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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 101         FILED ON: 1/7/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1463


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



David Paul Linsky


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 .






David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 101        FILED ON: 1/7/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1463

By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1463) of David Paul Linsky and others for legislation to establish a penalty for parents, legal guardians or caretakers failing to report the death of a minor child.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3636 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



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.

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