Joint Committee onThe Judiciary

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Room 504
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617)-722-1280
House Information
Room 136
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2396
It shall be the duty of the committee on Judiciary to consider all matters concerning crimes, penalties and sentencing, criminal offender record information, judiciary, including the recall of judges, the salaries of judges, court clerks and court officers of the various courts, probation officers, juries and jury duty, parole, registers of deeds, correction issues previously sent to Public Safety (but excluding the retirement of judges and all other court personnel) and such other matters as may be referred.
Date Starts Topics Bills Status Location
Apr 15 2015 11:00 AM Constitutional Legislation

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Completed B-2
Apr 22 2015 3:00 PM Senate constitutional amendment proposals

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Completed A-1
May 12 2015 1:00 PM Real Estate Legislation

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Completed A-2
May 27 2015 1:00 PM Court Administration, Special Commissions and Task Forces Legislation

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Completed A-2
Jun 9 2015 1:00 PM Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Bail Reform

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Completed Gardner Auditorium
Jun 24 2015 1:00 PM Probate and Family I (A second hearing on similar matters will be held July 22, 2015)

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Completed A-2
Jul 14 2015 1:00 PM Crime Legislation. Individual judges and elected officials first hour. Panels, public after 2 pm.

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Completed Gardner Auditorium
Jul 22 2015 1:00 PM Probate and Family Legislation - Elected officials asked to testify during 1st hr.

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Completed A-2
Sep 16 2015 1:00 PM Criminal Procedure Legislation: Judges and elected officials asked to testify in first hour.

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Completed A-2
Sep 28 2015 1:00 PM All bills on this agenda will be heard again (or have already been heard) at hearings in Boston.

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Completed Western New England School of Law
Oct 6 2015 1:00 PM Protected Classes. Privacy, and Data Collection Legislation.

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Completed Gardner Auditorium
Oct 14 2015 1:00 PM Sentencing, Correctional Services, and Re-Entry Legislation

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Completed A-1
Oct 21 2015 1:00 PM Animal Legislation.

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Completed A-1 and A-2
Nov 3 2015 1:00 PM Torts, Civil Action, and Non-Criminal Legislation

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Completed A-2
Nov 18 2015 1:00 PM Motor Vehicle and Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Legislation

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Completed A-1
Dec 1 2015 1:00 PM Sex Offenses and Related Legislation.

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Completed B-2
Jan 13 2016 1:00 PM Marijuana, Miscellaneous, and Late File Legislation.

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Completed A-1
Mar 7 2016 1:00 PM Late File Legislation. Elected and public officials are asked to testify in the first hour.

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Completed A-1
Apr 12 2016 11:30 AM Late File Legislation

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Completed B-1
May 18 2016 12:00 PM Further Late File Legislation.

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Completed B-1
Jul 13 2016 9:00 AM Further Late File Legislation.

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Completed A-2
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
H.4253  An Act relative to gender identity and nondiscrimination  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4310  An Act relative to synthetic drugs  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4311  An Act relative to civil infractions for juveniles  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4312  An Act relative to reentry from segregation  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4313  An Act relative to the interception of wire and oral communications  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4314  An Act prohibiting gunfire directed at dwelling houses  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.1291  An Act making corrections to the adopted children's act  John V. Fernandes   Favorable 
H.1381  An Act to collect data regarding the use of solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons and jails  Russell E. Holmes   Favorable 
H.1642  An Act dedicating the Westfield district courthouse  John C. Velis   Favorable 
H.3643  An Act designating the Hampden County Superior Court as the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse  Benjamin Swan   Favorable 
S.735  An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination  Sonia Chang-Diaz   Favorable 
S.843  An Act relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates  Patricia D. Jehlen   Favorable 
S.730  An Act relative to governmental and charitable tort liability  William N. Brownsberger   Favorable 
S.2278  An Act protecting the rights of probationers  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
S.2279  An Act relative to female genital mutilation of minors  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
S.2361  investigation and study of Senate Judiciary bills  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Study 
H.4288  An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Kelli Murphy, an employee of the Trial Court  James M. Murphy
Ronald Mariano  
Favorable 
H.4286  An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Nicole Dowling, an employee of the Trial Court  Claire D. Cronin
Michael D. Brady  
Favorable 
H.4369  An Act expanding eligibility for diversion to treatment for criminal offenders  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4362  An Act increasing penalties for hit and runs with recreational vehicles in the commonwealth  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4368  An Act promoting restorative justice practices  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4365  An Act relative to access to a decedent's electronic mail accounts  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4394  An Act relative to criminal record checks for referees  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4364  An Act relative to preservation of evidence for victims of rape and sexual assault  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4395  An Act relative to the creation of the interagency council on management of adult and juvenile sexual offenders  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4363  An Act relative to the expungement of records  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4392  An Act relative to the reform of archaic laws implicating tramps, vagrants, and vagabonds  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4370  An Act relative to transmitting indecent visual depictions by teens  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4393  An Act to add Law Enforcement Councils to the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.1148  An Act regarding asset forfeiture  James Arciero   Favorable 
H.1220  An Act relative to the posting of a security for seized animals in cruelty cases  Linda Dean Campbell   Favorable 
H.1549  An Act relative to the protection of persons with disabilities  Elizabeth A. Poirier   Favorable 
S.2384  Judicial matters  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Study 
H.4355  An Act relative to confirming title to the property at 46 Alden Street, Provincetown  Sarah K. Peake   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.4435  An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Kelly White, an employee of Trial Court  James M. Murphy   Favorable 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
H.4150  An Act relative to the statute of limitations in civil child sexual abuse cases  Diana DiZoglio    3/31/2016  Scheduled For 4/12/2016 11:30:00 AM  
H.3932  An Act The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act  NONE    1/8/2016  Scheduled For 3/7/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.4149  An Act relative to speed limitations near waste or recycling collection vehicles  James Arciero    3/31/2016  Scheduled For 4/12/2016 11:30:00 AM  
H.4248  An Act criminalizing the rental of cars to be used in crimes  Claire D. Cronin    4/29/2016  Scheduled For 5/18/2016 12:00:00 PM  
S.2373  An Act to stop human trafficking and enhance the lives of survivors  Mark C. Montigny    6/22/2016  Scheduled For 7/13/2016 9:00:00 AM  
H.4466  An Act protecting police officers  Paul K. Frost 
Michael O. Moore  
7/6/2016  Scheduled For 7/13/2016 9:00:00 AM  
H.4440  An Act relative to assault and battery on a police officer  Charles D. Baker    6/28/2016  Scheduled For 7/13/2016 9:00:00 AM  
S.2391  An Act relative to parole eligibility  Senate Committee on Ways and Means    7/7/2016