Richard J. Ross Assistant Minority Leader

R Wrentham
Richard J. Ross


State House
Room 520
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD17 For legislation to improve safety at automated teller machines
HD56 For legislation to allow for the establishment of "public internet discussion," to allow members of a public body to discuss matters before it without going through the requirements of the open meeting law
HD63 For legislation to designate the month of October as Farm to School Month in the Commonwealth and to strategize opportunities to spread farm-to-school programs statewide
HD79 Relative to the calculation of special education reimbursement amounts
HD80 For legislation to include transportation costs in the special education reimbursement program
HD162 Relative to the liability of farmers' markets
SD180 For legislation relative to youth sports referees.
SD186 For legislation relative to littering fines.
SD187 For legislation relative to police pursuits
SD188 Relative to repealing the sales tax on the sale of boats built or rebuilt in the Commonwealth
SD189 For legislation to reduce lottery littering
SD190 For legislation relative to the treatment of elephants
SD192 For legislation to create the Preservation of Historic Buildings Trust Fund
SD193 An Act to promote American manufacturing
SD200 For legislation to provide equitable cellular phone taxation.
SD206 For legislation to grant property tax relief to seniors
SD215 For legislation to provide for efficient use of leased or rented property and prevent waste in use of leased or rented facilities
HD221 Realtive to property rights and medical marijuana
HD226 for legislation to allow non-profits and charities to purchase alcohol from retail package stores for use at charitable events
HD233 Relative to filing fees for limited liability companies
HD267 Relative to the penalty for failure to stop operating a motor vehicle when being pursued by a police officer
HD270 Relative to business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers
SD287 For legislation to promote business growth.
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
SD318 For legislation to study the feasibility of streamlining business registration
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
HD359 Relative to establish a structure for qualifying public depositories and establishing rules for collaterizing of public deposits
HD361 Relative to property tax exemptions for veterans
SD372 For legislation relative to campaign contribution cycles.
HD407 Relative to exempting certain school supply expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers from the income tax
HD424 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor designating the last day of February as Rare Disease Day
SD452 For legislation to impose a penalty for the damaging of historic homes.
HD457 For legislation to establish a substance screening program within the Department of Transitional Assistance
SD466 For legislation to ensure continued humane animal care and protect family farms in Massachusetts.
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
HD550 For legislation exempt sales of living trees used in commercial and residential landscapes from the sales tax
SD597 For legislation to amend the statute of limitations regarding criminal prosecutions for the crimes of sexual assault and rape of a child.
SD624 For legislation to protect abandoned property owners
SD638 For legislation to establish a motorcycle safety fund.
SD651 For legislation to provide Gold Star license plates to families of fallen veterans not killed in combat.
SD663 For legislation relative to 40B use restrictions.
HD666 For legislation to authorize the Department of Transportation to acquire certain parcels of land in the town of Needham to be used for a highway buffer zone
HD669 Relative to child victim confidentiality
HD701 Relative to the displaying of motor fuel prices based on the method of payment
SD725 For legislation to strengthen the Anti-Human Trafficking Law.
SD771 For legislation relative to CARE
HD772 For legislation to adopt national education standards
HD830 Relative to disposition of court records
HD874 Relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias
SD876 For legislation relative to community corrections programs administered by the Office of Community Corrections
HD887 Relative to benefits received by cities and towns prior to foreclosure of the rights of redemption under a tax title or taking
HD898 Relative to non discrimination training in the workplace
SD937 For legislation to authorize municipal use of the prudent investor standards
HD948 Relative to providing for an income tax credit for families caring for relatives at home who are elderly or victims of Alzheimer's disease
SD951 For legislation relative to assessments made by the state board of retirement to certain regional school districts.
SD974 For legislation to protect animals during pet sales.
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
HD1006 Relative to Title V income tax credit reform of financial aid for homeowners who have incurred costs for the repair or replacement of failed septic systems
SD1061 For legislation relative to Child-Centered Family Law.
HD1067 For legislation to create a fiscal incentive program for veterans to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields
SD1102 For legislation relative to motor vehicle safety checkpoints.
HD1105 Relative to regional stabilization funds
HD1109 Relative to the powers and duties of regional school districts
SD1134 For legislation to abolish the death tax.
HD1165 For legislation to increase the state reimbursements for special education costs
SD1166 For legislation to prevent discrimination on certain boards of registration
HD1167 Relative to municipal use of insurance proceeds
HD1171 For legislation to include Section 8 housing vouchers as an affordable housing type.
SD1171 For legislation to recognize the independence of franchise operators
SD1176 For legislation relative to DESE contracts.
SD1205 For legislation relative to strengthening identity theft law
SD1222 For legislation to remove and dispose of waste oil.
SD1224 For legislation to require local approval for low level radioactive waste sites.
SD1227 For legislation relative to wastewater facilities.
SD1231 For legislation to strengthen the enforcement of certain dog laws.
