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THE REVERE ADVOCATE
- Friday, March 17, 2017
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who have green cards (law-
ful permanent residents) to
reimburse the state for any
means-tested state assistance
the immigrant receives from
taking effect, until after the
state conducts a study of the
current system and receives
any federal waivers neces-
sary.
Some suppor ters of the
study said the House should
get more information pri-
or to voting on this. Oth-
ers said they simply oppose
the mean-spirited measure
meant to hurt legal residents
who through no fault of their
own need some assistance.
They noted that the state
shouldn’t be punishing eligi-
ble individuals who have be-
come estranged or discon-
nected from their sponsor.
Opponents of the delay
questioned why the state
is providing these benefits
when each green card hold-
er is required by law to have
a sponsor who has promised
to be financially responsible
for that person.
The roll call vote is on the
amendment to study, rather
than vote directly on requir-
ing sponsors to reimburse the
state.
(A “Yes” vote is for the
study. A “No” vote is against
the study.)
Rep. Robert DeLeo Yes
Rep. RoseLee Vincent
Wasnot
yet elected
ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC
HOUSING (H 3400)
The House considered a
GOP-sponsored proposal to
require applicants and house-
holdmembers over the age of
18 to provide a social security
number upon application for
public housing and prohibit
anyone who does not supply
the number from being eligi-
ble for housing.
House 115-44, then ap-
proved a Democratic leader-
ship-sponsored amendment
replacing the Republican pro-
posal with a new one requir-
ing the state to establish rules
and regulations regarding the
disclosure and verification of
social security numbers for
applicants of public or subsi-
dized housing.
The new proposal also re-
quires the Depar tment of
Housing and Community De-
velopment to study and sub-
mit a report on the matter of
public housing eligibility by
July 1, 2016. The report would
include the number of appli-
cants and household mem-
bers for state-assisted public
housing who would be un-
able to access it if required to
submit a social security num-
ber on their application.
Supporters of the new pro-
posal said the earlier one
goes too far and wi l l not
solve any problems. They ar-
gued the new proposal is a
thoughtful and fair approach
to this problem.
Opponents of the new pro-
posal said the earlier proposal
is simple and effective: if you
don’t provide a social securi-
ty number, you are not eligi-
ble for public housing. They
argued it is unfair to provide
housing to illegal immigrants.
The roll call vote is on the
amendment to study, rather
than vote directly on requir-
ing a social security number.
(A “Yes” vote is for the study. A
“No” vote is against the study.)
Rep. Robert DeLeo
Yes
Rep. RoseLee Vincent
Yes
PUNISH “SANCTUARY”
CITIESANDTOWNS (H4200)
House 34-124, rejected
a Republ i can- sponsored
amendment that would with-
hold local aid from any cities
or towns that do not enforce
federal immigration laws.
The withholding would also
apply to communities that
have established themselves
as “sanctuary” cities or towns
that offer protection in a va-
riety of ways to illegal immi-
grants.
Amendment suppor ters
said cities and towns that
encourage law-breaking are
hurting this nation. They ar-
gued the state should do ev-
erything it can to dissuade
those who seek to come here
illegally.
Some opponents said the
amendment is a mean-spir-
ited political stunt and ques-
tioned why supporters would
want to punish students by
taking away local aid from
their schools. Others said the
amendment is unenforce-
able, just like a municipali-
ty declaring itself a sanctu-
ary city is nothing but sym-
bolism.
(A “Yes” vote is for cutting
off local aid to sanctuary cit-
ies and towns. A “No” vote is
against cutting it off.)
Rep. Robert DeLeo
No
Rep. RoseLee Vincent
No
HOW LONG WAS LAST
WEEK’S SESSION?
Beacon
Hill Roll Call tracks the length
of time that the House and
Senate were in session each
week. Many legislators say
that legislative sessions are
only one aspect of the Leg-
islature’s job and that a lot of
important work is done out-
side of the House and Sen-
ate chambers. They note that
their jobs also involve com-
mittee work, research, con-
stituent work and other mat-
ters that are important to
their districts. Critics say that
the Legislature does not meet
regular ly or long enough
to debate and vote in pub-
lic view on the thousands of
pieces of legislation that have
been filed. They note that the
infrequency and brief length
of sessions are misguided
and lead to irresponsible late
night sessions and amad rush
to act on dozens of bills in the
days immediately preceding
the end of an annual session.
During the week of March
6-10, the House met for a to-
tal of 22minutes and the Sen-
ate met for a total of six min-
utes.
MON. MARCH6
House11:03a.m. to11:13a.m.
Senate11:05a.m.to11:08a.m.
TUES.MARCH7
NoHouse session
No Senate session
WED. MARCH8
NoHouse session
No Senate session
THURS. MARCH9
House11:03a.m. to11:15a.m.
Senate11:08a.m.to11:11a.m.
FRI. MARCH 10
No House session
No Senate session
Bob Katzen welcomes
feedback at
bob@beaconhillrollcall.com
VA FUNDS FERTILITY
SERVICES
C
ombat wounded Veterans hoping to start a family but
have struggled with infertility now have relief with VA
funded fertility services.Because of the nature of combat,
particularly due to improvised explosive devices, Veterans
have suffered greater rates of spinal cord and genital inju-
ries than in past conflicts.As a result Veterans have been un-
able to conceive naturally.Fertility treatments and adoption
costs are not only costly but inmany instances prohibitive.As
a result of recent legislation the VA is required to pay for as-
sisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization
and provide compensation for adoption expenses.It is up
to the VA now to quickly put into effect rules and policies to
ensure that this benefit is available to all Veterans that qual-
ify.While this benefit is new to Veterans it is available to ac-
tive-duty service members through the Department of De-
fense.For qualifying combat woundedVeterans this couldbe
a dream come true with the now ability to start a family.
Thank you for your service.
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1. Japan
2. Scallion
3. Umbilicus
4. Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. Yes
6. Boston’s
7. “Taxi”
8. Rachel Carson
9. Massasoit
10. The Danube
11. 87
12. The sperm whale
13. Fannie Farmer
14. The Boston Celtics
15. Ireland
16. 5th
17. John Sebastian
18. Saratoga, N.Y.
19. Blarney Castle in Ireland
20. “The festival of colors” or “the
festival of love”
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