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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|
|SD1476||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to exempt certain criminal misdemeanors from the hearing provisions of G.L. C. 218|
|SD1475||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the expansion of the state DNA database|
|SD1474||Karen E. Spilka||An Act relative to local licenses and permits|
|SD1473||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act to protect essential health services|
|SD1472||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to clarify the venue of prosecution for larceny by check|
|SD1471||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to limited liability corporation filing fees|
|SD1470||Barbara L'Italien||An Act creating a means for tracking the unmet need of individuals with developmental disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts|
|SD1469||James B. Eldridge||An Act relative to training for law enforcement|
|SD1468||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act creating uniform beach warnings|
|SD1467||Eileen M. Donoghue||An Act providing tuition retention at the University of Massachusetts|
|SD1466||Barbara L'Italien||An Act concerning adjustments to certain petroleum products|
|SD1464||Ryan C. Fattman||An Act to reform and modernize legislative transportation reimbursement|
|SD1463||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to authorize transfer of supplementary proceedings when the judgment debtor moves to another district|
|SD1462||Sal N. DiDomenico||An Act relating to administrative simplification|
|SD1461||Joan B. Lovely||An Act relative to community hospitals|
|SD1460||Eileen M. Donoghue||An Act providing for tobacco cessation benefits|
|SD1459||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to permit independent enforcement of restitution orders in criminal cases|
|SD1458||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to notice requirements for insurance premium changes and insurance coverage changes|
|SD1457||Harriette L. Chandler||An Act updating chapter 40R|
|SD1456||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to distinctive registration plates|
|SD1455||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act protecting minors from the harmful effects of marihuana|
|SD1454||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act relative to insubstantial, frivolous or bad faith claims in district and municipal courts|
|SD1453||Sal N. DiDomenico||An Act relative to continuity of care for families enrolled in MassHealth|
|SD1452||Harriette L. Chandler||An Act to establish criteria for Masshealth hardship waivers|
|SD1450||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act protecting the public from driving under the influence of marijuana|
|SD1449||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act justifying the use of project labor agreements|
|SD1448||Ryan C. Fattman||An Act to SAVE Massachusetts tax dollars|
|SD1447||Sal N. DiDomenico||An Act establishing creditable service for veterans|
|SD1446||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to vehicle registration and sales tax|
|SD1445||Eileen M. Donoghue||An Act relative to a tax credit for hiring recent graduates|
|SD1444||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act regarding the definition of a default warrant|
|SD1443||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act providing oversight of crime labs|
|SD1442||Robert L. Hedlund||An Act strengthening punishment for heroin dealers|
|SD1441||Harriette L. Chandler||An Act relative to stabilizing the commonwealth’s nursing facilities|
|SD1440||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act regarding judicial disqualification|
|SD1439||Jason M. Lewis||An Act for political party endorsement reform|
|SD1438||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act creating a pilot program to limit driving under the influence of alcohol|
|SD1437||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act regarding disposition of certain criminal offenses as civil infractions|
|SD1436||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act creating a rights of victims of sexual assault task force|
|SD1435||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act requiring payment by certain prisoners of the Commonwealth|
|SD1434||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to land use regulations|
|SD1433||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and surplus personal property|
|SD1432||Anne M. Gobi||An Act establishing a Bill of Rights for victims of sexual assault and related purposes|
|SD1431||Eileen M. Donoghue||An Act establishing a student tuition recovery fund|
|SD1430||Kathleen O'Connor Ives||An Act to regulate hydraulic fracturing|
|SD1429||Michael F. Rush||An Act relative to traffic laws enforcement by environmental police officers|
|SD1428||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the appropriate use of public funds|
|SD1427||Jason M. Lewis||An Act for a grade improvement tax credit|
|SD1426||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act regarding collection of outstanding delinquent legal fees|
|SD1425||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act regarding criminal motor vehicle citations|
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.