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Karen E. Spilka Majority Whip

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Karen E. Spilka

Addresses

State House
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Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1640
Fax: 617-722-1077
Email: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.12 SD1 By Ms. Murray, a petition (accompanied by proposal, Senate, No. 12) of Therese Murray, Josh S. Cutler, James M. Cantwell, Barry R. Finegold and other members of the General Court for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to absentee and early voting. Election Laws.
S.20 SD71 By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 20) of Gale D. Candaras, Karen E. Spilka and Bruce E. Tarr for legislation to require child and parent involvement in permanency and placement planning. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.27 SD345 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 27) of Thomas M. McGee, Paul J. Donato, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to foster care children. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.35 SD501 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 35) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Linda Dorcena Forry, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation regarding pathways to family economic self-sufficiency . Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.70 SD288 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 70) of Eileen M. Donoghue, James Arciero, Michael J. Finn, James J. Dwyer and other members of the General Court for legislation to lessen the financial burden on small limited liability companies. Community Development and Small Businesses.
S.80 SD711 By Mr. Barrett, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 80) of Michael Barrett, Cleon H. Turner, Paul McMurtry, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to regulate the use of credit reports by employers. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.96 SD1100 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 96) of James B. Eldridge, Robert M. Koczera, Kay Khan, Thomas P. Conroy and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect the privacy of consumer financial information. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.128 SD1008 By Ms. O'Connor Ives, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 128) of Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Karen E. Spilka and Sal N. DiDomenico for legislation relative to unsolicited loans. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.135 HD364 By Representative O'Day of West Boylston and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 135) of James J. O'Day and others relative to housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.137 HD727 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 137) of James J. O'Day and others relative to eligibility and appropriations for programs for persons with disabilities, including the "Turning 22" program, so-called. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.151 HD1379 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 151) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to assist people with disabilities in realizing their rights and exercising their responsibilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.154 HD2607 By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 154) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to the protection of the mental and physical health of minors from sexual orientation and/or gender identity change efforts. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.155 SD665 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 155) of James E. Timilty, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Michael F. Rush and other members of the General Court for legislation to regulate secondary metals dealing. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.156 HD1184 By Mr. Stanley of Waltham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 156) of Thomas M. Stanley and others relative to funding health and human service programs. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.170 SD385 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 170) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Daniel A. Wolf, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to cultural district eligibility for the MassWorks infrastructure program. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
H.179 HD2742 By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 179) of Jennifer E. Benson and others for legislation to expand the sale of products by farmer breweries. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.199 SD1405 By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 199) of James T. Welch, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Karen E. Spilka and Michael R. Knapik for legislation to establish a special legislative commission on young professionals. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.203 SD668 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 203) of Harriette L. Chandler, Jason M. Lewis, Bruce E. Tarr, Eileen M. Donoghue and other members of the General Court for legislation to involve youth in civic engagement. Education.
S.207 SD1419 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 207) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Katherine M. Clark, Barry R. Finegold, Danielle W. Gregoire and other members of the General Court for legislation to revive the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Education.
S.208 SD1489 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 208) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Michael R. Knapik, Harriette L. Chandler, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to dropout prevention and recovery. Education.
S.246 SD343 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 246) of Thomas M. McGee, Kay Khan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael F. Rush and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to physical education in public schools. Education.
H.267 HD999 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 267) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.282 SD857 By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 282) of James T. Welch, Michael J. Rodrigues, Carlos Henriquez, Colleen M. Garry and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to CPR and AED certification for athletic coaches. Education.
S.288 SD1653 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 288) of Harriette L. Chandler, Richard T. Moore, Bruce E. Tarr, Jennifer L. Flanagan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Commonwealth's nursing facilities. Elder Affairs.
S.292 SD887 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 292) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Christopher G. Fallon, Jason M. Lewis, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote equal choice a cost savings in health care. Elder Affairs.
S.293 SD900 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 293) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Sal N. DiDomenico, Jonathan Hecht, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote the development of small house nursing homes in the Commonwealth. Elder Affairs.
S.297 SD344 By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 297) of Thomas M. McGee, William N. Brownsberger, Martha M. Walz, Paul Brodeur and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to reserving beds in nursing homes for residents during certain leaves of absence. Elder Affairs.
S.299 SD1057 By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 299) of Mark C. Montigny, William N. Brownsberger, James J. O'Day, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to assist families care for elders. Elder Affairs.
S.301 SD1377 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 301) of Richard T. Moore, Mark C. Montigny, John V. Fernandes, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to reserving beds in nursing homes during certain leaves of absence. Elder Affairs.
H.302 HD3337 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 302) of Chris Walsh and others relative to the sale of alcohol on Sundays. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.314 SD1139 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 314) of Cynthia S. Creem, Kenneth I. Gordon, Kay Khan, Jonathan Hecht and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish election day registration. Election Laws.
