James J. Dwyer Representative

D Woburn
James J. Dwyer


State House
Room 254
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2220
Fax: 617-626-0831
Email: James.Dwyer@mahouse.gov
Bill Docket Bill Title
HD45 Relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
HD48 Relative to creating a difficult to manage unit within the Department of Mental Health
HD54 Relative to reinstituting capital punishment in the Commonwealth
HD80 For legislation to include transportation costs in the special education reimbursement program
HD86 Relative to veteran retirement benefits
HD124 Relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court
HD148 Relative to health care proxies
HD177 Relative to the criteria for the removal of children by the Department of Children and Families
HD178 For legislation to create an independent ombudsman office to oversee certain functions of the Department of Children and Families
HD188 Relative to the false representation of military status
HD233 Relative to filing fees for limited liability companies
HD234 Relative to the sales tax on mobile telecommunications devices
SD236 For legislation to expedite appeals of wage violations
HD241 Relative to prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in family and juvenile court proceedings
SD269 For legislation to provide access to full spectrum addiction treatment services
HD270 Relative to business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers
HD343 Relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
SD353 For legislation relative to creditable service for teachers.
SD357 For legislation to increase transparency in public construction
HD361 Relative to property tax exemptions for veterans
SD363 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts GI bill to provide tuition and fee waivers for National Guard members and veterans
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD387 Relative to transparency in private utility construction contracts
HD407 Relative to exempting certain school supply expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers from the income tax
SD430 For legislation relative to early education funding
HD448 Relative to the sales tax on mobile telecommunications devices purchased with a service contract
SD469 For legislation to establish a special commission to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state agencies, programs, and services
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
HD497 Relative to the care of animals in cities and towns
HD498 Exempting agencies of the Commonwealth and cities and towns from payment of the tax imposed on the sale of gasoline
HD502 For legislation to establish an emergency responder yellow dot program
SD503 For legislation to regulate synthetic heroin.
HD508 That the Commissioner of Public Health be directed to establish regulations for the return to pharmacies of certain unused medication by health care facilities
HD545 Relative to the definition of gender identity as it applies to lawfully segregated facilities
SD560 Relative to providing for a presumptive eligibility program for MassHealth applicants
HD566 For legislation to provide higher education tuition and fee waivers for certain veterans
HD592 For legislation to authorize pharmacists to perform certain medical procedures
HD669 Relative to child victim confidentiality
HD678 Relative to the maximum number of patients assigned to a registered nurses or hospital care attendants
SD680 For legislation relative to the closing of hospital essential services
HD693 Relative to the reimbursement of local costs of special elections
HD701 Relative to the displaying of motor fuel prices based on the method of payment
HD706 Relative to the availability of prescription medication during an emergency
SD707 For legislation to promote purchasing from social enterprises by governmental bodies
HD722 Relative to cost of living adjustments for retired public employees of the Commonwealth
HD727 For legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses
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
HD739 Relative to establishing a lottery process in selecting buyers and/or renters for low and moderate income housing units
HD743 Relative to the penalties for the use or manufacture of hidden compartments for the purpose of transporting or distributing controlled substances
HD745 Relative to vehicle insurance surcharges
HD746 Relative to access to generic medications and pharmacy reimbursements for the cost of drugs, medical products or devices
SD749 For legislation relative to the advanced nursing practice
HD763 Relative to health clubs and the use and deployment of defibrillators
HD765 Relative to establishing First Responders Day
HD769 For legislation to establish an office of youth development within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
SD769 For legislation to increase the penalties for corporate manslaughter.
HD777 Relative to insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings and breast cancer screenings
HD806 Relative to establishing a special commission to study the effects of unfunded mandates on municipalities
HD841 For legislation to exempt municipalities from the gas tax
SD848 For legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles
HD868 For legislation to promote municipal collaboration and regionalization throughout the Commonwealth
HD874 Relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias
SD892 For legislation to require recordkeeping at public construction worksites in order to protect first responders
HD912 Relative to increasing the fine for handicapped parking violations
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
HD966 Relative to extending the statute of limitations for incest
SD969 For legislation relative to preserving public safety and preventing trespassing on state highways
SD982 Relative to the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines for homeowners with dogs living on such insured property
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
SD1040 For legislation relative to debarment in public contracts.
HD1041 Relative to access to health insurance for human service providers and their employees
SD1042 For legislation to enhance the management of problem wildlife.
HD1049 Relative to credible service for school nurses
SD1061 For legislation relative to Child-Centered Family Law.
