ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL, THE HOUSE AND SENATE:

By Bob Katzen

Last week was full of activity on Beacon Hill. The Legislature approved and sent to then-Gov. Charlie Baker, before his term was up, several bills passed on voice votes, without roll calls, prior to the end of the 2021-2022 session on Tuesday, January 3.

The Legislature convened the 2023-2024 session on Wednesday, January 4. Much of the day’s activities were ceremonial including the swearing-in of state senators and representatives. The only roll call votes were on the election of a speaker of the House and Senate president. The day also featured a farewell speech by outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker.

One senator and two representatives were not present at the opening session. Beacon Hill Roll Call asked each one why they were absent.

Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) said she was in the emergency room with her husband.
Rep. Erica Uyterhoeven (D-Somerville) said she was ill.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Rush (D-Boston) said that Rush had a minor medical issue.

On Thursday, January 5, newly elected Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll were sworn into office.

HOUSE RE-ELECTS MARIANO AS SPEAKER
House 131-25, re-elected Rep. Ron Mariano (D-Quincy) as speaker of the House. Rep. Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) was re-elected as the GOP minority leader.

Here’s how local representatives voted:

Rep. Christine Barber Voted for Mariano Rep. Mike Connolly Voted for Mariano Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven Didn’t Vote

SENATE RE-ELECTS SPILKA AS SENATE PRESIDENT
Senate 36-3, re-elected Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) as Senate President.

Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was re-elected as the GOP Minority Leader.

Here’s how local senators voted:

Sen. Patricia Jehlen Voted for Spilka

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