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Karen E. Spilka Majority Whip

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Karen E. Spilka

Addresses

State House
Room 320
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1640
Fax: 617-722-1077
Email: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.28 SD202 By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 28) of Gale D. Candaras, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Cory Atkins, Jennifer E. Benson and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve quality in early education and care by family child care providers. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.34 SD745 By Ms. Creem, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 34) of Walz, Spilka, Eldridge and other members of the General Court for legislation to bring child support home [Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities].
S.40 SD1202 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 40) of James B. Eldridge, Patricia D. Jehlen, Thomas M. McGee, Cory Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to continuity of care for children and their eligible parents. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.41 SD1534 By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 41) of Spilka, Eldridge, Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote restorative justice practices [Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities].
S.45 SD802 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 45) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Denise Andrews, Cory Atkins, Christine E. Canavan and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a task force relative to the Commonwealth's direct care workforce. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.46 SD1755 By Ms. Jehlen, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 46) of Story, Spilka, Sciortino and other members of the General Court for legislation to eliminate archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities [Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities].
S.55 SD1658 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 55) of Thomas M. McGee, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sal N. DiDomenico, John D. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.56 SD1678 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 56) of Thomas M. McGee, Cory Atkins, Robert F. Fennell, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish the interstate compact for juveniles. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.58 HD901 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 58) of Kay Khan, Karen E. Spilka and George T. Ross relative to access for the office of the child advocate. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.84 HD998 By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 84) of William N. Brownsberger and others relative to child support paid on behalf of current or former recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.100 SD1806 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 100) of James B. Eldridge, Jennifer E. Benson, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Carolyn C. Dykema and others for legislation to protect the privacy of consumer financial information. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.159 HD423 For legislation to promote the successful transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment and independent living
S.171 SD643 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 171) of Bruce E. Tarr, Michael R. Knapik, Richard J. Ross and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to increase research and development in emerging industries. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
H.177 HD990 By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 177) of Alice K. Wolf and others relative to school exclusion data and school dropout reduction. Education.
S.183 SD1635 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 183) of Harriette L. Chandler, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Byron Rushing and other members of the General Court for legislation to design civics as a high school graduation requirement. Education.
S.185 SD981 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 185) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Denise Provost, Elizabeth A. Malia, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent students from dropping out of school. Education.
S.188 SD1399 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 188) of Katherine M. Clark, Geraldo Alicea, Jennifer L. Flanagan, Paul Brodeur and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to third grade reading proficiency. Education.
H.193 HD961 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 193) of Sean Garballey and others relative to the reimbursement of local costs of special elections. Election Laws.
S.201 SD552 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.216 SD1515 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 216) of Thomas M. McGee, Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve quality physical education. Education.
S.220 SD349 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 220) of Michael O. Moore, James B. Eldridge, Michael R. Knapik, Carolyn C. Dykema and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to special education technical assistance grants. Education.
S.222 SD1659 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 222) of Richard T. Moore, Bruce E. Tarr, James E. Timilty, James Arciero and other members of the General Court for legislation to revive and continue the Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning. Education.
S.228 SD1099 By Mr. Ross, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 228) of Richard J. Ross, Karen E. Spilka, Bruce E. Tarr and Daniel B. Winslow for legislation relative to the definition of students enrolled in special education classes inside and outside of school districts. Education.
S.244 SD646 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 244) of Bruce E. Tarr, Michael R. Knapik and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to promote alternative dispute resolution for students. Education.
S.272 SD806 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 272) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Alice K. Wolf, Christine E. Canavan, Frank I. Smizik and others for legislation to promote the development of small house nursing homes in the Commonwealth. Elder Affairs.
S.274 SD1512 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 274) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Frederick E. Berry, Richard T. Moore, Frank I. Smizik and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to residents of continuing care retirement communities. Elder Affairs.
S.302 SD39 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 302) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Thomas M. Stanley, Cynthia S. Creem and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to pre-registration of voters. Election Laws.
S.313 SD1836 By Mr. Petruccelli, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 313) of Anthony W. Petruccelli, Cory Atkins, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Carlo Basile and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish risk-based audits of election results. Election Laws.
S.329 SD268 By Mr. Brewer, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 329) of Spilka and Brewer for legislation to preserve an equitable allocation of drinking water supplies for the citizens of the Commonwealth [Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture].
H.347 HD903 By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 347) of Alice K. Wolf and others relative to dementia patients in longterm care facilities Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.
