Michael F. Rush 186th (2009 - 2010) Senator

D West Roxbury
Michael F. Rush


State House
Room 511C
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1348
Fax: 617-722-1071
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.37 SD607 For legislation relative to Workers’ Pathways to Self Sufficiency
S.38 SD1635 For legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs
H.152 HD997 Relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers
H.153 HD1040 That the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education in meeting the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder collaborate with parents of children with autism
H.154 HD1071 Relative to the humane treatment of disabled persons
H.155 HD1109 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of services that support individuals with autistic spectrum disorders
H.156 HD1155 Relative to establishing a pilot program for adults with Asperger syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders
S.177 SD1000 For legislation to protect consumers who hold credit cards
S.222 SD897 For legislation to maintain short term objectives for students with disabilities
S.223 SD904 For legislation to improve augmentative and alternative communication opportunities for children with disabilities
H.238 HD1702 Relative to fees charged by issuers of credit cards in the Commonwealth
H.244 HD2912 Relative to requiring photo identification for credit card purchases
S.278 SD1968 For legislation to fulfill the promise of education reform adequate funding for student success
H.313 HD448 For legislation to further regulate advertising on the Internet
H.316 HD760 Relative to the protection of consumers from identity theft
H.333 HD1819 Relative to economic development and fiscal accountability
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
H.360 HD991 For appointment by the Governor of a commission to make an investigation and study of graduation requirements for students in the public schools of the Commonwealth
H.361 HD996 That the Board of Education be directed to establish a program for full-day kindergarten in the public schools
H.364 HD2583 For legislation to establish a bullying prevention and intervention plan for the protection of students in the schools of the Commonwealth
S.366 SD1952 For legislation to regulate the use of off highway and recreation vehicles
S.394 SD290 For legislation relative to notification of oil and hazardous waste material release
S.395 SD293 For legislation to prohibit the use of plastic bags in certain stores
S.396 SD296 For legislation to protect the natural and historic resources of the Commonwealth
S.406 SD671 For legislation to update the animal control laws of Massachusetts
H.410 HD1823 For legislation to require instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators for high school graduation
S.432 SD1035 For legislation to protect children from toxic toys
H.450 HD637 Relative to the public health impact of commercialism in schools
H.453 HD1551 Relative to the teaching of teen dating violence policies in the public schools
H.457 HD3252 Relative to the teacing of physical education in the public schools
H.467 HD3316 That certain students accepted into post-secondary educational programs be granted a competency determination, notwithstanding performance on the MCAS test
H.468 HD3319 Relative to high school graduation requirements for students with learning disabilities
H.478 HD2933 Relative to the establishment of a personal finance curriculum by the Department of Education
H.504 HD3212 That the Board of Education be authorized to provide multiple forms of assessments in determining the level of competency under the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for students in the Commonwealth
H.505 HD3213 That the Board of Education be required to provide resources for the testing of students in science and technology under the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
S.523 SD421 For legislation to provide health insurance coverage for scalp hair prosthesis
S.540 SD919 For legislation relative to the countable assets of medical assistance recipients
S.543 SD392 For legislation to regard MassHealth applications
H.543 HD2220 For legislation to provide for the establishment of senior citizen safety zones in cities and towns
H.544 HD3733 For the development and implemention of a statewide silver alert system to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens
H.548 HD286 That the Department of Elder Affairs be required to establish a program to provide "meals on wheels", so-called, to certain elderly persons
H.549 HD288 That the Department of Elder Affairs be required to provide funding for purchase and installation of computer networks in senior centers
S.595 SD175 For legislation to provide for tuition and fee waivers for veterans
H.618 HD1126 For legislation to grant a tax credit for persons hiring employees with autism spectrum disorders
H.624 HD238 For legislation to allow the non-profit corporation Home of the Brave, Inc., to construct and operate public homes for veterans
S.631 SD292 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
H.653 HD2326 Relative to the joint election of the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor
S.666 SD1309 For legislation to preserve publicly assisted affordable housing
S.678 SD1605 For legislation to establish uniform wage compliance and recordkeeping
S.680 SD1561 For legislation establishing a temporary workers right to know.
