Beacon Hill Roll Call 

Published: 12/21/2018 12:19:02 PM

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Volume 43 -Report No. 51

December 17-21, 2018

By Bob Katzen

BOSTON — THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues a series of reports on how local legislators voted on legislation that was approved in the 2017-2018 session by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker

HANDICAPPED PARKING (S 2214) — The House 158-0, Senate 37-0, approved legislation cracking down on the misuse of handicapped parking placards including increasing the period of license suspension for wrongful use or display of a placard from 30 to 60 days for a first offense and from 90 to 120 days for a second offense.

Other provisions include allowing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to revoke a handicapped plate or parking placard if it finds that the person was ineligible or that a placard was obtained falsely; prohibiting the obstruction of the expiration date or placard number and subjecting an offender to a $50 fine; prohibiting making a false statement on an application for a placard and imposing a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses; and prohibiting falsely making, stealing or forging a placard and subjecting an offender to escalating fines or imprisonment based upon the number of documents involved. (A "Yes" vote is for the bill.)

Rep. Donald Berthiaume Yes

Rep. Kimberly Ferguson Yes

Rep. Stephen Kulik Yes

Rep. Susannah Whipps Yes

Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik Yes

Sen. Anne Gobi Yes                                     

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (H 4032) — The House 155-1, Senate 37-0, approved a bill that would give public school districts the power and flexibility to offer other English Language Learner (ELL) programs in addition to or instead of the current sheltered English immersion program. The prior immersion program, approved by Massachusetts voters on a ballot question in 2002, requires all students, including those not yet fluent in English, to be taught English by being taught all subjects in English and to be placed in English language classrooms. (A "Yes" vote is for the bill. A "No" vote is against it.)

Rep. Donald Berthiaume Yes

Rep. Kimberly Ferguson Yes

Rep. Stephen Kulik Yes

Rep. Susannah Whipps Yes

Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik Yes

Sen. Anne Gobi Yes                                     

$1.8 BILLION HOUSING PACKAGE (H 4536) — The House 151-2, Senate 38-0, approved a package funding various state programs to construct and preserve affordable housing in the Bay State.  

Provisions include $400 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that funds a myriad of programs including help for first-time homebuyers; $100 million for the creation of rental housing that is affordable for working families whose incomes are too high for subsidized housing but are priced out of market rents; $600 million to rehabilitate and modernize existing public housing; $60 million for disabled persons and seniors to renovate and modify their homes; and $45 million for grants to non-profits for early education and out-of-school time program facilities that serve low income children. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. Donald Berthiaume Yes

Rep. Kimberly Ferguson Yes

Rep. Stephen Kulik Yes

Rep. Susannah Whipps Yes

Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik Yes

Sen. Anne Gobi Yes                                     

LIFE SCIENCES (H 4501) — The  House 149-3, Senate 33-5, approved a package that would authorize $462 million in bonds for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund with an emphasis on capital grants to increase diversity and opportunity in the Bay State life sciences and biotech industries.

Other provisions require that half of the consolidated net surplus in budgetary funds, up to $10 million, be directed to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund; raise the annual ceiling on the Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program from $25 million to $30 million; require that funding and internship consideration be given to support minority populations in the life sciences industry; and extend the Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program through 2028. The incentive was due to expire at the end of 2018. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it).

Rep. Donald Berthiaume Yes

Rep. Kimberly Ferguson Yes

Rep. Stephen Kulik Yes

Rep. Susannah Whipps Yes

Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik Yes

Sen. Anne Gobi Yes                                     

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