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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1047         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 764

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark C. Montigny

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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 relative to corporate criminal conduct..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1047        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 764

By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 764) of Mark C. Montigny, Benjamin Swan, Denise Provost and Bruce E. Tarr for legislation relative to corporate criminal conduct.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 822 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to corporate criminal conduct..
 

              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 13 of Chapter 265 of the general laws, as appearing in the 2010 official edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section after section 13M:-

              Section 13N. For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:-

              “Agent”, any person who works for, contracts with or receives any remuneration for work or for services for a corporation, foreign corporation or other entity.

              “Corporation”, a for profit or nonprofit domestic corporation, including its officers, directors, partners, principals, trustees or other executives of these entities.

              “Foreign corporation”, a for profit or nonprofit corporation incorporated under a law other than the laws of the commonwealth that does business in the commonwealth, including its officers, directors officers, partners, principals, trustees or other executives of these entities.

              “Other entity”, any association or entity other than a domestic or foreign corporation, a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation or a governmental or quasi-governmental organization. The term includes, without limitation, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, joint stock companies, business trusts and profit and not-for-profit unincorporated associations including the partners, principals, officers, directors, owners, trustees or members of these entities.

              “Serious bodily injury”, bodily injury which results in a permanent disfigurement, protracted loss or impairment of a bodily function, limb or organ, or substantial risk of death.

              Any corporation, foreign corporation or other entity that wantonly or recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death or wantonly or recklessly fails to take reasonable steps to alleviate such risk shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000,000 nor more than $10,000,000 if serious bodily injury results and by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by a fine of not less than $10,000,000 nor more than $50,000,000 if death results and by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 10 nor more than 25 years.

              For the purposes of this section, such wanton or reckless behavior occurs when a corporation, foreign corporation, other entity or an employee or agent of a corporation, foreign corporation or other entity is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his acts or omissions would result in serious bodily injury or death.

              Section 2. Any corporation, foreign corporation or other entity convicted under this section shall be debarred from doing business in the Commonwealth.

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