S.682 SD1611 For legislation to protect honest employees
H.718 HD2055 Relative to the establishment of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council
S.738 SD1633 For legislation to establish a public guardianship commission
H.757 HD3093 For legislation to promote safe alternatives to toxic chemicals
H.758 HD1237 For legislation to provide public notice and input to plans for significant physical alterations to state parks and other public natural resource lands
H.769 HD2798 For legislation to further regulate the recycling of certain materials by multi-family residences within the Commonwealth
S.778 SD1352 For legislation to establish a cat and dog spay and nueter fund
H.798 HD2223 For legislation to prohibit the use plastic bags by retail establishments
H.831 HD1958 For legislation to further regulate the sale and disposal of mercury added thermostats
H.833 HD3211 Relative to producer responsibility for discarded electronic products
H.834 HD3214 Relative to establishing standards for restoring and maintaining stream flows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that protect natural aquatic life in rivers and streams
H.854 HD1340 Relative to reducing Diesel emissions from certain construction vehicles
S.860 SD1219 For legislation relative to home health aides
H.898 HD2951 That health insurance providers be required to include coverage for diagnostic screening for prostate cancer
H.1069 HD856 For legislation to regulate claims for services of patients in nursing and long-term care facilities
S.1216 SD1712 For legislation to make provisional employees in civil service positions permanet to those positions
H.1232 HD1191 For legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from evictions
S.1245 SD1655 For legislation to improve the earned income tax credit for working families
S.1270 SD1595 For legislation to establish the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Research Fund
H.1319 HD1238 For legislation to provide for abuse prevention order protection for animals
H.1328 HD3779 For legislation to prohibit human trafficking, so-called
S.1420 SD1753 For legislation relative to privatization contracts
S.1469 SD1428 For legislation to establish disability history month
S.1487 SD294 For legislation to reinstate the clean environment fund
H.1492 HD2541 Relative to providing for drug free library zones
H.1511 HD2180 Relative to the crime of identity fraud
H.1515 HD2807 Relative to salaries and appointments of certain personnel within the offices of the district attorneys of the Commonwealth
H.1518 HD3110 For legislation to establish sentencing guidelines for convictions of criminal offenses in the Commonwealth
H.1527 HD3313 Relative to the registration of deeds and instruments
S.1534 SD309 For legislation to establish a cell phone users bill of rights
H.1652 HD3314 Relative to ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence
H.1670 HD1037 Relative to information provided to women seeking abortions
H.1756 HD2471 Relative to fees by paid to the Registry of Deeds
H.1778 HD2082 Relative to eminent domain takings
H.1779 HD2224 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to eminent domain takings
H.1815 HD1726 For legislation to require employers to grant paid sick leave days for employees in the Commonwealth
S.1828 SD1130 For legislation relative to community leadership neighborhood revitalization and urban violence protection act of 2009
S.1848 SD1872 For legislation to require commercially reasonable efforts to avoid foreclosure
S.1856 SD456 For legislation in favor of William J.Gormley, III.
H.1867 HD2616 For legislation to make certain changes for improvements in the unemployment insurance system
H.1870 HD3048 Relative to the rights of employers under the workers' compensation law
S.1934 SD1555 For legislation to promote and and advance motorcycle safety.
H.2062 HD1818 Relative to public access to automatic external defibrillator equipment
H.2070 HD1678 That the Commissioner of Public Health be directed to establish regulations for the return of certain unused prescription medications to pharmacies
H.2080 HD1708 For legislation to establish a board of registration in midwifery
H.2092 HD638 For legislation to promote proper school nutrition
H.2094 HD688 Relative to air quality in schools and public buildings
H.2097 HD1931 Relative to cancer screening for municipal employees
H.2127 HD852 For legislation to establish a health care trust for the preservation of the health care system of the Commonwealth
H.2150 HD2025 For legislation to eliminate age discrimination in the MassHealth program
H.2218 HD558 Relative to community leadership, neighborhood-revitalization and urban-violence protection
H.2247 HD1190 For legislation to to improve the ballistic database through microstamping ammunition
H.2285 HD2623 Relative to establishing the Massachusetts law enforcement memorial fund
H.2296 HD1589 For legislation to merge the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Police into the Department of State Police
H.2486 HD243 For legislation to provide creditable service for retirement purposes for certain sabbatical leaves
H.2487 HD244 Relative to cost of living adjustments for retired public employees of the Commonwealth
H.2611 HD2826 For legislation to increase to seven hundred dollars the benefit provided to veterans upon retirement from public service
H.2726 HD2068 For legislation to establish a green building income and excise tax credit for the use of certain environmental practices
H.2727 HD1688 Relative to the room occupancy excise tax
H.2801 HD2737 Relative to increasing the earned income tax credit for working families
H.2824 HD1303 Relative to the taxation of public land used for commercial purposes
H.2849 HD1530 Relative to the renewable energy income tax credit
H.2882 HD1878 For legislation to provide for property tax relief for certain caregivers providing assistance for spouses or dependents
H.2915 HD2699 Relative to increasing the circuit breaker income tax credit for persons sixty-five years of age or older who are owners or tenants of residential property
H.2917 HD2773 For legislation to regulate real estate taxes for certain elderly persons
H.2919 HD2872 Relative to the issuance by cities and towns to elderly persons of previous records of real estate tax payments
H.2920 HD3062 Relative to providing property tax relief for certain caregivers
H.2933 HD2490 Relative to establishing a deeds excise surcharge
H.3007 HD2151 That the building housing the State Laboratory Institute in the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston be designated as the William A. Hinton Laboratory.
