Joint Committee onEnvironment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

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Senate Information
Room 513
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-1540
House Information
Room 473F
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2210
It shall be the duty of the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to consider all matters concerning the Division of Conservation and Recreation natural resources and the environment, air, water and noise pollution and control thereof, hunting and fishing, conservation, solid waste disposal, sewerage, agricultural and farm problems, and such other matters as may be referred.
Date Starts Topics Bills Status Location
May 12 2015 1:00 PM Local and Recreational Bills

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Completed 437
May 28 2015 1:00 PM Recreation, Climate Change, Energy Policy, and Air Quality Bills

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Completed A-2
Jun 2 2015 1:00 PM Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (no topics published)   Canceled 437
Jun 2 2015 1:00 PM Land and Health Issues

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Completed A-2
Jun 16 2015 1:00 PM Oceans and Waterways

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Completed A-2
Jun 23 2015 1:00 PM Waste Management Bills

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Completed A-1
Jul 21 2015 1:30 PM Miscellaneous Issues

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Completed B-2
Jul 28 2015 1:00 PM Commissioner John Lebeaux, Mass DAR

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Completed A-2
1:00 PM Dr. Richard Bonanno, President of MA Farm Bureau

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1:00 PM Dr. Dick Callahan, Worcester County Beekeeper

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1:00 PM Dr. John Burand, UMass Amherst - Microbiology

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1:00 PM Dr. Eric Chivian, Harvard Medical School

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1:00 PM Dr. Chensheng (Alex) Lu, Harvard School of Public Health

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1:00 PM Dr. Anne Averill, UMass Amherst - Entomology

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1:00 PM Ed Bemis, Bemis Farms Nursery

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Sep 15 2015 1:00 PM Agriculture and Miscellaneous Issues

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Completed Westport Grange
Sep 22 2015 1:00 PM Food and Seed Labeling

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Completed Gardner Auditorium
Sep 29 2015 1:00 PM Toxic Management, Hazardous Waste, and E-Waste

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Completed B-1
Oct 6 2015 1:00 PM Water Quality and Agricultural Issues

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Completed DCR Quabbin Bluemeadow Conference Center
Oct 20 2015 1:00 PM Local and Water Related Bills

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Completed A-2
Oct 28 2015 1:00 PM Animals, Agriculture, Enforcement, Pollution, and Land Policy Bills

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Completed B-1
Nov 5 2015 1:00 PM Fisheries and Funds

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Completed B-1
Nov 10 2015 1:00 PM Hunting and Trapping Bills

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Completed Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Nov 17 2015 1:00 PM Bee Health and Ivory Trafficking

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Completed A-2
Feb 11 2016 1:00 PM Chapter 21J and the Cruelty to Farm Animals Ballot Initiative

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Completed A-2
May 10 2016 11:00 AM Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (no topics published)   Completed Athol Town Hall
May 17 2016 1:00 PM Municipal Water Inspecton

