BOSTON – State Representative Will Crocker (R-Centerville) 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 Centerville 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 Crocker said, “I am very proud of my voting record. As your full time state representative, it is my job to be your voice on all legislative issues, a responsibility that I take very seriously, and I will continue to strive to be the best advocate I can be for the Second Barnstable District.”
Representative Crocker 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 Crocker this session was in favor of 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 Crocker 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 2018 to cover the cost of this previously unfunded state mandate.
“Representative Crocker 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 2nd Barnstable District are very fortunate to have him representing them on Beacon Hill.”
A member of the House of Representatives since January 2017, Representative Crocker currently serves as a member of the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery, Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, and the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.