Joint Committee onThe Judiciary

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Room 504
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617)-722-1280
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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.
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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
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
S.2132  An Act relative to larceny  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4005  An Act to properly punish the solicitation of felony crimes  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4006  An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Robert Fothergill, an employee of the Trial Court  Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.   Favorable 
S.2129  An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Jesse B. Walker, an employee of the Trial Court  Mark C. Montigny   Favorable 
H.1214  An Act to improve title insurance  Antonio F. D. Cabral   Discharge to Another Committee 
S.747  An Act relative to the age of tobacco purchase  Cynthia S. Creem   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.2434  An Act preventing the use of alternative nicotine products and vapor products by minors  James Arciero   Discharge to Another Committee 
H.1245  An Act relative to parent-child privilege  Claire D. Cronin   Favorable 
H.1194  An Act to correct procedural omission regarding actions against certain decedents under Uniform Probate Code  Garrett J. Bradley   Favorable 
H.1556  An Act providing further protection for grand jurors  David M. Rogers   Favorable 
H.4108  An Act protecting incapacitated persons  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4110  An Act reforming alimony in the Commonwealth  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4109  An Act relative to an unauthorized radio telecommunication  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4107  An Act relative to child-centered family law  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4106  An Act to allow audiovisual depositions  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
H.4105  An Act relative to increasing fines for safety belt violations  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Redraft 
S.727  An Act further regulating the penalties for tagging   William N. Brownsberger   Favorable 
S.728  An Act relative to the penalty for vandalism  William N. Brownsberger   Favorable 
S.746  An Act relative to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act  Cynthia S. Creem   Favorable 
S.795  An Act relative to adjusting the credit for nonpayment of fines  Sal N. DiDomenico   Favorable 
S.761  An Act relative to testimony in criminal proceedings  Cynthia S. Creem   Favorable 
S.853  An Act improving medical decision making  Thomas P. Kennedy   Favorable 
S.862  An Act prohibiting falsification or impersonation of an emergency medical technician and/or paramedic  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
S.950  An Act providing fire chiefs with access to CORI information  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.951  An Act establishing the murder victim families assistance fund  James T. Welch   Favorable 
S.1519  An Act relative to historic homes  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
S.2204  Relative to judicial matters  Joint Committee on the Judiciary   Study 
S.868  An Act relating to the age of consent in certain civil actions for sexual assault and rape of a child  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
S.869  An Act relating to the age of consent in certain criminal prosecutions for sexual assault and rape of a child  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
S.886  An Act relative to indemnification of University of Massachusetts Police  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.884  An Act relative to the definition of attempt in criminal cases  Michael O. Moore   Adverse 
S.897  An Act relative to Forest Hills Cemetery  Michael F. Rush   Favorable 
S.1213  An Act relative to health care proxies  Richard J. Ross   Adverse 
S.1105  An Act relative to confidentiality of reports of rape and related offenses  Bruce E. Tarr   Adverse 
S.2160  An Act relative to moving violations  Richard J. Ross   Adverse 
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 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
S.885  An Act relative to indictments and proceedings before trial  Michael O. Moore    5/5/2016  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1216  An Act increasing penalties for hit and runs with recreational vehicles in the commonwealth  Thomas J. Calter 
Viriato M. deMacedo  
3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/18/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1513  An Act relative to the disclosure of visual images of a person without his or her consent  Harold P. Naughton, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 12/1/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1297  An Act to permit purging of juveniles delinquency records  Gloria L. Fox    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1299  An Act relative to the sealing of youthful offender and the expungement of juvenile records  Gloria L. Fox    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1663  An Act requiring rent escrow  Timothy R. Whelan    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/12/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1664  An Act requiring rent escrow  Timothy R. Whelan    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/12/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1549  An Act relative to the protection of persons with disabilities  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 12/1/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1220  An Act updating the law relating to posting a security for seized animals in cruelty cases  Linda Dean Campbell    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/21/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.3252  An Act relative to criminal record checks for referees  Carole A. Fiola    3/27/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1568  An Act relative to the repeal of certain archaic laws  Byron Rushing    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1569  An Act relative to the reform of archaic laws implicating tramps, vagrants, and vagabonds  Byron Rushing    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1269  An Act relative to the service of civil process  James J. Dwyer    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1572  An Act relative to the reform of archaic laws implicating certain private consensual intimate conduct between adults  Byron Rushing    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1332  An Act authorizing criteria for the release of terminally ill inmates to alternative locations of confinement  Colleen M. Garry    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1305  An Act relative to suppressors  Paul K. Frost    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1486  An Act relative to the use of community corrections for pre-trial detainees and criminal defendants  Christopher M. Markey    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 6/9/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1211  An Act to fund youth courts  Antonio F. D. Cabral    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1654  An Act requiring the use of escrow accounts during rent disputes  Chris Walsh    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/12/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1655  An Act relative to the modification of late fees  Chris Walsh    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/12/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1653  An Act to repeal certain statutes that are unconstitutional  Chris Walsh    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1636  An Act to add Law Enforcement Councils to the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act  Paul Tucker    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 11/3/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1656  An Act relative to the Geographical jurisdiction of the Housing Court Department  Chris Walsh    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1463  An Act expanding eligibility for diversion to treatment for criminal offenders  Jay D. Livingstone    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1352  An Act relative to the position of Assistant Clerk in the First District Court of Eastern Worcester  Danielle W. Gregoire    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1357  An Act relative to title insurance closing protection letters  Sheila C. Harrington    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/12/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1270  An Act relative to the expungement of records of persons falsely accused and juveniles  Carolyn C. Dykema    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1287  An Act relative to access to a decedent's electronic mail accounts  John V. Fernandes    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 6/24/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1148  An Act regarding asset forfeiture  James Arciero    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 12/1/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1248  An Act relative to the expungement of records of persons falsely accused and of juveniles  Claire D. Cronin    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1278  An Act establishing a bill of rights for victims of sexual assault and related purposes  Tricia Farley-Bouvier    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 1/13/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.2145  An Act relative to the creation of the interagency council on management of adult and juvenile sexual offenders  Kay Khan    12/7/2015  Scheduled For 1/13/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.1567  An Act relative to transmitting indecent visual depictions by teens  Jeffrey N. Roy    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 7/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1622  An Act for the medical release of prisoners  Benjamin Swan    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1313  An Act promoting restorative justice practices  Sean Garballey    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.3436  An Act establishing a regional lockup facility in Suffolk County  Daniel Cullinane    5/18/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1433  An Act Relative to Expungement of Criminal or Juvenile Records for Individuals Who Committed Offenses as Children or Young Adults  Kay Khan    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 9/16/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1628  An Act relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates  Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1254  An Act relative to second chances for youthful offenders  Josh S. Cutler    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 5/27/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.1382  An Act providing community-based sentencing alternatives for primary caretakers of dependent children convicted of non-violent crimes  Russell E. Holmes    3/10/2015  Scheduled For 10/14/2015 1:00:00 PM  
H.3897  An Act expanding opportunity to officiate marriage ceremonies  Kenneth I. Gordon 
Patricia D. Jehlen  
12/15/2015  Scheduled For 1/13/2016 1:00:00 PM  
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.3993  An Act relative to persons seeking drug addiction treatment  Ann-Margaret Ferrante    2/10/2016  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.4098  An Act relative to offenses while operating on a suspended license  Louis L. Kafka 
Claire D. Cronin  
3/18/2016  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