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|3/30/2015 11:00:00 AM||Senate||Informal Senate Session|
- S.2317 -- MA Boards and Commissions
- S.2107 -- Information Technology Projects
- S.1900 -- When Time Is of the Essence
|Docket Number||Presenter||Title||Bill Number|
|SD1527||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act relative to constitutional rights|
|SD1526||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to improving access to emergency treatment plans|
|SD1525||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act relative to change of address for firearm licensing|
|SD1524||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act relative to the Public Office Liability and Safety Act (POLS Act)|
|SD1523||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act to provide immediate relief to businesses on health care costs|
|SD1522||Harriette L. Chandler||An Act relative to safe patient handling in certain health facilities|
|SD1521||Richard J. Ross||An Act to deter underage drinking|
|SD1520||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative timber harvester licensing|
|SD1519||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act to require periodic regulatory review at the Department of Revenue|
|SD1518||Richard J. Ross||An Act Relative to gateway communities|
|SD1517||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act designating a certain bridge in the city of Westfield as the All Westfield Patriots Bridge|
|SD1516||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to establishing senior citizen safety zones|
|SD1515||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act authorizing the conveyance of a certain parcel of land in the city of Holyoke|
|SD1514||James B. Eldridge||An Act to protect condominium owners from unreasonable fees|
|SD1512||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act authorizing Gary W. Tirrell to receive additional creditable service from the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System|
|SD1511||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act extending single sales factor apportionment to all retail and wholesale corporations|
|SD1510||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to increase container recycling in the Commonwealth|
|SD1509||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act clarifying earned paid sick time|
|SD1508||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to psychotropic medications|
|SD1507||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act providing for alternative DPA compliance|
|SD1506||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act providing for a tax exemption on the sale of recycled materials|
|SD1505||Michael J. Rodrigues||An Act relative to the recognition and registration of Professional Employer Organization operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts|
|SD1504||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act proclaiming May as Aviation Awareness Month|
|SD1503||Barbara L'Italien||An Act relative to essential health benefits|
|SD1502||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to landlord notification|
|SD1501||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act relative to seasonal employment|
|SD1500||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act dedicating a portion of the stabilization fund to cities and towns|
|SD1499||Barbara L'Italien||An Act regarding home care services|
|SD1498||Barbara L'Italien||An Act for passage to independence|
|SD1497||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act creating a private mortgage insurance tax deduction|
|SD1496||Barbara L'Italien||An Act facilitating the transfer of property in the town of Tewksbury|
|SD1495||Joan B. Lovely||An Act relative to childhood immunizations|
|SD1494||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the interest rate on tax-deferred property|
|SD1493||Michael O. Moore||An Act relative to local approval for charter schools|
|SD1492||Harriette L. Chandler||An Act to protect freedom of speech and association|
|SD1491||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act reforming pretrial process|
|SD1490||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act regarding the penalties for drag racing|
|SD1489||Barbara L'Italien||An Act expanding inclusive transition programs for students with severe disabilities|
|SD1488||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to MassDOT audit|
|SD1487||Barbara L'Italien||An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities|
|SD1486||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act to provide a property tax credit to surviving spouses of certain public safety personnel|
|SD1485||James T. Welch||An Act relative to increased access to safe swimming|
|SD1484||Barbara L'Italien||An Act creating an interagency child abuse and neglect prevention task force|
|SD1483||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to terms of employment|
|SD1482||Barbara L'Italien||An Act creating a scholarship fund to increase the number of medical providers who are knowledgeable in autism|
|SD1481||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act relative to small claims|
|SD1480||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act expanding insurance choices for state and local employees|
|SD1479||Barbara L'Italien||An Act creating a right to representation for college students in some school disciplinary matters|
|SD1478||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to fix it first plan|
|SD1477||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the parole recommendation panel|
CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
[The Senate will meet at one o’clock P.M.]
ORDERS OF THE DAY
SECOND READING MATTERS.
