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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2895         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3202

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Harold P. Naughton, 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 the appointment of veterans agents and service officers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2895        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3202

By Mr. Naughton of Clinton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3202) of Harold P. Naughton, Jr. and Thomas J. Calter relative to the appointment of veterans agents and service officers.  Veterans and Federal Affairs. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 961 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the appointment of veterans agents and service officers.
 

              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 3 of Chapter 115 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended by deleting the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              The Mayor of each city, except Boston, and the selectmen of each town, shall appoint a veterans' agent/veterans' service officer to act for him or them in the disbursement of veterans' benefits by such city or town; provided, however, that in each town having a part time veterans' agent/veterans' service officer the town clerk shall receive applications and assist applicants for veterans' benefits, and shall submit said applications to the veterans' agent/veterans' service officer. Two or more contiguous towns may, by vote of the selectmen, and subject to the approval of the commissioner, appoint one full time veterans' agent/veterans' service officer and such additional staff as necessary, and may apportion the payment of compensation among such towns. The appointment of a veterans' agent/veterans' service officer shall not create a civil service position. Any person who is appointed to the position of veterans' agent/veterans' service officer and certified by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services as a trained veterans' agent/veterans' service officer and who has held such position for not less than three years, shall not be involuntarily separated and shall have the same rights and protection granted to any veteran under section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws, notwithstanding that his or her prior appointments were for a fixed term.

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