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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3009         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2847

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Eugene L. O'Flaherty

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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 further defining the dissemination of obscene material.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Eugene L. O'Flaherty

2nd Suffolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Jennifer L. Flanagan

 

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3009        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2847

By Mr. O'Flaherty of Chelsea, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2847) of Eugene L. O'Flaherty and others relative to further defining the dissemination of obscene material.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act further defining the dissemination of obscene material.
 

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to make for the immediate protection of minors, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
 

              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 28 of Chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the section in its entirety and replacing it with the following:-

              Section 28. Whoever purposefully disseminates to a person or persons he knows or believes to be a minor any matter harmful to minors, as defined in section thirty-one, knowing it to be harmful to minors, and or has in his possession any such matter with the intent to disseminate the same to a person or persons he knows or believes to be a minor , shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars for the first offense, not less than five thousand nor more than twenty thousand dollars for the second offense, or not less than ten thousand nor more than thirty thousand dollars for the third and subsequent offenses, or by both such fine and imprisonment.  A person who disseminates an electronic communication does not violate this section unless he purposefully directs the communication to a person or persons he knows or believes to be a minor.   A prosecution commenced under this section shall not be continued without a finding nor placed on file. It shall be a defense in any prosecution under this section that the defendant was in a parental or guardianship relationship with the minor. It shall also be a defense in any prosecution under this section if the evidence proves that the defendant was a bona fide school, museum or library, or was acting in the course of his employment as an employee of such organization or of a retail outlet affiliated with and serving the educational purpose of such organization.

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