S.353 SD1385 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 353) of James B. Eldridge, Lori A. Ehrlich, Thomas P. Conroy, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to plastic bag reduction. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.397 SD1411 By Mr. Tolman, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 397) of Naughton, Ashe, Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation for a healthy Massachusetts: safer alternatives to toxic chemicals [Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture].
H.450 HD923 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 450) of Kay Khan and others relative to youthful offenders and criminal offender record information. The Judiciary.
S.461 SD754 For legislation to further regulate insurance underwriting and motor vehicle liability ratings
H.462 HD861 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 462) of David Paul Linsky and others relative to providing special education schools with criminal offender record information. The Judiciary.
S.492 SD1502 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 492) of Katherine M. Clark, James B. Eldridge, Kay Khan, Elizabeth A. Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve the children's medical security program and simplifying the administration process. [COMMITTEE].
S.511 SD1429 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 511) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Alice K. Wolf, Brian M. Ashe, Michael D. Brady and other members of the General Court for legislation to encourage preventive care. Health Care Financing.
S.519 SD1381 By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 519) of Mark C. Montigny, David B. Sullivan, John P. Fresolo, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to health care affordability. Health Care Financing.
S.530 SD1647 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 530) of Richard T. Moore, Robert M. Koczera, James J. Dwyer, James B. Eldridge and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect the confidentiality of patient prescription records. Health Care Financing.
S.539 SD1779 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 539) of Richard T. Moore, Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to promote safe patient care and support the nursing profession. Health Care Financing.
S.542 SD908 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 542) of Marc R. Pacheco, Karen E. Spilka, Daniel A. Wolf and Katherine M. Clark for legislation relative to the composition of the health care quality and cost council. Health Care Financing.
S.548 SD1165 By Mr. Rodrigues, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 548) of Michael J. Rodrigues, Karen E. Spilka, Benjamin B. Downing, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to manufacturer rebates and discount programs. Health Care Financing.
S.558 SD1646 By Mr. Tolman, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 558) of Steven A. Tolman, Sal N. DiDomenico, Patricia D. Jehlen, Brian M. Ashe and others for legislation to establish cost avoidance through care at home. Health Care Financing.
S.565 SD190 By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 565) of Gale D. Candaras, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., James B. Eldridge, David Paul Linsky and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote higher education among employees of human services provider organizations. Higher Education.
H.594 HD524 By [SPONSOR PREFIX] [SPONSOR NAME] of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 594) of [PETITIONERS LIST] that the Department of Public Health be directed to promulgate regulations governing the administration of medication to children in schools. Public Health.
S.655 SD228 By Mr. Brewer, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 655) of Spilka, deMacedo, Pignatelli and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to animals [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
S.665 SD107 By Ms. Candaras, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 665) of Gale D. Candaras, Steven M. Walsh, John V. Fernandes, Bruce E. Tarr and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform and improve alimony [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
S.671 SD748 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 671) of Harriette L. Chandler, Cynthia S. Creem, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to public health. The Judiciary.
S.672 SD1369 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 672) of Harriette L. Chandler, Cynthia S. Creem, Patricia D. Jehlen, Karen E. Spilka and others for legislation to sentence children. The Judiciary.
S.673 SD1499 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 673) of Harriette L. Chandler, Sal N. DiDomenico, James B. Eldridge, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish mandatory foreclosure mediation with judicial review. The Judiciary.
S.764 SD536 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.
H.772 HD606 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 772) of David Paul Linsky, Chris Walsh and Karen E. Spilka relative to the taxation of commercial uses in common areas of condominium complexes. Revenue.
S.773 SD1535 By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 773) of Spilka, O'Day, Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to expungement of criminal records [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
H.777 HD705 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 777) of Elizabeth A. Malia, Thomas M. Menino and others relative to the taxation of public land used for commercial purposes. Revenue.
S.786 SD335 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 786) of Robert L. Hedlund, Thomas J. Calter, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Timothy R. Madden and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent farm animal cruelty. The Judiciary.
H.788 HD988 By Mr. Pignatelli of Lenox, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 788) of William Smitty Pignatelli and others exempting agencies of the Commonwealth and cities and towns from payment of the tax imposed on the sale of gasoline. Revenue.
S.820 SD31 By Mr. Montigny, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 820) of Mark C. Montigny, Louis L. Kafka, Antonio F. D. Cabral and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to anti-human trafficking and protection [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
S.827 SD1380 By Mr. Montigny, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 827) of Mark C. Montigny, Russell Holmes, Alice Hanlon Peisch and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the commercial exploitation of people [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
H.869 HD625 By Messrs. Kaufman of Lexington and DiNatale of Fitchburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 869) of Jay R. Kaufman, Stephen L. DiNatale and others for legislation to regulate the establishment of municipal lighting plants. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.902 SD174 By Mr. Tolman, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 902) of Steven A. Tolman and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to identity theft jurisdiction. The Judiciary.