H.3046 HD2856 For legislation to require the flag of the Commonwealth to be flown at half-staff annually to honor the victims of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
H.3047 HD2881 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to authorizing the placement of advertisements on websites of the Commonwealth
H.3057 HD3946 Relative to the definition of beverage containers and reinstatement of the clean environment fund
H.3067 HD1695 Relative to the safety and protection of utility work and construction sites
H.3069 HD1115 That energy generating facilities constructed or commencing operation on and after January first, two thousand ten shall not utilize or gasify coal
H.3125 HD2974 For legislation to expand the definition of "beverage containers" under the bottle bill, so-called
H.3127 HD532 For legislation to authorize the secretary of environmental affairs to enter into certain leases and establishing a renewable energy generation fund
H.3133 HD3291 To establish a cell phone users' bill of rights
H.3137 HD1382 For legislation to improve recycling rates in the Commonwealth by providing recycling containers adjacent to beverage vending machines
H.3183 HD3701 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue a distinctive "Support Our Troops" registration plate
H.3190 HD924 Relative to the issuance of motor vehicle registration plates to recipients of the Bronze Star medal
H.3227 HD2769 For legislation to preserve the right of way for the North/South rail link
H.3260 HD3017 For legislation to authorize the use of flashing lights on motor vehicles leading funeral processions
H.3267 HD1283 For legislation to further regulate the speed limit of motorized vehicles in certain densely populated areas in cities and towns
H.3273 HD3138 Relative to the issuance of a distinctive motor vehicle license plate for the University of Massachusetts
H.3305 HD3030 That the Highway Department be authorized to install traffic signals at the enterance to Mount Wachusett Community College in the city of Gardner
H.3306 HD3840 That the Highway Department be authorized to evaluate the feasibility of interchange improvements along Route 2 from the city of Gardner to Route 128
H.3347 HD2063 For legislation relative to the use of headlights on motor vehicles
H.3362 HD1203 Relative to transportation services to historic areas
H.3366 HD2277 For legislation to make certain changes in the law relating to billboards
H.3401 HD3174 For legislation to provide tuition and fee waivers for members of the National Guard and veterans
H.3402 HD3188 For legislation to exempt veterans from the payment of hunting and fishing license fees
H.3403 HD3248 Relative to veteran annuity benefits for surviving spouses of veterans
H.3416 HD1391 For legislation to protect the interests and well being of residents in nursing homes, rest homes, and long-term care facilities
H.3421 HD1282 For legislation to improve the personal care attendant program
H.3433 HD1308 For legislation to develop a model school curriculum and implementation guidelines related to conflict resolution education
H.3438 HD1398 For legislation to protect from net loss public lands or easements taken or acquired for natural resource
H.3440 HD810 Relative to the reduction of particulate emissions from Diesel engines
H.3460 HD1312 For legislation to enhance public safety and security in certain public housing developments
H.3465 HD1295 Relative to emergency access to mental health services
H.3515 HD1314 Relative to further regulating recycling rates and expanding the bottle bill, so-called
H.3543 HD262 Relative to the issuance of "Support the Troops" motor vehicle registration plates
H.3564 HD2451 For legislation to further regulate certain credit card agreements
H.3573 HD1557 For legislation to preserve publicly assisted affordable housing
H.3605 HD1621 For legislation to provide the granting of tax abatements for certain military personnel
H.3643 HD2190 Relative to motor vehicle speed limits within urban districts
H.3645 HD2757 Relative to cueing and supervision in the personal care attendant program
H.3663 HD2810 That housing complexes for elderly persons be required to be equipped with defibrillators
H.3670 HD2732 For an investigation by a special commission of pharmaceutical and personal care product contamination in water supplies
H.3675 HD3215 For the establishment of a clean vehicle emissions incentive program within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
H.3689 HD3217 For legislation to authorize municipalities to protect low and moderate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing
H.3711 HD1972 (by vote of the town) that the town of Brookline be authorized to lease a certain parcel of land to the Brookline Arts Center, Inc.