SD1071 For legislation to provide municipal control of liquor licenses.
HD1095 Relative to the administration of controlled substances
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
HD1112 That certain health facilities be directed to establish a "safe patient handling policy", so-called
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
HD1135 For legislation to prohibit the management of charter schools by for-profit entities
HD1156 For legislation to increase penalties for the distribution of heroin.
HD1165 For legislation to increase the state reimbursements for special education costs
HD1171 For legislation to include Section 8 housing vouchers as an affordable housing type.
HD1208 Relative to health care worker safety
HD1209 Relative to liability protection for disaster volunteers
HD1225 For legislation to require that assault and battery of a police officer responding to criminal activity be prosecuted as a felony
HD1236 Relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
HD1249 That county commissioners and the sheriffs for the various counties institute a schedule of fees and assess fees to inmates in their custody
HD1253 For legislation to prohibit businesses from misrepresenting the geographic location of such businesses in local telephone directories
HD1262 Relative to information provided to women seeking abortions
HD1318 Relative to creating a pilot program to transfer high acuity behavioral health and dual diagnosis patients away from overcrowded emergency departments
HD1322 For legislation to exempt employees of a public school districts from fees associated with background checks
HD1323 Relative to confining animals in a motor vehicle
HD1335 Relative to killed-in-the-line-of duty benefits for certain public employees
SD1351 For legislation relative to enhanced enforcement of civil penalties.
HD1356 For legislation to authorize school districts to establish a reserve fund for certain special education and transportation costs
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
HD1425 For legislation to direct the Division of Medical Assistance to provide coverage for the treatment of opioid dependence
HD1428 Relative to providing indemnity from prosecution for probation officers and court officers employed by the Trial Court
HD1432 Relative to double utility poles
HD1450 Relative to the jurisdiction of the courts within the Housing Court Department
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
HD1479 Relative to student online information protection policies
HD1482 For legislation to expand the Department of Children and Families definition of mandated reporter
SD1499 For legislation relative to home care services.
HD1502 For legislation to protect patients approved by physicians and certified by the Department of Public Health to access medical marijuana
HD1503 For legislation to enhance municipal fiscal stability through a special education stabilization fund
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
HD1533 Relative to the earned income credit for working families
HD1546 For legislation to regulate the use of trapping devices to take beaver and muskrat
HD1568 Relative to project labor agreements
HD1591 Relative to descendants email access and procedures
HD1595 Relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers
HD1601 Relative to income tax return options
HD1647 Relative to the health of public safety officers exposed to hypodermic syringes or hypodermic needles
HD1664 Relative to dispute resolution processes within the Bureau of Special Education Appeals
HD1675 Relative to penalties for impeding or disrupting a public way
HD1684 An Act related to unfunded mandates on public schools
HD1709 An Act relative to independent contractors
HD1730 Relative to hospital profit transparency and fairness and the establishment of a Medicaid reimbursement enhancement fund
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
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
HD1809 For legislation to classify NBOMe as a controlled substance and establishing the penalty of the illegal possession of said substance
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
SD1841 Relative to the emergency administration of certain overdose prevention drugs
HD1846 For legislation to regulate sex offender registration in the 21st century
HD1874 For legislation to increase penalties for distribution and trafficking of oxycodone and derivatives of oxycodone
HD1878 Relative to the independent practice of advanced practice registered nursing by nurse practitioners
HD1900 An Act Relative to Campus Safety
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1944 Relative to the minimum reimbursement rate for adult residential behavioral health and addiction treatment
HD1946 For legislation to create a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers
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
HD1963 For legislation to protect the rights of students to express religious viewpoints
HD1967 Relative to increasing the base for the calculation of cost-of-living increases for retired public employees
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
HD1997 Relative to the selection of a candidate for Lieutenant- Governor
HD2017 For legislation to require persons receiving unemployment insurance to register and receive orientation at a one-stop career center
HD2040 For legislation to provide reimbursements for certain informational technology enhancements in compliance with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career
HD2060 Relative to access to capital for business growth in economically distressed communities
HD2066 Relative to exempting certain school stadiums from plumbing regulations
HD2074 Relative to providing for additional justices of the peace
HD2076 Relative to voting overseas
HD2115 Relative to the training of persons supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2155 Relative to public health, substance abuse, treatment and opioids and accessible substance abuse treatment for all
HD2195 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) to review security and safety procedures in the State House and courthouses
HD2207 Relative to social media password privacy for school students
HD2208 For legislation to impose a moratorium on all new mandated education programs
HD2209 Relative to the definition of low and moderate income housing
