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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1462         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1389

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Richard T. Moore

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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 automated sales suppression devices.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1462        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1389

By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1389) of Richard T. Moore for legislation relative to automated sales suppression devices.  Revenue. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to automated sales suppression devices.
 

              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.  Section 1 of chapter 62C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following definitions:-

              “Automated sales suppression device” or “zapper”, a software program, carried on any memory storage device, accessed through an Internet link or accessed through any other means, that falsifies or manipulates the electronic records of point-of-sale systems for the purpose of tax evasion;

              “Electronic cash register”, a device that keeps a register or supporting documents through the means of an electronic device or computer system designed to record transaction data for the purpose of computing, compiling or processing retail sales transaction data in whatever manner;

              “Phantom-ware”, a hidden programming option embedded in the operating system of an electronic cash register that can be used to create a virtual second record or may eliminate or manipulate records that may or may not be preserved in digital formats to represent the true or manipulated record of transactions in the electronic cash register.

              SECTION 2.  Said chapter 62C of the General Laws is hereby further amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-

              Section 90. It shall be unlawful to willfully and knowingly sell, purchase, install, transfer or possess any automated sales suppression device, zapper, or phantom-ware.  Any person found to be in possession of or utilizing said device shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or fifty thousand dollars in the case of a corporation, or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or both such fine and imprisonment. 

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