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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2518         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1991

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, 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 comporting state laws with Department of Defense rules on the disposition of service members' remains.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason

 

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2518        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1991

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1991) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to the donation of deceased veterans' bodies or parts for transplantation, therapy, research or education.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to comporting state laws with Department of Defense rules on the disposition of service members' remains.
 

              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 9 of Chapter 113A of the General Laws, as inserted by chapter 39 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by striking subsection (a) and replacing it with the following section:—

              (a) Subject to subsections (b) and (c) and unless otherwise prohibited by section 7 or 8, an anatomical gift of a decedent’s body or part for transplantation, therapy, research or education may be made by any member of any of the following classes of individuals who is reasonably available, in the order of priority as specified below:

              (1) person designated by the decedent as authorized to direct disposition pursuant to Public Law No. 109-163, Section 654, as listed on the decedent’s United States Department of Defense Record of Emergency Data, DD Form 93, or its successor form, if the decedent died during military service, as provided in 10 USC Section 1481 (a) (1) through (8), in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, United States Reserve Forces, or National Guard;

              (2) an agent of the decedent at the time of death who could have made an anatomical gift under clause  of section 4 immediately before the decedent’s death;

              (3) the spouse of the decedent;

              (4) an adult child of the decedent;

              (5) a parent of the decedent;

              (6) an adult sibling of the decedent;

              (7) an adult grandchild of the decedent;

              (8) a grandparent of the decedent;

              (9) an adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent;

              (10) a person who was acting as a guardian of the person of the decedent at the time of death; and

              (11) any other person having the authority to dispose of the decedent’s body.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 114 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof, the following new section:—

              Section 52. (a) As used in this section, the term “decedent” shall mean a deceased individual, including a stillborn infant or fetus.

              (b) If a decedent has left no written authorization for the cremation or disposition of the body of the decedent, as permitted by law, the following competent persons, in the order of priority listed below, may authorize the type, method, place, cremation or other disposition of the decedent’s body:

              (1) the person designated by the decedent as authorized to direct disposition pursuant to Public Law No. 109-163, Section 654, as listed on the decedent’s United States Department of Defense Record of Emergency Data, DD Form 93, or its successor form, if the decedent died during military service, as provided in 10 USC Section 1481 (a) (1) through (8), in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, United States Reserve Forces, or National Guard;

              (2) the surviving spouse of the decedent;

              (3) the surviving adult children of the decedent;

              (4) the surviving parent(s) of the decedent;

              (5) the surviving adult sibling of the decedent;

              (7) an adult grandchild of the decedent;

              (8) a grandparent of the decedent

              (9) the guardian of the body of the decedent at the time of death; and

              (10) any other person authorized or under obligation to dispose of the decedent’s body.

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