HD1233 Relative to public utility company vegetation management
SD1234 For legislation to establish a healthcare insurance premium payment pool.
SD1237 For legislation relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining.
SD1251 For legislation relative to oversight on eligibility for tuition and fee waivers.
SD1262 For legislation to promote rental housing stability.
SD1263 For legislation to create a municipal bond bank.
SD1267 For legislation to create a commission to examine best borrowing practices
HD1273 Relative to the interest paid to taxpayers on tax abatements
SD1288 For legislation to provide for increased penalties for persons who commit crimes against the elderly
SD1290 For legislation relative to the penalty for employers who knowingly falsify employment or citizenship documents
SD1297 Relative to the organization of limited liability companies
SD1300 For legislation to provide for progressive penalties for the crime of motor vehicular homicide
SD1301 For legislation relative to LSDs (Lysosomal Storage Disorders) in infants
SD1304 For legislation to stimulating small business investment
SD1309 For legislation to provide transparent sex offender information to the public
SD1320 For legislation to reduce the costs for adoption.
SD1327 For legislation relative to small group eligibility.
HD1331 Relative to the penalties associated with moving violations
SD1362 For legislation relative to student sex education.
HD1384 For legislation relative to the calculation of motor vehicle excise taxes
HD1401 For legislation to provide tax deductions for contributions to certain college savings plans
SD1415 For legislation to record court proceedings.
SD1433 For legislation relative to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and surplus personal property.
SD1448 For legislation to SAVE Massachusetts tax dollars.
HD1450 Relative to the jurisdiction of the courts within the Housing Court Department
SD1455 For legislation to protect minors from the harmful effects of marihuana
SD1456 For legislation relative to distinctive registration plates
HD1457 An Act relative to direct deposit of employee compensation
SD1468 For legislation to create uniform beach warnings.
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
SD1471 For legislation relative to limited liability corporation filing fees.
SD1480 For legislation to expand insurance choices for state and local employees.
SD1506 For legislation to provide for a tax exemption on the sale of recycled materials.
HD1508 For legislation to require state employees to utilize vacation and personal days prior to requesting paid time off to volunteer under the Commonwealth Corps program
HD1510 Relative to wages paid to persons under eighteen years of age
HD1531 Relative to the list of locations for a safe surrender under the baby safe haven law
SD1561 For legislation to exempt certain medical supplies from the state sales tax
SD1570 For legislation to increase restaurant competitiveness.
HD1585 For legislation to establish a sunset commission to periodically review government agencies and authorities
SD1590 For legislation relative to tobacco cessation
HD1591 Relative to descendants email access and procedures
SD1595 For legislation relative to license requirements
HD1598 For legislation to clarify the definition of affordable housing to include mobile homes
HD1607 For legislation to direct the Commissioner of Revenue to annually designate a sales tax holiday
HD1609 For legislation to establish a educational mandate working group
HD1614 For legislation to impose a moratorium on new mandated education pograms and expenses
SD1624 For legislation to strengthen the management of the health care connector.
SD1638 For legislation to support commercial fishing.
SD1642 For legislation relative to toll workers.
SD1647 For legislation to remove impediments to corporate growth
SD1651 For legislation to create an angel investment tax credit
SD1656 For legislation to create an incentive for job creation
SD1673 For legislation relative to the accountability of the governor's council.
HD1684 An Act related to unfunded mandates on public schools
SD1689 For legislation relative to the confidentiality of employee settlements.
SD1691 For legislation to establish the Commonwealth Competition Council
SD1694 For legislation to promote private sector job growth and reduce state spending
SD1696 For legislation to reform the regulatory process
SD1701 For legislation to promote contract efficiency
SD1707 For legislation relative to tourism collaboration.
SD1724 For legislation relative to commercial fees
SD1734 For legislation relative to the expenditure of certain municipal and district monies
SD1735 For legislation to protect health and safety of animals in vehicles.
SD1736 For legislation to increase the amount that can be appropriated from the balance of a capital project fund
SD1741 For legislation to provide a DNA exception for statute of limitations on sex offenses.
SD1755 For legislation relative to the green communities act.
HD1761 For legislation to authorize regional transit authorities to establish enterprise funds
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
HD1772 For legislation relative to motorcycle safety with malfunctioning traffic signals not detecting motorcycles
HD1773 Relative to shellfish reefs and water quality
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
SD1803 For legislation relative to reserving beds in nursing homes during certain leaves of absence
SD1806 For legislation relative to the commonwealth of Massachusetts hosting an Olympic Games
SD1838 For legislation to provide a safe harbor for contractors of services
SD1859 For legislation relative to medicare and medicaid benchmarks
HD1862 For legislation to authorize municipalities to assess certain taxes for financing regional transportation needs and investments
SD1867 For legislation relative to mandated benefits
SD1869 For legislation relative to habitual drunk drivers
HD1874 For legislation to increase penalties for distribution and trafficking of oxycodone and derivatives of oxycodone
SD1876 For legislation relative to a worker documentation certification program
SD1893 For legislation to create accountability for legislative reports
SD1895 For legislation relative to unemployment insurance reform.
SD1898 For legislation relative to family and education savings plan.
