HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1416        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2377

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John C. Velis and Michael F. Rush

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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 protecting veterans’ preference in hiring practices.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

William J. Driscoll, Jr.

7th Norfolk

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Thomas M. Petrolati

7th Hampden

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Paul F. Tucker

7th Essex

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1416        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2377

By Representative Velis of Westfield and Senator Rush, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2377) of John C. Velis, Michael F. Rush and others relative to veterans’ preference hiring practices.  Public Service.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3621 OF 2017-2018.]

 

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 protecting veterans’ preference in hiring practices.

 

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 2 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (f) the following subsection:-

(f½) To hear and decide appeals alleging that a city or town has not provided a veterans’ preference, as required by chapter 96B½ of chapter 41, to an applicant for original appointment to the position of police officer or firefighter in any city or town exempt from this chapter.

SECTION 2. Section 3 of said chapter 31, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “appointments”, in lines 27 and 28, the following words:- ; including, in consultation with the commission prior to promulgating such rules, rules that include the right of an applicant for original appointment to the position of police officer or firefighter in any city or town to appeal to the commission that a city or town has not provided a veterans’ preference, as required by chapter 96B½ of chapter 41, to such applicant.

SECTION 3. Section 1 of chapter 31A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “hereinafter”, in line 6, the following words:- ; provided, however, that notwithstanding this chapter or any other general or special law, rule, regulation or by-law to the contrary, a city or town shall, for original appointment of any firefighter or police officer, place on eligible lists in the following order the names of the following persons who pass examinations: (1) disabled veterans, in the order of their respective standings; (2) veterans, in the order of their respective standings; (3) widows or widowed mothers of veterans who were killed in action or died from a service connected disability incurred in wartime service, in the order of their respective standings; (4) a son or daughter of a fire fighter or police officer as set forth in paragraphs 7 and 8 of section 26 of chapter 31, in the order of their respective standings; and (5) all others, in the order of their respective standings.

SECTION 4. Section 3 of said chapter 31A, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “preference”, in lines 23 and 24, the following words:- ; provided, however, that any applicant for original appointment to the position of police officer or firefighter in any city or town exempt from the application of said chapter 31 who alleges that a city or town has not provided the preference as required by this exception and section 96B½ of chapter 41 shall be entitled to a hearing before the civil service commission.

SECTION 5. Chapter 41 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 96B the following section:-

Section 96B½. (a) Notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 31A or any special law, a disabled veteran, a veteran, a widow or a widowed mother of a veteran killed in action or died from a service connected disability incurred in wartime service or a son or daughter of a fire fighter or police officer as set forth in paragraphs 7 and 8 of section 26 of chapter 31 applying for original appointment to the position of police officer or firefighter in any city or town exempt from said chapter 31, shall have a hiring preference over any other applicant for such position. Such person shall be deemed qualified for the position if he or she applies for, takes and passes the examination for original appointment of such position as provided in chapter 31.

(b) Any person set forth in subsection (a) who alleges that a city or town has not provided the preference as required by this section, or has not complied with any other provision of this section may request a hearing before the civil service commission as provided for in section 3 of chapter 31A.

(c) Any city or town that violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for each such violation. Each day each such violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense. This penalty shall be in addition to any other penalties that may be prescribed by law or damages allowed by law.

SECTION 6. A city or town exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws, shall, within 30 days of the passage of this act, post a notice on its municipal website home page that any position for full-time police officer or firefighter position is subject to the hiring preference set forth in this act.