Jan 12, 2016
Representative Gifford maintains perfect voting record
Wareham Republican casts 179 consecutive roll call votes in first half of 2015-2016 session.
BOSTON—House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) congratulated State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham) for maintaining a perfect voting record for the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Wareham legislator participated in all 179 roll call votes cast in the House of Representatives between January and November of 2015, a 100% voting record.
Representative Gifford cast votes this session on a number of key policy issues including: a fentanyl trafficking bill that imposes a prison sentence of up to 20 years for manufacturing, distributing or dispensing more than 10 grams of fentanyl or any of its derivatives; a statewide “Stolen Valor Act” to prosecute individuals who falsely claim to be a veteran or recipient of a military honor in order to obtain money, property or other tangible benefits; legislation limiting the amount of time Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders can secure a stay of final classification pending a court appeal, and mandating an expedited hearing process whenever a stay is granted; and legislation raising the private and public net metering cap to encourage more solar energy projects across the state.
Additionally, the Wareham lawmaker registered votes on legislation regulating secondary metal dealings; clearing titles to foreclosed properties; and reforming the state’s public records law.
“Every vote is an important one, regardless of the issue. Representing the people of the 2nd Plymouth District means the world to me and is not a task I take lightly,” said Representative Gifford. "My constituents elected me to represent their best interest on Beacon Hill. Being present to cast those votes is the fundamental responsibility of that job. I am dedicated, committed and honored to serve the people I represent and my voting record is a testament to that."
Representative Gifford further reinforced her commitment to the municipalities within the 2nd Plymouth District by voting in support of significant funding increases in local aid for cities and towns in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. This year’s budget includes:
- $4.5 billion in Chapter 70 education aid, an increase of $111.2 million;
- $979.8 million in unrestricted general government aid, an increase of $34 million;
- $271.7 million for the special education Circuit Breaker, an increase of $18.3 million, which funds the state’s share of special education aid for local school districts at 75%;
- $59 million for regional school transportation, an increase of $7.5 million; and
- an additional $80.5 million set aside for charter school reimbursements to cities and towns, an increase of $3.6 million.
Representative Gifford currently serves as the Assistant Minority Whip and is on the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
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To help youth constituents learn about the State House and the legislative process, Susan hosts students from the Wareham Middle School on a tour of the state capitol building. more photos >>