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Completed A-2
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
H.3655  An Act relative to the Dam and Seawall Removal Fund  James M. Cantwell   Favorable 
H.3413  An Act to establish a commercial fishing permit bank in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Ann-Margaret Ferrante   Favorable 
H.3412  An Act establishing an effluent water review committee  Michelle M. DuBois   Favorable 
H.734  An Act relative to shellfish reefs and water quality  Sarah K. Peake   Favorable 
H.724  An Act relative to Middlesex Canal Commission  James R. Miceli   Favorable 
H.706  An Act Establishing a Green Banks Program  Robert M. Koczera   Favorable 
H.697  An Act relative to the disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products  Jay R. Kaufman
Kenneth J. Donnelly  
Favorable 
H.696  An Act for healthy families and businesses  Jay R. Kaufman
Kenneth J. Donnelly  
Favorable 
H.691  An Act relative to septic installers  Steven S. Howitt   Favorable 
H.4046  An Act relative to pet grooming  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
S.2171  An Act to promote agriculture in the Commonwealth  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.753  An Act preserving public trust rights in land affected by ocean erosion  Frank I. Smizik   Favorable 
S.422  An Act relative to the use of artificial lights in hunting  Anne M. Gobi   Favorable 
S.453  An Act for a competitive economy through safer alternatives to toxic chemicals  Marc R. Pacheco   Favorable 
S.2096  An Act relative to New England Convenience Stores and Energy Marketers Association  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.443  An Act relative to privately operated animal shelters and rescue organizations  Mark C. Montigny   Favorable 
S.454  An Act relative to recycling  Marc R. Pacheco   Favorable 
S.410  Resolve relative to establishing a comprehensive waste management hierarchy in Massachusetts  Anne M. Gobi   Favorable 
H.4283  Oceans and Waterways  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Study 
S.2240  An Act relative to protecting, preserving, and increasing access to family camping  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
S.2241  An Act relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.685  An Act regarding underground storage tank remediation  Danielle W. Gregoire   Favorable with Changes 
H.686  An Act regarding underground storage tanks  Danielle W. Gregoire   Favorable 
H.728  An Act relative to the use of shotguns  David K. Muradian, Jr.   Favorable 
H.636  An Act relative to the feeding of wildlife  Gailanne M. Cariddi   Favorable 
S.401  Resolve providing for an investigation and study of enhancing statewide recycling programs  Eileen M. Donoghue   Favorable 
H.4164  An Act relative to bow hunting for deer in Wompatuck State Park  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.654  An Act to promote regionalization with watershed based permitting  Carolyn C. Dykema   Favorable 
S.477  An Act relative to the timely disposal of contraband drugs  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.456  An Act establishing tracking and reporting requirements for Massachusetts transportation fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions  Marc R. Pacheco   Favorable 
H.657  An Act providing for the establishment of sustainable water resource funds  Carolyn C. Dykema   Favorable 
S.478  An Act relative to vegetation management  Daniel A. Wolf   Favorable 
H.4169  An Act relative to the conservation of striped bass  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.4166  An Act relative to drinking water and ground water research  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.695  An Act establishing a Department of Environmental Protection appeals board  Louis L. Kafka   Favorable 
H.4167  An Act to establish the clean environment fund  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.711  An Act to strengthen the Massachusetts agricultural infrastructure relative to meat and poultry production and processing  Stephen Kulik   Favorable 
H.713  An Act to promote the care and well-being of livestock  Stephen Kulik   Favorable 
H.4171  An Act Amending MGL 21E AND 310 CMR 4.03  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.3662  An Act relative to abating a public nuisance on Cedar Pond in the town of Orleans  Sarah K. Peake
Daniel A. Wolf  
Favorable 
H.4165  An Act relative to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.4168  An Act to reduce plastic bag pollution  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.710  An Act amending the conservation restrictions and agricultural preservation statutes  Stephen Kulik   Favorable 
H.714  An Act to Establish a Beaver Damage Control Commission  Kevin J. Kuros   Favorable 
H.719  An Act permitting review of financial assurance mechanisms  Ronald Mariano   Favorable 
H.742  An Act promoting awareness of safe recreation in public waterways  Denise Provost   Favorable 
H.749  An Act relative to buffer zones on land under the agricultural restriction program  Paul A. Schmid, III   Favorable 
H.750  An Act relative to failed septic systems  Paul A. Schmid, III   Favorable 
H.751  An Act relative to nitrogen impaired embayments  Paul A. Schmid, III   Favorable 
H.4170  An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.3418  An Act reducing packaging waste in the Commonwealth  Paul McMurtry   Favorable 
H.3420  An Act to reduce solid waste and provide universal recycling access  Paul McMurtry   Favorable 
H.4156  An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food labeling act  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.4187  An Act protecting Massachusetts pollinators  Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture   Redraft 
H.627  An Act relative to boater safety to be known as the David Hanson act  Thomas J. Calter
James M. Cantwell  
Discharge to Another Committee 
H.623  An Act to protect the natural resources of the Commonwealth  Ruth B. Balser
James B. Eldridge  
Discharge to Another Committee 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
H.3930  An Act to prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals  NONE    1/8/2016  Scheduled For 2/11/2016 1:00:00 PM  
H.4254  An Act to enable the Commonwealth’s administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System  Charles D. Baker    5/16/2016  Scheduled For 5/17/2016 1:00:00 PM