Joint Committee onPublic Safety and Homeland Security

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Senate Information
Room 507
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-1222
House Information
Room 167
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2230
It shall be the duty of the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to consider all matters concerning laws relating to shipping or otherwise transporting energy sources, the safety of the public, including civil defense, firearms and gun control, fire laws, motor vehicle laws, motor vehicle safety belts (including school buses), the correction system including administration, prisoners’ rights, furloughs, work release, probation, rehabilitation, homeland or Commonwealth security matters, other matters related to federal affairs, including, but not limited to, the prevention of terrorist attacks, the reduction of the vulnerability to terrorism; the minimizing of the damage and recovery from possible attacks that may occur, and the coordination of homeland security related activities of the Commonwealth with those of the Federal Government, including certain confidential and guarded information and such other matters as may be referred.
Date Starts Topics Bills Status Location
May 13 2015 1:00 PM Public Safety

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Completed A-2
Jun 10 2015 2:00 PM Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security (no topics published)   Canceled A-1
Jun 18 2015 10:00 AM Fire Safety

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Completed A-2
Oct 14 2015 11:00 AM Inspections

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Completed B-1
Dec 2 2015 1:00 PM Public Safety

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Completed A-1
Dec 8 2015 1:00 PM Public Safety

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Completed B-1
Jan 7 2016 11:00 AM Public Safety

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Completed B-1
Jan 28 2016 10:00 AM Firearm Legislation

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Feb 4 2016 10:00 AM Law Enforcement

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Mar 8 2016 10:30 AM Public Safety

