House (106 - 48)
9/27 Jones Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestments to Any State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 124)
9/27 Koutoujian Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestment to Any State with a History of Genocide Amendment Rejected - House (53 - 101)
9/27 S 2255 State Pension Fund Divestment from Sudan Bill Passed - House (154 - 2)
7/31 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
7/26 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - House (145 - 8)
6/29 S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing Veto Override Passed - House (134 - 22)
6/22 S 2258 Massage Therapist Licensing Veto Override Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
5/24 Amdt 8 to SB 3 Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Adopted - Senate (23 - 16)
5/04 H 4479 Employer Contribution to Employee Health Care Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
4/25 H 4479 MassHealth Immigrant Eligibility Veto Override Veto Override Passed - House (137 - 20)
4/05 S 2227 Slot Machines at Race Tracks Bill Motion Agreed - House (100 - 55)
4/04 H 4479 Health Care Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (154 - 2)

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