Jonathan Hecht Representative

D Watertown
Jonathan Hecht


State House
Room 22
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2140
Fax: 617-626-0199
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD9 For legislation to create and authorize level iv behavioral treatment interventions
SD10 For legislation to create a special commission on behavior modification
SD54 For legislation relative to hands free cell phone devices.
HD69 For legislation to prohibit the use of state funds to purchase bottled water
HD71 Relative to special education funding
HD72 Relative to improving procurement procedures to assure opportunities for students with disabilities
SD85 For legislation to improve data collection in the juvenile justice system
SD133 For legislation to further regulate the continuing education requirements for certain real estate appraisers and trainees
HD148 Relative to health care proxies
SD171 For legislation to promote solar hot water installations
HD201 That the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Health develop health risk assessment guidelines of proposed school construction sites
HD218 For legislation to to protect drinking water from hydraulic fracturing
HD219 Relative to rental property and medical marijuana
HD228 Relative to services for homeless individuals and families receiving assistance under the program of emergency aid to elders, disabled and children
SD229 Lfor legislation relative to recycling
HD231 For legislation to develop housing plans for families, with minor children, who are being evicted from publicly subsidized housing
HD270 Relative to business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers
HD272 Relative to requiring certain insurance policies to include coverage for nicotine based and non-nicotine based smoking cessation products
SD280 For legislation relative to the administration of diabetes medication
SD285 For legislation to combat climate change.
HD289 Relative to the teaching of health education in schools
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
SD317 For legislation to promote the planning and development of sustainable communities
SD332 For legislation relative to physical education in public schools
SD335 For legislation relative to health insurance coverage by athletic trainers
SD340 For legislation to ensure equal access to college course materials for visually impaired students
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
SD347 For legislation to promote safety in the transportation of students
SD358 For legislation relative to vehicle idling.
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD372 Relative to parking advancements and the establishment of parking benefit districts in cities and towns
HD401 For legislation to establish criteria for MassHealth hardship waivers
HD414 For legislation to further regulate the performing of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
HD445 For the establishment of a permanent commission on the status of people with disabilities
HD460 Relative to consent and counseling of pregnant women under sixteen years of age
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
SD479 For legislation to reduce healthcare costs by promoting non-biased prescriber education.
HD496 For legislation to provide for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
HD497 Relative to the care of animals in cities and towns
HD501 Relative to expands health insurance coverage for certain acupuncture services, diagnosis and treatment and establishing a commission to investigate the potential for better integrated use of acupuncture services
HD517 Relative to petitions to the Juvenile Court or Probate Court on behalf of certain special juveniles
SD560 Relative to providing for a presumptive eligibility program for MassHealth applicants
HD567 For legislation to increase the Commonwealth's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
HD582 For legislation to eliminate age discrimination in the Masshealth Program
HD588 For legislation to reduce human exposure to particulate matter pollution
HD593 Relative to the reporting on health effects of particulate matter
HD594 Relative to the restoration of oral health benefits for MassHealth recipients
HD595 Relative to common summary of payments forms for health care services
HD611 Relative to the management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients
SD628 For legislation to promote the accessibility, quality and continuity of care for consumers of behavioral health, substance use disorder and mental health services.
SD633 For legislation relative to home energy efficiency.
SD642 For legislation to promote local economic development.
HD646 For legislation to establish permanent voter registration for registered voters who move within the Commonwealth
HD670 Relative to Medicaid expansion
HD677 For legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity
HD680 For an the establishment of a special commission (including members of the General Court) on local and regional public health
SD680 For legislation relative to the closing of hospital essential services
HD682 Relative to liability for the medical costs incurred by public health volunteer responders
SD682 For legislation relative to police training
HD687 For legislation to benefit the Health Safety Net Trust Fund
SD690 For legislation relative to the eligibility of students for in-state tuition rates and fees at public higher educational institutions.
