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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|
|SD806||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act authorizing the town of Tolland to continue the employment of police officer Lester M. Walker|
|SD805||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to equitable pay at quasi-public agencies|
|SD804||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to line of duty death benefits|
|SD803||Mark C. Montigny||An Act Relative to Full Application of Telemedicine Coverage|
|SD802||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to violent crime|
|SD801||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to tethering of dogs|
|SD800||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act to provide for the furnishing of suitable flag holders and United States flags for the graves of veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States for the marking and designation of the graves for memorial purposes; and to provide a penalty for the removal or destruction of the flag holders and the United States flags when placed|
|SD799||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act authorizing Gary W. Tirrell to receive additional creditable service from the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System|
|SD798||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act relative to podiatrists performing surgery|
|SD797||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act relative to integrated behavioral health care|
|SD796||Daniel A. Wolf||An Act relative to community college tuition|
|SD795||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act to ensure appropriate capital payment for nursing facilities|
|SD794||William N. Brownsberger||An Act relative to the penalty for vandalism|
|SD793||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to the prescription drug coverage for seniors and the disabled|
|SD792||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to window guards in residential rental properties|
|SD791||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act to encourage quality reviews and reduce costs in health care|
|SD790||William N. Brownsberger||An Act relative to tagging|
|SD789||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to benefit the Health Safety Net Trust Fund|
|SD788||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act to Strengthen Impact, Efficiency and Accountability in the Government-Nonprofit Partnership|
|SD787||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards|
|SD786||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures|
|SD785||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to prevent death and disability from stroke|
|SD784||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to the disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products|
|SD783||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act to reduce solid waste in the Commonwealth|
|SD782||Donald F. Humason, Jr.||An Act relative to the use of crossbows in hunting|
|SD781||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to reduce health care costs by promoting evidence-based prescriber education|
|SD780||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act to prevent the use of the most dangerous pesticides|
|SD779||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to prevent undue influence on prescriber behavior|
|SD778||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act relative to the criminal history systems board|
|SD777||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to restore integrity in the marketing of pharmaceutical products and medical devices|
|SD776||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act prohibiting the Commonwealth from discrimination against those providing special education services to Massachusetts students under the authority and direction of chapter 71B of the General Laws of Massachusetts|
|SD775||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to coverage for chronic illness|
|SD774||Benjamin B. Downing||An Act designating certain lands in the town of Adams for conservation and public recreational purposes|
|SD773||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to annual reports|
|SD772||Mark C. Montigny||An Act facilitating the completion of the New Bedford/Fall River commuter rail extension project|
|SD771||Linda Dorcena Forry||An Act relative to CARE (Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable)|
|SD770||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to healthy families and businesses|
|SD769||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act to increase the penalties for corporate manslaughter|
|SD768||Mark C. Montigny||An Act establishing accountability for managed care organizations|
|SD767||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act to expand intensive parole supervision|
|SD766||Mark C. Montigny||An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a parcel of land in the city of New Bedford|
|SD765||Kenneth J. Donnelly||An Act relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education|
|SD764||Mark C. Montigny||An Act An Act relative to the prohibition of the use of state funds|
|SD763||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act relative to jury service|
|SD762||James T. Welch||An Act establishing the licensure of interpreters and oral transliterators for the deaf|
|SD761||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act relative to law-enforcement access to communications records|
|SD760||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act expanding the authority of the bureau of special investigations|
|SD759||James T. Welch||An Act protecting consumers of sign language and oral interpretation and transliteration|
|SD758||Mark C. Montigny||An Act revising the charitable immunity cap|
|SD757||Daniel A. Wolf||An Act relative to the maintenance of private roads, bridges, and amenities in municipalities|
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.