HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 507        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 929

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Elizabeth A. Poirier

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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 jury disqualifications.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

1/13/2017

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

1/19/2017

Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth

1/17/2017

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 507        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 929

By Mrs. Poirier of North Attleborough, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 929) of Elizabeth A. Poirier, James R. Miceli and Mathew Muratore that jury duty be made optional for legally blind persons.  The Judiciary.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1545 OF 2015-2016.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act relative to jury disqualifications.

 

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

Section 4 of chapter 234A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

9. Such person is legally blind and indicates on the juror confirmation form an election not to perform juror service. For purposes of this section “legally blind” shall mean a condition associated with a finding by a physician or optometrist that a person has a visual acuity of 20/200 or less with correction in the better eye, or has a peripheral visual field of 10 degrees radius or less regardless of visual acuity.