HD691 For legislation to establish a homeless bill of rights
HD694 That students with diabetes attending public or private schools be permitted to possess certain medical supplies and administer necessary treatments
HD697 Relative to ensuring secure voting equipment
SD699 For legislation to promote equal choice a cost savings in health care
SD704 For legislation to promote the development of small house nursing homes in the Commonwealth
SD707 For legislation to promote purchasing from social enterprises by governmental bodies
HD710 For legislation to establish a legislative budget office
HD711 Relative to real estate tax relief for certain owners of residential property
HD727 For legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses
HD728 Relative to coverage standards for children under private insurance
HD735 For legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles
HD736 Relative to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition protection of employees and job applicants
SD736 For legislation to improve the collection and analsis of data realitve to traffic stops.
HD758 To prohibit the distribution in commerce of children's products and upholstered furniture containing certain flame retardants, and for other purposes
HD763 Relative to health clubs and the use and deployment of defibrillators
HD764 For legislation to prohibit discrimination in the issuance of group or individual disability, accident or sickness insurance policies
HD779 Relative to continuity of care for families enrolled in MassHealth
HD780 Relative to providing smoking cessation programs for certain police officers and fire fighters
HD789 Relative to the effect of certain behavioral health disorders on certain disability insurance policies
HD792 For legislation require county and state correctional facilities to provide substance abuse services to certain inmates
HD804 For legislation to require health care coverage for emergency psychiatric services
HD818 For legislation to authorize municipalities to require automatic sprinkler protection systems in certain housing
HD826 For legislation to require coverage for community and home-based behavioral health care services for certain children and adolescents with mental health disorders
HD868 For legislation to promote municipal collaboration and regionalization throughout the Commonwealth
HD901 For legislation to prohibit the use of procedures which cause physical pain or deny a reasonable humane existence to persons with disabilities
HD913 That tobacco tax revenues be used to reduce tobacco use
HD932 For legislation to prohibit the use of a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle on any public way
HD936 For legislation to provide for the establishment of senior citizen safety zones in cities and towns
HD940 Relative to authorizing the establishment of recreational traffic safety zones in cities and towns
SD1008 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
SD1016 For legislation to promote higher education among employees of human services provider organizations
HD1016 That the Department of Mental Health operate a statewide program to provide mental health consultations to primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and providers of women who suffer from post-partum depression
HD1027 For legislation to provide equal access to evaluations for children with disabilities
HD1041 Relative to access to health insurance for human service providers and their employees
SD1042 For legislation to enhance the management of problem wildlife.
HD1046 For legislation to update the contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a co-pay
HD1059 Relative to the membership of the Parole Board
HD1089 Relative to transfers of assets by MassHealth members
SD1090 For legislation relative to public space recycling
SD1094 For legislation relative to Huntington's Disease
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
HD1107 For legislation to compare total health care spending with projected single payer health care system spending
SD1131 For legislation to create patient choice and education in the dispensing of opiate drugs.
HD1144 For legislation to establish a division of indoor environments within the Department of Public Health
HD1153 For legislation to create a transitional aid to families with dependent children career pathways trust fund
HD1173 Relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas
HD1189 For legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products at certain health care institutions
HD1190 Relative to the storage and dissemination of certain public records in an electronic format
SD1192 For legislation relative to 2-person train crew size policy
SD1198 For legislation relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
SD1200 For legislation relative to modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors
HD1220 That the Division of Medical Assistance provide coverage for residential habilitation services for individuals age sixty or older
SD1233 For legislation to reestablish the Clean Environment Fund.
HD1234 Relative to tax havens
SD1247 For legislation relative to special education funding.
HD1301 Relative to employment and job training
HD1323 Relative to confining animals in a motor vehicle
HD1325 For legislation to compute and track the individual and collective lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of all fuels
HD1339 Relative to limiting contributions to ballot question committees
HD1343 Relative to providing child care assistance to homeless families
SD1355 For legislation relative to the Architectural Access Board.
SD1363 For legislation to establish a health incentives program.
HD1367 For legislation to require owners of rented or foreclosed properties to check for abandoned animals
HD1370 For legislation to strengthen the enforcement of certain dog laws
HD1371 For legislation to impose a penalty for the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs
HD1380 Relative to political expenditures by corporations
HD1393 Relative to mental health services for children
SD1401 An Act further defining the role of school resource officers
SD1406 For legislation to include recycling education in the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
HD1407 For legislation to establish old growth forest reserves in the Commonwealth
HD1411 Relative to greater transparency and accountability for out of district placement costs
HD1412 Relative to the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression within the Department of Elder Affairs.
HD1419 For legislation to expand substance abuse treatment options for non-violent drug offenders
SD1431 For legislation to establish a student tuition recovery fund.
HD1450 Relative to the jurisdiction of the courts within the Housing Court Department
HD1469 Relative to the designation of caregivers by certain patients
HD1470 Relative to persons performing job related services
HD1475 Further promoting energy efficiency and green jobs
SD1489 For legislation to expand inclusive transition programs for students with severe disabilities.
SD1499 For legislation relative to home care services.
HD1500 For legislation to exempt purchases of photography services by public schools from the Uniform Procurement Act
HD1502 For legislation to protect patients approved by physicians and certified by the Department of Public Health to access medical marijuana
HD1505 Relative to gas leak repairs during road projects
SD1510 For legislation to increase container recycling in the Commonwealth.
HD1521 For legislation to establish a penalty for the mistreatment of elephants
HD1530 Relative to the divestment of state pension funds from holdings in fossil fuel companies
HD1533 Relative to the earned income credit for working families
HD1535 Relative to prohibiting the dispensing of food in disposable food service containers made from polystyrene or from expanded polystyrene
HD1550 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) on the tax expenditure budget
HD1565 For legislation to grant public employee retirement rights to certain persons providing educational services to special need students
HD1566 To provide for reforms and improvements to the Commonwealth's transportation system
HD1571 For legislation to establish a process to identify toxic chemical substances used in consumer products
HD1575 For legislation to establish penalties for debarred employers, contractors and subcontractors illegally participating in contracts
HD1595 Relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers
HD1596 Relative to providing for the public disclosure of quality indicators for the developmentally disabled
HD1602 For legislation to make and investigation and study to determine whether there are sufficient and appropriate services for low incidence students with disabilities
SD1604 For legislation relative to services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
SD1617 For legislation to promote housing creation for persons with disabilities
SD1629 For legislation to provide equal access to medical treatments essential for people with autism.
SD1639 For legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities
HD1650 Relative to junior operator's licenses
HD1658 Relative to preserving eligibility for the PACE program and certain waivered services
HD1670 For legislation relative to the establishment of a Medicaid and health care reform FMAP trust fund
HD1674 Relative to providing care and comfort for the terminally ill
HD1679 For legislation to establish the Department of Mental Health as the oversight agency for the mental health system within the state prison system
HD1690 For legislation to establish a program within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to eliminate copays and deductibles for certain high-value and low cost prescription drugs and treatments
HD1698 Relative to establishing a foreign language education seal of biliteracy for students
HD1724 For legislation to authorize certain expenditures from the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund
HD1746 For legislation to create a public health insurance agency to compete with private insurers
HD1752 For legislation to direct the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to assess and report on the preparedness plans for a radiological accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant
HD1754 For legislation to authorize the Department of Public Health to enhance radiological air monitoring through an additional assessment to certain power plants
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
HD1767 For legislation to increase power plant safety preparedness by the Department of Public Health to twenty miles
HD1769 Relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
HD1796 Relative to improving the apprehension of drunk drivers and other law violators
SD1804 For legislation to promote zero net-energy buildings in the Commonwealth
SD1814 For legislation to protect our environment and update our climate action plan
HD1819 Relative to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund Board of Directors
SD1832 For legislation relative to safe and efficient transportation systems
HD1833 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD1834 For legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities
HD1841 to improve efficiency and coordination of health through a new division of health insurance
HD1852 That the Department of Environmental Protection be notified by manufacturers of products containing toxic chemicals
HD1862 For legislation to authorize municipalities to assess certain taxes for financing regional transportation needs and investments
HD1864 Strengthening the quality and efficiency of home health care services
HD1867 Establishing the Olmsted Park improvement fund
SD1874 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity
SD1885 For legislation relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data.
