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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|
|SD959||Karen E. Spilka||An Act relative to cyclist safety|
|SD958||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to mandatory sentences for those committing an assault on a law enforcement officer|
|SD957||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act authorizing tax free contributions to a trust for the care of incapacitated persons|
|SD956||Karen E. Spilka||An Act relative to charter school community impacts|
|SD955||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to financial literacy curriculum|
|SD954||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to the veteran allowance for public retirees|
|SD953||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to the retroactive application of veterans creditable service|
|SD952||Karen E. Spilka||An Act providing for the evaluation of the economic impact of transportation projects|
|SD951||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to assessments made by the state board of retirement to certain regional school districts|
|SD950||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act establishing voter identification procedures|
|SD949||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to medical malpractice insurance for dentists|
|SD948||Karen E. Spilka||An Act promoting fairness and equity in transportation planning|
|SD947||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to protecting, preserving, and increasing access to family camping|
|SD946||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to controlled substances|
|SD945||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative to the powers and duties of a regional school district|
|SD944||James B. Eldridge||An Act to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services|
|SD943||James B. Eldridge||An Act relative to emergency and disaster planning for health care providers|
|SD942||Karen E. Spilka||An Act prohibiting tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike|
|SD941||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative to regional bonus aid|
|SD940||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to accountability of law enforcement professionals|
|SD939||Karen E. Spilka||An Act further regulating employee benefits|
|SD937||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act authorizing municipal use of the prudent investor standards|
|SD936||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative to vocational education transportation for nonresident students|
|SD935||Anne M. Gobi||An Act providing for the protection of emergency responders from dismissal|
|SD934||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to ensuring the safety of sober houses|
|SD933||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to the definition of veteran for public retirees|
|SD932||Karen E. Spilka||An Act freezing the tolls on the Massachusetts turnpike and the metropolitan highway system|
|SD931||Anne M. Gobi||An Act to protect children and adults from wildlife|
|SD930||Karen E. Spilka||An Act extending single sales factor apportionment to all retail and wholesale corporations|
|SD929||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative to school funding|
|SD928||Anne M. Gobi||An Act relative to dog pens and kennels|
|SD927||James B. Eldridge||An Act relative to providing health insurance coverage for cochlear and auditory osseointegrated implants in children|
|SD926||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to Medicare Part B refunds|
|SD925||Karen E. Spilka||An Act establishing an eastern Massachusetts women’s county corrections facility|
|SD924||Karen E. Spilka||An Act ensuring healthcare coverage for youth who have aged-out of the department of children and families|
|SD923||Anne M. Gobi||An Act establishing the Massachusetts paint stewardship program|
|SD922||Karen E. Spilka||An Act enhancing Department of Revenue reporting|
|SD921||Viriato M. DeMacedo||An Act relative to providing a safe harbor for good samaritans|
|SD920||James B. Eldridge||An Act preventing unnecessary vacancies in foreclosed homes|
|SD919||Karen E. Spilka||An Act encouraging small business growth in the Commonwealth|
|SD918||James T. Welch||An Act relative to interagency collaboration for dropout prevention|
|SD917||Benjamin B. Downing||An Act relative to the municipal health care market|
|SD916||James T. Welch||An Act relative to zero tolerance for violence and aggression by adults at youth sporting events|
|SD915||James T. Welch||An Act relative to increased penalties for assault, assault and battery, stalking, and criminal harassment at youth sporting events|
|SD914||Anne M. Gobi||An Act establishing an autism spectrum disorder designation on driver’s licenses and identification cards and criminal justice training relative to autism spectrum disorders|
|SD913||Benjamin B. Downing||An Act to relative to uncollected co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles|
|SD912||James B. Eldridge||An Act to expand the sale of products by farmer breweries|
|SD911||Karen E. Spilka||An Act concerning Gateway Municipalities|
|SD910||Karen E. Spilka||An Act to create property tax credits for individuals with disabilities|
|SD909||Karen E. Spilka||An Act to allow single family homeowners to deduct their municipal water, sewer and trash fees from their state income tax|
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.