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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3823        FILED ON: 1/16/2009

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Geraldo Alicea


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 Prohibit Novelty Lighters.






Geraldo Alicea

6th Worcester

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Elizabeth Poirier

14th Bristol

Jennifer M. Callahan

18th Worcester

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act to Prohibit Novelty Lighters.


              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 52A of Chapter 146 of the General Laws,  as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition,  is hereby amended by adding the following new section:-

Section 52B.   No person shall manufacture, store, keep for sale, sell, give away, or transport any novel ty lighter.  For the purposes of this section, a novelty lighter is defined as a mechanical or electrical device typically used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes that has audio or visual effects, or that resembles in physical form or function artic les commonly recognized as appealing to or intended for use by children 10 years of age or younger. This includes, but is not limited to, lighter that resemble cartoon character, toys, guns, watches, musical instruments, vehicles, toy animal, food or bever ages, or that play musical notes or have flashing lights or other entertaining features.  A novelty lighter may operate on any fuel, including butane or liquid fuel.  This section shall not apply to novelty lighters that were manufactured before January 1, 1980 or that are considered to be collectable items.

              Whoever manufactures, stores, keeps for sale, sells, gives away, or transports any novelty lighters shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 dollars.

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