BOSTON - Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from legislative sessions during the period of July 24-Aug. 4.

$2.3 MILLION FOR PRIVATE COUNSEL FOR INDIGENTS (H 5000)

House 144-9, Senate 38-0, overrode Gov. Mitt Romney’s $2.3 million veto reduction (from $119.7 million to $117.4 million) in funding for private attorneys who handle criminal and civil cases for indigents. Supporters of the $2.3 million said that the funding is necessary to provide these services that ensure equal access to the justice system for thousands of below-poverty level Massachusetts residents. In his veto message, Romney said that he reduced the funding to the amount projected to be necessary. (A "Yes" vote is for the $2.3 million. A "No" vote is against the $2.3 million).

Rep. Virginia Coppola, R-Foxboro No

Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Sharon Did Not Vote

Rep. John Lepper, R-Attleboro No

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, R-North Attleboro No

Rep. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham Yes

Rep. Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth Yes

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham Yes

Sen. James Timilty, D-Walpole Yes

$5 MILLION FOR UMASS (H 5000)

House 146-11, Senate 37-1, overrode Gov. Romney’s $5 million veto reduction (from $443.8 million to $438.8 million) in funding for the University of Massachusetts. Supporters of the $5 million said that the funds are necessary to ensure that UMass continues to excel as an outstanding public university that has gained a national reputation. In his veto message, Romney said that he reduced the funding to the amount projected to be necessary. (A "Yes" vote is for the $5 million. A "No" vote is against the $5 million).

Rep. Virginia Coppola Yes

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper No

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier No

Rep. Richard Ross Yes

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown Yes

Sen. James Timilty Yes

$122.9 MILLION FOR STATE WORKERS’ HEALTH INSURANCE (H 5000)

House 152-5, Senate 38-0, overrode Governor Romney’s $122.9 million veto reduction (from $976 million to $853.1 million) in funding for health insurance for state employees. The governor also removed language providing that state employees hired after June 30, 2003 pay 20 percent of their premiums with the state paying 80 percent and that all other state workers pay 15 percent of their premium with the state paying 85 percent. Supporters of the $122.9 million said that this unfair reduction would result in reduced benefits or a premium hike for thousands of hardworking current state employees at a time when their families’ budgets are already being stretched. Opponents of the $122.9 million said that they support a plan that would require state employees to pay 25 percent of their premiums with the state picking up only 75 percent. They noted many private sector employees are required to pay 25 percent of their premiums. (A "Yes" vote is for the $122.9 million. A "No" vote is against the $122.9 million).

Rep. Virginia Coppola Yes

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper Yes

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier No

Rep. Richard Ross Yes

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown Yes

Sen. James Timilty Yes

$3 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE (H 5000)

House 141-16, Senate 38-0, overrode Gov. Romney’s $3 million veto reduction (from $12 million to $9 million) in funding for the state’s emergency food assistance program. Supporters of the $3 million said that hunger is on the rise in Massachusetts and argued that the $3 million is essential to fund food banks across the state. They noted that without food banks, many poor residents face the choice of buying food or paying for rent, heat or medical assistance. In his veto message, Romney said that he reduced the funding to the amount projected to be necessary. (A "Yes" vote is for the $3 million. A "No" vote is against the $3 million).

Rep. Virginia Coppola No

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper No

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier No

Rep. Richard Ross No

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown Yes

Sen. James Timilty Yes

$224,588 FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES (H 5000)

House 136-21, Senate 33-5, overrode Gov. Romney’s $224,588 veto reduction (from $299,588 to $75,000) in funding for the Affirmative Market Program (AMP). Supporters of the $224,588 said that AMP promotes equality by ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses participate in and receive state contracts in many areas including construction and the delivery of goods and services. In his veto message, Romney said that he reduced the funding to the amount projected to be necessary. (A "Yes" vote is for the $224,588. A "No" vote is against the $224,588).

Rep. Virginia Coppola No

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper No

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier No

Rep. Richard Ross No

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown No

Sen. James Timilty Yes

$58,927 FOR TOXIC USE REDUCTION (H 5000)

House 132-18, Senate 34-4, overrode Gov. Romney’s $58,927 veto reduction (from $1.323 million to $1.265 million) in funding for the University of Massachusetts’ Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI). The group’s website states that TURI "helps Massachusetts companies and communities find innovative, cost effective ways to reduce toxic chemical use at the source, rather than treat wastes once produced." Supporters of the $58,927 said that TURI recently concluded an important study of alternatives for toxic or hazardous substances including lead, formaldehyde and dioxins and how the use of alternatives would affect the finances of the companies and the state’s environmental health. In his veto message, Romney said that he reduced the funding to the amount projected to be necessary. (A "Yes" vote is for the $58,927. A "No" vote is against the $58,927).

Rep. Virginia Coppola Yes

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper No

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier No

Rep. Richard Ross No

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown No

Sen. James Timilty Yes

INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE FROM $6.75 to $8 (S 2632)

House 154-0, Senate 38-0, overrode Gov. Romney’s veto of a bill hiking the minimum wage from $6.75 per hour to $8 per hour over two years. Supporters of the hike to $8 said that this important measure is long overdue and would help thousands of workers and families that are living near the poverty level. In his veto message, Romney said that he supports a modest 25-cent increase to $7 per hour. (A "Yes" vote is for the hike to $8).

Rep. Virginia Coppola Yes

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper Yes

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier Yes

Rep. Richard Ross Yes

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown Yes

Sen. James Timilty Yes

$150,000 FOR WINTER MOTH WORM STUDY (H 5056)

House 147-7, Senate 35-1, overrode Gov. Romney’s veto of the entire $150,000 for the University of Massachusetts’ ongoing study of the winter moth worm and methods to minimize or eliminate its damage. Supporters of the $150,000 said that this ongoing study is an important one that has been in the forefront of the battle against more than one trillion of these pests that attack and eventually destroy maple, oak and fruit trees. Some opponents of the $150,000 said that the study is an example of wasteful spending. Others said that UMass should fund the study out of its regular budget. (A "Yes" vote is for the $150,000. A "No" vote is against the $150,000).

Rep. Virginia Coppola Yes

Rep. Louis Kafka Yes

Rep. John Lepper Yes

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier Yes

Rep. Richard Ross Yes

Rep. Philip Travis Yes

Sen. Scott Brown No

Sen. James Timilty Yes

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