Bill Docket Bill Title
S.17 SD626 For legislation to safeguard the confidentiality of prescribing information
S.19 SD1216 For legislation to protect the confidentiality of patient prescription records
S.32 SD614 For legislation relative to safety in day care facilities
S.36 SD1688 For legislation to bring child support home
S.37 SD607 For legislation relative to Workers’ Pathways to Self Sufficiency
S.38 SD1635 For legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs
S.39 SD1376 For legislation to ensure continuity of health coverage for children
S.40 SD1392 For legislation relative to foster youth who remain in the care of the Department of Children and Families after they attain eighteen years of age
S.41 SD400 For legislation relative to educational stability for foster children
S.43 SD892 For legislation to prevent homelessness among recipients of transitional assistance
S.58 SD515 For legislation relating to anti-human trafficking and protection
S.88 SD1272 For legislation relative to district improvement financing
H.99 HD110 By Representative Richardson of Framingham and Senator Spilka, joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 99) of Pam Richardson and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Framingham be authorized to erect a maintenance facility. Temporary House Rules.
S.129 SD2025 For legislation to improve data security
H.129 HD1278 For legislation to provide community-based crisis intervention services for children and families requiring assistance
S.136 SD697 For legislation to reduce unwanted communications from creditors to protect the peace and privacy of residents
H.188 HD3905 Relative to the continuation of eligiblity for medical benefits for certain children
S.195 SD374 For legislation to promote biothermal energy
H.204 HD417 For legislation to include car sharing as a principle for land development in smart growth planning
S.218 SD1469 For legislation to provide health education in schools
S.235 SD2040 For legislation to establish a consistent funding source for reinvestment in vocational education infrastructure and programs
S.259 SD1258 For legislation relative to providing Chapter 70 accountability for adequate access to school nursing
H.282 HD1821 For legislation to protect the rights of consumers in motor vehicle repair transactions
S.283 SD877 For legislation to promote alternative dispute resolution for students
S.299 SD1502 For legislation relative to financial literacy in schools.
S.306 SD348 For legislation that provisions be made to create a special commission on insitutional long term care services
S.307 SD353 For legislation to supervize the personal care attendant program
H.313 HD448 For legislation to further regulate advertising on the Internet
H.321 HD1179 For legislation to further regulate consumer rebates on certain purchases
S.322 SD548 For legislation relative to a silver alert program to protect those with alzheimers.
H.336 HD644 Relative to establishing a Massachusetts work-family council
S.341 SD1995 For legislation to establish election day registation
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
S.349 SD151 For legislation relative to an employment marketability curriculum
S.351 SD108 For legislation relative to voter registration in public high schools
S.353 SD591 For legislation relative to the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote.
H.388 HD1147 That the Department of Education be required to reimburse school districts for the cost of transporting "out-of-district" special education students
S.391 SD1001 For legislation to establish a 0% interest program for the state revolving loan fund for water and sewer projects and establishing 3:1 leveraging for such projects.
H.398 HD2118 For legislation to provide a bittering agent in engine coolant and antifreeze
S.401 SD1609 For legislation to establish a water infrastructure finance commission
S.406 SD671 For legislation to update the animal control laws of Massachusetts
H.411 HD3740 Relative to establishing a grant program for the purpose of expanding the number and length of school days
H.418 HD3750 Relative to charter schools and education collaboratives
H.425 HD2977 Relative to educator excellence and providing for the establishment of a teacher, principal and superintendent quality endowment fund
S.442 SD1912 For legislation for a healthy Massachusetts: safer alternatives to toxic chemicals
S.466 SD1014 For legislation relative to holocaust victims insurance relief
S.470 SD1615 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts childhood vaccines program and the Massachusetts immunization registry
S.512 SD1136 For legislation relative to the protection of innocent insured
H.533 HD1235 Relative to the establishment of an Alzheimer’s state plan commission (including members of the General Court) to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease on residents of the Commonwealth
S.537 SD1677 For legislation to assure equitable health coverage for all children
S.540 SD919 For legislation relative to the countable assets of medical assistance recipients
S.589 SD1154 For legislation relative to insurance benefits of organ transplant recipients
S.601 SD505 For legislation to designate a community college as a life sciences training center.
S.603 SD1982 For legislation relative to equal access to higher education and generating revenue for the commonwealth
S.616 SD426 For legislation relative to creating a loan forgiveness program for direct care human service workers
H.624 HD238 For legislation to allow the non-profit corporation Home of the Brave, Inc., to construct and operate public homes for veterans
S.637 SD529 For legislation to encourage homeownership in foreclosed properties.
H.660 HD2035 Relative to the agreement among states to elect the President by national popular vote
S.680 SD1561 For legislation establishing a temporary workers right to know.
S.687 SD608 For legislation to restore fairness in the unemployment insurance law for workers in temporary jobs
S.688 SD624 For legislation establishing paid sick days
