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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1101        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1172


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Karen E. Spilka


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 the safety of people with pets in disasters .






Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Eugene L. O'Flaherty

2nd Suffolk

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

James T. Welch


John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1101        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1172

By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1172) of Karen E. Spilka, Louis L. Kafka, Carlo Basile, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure the safety of people with pets in disasters.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters .


              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 1 of chapter 639 of the acts of 1950 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “persons” the following words: –  and household pets and service animals, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1570b,

              SECTION 2. Section 1 of chapter 639 of the acts of 1950 is hereby amended by inserting at the end of the second paragraph the following words: –

              Any emergency plan of operations shall include strategies to support the needs of people with household pets, and the needs of household pets under their care, including service animals. Such local organization for civil defense shall take appropriate steps to educate the public regarding the resources available in the event of an emergency and the importance of emergency preparedness planning. 

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