HD1887 Relative to ensuring clarity and truthfulness in direct mailings of travel check vouchers
HD1891 Relative to speed limits inside certain thickly settled areas or business districts
HD1899 For the establishment of a special commission on the eye care and vision health needs of the Commonwealth
HD1906 For legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities
HD1921 Relative to eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1946 For legislation to create a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers
HD1969 For legislation to improve the collection and analysis of data relative to traffic stops
HD1988 For the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United States to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider amendments to the Constitution to limit the influence of money in our political system
HD2007 For legislation to establish an advisory committee on the protection of honeybees in the Commonwealth
HD2012 For legislation to increase the maximum tax credit allowed for land conservation incentives
HD2015 For legislation to prohibit the sale to minors of electronic devices used to deliver liquid nicotine vapor
HD2021 Relative to expanding access to healthy food choices in vending machines on state property
HD2042 For legislation to decriminalize certain non-violent demonstrations by students
HD2051 Relative to the income tax rate
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2072 For legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing, and harrassment, without regard to protected class status
HD2073 For legislation to collect data regarding the use of solitary confinement
HD2086 Relative to accountability for certain corporate political activities
HD2089 For legislation to promote the use of restorative justice practices
HD2111 Relative to disclosures by individuals or entities making independent expenditures for electioneering communications
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2130 For legislation to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes
HD2137 For legislation to define and further protect vulnerable persons on the roads of the Commonwealth
HD2165 For the establishment of a living minimum wage for employees and contracted employees of the Commonwealth
HD2188 Relative to juvenile court jurisdiction to divert from further court processing of certain children
HD2196 For the inclusion of individuals with disabilities within civil rights protections and nondiscrimination protections and for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of the status of individuals and families with disabilities
HD2207 Relative to social media password privacy for school students
HD2211 For legislation to provide the highest quality education through access of innovative and research-based language education instructional programs
HD2216 Relative to providing for credible service for retirement purposes for VISTA volunteers
HD2248 Establishing schedules for employees
HD2297 Relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage
HD2308 For legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles.
HD2327 Relative to medical assistance recipient assets
HD2336 Relative to the use and protection of pollinators
HD2340 For legislation to provide for a capital outlay program of maintenance and improvements to municipal drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure assets
HD2342 Relative to vocational training for the unemployed
HD2345 Relative to temporary workers’ unemployment benefits
HD2348 For legislation to prevent contracts of waivers in employment cases of claims concerning discrimination, non-payment of wages or benefits, retaliation or harassment or violation of public policy
HD2364 Relative to promoting job training in the Commonwealth
HD2368 Relative to access to child and adolescent mental health services
HD2382 An Act Strengthening the Massachusetts Home Care Program
HD2392 Relative to improving disclosure of electioneering communications reports
HD2433 For legislation to further define standards of employee safety
HD2436 Relative to sexual health education
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2480 For legislation to limit retroactive denials of health insurance claims for mental health and substance abuse services
HD2490 Relative to improving passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston
HD2503 For the establishment of product stewardship programs to provide free of charge recycling when products are sold or discarded
HD2540 For legislation to increase the share of courses taught by full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty
HD2584 Relative to motor vehicle license suspension record privacy
HD2586 For legislation to regulate the use of credit reports by employers and prospective employers
HD2589 For legislation to provide for primary and preventative health care services for certain children in the Commonwealth.