S.689 SD687 For legislation to further define comparable work
S.695 SD23 For legislation relative to workers compensation for veterans
H.718 HD2055 Relative to the establishment of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council
S.739 SD1977 For legislation relative to affordable housing community planning
S.757 SD905 For legislation relative to childrens mental health clinicians
S.776 SD113 For legislation relative to town meeting dates
S.779 SD1232 For legislation to promote municipal efficiency and innovation through regional collaboration
S.800 SD1778 For legislation to establish a commission to reduce unnecessary wait time for children with special health care needs
S.812 SD1592 For legislation to ensure the availability of medications in time of an emergency.
H.814 HD1985 That the Department of Environmental Management be directed to protect certain lands in the towns of Framingham, Southborough and Sudbury and in the city of Marlborough
S.840 SD1345 For legislation relative to primary stroke designation hospitals
S.847 SD1180 For legislation relative to a board of midwifery
S.859 SD1213 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts childhood vaccines program and the Massachusetts immunization registry
S.872 SD1261 For legislation to prohibit mandatory overtime for the heakth care workforce
S.873 SD1267 For legislation to strengthen health reform
S.876 SD1673 For legislation to promote safe patient care and support the nursing profession
H.881 HD928 Relative to the coverage of nonprescription enteral formulas
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
S.897 SD680 For legislation to encourage organ donation
S.936 SD1748 For legislation to train law enforcement in dealing with individuals suffering from mental illness
S.940 SD2004 For legislation to improve data collection
S.961 SD1565 For legislation to improve safety in high-rise buildings.
H.1014 HD3791 Relative to limiting interest rates for credit cards
S.1085 SD1433 For legislation relative to increasing the cost of living adjustment (cola) base
S.1145 SD1231 For legislation to expand benefits available to municipalities with membership in the Group Insurance Commission
S.1172 SD637 For legislation to extend creditable service for peace corps service
H.1200 HD1134 For legislation to further define affordable housing
H.1232 HD1191 For legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from evictions
S.1251 SD1837 For legislation relative to senior citizen property taxes
S.1269 SD1570 For legislation relative to the reimbursement of the gas tax on Massachusetts Turnpike toll payers.
S.1270 SD1595 For legislation to establish the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Research Fund
S.1271 SD1634 For legislation to establish a municipal gas tax exemption
S.1274 SD376 For legislation to provide for a corporate tax deduction to allow businesses to provide home energy efficiency audits to employees
S.1277 SD1766 For legislation relative to tax deductions and credits for costs of higher education
H.1298 HD744 Relative to health benefits for certain attorneys representing indigent persons
S.1317 SD658 For legislation relative to 529 college savings plans
S.1329 SD1870 For legislation relative to a local option meals tax
S.1331 SD1932 For legislation to establish the local aidstabilization fund
S.1351 SD1123 For legislation relative to tax deductions for student activities and athletics fees
S.1379 SD1762 For legislation to stabilize neighborhoods
S.1480 SD1495 For legislation to improve recycling rates in the commonwealth
S.1481 SD1518 For legislation to promote energy efficient lighting, conserve energy, regulate outdoor night lighting, and reduce light pollution.
S.1482 SD473 For legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles
H.1484 HD1729 For legislation to provide certain information for victims of domestic violence
H.1511 HD2180 Relative to the crime of identity fraud
S.1524 SD556 For legislation to expand energy efficiency in the Commonwealth.
H.1527 HD3313 Relative to the registration of deeds and instruments
S.1528 SD1602 For legislation relative to expanding the advanced smart metering program
S.1609 SD1409 For legislation to require just cause for eviction and foreclosed properties
S.1611 SD1913 For legislation to prevent harassment
H.1650 HD3269 For legislation to provide protection against compelled disclosure of certain information by members of the news media
H.1652 HD3314 Relative to ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence
S.1667 SD1892 For legislation relative to the appointment of probation officers in the probate and family courts
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
S.1693 SD1627 For legislation to further regulate sex offender registration
H.1694 HD767 Relative to penalties for removing walls and fences without prior consent of the owner
S.1705 SD410 For legislation to establish a special commission to examine diversionary justice programs
H.1709 HD1384 Relative to appeals of certain parking violations
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1745 HD3877 For legislation to further regulate the performance of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
H.1785 HD3352 Relative to the determination of alimony payments
S.1847 SD1827 For legislation to stabilize tenancies in foreclosed properties
S.1848 SD1872 For legislation to require commercially reasonable efforts to avoid foreclosure
H.1850 HD1526 For legislation to make it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of height and weight
H.1896 HD4463 (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish a limited town meeting form of government in the town of Framingham
S.1899 SD1746 For legislation to allow certain online drives license notices
H.1904 HD4465 (by vote of the town) relative to property tax exemptions in the town of Ashland based on household income limits
H.1909 HD4475 (by vote of the town) relative to the election of the members of the board of public works of the town of Hopkinton
S.1913 SD2036 For legislation relative to license renewal notifications