H.321 HD304 By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Rosenberg, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 321) of Sarah K. Peake, Stanley C. Rosenberg and others relative to coordinating the availability of transit services to employees of existing and expanding businesses by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.344 SD1422 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 344) of William N. Brownsberger, Martha M. Walz, Lori A. Ehrlich, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to create a process to evaluate exposure to catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.354 SD998 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 354) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Katherine M. Clark, Michael Barrett, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to healthy families and businesses . Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.380 SD769 By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 380) of Michael O. Moore, Michael J. Rodrigues, Sal N. DiDomenico, Linda Dorcena Forry and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to food trusts. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.381 SD1226 By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 381) of Michael O. Moore, James B. Eldridge, William N. Brownsberger, Thomas M. Stanley and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance the enforcement of illegal hunting practices. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.394 HD2594 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 394) of Sean Garballey and others for legislation to include the history of working people and the labor movement in the United States in the public school curriculum. Education.
S.398 SD1126 By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 398) of Michael F. Rush, Martin J. Walsh, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to requiring recycling in state buildings. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.415 SD843 By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 415) of Stephen M. Brewer, Gloria L. Fox, Martha M. Walz, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure access to life-saving colorectal cancer and breast cancer screenings. Financial Services.
S.439 SD825 By Mr. Finegold, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 439) of Barry R. Finegold and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to patient medication adherence. Financial Services.
H.443 HD2039 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 443) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to suicide prevention training in schools. Education.
S.460 SD1357 By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 460) of Mark C. Montigny and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to establish accountability for managed care organizations. Financial Services.
S.477 SD491 By Mr. Petruccelli, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 477) of Anthony W. Petruccelli and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to patient financial protection. Financial Services.
S.503 SD373 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 503) of Katherine M. Clark, John V. Fernandes, Karen E. Spilka, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to transfer assests by MassHealth members. Health Care Financing.
H.511 HD2261 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 511) of Chris Walsh and others for legislation to increase the state reimbursements for special education costs. Education.
H.512 HD2279 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 512) of Chris Walsh and others for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to mandated reports and data submissions required of local school districts . Education.
H.528 HD1455 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 528) of Martha M. Walz and others relative to requiring the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to review state-mandated reporting requirements for school districts . Education.
H.584 HD2574 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 584) of Sean Garballey and others relative to the reimbursement of local costs of special elections. Election Laws.
S.584 SD51 By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 584) of Michael O. Moore, Michael R. Knapik, Cory Atkins, Karen E. Spilka and others for legislation relative to nursing school articulation between degree granting programs of state and community colleges of the Commonwealth. Higher Education.
S.631 SD62 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 631) of William N. Brownsberger, Ruth B. Balser, Patricia D. Jehlen, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to decriminalize non-violent and verbal student misconduct. The Judiciary.
S.643 SD568 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 643) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Benjamin B. Downing, Cynthia S. Creem, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to equal access to public places regardless of gender identity. The Judiciary.
S.656 SD1613 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 656) of Katherine M. Clark, Paul Brodeur, Donald H. Wong, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect our communities. The Judiciary.
S.684 SD1204 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 684) of Cynthia S. Creem, Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to special juveniles. The Judiciary.
H.695 HD3079 By Ms. Ehrlich of Marblehead, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 695) of Lori A. Ehrlich and others relative to hydraulic fracturing wastewater. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.725 SD598 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 725) of James B. Eldridge, Michael O. Moore, William N. Brownsberger, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles. The Judiciary.
S.741 SD1690 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 741) of Robert L. Hedlund, Thomas M. Stanley, Martha M. Walz, John P. Fresolo and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent animal cruelty. The Judiciary.
S.843 SD725 By Mr. Barrett, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 843) of Michael Barrett, Cleon H. Turner, Kenneth I. Gordon, Paul R. Heroux and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide fair chances for employment. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.858 SD782 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 858) of James B. Eldridge, Benjamin B. Downing, Marc R. Pacheco, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish uniform wage compliance and recordkeeping. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.879 SD773 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 879) of Marc R. Pacheco, Robert M. Koczera and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to establish the Massachusetts Service Alliance. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.890 SD968 By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 890) of Michael F. Rush, Karen E. Spilka and Thomas J. Calter for legislation relative to protections extended to lay teachers in parochial schools. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.900 SD861 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 900) of Daniel A. Wolf, Patricia D. Jehlen, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish earned paid sick time. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.908 SD777 By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 908) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.909 SD781 By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 909) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.916 HD2601 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 916) of Sean Garballey and others relative to coverage standards for children under private insurance . Financial Services.
