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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1825         FILED ON: 5/23/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1784

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Thomas M. McGee

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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 authorizing the city of Lynn to establish a program for enforcement against illegal dumping..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1825        FILED ON: 5/23/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1784

By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1784) of Thomas M. McGee, Robert F. Fennell, Steven M. Walsh, Lori A. Ehrlich and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council)  for legislation to authorize the city of Lynn to establish a program for enforcement against illegal dumping.  Municipalities and Regional Government.  [Local Approval Received.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act authorizing the city of Lynn to establish a program for enforcement against illegal dumping..
 

              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. Not withstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, it shall be unlawful for any person in the city of Lynn, directly or indirectly, to dump, place, throw, deposit or discharge any refuse, rubbish, garbage, household goods, appliances or furniture, construction debris, landscaping debris, scrap, trash or other material of any kind on any way, public or private, appearing on the official map of the city of Lynn, or within 20 yards thereof or on any land owned or controlled by the city.

              SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, it shall be unlawful for any person owning, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, any real property, including ownership of any right to pass and repass on a private way in the city of Lynn upon which any refuse, rubbish, garbage, household goods, appliances or furniture, construction debris, landscaping debris, scrap, trash or other material of any kind has been dumped, placed, thrown, deposited or discharged to fail to remove such material within 7 calendar days of receipt of a written notice from a police officer, code inspector or other officer or employee of the city of Lynn duly authorized by ordinance or order of the mayor to remove and lawfully dispose of such material.

              SECTION 3. The city of Lynn may enforce section 1 by issuing a citation with the penalty as described in Section 5 or prosecuting criminal or civil actions in the housing court, superior court, or the district court of Lynn and may enforce section 2 by issuing citation with the penalty as described in Section 5 or prosecuting civil actions in those courts. The City of Lynn Department of Inspectional Services, the Department of Public Works and/or the Lynn Police Department may issue such citations. No action commenced as a criminal action shall be converted to a civil enforcement action except with the consent of the city.

              SECTION 4. A person convicted of a violation of section 1 shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 7 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

              SECTION 5. A person found responsible in a civil action for a violation of section 1 or 2 shall be required to pay a civil penalty of 3 times the amount, up to a maximum of $5,000, estimated or actually paid by the city to remove the dumped material from the property. The court may also issue other orders and injunctions to remedy the circumstances of each case.

              SECTION 6. All fines and penalties collected for violations of this act shall be paid to the city of Lynn. Notwithstanding section 53 of chapter 44 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the city shall establish and maintain a Disposal Enforcement Fund into which all such payments shall be deposited. The city treasurer may invest funds in the fund in the manner authorized by sections 55 and 55B of said chapter 44 and any interest earned on the fund shall be credited to and become part of the account. The city shall appropriate and expend amounts from the account to finance the enforcement of this act, removing improperly deposited material from the property subject to this act and financing programs and personnel involved in the collection and lawful disposal of unwanted household goods generated by residents of the city.

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