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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2561         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2656


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jerald A. Parisella


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 increasing access to medical care for veterans.






Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Bruce E. Tarr


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2561        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2656

By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2656) of Dykema and others for legislation to authorize certain veterans to use  facilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit authorities without cost to such veterans Joint Committee on Transportation.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3786 OF 2009-2010.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act increasing access to medical care for veterans.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 5 of Chapter 161A of the General Laws is hereby 2 amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:— (s) The authority and any regional or local transportation authority in the Commonwealth shall permit any veteran, as certified by the United States Department of Defense, to use commuter rail, subway, bus, shuttle and boat services at no cost to said veteran; provided that said veteran is utilizing transportation to travel to or from a Veterans Administration hospital for medical care; and provided further, that said veteran presents proof of a medical appointment on the date of travel in the form of a notice from the Veterans Administration indicating the veteran’s name and the date and location of said appointment.              

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