Representative Steven Howitt Maintains Perfect Voting Record
Seekonk Republican casts 305 consecutive roll call votes in first half of 2017-2018 session.
Boston—State Representative Steven Howitt, R-Seekonk, received congratulations by House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) for maintaining a perfect voting record for the first half of the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Seekonk legislator participated in all 305 roll call votes cast in the House of Representatives between January and November of 2017, compiling a 100% voting record.
Representative Howitt cast votes this session on several key bills that were signed into law, including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for expectant and nursing mothers, as well as a proposal to double the one-time survivor benefits paid to the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officials killed in the line of duty, which was increased from $150,000 to $300,000.
Representative Howitt also backed efforts to reimburse cities and towns for the costs associated with implementing the state’s early voting law during the November 2016 election cycle. The Division of Local Mandates in the State Auditor’s Office is currently in the process of collecting and certifying these costs.
“I’m very proud to have served in this capacity for the first half of the 2017-2018 legislative session,” said Representative Howitt. “We are at the halfway point and, going forward in the new year, I believe the House will continue to accomplish the people’s work. I talk with countless constituents and they know my door is always open. I am privileged to enjoy the support, rapport, and feedback on the issues that that we tackle together, or that I work to solve their behalf. I want to thank my constituents for the important role they play in making the 4th Bristol District a great place to live and work. Also, I would like to congratulate my fellow 61 representatives who have also maintained their perfect voting records.”
Representative Howitt serves on the Committees on Redistricting, Transportation, and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.