SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2561        FILED ON: 9/11/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2431

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul R. Feeney

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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 ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff on the campuses of state colleges, community colleges and state universities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

 

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

9/11/2019

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

10/2/2019


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2561        FILED ON: 9/11/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2431

By Mr. Feeney, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2431) (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul R. Feeney, Bruce E. Tarr and Harold P. Naughton, Jr. for legislation to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff on the campuses of state colleges, community colleges and state universities.  Higher Education.

 

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 to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff on the campuses of state colleges, community colleges and state universities.

 

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

Section 9 of Chapter 15A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following new subsection after subsection (gg):-

(hh) In order to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses, the council shall have the power to require the issuance of firearms and any other safety equipment it deems necessary to campus police officers employed by the commonwealth and working on the campuses of state colleges, community colleges and universities. The decision to issue firearms and other safety equipment shall be binding regardless of any past or future vote to the contrary by a board of trustees.

Chapter 15A is further amended in Section 22 by inserting the following in the first sentence after the word authority:-

"except in matters related to public safety on campus pursuant to subsection (hh) in Section 9 of this chapter."