3. [H. 65] Bill (H.) making appropriations for the fiscal year 2015 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 65, amended). 2d.
[On House, No. 60, in part.]
[Amended by the House by inserting after section 23 the following sections:-
“SECTION 23A. The General Laws are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 277A the following chapter:-
Statewide Grand Jury
SECTION 1. Upon written application of the attorney general to the chief justice of the superior court department, with good cause stated therein, the chief justice may authorize the convening of a statewide grand jury with jurisdiction extending throughout the commonwealth.
SECTION 2. The chief justice of the superior court department shall, upon granting an application, receive recommendations from the attorney general as to the county in which the statewide grand jury shall sit. Upon receiving the attorney general’s recommendations, the chief justice shall choose 1 of those recommended locations as the site where the grand jury shall sit. Once a county has been selected, the chief justice shall direct the regional administrative judge from the county selected to appoint, and reappoint as necessary, a superior court judge to preside over the statewide grand jury.
SECTION 3. The superior court judge presiding over the grand jury shall consult with the attorney general and district attorney for the relevant district about the nature and scope of the investigation and shall thereafter designate and authorize an existing county grand jury to serve as a statewide grand jury for purposes of the investigation specified in the written application, or, alternatively, convene and preside over a specially empaneled statewide grand jury.
SECTION 4. A specially empaneled statewide grand jury shall be drawn and selected in the same manner as the county grand jury in the county in which the specially empaneled statewide grand jury sits. A specially empaneled statewide grand jury may, at the discretion of the presiding superior court judge, draw jurors from counties adjoining the one in which the statewide grand jury is to sit.
SECTION 5. A specially empaneled statewide grand jury convened pursuant to this chapter shall sit for a period not to exceed 18 months. The superior court judge presiding over the grand jury may extend this period if, in accordance with section 41 of chapter 234A and section 1A of chapter 277, public necessity requires further time by the grand jury to complete an on-going investigation.
SECTION 6. The attorney general or an assistant attorney general shall attend each session of a statewide grand jury and may prosecute any indictment returned by it. The attorney general or assistant attorney general shall have the same powers and duties in relation to a statewide grand jury that she has in relation to a county grand jury, except as otherwise provided by law.
SECTION 7. Indictments shall be returned in the county where the statewide grand jury sits and shall thereafter be transferred to the county specified by the grand jury on the indictment. Venue for purposes of trial of offenses indicted by a statewide grand jury shall be in any county where venue would otherwise be proper.
SECTION 8. No provision of this chapter shall be construed as limiting the jurisdiction of county grand juries or district attorneys. Except as otherwise provided by law, an investigation by a statewide grand jury shall not preempt an investigation by any other grand jury or agency having jurisdiction over the same subject matter.
SECTION 23B. Chapter 277B is hereby repealed; and by inserting after section 33 the following section:-
SECTION 33A. Section 23B shall take effective on December 31, 2020; and in section 28, by striking out, in lines 260 and 261, 269 and 270, each time they appear, the words ‘the cost, or a portion of the cost, of’; in lines 262 and 271 by striking out the words ‘the cost, or portion of the cost, of’; and by inserting after section 30 the following section:-
SECTION 30A. Notwithstanding the section 57, section 57C or section 59 of chapter 59 of the General Laws, an owner of property subject to tax under chapter 59 of the General Laws who was required under said sections to make a payment or file an abatement application on February 2, 2015, and who made such payment on or before February 6, 2015, shall have any interest or other penalty waived.”]
The committee on Ways and Means (Spilka) recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 21.]
(b) Such motion shall require a majority vote of the members present and voting for adoption if made after the expiration of 30 calendar days after referral to said committee, but shall require a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting if made prior to the expiration of said 30 calendar days after referral to said committee.
Legislative Deadlines & Significant Dates
4 Weeks after Appointment of Committees in 1st Annual Session
[except Health Care Financing]
consideration in the 190th General Court.