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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 947         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 147

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Byron Rushing

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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 ensuring equal access to services for all residents of the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 947        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 147

By Mr. Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 147) of Byron Rushing and others relative to ensuring equal access to programs, projects or activity for the provision of services, financial aid or other benefits services for all residents of the Commonwealth.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 74 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act ensuring equal access to services for all residents of the Commonwealth.
 

              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 30 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding

              after section 64 the following new section: —

              Section 65. (a) For the purposes of this section the following terms shall mean:

              Program: any program, project or activity for the provision of services, financial aid, or other benefits to individuals. This shall include, but not be limited to, education or training, employment, health, welfare, rehabilitation, housing or other services, whether provided directly by the recipient of funds of the commonwealth or provided by others through contracts or other arrangements with the recipient.

              Recipient: any political subdivision of the commonwealth or instrumentality thereof, including quasi-public commissions, or any public or private agency, institution or organization, or other entity, or any individual, in any political subdivision of the  commonwealth to whom funds of the commonwealth are extended, either directly or through another recipient, for any program.

              Recipient shall include any successor, assignee, or transferee thereof. It shall not include any ultimate beneficiary under such program.

              (b) It shall be the policy of the commonwealth to support and encourage any residents in their attempt to obtain legal immigration status and, if they choose, citizenship. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an agency or employee of the commonwealth or recipient of commonwealth funds from requesting information or documentation regarding immigration status to the extent necessary to assist an individual in resolving an immigration question when such assistance is part of a program’s activities and is consistent with this subsection.

              (c)(1) No regulation, rule, or other requirement may be imposed by any agency or employee of the commonwealth nor by a recipient of funds from the commonwealth which denies any assistance, benefit, payment, service, or participation in any program or activity on the basis of alienage or immigration status, except as required by federal or state statute, or court decision.

              (c)(2) No agency or employee of the commonwealth nor any recipient of commonwealth funds shall request information about, investigate, or assist in the investigation of the alienage or immigration status of any person unless such inquiry or investigations required by federal or state statute, or court decision; nor shall any such individual or entity disseminate information regarding the citizenship or residency status of any person unless required to do so by federal or state statute, or court decision; nor shall any such individual or entity condition the provision of any assistance, benefit, payment, service, or participation in any program or activity on the basis of alienage or immigration status, unless required to do so by federal or state statute, court decision, or except insofar as may be lawfully imposed on those persons who are committed to the custody of the department of corrections.

              (d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an agency or employee of the commonwealth or a recipient of commonwealth funds from requesting information or documentation regarding alienage or immigration status to the extent necessary to secure federal reimbursement for a specific program.

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