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Mass Senate: Does your legislator show up for work?

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August 28, 2012


By: George Sousouris

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Beacon Hill Roll Call released voting reports this week, tracking Senators' attendance from the beginning of 2012 through August 24. There have been a total of 179 votes thus far in 2012, and the roll call attendance record is calculated as a percentage of that number.[1]

The lawmakers that showed up least often, Frederick Berry (D) and Barry Finegold (D), missed votes because of illness and a death in the family, respectively.[1]

Sen. Richard T. Moore (D) was one of only 13 members to have perfect attendance. He was quick to admit that showing up is not everything, saying, "Although the job of a legislator involves much more than voting, roll call votes are among the most public acts that we do. Consequently, the public often judges us on the percentage of votes we make."[2]

Also among those with 100% attendance rates was Bruce Tarr (R), the Assistant Minority Leader.[3]

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