HD1911 Relative to the tax on gross gaming revenues, the waiting period for certain former public officials to be employed by gaming licensees and prohibiting financial assistance from state funds for gaming licensees
SD1947 For legislation relative to the creation of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Finance Control Board
HD1957 For legislation to establish a prison mitigation fund for cities and towns hosting Department of Correction facilities
HD1965 For legislation to clarify the definition, testing regulations and enforcement of motorcycle sound emissions
HD1990 Relative to the authority of school districts to be exempt from a certain standardized exam
HD1994 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study the Olympic Games in the Commonwealth
HD2007 For legislation to establish an advisory committee on the protection of honeybees in the Commonwealth
HD2011 Relative to the penalties for motor vehicle operators refusing to stop for a police officer
HD2062 For legislation to grant preference to veterans in all state-aided housing projects in the Commonwealth
HD2068 Relative to motor vehicle safety checkpoints
HD2069 For legislation to authorize certain veterans to use facilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit authorities without cost to such veterans
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2076 Relative to voting overseas
HD2077 That the word “veteran” be added to ballots of candidates who have honorably served in the armed forces
HD2171 Relative to contracts for town assessors, treasurers and collectors
HD2209 Relative to the definition of low and moderate income housing
HD2210 Relative to tuition and fee waivers for armed forces reserves
HD2220 Relative to the sale or conversion of certain tax exempt property
HD2250 For legislation to allow veterans living in housing authorities to deduct the cost of traveling for medical purposes from the income total assessed by said authority
HD2263 That current employee and retiree health care costs shall be included in the calculation of the foundation budget for school districts
HD2267 Relative to the formula for district reimbursement through the special education circuit breaker
HD2268 For legislation to require applicants for voter registration to show proof of identification
HD2269 Relative to establishing an insurance program for municipalities in relation to special education costs
HD2287 Relative to property tax exemptions for persons over seventy years of age
HD2293 Relative to information included with municipal tax bills
HD2301 An Act Relative to the Liability of Historic Preservation Organizations
HD2315 Relative to allowing physicians to retain a person administered naloxone when deemed medically necessary
HD2326 Relative to taxation abatements
HD2336 Relative to the use and protection of pollinators
HD2349 Relative to the estate tax code
HD2404 For legislation to establish a working group (including members of the General Court) relative to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
HD2495 Relative to instructing the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game to study the feasibility of re-purposing the former Moon Island Sewage Treatment Plant for the purposes of fish and shellfish farm
HD2513 Relative to industrial zoned small business property tax exemption
HD2514 For legislation to establish a senior citizen volunteer property tax reduction
HD2559 Relative to property tax abatements for veterans
HD2564 Relative to the authority of parents to exempt their children from a certain standardized exam known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) exam
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2677 An Act relative to auditing residents over the age of 80
HD2820 For legislation to add 911 emergency responders to the list of locations for a safe surrender under the baby safe haven law
HD2857 Relative to the evaluation and classification of persons by the Sex Offender Registry Board
HD2884 An Act encouraging the use of SNAP benefits at farmers markets
HD2891 Relative to the protection of intoxicated persons
HD2909 For legislation relative to the collection of personal property taxes
HD2929 For legislation to require a one-year waiting period after passage of an act creating new taxes for said taxes to become effective
HD2932 For legislation to require the biennial review of rules and regulations with an economic impact small businesses
HD2935 For legislation to delay implementation of new regulations for a year subsequent to publication
HD2937 Relative to the awarding of treble damages for lost wages in certain civil actions
HD2949 Relative to the penalties for sexual abuse of a child under thirteen years of age
HD2984 Relative to pension benefits for widows
HD3074 That the Department of Public Health study the feasibility of absorbing oversight of “memory care” assisted living facilities and units in the Commonwealth
HD3122 Providing for an investigation and study relative to the feasibility of improving state agency information sharing capabilities to facilitate new business registration
HD3124 An Act relative to equitable parking for motorcycles
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3220 For legislation to institute programs to respond to sexual violence on higher education campuses
HD3311 Relative to the implementation or use of partnership for assessment for readiness for college and career assessments
HD3364 For legislation to provide a waiver of fees to veterans at public institutions of higher learning
HD3444 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to enhancing tourism at the State House
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games
HD3474 An Act relative to tax title expense
HD3495 Relative to strengthening public assistance programs
HD3498 Relative to motor vehicle license requirements
HD3510 Relative to penalties for excessive non-emergency 911 calls
HD3529 Relative to financial literacy programs in schools
HD3551 For legislation to establish a commission to research and assess opportunities to increase accessibility to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations
HD3553 Relative to utility meters and the rights of utility ratepayers
HD3659 An Act authorizing the town of Norfolk to continue the employment of police chief Charles H. Stone, Jr.
HD3660 An Act authorizing the town of Norfolk to continue the employment of fire chief Coleman Bushnell

