Joint Committee onChildren, Families and Persons with Disabilities

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Senate Information
Room 312-D
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-1230
House Information
Room 146
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2011
“It shall be the duty of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities to consider all matters concerning child welfare, juvenile justice, public welfare, and children and adults with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is the Committee’s responsibility to oversee the Departments of Children and Families, Developmental Services, Transitional Assistance and Youth Services; the Massachusetts Commissions for the Blind, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.”
Date Starts Topics Bills Status Location
Jun 2 2015 10:30 AM DCF

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Completed 437
Jun 16 2015 1:00 PM PCA, DEEC, DYS

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Completed 437
Jul 14 2015 10:30 AM Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities (no topics published)   Canceled B-2
Jul 14 2015 10:30 AM DDS

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Completed B-2
Jul 28 2015 10:30 AM Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities (no topics published)   Canceled B-2
Jul 28 2015 10:30 AM MISC

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Completed B-2
Oct 13 2015 10:30 AM DTA

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Completed B-1
Oct 20 2015 10:30 AM MISC

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Completed B-1
Nov 17 2015 10:30 AM MISC

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Completed B-1
Today Feb 9 2016 1:00 PM MISC

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Completed A-1
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
H.85  An Act relative to special education funding  William C. Galvin   Favorable 
H.70  An Act regarding spouses as caregivers  Jennifer E. Benson   Favorable 
H.90  An Act requiring the Department of Transitional Assistance to track and report on the use of emergency shelter services by families  Danielle W. Gregoire   Favorable with Changes 
H.110  An Act to increase the Commonwealth's compliance with federal law meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act  James J. O'Day   Favorable with Changes 
H.3207  An Act relative to providing culturally competent services in the commonwealth  Evandro C. Carvalho   Favorable 
H.429  An Act relative to ensuring the wellbeing of all children in the Commonwealth  Jay D. Livingstone   Favorable 
S.86  An Act to increase the Commonwealth's compliance with federal law meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act  Barbara L'Italien   Favorable 
H.3753  An Act relative to ABLE accounts  Garrett J. Bradley
Barbara L'Italien  
Favorable 
S.104  An Act to keep siblings together  Karen E. Spilka   Favorable 
S.102  An Act ensuring healthcare coverage for youth who have aged-out of the Department of Children and Families  Karen E. Spilka   Favorable 
S.88  An Act establishing a commission on the status of children and youth  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
H.120  An Act affirming inclusion of people with disabilities on commissions of the Commonwealth  Denise Provost   Favorable with Changes 
H.126  An Act relative to living at home with use of technology for people with disabilities and seniors  Tom Sannicandro   Favorable 
H.131  An Act establishing an independent office of quality assurance for developmentally disabled persons  Angelo M. Scaccia   Favorable 
H.133  An Act providing for a study by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services relative to nonprofit group homes  Thomas M. Stanley   Favorable 
H.125  An Act ensuring equal access to services for all residents of the commonwealth  Byron Rushing   Favorable 
H.3379  An Act relative to programs to promote self-sufficiency and decrease dependence on government provided assistance  Carlos Gonzalez   Favorable with Changes 
S.65  An Act to bring child support home  Cynthia S. Creem   Favorable 
S.69  An Act establishing the healthy incentives program  Eileen M. Donoghue   Favorable 
S.79  An Act creating a special commission on behavior modification  Brian A. Joyce   Favorable 
S.70  An Act promoting financial stability and asset development  James B. Eldridge   Favorable 
S.91  An Act to assess the impact of the public welfare system on the health and well-being of children  Thomas M. McGee   Favorable 
S.81  An Act relative to the protection of persons with a disability  John F. Keenan   Favorable 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
S.78  An Act relative to level IV treatment interventions  Brian A. Joyce    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.80  An Act relative to the humane treatment of disabled persons  Brian A. Joyce    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.75  An Act to provide an income tax exemption for families caring for their elderly relatives at home  Tackey Chan    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.76  An Act relative to children in the care, protection, and custody of the Commonwealth  Nick Collins    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.103  An Act relative to the office of the child advocate  Karen E. Spilka    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.115  An Act providing for enhanced protection of children and investigation of abuse and neglect allegations  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.116  An Act relative to ensuring the safety of residents of facilities under the authority of the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Developmental Services  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.117  An Act relative to the licensure and regulation of au pair and nanny agencies by the Department of Early Education and Care  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 6/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
S.93  An Act increasing the personal care allowance for long term care residents  Mark C. Montigny    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.69  An Act relative to public assistance substance screening  F. Jay Barrows    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.77  An Act establishing a task force relative to the Commonwealth's direct-care workforce  Patricia D. Jehlen    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.122  An Act to establish the changing of determination standard for the Department of Children and Families  Dennis A. Rosa    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.123  An Act to establish an Independent Ombudsman office, external of the Department of Children and Families  Dennis A. Rosa    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.132  An Act relative to mandated reporters  John W. Scibak    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.118  An Act to prevent homelessness among recipients of transitional assistance  Denise Provost    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.119  An Act to end child homelessness  Denise Provost    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.87  An Act relative to nursing facility reporting  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.81  An Act relative to health disparities council  James J. Dwyer    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.1319  An Act relative to establishing paternity  Colleen M. Garry    3/26/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.107  An Act to promote employment   Daniel A. Wolf    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.134  An Act to reinvest savings for the financial health of the human service system  Thomas M. Stanley    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.97  An Act relative to mandated reporters  Marc R. Pacheco    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.88  An Act relative to the loss of state benefits  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.68  An Act relative to protecting access to disability services  Ruth B. Balser    3/31/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.104  An Act relative to proof of residency  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.105  An Act relative to public benefit requirements  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.106  An Act establishing a commission to study medical abuse claims  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.124  An Act relative to creating a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers  Jeffrey N. Roy    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.84  An Act to provide a pilot program for low interest loans to families with a child suffering from a terminal illness  Paul K. Frost    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.102  An Act establishing missing child trust fund  Marc T. Lombardo    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.109  An Act relative to strengthening public assistance programs  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Robert L. Hedlund  
