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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3243         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1172


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James Arciero


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 service trained dogs .






James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Laurie Myers

7 Pine Hill Avenue

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3243        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1172

By Mr. Arciero of Westford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1172) of James Arciero and others for legislation to authorize the presence of service trained dogs for certain victims and witnesses who are minor children or adults with disabilities.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to service trained dogs .

              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 258B of the general laws is hereby further amended by inserting, at the end thereof, the following new subsections:-

(w)  for victims and witnesses who are minor children or adults with disabilities as defined in subsection (k) of section 13 of chapter 265, as so appearing, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, to have a trained service dog with the victim or witness, in addition to the victim witness advocate, in the courtroom during the child’s or adult’s court proceedings,  including testimony, unless, in written findings made and entered, the court finds that the defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial will be prejudiced;  For purposes of this section, a trained service dog shall mean a dog and their handler who hold a public access certificate from Assistance Dog International.  Said dog will have a minimum of two years of extensive and specialized training and be handled by an individual working professionally in the area of victim services. 

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