SECTION 1. Section 52 of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as amended by chapter 69 of the Acts of 2018, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Delinquent child” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
“Delinquent child”, a child between 9 and 18 years of age who commits any offense against a law of the commonwealth; provided, however, that such offense shall not include a civil infraction, a violation of any municipal ordinance or town by-law or a first offense of a misdemeanor for which the punishment is a fine, imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months or both such fine and imprisonment.
SECTION 2. Section 54 of said chapter 119, as amended by chapter 69 of the Acts of 2018, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 2, the figure “12” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 9.
SECTION 3. This act shall go into effect immediately upon its passage.
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