THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on one roll call and local senators on eight roll calls from the week of May 20-24.

Most Senate roll calls are on proposed amendments to the Senate's version of a $34 billion fiscal 2014 state budget.


House 154-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would move 17-year-olds from the adult justice system to the juvenile one.

Supporters said this would end the misguided notion of putting 17-year-olds in adult prisons. They noted that juvenile facilities focus more on education and rehabilitation rather than punishment. They also argued that 17-year-olds in adult prisons are eight times more likely than an adult to be the victim of rape or to commit suicide than a teenager in a juvenile lockup.

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

Rep. Jennifer Benson, Yes; Rep. Sheila Harrington, Yes.


Senate 36-3, following two days and two nights of debate, approved an estimated $34 billion fiscal 2014 state budget. During debate, the Senate approved 195 amendments and added $68.4 million to the price tag. The House has approved a different version of the budget. A House-Senate conference committee will work out a compromise version and send it to Gov. Deval Patrick.


Supporters said the budget is a fiscally responsible and balanced one that funds important programs to the best of the state's ability during this difficult economy.

Opponents said the budget is full of unnecessary waste, fraud and abuse. They noted it is also based on a $500 million tax hike, which the GOP opposes.

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

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, Yes; Sen. James Eldridge, Yes; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, Yes.


Senate 4-34, rejected an amendment that would implement in 2013 a law passed in 2008 designed to give some large multi-state corporations a deduction to compensate for their increased costs from a new combined tax reporting requirement. The amendment would replace a provision that postpones the law until 2014.

Amendment supporters said this would give $46 million to businesses to invest in their workforce and hire new employees. They said it is unfair to renege on the promised tax break.

Amendment opponents said the state simply cannot afford the $46 million revenue loss. They argued that implementing the tax break will result in a cut in important programs.

(A "Yes" vote is for implementing the tax break in 2013. A "No" vote is for doing it in 2014.)

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 4-34, rejected an amendment requiring state regulatory agencies to file any proposed new regulations with the Legislature's Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight prior to their implementation. The amendment gives the Legislature the power to reject the regulations.

Amendment supporters said this will allow the Legislature, instead of an unaccountable state agency, the authority to reject regulations that are burdensome and would hurt small businesses.

Amendment opponents said requiring this approval is a major change that will burden the committee, which does not have the staff to review thousands of regulations per year.

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

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 4-34, rejected an amendment creating a Forensic Services Drug Laboratory Oversight Board that would have authority over all the state's crime labs. The amendment requires the state's public safety department to investigate and determine whether each crime lab in the state is properly accredited by and meets the standards of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. It also requires the state to establish a system for receiving anonymous complaints of employee or facility wrongdoing at any of the crime labs.

Amendment supporters said it is time to closely monitor these facilities following accusations that chemist Annie Dookhan mishandled drug samples and put in question an estimated 34,000 drug conviction cases.

Amendment opponents said the amendment is unnecessary because the Executive Office of Public Safety already has a forensic sciences board.

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

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 5-33, rejected an amendment to establish a special commission to study the potential effectiveness of a statewide registry of convicted drug dealers.

Amendment supporters pointed to the success of the Sex Offender Registry and said people should have the right to know when a drug dealer lives in their neighborhood.

Opponents said the state is already looking into the matter and a preliminary report will be unveiled soon.

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

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 13-25, rejected an amendment that would require applicants to provide specific proof of legal residence in order to register their cars. The accepted IDs include a driver's license, Massachusetts identification card, social security number or other proof of legal residence issued by the state or the federal government. The Legislature last year overrode Gov. Patrick's veto of a similar requirement.

Supporters of the bill said it would prevent illegal immigrants and people who lose their driver's license in other states from illegally registering their cars here. They argued that the Registry of Motor Vehicles has refused to enforce the current law and is still allowing people to get their licenses by just showing a utility bill.

Opponents offered no arguments. In his veto message last year, Gov. Patrick said allowing an illegal alien to own a vehicle in Massachusetts does not jeopardize the public's safety. He argued the bill seems aimed at using the Registry of Motor Vehicles to identify and police undocumented people.

(A "Yes" vote is for requiring proof of legal residence. A "No" vote is against it.)

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, Yes; Sen. James Eldridge , No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 8-30, rejected an amendment that would require welfare recipients' Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to include a photo.

Amendment supporters said this would crack down on illegal use and sale of EBT cards and save the state millions of dollars.

Amendment opponents said the Senate is working on a separate comprehensive welfare reform bill which will be debated soon. They also noted that the use of photos might be too expensive and cost taxpayers more than it saves them.

(A "Yes" vote is for requiring a photo. A "No" vote is against it.)

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


Senate 7-31, rejected an amendment requiring a valid social security number be shown and verified in order for a person to receive any form of public assistance.

Amendment supporters said it is outrageous that currently people can get taxpayer-funded welfare and other public assistance without producing a social security number. They noted this must stop so that people who are verified and struggling can get valuable assistance.

Amendment opponents urged the Senate to reject what they call a misguided piecemeal approach to welfare reform and instead wait for upcoming legislation on comprehensive welfare reform to be considered.

(A "Yes" vote is for requiring a social security number. A "No" vote is against requiring it.)

Sen. Eileen Donoghue, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, No.


SPECIAL TIM MURRAY RESIGNS ISSUE. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced he will resign on June 2 to become CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. The office will remain vacant until a new lieutenant governor is elected in 2014 and takes office in January 2015.

"Somebody who worked hard and gave it his all."

Lt. Gov. Murray on how he would like to be remembered.

"It's like the appendix in a person's body. You don't need an appendix, and in state government you don't need a lieutenant governor. It's the best job in the world. You don't have to do much of anything, and it's a pretty good paycheck."

Boston University professor Thomas Whalen.

"His departure leaves a very big hole in our team. I'm happy for him personally, but I'm a little miffed."

Gov. Patrick.

"Lt. Gov. Murray departs the public sector with a number of unanswered questions regarding his involvement in numerous scandals. His direct connection to improper hiring practices and midnight car rides leave far more questions upon his departure than answers."

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading).

"As Lt. Gov. Tim Murray tries to outrun the scandal that dogs him, his exit strategy mirrors that of former Speaker Thomas Finneran ... Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea."

Nate Little, MassGOP Executive Director.

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK'S SESSION? During the week of May 20-24, the House met for a total of four hours and 19 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 25 hours and 22 minutes.