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Completed A-2
Bill Num. Title Sponsor Report Type
S.1249  An Act relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures  Kenneth J. Donnelly   Favorable with Changes 
S.1251  An Act to reform sheriff civil process operations  Kenneth J. Donnelly   Favorable 
S.1271  An Act Relative to Suppressors  Donald F. Humason, Jr.   Favorable 
S.1275  An Act relative to the use of community corrections for pre-trial detainees and criminal defendants  Patricia D. Jehlen   Favorable 
S.1285  An Act establishing the Correctional Officers' Procedural Bill of Rights  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1286  An Act relative to sheriffs  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1287  An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1289  An Act relative to voluntary towing reform  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1314  An Act relative to uniform disciplinary procedures for correctional officers  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1324  An Act relative to the issuance of uniform firefighter identification cards  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1325  An Act relative to the University of Massachusetts police  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
H.2084  An Act relative to elevator inspections  James Arciero   Favorable 
H.2097  An Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in all residential, governmental and commercial structures  Paul Brodeur   Favorable 
H.2112  An Act relative to fire safety  Edward F. Coppinger   Favorable 
H.2143  An Act relative to fire protection systems for buildings and structures  Louis L. Kafka   Favorable 
H.2156  An Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in schools  Paul W. Mark
Tricia Farley-Bouvier  
Favorable 
H.2163  An Act relative to vertical reciprocating conveyors  Harold P. Naughton, Jr.   Favorable 
H.2164  An Act relative to multi-year licensing  Harold P. Naughton, Jr.   Favorable 
H.2167  An Act relative to emergency planning  Sarah K. Peake
Ann-Margaret Ferrante  
Favorable 
H.2190  An Act relative to sheriffs  David T. Vieira
Michael O. Moore  
Favorable 
H.2196  An Act establishing the building code coordinating council  Chris Walsh   Favorable 
H.3679  An Act to ensure compliance with the anti-shackling law for pregnant incarcerated women  Kay Khan   Favorable 
H.3833  An Act providing for a study of the necessity of certain snow safety procedures  William C. Galvin   Favorable 
H.1417  An Act allowing a benefits transfer for Paul Scott Noe, an employee of the Trial Court  Louis L. Kafka   Favorable 
H.1687  An Act requiring health care employees to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence  Michael D. Brady   Favorable 
H.2085  An Act establishing an emergency equipment grant program for firefighters  Bruce J. Ayers   Favorable 
H.2086  An Act to jet ski safety  Bruce J. Ayers   Favorable 
H.2088  An Act relative to the Department of Fire Services Commission  Bruce J. Ayers   Favorable 
H.2089  An Act relative to enhanced fire protection in new one and two family dwellings  Ruth B. Balser
Kenneth J. Donnelly  
Favorable 
H.2098  An Act relative to the criminal justice training regarding autistic persons  Paul Brodeur   Favorable 
H.2100  An Act relative to the licensure of swimming pool builders and service contractors  Paul Brodeur   Favorable 
H.2103  An Act reducing the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs  James M. Cantwell   Favorable 
H.2104  An Act increasing awareness of suspected opiate overdose deaths  James M. Cantwell   Favorable 
S.1235  An Act limiting the retention of fingerprints  William N. Brownsberger   Favorable 
S.1236  An Act relative to the establishment of independent forensic sciences laboratories and the oversight and accreditation of such laboratories  William N. Brownsberger   Favorable 
S.1241  An Act improving juvenile justice data collection  Cynthia S. Creem   Favorable 
S.1248  An Act relative to the safe transfer of individuals in emergency situations  Viriato M. deMacedo   Favorable 
S.1252  An Act relative to dangerous weapons  Eileen M. Donoghue   Favorable 
S.1254  Resolve establishing a special commission on prisoner and correctional officer suicides  James B. Eldridge   Favorable 
S.1260  An Act relative to amusement devices  Jennifer L. Flanagan   Favorable 
S.1264  An Act relative to criminal justice training regarding autistic persons  Anne M. Gobi   Favorable 
S.1278  Resolve providing for investigating construction practices and their impact on firefighter deaths  Thomas P. Kennedy   Favorable 
S.1281  An Act relative to community corrections programs administered by the Office of Community Corrections  Joan B. Lovely   Favorable 
S.1283  An Act providing for HIV testing for at risk police officers  Thomas M. McGee   Favorable 
S.1284  An Act relative to window guards in residential rental properties  Mark C. Montigny   Favorable 
S.1288  An Act relative to elevator certificates  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1290  An Act relative to elevator certification fees  Michael O. Moore   Favorable 
S.1295  An Act relative to unsafe elevators  Michael F. Rush   Favorable 
H.2109  An Act relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures  Nick Collins   Favorable with Changes 
S.1296  An Act protecting bank employees and customers  Michael F. Rush   Favorable 
H.2124  An Act relative to propane detectors  Shawn Dooley   Favorable 
H.2113  An Act relative to critical incident intervention by emergency service providers  Edward F. Coppinger   Favorable 
S.1297  An Act establishing an eastern Massachusetts women’s county corrections facility  Karen E. Spilka   Favorable 
H.4241  An Act to protect children, firefighters and families from harmful flame retardants  Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security   Redraft 
H.2121  An Act relative to hidden compartments  Stephen L. DiNatale   Favorable 
S.1298  An Act relative to the creation of the Commonwealth technical rescue regions and coordinating council  Bruce E. Tarr   Favorable 
H.2129  An Act relative to penalties for false distress calls  Ann-Margaret Ferrante   Favorable 
S.1301  An Act creating a pilot program to limit driving under the influence of alcohol  Bruce E. Tarr   Favorable 
S.1303  An Act relative to the expansion of the state DNA database  Bruce E. Tarr   Favorable 
S.1305  An Act to include federal law enforcement officers as police officers  Bruce E. Tarr   Favorable 
S.1307  An Act establishing the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Fund  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1309  An Act relative to police details  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1310  An Act relative to emergency medical services at certain prison facilities  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
H.2130  An Act requiring microphones and audio-recorders on tasers  William C. Galvin
Louis L. Kafka  
Favorable with Changes 
S.1311  An Act relative to police training  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
H.2132  An Act relative to bank robberies and collection of fraudulent checks  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.   Favorable 
S.1312  An Act regulating pawnbrokers  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1315  An Act relative to the illegal occupation of a building  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1313  An Act requiring health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1316  An Act relative to the oversight of inspections  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1318  An Act relative to amusement devices  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1322  An Act relative to automatic sprinkler systems  James E. Timilty   Favorable 
S.1327  An Act relative to zero tolerance for violence and aggression by adults at youth sporting events  James T. Welch   Favorable 
H.2142  An Act creating a task force to study the use of the internet by sex offenders  Bradley H. Jones, Jr.   Favorable 
H.2146  An Act relative to improving elevator inspection procedures  Peter V. Kocot   Favorable 
H.2147  An Act requiring the use of helmets for equine riders and drivers  Peter V. Kocot   Favorable 
H.2148  An Act relative to the recovery of emergency response costs  Stephen Kulik   Favorable 
H.2150  An Act relative to elevator inspection fees  David Paul Linsky   Favorable 
H.2154  An Act relative to elevator inspections for small towns  Paul W. Mark   Favorable 
H.2160  An Act Act relative to dangerous weapons  David M. Nangle   Favorable 
H.2162  Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to preparedness for natural disasters  Harold P. Naughton, Jr.   Favorable 
H.2166  An Act to review security and safety procedures in the State House and state courthouses  Keiko M. Orrall   Favorable 
H.2168  An Act relative to elevator inspection fee waiver for non-profits  Elizabeth A. Poirier   Favorable 
H.2174  An Act relative to missing persons  Todd M. Smola   Favorable 
H.2178  An Act relative to fire safety in buildings owned or operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Theodore C. Speliotis   Favorable 
H.2180  An Act relative to kayak safety  William M. Straus   Favorable 
H.2186  An Act relative to standards and qualifications for the position of fire chief or chief engineer in cities, towns, fire districts, or authorities  Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.   Favorable 
H.2189  Resolve establishing a special commission to investigate and study relative to the application of building codes when existing structures in gateway cities are converted to a mixed-use development  Aaron Vega   Favorable 
H.2192  Resolve providing for a “Special Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training” to study and make recommendations concerning the implementation of a Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) system  David T. Vieira
Russell E. Holmes  
Favorable with Changes 
H.2194  An Act relative to amusement devices  Joseph F. Wagner   Favorable 
H.22  An Act relative to explosive bonds  Office of the State Treasurer   Favorable 
H.3093  An Act relative to expanding the fee exemption for renewing a license to carry to include veterans  Theodore C. Speliotis   Favorable 
H.3277  An Act relative to increasing hotel and motel safety  Shawn Dooley   Favorable 
H.3278  An Act establishing a commission to study post-traumatic stress disorder in law enforcement officers  Peter J. Durant   Favorable 
H.3477  An Act Relative to American Sign Language Training  Shawn Dooley   Favorable 
H.3482  An Act relative to construction and rehabilitation of public safety facilities  James J. O'Day   Favorable 
H.3484  An Act relative to the creation of the Commonwealth Technical Rescue Regions and Coordinating Council  Walter F. Timilty   Favorable 
H.4103  An Act relative to the safety of schools, residences, and public assemblies  Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security   Redraft 

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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
H.3052  An Act protecting Massachusetts drivers  Harold P. Naughton, Jr.    3/16/2016   
H.4304  An Act A communication from Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board on behalf of the Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission (under Section 200 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws) notifying the General Court of proposed regulatory action of said commission to rescind the provisions of 530 CMR 2.00, relative to the mandatory retrofit of automatic sprinkler systems in certain high rise buildings. Public Safety and Homeland Security  NONE    5/23/2016