Richard J. Ross lives in Wrentham MA, with his family and is the owner of R. J. Ross Funeral Home in Wrentham. Senator Ross has also been involved with the following ORGANIZATIONS: Wrentham Cooperative Bank (Director), Pond Home (Director), Community at Pond Meadow (Director), Kennedy Donovan Center (past President)

Personal Information

Profession: Business Owner - R. J. Ross Funeral Home

Education & Public Service

  • American University School of Government
  • Harvard University
  • New England Institute of Anatomy, '75
  • Wrentham Historical Commission (1974-2003), Wrentham Conservation Commission (1977-'78)
  • Wrentham Refuse Disposal Commission (1977-'78), Wrentham Board of Health (1979-'80)
  • Veteran's Agent (1981-'82), Burial Agent for the Board of Health (1981-2004) ;Mass. House (2005-2010)
  • Mass State Senate, May 2010 (to fill vacancy) to present
Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex -- Consisting of the towns of Franklin, precincts 1 to 4, inclusive, and precinct 7, Millis, Needham, precincts A to C, inclusive, I and J, Norfolk, Plainville, Wellesley, precincts B, F, and G and Wrentham, in the county of Norfolk; the city of Attleboro, ward 1, ward 2 and ward 3, precinct A, and the town of North Attleborough in the county of Bristol; and the towns of Natick, precincts 6, 7, 9 and 10, Sherborn and Wayland in the county of Middlesex.