Robert L. Hedlund Assistant Minority Leader

R Weymouth
Robert L. Hedlund


State House
Room 313C
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1646
Fax: 617-722-1028
District Office
1267 Washington Street (Route 53)
East Weymouth, MA 02189
Phone: 781-340-9866
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD11 For legislation relative to the humane treatment of disabled persons
HD71 Relative to special education funding
SD213 For legislation relative to the safety of Alzheimer's disease patients
SD216 For legislation to increase transparency of taxpayers rights
HD231 For legislation to develop housing plans for families, with minor children, who are being evicted from publicly subsidized housing
SD235 For legislation relative to patient safety
SD237 For legislation to require periodic regulatory review at the Department of Revenue.
SD315 For legislation relative to employees social media privacy protection.
SD318 For legislation to study the feasibility of streamlining business registration
SD332 For legislation relative to physical education in public schools
SD342 For legislation to regulate the use of automatic license plate reader systems.
HD352 For legislation to establish in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services a Massachusetts Alzheimer’s project
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
SD372 For legislation relative to campaign contribution cycles.
SD380 For legislation to create a super research and development tax credit.
SD462 For legislation relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimers Project.
SD466 For legislation to ensure continued humane animal care and protect family farms in Massachusetts.
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
SD642 For legislation to promote local economic development.
SD648 For legislation relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
SD771 For legislation relative to CARE
SD782 For legislation relative to the use of crossbows in hunting
HD806 Relative to establishing a special commission to study the effects of unfunded mandates on municipalities
HD840 Relative to creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental disabilities
SD902 For legislation to protect abandoned animals in vacant properties.
SD921 For legislation to protect certain persons rendering emergency care from liability.
SD947 Relative to protecting, preserving, and increasing access to family camping
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
SD950 Relative to establishing voter identification procedures
SD955 Relative to mandating a curriculum in the public schools on personal financial literacy
SD957 For legislation to authorize tax free contributions to a trust for the care of incapacitated parents or guardians
SD958 Relative to mandatory sentences for committing assaults on a law enforcement officers
SD967 For legislation relative to addiction education for junior operators
SD973 For legislation to provide treble damages to employees for employer violations of certain labor laws
SD974 For legislation to protect animals during pet sales.
SD975 Relative to the payment of wages
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
SD1009 For legislation relative to local impacts of enacted legislation
SD1028 For legislation to protect the Commonwealth's residents from identity theft
SD1042 For legislation to enhance the management of problem wildlife.
SD1071 For legislation to provide municipal control of liquor licenses.
SD1143 For legislation to stop educator sexual abuse, misconduct and exploitation
HD1152 For legislation to allow teachers currently employed and receiving compensation to serve on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
HD1156 For legislation to increase penalties for the distribution of heroin.
SD1171 For legislation to recognize the independence of franchise operators
SD1176 For legislation relative to DESE contracts.
HD1188 That the Commissioner of Insurance be directed to make a bi-annual investigation relative to flood insurance rates
SD1204 For legislation relative to the earned income tax credit
SD1222 For legislation to remove and dispose of waste oil.
SD1231 For legislation to strengthen the enforcement of certain dog laws.
HD1236 Relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
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.
SD1264 For legislation relative to rape of a child by force.
SD1302 For legislation relative to consistent firearm licensing practices
SD1308 For legislation relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s
SD1327 For legislation relative to small group eligibility.
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
SD1371 For legislation relative to protecting student witnesses
SD1408 For legislation to require notice and an opportunity to repair certain construction defects
SD1422 For legislation relative to out of state sex offenders.
SD1426 For legislation to collect outstanding delinquent legal fees.
SD1433 For legislation relative to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and surplus personal property.
HD1434 Relative to contracts for design services
HD1435 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to state and local services provided to veterans
SD1435 For legislation to require payment by certain prisoners of the Commonwealth
HD1436 Relative to the payment of veterans' benefits
SD1438 For legislation to create a pilot program for repeat offenders driving under the influence
SD1443 For legislation to provide oversight of crime labs
SD1446 For legislation relative to vehicle registration and sales tax
SD1456 For legislation relative to distinctive registration plates
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
SD1471 For legislation relative to limited liability corporation filing fees.
SD1475 For legislation to expand the state DNA database.
SD1477 For legislation relative to the parole recommendation panel.
HD1481 For legislation to ensure that students with disabilities have an opportunity to participate in physical education
SD1482 For legislation to create a scholarship fund to increase the number of medical providers who are knowledgeable in autism.
SD1488 For legislation relative to MassDOT audit.
SD1494 For legislation relative to the interest rate on tax-deferred property.
SD1497 For legislation to create a private mortgate insurance tax deduction.
SD1500 For legislation to dedicate a portion of the stabilization fund to cities and towns.
SD1501 For legislation relative to seasonal employment.
SD1504 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor setting apart the month of May as Aviation Awareness Month.
SD1507 For legislation to provide for alternative designated port authorities compliance.
SD1509 For legislation to clarify earned paid sick time.
SD1510 For legislation to increase container recycling in the Commonwealth.
SD1511 For legislation to extend single sales factor apportionment to all retail and wholesale corporations.
SD1519 For legislation to require periodic regulatory review at the Department of Revenue
SD1521 For legislation to increase penalties for certain minors involved in the attempt to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages
HD1527 For legislation to require that certain legislation enacted by the General Court and approved by the Governor contain fiscal notes or local mandate statements
SD1533 For legislation relative to the definition of students enrolled in special education classes inside and outside of school districts
SD1535 For legislation to reduce paperwork within the department of elementary and secondary education
SD1537 For legislation to repeal the nursing home tax
SD1543 For legislation to require photo identification to receive a ballot
SD1547 For legislation relative to campaign finance during special elections
SD1548 For legislation relative to ensuring transparency of health plan formularies
SD1549 For legislation relative to increasing information sharing among state agencies
SD1553 For legislation relative to health insurance penalties.
SD1556 For legislation to require that eminent domain takings be for public use purposes and defining the term public use
SD1562 For legislation relative to the unsealing of records
SD1567 For legislation to reduce the sales tax to 5%.
SD1569 For legislation to share custody of minor children of divorced or separated parents
SD1571 For legislation relative to employee records
SD1576 For legislation relative to increasing transparency of taxpayers rights
