Last week the Massachusetts Senate a jobs bills that aims to promote economic development.  In total, Senators filed 126 amendments to modify Senate Bill 2350. One such amendment offered by Senator Rodrigues and Senator Tarr would bring clarity to the Massachusetts tip pooling law.

Amendment #76 that we offered would replace Massachusetts’ vague tip pooling laws with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s language, which would remove the confusion of who should be allowed to share tips.

Unfortunately, the amendment did not pass. It was defeated in a close roll call vote of 17-19. Posted below is the actual roll call vote made yesterday by the members of the Senate.

Watch the Tip Pooling Debate in the Senate: The Senate Debates Tip Pooling Amendment

Be sure to Watch Senator Joyce, Senator Rodrigues and Senator Knapik, all of them did a great job.

Tips Cup Debate 1 from Senator Brian A. Joyce on Vimeo.

Check to see how your Senator Voted!

Senate #2350

Yeas: 17 Nays: 19

Roll Call Votes: Yea/Nay

Frederick E. Berry: Did Not Vote
Stephen M. Brewer: Yea
William N. Brownsberger: Yea
Gale D. Candaras: Yea
Harriette L. Chandler: Yea
Sonia Chang-Diaz: Nay
Katherine Clark: Nay
Cynthia Stone Creem: Nay
Sal N. DiDomenico: Nay
Kenneth J. Donnelly: Nay
Eileen Donoghue: Nay
Benjamin B. Downing: Nay
James B. Eldridge: Nay
Susan C. Fargo: Nay
Barry Finegold: Yea
Jennifer L. Flanagan: Yea
John Hart: Did Not Vote
Robert L. Hedlund: Yea
Patricia D. Jehlen: Nay
Brian A. Joyce: Yea
John Keenan: Nay
Thomas P. Kennedy: Nay
Michael R. Knapik: Yea
Thomas M. McGee: Nay
Mark C. Montigny: Yea
Michael O. Moore: Yea
Richard T. Moore: Nay
Senate President Therese Murray: Did Not Vote
Marc R. Pacheco: Nay