HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3148        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1301

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Gloria L. Fox

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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 to increase fair housing protections for survivors of domestic violence.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Linda Dorcena Forry

First Suffolk

Evandro C. Carvalho

5th Suffolk

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3148        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1301

By Ms. Fox of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1301) of Gloria L. Fox and others relative to discrimination protections for survivors of domestic violence in fair housing opportunities.  The Judiciary.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act to increase fair housing protections for survivors of domestic violence.

 

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 1 of Chapter 151B, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition is hereby amended by adding the following subsection: -

Section 24. The term “survivor of domestic violence” shall mean any person who has been the victim of domestic violence as defined in section 23 of chapter 186.

SECTION 2. Section 4of said chapter 151B is hereby amended by striking out, in line X, the words “ age or handicap” inserting in place thereof the followings words:--

age, handicap, or status as a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 3. Said section 4 of Chapter 151B is hereby amended by inserting after the words “or has any other handicap”,  in line X the following words: --

or because of his status as a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 4. Said section 4 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “or hearing impairment”, in line X the following words:--

or because of his status as a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 5. Said Section 4 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “sexual orientation”, in line X the following words:--

or because such person is a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 6. Said section 4is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “persons”, in line X and the word “impairment”, in line XX and XXX the following words:--

or because such person is a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 7. Said section 4 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “public assistance recipiency”, in line X the following words:--

status as a survivor of domestic violence,

SECTION 8. Said section 4  is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines X, XX, and XXX, the words “or marital status” and inserting in place thereof the following words:--

marital status, or status as a survivor of domestic violence

SECTION 9. Said section 4 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “child”, in line X the following words:--

or a person who is a victim of domestic violence

SECTION 10. Said section 4 is hereby further amended by striking out, in line X, the words “or a person having a child” and inserting in place thereof the following words:--

a person having a child, or a person who is a victim of domestic violence.

SECTION 11. This act shall take effect immediately upon passage.