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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1647        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



John D. Keenan and Joan B.  Lovely


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

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1647        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

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By Representative Keenan of Salem and Senator Lovely, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1424) of John D. Keenan, Joan B. Lovely and others for legislation to impose a penalty for the damaging of historic homes.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 442 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



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:

              An Act relative to historic homes

              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 listed in the State Register of Historic Places established and maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission pursuant to G. L. c. 9, section 26C or  identified by a plaque identifying the homestead  as an historic homestead pursuant to G. L. c. 9, section 27D.

              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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