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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3033         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1198

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Matthew A. Beaton

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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 enhancing the enforcement of illegal hunting practices.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3033        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1198

By Mr. Beaton of Shrewsbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1198) of Matthew A. Beaton and others for legislation to increase the penalties for violations of certain hunting laws.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act enhancing the enforcement of illegal hunting practices.
 

              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 21A of chapter 131 of the general laws, is hereby amended by striking out, in the last paragraph, the figure "$300" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $1000.

              SECTION 2. Said Section 21A of chapter 131 of the general laws, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the last paragraph, the figure "$1000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $5000.

              SECTION 3. Section 34 of chapter 131 of the general laws, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the first paragraph, the words "eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, sixty-five, sixty-eight, seventy-three, seventy-five.

              SECTION 4. Section 34 of chapter 131 of the general laws, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the first paragraph, the words "or for fishing, hunting or trapping outside the season established under section five, or for the unlawful taking or possession of a deer,"

              SECTION 5. Section 34 of chapter 131 of the general laws, is hereby further amended by inserting the following paragraph after the last paragraph:- A license, permit, or certificate issued under a provision of this chapter, except a license issued under clauses (3), (4) or (6) of section twenty-three, held by a person found guilty of, or convicted of, or assessed in any manner after a plea of nolo contendere, or penalized for, a violation of section five, ten, eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, sixty-five, sixty-eight, seventy-three, seventy-five, or eighty-five, for which that particular license, permit, or certificate was issued, such particular license, permit, or certificate shall be void, and shall immediately be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter. Said person or a person acting on his behalf shall not be given or make application for, that particular license, permit or certificate with respect to the violation for which said person was found guilty or penalized as aforesaid, during the period of not less than one year and not more than three years from the date such person was found guilty or penalized, and such particular license, permit or certificate so issued shall be void and shall be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter.

              A license, permit, or certificate issued under a provision of this chapter, except a license issued under clauses (3), (4) or (6) of section twenty-three, held by a person found guilty of, or convicted of, or assessed in any manner after a plea of nolo contendere, or penalized for, a second violation of section five, ten, eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, sixty-five, sixty-eight, seventy-three, seventy-five, or eighty-five, for which that particular license, permit, or certificate was issued, such particular license, permit, or certificate shall be void, and shall immediately be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter. Said person or a person acting on his behalf shall not be given or make application for, that particular license, permit or certificate with respect to the violation for which said person was found guilty or penalized as aforesaid, during the period of not less than three years and not more than ten years from the date such person was found guilty or penalized, and such particular license, permit or certificate so issued shall be void and shall be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter.

              A license, permit, or certificate issued under a provision of this chapter, except a license issued under clauses (3), (4) or (6) of section twenty-three, held by a person found guilty of, or convicted of, or assessed in any manner after a plea of nolo contendere, or penalized for, a third or subsequent violation of section five, ten, eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, sixty-five, sixty-eight, seventy-three, seventy-five, or eighty-five, for which that particular license, permit, or certificate was issued, such particular license, permit, or certificate shall be void, and shall immediately be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter. Said person or a person acting on his behalf shall not be given or make application for, that particular license, permit or certificate with respect to the violation for which said person was found guilty or penalized as aforesaid, during the period of not less than ten years and not more than a lifetime from the date such person was found guilty or penalized, and such particular license, permit or certificate so issued shall be void and shall be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter.

              SECTION 6. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby amended by striking out, in the first paragraph, the words "five, ten, eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, eighty-five or"

              SECTION 7. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by inserting the following paragraph after the first paragraph:- Whoever violates any provision of section five, ten , eleven, thirty-two, sixty-two, eighty-five, or any rule or regulation made under authority thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than ninety days, or both such fine and imprisonment; in addition, for each bird or mammal other than a deer, bear or turkey unlawfully killed, taken, held or possessed, or for each nest or egg unlawfully taken, molested, distributed or destroyed, by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than two hundred  dollars; and for each deer unlawfully killed or unlawfully possessed, by a fine of not less than five  hundred nor more than three  thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment; and for each bear unlawfully killed or unlawfully possessed, by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment; and for each turkey unlawfully killed or unlawfully possessed, by a fine of not less than five  hundred nor more than three  thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.

