Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 12 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Whoever puts up at a hotel, motel, inn, lodging house or boarding house and, without having an express agreement for credit, procures food, entertainment or accommodation without paying therefor, and with intent to cheat or defraud the owner or keeper thereof; or, with such intent, obtains credit at a hotel, motel, inn, lodging house or boarding house for such food, entertainment or accommodation by means of any false show of baggage or effects brought thereto; or with such intent, removes or causes to be removed any baggage or effects from a hotel, motel, or inn while a lien exists thereon for the proper charges due from him for fare and board furnished therein, shall, if the value of food, entertainment or accommodation exceeds one hundred dollars, be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than two years, or by a fine of not more than six hundred dollars, or if the value of the food, entertainment or accommodation does not exceed one hundred dollars, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars; and whoever, without having an express agreement for credit, procures food or beverage from a common victualler without paying therefor and with intent to cheat or defraud shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than three months.
SECTION 2. Chapter 231 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 94B, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 94B. In an action for false arrest or false imprisonment brought by any person by reason of having been detained for questioning on or in the immediate vicinity of the premises of a merchant or an innkeeper, if such person was detained in a reasonable manner and for not more than a reasonable length of time by a person authorized to make arrests or by the merchant or innkeeper or his agent or servant authorized for such purpose and if there were reasonable grounds to believe that the person so detained was committing or attempting to commit a violation of section thirty A of chapter two hundred and sixty-six, or section twelve of chapter one hundred and forty, or was committing or attempting to commit larceny of goods for sale on such premises or larceny of the personal property of employees or customers or others present on such premises, it shall be a defense to such action.