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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1717         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3041

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Geoff Diehl and Michael R. Knapik

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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 insure benefits through enhanced Selective Service registration.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1717        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3041

By Representative Diehl of Whitman and Senator Knapik, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3041) of Geoff Diehl, Robert L. Hedlund and others for legislation to authorize the Registry of Motor Vehicles to register eigtheen year old male applicants for military selective service.  Transportation. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 4146 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to insure benefits through enhanced Selective Service registration.
 

              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 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 8M the following section:-

              Section 8N.  (a)  A male applicant who applies for an operator’s license, learner’s permit, identification card or a renewal of any such permit or license and who is at least 18 years of age but less than 26 years of age authorizes the registrar to register the applicant with the Selective Service System in compliance with section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act through the applicant’s signature on the application unless the applicant indicates otherwise as described in subsection (b). 

              (b)  The registrar shall give notice to any male applicant who is at least 16 years of age but less than 26 years of age that the applicant has a duty under federal law to register with the Selective Service System at age 18.  If the applicant has not registered within 30 days after reaching 18 years of age, he shall be informed that he still has an affirmative obligation under federal law to register with the Selective Service System before reaching 26 years of age.  The registrar shall also notify the applicant that his signature on an application for any such license, permit, identification card or renewal shall constitute consent to authorize the registrar to forward the applicant’s information to the Selective Service System, registering the applicant with the Selective Service System unless the applicant declines to give such consent by signing a statement so stating on the application. 

              (c) If the applicant is at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age the registrar shall notify the applicant that his signature on an application for any such license, permit, identification card or renewal shall constitute consent authorizing the applicant to be registered upon attaining 18 years of age as required by federal law.

              (d) The registrar shall notify the applicant that a refusal to grant such consent shall not be grounds for denial of driving privileges nor shall it be a basis for the registrar to discriminate against the applicant, and that the opportunity to give such consent to the registrar is provided only for the convenience of the applicant.  This notice shall be made both verbally and through a written document available in English, Spanish and such other languages as the registrar determines.  If the applicant grants that authority, the registrar shall forward to the Selective Service System, in an electronic format, no sooner than the applicant’s eighteenth birthday, only the information necessary for registration of the applicant.

              (e)  Failure to grant such authority as provided in this section shall not be a basis for the registrar or any other related government agency to discriminate against the applicant, including but not limited to the denial of driving privileges.

              (f)  The registrar shall not distribute or make available to any person or governmental agency in any way any list of those applicants who declined to grant the registrar authority to forward their information to the Selective Service System.  The registrar shall not compile, develop or maintain any such list unless it is necessary for the administration and operation of the registry, and such list shall not be given to any other governmental or non-governmental agency.  The registrar shall not distribute or make available to any person or governmental agency any list of those applicants who did grant the registrar authority to forward their information to the Selective Service System except as otherwise authorized by this section.

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 90F of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 16 the following section:-

              Section 17.  (a)  A male applicant who applies for a commercial driver license or a renewal of that license and who is at least 18 years of age but less than 26 years of age authorizes the registrar to register the applicant with the Selective Service System in compliance with section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act through the applicant’s signature on the application unless the applicant indicates otherwise as described in subsection (b). 

              (b)  The registrar shall give notice to any male applicant who is at least 18 years of age but less than 26 years of age that the applicant has a duty under federal law to register with the Selective Service System at age 18.  If the applicant has not registered within 30 days after reaching 18 years of age, he shall be informed that he still has an affirmative obligation under federal law to register with the Selective Service System before reaching 26 years of age.  The registrar shall also notify the applicant that his signature on an application for any such license or renewal shall constitute consent to authorize the registrar to forward the applicant’s information to the Selective Service System to register the applicant with the Selective Service System unless the applicant declines to give such consent by signing a statement so stating on the application.  The registrar shall notify the applicant that a refusal to grant such consent shall not be grounds for denial of driving privileges nor shall it be a basis for the registrar to discriminate against the applicant, and that the opportunity to give such consent to the registrar is provided only for the convenience of the applicant.  This notice shall be made both verbally and through a written document available in English, Spanish and such other languages as the registrar determines.  If the applicant grants that authority, the registrar shall forward to the Selective Service System, in an electronic format, no sooner than the applicant’s eighteenth birthday, only the information necessary for registration of the applicant.

              (c)  Failure to grant such authority as provided in this section shall not be a basis for the registrar or any other related government agency to discriminate against the applicant, including but not limited to the denial of driving privileges.

              (d)  The registrar shall not distribute or make available to any person or governmental agency in any way any list of those applicants who declined to grant the registrar authority to forward their information to the Selective Service System.  The registrar shall not compile, develop or maintain any such list unless it is necessary for the administration and operation of the registry, and such list shall not be given to any other governmental or non-governmental agency.  The registrar shall not distribute or make available to any person or governmental agency any list of those applicants who did grant the registrar authority to forward their information to the Selective Service System except as otherwise authorized by this section.

              SECTION 3.  Implementation of this act shall be contingent on the receipt by the registrar of motor vehicles of sufficient federal funds to pay a reasonable portion of the initial start-up costs for computer programming changes necessary to implement the requirements of this section related to the reporting of information to the Selective Service Administration.  The registrar shall initiate and monitor efforts to obtain federal funds for the purposes stated in this act and shall report promptly to the joint committee on public safety and the house and senate committees on ways and means when federal funds have been received by the department.

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