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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 532        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

SENATE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 155


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Mr. Morrissey (BY REQUEST)


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 passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act to regulate the sale and use of microwave ovens.






Don Kusser

173 Edgewater Dr.
Quincy, MA 02169

SEE SENATE, NO. S00203 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act to regulate the sale and use of microwave ovens.


Whereas , The deferred operation for this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to make that across the nation and here in the commonwealth, a rash of violence has occurred to small children and animals involving the use of the residential microwave oven, and; Whereas, upon its passage this act shall be referred to as Jessie s Law , therefor e 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.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the office of consumer affairs and business regulations shall establish minimum safety requirements for all microwave ovens sold and operated in the commonwealth including but not limited to the following:  

( i ) a microwave oven must not be large enough to be able to fit an infant child or small animal into;

(ii) a microwave oven must not operate at more than 500 watts;

(iii) all microwave ovens sold in the commonwealth must be equipped with a motion sensor in the oven designed to detect a living person or animal and immediately turn off the cooking mechanism;

(iv) all microwave ovens sold in the commonwealth must pass a drop test to ensure no leakage of radiation;

(v) all microwave ovens in the commonwealth must be registered and equipped with a locking device;

(vi) any microwave oven purchased on the internet to be operated in the commonwealth must conform to Massachusetts regulations;

(vii) no microwave oven may be sold at a yard sale or flea market;

(viii) only one microwave oven permitted per residence;

(ix) any residence equipped with an oven is prohibited from possessing a microwave oven;

(x) anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from operating a microwave oven;

(xi) all microwave ovens sold in the commonwealth must only be done so by a licensed dealer; and

(xii) a buyer of a microwave oven must sign a document at time of sale affirming they know and understand the requirements herein.

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