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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Senator Benjamin B. Downing Served 2007 - 2016 Democrat - Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Bill Docket Bill Pinslip/Title
  SD.2218 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to the licensure of insurance adjusters in the Commonwealth. Financial Services.
S.96  SD.486 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 96) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to protect consumers during a state of emergency. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.97  SD.995 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 97) of Benjamin Downing and Gailanne Cariddi for legislation to authorize the town of Hawley to grant a liquor license for the sale of beer and wine to be drunk on the premises. [Local Approval Received] [Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure].
S.158  SD.540 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 158) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to establish a commission to enhance competitiveness in plastics manufacturing. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.201  SD.552 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 201) of Benjamin B. Downing, Sean Garballey, Michael J. Rodrigues, Elizabeth A. Poirier and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to CPR certification for athletic coaches. Education.
S.202  SD.581 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 202) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to enhance school district transportation safety. Education.
S.347  SD.575 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 347) of Benjamin B. Downing, Michael R. Knapik, William “Smitty" Pignatelli and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect lakes and ponds from aquatic nuisances [Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture].
S.419  SD.1736 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 419) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to promote health care cost containment thought select and tiered netword plans. Financial Services.
S.496  SD.555 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 496) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to Commonwealth Care eligibility. Health Care Financing.
S.497  SD.576 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 497) of Benjamin B. Downing and William Smitty Pignatelli for legislation relative to nursing home facility class. Health Care Financing.
S.498  SD.1392 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 498) of Benjamin B. Downing and Sean Garballey for legislation relative to student health insurance. Health Care Financing.
S.567  SD.1637 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 567) of Benjamin B. Downing, Michael O. Moore and Stanley C. Rosenberg for legislation relative to student records coordination across public higher education institution [Joint Committee on Higher Education].
S.763  SD.488 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 763) of Benjamin B. Downing and James E. Timilty for legislation relative to heroin trafficking. The Judiciary.
S.764  SD.536 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 764) of Benjamin B. Downing, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., Katherine M. Clark and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to equal rights of transgendered individuals. The Judiciary.
S.765  SD.578 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 765) of Downing for legislation to reimburse Chester Gorski [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
S.922  SD.1664 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 922) of Downing for legislation relative to the pooling of tips [Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development].
S.1014  SD.567 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1014) of Downing for legislation to ensure acces to line-drying [Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government].
S.1015  SD.779 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1015) of Downing for legislation to promote cost savings and transparency in local government [Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government].
S.1292  SD.580 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1292) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to further regulate the appointment of police officers. Public Service.
S.1430  SD.543 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1430) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to unified audits. Revenue.
S.1431  SD.1101 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1431) of Benjamin B. Downing and Stanley C. Rosenberg for legislation relative to appealing the assessed value of real property. Revenue.
S.1432  SD.1107 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1432) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to encourage retirement savings for self-employed individuals. Revenue.
S.1433  SD.1114 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1433) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to encourage the development of new business in the Commonwealth. Revenue.
S.1434  SD.1506 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1434) of Benjamin B. Downing and Stanley C. Rosenberg for legislation to create a regional assessors implementation grant program. Revenue.
S.1435  SD.1520 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1435) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to promote wellness in the workplace. Revenue.
S.1656  SD.570 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1656) of Benjamin B. Downing and Paul W. Mark for legislation to regulate the sale of telephone transmission lines. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1657  SD.573 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1657) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to service quality standards. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1658  SD.1278 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1658) of Benjamin B. Downing and Stephen L. DiNatale for legislation relative to net metering. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1659  SD.1400 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1659) of Benjamin B. Downing and Stephen L. DiNatale for legislation encouraging renewable energy generation. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1703  SD.1111 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1703) of Benjamin B. Downing, Christopher N. Speranzo and Paul Mark for legislation to establish an artist enterprise zone pilot program in the city of Pittsfield. Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
S.1735  SD.582 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1735) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to the development of parking in the city of Pittsfield. Transportation.
S.1736  SD.780 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1736) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to establish a post traumatic stress disorder designation on driver's licenses. Transportation.
S.1878  SD.1878 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1878) of Benjamin B. Downing and Paul Mark for legislation to authorize the town of Peru to establish a fire station construction fund. [Local Approval Received.] Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1899  SD.1888 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1899) of Benjamin Downing and Gailanne Cariddi for legislation relative to an exclusive and perpetual easement within Monroe State Forest. Senate Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets .
S.1957  SD.1908 By Mr. Downing, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to volunteer ambulance service. Public Health.
