Ruth B. Balser Representative

D Newton
Ruth B. Balser


State House
Room 136
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2396
Fax: 617-626-0119
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD37 For legislation relative to the practice of acupuncture.
HD45 Relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
SD51 For legislation to authorize a study of school day starting times and schedules.
HD66 To further regulate workers' compensation
SD82 For legislation to provide landowners title protection
SD85 For legislation to improve data collection in the juvenile justice system
SD117 For legislation to prevent illegal trafficking of firearms.
SD128 For legislation relative to just cause terminations.
SD155 For legislation to require reimbursement for the costs of providing competent interpreter services
HD203 For legislation to reduce plastic bag use through regulations and incentives
HD218 For legislation to to protect drinking water from hydraulic fracturing
SD229 Lfor legislation relative to recycling
HD235 Relative to tax abatements for disabled veterans
HD238 Relative to recidivism reducing program reporting by the Department of Correction
HD241 Relative to prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in family and juvenile court proceedings
HD272 Relative to requiring certain insurance policies to include coverage for nicotine based and non-nicotine based smoking cessation products
SD285 For legislation to combat climate change.
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
HD308 Relative to insurance coverage and payment for prescribed treatment for mitochondrial disease
SD332 For legislation relative to physical education in public schools
SD334 For legislation to protect trade secrets and eliminate non-compete agreements
HD362 For legislation to repeal certain laws
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
HD373 For legislation to make it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of height and weight in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment
HD386 For legislation to further regulate the right to strike of public employees
HD391 Relative to the investment of funds in certain institution engaged in the manufacture, distribution or sale of firearms and weapons
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
HD449 For legislation to direct the Department of Education to include a course in civics as a high school graduation requirement
HD460 Relative to consent and counseling of pregnant women under sixteen years of age
SD466 For legislation to ensure continued humane animal care and protect family farms in Massachusetts.
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
SD492 For legislation to repeal the property tax exemption for Massport lessees.
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
HD507 Relative to regulating the licensing of pharmacies
HD517 Relative to petitions to the Juvenile Court or Probate Court on behalf of certain special juveniles
HD567 For legislation to increase the Commonwealth's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
HD584 For legislation to creates incentives to help promote the adoption of electric vehicles
HD594 Relative to the restoration of oral health benefits for MassHealth recipients
HD595 Relative to common summary of payments forms for health care services
HD607 Relative to the establishment of physician evaluation programs by insurance companies
HD611 Relative to the management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients
SD627 For legislation to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants
SD628 For legislation to promote the accessibility, quality and continuity of care for consumers of behavioral health, substance use disorder and mental health services.
SD632 For legislation to require corporate social responsibility reporting.
SD633 For legislation relative to home energy efficiency.
SD639 For legislation relative to excessive executive compensation.
SD642 For legislation to promote local economic development.
HD646 For legislation to establish permanent voter registration for registered voters who move within the Commonwealth
SD648 For legislation relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
SD650 For legislation relative to sentencing laws
SD671 For legislation relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel Services
HD674 (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston
HD677 For legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity
HD678 Relative to the maximum number of patients assigned to a registered nurses or hospital care attendants
SD682 For legislation relative to police training
SD691 For legislation explore alternative funding sources to ensure safe and reliable transportation
HD691 For legislation to establish a homeless bill of rights
SD699 For legislation to promote equal choice a cost savings in health care
SD706 For legislation to include childbirth under insurance policies providing for diability income
SD707 For legislation to promote purchasing from social enterprises by governmental bodies
SD718 For legislation to eliminate age discrimination in the MassHealth program
HD727 For legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses
HD728 Relative to coverage standards for children under private insurance
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.
SD739 For legislation relative to pedestrian stop data.
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
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
SD808 For legislation relative to preventing adolescent substance abuse by expanding SBIRT
HD840 Relative to creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental disabilities
HD857 Relative to the implementation of strategies for reducing solid waste and increasing recycling in the Commonwealth
HD871 For legislation to provide that network hospitals be compensated for behavioral health services to certain MassHealth patients
HD890 For legislation to allow individuals to institute and prosecute a civil action for injunctive relief for violation of laws relative to meal breaks for employees
HD906 For legislation to increase the number of assistant clerk positions in the first district court of eastern Worcester
SD906 For legislation to create the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
HD913 That tobacco tax revenues be used to reduce tobacco use
HD940 Relative to authorizing the establishment of recreational traffic safety zones in cities and towns
SD982 Relative to the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines for homeowners with dogs living on such insured property
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
SD1001 For legislation to promote restorative justice practices
SD1008 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
SD1016 For legislation to promote higher education among employees of human services provider organizations
HD1018 For legislation to prohibit the participation of health care professionals in the torture and abuse of prisoners
SD1026 For legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information.
HD1027 For legislation to provide equal access to evaluations for children with disabilities
SD1028 For legislation to protect the Commonwealth's residents from identity theft
