SECTION 1. (a) There shall be established a special legislative commission to study how a summons and complaint system may be used in place of arrest in response to certain non-violent criminal offenses and a list of the applicable criminal offenses related thereto.
(b) The special legislative commission shall consist of 17 members: 2 of whom shall be the chairs of the joint committee on the judiciary or their designees, who shall serve as co-chairs; 4 of whom shall be members of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house, 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus; 2 of whom shall be members of the senate to be appointed by the senate president; 2 of whom shall be appointed by the governor; 1 of whom shall be the president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, Inc. or a designee; 1 of whom shall be a member of a police officers’ union; 1 of whom shall be the executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, or a designee; 1 of whom shall be the executive director of the Massachusetts Police Training Committee, or a designee; 1 of whom shall be the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Inc. or a designee; and 1 of whom shall be the president of the Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People New England Area Conference, or a designee.
(c) The special commission shall submit its report and recommendations by filing the same with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate and the chairs of the joint committee on the judiciary by no later than January 30, 2024.
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