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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 696         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1192

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James E. Timilty

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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 relative to the illegal occupation of a building.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey

45 Shawmut Road

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 696        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1192

By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1192) of James E. Timilty, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, John H. Rogers, Bruce J. Ayers and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the illegal occupation of a building.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the illegal occupation of a building.
 

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

              Chapter 148 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 34D the following new section:

              Section 34E. (a) Any owner, occupant, lessee or other person having control or supervision of any building or structure, or representing that he has control or supervision of any building or structure, who, knowingly, recklessly or negligently, causes or allows said building to be illegally occupied, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $15,000 or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or both.

              For the purposes of this section, “illegally occupied” shall mean: —

              (1) Occupation of any dwelling unit created by formal or informal division or partition within a building or structure without issuance of a proper building permit and certificate of occupancy issued in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code.

              (2)Occupation of a building or structure without a certificate of use or occupancy, temporary certificate of use or a certificate certifying completion of work issued in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code.

              (3) Occupation of any dwelling unit created by formal or informal division or partition of space within a building or structure or occupation of any building or structure, without fully complying with all requirements for the same use group or compliance with the use group or occupying requirements specified in the certificate of occupancy or conditions and part of said certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code.

              (4) Occupation of any dwelling unit, building or structure in excess of the load capacity specified or referenced in the certificate of occupancy issued in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code.

              (5) Occupation of any dwelling unit, building or structure with insufficient or blocked or impeded ingress/egress as required by and in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code.

              (6) Occupation of a dwelling unit, building or structure where said dwelling unit building or structure does not contain an adequate fire protection or fire warning system or devices or where such systems or device was disabled or shutoff without the permission of the head of the fire department or not maintained as required by and in accordance with the provisions of the State Building Code, Chapter 148 or State Fire Code.

              (7) Occupation of a dwelling unit, building or structure, where such dwelling building or structure does not comply with the required provisions of Chapter 148 or the State Fire Code.

              (b) Whoever is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of paragraph (a) shall be punished by a fine of not more than $35,000 or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in a house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or both.

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