Shaunna O'Connell Representative

R Taunton
Shaunna O'Connell


State House
Room 237
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2305
Email: Shaunna.O'
District Office
141 Oak Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Bill Docket Bill Title
HD48 Relative to creating a difficult to manage unit within the Department of Mental Health
HD130 For legislation to provide tax relief for persons suffering hardships due to public works projects or actions taken by municipal utility companies
HD188 Relative to the false representation of military status
HD204 For legislation to prohibit sex offenders from employment or volunteer status at camps for children
HD212 Relative to rent escrow accounts in eviction actions involving counterclaims concerning the conditions of the premises
HD220 Relative to clarifying municipal regulations regarding medical marijuana
HD221 Realtive to property rights and medical marijuana
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
HD361 Relative to property tax exemptions for veterans
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD407 Relative to exempting certain school supply expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers from the income tax
HD431 Relative to establishing a meals tax holiday
HD450 For legislation to withhold unrestricted general government aid to cities and towns that self designate themselves as sanctuary cities or towns, or cities and towns that fail to enforce the federal immigration laws
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
HD545 Relative to the definition of gender identity as it applies to lawfully segregated facilities
HD647 Relative the elimination of nursing home fees
HD652 That veterans of the armed services be considered residents for the purpose of admission and tuition expenses for state colleges, community colleges or universities
HD653 Relative to increasing penalties to employers who employ any alien who is a student or visitor or who has not been admitted to the United States
HD733 For legislation to eliminate the annual fee for veterans distinctive license plates
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
HD765 Relative to establishing First Responders Day
SD765 For legislation relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
HD780 Relative to providing smoking cessation programs for certain police officers and fire fighters
HD782 For legislation repeal the requirement for operators and passengers on motorcycles over the age of eighteen to wear protective headgear
HD786 For legislation to lower the sales tax to five per cent
HD795 Relative to reducing the income tax to 5 per cent
HD820 Relative to establishing a missing child trust fund within the Department of Children and Families
HD827 Relative to firearm licensing requirements
HD841 For legislation to exempt municipalities from the gas tax
HD874 Relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias
SD951 For legislation relative to assessments made by the state board of retirement to certain regional school districts.
SD984 For legislation relative to the office of the child advocate
HD1007 Relative to great-grandparent visitation rights of certain minor children
SD1061 For legislation relative to Child-Centered Family Law.
HD1094 Relative to recording the testimony of children as witnesses in certain court proceedings
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
SD1134 For legislation to abolish the death tax.
HD1156 For legislation to increase penalties for the distribution of heroin.
SD1205 For legislation relative to strengthening identity theft law
SD1207 For legislation relative to amending public records law
HD1249 That county commissioners and the sheriffs for the various counties institute a schedule of fees and assess fees to inmates in their custody
HD1282 Relative to sales and excise tax exemptions for disabled veterans
HD1288 Relative to allowing veterans a leave of absence on Veterans Day and Memorial Day
HD1289 For legislation to establish penalties for the crime of committing sexual abuse against persons with disabilities
SD1290 For legislation relative to the penalty for employers who knowingly falsify employment or citizenship documents
HD1293 Relative to the disclosure of relations to state employees by candidates for employment
SD1294 For legislation to prohibit the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency
HD1295 Relative to proof of valid identification at voting polls
SD1297 Relative to the organization of limited liability companies
HD1299 Relative to taxes generated by charitable raffles and bazaars
HD1327 Relative to the reduction of medication waste
HD1393 Relative to mental health services for children
SD1448 For legislation to SAVE Massachusetts tax dollars.
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
HD1491 Relative to the renewal fee for firearm identification cards for persons over the age of 64
HD1500 For legislation to exempt purchases of photography services by public schools from the Uniform Procurement Act
HD1519 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor setting aside the month of May as the official month of kindness
HD1585 For legislation to establish a sunset commission to periodically review government agencies and authorities
HD1612 Relative to exempting veterans from the standard registration fee for veterans license plates
HD1627 For legislation to increase line-of-duty death benefits for police officers and fire fighters
HD1644 Relative to establishing provisions for the return of expired pharmaceuticals
HD1691 For legislation to require persons seeking housing or assistance from the executive office of housing and economic development to provide valid social security numbers
HD1698 Relative to establishing a foreign language education seal of biliteracy for students
HD1704 For legislation to establish a Commonwealth underutilized building repair fund within the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency
HD1756 Relative to coordinating the availability of transit services to employees of existing and expanding businesses by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development
HD1761 For legislation to authorize regional transit authorities to establish enterprise funds
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
HD1772 For legislation relative to motorcycle safety with malfunctioning traffic signals not detecting motorcycles
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
HD1796 Relative to improving the apprehension of drunk drivers and other law violators
HD1813 Relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants
HD1874 For legislation to increase penalties for distribution and trafficking of oxycodone and derivatives of oxycodone
HD1881 Relative to establishing a minimum training wage
HD1886 Relative to burial benefits of veterans
HD1892 An Act relative to criminal record checks for referees
HD1907 Relative to establishing the office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services in the Governor's cabinet
HD1912 Relative to shelter benefits for veterans
HD1923 Relative to in-state tuition rates and fees at public institutions
HD1928 That public benefits only be received by individuals who are residents of the Commonwealth and have proper verifiable documents or identification from their country of origin
HD1929 For legislation to reduce the income tax to five percent
HD1930 For legislation to reduce the sales tax to five per cent
HD1933 Relative to the collection of outstanding delinquent legal fees
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1936 For the establishment of an independent commission to study and report on the hiring system of the Probation Department
HD1937 For an investigation by an independent commission on a certain case before the Department of Children and Families regarding Justina Pelletier
HD1943 For legislation to allow municipalities to exempt small projects from the prevailing wage law
HD1944 Relative to the minimum reimbursement rate for adult residential behavioral health and addiction treatment
SD1947 For legislation relative to the creation of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Finance Control Board
HD2029 That the Executive Office of Public Safety create a blue alert system, so-called, for the apprehension of individuals wanted for seriously injuring or killing law enforcement officials
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2071 Relative to the organization of limited liability companies
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2163 Relative to the creation and maintenance of a searchable public online database of sites available for development in cities and towns
HD2187 For legislation to repeal the estate tax
HD2205 For the issuance by the Governor of an annual proclamation setting apart the month of March as multiple system atrophy awareness month
HD2218 For legislation to provide for an income tax deduction for purchases of a gun safes
HD2267 Relative to the formula for district reimbursement through the special education circuit breaker
HD2289 For legislation to exempt energy efficiency projects from certain sales tax and wage laws
HD2293 Relative to information included with municipal tax bills
HD2322 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of fairness in liquor licensing
HD2325 Relative to parental notification for out-of-school-district counseling referrals
HD2330 For legislation to authorize income tax filers to make voluntary contributions to the Massachusetts Cultural Development Fund on their annual income tax returns
HD2334 For legislation to enhance enforcement of laws banning the delivering drugs or articles to prisoners in correctional institutions or jails.
HD2335 Relative to establishing the partial fill prescribing method advisory commission
HD2338 An Act Limiting Campaign Contributions of Non-Natural Persons
HD2341 An Act Relative to Public Information Requests
HD2361 For legislation to include home heating costs in the calculation of tax credits for senior citizens
HD2373 Relative to granting equal access to original birth certificates
HD2378 Relative to limitations on expenditures and revenues
HD2381 Relative to exempting municipalities from the gas tax
HD2406 Relative to the reduction of certain sales and use taxes
HD2424 For legislation to prohibit eminent domain takings for the purpose of economic development
HD2443 Relative to access to state funded counsel during sex offender classification hearings
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2529 For legislation to authorize the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive registration plates for fire fighters
HD2548 For legislation to establishing the Assawompset Pond Complex flood management district commission
HD2560 For legislation to require reports of state fire code violations be forwarded to the local marshal or head of the local fire department
HD2563 Relative to income tax exemptions for active duty members of the armed forces
HD2567 Relative to veterans preference for public housing
HD2594 For legislation to classify municipal police dispatchers and dispatch supervisors Group 2 for retirement purposes
HD2600 Relative to the use of epinephrine, adrenaline or other agents by optometrists in the treatment of anaphylaxis
HD2618 For legislation to require photo-identification for persons voting in elections
HD2625 Relative to the withholding of rents and the establishment of rent escrow accounts by tenants for code violations by landlords
HD2643 That certain fire fighters may wear uniforms while on duty and making solicitations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
HD2666 For legislation to require local housing authorities to deny certain convicted sex offenders access to state-subsidized public housing facilities
HD2770 Relative to the compensation of state employees serving in the Massachusetts National Guard or active reserves
HD2791 Relative to unlawful school bus passing
HD2794 Relative to the parameters for protective custody
HD2907 That the Division of Professional Licensure amend the Uniform State Plumbing Code and associated regulations to include a category of agricultural buildings and operations
HD2930 Relative to trespassing or loitering on school grounds
HD2988 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of the services and communications received by victims of violent crimes
HD2991 Relative to children's interests in cases of abuse or neglect resulting in judicial proceedings
HD2999 An Act relative to sex offender notification
HD3002 An Act prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 18
HD3009 Relative to the minimum corporate tax
HD3014 Relative to the schedule of payment of estimated corporate taxes
HD3019 For legislation to authorize school bus drivers to administer epinephrine to children suffering from allergic reactions
HD3032 Relative to providing written health education information to incarcerated women by correctional institutions
HD3194 For legislation to waive the fee for legal custodians to obtain the criminal record information of certain childcare providers
HD3269 For legislation to increase penalties for heroin trafficking
HD3405 For legislation to increase the annual stipend for members of the Commonwealth’s hazardous material response teams