S.921 SD1547 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 921) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sean Garballey, Ellen Story, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a middle-skills council and the creation of regional skills academies in the Commonwealth. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.923 HD642 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 923) of David Paul Linsky and others for legislation to restrict the use of certain signs on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Transportation.
H.926 HD887 By Mr. Madden of Nantucket, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 926) of Timothy R. Madden and others relative to speed limits . Transportation.
S.930 SD189 By Ms. Jehlen , a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 930) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Susan C. Fargo, Marty Walz, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish paid sick days. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.980 HD1217 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 980) of Kay Khan and others for legislation relative to reckless endangerment of persons with disabilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.984 SD425 By Ms. Flanagan, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 984) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, Dennis A. Rosa, James B. Eldridge, Susan C. Fargo and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to proportional payments of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project [Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse].
H.985 HD1299 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 985) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to provide adult transitional support services for persons with disabilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.990 SD374 By Mr. Tolman, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 990) of Steven A. Tolman, James B. Eldridge, Patricia S. Jehlen, Cory Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to children's mental health clinicians [Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse].
S.1020 SD973 By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1020) of Wolf, Torrisi, Sullivan and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote municipal collaboration and regionalization throughout the Commonwealth [Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government].
S.1033 SD1729 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1033) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Cory Atkins, Jennifer E. Benson, Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and other members of the General Court for legislation to further regulate municipal animal control. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1046 SD1776 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1046) of Richard T. Moore, Geraldo Alicea, Carolyn C. Dykema, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote municipal efficiency and innovation through regional collaboration. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1072 SD215 By Ms. Candaras, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1072) of Swan, Spilka, Puppolo and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the registration of clinical exercise physiologists [Joint Committee on Public Health].
H.1094 HD1923 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1094) of Martha M. Walz and others relative to the academic success of foster children. Education.
S.1098 SD1683 By Ms. Fargo, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1098) of deMacedo, Eldridge, Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation to adopt the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act [Joint Committee on Public Health].
S.1108 SD1660 By Ms. Jehlen, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1108) of Wolf, Timilty, Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase routine screening for HIV [Joint Committee on Public Health].
S.1126 SD49 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1126) of Michael O. Moore, Patricia D. Jehlen, John W. Scibak, David B. Sullivan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimers Project. Public Health.
H.1138 HD1289 By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1138) of Robert M. Koczera and others relative to the water pollution abatement revolving loan program. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.1150 SD1766 By Mr. Moore, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1150) of Richard T. Moore, William N. Brownsberger, Cory Atkins, Bruce E. Tarr and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve the delivery of health care [Joint Committee on Public Health].
S.1155 SD1860 By Mr. Moore, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1155) of Tarr, Spilka, Puppolo and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to public health volunteer responders [Joint Committee on Public Health].
H.1167 HD1159 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1167) of Chris Walsh and others relative to the use of aqueducts owned by the Commonwealth for passive recreation. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.1177 HD1656 By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1177) of Ruth B. Balser and others relative to the continuity of care of mental health treatment. Financial Services.
H.1191 HD1592 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1191) of Kay Khan and others relative to health insurance for human service providers and their employees. Financial Services.
S.1194 SD1449 By Ms. Chandler, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1194) of Spilka, Donnelly, Eldridge and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Commonwealth Fusion Center and other intelligence data centers [Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security].
S.1206 SD742 By Mr. DiDomenico, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1206) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Frederick E. Berry, Sean Garballey, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote the public health through workplace safety for social workers [Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security].
S.1246 SD329 By Mr. Timilty, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1246) of James E. Timilty, Thomas P. Kennedy, Denise Andrews and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to the Architectural Access Board [Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security].
S.1285 SD142 By Mr. DiDomenico, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1285) of Spilka, McGee, Stanley and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to age restrictions for veterans applying to be police officers and firefighters [Joint Committee on Public Service].
H.1294 HD1635 By Mr. Donato of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1294) of Paul J. Donato and others relative to court proceedings and services provided to certain children. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.1298 HD1502 By Ms. Fox of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1298) of Gloria L. Fox and others for legislation to permit purging of juveniles delinquency records. The Judiciary.
H.1355 HD1451 By Mr. Pedone of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1355) of Vincent A. Pedone and others relative to establishing mandatory foreclosure mediation with judicial review. The Judiciary.
H.1385 HD1130 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1385) of Martha M. Walz and others for legislation to raise the maximum age for jurors. The Judiciary.
