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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1699         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 306

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael F. Rush

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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 establishing the adopt-a-senior program.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1699        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 306

By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 306) of Michael F. Rush for legislation to establish the adopt a senior program.  Elder Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act establishing the adopt-a-senior program.
 

              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 40 of chapter 19A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:

                            Section 41.  The secretary shall, subject to appropriation or the receipt of gifts, grants, and awards from any public or private entity pursuant to section 7 of chapter 19A, establish a statewide “Adopt-A-Senior” volunteer program for the purpose of assisting seniors with snow removal, property or home maintenance services. The department shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations to administer this program which shall include, but not be limited to: (1) coordinating among agencies of the commonwealth and other organizations using community service and volunteerism as a strategy to assist with this program; (2) establishing a registry and registration of volunteer personnel who are available to provide services; (3) establishing procedures for matching and placing individuals with seniors; (4) encouraging the corporate community of the commonwealth to become an active partner in the support, advocacy and promotion of community service and volunteerism relative to this program; and (5) establishing a system of volunteer incentives to assist with recruiting and registration of volunteers.

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