Representative Sciortino offered an amendment to the gambling bill that would have recognized addiction to gambling as a mental health disorder, like most other forms of addiction, which are covered under state law by insurance companies. This is important because for those who develop a gambling problem and are able to recognize it, they're going to have a very difficult time paying for treatment. What's really shameful about this vote is that it passed in a similar incarnation not too long ago, but couldn't under this Speaker.
There were 63 yeas, 93 nays and 3 people didn't vote. Here's the roll call.
Nays: DeLeo, Vallee, Mariano, Haddad, Petrolti, Aguiar, Allen, Arciero, Ayers, Basile, Binienda, Bowles, Bradley, Brady, Cabral, Calter, Canavan, Canessa, Coakley-Riviera, Costello, Curran, Dempsey, DiNatale, Donato, Ehrlich, Fagan, Fallon, Fennell, Flynn, Forry, Fox, Fresolo, Galvin, Gobi, Greene, Gregoire, Hogan, Honan, Kafka, Kane, Keenan, Koczera, Koutoujian, Kujawski, Kulik, McCarthy, McMurtry, Miceli, Michlewitz, Moran, Murphy C.A., Murphy J., Murphy K.J., Naughton, Nyman*, Pedone, Pignatelli, Quinn, Reinstein, Rice, Rogers, Rosa, Rushing, Sanchez, Sandlin, Speliotis, Spellane, Spiliotis, Stanley H.L., Straus, Swan, Timilty, Tobin, Wagner, Wallace, Walsh S., Walz, Jones, Peterson, Hill, Poirier, Barrows, deMacedo, Evangelidis, Frost, Gifford, Hargraves, Humason, Perry, Polito, Ross, Smola, Webster
Yeas: Alicea, Ashe, Atkins, Atsalis, Balser, Benson, Bosley, Brownsberger, Callahan, Campbell, Cantewell, Clark, Conroy, D'Amico, Donelan, Driscoll, Dwyer, Dykema, Falzone, Fernandes, Ferrante, Finegold, Garballey, Garry, Golden, Grant, Guyer, Hecht, Kaufman, Khan, Kocot, Lewis, Linsky, L'Italien, Madden, Malia, Nangle, O'Day, O'Flaherty, Patrick, Peake, Peisch, Provost, Puppolo, Richardson, Rodrigues, Sannicandro, Scaccia, Scibak, Sciortino, Smith, Smizik, Speranzo, Stanley T.M., St. Fleur, Story, Sullivan, Toomey, Torrisi, Turner, Walsh M.J., Welch, Wolf
Did not vote: Creedon, Harkins, Rush
*= after vote