Shaunna O’Connell is a Taunton native and very proud to be raising her own family in her hometown. She has been married to her husband, Ted, for 13 years, and their greatest joy is raising their two children, Ashton and Riley.

Shaunna and her family enjoy volunteering their time in the community in many different ways, whether it be in helping to organize a community event or being active through their church.

The O’Connells are a close-knit family that love to play together. Their favorite summer pastime is vacationing on their boat, where they can "get away from it all." The whole family loves to kayak, go tubing, sailing, and explore the Elizabeth Islands. Together they collect beautiful sea glass on the beaches.

At home they love to play outside and go hiking in the woods behind their house. In the winter, Ted makes a skating rink for the kids, and he also takes everyone for sleigh rides in the woods with his quad.

Personal Information

Profession: Freelance Court Reporter
Spouse: Ted O’Connell
Children: 2
Religion: Protestant
Pets: Two cats, three fish
Interests: Boating, kayaking, reading, running, volunteering, cooking

Career Highlights

  • Certified Massachusetts Court Reporter
  • 2010 - Elected to Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • 2010 - Appointed to House Ways and Means Committee
  • Chair Southeast Massachusetts Caucus

Education & Public Service

  • Massasoit Community College
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Community Voices Committee for Jessica's Law
  • Safe Church Advocate – West Congregational Church
  • Started West Church Community Outreach Program; 2010 Citation for Taunton Emergency Management Agency volunteer work
  • United Way Community Allocation Panel; GOP Woman’s Advisory Board
Third Bristol, Consisting of Easton: Precinct 6; Taunton: Wards 1, 2, Ward 3: Precinct A, Wards 5, 7, 8