PRESS RELEASE: ’17 Brought Perfect Voting Record for Rep. Hunt
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 @ 1:37PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2017
CONTACT: Matt Liber, 617-722-2396
Rep. Hunt Posts Perfect Voting Score in 2017
Cast votes on all 305 roll calls held in first half of 2017-2018 legislative session; lifetime voting attendance record increases to 99.71%
BOSTON – State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) announced today that he cast votes on all 305 roll calls held in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this year. He continues his near-perfect roll call streak with a 99.71% lifetime attendance record.
Since Representative Hunt was first sworn-in on January 20, 2011, he cast 1,739 votes out of the 1,744 total roll call votes called. The representative has only missed five roll calls throughout his entire span of service; they were all called on October 7, 2015, when he was tending to his other great civic obligation: jury duty. He served as a jury foreman at Barnstable Superior Court.
“I take great pride in my voting record and my attendance record. Attending formal sessions and casting votes is the job I was elected to do,” said Rep. Hunt. “Legislative sessions, committee hearings, and commission meetings take precedence over all other business, both public and personal.”
This year, Representative Hunt cast votes on several key bills that were signed into law, including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for expectant and nursing mothers, as well as a proposal to double the one-time survivor benefits paid to the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officials killed in the line of duty, which was increased from $150,000 to $300,000.
He also voted in favor of his amendment to a supplemental budget that would have set aside a stream of revenue generated by recreational marijuana sales for substance use education, prevention, and treatment. The measure unfortunately failed to pass, but the discussion of dedicating revenue for these purposes continues.
He also backed efforts to reimburse cities and towns for the costs associated with implementing the state’s early voting law during the November 2016 election cycle. The Division of Local Mandates in the State Auditor’s Office is currently in the process of collecting and certifying these costs.
Rep. Hunt continues to serve as the top Republican on the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He also sits on the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy; and the Joint Committee on Transportation.
Voting in the House will resume in early January. The representative expects to extend his near-perfect voting record throughout the remainder of the 2017-2018 legislative session, which runs through July 31, 2018.