3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.103  An Act relative to proof of residency  Marc T. Lombardo    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.89  An Act regarding the use of aversive therapy  Danielle W. Gregoire    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.82  An Act providing for insurance coverage for vision screening for children  Thomas P. Kennedy    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.99  An Act relative to the definition of sole community provider  Stephen Kulik    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.90  An Act relative to children in the care, protection and custody of the Commonwealth  Thomas M. McGee    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.96  An Act relative to the tuition of children in department of housing and community development family shelters  Louis L. Kafka    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.98  An Act to ensure accountability in the Department of Transitional Assistance  Marc R. Pacheco    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.99  An Act relative to prevention of EBT fraud  Richard J. Ross    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.100  An Act to further reduce EBT fraud  Richard J. Ross    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.79  An Act providing immediate childcare assistance to homeless families  Marjorie C. Decker    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.66  An Act improving the children's medical security program and simplifying the administration process  Sal N. DiDomenico    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.100  An Act relative to mandated reporters  Kevin J. Kuros    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.1432  An Act to establish an interagency child abuse and neglect prevention task force  Kay Khan    4/16/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.85  An Act for passage to independence  Barbara L'Italien    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.71  An Act providing for the public disclosure of quality indicators for the developmentally disabled  Jennifer E. Benson    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.72  An Act relative to the welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Nicholas A. Boldyga    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.68  An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards  Kenneth J. Donnelly    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.78  An Act to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities  Mark J. Cusack    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.73  An Act Relative to the Well-being of Public Assistance Recipients  Nicholas A. Boldyga    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.73  An Act creating an electronic backpack for foster children  Ryan C. Fattman    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.77  An Act to ensure continued health insurance coverage for children  Claire D. Cronin    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.121  An Act affirming inclusion of individuals with disabilities within civil rights protections and nondiscrimination provisions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Denise Provost    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.137  An Act establishing a low vision registry  Timothy R. Whelan 
Richard J. Ross  
3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.111  An Act to promote client and worker safety in the Department of Youth Services  James J. O'Day    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 6/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
S.108  An Act protecting persons who provide information to protect children  Daniel A. Wolf    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.112  An Act protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses  James J. O'Day 
Bruce E. Tarr  
3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
S.96  An Act relative to the well being of children  Kathleen O'Connor Ives    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.107  An Act improving medical decision making  Christopher M. Markey    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.95  An Act ensuring the appropriate and timely payment and residential service placement for children deemed to be a safety risk  Steven S. Howitt    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
S.84  An Act creating an interagency child abuse and neglect prevention task force  Barbara L'Italien    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.1816  An Act improving financial supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities  Tom Sannicandro    5/26/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.92  An Act relative to the best interests of children  Sheila C. Harrington    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
S.62  An Act relative to adolescent development  Harriette L. Chandler    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.80  An Act relative to research and wards of state  Geoff Diehl    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.3209  An Act relative to lawful permanent resident status  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
3/27/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.74  An Act to SAVE Massachusetts tax dollars  Ryan C. Fattman    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.3380  An Act relative to the use of cash benefit assistance  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
5/18/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.93  An Act to extend kinship care to grandparents  Paul R. Heroux    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.3210  An Act establishing a yearly audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
3/27/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.3211  An Act relative to SNAP work requirements  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
3/27/2015  Scheduled For 10/13/2015 10:30:00 AM  
S.1043  An Act relative to eligibility for disability services  John F. Keenan    5/26/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.3945  An Act regarding group care facility  Kay Khan    1/14/2016  Scheduled For 2/9/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.3208  A Special Committee on the Children of Incarcerated Mothers  Kay Khan 
Ellen Story  
10/7/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.3647  Resolutions to encourage parents and caregivers of children to refrain from the use of corporal punishment  Elizabeth A. Malia    7/7/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 10:30:00 AM  
H.136  Resolve establishing a special commission on two-generation approaches to childhood education  Steven Ultrino 
James B. Eldridge  
3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM