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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2621         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3210

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

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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 veterans' benefits equity.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2621        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3210

By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3210) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to veterans' benefits equity for persons discharged from the military based on certain consensual conduct.  Veterans and Federal Affairs. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 970 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to veterans' benefits equity.
 

              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 7 of Chapter 4 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of Clause 43 the following-

              “(4) Nothing in this clause shall be construed to deny benefits to anyone discharged solely under Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice when such discharge was the result of consensual behavior between legal adult persons; or anyone discharged solely under Chapter 37 of Title 10 of the US Code, Section 654.  Nor shall anything in this clause be construed to deny benefits to a same-sex spouse or beneficiary of a veteran. 

              The Department of Veterans’ Services shall promulgate regulations as necessary to ensure veterans discharged under the above mentioned codes, and/or same-sex spouses of veterans, may appeal their eligibility status for Chapter 115 benefits that they would otherwise be entitled to under Massachusetts General Laws and regulations.

              Any veteran and/or same-sex spouse of a veteran, whose discharge is determined to be the result of consensual behavior between legal adult persons, or anyone discharged solely under Chapter 37 of Title 10 of the US Code, Section 654, shall be eligible for and receive benefits under this section.”             

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