S.1953 SD1938 For legislation relative to safe transportation infrastructure
S.1957 SD1833 For legislation relative to regional transit authorities
S.1990 SD137 For legislation relative to driving with an expired license.
S.2003 SD1919 For legislation relative to the home of the brave
H.2034 HD2168 Relative to the issuance of certificates by registers of probate for certain persons changing marriage names
H.2074 HD3463 Relative to public access of private restrooms
H.2077 HD304 That the Department of Public Health be directed to promulgate regulations governing the administration of medication to children in schools
H.2120 HD1415 Relative to the health care of minors
S.2137 SD2189 For legislation relative to Regional Transit Authorities.
H.2177 HD2578 Relative to the medical security plan for children to include biologically-based disorders with unlimited mental health visits
H.2189 HD311 For legislation to establish a commission (including members of the General Court) for youth violence and gang prevention
H.2247 HD1190 For legislation to to improve the ballistic database through microstamping ammunition
S.2270 SD2401 For legislation to promote economic development throughout the Commonwealth
S.2289 SD2408 For legislation to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation
S.2479 SD2349 For legislation relative to the definition of the word attempt on criminal cases
H.2513 HD2302 For legislation to grant certain creditable services in the teacher's retirement system to A. John Crisafulli of the town of Natick
H.2685 HD3225 For legislation to provide for an income tax credit for expenditures for the design, construction, repair or replacement of failed cesspool or septic systems
H.2717 HD3007 Relative to establishing an organ donation registration fund
H.2728 HD2582 For legislation to expand the renewable energy tax credits to include geothermal energy for non-business residential purposes
H.2753 HD2354 Relative to sales and excise tax exemptions for disabled veterans
H.2818 HD2349 For legislation to create an income tax deduction for municipal and school fees
H.2824 HD1303 Relative to the taxation of public land used for commercial purposes
H.3129 HD3492 For an investigation by a special commission (including membes of the General Court) relative to reducing fuel costs of cities and towns
H.3151 HD263 Relative to the finances of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
H.3190 HD924 Relative to the issuance of motor vehicle registration plates to recipients of the Bronze Star medal
H.3262 HD1034 For legislation to eliminate certain tolls and to raise the tax imposed on gasoline
H.3263 HD2309 For legislation to restrict the use of certain signs on the Massachusetts Turnpike
H.3264 HD2318 For legislation to provide rebates under the fuel tax for expenses imposed for use of highways and bridges of the Turnpike Authority
H.3289 HD3366 For legislation to authorize transportation revenues to be collected in high occupancy vehicle lanes from single passenger vehicles on Route I-93
H.3307 HD851 For legislation to further regulate the use of electronic communication devices by operators of school buses
H.3365 HD2176 Relative to safe transportation infrastructure
H.3401 HD3174 For legislation to provide tuition and fee waivers for members of the National Guard and veterans
H.3418 HD1242 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of gender responsive programming for juvenile justice system involved girls
H.3419 HD1258 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of the need for drug related rehabilitation for clients of the Department of Children and Families
H.3433 HD1308 For legislation to develop a model school curriculum and implementation guidelines related to conflict resolution education
H.3435 HD1323 Relative to long-term suspensions and expulsions of school students
H.3451 HD1339 For legislation to prohibit manufacturers, distributors, or suppliers of prescription pharmaceutical products to offer and participate in direct to consumer rebate programs
H.3515 HD1314 Relative to further regulating recycling rates and expanding the bottle bill, so-called
H.3522 HD1044 For legislation to protect tenants of certain residential properties subject to foreclosure proceedings
H.3531 HD872 For legislation to increase the fees payable to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for performing marriages
H.3559 HD1462 Relative to the continuity of care of mental health treatment
H.3587 HD2165 For legislation to establish a regionalization advisory commission
H.3656 HD2647 Relative to a special education services for low incidence populations
H.3658 HD2662 Relative to fees paid for school transportation
H.3705 HD1116 (by vote of the town) that the town of Natick be authorized to lease certain property in said town
H.3706 HD1149 (by vote of the town) that the town of Natick be authorized to establish a downtown parking fund
H.3745 HD3148 Relative to the taxation of retirement contributions of self employed persons
H.3882 HD4184 That the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be authorized to transfer the gatehouse on Whitehouse Reservoir Dam in the town of Hopkinton to said town
H.3923 HD4205 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court relative to the impact of Alzheimers disease in the Commonwealth
H.4048 HD4262 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Geraldine Egan, an employee of the Department of Public Health
H.4380 HD4722 (by vote of the town) that the town of Medway be authorized to continue the employment of Paul J. Trufant, chief of the fire department of said town.
H.4405 HD4747 (with the approval of the mayor and city council)that the town of Framingham be authorized to promote fire fighter John Costanza
H.4419 HD4775 (by vote of the town) that the town of Natick be authorized to exempt the chief of police from the civil service law in said town
H.4652 HD4969 (by vote of the town) relative to amending the charter of the town of Franklin
H.4882 HD5093 (by vote of the town) that the public works department in the town of Hopkinton be abolished

Through hard work, a keen ability to navigate complex issues, and a demonstrated commitment to advocating for her constituents, Senator Karen E. Spilka has established herself as a respected leader in state government. She represents the MetroWest, one of the most important economic regions in Massachusetts.

Due to her experience in social work, law, and disability issues, Senator Spilka was named the first Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Senator Spilka was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies in February 2009, as well as serving on the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Prior to becoming a legislator, Senator Spilka was in private practice as an arbitrator and mediator, specializing in labor and employment law and community and court mediation. In addition, she has been a facilitator and fact finder in disputes in the public and private sectors, as well as a trainer of adult mediation and school-based peer mediation programs, collaborative-based collective bargaining, and conflict resolution strategies. She has also previously worked as a labor and employment attorney on behalf of employees, unions, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), and the Commonwealth.

Senator Spilka has received considerable recognition for her public service, including being named to the National Honor Roll of State Legislators and appointment to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Human Services and Welfare Committee for 2007–2008. Other awards include the 2009 Health Info Management Association’s Legislator of the Year Award, the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s 1st annual Legislator of the Year Award in 2008, the 2007 Legislative Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations, the 2007 Legislator of the Year Award from the Arc of Massachusetts, the 2006 Legislative Leadership Award from the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, the 2006 Regional Spirit Award from the MetroWest Growth Management Committee, and Advocates, Inc.’s 2006 Medal of Honor.

Personal Information

Profession: Attorney; Arbitrator/Mediator
Spouse: Joel Loitherstein
Pets: 3 chocolate labs
Interests: Reading, Gardening, Bicycling

Career Highlights

  • Co-authored a bill that revolutionizes the way the state does business, increasing access to capital for small businesses so they can hire more workers
  • Spearheaded the creation of the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, increasing mobility for employees, seniors and the disabled in MetroWest
  • Passed Jenny’s Law in memory of a young mother from Ashland, changing the law to make it harder for life insurance companies to deny claims and helping families throughout the Commonwealth
  • Successfully advocated for a provision in the education reform bill that will determine adequacy in quality public school funding

Education & Public Service

  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Cornell University
  • Ashland School Committee (chair, vice-chair)
  • Democratic Town Committee, Fiscal Affairs Committee, Charter Review Committee, Personnel Board
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives, Nov. 2001-2002 (to fill vacancy)
  • Massachusetts State Senate, 2005-present
Second Middlesex and Norfolk -- Consisting of the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick, precincts 1 to 5, inclusive, and 8, in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Franklin, precincts 5, 6, and 8, and Medway in the county of Norfolk.