BEACON HILL UPDATES: THE HOUSE AND SENATE

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times in the 2021-2022 session each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and voted to sustain the governor’s 31 vetoes of items, mostly in the fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 state budgets. A vote to sustain means the senator supports Baker’s veto. A vote to override means the senator voted to fund the item despite the governor’s veto.

The current makeup of the Senate is 37 Democrats and three Republicans. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto in the 40-member Senate. The governor needs the support of 14 senators to sustain a veto if all 40 senators voted—and fewer votes if some members are absent or there are vacancies.

Baker fell far short of that goal as eight votes was the most support he received on any veto. The Senate easily overrode all 31 vetoes, including eight that were overridden unanimously.

The vetoes had no support from 28 of the 37 Democrats who never once voted to sustain Baker’s veto. Only nine Democratic senators voted to sustain any of the governor’s vetoes. The Democrat who voted the most times with Baker to sustain his veto is Sen. Walter Timilty (D-Milton) who voted with Baker five times. Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) voted with Baker three times. Sens. Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston), Nick Collins (D-Boston), Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) and Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) and John Velis (D-Westfield) each voted with Baker once.

None of the three Republicans voted with Baker 100 percent of the time. The Republican senator who voted the greatest number of times with Baker was Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) who voted with Baker 20 times. GOP Minority Leader Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was a close second and voted with Baker 17 times. Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) voted with Baker only eight times, the least number of times among the three Republicans.

NUMBER OF TIMES SENATORS SUPPORTED GOV. BAKER’S VETOES IN THE 2021-2022 SESSION
Gov. Baker vetoed 31 proposals that we approved by the Legislature in 2021-2022.

Here is how your senator fared in his or her support of Gov. Baker on the vetoes.

The percentage next to the senator’s name represents the percentage of times that he or she supported Baker. The number in parentheses represents the actual number of times the senator supported Baker.

Sen. Patricia Jehlen 0 percent (0)

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