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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|
|SD1882||Richard J. Ross||An Act establishing the Commonwealth Municipal Dog Park Trust Fund|
|SD1881||James B. Eldridge||An Act relative to the titling of certain manufactured homes|
|SD1880||Kathleen O'Connor Ives||An Act relative to cost mitigation for school districts|
|SD1879||Patricia D. Jehlen||An Act relative to end of life choices of inmates|
|SD1878||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to private right of action to preserve public safety|
|SD1877||Mark C. Montigny||An Act designating a certain state facility in the city of New Bedford as the New Bedford marine commerce terminal|
|SD1876||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to a worker documentation certification program|
|SD1875||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act to promote economic growth in the Commonwealth|
|SD1874||Sonia Chang-Diaz||An Act to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity|
|SD1873||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act improving unemployment insurance|
|SD1872||Linda Dorcena Forry||An Act to ensure quality, affordability and access to primary and preventive health care, to eliminate health disparities, and to enhance economic growth throughout the Commonwealth|
|SD1871||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to juvenile murder|
|SD1870||Mark C. Montigny||An Act relative to executive compensation for mutual companies|
|SD1869||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to habitual drunk drivers|
|SD1867||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to mandated benefits|
|SD1866||Kathleen O'Connor Ives||An Act relative to school bus safety|
|SD1865||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to disability insurance benefits|
|SD1864||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to the timely disposal of contraband drugs|
|SD1863||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act An act relative to gaming|
|SD1862||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to juvenile murder retroactivity|
|SD1861||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act to provide for loans for waterfront development|
|SD1860||Thomas P. Kennedy||An Act relative to child passenger safety|
|SD1859||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to medicare and medicaid benchmarks|
|SD1858||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to transparency in government with regard to consultant expenses|
|SD1857||Richard J. Ross||An Act to further reduce EBT fraud|
|SD1856||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to the classification of the street drug known as Molly|
|SD1855||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to unfunded election audits|
|SD1854||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to pension fund performance and accountability|
|SD1853||Karen E. Spilka||An Act establishing a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program|
|SD1852||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act further defining a bona fide coin-operated amusement machine|
|SD1851||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to prevention of EBT fraud|
|SD1850||Kathleen O'Connor Ives||An Act to prohibit misleading telemarketer calls to consumers|
|SD1849||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to provide additional funding for animal welfare and safety programming|
|SD1848||Richard J. Ross||An Act relative to enhanced housing authority screening|
|SD1847||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act to enhance the license plate system of the Commonwealth|
|SD1846||Richard J. Ross||An Act to promote conservation through oyster shell recycling|
|SD1845||Thomas M. McGee||An Act establishing a foreclosure review division of the Superior Court|
|SD1844||Mark C. Montigny||An Act to further expand Bristol Community College in downtown New Bedford|
|SD1843||Cynthia S. Creem||An Act relative to supplementary process|
|SD1842||James B. Eldridge||An Act enhancing access to electronic public records|
|SD1841||Sal N. DiDomenico||An Act relative to the emergency administration of certain overdose prevention drugs|
|SD1840||John F. Keenan||An Act relative to eligibility for disability services|
|SD1839||Jennifer L. Flanagan||An Act relative to improved medication adherence|
|SD1838||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act providing a safe harbor for contractors of services|
|SD1837||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center|
|SD1836||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to investigators at the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission|
|SD1835||Bruce E. Tarr||An Act relative to sexually violent predators|
|SD1834||James E. Timilty||An Act relative to drivers license information|
|SD1833||Michael J. Rodrigues||An Act to preserve energy reliability in the Commonwealth|
|SD1832||John F. Keenan||An Act relative to safe and efficient transportation systems|
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.