S.941 SD588 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 941) of James B. Eldridge, Eileen M. Donoghue, Denise Andrews, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.946 SD1099 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 946) of James B. Eldridge, Karen E. Spilka, Paul McMurtry, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote municipal collaboration and regionalization throughout the Commonwealth. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.964 SD1526 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 964) of Richard T. Moore, John V. Fernandes and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to promote transparency in municipal finance. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.984 HD2669 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 984) of John W. Scibak and others relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Financial Services.
S.987 SD77 By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 987) of Gale D. Candaras, Paul McMurtry, Christopher G. Fallon, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to permit spouses to to serve as paid caregivers. Public Health.
S.992 SD103 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 992) of Harriette L. Chandler, John W. Scibak, Karen E. Spilka, Mark C. Montigny and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to adult dental restoration. Public Health.
S.1003 SD231 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1003) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Daniel A. Wolf, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to workplace safety for social workers. Public Health.
S.1006 SD824 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1006) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Karen E. Spilka and James B. Eldridge for legislation relative to the notification breast abnormalties. Public Health.
S.1013 SD805 By Mr. Finegold, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1013) of Barry R. Finegold, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Gale D. Candaras, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to prohibit clinical laboratory self-referrals. Public Health.
S.1032 SD1767 By Mr. Keenan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1032) of John F. Keenan, Martin J. Walsh, Mark C. Montigny, James M. Murphy and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the in-office sales of medical devices and products. Public Health.
H.1036 HD1357 By Mr. Mahoney of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1036) of John J. Mahoney and others for legislation to make for-profit hospitals and hospitals that are part of for-profit hospitals eligible for annual grants awarded by the Health Policy Commission. Health Care Financing.
S.1087 SD1011 By Ms. O'Connor Ives, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1087) of Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Karen E. Spilka and Sal N. DiDomenico for legislation relative to patient notification. Public Health.
S.1107 SD867 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1107) of Daniel A. Wolf, Sarah K. Peake, Cleon H. Turner, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the practice of acupuncture. Public Health.
S.1110 SD1410 By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1110) of Stephen M. Brewer, Todd M. Smola, Nicholas A. Boldyga, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to missing persons. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1126 SD1619 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1126) of Cynthia S. Creem, William N. Brownsberger, Ruth B. Balser, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to firearms and firearms violence. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1189 SD632 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1189) of James E. Timilty, Stephen L. DiNatale, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to police training. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1200 SD929 By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1200) of James T. Welch, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to zero tolerance for violence and aggression by adults at youth sporting events. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1214 SD594 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1214) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Paul R. Heroux, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to age restrictions for veterans applying to be police officers and firefighters. Public Service.
H.1312 HD768 By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1312) of John V. Fernandes and Karen E. Spilka for legislation to establish a parent child testimonial privilege. The Judiciary.
S.1324 SD1164 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1324) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Martha M. Walz, Thomas P. Conroy, Barry R. Finegold and other members of the General Court for legislation to create an early educator earned income tax credit. Revenue.
H.1455 HD3382 By Messrs. Lawn of Watertown and Stanley of Waltham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1455) of John J. Lawn, Jr., Thomas M. Stanley and others relative to the statute of limitations for certain sexual abuse crimes. The Judiciary.
S.1509 SD1303 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1509) of Richard T. Moore, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Michael O. Moore, John V. Fernandes and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish the commission on government accountability, economy, and efficiency. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1510 SD1304 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1510) of Richard T. Moore, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Michael O. Moore, Randy Hunt and other members of the General Court for legislation to established the Sunset Review Commission. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1514 SD1416 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1514) of Richard T. Moore, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Michael O. Moore, John V. Fernandes and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote American manufacturing. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1534 SD1257 By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1534) of Michael F. Rush, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, William N. Brownsberger, Carlo Basile and other members of the General Court for legislation to allow for municipal innovation through procurement reform. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1573 SD844 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1573) of Cynthia S. Creem, Sean Garballey, Kay Khan, Daniel A. Wolf 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.1575 SD1279 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1575) of Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger, James B. Eldridge, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to community access to energy efficiency programs and green jobs. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1579 SD1174 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1579) of Benjamin B. Downing, William N. Brownsberger, Martha M. Walz, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to further promote electric vehicles. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1588 SD522 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1588) of Cynthia S. Creem, Benjamin B. Downing, Daniel A. Wolf, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to update the bottle bill . Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1624 SD293 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1624) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Daniel A. Wolf, Karen E. Spilka and Ann-Margaret Ferrante for legislation relative to cultural facilities grants. Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
H.1671 HD2256 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1671) of Chris Walsh and others for legislation to include Framingham in the Worcester Division of the Housing Court Department. The Judiciary.
