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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2271        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2299


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and Viriato Manuel deMacedo


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 fairness in workers' compensation benefits.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr


George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2271        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2299

By Messrs. Jones of North Reading and deMacedo, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2299) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others that employees injured due to willful misconduct be prohibited from receiving any portion of compensation benefits.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1811 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to fairness in workers' compensation benefits.


              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. Chapter 152 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out section 27 in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:

              “Section 27. If the employee is injured by reason of his serious willful misconduct, including intoxication or unlawful use of a controlled substance, as defined in section 1 of chapter 94C, he shall not receive any portion of the compensation benefit; provided, that this provision shall not bar compensation or benefits to his or her dependents if the injury results in death.”.

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