SECTION 1: Paragraph A of section 99 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the last subparagraph and inserting in place thereof the following 2 subparagraphs:-
The general court further finds that in certain circumstances normal investigative procedures may not be effective in the investigation of specific illegal acts not associated with organized crime as described in clause 7 of paragraph B. Therefore, law enforcement officials may use modern methods of electronic surveillance, under strict judicial supervision, when investigating those specific crimes.
The general court further finds that the uncontrolled development and unrestricted use of modern electronic surveillance devices pose grave dangers to the privacy of all citizens of the commonwealth. Therefore, the secret use of such devices by private individuals shall be prohibited. The use of such devices by law enforcement officials shall be conducted under strict judicial supervision and shall be limited to the investigation of designated offenses as defined in clause 7 of paragraph B.
SECTION 2. Paragraph B of section 99 of chapter 272, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out clause 7 and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
7. The term “designated offense” shall include (a) the following offenses in connection with organized crime as defined in the preamble: the illegal use, possession, theft, transfer or trafficking of one or more firearms, rifles, shotguns, sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, assault weapons, large capacity weapons, covert weapons as defined by section 121 of chapter 140, or silencers; any arson; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; bribery; any felony burglary; money laundering in violation of chapter 267A; enterprise crime in violation of chapter 271A; extortion; forgery; gaming in violation of sections 38, 39, 40, 41 and 43 of chapter 23K and sections 16A and 17 of chapter 271; kidnapping; any felony larceny; lending of money or things of value in violation of the general laws; perjury; any felony involving prostitution; robbery; subornation of perjury; any violation of section 13B of chapter 268; any violation of this section; being an accessory to any of the foregoing offenses; and conspiracy, attempt or solicitation to commit any of the foregoing offenses; and
(b) the following offenses, whether or not in connection with organized crime, as referenced in paragraph 3 of the preamble: any murder or manslaughter, except under section 13 ½ of chapter 265; rape as defined in sections 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 23, 23A, 23B, 24, and 24B of chapter 265; human trafficking in violation of sections 50 through 53 of chapter 265; any violation of chapter 94C involving the trafficking, manufacture, distribution of, or intent to distribute controlled substances; illegal trafficking in weapons; the illegal use or possession of explosives or chemical, radiological or biological weapons; civil rights violation causing bodily injury; intimidation of a witness or potential witness, or a judge, juror, grand juror, prosecutor, defense attorney, probation officer or parole officer; being an accessory to any of the foregoing offenses; and conspiracy, attempt or solicitation to commit any of the foregoing offenses.
SECTION 3. Paragraph I of said section 99 of said chapter 272, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the word “thirty” in line 368 and inserting in place thereof the figure “40”; by striking out the word “fifteen” in line 370 and inserting in place thereof the figure “30”; and by striking out the word “thirty-day” in line 371 and inserting in place thereof the word:- “40-day”.
SECTION 4. Paragraph J of said section 99 of said chapter 272, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out in line 405 the words “fifteen (15)” and inserting in place thereof the words “thirty (30)”.
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