SENATE DOCKET, NO. 148        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 367


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Michael F. Rush


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 establishing a statewide adopt-a-senior program.







Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk


Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester


Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester


Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk


Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk


Linda Dorcena Forry

First Suffolk


Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk


Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 148        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 367

By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 367) of Michael F. Rush, Stephen L. DiNatale, Josh S. Cutler, Dennis A. Rosa and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish the adopt a senior program.  Elder Affairs.


SEE SENATE, NO. 306 OF 2013-2014.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court



An Act establishing a statewide adopt-a-senior program.


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 40 of chapter 19A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:

Section 41.  The secretary shall, subject to appropriation or the receipt of gifts, grants, and awards from any public or private entity pursuant to section 7 of chapter 19A, establish a statewide “Adopt-A-Senior” volunteer program for the purpose of assisting seniors with snow removal, property or home maintenance services. The department shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations to administer this program which shall include, but not be limited to: (1) coordinating among agencies of the commonwealth and other organizations using community service and volunteerism as a strategy to assist with this program; (2) establishing a registry and registration of volunteer personnel who are available to provide services; (3) establishing procedures for matching and placing individuals with seniors; (4) encouraging the corporate community of the commonwealth to become an active partner in the support, advocacy and promotion of community service and volunteerism relative to this program; and (5) establishing a system of volunteer incentives to assist with recruiting and registration of volunteers.