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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1880         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 996

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Benjamin Swan

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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 department of social services.
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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1880        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 996

By Mr. Benjamin Swan of Springfield, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 00996) of Benjamin Swan relative to domestic violence programs within the jurisdiction of the Department of Social Services. Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2170 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the department of social services.
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              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 2 of Chapter 18B of the General Laws of Massachusetts is hereby amended adding the following to line 14 therein:— Temporary residential programs, and/or certified domestic violence programs shall be precluded from arbitrarily, or as a matter of procedure, transferring local residents who are victims of domestic violence out of the area.  This bill does not inhibit the transfer of a local resident; however, if a victim of domestic violence has legitimate reason to believe that she will be safe in a local facility, then she shall not be prevented from staying if vacancies are available.  No policy or program shall turn away a local victim of domestic violence in the name of safety

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