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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2766         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2252

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Alice Hanlon Peisch

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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 ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Susan C. Fargo

 

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Thomas P. Kennedy

 

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2766        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2252

By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2252) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1652 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence.
 

              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 97(D) of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the entire section and adding the following language:  

              All reports of rape and sexual assault or attempts to commit such offenses, all reports of abuse perpetrated by family or household members as defined in G.L. 209A, section 1, and all conversations between police officers and victims of said offenses and abuse shall not be public reports and shall be maintained by the police departments in a manner which will assure their confidentiality, except that all such reports shall be accessible at all reasonable times to the victim and victim’s attorney, to others specifically authorized by the victim to obtain such information, and to prosecutors, victim-witness advocates as defined in section 1 of chapter 258B, domestic violence victim’s counselors as defined in section 20K of chapter 233, sexual assault counselors as defined in section 20J of chapter 233, and to other law enforcement officers, if such access is necessary in the performance of their duties. Conversations between police officers and victims of said offenses and abuse may also be shared with the forgoing named persons if such access is necessary in the performance of their duties.

              Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or both.

              SECTION 2.  Section 98F of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the entire section and adding the following language:  

              Each police department and each college or university to which officers have been appointed pursuant to the provisions of section sixty-three of chapter twenty-two C shall make, keep and maintain a daily log, written in a form that can be easily understood, recording, in chronological order, all responses to valid complaints received, crimes reported, the names, addresses of persons arrested and the charges against such persons arrested. All entries in said daily logs shall, unless otherwise provided in law, be public records available without charge to the public during regular business hours and at all other reasonable times; provided, however, that any entry in a log which pertains to a handicapped individual who is physically or mentally incapacitated to the degree that said person is confined to a wheelchair or is bedridden or requires the use of a device designed to provide said person with mobility, any information concerning responses to reports of domestic violence, rape or sexual assault, or any entry concerning the arrest of a person for assault, assault and battery, or violation of a protective order where the victim is a family or household member, as defined in G.L. 209A, section 1,  shall be kept in a separate log and shall not be a public record nor shall such entry be disclosed to the public.

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