Joint Committee onPublic Health

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Room 511B
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-1206
House Information
Room 130
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2130
It shall be the duty of the committee on Public Health to consider all matters concerning the public health of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred.
Date Starts Topics Bills Status Location
May 5 2015 2:30 PM Disease Prevention and Control; Vision; Emergency Medical Services

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Completed B-2
Jun 2 2015 1:00 PM Women and Children and School Health and Sports Injuries

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Completed B-2
Jun 23 2015 1:00 PM Funeral and Remains; Vital Records; Medical Records and Health Information Technology

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Completed A-2
Jul 14 2015 1:00 PM Marijuana, Tobacco and Substance Abuse

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Completed A-2
Jul 28 2015 1:00 PM Environmental

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Completed B-2
Sep 17 2015 1:00 PM Food, Nutrition and Miscellaneous

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Completed A-2
Sep 29 2015 1:00 PM Oral Health, Mandated Benefit and Health Care Agencies

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Completed A-2
Oct 20 2015 1:00 PM Patient safety, health care quality, and workforce development

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Completed B-2
Oct 27 2015 1:00 PM Right to aid in dying

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Completed A-1 and A-2
Nov 2 2015 1:00 PM Joint Committee on Public Health (no topics published)   Completed A-1
Nov 17 2015 10:00 AM Professional Licensure and Scope of Practice

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Completed Gardner Auditorium
Dec 3 2015 1:00 PM Pharmacy

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Dec 8 2015 1:00 PM Hospitals and determination of need

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Completed B-2
Dec 15 2015 1:00 PM General

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Completed B-2
Apr 12 2016 12:30 PM Late-filed bills

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Completed A-2
May 10 2016 12:30 AM Late-filed bills

