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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 516         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 442


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



John D. Keenan


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 relative to historic homes.






John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Susan C. Fargo


Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 516        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 442

By Mr. Keenan of Salem, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 442) of John D. Keenan and others for legislation to impose a penalty for the damaging of historic homes.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to historic homes.

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

              Chapter 266 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 95 the following section: -

              Section 95A.

              In this section, “historic home” shall mean any dwelling house listed upon the register of the Massachusetts historical society and identified by a plaque identifying the homestead as an historic homestead.

              Whoever willfully, intentionally and without right removes items from, including, but not limited to, copper gutters, copper wiring, aluminum or brick; displaces, destroys, defaces, mars or injures the walls, wainscoting or any other part of any historical home, or the appurtenances there of, by cutting, breaking, writing or otherwise, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1000 or by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.  Any person convicted under the provisions of this section shall in addition to the fine assessed, reimburse the historic home owner for the total amount of damage incurred.

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