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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2061         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 720


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Anne M. Gobi, (BY REQUEST)


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 unreasonable or excessive noise.






Colette Whitby

44 Green Road

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2061        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 720

By Ms. Gobi of Spencer (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 720) of Colette Whitby relative to excessive noise in residential areas.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to unreasonable or excessive noise.

              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. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other general or special law to the contrary, no person shall make or cause to be made any unreasonable or excessive noise in any residential area in Massachusetts between the hours of 11:00 p.m and 7:00 a.m, by whatever means or from whatever means or from whatever source. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

              a. dBa shall mean A-weighted sound level in decibels, as measured by a general purpose sound level meter complying with the provisions of the American National Standard Institute, "Specifications far Sound Level Meter (ANSI SIR 19711)", properly calibrated, and operated on the "A" weighting network

              b. Load amplification device or similar equipment shall mean a radio, television, phonograph, stereo, record player, tape player, cassette player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or sound amplifier which is operated in such a manner that it creates unreasonable or excessive noise.

              c. Unreasonable or excessive noise shall mean

              1. Noise measured in excess of 50 dBa

              2. In the absence of an applicable noise level standard or regulation of the Air Pollution control commission, any noise plainly audible at a distance of three hundred (300) feet or, in the case of loud amplification devices of similar equipment, noise plainly audible at a distance of one hundred (100) feet from its source by a person of normal hearing

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