West Newbury legislator casts 521 consecutive roll call votes in 2017-2018 session
BOSTON –State Representative Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury, successfully maintained a perfect voting record during the 2017-2018 legislative session, participating in all 521 roll call votes recorded in the House of Representatives between January 25, 2017 and July 31, 2018.
The West Newbury legislator cast votes this session on a number of key policy issues, including legislation to expand opioid prevention and treatment options; protect consumers from data security breaches; establish a Municipal Police Training Fund; enhance veterans benefits; and authorize cities and towns to offer a means-tested senior property tax exemption.
Representative Mirra also voted to adopt uniform standards and procedures in the House of Representatives for reporting, investigating, and punishing incidents of sexual harassment. The new rules – which apply to all of the House’s elected members, appointed officers, employees and interns – provide for confidentiality and protections against retaliation for individuals who step forward to report violations.
Another key vote recorded by Representative Mirra this session was for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into effect on April 1 and requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for expectant and nursing mothers. He also supported increasing the one-time survivor benefit paid to the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officials killed in the line of duty, which was doubled from $150,000 to $300,000 as part of a supplemental budget signed into law in 2017.
Representative Mirra also voted to support reimbursing cities and towns for the costs associated with implementing the state’s early voting law. Over $1 million in reimbursements were delivered to municipalities in March of 2018 to cover the cost of this previously unfunded state mandate.
“Representative Mirra continues to be a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability to the state’s taxpayers, while also championing the needs of his district,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). “The residents of the Second Essex District are very fortunate to have him representing them on Beacon Hill.”
A member of the House of Representatives since 2013, Representative Mirra currently serves as a member of the Committees on Healthcare Financing, Community Development & Small Business,.