Rep. Birmingham successful pushed for House passage of his bill to put gas and electric power holding companies under state supervision. The bill was passed May 1 by a vote of 118 to 72, the Boston Herald reported (May 2, 1934, p. 11, via Genealogy Bank).
The bill would put the state Department of Public Utilities in charge of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and voluntary associations owning or controlling more than 5 percent of the capital stock of a gas or electric power company.
Opposition to the bill’s passage was led by Rep. Harry D. Brown of Billerica, the Republican floor leader. But Birmingham prevailed in the fight for passage.
Upon House passage, the bill was sent to the Senate for approval.