187th General Court

The Representative voted to support the legislation listed unless otherwise noted​.

July 31, 2012

H4352 An Act relative to infrastructure investment, enhanced competitiveness and economic growth in the Commonwealth
H4361 A Resolution relative to restoring free speech
H4371 An Act financing improvements to the transportation system
S2395 An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth
S2400 An Act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency, and innovation
S2410 An Act relative to families and children engaged in services
S2143 An Act relative to the emergency service response of public utility companies
H4362 An Act protecting motor vehicle owners and small businesses in repairing motor vehicles
H3917 An Act relative to payment for the use of ambulance services
H4252 An Act to adopt a definition of intellectual disability consistent with the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
H52 An Act to provide access to hearing aids for children
H3928 An Act relative to the treatment of cleft palate and cleft lip
H180 An Act relative to the prevention of falls in the elderly community
S2125 An Act relative to prescription drug diversion, abuse and addiction

July 30, 2012

S2192 An Act further regulating animal control
H3806 An Act relative to cooperative banks
H4332 An Act relative to student access to educational services and exclusion from school


Supported the Governor’s amendment to the recently passed crime bill numbered H3818. The amendment failed, but would have added judicial discretion to cases of violent habitual offenders.

July 26, 2012

H4324 An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2012 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

July 25, 2012

H4244 An Act regarding families and children engaged in services. Reforms to the Child in Need of Service (CHINS) system will phase in changes over three years and launch a pilot program, leading toward replacing the current system.
H4304 An Act establishing a temporary workers right to know
H4323 An Act preventing unlawful and unnecessary foreclosures, requiring lenders to offer borrowers a modified loan if the modified loan is worth more than the amount the bank expects to recover through foreclosure. The loan modification program applies to seven types of loans, such as subprime mortgages, that contributed to the housing crisis.
H 4326 An Act relating to comprehensive protection from childhood sexual abuse. The law would increase the civil statute of limitations so that people as old as 43 could bring lawsuits for alleged sexual abuse when they were children.

Overrides of Gov. Patrick’s budget vetos, with the House choosing to restore 10 million for the probation commissioner and the trial courts, $300,000 to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and $100,000 to a program in Springfield that provides housing services to low-income tenants in private residences.

July 18, 2012

S2342 An Act to Improve the Administration of State Government and Finance, making it more efficient, transparent and accountable
H4261 Casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, for the construction of a casino in Taunton.

The Representative elected not to support H3818, the anti-crime and sentencing reform bill. Her statement on this important issue follows:

     "The House of Representatives recently debated and passed a conference committee report on a major crime bill. This bill, often referred to as the '3 Strikes bill' or 'Melissa’s Law', ultimately passed with broad support. However, I cast my vote in opposition. This was a difficult decision for me as I supported many provisions in the bill including its definitions of the most egregious crimes as well as the Good Samaritan provision, which allows a person to call for medical help on behalf of someone who is overdosing without being implicated in a crime.

     Unfortunately, the Senate's proposed update to the wiretapping regulations and several other provisions that would help reduce crime were stripped out of the final bill. Even more troubling, the practice of mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders remains in place. Mandatory minimums remove judicial discretion, hinder opportunities for rehabilitation, and contribute to our justice system's racial disparity, with blacks and latinos representing 17 percent of the state population but 56 percent of our prison population. I hope to participate in the crafting of further sentencing reform legislation next year. "

July 17, 2012

Override of Governor Patrick's veto on the human services salary reserve fund, restoring the FY 2013 line item to its original $20 million.

July 11, 2012

Rejection of the Governor's amendment to the FY 2013 budget regarding EBT restrictions.
Override of the Governor's budget veto on preserving the Taunton hospital.

H4152 An Act relative to third grade reading proficiency, creating an expert literacy panel to provide recommendations on improving reading scores.

June 28, 2012

H4200 General Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The state's new fiscal year begins on Sunday July 1, 2012.

June 27, 2012

H4198 An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth.
H4199 An Act relative to natural gas leaks.
H4196 An Act relative to the emergency service response of some public utility companies.

June 20, 2012

H4179 An Act financing improvements to the Commonwealth's transportation system.

Representatives Paul Mark and Tricia Farley-Bouvier cosponsored Amendment 126 and succeeded in allocating $500,000 for the extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail from the Berkshire Mall to Crane Avenue.

June 13, 2012

H4161 An Act relative to certain reforms relative to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

June 5, 2012

H4127 An Act improving the quality of healthcare and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. The House predicts savings of $160 billion over 15 years.

May 31, 2012

H4132 Supplemental appropriations bill. Allocated $10.5 million to the Department of Developmental Services, $1.8 million to the State Police, and $187 million for hospitals that serve large numbers of Medicaid and low-income patients.

May 30, 2012

H4120 An Act relative to voter laws. Allows pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds (previously Bill # H4022).
H3986 An Act improving quality in early education and care by family child care providers. This bill enables Home Based Child Care Providers to unionize and provides for improved training and education for providers.

Overriding the Governor's veto, the House reestablished the requirement that all employees of the gaming commission undergo full criminal background checks and drug screenings.

May 23, 2012

H4110 An Act relative to infrastructure investment, enhanced competitiveness and economic growth in the Commonwealth. The bill includes $50 million for research and development at universities and research centers, creates a small business online portal, establishes a matching fund for internships, and increases funding to advance large economic projects among many other provisions.

May 16, 2012

S2254 The Valor Act (An Act relative to veterans' access, livelihood, opportunity, and resources),  expanding veterans' access to benefits.
H4087 An Act to prevent unnecessary and unlawful foreclosures. This bill promotes loan modification as a method to reduce foreclosures in the Commonwealth.

May 9, 2012

H4071 An Act making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2012

April 23-25, 2012

H4101 An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2013

April 11, 2012

H4099 An Order relative to special procedures for consideration of the House Bill making appropriations for fiscal year 2013

April 4, 2012

H537 An Act providing for the protection of volunteer emergency medical technicians
S2132 An Act relative to medical emergency response plans for schools

March 28, 2012

H4000 An Act financing improvements to the Commonwealth’s transportation system

February 29, 2012

S1967 An Act relative to community housing and services

February 15, 2012

S1940 An Act to improve the administration of state government and finance

February 8, 2012

S2074 An Act relative to renewable energy generation on closed landfills
S2067 An Act adopting the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
S1987 An Act providing access to forensic and scientific analysis

January 24, 2012

S2105 An Act relative to improving accountability and oversight of education collaboratives

January 18, 2012

H3878 An Act making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2012

November 16, 2011

H3789 An Act relative to the terms of collective bargaining agreements
H3807 An Act establishing expanded gaming in the Commonwealth
H3818 An Act relative to sentencing and improving law enforcement tools
S2033 An Act further regulating certain licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages
S2066 An Act to restore collective bargaining rights for the employees of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

November 15, 2011

H3483 An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people
H3711 An Act establishing expanded gaming in the Commonwealth
H3798 An Act establishing Congressional districts
H3810 An Act relative to gender identity
S2018 An Act providing for additional pension reform and benefits modernization

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