S.1958  SD.2009 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12 and Senate Rule 20) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1958) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to solar energy generation. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.2028  SD.1945 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2028) of Benjamin B. Downing and Gailanne Cariddi for legislation relative to the feeding of wildlife. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.2087  SD.2137 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12 and Senate Rule 20) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation relative to the emergency service response of public utility companies. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.2178  SD.2191 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2178) of Benjamin B. Downing and Tricia Farley-Bouvier for legislationa to modify the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
S.2179  SD.2192 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2179) of Benjamin B. Downing and Tricia Farley-Bouvier for legislation to authorize the City of Pittsfield to prohibit heavy commercial vehicles from travelling on Melbourne Road. Transportation. [Local Approval Received.]
S.2291  SD.2247 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No.2291) of Benjamin B. Downing and Paul W. Mark (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Becket to establish a speed regulation on Fred Snow Road and Johnson Road. Transportation. [Local Approval Received.]
S.2292  SD.2204 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. ) of Benjamin B. Downing and Paul W. Mark for legislation to designate a portion of Route 8 in the Town of Hinsdale as the Pvt. Henry T. Johns Memorial Highway. Transportation.
S.2293  SD.2217 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2293) of Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to amend the state highway route 116 scenic byway. Transportation.
S.2319  SD.2242 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. ) of Benjamin B. Downing, Gailanne M. Cariddi and Tricia Farley-Bouvier for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Heidi A. Lennon, an employee of the department of children and families. Public Service.
S.2343  SD.2266 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. [BILL NUMBER]) of Benjamin B. Downing and Paul W. Mark for legislation to authorize the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to acquire a parcel of land in the town of Hinsdale. Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
S.2351  SD.2271 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2351) of Benjamin B. Downing and William Smitty Pignatelli for legislation to provide for the establishment and administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in mobile home accommodations in the town of West Stockbridge. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
S.2404  Senate, July 30, 2012 -- Text of the further Senate amendment (Senator Downing) to the Senate Bill relative to the emergency service response of public utility companies (Senate. No. 2143)
S.2453  SD.2316 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Benjamin B. Downing and Tricia Farley-Bouvier for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Daniel Hermanski, Sr., an employee of the Department of Transportation. Public Service.
S.2454  SD.2323 By Mr. Downing, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Benjamin B. Downing and Tricia Farley-Bouvier for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Susan Sciola, an employee of the Department of Revenue. Public Service.
H.2987  HD.3510 By Representative Cabral of New Bedford and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2987) of Antonio F. D. Cabral, Benjamin B. Downing and others for legislation to promote economic development and job growth in gateway cities designating residential tax abatement zones. Revenue.
H.3317  HD.3525 By Mr. Speranzo of Pittsfield and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. [billNo]) of Christopher N. Speranzo for legislation to permit the use of traffic control signal violation monitoring system devices as a means of promoting traffic safety in the city of Pittsfield . Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3509  HD.3803 By Representative Mark of Hancock and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3509) of Paul W. Mark and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt the position of police chief in the town of Beckett from the provisions of the civil service law. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3524  HD.3813 By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3524) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt the position of chief of the police department of the town of Tyringham from provisions of the civil service law. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3525  HD.3814 By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3525) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt a certain employee of the police department of the town of Tyringham from provisions of the civil service law. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3623  HD.3918 By Representative Kocot of Northampton and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3623) of Peter V. Kocot and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) for legislation to validate certain acts and proceedings taken at a town caucus in the town of Westhampton. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3638  HD.3769 By Representative Mark of Hancock and Senator Downing, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul W. Mark and Benjamin B.Downing relative to designating a certain bridge in the town of Dalton as the 2nd Lt. Michael J. Casey, Sr. Memorial Bridge. Transportation.
H.3824  HD.4131 By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3824) of William Smitty Pignatelli, Benjamin B. Downing and Paul W. Mark (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the Board of Selectmen of the town of Richmond to appoint two alternate members of the conservation commission of said town. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4277  HD.4478 By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4277) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) that the town of Lenox be authorized to reclassify and lease a certain parcel of land known as the old landfill in said town for the construction of a solar powered generation facility. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4278  HD.4451 By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4278) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) that the town of Lee be authorized to reclassify and lease certain recreational land in said town for the construction of a solar powered generation facility. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4450  HD.4549 By Representative Cariddi of North Adams and Senator Downing, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Gailanne M. Cariddi and Benjamin B. Downing for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Kevin Lewis, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services. Public Service.
S.1293  SD.970 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1293) of [petitioners] for legislation relative to retirement benefits of Pamela Mason [Joint Committee on Public Service]. This bill is by request. *
S.1294  SD.984 By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1294) of [petitioners] for legislation relative to creditable service of Sandra Whitcomb [Joint Committee on Public Service]. This bill is by request. *
S.2081  SD.2116 By Mr. Downing (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2081) of Patricia Baker for legislation relative to the certification of assessors. Municipalities and Regional Government. This bill is by request. *
* — Legislator is not a sponsor of this measure.