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Ways and Means Committee, Massachusetts House of Representatives

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The Ways and Means Committee is a standing committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Per House Rule 17, the committee is made up of 35 members.[1]

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Per Rule 18 of the House Rules, committees of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader.[2] At the beginning of each two-year session, the committees are appointed to serve for the entire session. The Speaker and Minority Leader are responsible for choosing members from their respective parties.[3] Apart from a single minority member on the Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and each committee of conference, the partisan balance of committee membership is to be at least equal to the partisan balance of the chamber on the first day of the session, with minority party membership being no less than six on the Ways and Means Committee, four on the Ethics Committee and Personnel and Administration Committee, three on the Rules Committee, and two on all other standing and joint committees. The Speaker is responsible for nominating the chair of each committee, as well as vice-chairs and assistant vice-chairs of applicable committees, subject to a majority vote of the majority party caucus. The Minority Leader is responsible for nominating a ranking minority member for each applicable committee, subject to a majority vote of the minority party caucus. The Speaker and Minority Leader, pursuant to party affiliation, may recommend the removal of committee members or leaders, subject to the ratification of the respective party caucus except in the case of a representative who has been indicted in a court of law, who may be removed outright. Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees after members have been appointed are filled following the same rules.[4]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the House

Function

It shall be the duty of the committee on Ways and Means to consider all legislation affect­ing the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred thereto.[5][6][7]

Membership

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Ways and Means Members, 2015
Democratic members (28)Republican members (8)
Brian Dempsey, ChairTodd Smola
Stephen Kulik, Vice-chairAngelo D'Emilia
Benjamin Swan, Assistant Vice-chairNicholas Boldyga
Angelo ScacciaKate Campanale
Gloria FoxShawn Dooley
Thomas PetrolatiDonald Wong
Robert KoczeraPeter Durant
James MiceliSheila Harrington
Colleen Garry
Ruth Balser
John Fresolo
James Cantwell
Thomas Stanley
William Pignatelli
Marcos Devers
Paul Brodeur
Linda Campbell
Tackey Chan
Michael Finn
Sean Garballey
Russell Holmes
Carolyn Dykema
Timothy Madden
Nicholas Collins, Sr.
Carlos Henriquez
Jeffrey Roy
Alan Silvia
Claire Cronin

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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