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Completed B-2
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
H.1881  An Act relative to concussion prevention  Cory Atkins   Favorable 
H.4039  An Act relative to safe patient handling in certain health facilities  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.1997  An Act to protect sports medicine professionals  Kay Khan   Favorable 
H.1998  An Act relative to certified professional midwives  Kay Khan   Favorable 
H.1996  An Act to remove the restrictions on the licenses of NP's and CRNA's as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission  Kay Khan
Paul J. Donato  
Discharge to Another Committee 
S.2147  An Act establishing a commission on malnutrition prevention  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.2148  An Act establishing a board of registration in naturopathy  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.2149  An Act relative to liability protection for disaster volunteers  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.1140  An Act modernizing emergency medical services oversight  Kenneth J. Donnelly   Favorable 
S.1207  An Act remove the restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission  Marc R. Pacheco   Discharge to Another Committee 
S.2152  An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.747  An Act relative to the age of tobacco purchase  Cynthia S. Creem   Discharge to Another Committee 
S.1228  An Act relative to parity in the restroom facility requirement for stadiums  James E. Timilty   Discharge to Another Committee 
S.1213  An Act relative to health care proxies  Richard J. Ross   Discharge to Another Committee 
S.1181  An Act regarding MassHealth applications  Joan B. Lovely   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.2009  An Act providing access to patient protection services for all Massachusetts residents  Elizabeth A. Malia   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.1910  An Act relative to improved medication adherence  Nick Collins   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.1918  An Act relative to medical peer review  Mark J. Cusack   Favorable 
H.1930  An Act relative to needlestick injury prevention in public health facilities and settings  Michelle M. DuBois   Favorable 
H.4066  An Act relative to strengthening the consumer protections and ensuring the proper labeling of fish sold in the Commonwealth  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.4065  An Act relative to food labeling  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.1982  An Act relative to death certificates  Bradley H. Jones, Jr.   Favorable 
S.1148  An Act relative to maternity patient rights  Jennifer L. Flanagan   Favorable 
S.1123  An Act relative to dentistry licensure examinations  Harriette L. Chandler   Favorable 
S.1150  An Act relative to respiratory therapy  Jennifer L. Flanagan   Favorable 
H.2000  An Act relative to dental hygienists  Kay Khan   Favorable 
S.2187  An Act relative to cleanliness in restaurants and bars  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.4067  An Act relative to home health and hospice aides  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.4068  An Act relative to death benefit claims  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.4069  An Act relative to denture construction safety  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.1210  An Act to enhance computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to ensure access to medically necessary services  Anthony W. Petruccelli   Favorable 
H.1915  An Act to ensure patient medication adherence  Claire D. Cronin   Favorable 
H.4113  An Act to prevent death and disability from stroke  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.1985  An Act relative to the definition of a pharmacy  Louis L. Kafka   Favorable 
H.1993  An Act requiring pain assessment and management in healthcare facilities  Jay R. Kaufman   Favorable 
H.4114  Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to robotic surgery in the Commonwealth  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.2044  An Act promoting radon testing  David M. Rogers   Favorable 
H.2053  An Act expanding eligibility for the Massachusetts loan repayment program for dental providers  John W. Scibak   Favorable 
H.2062  An Act relative to the restoration of MassHealth adult dental benefits  John W. Scibak
Harriette L. Chandler  
Favorable 
S.2200  An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.1143  An Act prohibiting the participation of health care professionals in the torture and abuse of prisoners  James B. Eldridge   Favorable 
S.2211  An Act supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.1188  An Act to reduce health care costs by promoting evidence-based prescriber education  Mark C. Montigny   Favorable 
S.2213  An Act to prevent death and disability from stroke  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.1221  An Act creating an advance directives registry  Karen E. Spilka   Favorable 
S.2199  Public health issues  Joint Committee on Public Health   Study 
H.4242  public health matters  Joint Committee on Public Health   Study 
H.2434  An Act preventing the use of alternative nicotine products and vapor products by minors  James Arciero   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.4307  An Act granting equal access to original birth certificates to all persons born in Massachusetts  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
H.4121  An Act establishing a pulmonary hypertension task force  Diana DiZoglio   Favorable 
H.4332  An Act concerning nondiscrimination in access to organ transplantation  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 
S.2294  An Act relative to volunteer ambulance service  Joint Committee on Public Health   Redraft 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
H.1973  An Act relative to the modernization of optometric patient care  Patricia A. Haddad    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1944  An Act health insurance; mandated coverage for telemedicine services  Gloria L. Fox    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2042  An Act relative to improving asthma in schools  David M. Rogers 
Jonathan Hecht  
3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1976  An Act to protect little lungs  Paul R. Heroux    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1961  An Act to benefit the Health Safety Net Trust Fund  Denise C. Garlick    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1962  An Act relative to the vital records trust fund  Denise C. Garlick    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/23/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1970  An Act relative to the independent practice of health care in the Commonwealth  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.2012  An Act relative to defining surgery  Ronald Mariano    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.2079  An Act relative to healthy cosmetics  RoseLee Vincent    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/17/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1977  An Act to Create a Massachusetts Rare Disease Advisory Council  Paul R. Heroux    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 5/5/2015 2:30:00 PM  
H.2035  An Act promoting sterilization during surgery  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1965  An Act relative to sonographers and vascular technologists  Colleen M. Garry    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.2070  An Act to improve health care for young women  Ellen Story 
David Paul Linsky  
3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1926  An Act relative to firefighters  Diana DiZoglio    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 5/5/2015 2:30:00 PM  
H.3472  An Act relative to compensation for family caregivers  Brian R. Mannal    5/18/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1986  An Act providing for unused medication return by health care facilities  Louis L. Kafka    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2041  An Act recognizing pharmacists as healthcare providers  Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1884  An Act relative to facilitating the utilization of psychologists on the health care team  Ruth B. Balser    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1988  An Act relative to the availability of prescription medication during an emergency  Louis L. Kafka    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.177  An Act relative to the definition of podiatry  Paul J. Donato    12/7/2015  Scheduled For 12/15/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2006  An Act relative to the safe treatment of pain  John J. Lawn, Jr.    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.3468  An Act relative to preventing death by drug overdose  William C. Galvin 
Louis L. Kafka  
5/18/2015  Scheduled For 12/15/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2031  An Act increasing nuclear power plant protections to a fifty mile radius  Sarah K. Peake 
Ann-Margaret Ferrante  
3/11/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2003  An Act to provide improved nutrition for homeless women and children  Peter V. Kocot    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1917  An Act relative to protecting senior health  Mark J. Cusack    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1921  An Act prohibiting the participation of healthcare professionals in the torture and abuse of prisoners  Michael S. Day    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1983  An Act relative to optometrists  Bradley H. Jones, Jr.    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1904  An Act requiring hospitals to conduct annual public meetings  Gailanne M. Cariddi    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1905  An Act requiring hospital governing body training  Gailanne M. Cariddi    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1889  An Act relative to advanced practice nursing  Jennifer E. Benson    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.2068  An Act requiring disclosure of solvents used in dry cleaning  Frank I. Smizik    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2033  An Act providing for consumer access to and disclosure of complementary and alternative health services  William Smitty Pignatelli    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1991  An Act affirming a terminally ill patient’s right to compassionate aid in dying  Louis L. Kafka    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 10/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1995  An Act to promote patient care transparency and nurse advancement  Kay Khan    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1999  An Act creating a nursing advisory board  Kay Khan    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 10/20/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2067  An Act to require environmentally safe alternatives to harmful cleaning products  Frank I. Smizik    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2029  An Act regarding notification of patient observations status  James J. O'Day 
Brian A. Joyce  
3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1971  An Act to improve access to pharmacy services in hospitals  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.3471  An Act regulating the sale of dietary supplements for weight loss or muscle building  Kay Khan    5/18/2015  Scheduled For 9/17/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1895  An Act maintaining confidentiality of proprietary information within health care oversight agencies  Paul Brodeur    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
S.1165  An Act relative to the dispensing of certain cancer related drugs  John F. Keenan    4/15/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1896  An Act relative to the access of epinephrine in schools  Kate D. Campanale    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2022  An Act relative to the safe disposal of prescription drugs  James R. Miceli    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1894  An Act relative to retail pharmacy discounts and co-pay assistance  Garrett J. Bradley    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1912  An Act relative to the practice of athletic training  Edward F. Coppinger    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1902  An Act relative to emergency epinephrine pens in schools  James M. Cantwell    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 6/2/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.3465  An Act relative to patient access  Brian M. Ashe    5/18/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2072  An Act ensuring a representative health care cost containment discussion  William M. Straus    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2073  An Act establishing a special commission to study and recommend improvements in the delivery of prescription drug benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth  Walter F. Timilty    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1979  An Act relative to medical malpractice insurance  Daniel J. Hunt    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM  
H.1907  An Act relative to specialty licensure  Tackey Chan    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 12/8/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2013  An Act to improve health planning and public health  Ronald Mariano    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 9/29/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.2032  Resolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the commonwealth  Sarah K. Peake    3/11/2015  Scheduled For 7/28/2015 1:00:00 PM