H.1393 HD1899 By Representative Forry of Boston and Senator Hart, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1393) of Linda Dorcena Forry, John A. Hart and others for legislation to establish a "right to know" policy for certain temporary employees. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.1409 SD927 By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1409) of James T. Welch, Sal N. DiDomenico and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to impairment of health caused by infectious disease. Public Service.
S.1442 SD66 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1442) of James B. Eldridge, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., Carolyn C. Dykema, Ellen Story and other members of the General Court for legislation to tax telephone and telegraph corporation machinery. Revenue.
H.1499 HD1101 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1499) of David Paul Linsky and Karen E. Spilka relative to lead paint testing. Public Health.
H.1500 HD1160 By [SPONSOR PREFIX] [SPONSOR NAME] of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1500) of [PETITIONERS LIST] relative to the health care of minors. Public Health.
S.1526 SD616 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1526) of Bruce E. Tarr, Richard J. Ross, Richard T. Moore, James E. Timilty and others for legislation to establish a commuter tax deduction. Revenue.
S.1548 SD312 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1548) of James E. Timilty, Sal N. DiDomenico, Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to tax exemptions for school related expenses. Revenue.
H.1557 HD1016 By Mr. Honan of Boston and Senator Moore, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1557) of Kevin G. Honan and others relative to further regulating the Architectural Access Board of the Department of Public Safety to promote accessible housing for people with disabilities. Housing.
H.1561 HD1099 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1561) of David Paul Linsky and others for legislation to to improve the ballistic database through microstamping ammunition. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1575 SD1182 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1575) of Jason M. Lewis, William N. Brownsberger, Sal N. DiDomenico, Jennifer E. Benson and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance access to electronic public records. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1600 SD1622 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1600) of Richard T. Moore, Robert M. Koczera, Cory Atkins, Steven A. Baddour and other members of the General Court for legislation to established the Sunset Review Commission. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.1631 HD1428 By Mr. James J. O'Day of West Boylston, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 01631) of David M. Nangle and others relative to the retirement benefits of certain employees of the Department of Social Services. Joint Committee on Public Service.
S.1650 SD45 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1650) of Cynthia S. Creem, Alice K. Wolf, Denise Andrews, Cory Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation to update the bottle bill . Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1651 SD911 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1651) of Cynthia S. Creem, Sean Garballey, Cory Atkins, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote energy efficient lighting, conserve energy, regulate outdoor night lighting, and reduce light pollution. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1654 SD29 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1654) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sean Garballey, Katherine M. Clark, George T. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.1702 HD1103 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1702) of David Paul Linsky and others for legislation to create an income tax deduction for municipal and school fees. Revenue.
S.1706 SD479 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1706) of Robert L. Hedlund, Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera, James M. Murphy, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the treatment of elephants. Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
S.1818 SD493 By Mr. Hart, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1818) of John Hart, Jr., James T. Welch, David T. Vieira, James M. Cantwell and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to fuel and shelter benefits for veterans. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
S.1825 SD1525 By Mr. Hart, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1825) of John Hart, Jr., Todd M. Smola, Sal N. DiDomenico, Richard T. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation to train and certify veterans service officers and agents. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.1832 HD1351 By Representative Torrisi of North Andover and Senator Eldridge, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1832) of David M. Torrisi and others for an appropriation of a certain sum of money to provide for the establishment of an education loan repayment program for social workers. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.1839 SD1600 By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1839) of James B. Eldridge, Linda Dorcena Forry, Peter V. Kocot, Susan C. Fargo and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs [Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities].
S.1841 SD82 By Ms. Creem, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1841) of Wolf, Welch, Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to sustain community preservation [Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses].
S.1845 SD231 By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1845) of Michael O. Moore, Sal N. DiDomenico, Bruce E. Tarr, Harriette L. Chandler and other members of the General Court for legislation to make technical corrections to the small business regulatory impact statements. Community Development and Small Businesses.
H.1847 HD1931 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1847) of Chris Walsh, Tom Sannicandro and Karen E. Spilka (by vote of the town) relative to collective bargaining of health insurance in the town of Framingham. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
S.1857 SD820 By Ms. Jehlen, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1857) of Berry, Wolf, Wolf and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote equal choice a cost savings in health care [Joint Committee on Health Care Financing].
S.1863 SD934 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1863) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Denise Andrews, William N. Brownsberger, Christine E. Canavan and other members of the General Court for legislation to clarify parental rights for unpaid leave. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1901 HD2760 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1901) of Linda Dean Campbell and others for legislation to establish a board of registration of behavior analysts within the Division of Professional Licensure. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.1964 HD2287 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1964) of Martha M. Walz and others for legislation to reduce the dropout rate of students in the public schools. Education.
H.1990 HD2022 By Ms. Ehrlich of Marblehead, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1990) of Lori A. Ehrlich and others relative to reducing the use of non-compostable plastic bags in retail sales. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.2041 SD2088 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. ) of Bruce E. Tarr, James E. Vallee, Michael R. Knapik, Cory Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation to recognize those in military service. Transportaion.
H.2083 HD2337 By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2083) of John V. Fernandes and others relative to transfers of assets by MassHealth members. Health Care Financing.
H.2160 HD2939 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2160) of John W. Scibak and others relative to providing for protection from domestic violence. The Judiciary.
H.2161 HD2943 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2161) of John W. Scibak and others for legislation to permit the setting of both cash bail and pretrial conditions in domestic violence matters. The Judiciary.
H.2168 HD2290 By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2168) of John V. Fernandes and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to require an administrative fee to be paid to the Commissioner of Probation by persons requesting the sealing of criminal records. The Judiciary.
H.2169 HD2306 By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2169) of John V. Fernandes and Karen E. Spilka relative to the administration of sealing criminal cases. The Judiciary.
H.2277 HD2838 By Representatives Walsh of Boston and Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2277) of Martin J. Walsh, Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to the protection of children under the age of 18 who have been subject to sexual exploitation. The Judiciary.
H.2294 HD2991 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2294) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others relative to the pooling of tips for certain service employees. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.2334 HD2717 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2334) of Karen E. Spilka and Tom Sannicandro relative to municipal account payable periods. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.2516 HD2986 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2516) of Jonathan Hecht and others relative to the taxation of telephone or telegraph corporations. Revenue.
H.2567 HD2088 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2567) of Chris Walsh and others establishing a property tax incentive for small property improvements. Revenue.
H.2714 HD3446 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2714) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others relative to fees paid for school transportation. Education.
H.2862 HD3208 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2862) of Steven L. Levy, James J. Dwyer and Karen E. Spilka relative to the conduct of public employees and the conflict of interest law. The Judiciary.
H.2901 HD1355 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2901) of David Paul Linsky and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the health and safety of electric and magnetic fields from transmission lines. Public Health.
H.2993 HD3058 By Representative Forry of Boston and Senator DiDomenico, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2993) of Linda Dorcena Forry, Sal N. DiDomenico and others for legislation to provide for a corporate tax deduction to allow businesses to provide home energy efficiency audits to employees. Revenue.
H.3270 HD1751 By Representative Fernandes of Milford and Senator Moore, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3270) of John V. Fernandes, Richard T. Moore and others for legislation to reduce pollution caused by phosphorus runoff. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.3378 HD3134 By Mr. Ashe of Longmeadow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3378) of Brian M. Ashe and others for the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor designating the last day of February as Rare Disease Day. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.3410 HD2300 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3410) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others relative to a 14-day continuance by the court when dealing with veterans of the armed forces. The Judiciary.
H.3542 HD1444 By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3542) of Cory Atkins and others for legislation to provide that cytologic screenings performed at the same time as annual physical examinations be separately billed by health care providers and paid by insurers. Financial Services.
H.3554 HD2321 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3554) of Bruce Tarr and others relative to the taxation of persons primarily engaged in agriculture, farming or commercial fishing. Revenue.
H.3587 HD3681 By Mr. Chan of Quincy, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Tackey Chan and others for legislation to regulate sex offender registration in the 21st century. The Judiciary.
H.3628 HD2980 By Mr. Conroy of Wayland, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3628) of Thomas P. Conroy and others relative to the disclosure of consumer credit financial records. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.3636 HD3888 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David Paul Linsky and others for legislation to establish a penalty for parents, legal guardians or caretakers failing to report the death of a minor child. The Judiciary.
H.3890 HD4144 By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jason M. Lewis and others for legislation to authorize municipalities to create stabilization funds for special education costs. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.3921 HD4126 By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ronald Mariano and others relative to the classification of risk for volunteer drivers for non-profit organizations providing transportation options for senior citizens . Financial Services.
H.3922 HD4127 By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ronald Mariano and others relative to the acquisition and use of motor vehicles by charitable organizations for the purpose of transporting senior and disabled citizens. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.4497 HD4590 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Tom Sannicandro and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Wendy Watts, an employee of Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Public Service.
H.4540 HD4523 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Chris Walsh, Tom Sannicandro and Karen E. Spilka relative to property tax assessments. Revenue.

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.

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