HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 287        FILED ON: 1/13/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1449

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

David Paul Linsky

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act protecting children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 287        FILED ON: 1/13/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1449

By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1449) of David Paul Linsky for legislation to establish a penalty for parents, legal guardians or caretakers failing to report the death of a minor child.  The Judiciary.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1463 OF 2013-2014.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act protecting children.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.Chapter 269 of the General Laws be amended by adding the following new section:

Section  20:Whoever, being the parent, legal guardian, or caretaker of a minor child, and who has knowledge of the death of said minor child, and who fails to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel of the death of said minor child, within twenty-four hours of death, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years.