Joint Committee onPublic Health

Committee Contact Info

Senate Information
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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Completed A-1 and A-2
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
Jun 16 2016 6:30 PM Joint Committee on Public Health (no topics published)   Confirmed First Parish of Bolton, Davis Hall
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
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