HD2615 That banks be required to mediate in good faith with homeowners to identify alternative resolutions before starting foreclosures
HD2657 For legislation to establish minimum hours of study for certain professions licensed by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbers
HD2704 Relative to enhancing the educational opportunities for expectant and parenting students
HD2741 For legislation to provide emergency aid to certain elderly and disabled residents
HD2743 For legislation to require environmentally safe alternatives to harmful cleaning products
HD2752 For legislation to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products
HD2758 For legislation to disclosure requirements for dry cleaners using toxic chemicals
HD2782 Relative to further regulating health care costs and the dispensing of controlled substances
HD2802 Relative to pay equity
HD2818 Relative to administering the medical assistance programs
HD2821 An Act reducing packaging waste in the commonwealth
HD2824 Relative to promoting access to accurate medical information
HD2835 For legislation to establish a living wage for employees of certain retail stores and fast food restaurants
HD2844 For legislation to increase participation in early childhood care settings
HD2867 For legislation to enhance opportunities for children in the custody of the Commonwealth
HD2880 An Act relative to direct mailings
HD2881 For legislation to require insurance companies to reimburse licensed athletic trainers for certain services
HD2903 For legislation to ensure equal access to services for certain residents of the Commonwealth, notwithstanding alienage or immigration status
HD2913 An Act reducing solid waste and providing for universal recycling
HD2941 Relative to certified professional midwives
HD2943 For legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund
HD2948 For legislation to further regulate the sale of tobacco products to teenagers
HD2980 Relative to the rights of persons receiving services through the Department of Mental Health
HD2990 For legislation to develop science-based stream-flow standards
HD2997 Relative to the criteria for the release of terminally ill inmates to alternative locations of confinement
HD2998 For legislation to create a program to reduce childhood obesity by assessing a tax on candies, confectionaries and soft drinks
HD3059 Relative to the teaching of genocide education in the public schools
HD3072 Relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations
HD3096 Relative to consumer privacy in mortgage applications
HD3114 For legislation to develop a high quality pre-kindergarten education grant program
HD3137 For legislation to establish election day voter registration
HD3145 Relative to requiring that certain health insurance policies include coverage for eating disorders
HD3146 For legislation to increase the penalties for violations of certain hunting laws
HD3151 Relative to home health and hospice aides
HD3156 For legislation to reform pretrial processes
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3165 Relative to strengthening and expanding affordable, quality higher education opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth
HD3173 For legislation to establish a small-scale housing development demonstration program within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
HD3186 Relative to the definition of “beverage” and the redemption of containers under the bottle law, so-called
HD3202 Relative to the protection of the mental and physical health of minors from sexual orientation and/or gender identity change efforts
HD3215 Relative to enhancing consumer protection and transparency under the social work licensing law
HD3227 Relative to the parole process
HD3268 Relative to the evaluation of the frequency and outcome of contacts between juveniles of various racial and ethnic categories and law enforcement and court personnel and other Commonwealth officials
HD3277 Relative to the installation of new permanent outdoor lighting fixtures and the cost of operating such fixtures
HD3305 For legislation to ensure the payment of at least a living wage to all employees
HD3321 Relative to providing for community-based sentencing alternatives for primary caretakers of dependent children convicted of non-violent crimes
HD3391 An Act providing for certain health insurance coverage
HD3397 For legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution
HD3411 For legislation to establish a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program for employees
HD3425 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity by enhancing the enforcement and penalties for violations of the controlled substances laws
HD3433 For legislation to protect families from adverse financial conditions caused by unreasonable debt
HD3450 Relative to reporting requirements of state agencies to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for the maintenance of the Central Registry of Voters
HD3458 An Act relative to reprecincting
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games
HD3487 For legislation to increase access to vaccines
HD3492 Relative to contract assistance for Central Artery debt of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
HD3518 Relative to school safety and student success through school-based law enforcement
HD3531 Relative to the open meeting law

Jon was elected State Representative for the 29th Middlesex District in November 2008. He is a member of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Public Health. He also serves as House Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus and as a member of the Mental Health Caucus and MBTA Caucus. Born in Cambridge, Jon grew up in Belmont where he attended the public schools. He received his A.B. in History from Stanford University, M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts, and J.D. from Harvard Law School. After practicing law in New York City, Jon worked from 1990-94 as Program Officer for Human Rights and Governance in the Beijing office of the Ford Foundation. From 1994-98, he was Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law in the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. In 1999, he co-founded the China Law Center at Yale Law School and served as its Deputy Director until 2006. In 2005, Jon was elected to the Watertown Town Council, where he chaired committees on budget and fiscal oversight, economic development, and rules and ordinances. Jon is married to Lora Sabin, a public health economist at Boston University School of Public Health. They have made their home in Watertown for 20 years and have four children attending or graduated from the Watertown public schools.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator/Attorney
Spouse: Lora Sabin
Children: 4

Education & Public Service

  • Stanford University, B.A.
  • Tufts University, M.A.L.D.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Watertown Town Council
  • Watertown Democratic Town Committee; Massachusetts Municipal Association Board of Directors
  • Local Government Advisory Commission
Twenty-ninth Middlesex, Consisting of Cambridge: Ward 9, Ward 10: Precinct 3, Ward 11: Precinct 2; Watertown: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.