HD1598 For legislation to clarify the definition of affordable housing to include mobile homes
SD1603 For legislation to improve tax administration processes in the Commonwealth
SD1604 For legislation relative to services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
SD1606 For legislation to establish a discretionary grant program for students with autism
SD1608 For legislation to increase current medical providers' knowledge about autism in order to improve the treatment individuals with autism receive in medical settings
SD1612 For legislation relative to corporate excise tax reform
SD1614 For legislation to exempt certain farmers' markets from certain property taxes.
SD1615 For legislation to establish a municipal gas tax exemption
SD1621 For legislation to limit proposition 2 1/2 override elections and allowing an underride in all communities
SD1629 For legislation to provide equal access to medical treatments essential for people with autism.
SD1638 For legislation to support commercial fishing.
SD1645 For legislation to establish a municipal gas tax reimbursement
SD1647 For legislation to remove impediments to corporate growth
SD1651 For legislation to create an angel investment tax credit
SD1660 For legislation to expand access to health care for employees of charter schools
SD1673 For legislation relative to the accountability of the governor's council.
SD1681 For legislation to require fiscal responsibility.
HD1684 An Act related to unfunded mandates on public schools
SD1685 For legislation relative to zero-based budgeting and budget transparency
SD1690 For legislation to reduce the income tax.
SD1691 For legislation to establish the Commonwealth Competition Council
SD1694 For legislation to promote private sector job growth and reduce state spending
SD1711 For legislation to increase protection against drivers under the influence of drugs
SD1718 For legislation to increase the civil fines and penalities of motorists who violate the right of way of other motorists.
SD1721 For legislation relative to special veterans plates
SD1724 For legislation relative to commercial fees
SD1729 For legislation to recover assets used in the commission of sexual offenses
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
SD1740 For legislation to ensure compliance and equity in state reimbursement
SD1742 For legislation to promote motor vehicle safety.
SD1755 For legislation relative to the green communities act.
SD1765 For legislation to clarify procedures for the custodial protection by law enforcement and court officials of a child requiring assistance.
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
SD1794 For legislation to remove unfair incumbent advantage from the ballot and to change unenrolled to independent
SD1806 For legislation relative to the commonwealth of Massachusetts hosting an Olympic Games
SD1823 For legislation relative to the modernization of boat registration and marine vessels
HD1829 Relative to access to telemedicine services by allowing certain clinicians to be credentialed and to allow for coverage of such services by all payers and the Medicaid program
SD1837 Relative to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
SD1838 For legislation to provide a safe harbor for contractors of services
SD1846 For legislation to promote conservation through oyster shell recycling
SD1847 For legislation to enhance the license plate system of the Commonwealth
SD1848 For legislation relative to enhanced housing authority screening
SD1851 For legislation relative to prevention of EBT fraud
SD1854 For legislation relative to pension fund performance and accountability
SD1858 For legislation relative to transparency in government with regard to consultant expenses
SD1861 For legislation to provide for loans for waterfront development
SD1869 For legislation relative to habitual drunk drivers
SD1875 For legislation to promote economic growth in the Commonwealth
SD1876 For legislation relative to a worker documentation certification program
SD1878 For legislation relative to private right of action to preserve public safety
SD1886 For legislation to establish the Marine Fisheries Research Council.
SD1893 For legislation to create accountability for legislative reports
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
SD1947 For legislation relative to the creation of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Finance Control Board
HD1951 For legislation to the penalty for blocking public ways and disrupting traffic
HD1967 Relative to increasing the base for the calculation of cost-of-living increases for retired public employees
HD2035 Relative to establishing an educational mandate task force (including members of the General Court) to review all existing state mandates imposed on public schools and districts in the Commonwealth
HD2090 For legislation to create a scholarship fund to increase the number of medical providers who are knowledgeable in autism
HD2094 For legislation to establish a pilot program for adults with Asperger syndrome and autism
HD2134 Relative to the definition of Autism in the childrens Autism Medicaid waiver
HD2163 Relative to the creation and maintenance of a searchable public online database of sites available for development in cities and towns
HD2208 For legislation to impose a moratorium on all new mandated education programs
HD2211 For legislation to provide the highest quality education through access of innovative and research-based language education instructional programs
HD2231 For legislation to provide insurance coverage for the use of electronic tracking devices to protect the safety of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Alzheimer's Disease.
HD2271 Relative to antique boats, automobiles and motorcycles
HD2287 Relative to property tax exemptions for persons over seventy years of age
HD2349 Relative to the estate tax code
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2670 An Act requiring physician training on Alzheimer's and dementia
HD2780 Relative to local control of liquor licenses
HD2812 For legislation to require valid identification when casting provisional ballots
HD2820 For legislation to add 911 emergency responders to the list of locations for a safe surrender under the baby safe haven law
HD2846 An Act Relative to Sunday Hunting
HD2857 Relative to the evaluation and classification of persons by the Sex Offender Registry Board
HD2894 An Act establishing a college tuition tax deduction
HD2926 For legislation to require the House and Senate committees on Ways and Means to conduct public hearings on proposed legislation to establish, increase or expand taxes or fees
HD2929 For legislation to require a one-year waiting period after passage of an act creating new taxes for said taxes to become effective
HD2943 For legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund
HD2944 An Act providing for an out of state license to be valid proof of age
HD2949 Relative to the penalties for sexual abuse of a child under thirteen years of age
HD2975 Relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
HD2979 Relative to scholarship programs for children of veterans and public officers
HD2991 Relative to children's interests in cases of abuse or neglect resulting in judicial proceedings
HD3022 For legislation to limit fees charged by cashers of checks, drafts or money orders
HD3097 Relative to establishing a substance abuse health protection fund with collections from the sale of certain alcoholic beverages
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3198 For legislation to designate New England clam chowder as the official appetizer of the Commonwealth
HD3255 An Act relative to strengthening background checks
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
HD3414 For legislation to direct the Attorney General to provide for a study of the methodology used to promulgate new flood insurance rate maps through the National Flood Insurance Program
HD3435 For legislation to exempt disabled veterans from motor vehicle registration fees on primary passenger vehicles
HD3444 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to enhancing tourism at the State House
HD3508 Relative to the penalties for protests intentionally blocking or preventing access to a public roadway or highway
HD3510 Relative to penalties for excessive non-emergency 911 calls
HD3531 Relative to the open meeting law
HD3621 An Act relative to the Dam and Seawall Removal Fund