HD1029 For legislation to establish safeguards to prevent death and disability from stroke
HD1035 For legislation to provide high school graduates equal access to in-state tuition rates and financial aid in the higher education system
HD1041 Relative to access to health insurance for human service providers and their employees
HD1046 For legislation to update the contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a co-pay
SD1084 For legislation relative to the senior circuit breaker tax credit
HD1097 Relative to providing continuing health insurance coverage for surviving children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty
HD1107 For legislation to compare total health care spending with projected single payer health care system spending
HD1117 For legislation to establish a penalty for the mistreatment of elephants
HD1119 For legislation to establish a student loan repayment pilot program to be administered by the Board of Higher Education for licensed social workers
HD1153 For legislation to create a transitional aid to families with dependent children career pathways trust fund
SD1161 For legislation to promote electric vehicle adoption
HD1173 Relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas
HD1187 An Act requiring audiovisual recordings of certain police interrogations
SD1189 For legislation relative to women’s health and economic equity
HD1190 Relative to the storage and dissemination of certain public records in an electronic format
SD1198 For legislation relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
HD1234 Relative to tax havens
SD1235 For legislation to improve access to public records.
SD1249 For legislation to repeal the sales tax exemption for jet fuel.
SD1250 For legislation relative to an employee protection act.
SD1291 For legislation relative to dental benefit plan transparency and patients' Bill of Rights
HD1301 Relative to employment and job training
SD1317 For legislation to restrict the sale of tobacco products at health care institutions.
HD1343 Relative to providing child care assistance to homeless families
HD1361 Relative to contracts required by health care organizations
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
SD1387 For legislation to decriminalize non-violent and verbal student misconduct
HD1393 Relative to mental health services for children
HD1398 Relative to providing access to patient protection services for all residents
SD1401 An Act further defining the role of school resource officers
HD1402 Relative to providing equitable access to behavioral health services for MassHealth consumers
HD1406 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. [BILL NUMBER]) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others for legislation to establish reasonable and proper speed limits inside an urban district on public ways. Transportation.
HD1412 Relative to the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression within the Department of Elder Affairs.
HD1416 Relative to the health care of minors
SD1417 For legislation relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates.
HD1419 For legislation to expand substance abuse treatment options for non-violent drug offenders
HD1421 For legislation to include behavioral health managers in the oversight jurisdiction of the Health Policy Commission
SD1421 For legislation to update public health laws.
SD1423 For legislation to establish pay equity.
HD1424 Relative to access to behavioral health services for persons enrolled in MassHealth public health insurance programs
HD1450 Relative to the jurisdiction of the courts within the Housing Court Department
HD1477 Relative to expanding eligibility for diversion to treatment for criminal offenders
HD1490 For legislation requiring carbon monoxide alarms in all residential, governmental and commercial structures
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
HD1521 For legislation to establish a penalty for the mistreatment of elephants
HD1526 Relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
SD1530 For legislation relative to the enhanced management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients
HD1530 Relative to the divestment of state pension funds from holdings in fossil fuel companies
HD1550 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) on the tax expenditure budget
SD1555 For legislation relative to Massachusetts high school diplomas
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
HD1587 Relative to license plate tracking
HD1593 For legislation to require transparency in solicitations via telephone and similar devices
SD1620 For legislation to promote transparency, best practices, and better outcomes for children and communities.
HD1650 Relative to junior operator's licenses
HD1664 Relative to dispute resolution processes within the Bureau of Special Education Appeals
SD1665 For legislation relative to motor vehicle license suspension
HD1684 An Act related to unfunded mandates on public schools
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
SD1726 For legislation to promote transparency and cost control of pharmaceutical drug prices.
SD1738 For legislation relative to plastic bag reduction
SD1753 For legislation to designate Moyamoya Awareness Day.
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
HD1769 Relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment
SD1770 For legislation to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
SD1807 For legislation relative to data collection on multiple gun purchases
SD1813 For legislation to establish election day registration
HD1833 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD1839 Relative to preventing adolescent substance abuse through the use of public and private school screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment techniques
HD1840 For legislation to establish an interagency child abuse and neglect prevention task force
HD1852 That the Department of Environmental Protection be notified by manufacturers of products containing toxic chemicals
SD1853 An Act establishing a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program
HD1860 Relative to persons incapacitated by the use of drugs with the exception of the administration of breathalyzer tests
HD1864 Strengthening the quality and efficiency of home health care services
HD1867 Establishing the Olmsted Park improvement fund
HD1871 Relative to state contracting for cleaning, maintenance or security guard services
SD1874 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity
SD1885 For legislation relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data.
SD1891 For legislation relative to conditional expansion of the bottle bill.
HD1893 Relative to rendering the criminal and civil justice systems accessible to victims of sexual violence
HD1899 For the establishment of a special commission on the eye care and vision health needs of the Commonwealth
HD1900 An Act Relative to Campus Safety
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
HD1972 Relative to the civil commitment of women for alcoholism and substance abuse at the Framingham Correctional Institution
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
HD1995 Relative to rates of compensation payable to counsel
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
HD2045 For legislation to increase access to recycling in the Commonwealth
