Ways and Means Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

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The Ways and Means Committee is a standing committee of the Massachusetts State Senate. Per Senate Rule 12, the committee is made up of 17 members.[1]
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Per Senate Rules 12 and 13, committees of the Massachusetts State Senate are assigned by the President of the Senate, with the exception of minority members, who are assigned by the Minority Leader.[2] After the adoption of Senate rules at the beginning of each two-year session, the committees are appointed to serve for the entire session. The President is to give consideration to partisan balance in making appointments, and is required to allocate at least two seats on the Ways and Means and Ethics and Rules Committees, and at least one seat on all other standing or special committees, to members of the minority party. The President shall nominate the chair of each committee, and the vice-chair and assistant vice-chair of the Ways and Means Committee, subject to a majority vote of the respective party caucus. Should a nominee be blocked, the President shall nominate another candidate for confirmation. In the event of a special order by the Senate to appoint a committee by ballot, the person receiving the most votes shall be named chair, with the runner-up being named vice-chair.[2] Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees after members have been appointed will be filled following the same rules.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Senate (As adopted by the Senate on January 24, 2013)

Function

It shall be the duty of the committee on Ways and Means to consider all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred thereto.[4][5][6]

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 (15)Republican members (3)
Karen Spilka, ChairVinny deMacedo
Sal DiDomenico, Vice-chairRichard Ross
Patricia Jehlen, Assistant Vice-chairDonald Humason, Jr.
William Brownsberger
Eileen Donoghue
Benjamin Downing
Kenneth Donnelly
Thomas Kennedy
Thomas McGee
Michael Moore
Sonia Chang-Diaz
Anthony Petruccelli
Michael Rush
James Timilty
John Keenan

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.

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