HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3419        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 166

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Alyson M. Sullivan

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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 studying best practices for ensuring the safety of blind persons.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Alyson M. Sullivan

7th Plymouth

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3419        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 166

By Ms. Sullivan of Abington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 166) of Alyson M. Sullivan and others for legislation to establish a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study and determine best practices to ensure the safety of blind persons.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to studying best practices for ensuring the safety of blind persons.

 

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. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a special commission established to study and determine best practices to ensure the safety of blind persons. The commission, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, shall be tasked with, but not be limited to, reviewing the following: existing roadway and traffic policies aimed at ensuring the safety of the blind and visually impaired; current use of accessible pedestrian signals; and new technology available to improve upon the safety of blind and visually impaired persons, particularly in cities and highly congested areas.

The commission shall consist of 10 members: the secretary of health and human services, or a designee; the commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, or a designee; two members of the house of representatives, one of whom to be appointed by the speaker and one of whom to be appointed by the minority leader; two members of the senate, one of whom to be appointed by the senate president and one of whom to be appointed by the minority leader; and four people to be appointed by the governor, two of whom must be advocates for the blind and visually impaired community, and two of whom must be experts in roadway safety and accessibility technology.

The commission shall file its report and findings, along with any recommendations for legislation, with the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the chairs of the joint committee on health care financing, and the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives within 180 days of the passage of this act.