S.1742 SD1399 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1742) of Richard T. Moore, Michael O. Moore, John V. Fernandes, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a service-disabled veteran-owned small business procurement program for state contracts and purchasing. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.1745 HD1596 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1745) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others for legislation to prohibit prospective employer discrimination against persons who are or have been unemployed. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.1749 SD1564 By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1749) of Michael F. Rush, Bruce E. Tarr, Linda Campbell, Martin J. Walsh and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the term "Gold Star" and for related purposes. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
S.1750 SD856 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by resolution, Senate, No. 1750) of Daniel A. Wolf, James B. Eldridge, William N. Brownsberger, Michael Barrett and other members of the General Court for the adoption of resolutions to amend the federal budget. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.1784 HD467 By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1784) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation relative to proportional payments of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1791 HD445 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1791) of Kay Khan and others relative to juvenile mental health and substance abuse. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1795 HD1866 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1795) of Kay Khan and others relative to conducting a review of mental health and substance abuse services for families and children in the care of the Commonwealth. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.1819 Text of amendment number (30) relative to real lives offered by Ms. Clark, Ms. Spilka, Ms. O'Connor Ives, Ms. Chang-Diaz and Mr. Joyce to the Ways and Means amendment (Senate, No. 3)
H.1853 HD692 By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1853) of Jay R. Kaufman and others for legislation to promote municipal collaboration and regionalization throughout the Commonwealth. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.1874 HD1738 By Ms. Reinstein of Revere, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1874) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein and others relative to the protection of puppies and kittens. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1880 SD1896 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James B. Eldridge, Therese Murray, Bruce E. Tarr, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the Senate for legislation to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.1914 SD1898 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund, Richard J. Ross, Linda Campbell and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animal welfare and safety. The Judiciary.
H.1950 HD1657 By Messrs. Fernandes of Milford and Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1950) of John V. Fernandes and others relative to prohibiting clinical laboratory self-referrals. Public Health.
H.2029 HD1307 By Ms. Malia of Boston and Senator Keenan, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2029) of Elizabeth A. Malia, John F. Keenan and others relative to the certification of alcohol and drug free housing by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health. Public Health.
H.2047 HD1397 By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 2047) of Sarah K. Peake, Patricia D. Jehlen and others providing for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging. Public Health.
H.2125 HD1245 By Mr. Brodeur of Melrose, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2125) of Paul Brodeur and others for legislation to require training for police and correction officers interacting with persons with autism spectrum disorders. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.2189 HD1513 By Mr. Roy of Franklin, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2189) of Jeffrey N. Roy, Karen E. Spilka and Richard J. Ross for legislation to establish a regional public safety communications and dispatch center for the towns of Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.2459 HD2111 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2459) of Chris Walsh and Karen E. Spilka relative to providing certain retirement benefits for MassDot employees. Public Service.
H.2593 HD2701 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2593) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to increase the tobacco excise tax, supplement the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and reduce youth tobacco consumption. Revenue.
H.2629 HD686 By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2629) of Jay R. Kaufman and others for legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses. Revenue.
H.2882 HD3192 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2882) of John W. Scibak and others for the annual proclamation by the Governor setting apart May 4th as PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day, to raise awareness of the occurrence of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2931 HD2926 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2931) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others that the clean energy technology center utilize state funds to develop and execute a program to pilot test innovative water technologies. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2988 HD2210 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2988) of Chris Walsh and others for legislation to authorize the Department of Public Utilities to promulgate rules and regulations relative to landscape management by transmission companies. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.3119 HD296 By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Rosenberg, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3119) of Sarah K. Peake, Stanley Rosenberg and others for legislation to authorize regional transit authorities to establish enterprise funds. Transportation.
H.3183 HD629 By Mr. Dwyer of Woburn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3183) of James J. Dwyer and others for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to creating a state office of veterans business assistance. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.3184 HD2927 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3184) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others relative to tuition and fee waivers for armed forces reserves. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.3234 HD3093 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3234) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others for legislation to establish the Sudbury watershed advisory committee. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.3242 HD1154 By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3242) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others relative to providing protection from domestic violence. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.3422 HD1483 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3422) of Tom Sannicandro, Chris Walsh and Karen E. Spilka relative to the filing of vacancies of certain nominated candidates for public office. Election Laws.
H.3460 HD3615 By Representative Cronin of Easton and Senator Kennedy, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Claire D. Cronin, Thomas Kennedy and others relative to providing for home modifications and moving expenses for certain victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.3512 HD3699 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3512) of Chris Walsh and others (by vote of the town) relative to the disposal of the property known as the Nobscot Chapel in the town of Framingham. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3639 HD3836 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to prohibit the sale to minors of electronic devices used to deliver liquid nicotine vapor. Public Health.

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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