              SECTION 8. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the second paragraph, the words "five hundred" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- one thousand.

              SECTION 9. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the second paragraph, the word "two" and inserting in place thereof the following word:- five.

              SECTION 10. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the second paragraph, the word "six" and inserting in place thereof the following word:- twelve.

              SECTION 11. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the third paragraph, the word "sixty-eight"

              SECTION 12. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by inserting the following paragraph after the third paragraph:- Whoever violates any provision of section sixty eight, or of any rule or regulation made under authority thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than three thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

              SECTION 13. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out the fourth paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:- Whoever violates any provision of section twenty-two, or of any rule or regulation made under authority thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both for each fish, bird or mammal, other than a deer, bear, or moose, unlawfully bought, sold, bartered, exchanged, offered or exposed for sale, or had in possession for the purpose of sale, and in case of a deer, by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than five  thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, and in the case of a bear, by a fine of not less than two thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, and in the case of a moose, not less than one thousand nor more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Any person found guilty of, or convicted of, any violation of this section who is the holder of any hunting or sporting license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall forthwith lose any rights thereunder, and said license shall be surrendered to any officer empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter and no other hunting or sporting license shall be granted to him for a period not less than one year nor more than lifetime.

              SECTION 14. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the sixth paragraph, the following words "sixty-five"

              SECTION 15. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by inserting the following paragraph after the sixth paragraph:- Whoever violates any provision of section sixty-five shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than three thousand hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both.

              SECTION 16. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the ninth paragraph, the words "one hundred" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- three hundred.

              SECTION 17. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in the ninth paragraph, the words "five hundred" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- one thousand.

              SECTION 18. Section 90 of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby further amended by striking out the eleventh paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:- Whoever violates any provision of section seventy-five A shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand  nor more than ten thousand  dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months or both; and such person, subject to the provisions of section thirty-four, shall not be issued a license or permit or certificate under authority of any provision of this chapter during the period of not less than three years nor more than a lifetime from the date of being found guilty or penalized as aforesaid.

              SECTION 19. Section 90A of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence of the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:- Any person who hunts, traps, or fishes in the commonwealth when that person’s privilege to conduct such activity has been suspended or revoked in any jurisdiction of the United States or Canada for an offense that would constitute a violation of section ten, thirteen, twenty-two, sixty-one, sixty-two, sixty-four, sixty-five, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy-three, seventy-four, seventy-five, seventy-five A, seventy-nine, eighty, eighty A, or eighty-two, shall be punished consistent with the penalties assessed for hunting, trapping, or fishing without a license in violation of Section 11 of this Chapter.  Any person who fails to immediately return a license in violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than two hundred dollars.

              SECTION 20. Section 90B of chapter 131 of the general laws is hereby added with the following paragraphs:- Section 90B.  Penalties for Multiple Offenses

              Whoever violates any provision of section five, twenty-two, sixty-five, or sixty-eight, or any rule or regulation made under authority thereof, and has thereby violated  any of these sections, rules, or regulations with respect to three or more animals of any species covered by this section within the preceding ten years, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than fifteen thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than five years in state prison, or both such fine and imprisonment.

              The penalties set forth in this section shall apply to the violation in which the total number of animals involved in violations by the person within the last ten years reaches three or more animals, and also shall apply to every violation thereafter. 

              Species covered by this section are deer, turkey, moose, fisher, bobcat, bear, any bird of prey as defined in section seventy-five A of this chapter, and any endangered, threatened, or special concern species included on the official Massachusetts List of Endangered Wildlife and Wild Plants established pursuant to section four of chapter one-hundred thirty-one A.

              Any person penalized pursuant to this section shall immediately surrender to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter any license, permit, or certificate issued under a provision of this chapter for which said person was found guilty or penalized, except a license issued under clauses (3), (4) or (6) of section twenty-three, and such surrendered license, permit, or certificate shall be void.  Said person or a person acting on his behalf shall not be given or make application for, that particular license, permit or certificate with respect to the violation as aforesaid, during the period of not less than ten years and not more than a lifetime from the date such person was found guilty or penalized, and any license, permit or certificate so issued shall be void and shall be surrendered to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter.

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