HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1675        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1157

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Theodore C. Speliotis

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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 creating smoke free elderly housing units in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

1/17/2013

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

 

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

 

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1675        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1157

By Mr. Speliotis of Danvers, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1157) of Theodore C. Speliotis, Stephen L. DiNatale and Alice Hanlon Peisch for legislation to establish a policy for smoke-free elderly housing in the Commonwealth.  Housing.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 383 OF 2011-2012.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act creating smoke free elderly housing units in the Commonwealth.

 

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.  The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is hereby authorized and directed to establish a policy, in conjunction with local and regional housing authorities, to designate at least one residential building within said authorities’ jurisdiction as a smoke-free building.

SECTION 2. Any housing authority having governance of one hundred or less units shall be required to make available not less than twenty percent of said units as smoke-free. These units ought to be either contiguous to each other or separated from the remainder of any existing structure if physically possible.

SECTION 3. Said policy shall consist of a phase-in period in which apartments, as they become vacant, shall be made available to non-smokers. Said policy shall contain language stating that current tenants or their guests that wish to smoke may not be evicted or forced to move against their wishes.