How Did It Happen? The Massachusetts Tech Tax Timeline


June 26 - Single Bill Formed

After a series of debates, the conference committee returned with its final version of the bill, called "An Act Relative To Transportation Finance." A conference committee is the process by which the individual House and Senate bills are compiled into a single final version. Multiple members in attendance said that few legislators actually showed up to the debates. Rep. Matthew Beaton stood up to apologize to his interns for their disappointing experience as only 76 members, he said, were in the legislative chamber out of 160 members to debate the more than $500 million tax bill.

Roll Call to accept the conference committee version:

House: 106 Yeas to 47 Nays
Senate: 34 Yeas to 6 Nays