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Parking spaces for veterans

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and State Rep. RoseLee Vincent joined their colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass two bills to support Massachusetts’ veterans. These bills build upon the Commonwealth’s legacy as the first state in the nation for the number of programs and services it offers to military personnel, veterans and their families.

“I am immensely proud that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to military-benefit programs and services,” DeLeo said. “This legislation sends a message to our heroes and their families that we appreciate their bravery, sacrifice and service. While these two bills are small steps, the House is continuing its work in providing critical and well-deserved supports.”

“Each year around Veterans’ Day, I am proud that the House renews its commitment to ensuring our Commonwealth remains first in the nation for veterans services by passing legislation which benefits those who valiantly served our nation,” said Vincent.  “I want to thank Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Lawn for shepherding these two bills through the House.”

Under legislation passed by the House, every municipality in the Commonwealth will now designate one parking space at its town or city hall as “veterans-only parking.”

The House also took action to enable municipalities to more easily collect donations for their Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Celebration funds. This legislation allows cities and towns to include a check-off box on municipal tax or motor-vehicle-excise tax bills through which residents can pledge donations to be used for the creation and restoration of monuments and other activities that honor the contributions and sacrifices of local veterans.

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