SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2164        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 870

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Joanne M. Comerford

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to protecting LGBTQ victims.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

 

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

 

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

1/23/2019

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

1/30/2019

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

1/31/2019

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

7/8/2019

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2164        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 870

By Ms. Comerford, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 870) of Joanne M. Comerford, Julian Cyr, Rebecca L. Rausch, Jack Patrick Lewis and others for legislation relative to protecting LGBTQ victims.  The Judiciary.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to protecting LGBTQ victims.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 13 of chapter 265 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

For the purposes of determining the presence of mitigating circumstances in the context of a homicide, the discovery of, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of an individual’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted non-forcible romantic or sexual advance towards the defendant, or the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship, shall not be considered reasonable provocation.