By Request
SD914 For legislation relative to establishing an autism spectrum disorder designation on driver’s licenses and identification cards and criminal justice training relative to autism spectrum disorders

Sen. Hedlund grew up in Hingham and graduated from Hingham Public Schools. As a teenager, he took over his grandfather’s truck repair business in Quincy and became active in the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Frustrated with the direction of state government, he launched a two-year campaign that saw him defeat two older and better funded candidates in the 1990 primary on his way to unseating a 26-year incumbent. After losing his seat during the 1992 election, he won it back in 1994 and has held it since, thanks to an independent voting record, a belief in constituent service, and a platform of low taxes, smaller government and civil liberties.

Personal Information

Profession: Small Business Owner
Children: 1
Interests: History, softball, cycling, music

Career Highlights

  • Served as chief Senate sponsor of Melanie’s Law
  • Blocked a proposed LNG facility from being built at the Boston Harbor Islands National Park
  • Helped dismantle the Mass. Turnpike Authority
  • Led push in Senate to reform our illegal immigration rules; Never voted for a single tax hike

Education & Public Service

  • Hingham High School
  • Wentworth Institute
  • Quincy College
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • South Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Mass. Senate (1991-'92, 1994-present)
Plymouth and Norfolk -- Consisting of the towns of Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell and Scituate in the county of Plymouth; and the towns of Cohasset and Weymouth in the county of Norfolk.