Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST–Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and infl uence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Chris Van Buskirk and Keith Regan who introduce each article in their own clever and never-boring, inimitable way. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription go to: www.massterlist.com/subscribe THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of November 15-19. CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING (H 4256) House 151-8, Senate 26-3, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that redistricts the state’s nine congressional districts. The plan is based on the 2020 U.S. census and will be in effect until the next redistricting cycle following the census in 2030. Supporters said the process has been the most open, inclusive and transparent redistricting process in the history of the state. “The Joint Committee on Redistricting conducted a broad, transparent examination of the congressional districts,” said Senate Redistricting Committee chair Sen. Will Brownsberger. “Hundreds of people participated. At the end we felt we had a plan that met all legal standards and it was uncontested in most respects.” “This proposal simply does not meet the mark for millions of Bay Staters, slashing MetroWest into five different bits and bifurcating Fall River and New Bedford,” said Sen. Becca Rausch (D-Needham). “This map will have an impact on our democracy for at least the next decade to come. It is imperative that we do this right and that means advancing equity and compactness, not diluting representational power.” “There is an inherent confl ict of interest in having sitting offi ce holders deciding where district lines should go,” said Rep. Lenny Mirra (R-Georgetown). “Other states have figured this out and have created independent commissions to do redistricting. It’s time Massachusetts does the same.” (A “Yes” vote is for the new districts. A “No” vote is against them.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes REQUIRE SCHOOLS TO TEACH ABOUT GENOCIDE (S 2557) House 157-2, approved a bill requiring public schools to educate middle and high school students on the history of genocide. The measure also establishes a Genocide Education Trust Fund to help fund the teaching. The funds would come from the Legislature, private and public gifts and grants and revenue from fi nes imposed for hate crimes. Supporters cited a 2020 survey, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which gauged Holocaust knowledge and found that 63 per cent of millennials and Generation Z population, did not know six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. The survey also found that nearly half were unfamiliar fi rst pulsar was discovered; what is a pulsar? 9. What is a supreme (or supreme – highest degree of quality) of poultry? 10. On Nov. 29, 1972, Atari 1. On Nov. 26, 1966, in Brittany, what European president opened the fi rst tidal power station in the world? 2. In what country did apple pie originate? 3. What sex of turkey gobbles? 4. What one-word 1978 disco song title has four periods? 5. On Nov. 27, 1955, what engineer and author was born who had a PBS series about science? 6. Which U.S. state has the most pumpkin acreage: California, Illinois or New Mexico? 7. What U.S. bridge has been “sold” by con artists at least three times (one ending up in Sing Sing)? 8. On Nov. 28, 1967, the released what video game? 11. Where do wild turkeys sleep? 12. What is the fi rst recorded year when Cape Cod cranberry bogs were fl ooded and frozen for a better harvest: 1732, 1838 or 1907? 13. On Nov. 30, 1872, the fi rst-ever international soccer match took place in Glasgow; what two countries competed? 14. In the 1893 play “A Woman of No Importance,” who wrote, “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations”? with Nazi concentration camps like Auschwitz. “It is shocking how many young people today have never heard of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the Holocaust or other heinous genocides perpetrated in the past,” said Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Senate Chair of the Committee on Education. “This important legislation will ensure that more students understand the history of genocide so that it never happens again.” “It is very important that the history of genocide is taught in our schools,” said Rep. Kelly Pease (R-Westfi eld) one of the two representatives who voted against the proposal. “However all the genocides that were discussed for the bill are already covered by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) curriculum. If there are shortcomings in how it is taught then that should be addressed, but not by setting up a separate fund that includes money from public and private sources such as gifts, grants and donations. DESE has already established the curriculum, why is more public and private money needed?” “Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of human rights issues, and today, with the passage of this bill, we can do it again,” said Rep. Jeff Roy (D-Franklin). “We can arm our stu15. On Dec. 1, 1878, who installed the fi rst telephone at the White House? 16. On Nov. 23, 1921, The Baltimore Sun reported that what took an airplane to the White House “wearing an aviation helmet and goggles and clad in a black and gold sweater held on by a pink bow” (and also a train ride after it got sick)? 17. December 2 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery; what U.S. state’s constitution (1777) was the fi rst U.S. document to abolish slavery? 18. What country produces the most cranberries? 19. Can turkeys fl y? 20. On Dec. 3, 1800, the Electoral College had a tie vote for what two candidates? dents with the knowledge they will need to recognize the warning signs and feel empowered to prevent genocides in the future. Making genocide education a mandatory topic for teaching in our schools is a reaffi rmation of the commitment of free people from all nations to never again permit the occurrence of another genocide and to deter indiff erence to crimes against humanity and human suff ering wherever they occur.” Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), the only other representative to vote against the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on his opposition to the bill. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes REGULATE EXPANSION OF HOSPITALS (H 4253) House 158-1, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that supporters say will promote a more balanced health care market by strengthening the regulatory processes for health care expansions. The measure requires a rigorous review to ensure that when large hospital systems expand, they are not infringing on community hospital markets and raising health care costs for patients. BHRC | SEE PAGE 15 ANSWERS 1. Charles de Gaulle 2. England 3. Males 4. Y.M.C.A. 5. Bill Nye (the Science Guy) 6. Illinois 7. The Brooklyn Bridge 8. A pulsating radio source (thought to be a neutron star with a rapid spin) 9. A skinless, boneless breast 10. Pong 11. In trees 12. 1838 13. England and Scotland 14. Oscar Wilde 15. Alexander Graham Bell 16. A turkey named Supreme II 17. Vermont’s 18. USA 19. Only wild turkeys can fl y. 20. Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr

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