HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1664        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 310

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer E. Benson

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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 provide equal access to the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1664        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 310

By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 310) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to dispute resolution processes within the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.  Education.

 

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 provide equal access to the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.

 

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

Section 2A of chapter 71B of the general laws is hereby amended by adding the following subsection at the end of the section 2A:

(f)  The director, under the direction and supervision of the chief administrative magistrate, shall hire an attorney to serve as pro se facilitator who shall provide unrepresented parents with oral and written information, but not legal advice or representation, so that they may access the bureau’s dispute resolution processes.