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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1916        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1560


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



George N. Peterson, Jr.


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 civil liability for protecting one's home.






George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1916        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1560

By Mr. Peterson of Grafton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1560) of George N. Peterson, Jr. and others relative to the indemnification of certain persons from civil proceedings for injuries or deaths of persons  unlawfully entering their dwelling.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2218 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to civil liability for protecting one's home.


              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 8A of chapter 278 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following paragraph:-

              If a person using this defense is found not guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, said person shall not be liable in civil proceedings for the injury or death of the person unlawfully in said dwelling.

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