HD2056 Relative to preventing unnecessary medical debt through hospital and affiliate charity care policies
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
HD2089 For legislation to promote the use of restorative justice practices
HD2108 Relative to juvenile mental health and substance abuse
HD2111 Relative to disclosures by individuals or entities making independent expenditures for electioneering communications
HD2115 Relative to the training of persons supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
HD2118 For legislation to increase the fines for failure to wear a seat belt
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2128 Relative to the implementation of full-day kindergarten
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
HD2155 Relative to public health, substance abuse, treatment and opioids and accessible substance abuse treatment for all
HD2188 Relative to juvenile court jurisdiction to divert from further court processing of certain children
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
HD2307 Relative to the jury management advisory committee
HD2308 For legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles.
HD2327 Relative to medical assistance recipient assets
HD2332 For legislation to limit the time that former employees must wait before being employed by a competitor
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
HD2373 Relative to granting equal access to original birth certificates
HD2380 Relative to prohibiting the solitary confinement of inmates twenty-one years of age or younger
HD2382 An Act Strengthening the Massachusetts Home Care Program
HD2392 Relative to improving disclosure of electioneering communications reports
HD2401 Relative to criminal offender record information
HD2433 For legislation to further define standards of employee safety
HD2436 Relative to sexual health education
HD2470 For legislation to promote accessibility and affordability of behavioral health and substance abuse services for recipients of MassHealth
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
HD2589 For legislation to provide for primary and preventative health care services for certain children in the Commonwealth.
HD2592 Relative to the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities
HD2596 Relative to increase the minimum wage for private sector human service workers
HD2615 That banks be required to mediate in good faith with homeowners to identify alternative resolutions before starting foreclosures
HD2617 For legislation to require seatbelts in school buses
HD2648 Relative to the minimum wage employers are required to pay tipped employees
HD2664 For legislation to prohibit the withholding of diplomas to students meeting all requirements except a score on a state standardized test
HD2676 For legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles.
HD2704 Relative to enhancing the educational opportunities for expectant and parenting students
HD2709 For legislation to ensure continued health insurance coverage for certain children
HD2743 For legislation to require environmentally safe alternatives to harmful cleaning products
HD2758 For legislation to disclosure requirements for dry cleaners using toxic chemicals
HD2780 Relative to local control of liquor licenses
HD2802 Relative to pay equity
HD2809 Relative to the expungement of criminal records of juveniles
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
HD2863 Relative to the establishment of a secretary to reduce and prevent homelessness
HD2880 An Act relative to direct mailings
HD2903 For legislation to ensure equal access to services for certain residents of the Commonwealth, notwithstanding alienage or immigration status
HD2912 For legislation to provide transparency in the data contained in the payer and provider claims database
HD2917 For legislation to establish pilot programs for universal pre-kindergarten in gateway cities and other low-income neighborhoods or communities
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
HD3007 For the imposition of a tax on certain private institutions of higher learning for the purpose of establishing a separate fund to be known as the educational opportunity for all trust fund
HD3015 Relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths
HD3022 For legislation to limit fees charged by cashers of checks, drafts or money orders
HD3032 Relative to providing written health education information to incarcerated women by correctional institutions
HD3055 Relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths
HD3072 Relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations
HD3098 That the the Department of Transportation assess the current status of the transportation system of the Commonwealth
HD3099 For legislation to increase the excise tax on alcoholic beverages
HD3114 For legislation to develop a high quality pre-kindergarten education grant program
HD3137 For legislation to establish election day voter registration
HD3156 For legislation to reform pretrial processes
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3169 For legislation to exempt residents of the Commonwealth from payment of tuition or mandatory curriculum fees at community colleges
HD3172 For legislation to establish a pilot program to reduce the traumatic consequences of interactions between police and vulnerable individuals
HD3186 Relative to the definition of “beverage” and the redemption of containers under the bottle law, so-called
HD3190 For legislation to require the reporting of certain contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Program and the Workers' Compensation System
HD3200 For legislation to protect tenants and prevent vacancies in foreclosed homes
HD3202 Relative to the protection of the mental and physical health of minors from sexual orientation and/or gender identity change efforts
HD3204 For legislation to clarify the responsibility of law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law
HD3215 Relative to enhancing consumer protection and transparency under the social work licensing law
HD3220 For legislation to institute programs to respond to sexual violence on higher education campuses
HD3241 Relative to electronic prescribing of opiates and other controlled substances
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
HD3282 For legislation to provide for paid family leave within a new temporary disability insurance program
HD3298 Relative to establishing a right to counsel in certain eviction cases
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
HD3345 For legislation to direct the Department of Public Health to compile data and issue a report on vision screening for children entering kindergarten
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
HD3436 For legislation to legalize marijuana and establish a tax on the cannabis industry
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
HD3556 For legislation to establish a Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women

Personal Information

Profession: Clinical Psychologist

Education & Public Service

  • New York University, Ph.D.
  • University of Rochester, A.B.
  • Mass. House (1999-present)
  • Newton Alderman (1988-1995)
Twelfth Middlesex, Consisting of Newton: Wards 5, 6, Ward 7: Precincts 1, 3, 4, Ward 8.