It’s exceedingly hard to pass legislation. I often joked with freshman legislators that the only reason stuff passes in the legislature is because it met leadership’s press relations needs. Much of what I accomplished were bills that were amended onto larger bills that were moving like freight train. These are the stories behind the bills that I got through the House.
The first bill I passed was the Mashpee’s home rule petition for an Economic Development Corporation with bonding authority, which had been languishing for years. My good friend and colleague Angelo Scaccia, who was chair of bills on Third Reading helped me get this bill passed because we had a history.