PROTECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill to protect persons with disabilities by imposing up to a 1-year prison sentence on anyone who forces someone with a disability to have sexual intercourse.

Supporters said the state should do more to protect the disabled and impose longer jail time on these offenders.

Rep. Adam Scanlon (D-North Attleboro), the sponsor of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the approval of his bill.

CRIME VICTIMS’ PHOTOS (H 1917) – The House gave initial approval to a proposal that would prohibit first responders from taking photos of crime scene victims, accidents or emergencies unless it is in the course of their official duties or with the consent of the victim or, if the victim is unable to consent, an immediate family member of the victim.

Supporters said accident victims should not be put on public display by first-responders who are entrusted with caring for them. They noted the photos are often posted online.

Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) and Rep. Joe Wagner (D-Chicopee) the co-sponsors of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the approval of their bill. S (H 1870) – The House gave initial approval to a bill to protect persons with disabilities by imposing up to a 1-year prison sentence on anyone who forces someone with a disability to have sexual intercourse.

Supporters said the state should do more to protect the disabled and impose longer jail time on these offenders.

Rep. Adam Scanlon (D-North Attleboro), the sponsor of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the approval of his bill.

CRIME VICTIMS’ PHOTOS (H 1917) – The House gave initial approval to a proposal that would prohibit first responders from taking photos of crime scene victims, accidents or emergencies unless it is in the course of their official duties or with the consent of the victim or, if the victim is unable to consent, an immediate family member of the victim.

Supporters said accident victims should not be put on public display by first-responders who are entrusted with caring for them. They noted the photos are often posted online.

Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) and Rep. Joe Wagner (D-Chicopee) the co-sponsors of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the approval of their bill.

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