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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 701         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 718


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sal N. DiDomenico


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 relating to assault and battery on public employees.






Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 701        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 718

By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 718) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael J. Rodrigues, Martin J. Walsh, Tackey Chan and other members of the General Court for legislation relating to assault and battery on public employees.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relating to assault and battery on public employees.

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to protect public and health care workers from being inhibited in their duties due to assault and battery, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

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

              Sections 13D and 13I of Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, are hereby amended by inserting after the final sentence in each section, the following sentence:-

              Any officer authorized to make arrests may arrest without a warrant any person who the officer has probable cause to believe has committed the above offense and may keep said person in custody for not more than 24 hours, or until the next sitting of the court, during which period the officer shall seek the issuance of a complaint and request a bail determination.

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