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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2001         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1265

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

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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 establishing a penalty for failure to report a missing child.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2001        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1265

By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1265) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera for legislation to establish a penalty for failure to report a missing child.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3978 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An act establishing a penalty for failure to report a missing child.
 

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

              Section 7 of chapter 22A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              Any parent, legal guardian or caretaker of a child 12 years of age or younger who is missing shall be required to report the child missing to the appropriate law enforcement authorities within 8 hours, and shall provide said authorities with identifying data related to said missing child.  Whoever violates any provision of this paragraph shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in a state prison for not more than 3 years or imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by such fine and imprisonment.

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