H.3712 HD1977 (by vote of the town) that the town of Brookline be authorized to sell taxi licenses
H.3713 HD1980 (by vote of the town) authorizing the town of Brookline to lease town owned property for an additional twenty years
H.3714 HD1981 (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Brookline to establish a retiree health care liability trust fund
H.3717 HD2750 Relative to the membership of the Health Care Quality and Cost Council
H.3720 HD2663 Relative to the posting of food establishment inspection reports
H.3751 HD2648 Relative to a local options meals tax
H.3755 HD2479 Relative to establishing a deeds excise fund in certain counties
H.3762 HD2747 Relative to energy efficient lighting, energy conservation and light pollution reduction
H.3792 HD2742 Relative to veterans burial benefits
H.3804 HD1180 For legislation to control bullying of children with autism spectrum disorder
H.3805 HD1174 Relative to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and improving access to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly persons
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3826 HD1978 (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment to the office of chief of the fire department of the town of Brookline
H.3834 HD1080 For legislation to establish an elderly persons tax relief outreach program for the purposes of assisting elderly residents
H.3844 HD1097 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue distinctive registration plates indicating support for an autism trust fund
H.3846 HD3804 For legislation to provide special, non-recurring payments to certain municipalities for the purpose of providing emergency disaster relief due to the ice storm of December 11 and 12, 2008
H.3867 HD4126 Relative to automatic billing at health clubs
H.3868 HD4137 Relative to allowing persons to select an option to be removed from telemarketing solicitations
H.3912 HD900 Relative to the establishment of a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.3916 HD4072 Relative to further regulating funeral directors
H.3918 HD4125 Relative to hand sanitizing at take-out restaurants
H.3957 HD4128 For legislation exempt sales of living trees used in commercial and residential landscapes from the sales tax
H.3958 HD4135 Relative to making condominium fees tax deductible
H.3999 HD4124 Relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias
H.4000 HD4129 Relative to the liability of farmers' markets
H.4001 HD4136 Relative to shared custody of children by divorced parents
H.4028 HD4130 Relative to the space between motor vehicles at traffic lights
H.4059 HD3486 Relative to the possession of armor-piercing ammunition in the city of Boston
H.4068 HD3954 Relative to establishing and regulating resort-style casinos, gaming and entertainment in the Commonwealth
H.4197 HD4511 (by vote of the town) relative to the residency requirements for police officers in the town of Brookline
H.4198 HD4512 (by vote of the town) relative to civil service exemptions for certain employees in the town of Brookline
H.4232 HD4546 Relative to establishing licensing requirements and protections for certain cottage communities
H.4308 HD4677 Relative to federal write-in absentee ballots for uniformed services and overseas voters
H.4383 HD4736 (by vote of the town) that the town of Norwood be authorized to acquire and lease the Norwood VFW Post 2452 Building in said town
H.4451 HD4824 (by vote of the town) relative to health insurance coverage for retired employees of the town of Brookline
H.4527 HD4850 Relative to repeat domestic violence offenders

Personal Information

Profession: History Teacher/US Navy Reserve Officer

Education & Public Service

  • Southern New England School of Law, JD
  • Providence College, MA; Providence College, BA
  • United States Navy Basic Training
  • Catholic Memorial High School
  • Mass. House (2003-2010);Massachusetts Senate (2010 to fill vacancy - present)
  • Parks Caucus; (Chairman)
Norfolk and Suffolk - Consisting of the city of Boston, ward 18, precincts 9, 10, 16 to 20, inclusive, and 23, ward 19, precincts 10 to 13, inclusive, and ward 20 in the county of Suffolk; and the towns of Dover, Dedham, Needham, precincts D to H, inclusive, Norwood and Westwood in the county of Norfolk.