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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 506        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3177


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Carlo Basile


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 improve veterans home modifications.






Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 506        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3177

By Mr. Basile of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3177) of Carlo Basile and others for legislation to establish a program for assisting certain disabled veterans in making home modifications.  Veterans and Federal Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to improve veterans home modifications.


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

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to provide forthwith benefits to certain veterans, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

              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 115 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2010 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 5, the following section:-

              Section 5A.  A veteran who has either: 1) lost a limb or limbs or 2) lost the use of a limb or limbs, while serving in the military, shall receive benefits for the purpose of home modification from the commonwealth. The benefit provided to said veteran shall be used to provide any modification, including but not limited to special fixtures or movable facilities, made necessary by the nature of the veteran's disability. Said benefit shall, subject to appropriation, be available for the modification of every owner-occupied or rented dwelling, dwelling unit, mobile dwelling unit or rooming house unit in which the veteran resides and shall not exceed $75,000. The commissioner of veterans’ services shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the identification of eligible veterans and the awarding of home modification benefits.

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