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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1828         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1764

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael F. Kane

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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 injury caused by poles.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael F. Kane

5th Hampden

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1828        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1764

By Mr. Kane of Holyoke, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1764) of Michael F. Kane and others relative to injuries caused by poles, wires, cables and other apparatus.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1513 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to injury caused by poles.
 

              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 42 of Chapter 166 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new paragraphs:-

              Upon the request of a public safety official of a city or town which has established a municipal lighting plant, a municipal lighting plant and its employees and contractors may remove, move or relocate any wire, cable, apparatus or pole belonging to any person or entity . Such municipal lighting plant and its employees and contractors shall not be liable in damages to any person injured in his person or property (including without limitation, the owner of the wire, cable, apparatus or pole) arising from or related to the removal, moving or relocation of said pole, wire, cable or other apparatus.

              If such public safety official or municipal light plant employee notifies the owner of any wire, cable, apparatus or pole and requests the owner to remove, move or relocate same, and such owner does not respond within two hours, and in the case of an emergency as determined by such public safety official or municipal lighting employee, said municipal lighting plant may bill said owner for all costs incurred by the municipal lighting plant in effecting such removal, moving or relocation, including labor, materials and use of vehicles expended by the municipal lighting plant. Said owner shall pay such costs to the municipal lighting plant within 30 days of receipt of the invoice for same.

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