HD2216 Relative to providing for credible service for retirement purposes for VISTA volunteers
HD2219 Relative to private sale requirements for used vehicles and requiring that the Registry of Motor Vehicles create and maintain an approved bill of sale form for use by private sellers
HD2222 Relative to sales tax exemptions for gun safes and trigger locks
HD2230 Relative to certain habitual offenders
HD2235 That cities and towns be authorized to establish community safe school funds
HD2242 Relative to insurance for transportation service companies that uses digital networks or software application services to connect passengers to services provided by transportation network company drivers
HD2267 Relative to the formula for district reimbursement through the special education circuit breaker
HD2268 For legislation to require applicants for voter registration to show proof of identification
HD2269 Relative to establishing an insurance program for municipalities in relation to special education costs
HD2273 Relative to total amounts distributed to cities and town for the purpose of education
HD2305 Relative to the payment of an accidental death benefit from the State-Boston retirement board to Maureen Shaw
HD2322 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of fairness in liquor licensing
HD2342 Relative to vocational training for the unemployed
HD2345 Relative to temporary workers’ unemployment benefits
HD2368 Relative to access to child and adolescent mental health services
HD2379 Relative to prevailing wages
HD2424 For legislation to prohibit eminent domain takings for the purpose of economic development
HD2433 For legislation to further define standards of employee safety
HD2444 Relative to increasing pension benefits for certain retired teachers and public employees
HD2451 Relative to parental rights and child survivors of homicide
HD2452 For legislation to provide insurance coverage for chemical dependency, including alcoholism, within the Division of Medical Assistance
HD2456 Relative to stabilizing the Commonwealth’s nursing facilities
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2538 Relative to the taxation of inventory
HD2541 Relative to the definition of a veteran
HD2559 Relative to property tax abatements for veterans
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2664 For legislation to prohibit the withholding of diplomas to students meeting all requirements except a score on a state standardized test
HD2678 Relative to the crime of intentionally obstructing vehicular of pedestrian traffic upon a public way
HD2780 Relative to local control of liquor licenses
HD2786 Relative to preventing highway access to emergency vehicles
HD2788 Relative to manslaughter caused while protesting or blocking highway or roadway access
HD2789 Relative to state retirement and pensions
HD2867 For legislation to enhance opportunities for children in the custody of the Commonwealth
HD2938 An Act providing for a donation check-off box on state tax returns for the Massachusetts Youth in Government program
HD2947 Relative to promoting responsible contracting on state construction projects
HD2982 Relative to punishments for property crimes against elderly or disabled persons
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
HD3003 Relative to the care and protection of children
HD3020 An Act relative to protecting victims and witnesses of domestic violence
HD3114 For legislation to develop a high quality pre-kindergarten education grant program
HD3122 Providing for an investigation and study relative to the feasibility of improving state agency information sharing capabilities to facilitate new business registration
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3190 For legislation to require the reporting of certain contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Program and the Workers' Compensation System
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
HD3250 Relative to veterans preference for public housing
HD3343 For legislation to mandate health insurance coverage for certain brain injury rehabilitation
HD3364 For legislation to provide a waiver of fees to veterans at public institutions of higher learning
HD3391 An Act providing for certain health insurance coverage
HD3393 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of the "Pay it Forward" model of higher education financing
HD3449 For legislation to designate June sixteenth as domestic workers’ rights day
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games
HD3493 For legislation to expand coverage and access to behavioral health services
HD3527 Relative to creating an advisory committee to investigate and study ways to augment services to returning veterans to reduce the rate of suicide and the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety among veterans
HD3552 Relative to increasing killed-in-line-of-duty benefits for public safety employees
H.58 HD2728 By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 58) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and James J. Dwyer (by vote of the town) for legislation to amend the home rule charter of the town of Reading. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]

Personal Information

Profession: Profession: Middlesex Juvenile Court; Assistant Chief Probation officer (2002-2007), Juvenile Probation Officer (1975-2002)
Spouse: Mary Ellen
Children: 2

Career Highlights

  • First speech to the House of Representatives was on Ethics Reform in Spring 2009
  • 1 of 2 non-attorney members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary (17 members)
  • Named “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by the Massachusetts Nurses Association

Education & Public Service

  • Norwich University, B.A., Government (1973)
  • Anna Maria College, M.A., Criminal Justice (1979)
  • Woburn Housing Authority, Vice Chairman and Treasurer (2000-2004)
  • Woburn City Council, Alderman Ward 4, (2006-2009)
  • Represenative James Dwyer with Regina Johnson and her daughter Laura

  • 5) Representative Dwyer delivering his maiden speech on Ethics Reform in 2009

  • Representative James Dwyer with members of EMARC

  • Rep. Dwyer on the phone speaking with a constituent

Thirtieth Middlesex, Consisting of Reading: Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5; Woburn: Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.