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Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from recent sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

PURCHASE LIFE-SAVING NARCAN AT DISCOUNT (S 3)

Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that would provide $500,000 for the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Program that allows cities and towns to purchase this life-saving overdose-reversal drug also known by its brand name Narcan, for its municipal first responder agencies at a discount.

“In Springfield, deaths from opioid overdose have nearly doubled in the last year,” said Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), the sponsor of the amendment. “In Chicopee and Holyoke and other regional cities across Massachusetts, the picture is similar. We have not yet turned a corner in the opioid epidemic, so we need to keep the Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund fully funded and we need to continue investing in recovery and treatment tools to help those struggling with addiction.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Michael Barrett, Yes; Sen. James Eldridge, Yes; Sen. Barry Finegold, Yes; Sen. Cindy Friedman, Yes; Sen. Anne Gobi, Yes; Sen. Edward Kennedy, Yes; Sen. Bruce Tarr, Yes; Sen. Dean Tran, Yes.

$200,000 TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING (S 3)

Senate 39-0, approved an amendment providing $200,000 in funding for the state’s Division of Professional Licensure to investigate human trafficking and sexual exploitation in massage spas and all the other facilities subject to inspection by the division.

“Human trafficking is an atrocious crime that inflicts an incomprehensible level of brutality and suffering upon victims,” said the bill’s sponsor Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford). “For too long traffickers have seized upon the bodyworks loophole and limited state resources to perpetuate such heinous activity. As long as we have hundreds of spas in Massachusetts with only two inspectors, we are not serious about protecting vulnerable victims.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Michael Barrett, Yes; Sen. James Eldridge, Yes; Sen. Barry Finegold, Yes; Sen. Cindy Friedman, Yes; Sen. Anne Gobi, Yes; Sen. Edward Kennedy, Yes; Sen. Bruce Tarr, Yes; Sen. Dean Tran, Yes.

AUDIT CREDIT CARDS OF STATE EMPLOYEES (S 3)

Senate 6-33, rejected an amendment giving the state auditor the power to access state employees’ credit card records “to ensure integrity and accountability of employee credit card usage.”

“I support the auditor accessing state credits cards to ensure transparency and accountability of taxpayer money,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Webster), a co-sponsor of the amendment. “I’ve seen stories of extravagant spending at some agencies and shining a light on that spending permits legislators to make better decisions in the state budgetary process.”

Amendment opponents said the state auditor already has all the statutory authority she needs to complete these audits and argued this amendment is duplicative and unnecessary.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Michael Barrett, No; Sen. James Eldridge, No; Sen. Barry Finegold, No; Sen. Cindy Friedman, No; Sen. Anne Gobi, No; Sen. Edward Kennedy, No; Sen. Bruce Tarr, Yes; Sen. Dean Tran, Yes.

ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL

PROVIDE HOMELESS CHILDREN WITH TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL (S 344)

The Education Committee is considering a bill that would provide school transportation to homeless students. The schools would be reimbursed by the state for any costs that aren’t covered by federal funding.

Supporters cited a 2018 report that says over 3,000 students in Massachusetts experience homelessness in a given year.

“One of the biggest factors for determining positive life outcomes for a child is education, and the quality of that education is an equally important determinant,” said Sen. Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), the sponsor of the proposal. “Fortunately for those of us who live in the commonwealth, we have the ability to take advantage of the best educational system in the country. Unfortunately, the overall quality of our education system is meaningless if our children cannot get to class.”

POSTING GAS PRICES (H 253)

A bill heard by the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee would require gas stations which post large signs with the price of gasoline to include both the price if paid by credit card and the price if paid by cash. The prices must be in the same size lettering.

Supporters say some stations are very misleading because they post only the cash price. They note it’s not until drivers pull onto the property and up to the pump that they see two sets of pricing per gallon – based on paying with cash or credit card, with up to a 10-cent-per-gallon differential.

WARNINGS ON SLOT MACHINES (S 214)

The Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee held a hearing on a bill that would require all slot machines to have a sticker in plain sight explaining the addictive nature of slot machines; the programming and therefore non-randomness of the machines; and the compulsive gambling hotline phone number.

Supporters say with two casinos now operating, it is time to ensure players know that that the odds of winning at the slot machines are overwhelmingly against them.

BAN SMOKING IN CARS WITH CHILDREN (H 1909)

The Public Health Committee held a hearing on a measure that would prohibit smoking in any motor vehicle in which there is a child who is required to be in a child passenger restraint. Under Massachusetts law, children must use a restraint until they are at least eight years old or at least 57 inches tall. The measure imposes a $100 fine on drivers who violate the ban.