State Budget Override Votes

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State Budget Override Votes

Postby LowellTech on Sun Jul 13, 2003 4:01 pm

Budget override votes require a roll call.

View budget override information at:

Roll call data is not yet available. When available, this will be posted on the House and Senate Journal pages at:

This will be infinitely helpful for many when determining who to vote for in the next legislative election.
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State Budget Override Votes

Postby Telley on Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:34 am

LEADERSHIP SALARIES (H 3743)Gov. Romney vetoed a bill allowing the House and Senate, through their operating rules, to unilaterally set the bonus pay, above the $53,381 base salary, of their committee chairs and other majority and minority members in leadership positions. Under current law, any bonus pay proposal must be filed as a separate bill that goes through the regular legislative process and is sent to the governor who can sign it or veto it. In his veto message, the governor called the change "unacceptable" and noted it would deny the public and future governors any input into the matter of legislative pay. During House and Senate debate on the bill, opponents of the change said it would destroy the system of checks and balances by effectively giving the powerful speaker and senate president the ability to quickly increase the pay of favored legislators without public scrutiny or a public hearing. They argued the measure is outrageous and poorly timed in light of the state's budget crisis, layoffs of state and local employees and drastic program cuts. Sponsors of the bill said the change is a fair and reasonable one that would simply allow the House and Senate to manage their own in-house affairs without interference from the governor. The House and Senate can override the governor's veto by a two-thirds vote in each branch.
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State Budget Override Votes

Postby Nickolas on Sat Jul 19, 2003 5:12 am


Murphy was joined in voting to adjourn by Democratic Reps. Colleen Garry of Dracut, Thomas Golden of Lowell, William Greene of Billerica, Geoffrey Hall of Westford, James Miceli of Wilmington, and David Nangle of Lowell.

In addition to Eldridge, those voting to stay in session were Democratic Reps. Cory Atkins of Concord, Barry Finegold of Andover and Charles Murphy of Burlington, and Republican Rep. Robert Hargraves.
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