By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on seven from the week of July 29-August 2.

STINK BUG (H 3538) -- House 154-3, Senate 37-2, overrode Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of $40,000 to fund the monitoring and mitigation of the brown marmorated stink bug and the spotted wing drosophilia. In his veto message, Gov. Patrick said he vetoed the funding because the program was "not recommended."

(A "Yes" vote is for the $40,000. A "No" vote is against it.)

Yes: Reps. Jennifer Benson, Sheila Harrington; Sens. Eileen Donoghue, James Eldridge, Jennifer Flanagan.

LOCAL EARMARKS (H 3538) -- House 148-9, Senate 37-1, overrode the governor's veto of $930,000 in funding, including $125,000 for Plymouth's 400th anniversary celebration; $25,000 for Sandwich's 375th anniversary; $20,000 for Southbridge's bicentennial celebration; $25,000 for a child-safety grant in North Reading and $75,000 for one in North Attleboro; and $25,000 for grants for business-assistance organizations.

(A "Yes" vote is for the $930,000. A "No" vote is against it.)

Yes: Reps. Benson, Harrington; Sens. Donoghue, Eldridge, Flanagan.

No: Reps. Lyons, Lombardo.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST (H 3538) -- House 157-0, Senate 37-1, overrode the governor's veto of a provision giving $75,000 more than last year to Project Bread's Walk for Hunger to expand the summer food-service outreach program and the school-breakfast program.


In his veto message, the governor said he vetoed the funding because the program was not recommended.

(A "Yes" vote is for the $75,000. A "No" vote is against it.)

Yes: Reps. Benson, Harrington; Sens. Donoghue, Eldridge, Flanagan.

JUVENILE JUSTICE (S 1841)-- Senate 40-0, approved a bill that would move 17-year-olds from the adult justice system to the juvenile one.

The House has approved a different version of the bill. The Senate version now goes to the House for consideration.

(A "Yes" vote is for the bill.)

Yes: Sens. Donoghue, Eldridge, Flanagan.

STUDY BAY STATE HOSTING OF 2024 OLYMPICS (S 1840) -- Senate 38-1, approved a bill creating a commission to study the feasibility of Massachusetts hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2024.

(A "Yes" vote is for the bill. A "No" vote is against it.)

Yes: Sens. Donoghue, Eldridge, Flanagan.

MUST PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (S 1835) -- Senate 31-7, approved an amendment that would require the state to study and determine the costs and benefits of limiting eligibility for state-assisted public housing to individuals who qualify under federal guidelines. The amendment would replace a proposal that would require applicants qualify under federal guidelines. Federal eligibility standards and proof of identity for housing assistance are stricter than state standards and include requiring a Social Security number.

(A "Yes" vote is for the study. A "No" vote is against it.)

Yes: Sens. Donoghue, Eldridge, Flanagan.

EBT FRAUD (H 3555) -- Senate 15-23, rejected an amendment that would require an in-person review of the case of any welfare recipient who has a balance of more than $1,500 on his or her EBT card to determine if the person is compliant with the income, asset, identity and residency requirements to receive welfare.

(A "Yes" vote is for requiring interviews on balances more than $1,500. A "No" vote is against requiring it.)

Yes: Ses. Donoghue.

No: Sens. Eldridge, Flanagan.


SALES-TAX HOLIDAY (S 175) -- The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Patrick a bill that allows consumers to buy most products that cost under $2,500 on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, without paying the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.

NEW SENATE PRESIDENT ON THE HORIZON -- Under Senate term-limit rules, Senate President Therese Murray must give up the position of Senate President in March 2015. Last week, a relatively bloodless, behind-the-scenes battle to capture the Senate's top prize concluded. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, announced that he has enough votes to be elected by the Democratic caucus to lead the upper chamber. Current Ways and Means chairman Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, was also vying for the coveted position but has conceded to Rosenberg.

Rosenberg, the 63-year-old current president tempore, has served in the Legislature since 1987. He would become the state's first Jewish and first openly gay Senate president.

DAVID F. MARCELLI LAW (H 2106) -- The House gave initial approval to a proposal that would prohibit any body part or organ from being retained following an autopsy without consent from the deceased's next of kin. The measure was filed on behalf of Cathie and Donald Marcelli, whose 18-month-old son, David, died suddenly in 1996. David's organs were retained without his parents' knowledge or permission following a hospital autopsy. Supporters say the family suffered untold anguish when they had to bury the body parts four months after David's death. The House gave the same bill initial approval in 2011 but no further action was taken .

During the week of July 29-Aug. 2, the House met for a total of nine hours and 39 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 10 hours and 58 minutes.

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