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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 567         FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1014

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Benjamin B. Downing

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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 ensuring access to line-drying.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 567        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1014

By Mr. Downing, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1014) of Downing for legislation to ensure acces to line-drying [Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government].


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act ensuring access to line-drying.
 

              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. Chapter 40 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 21E the following section:-

              Section 21F.

              (a) As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:

                                 "Legal instrument", a municipal ordinance, bylaw or regulation; a rule, bylaw or regulation of an association of property owners; a deed restriction, restrictive covenant, contract or similar binding agreements.

                                 "Solar clothes-drying device", a clothesline, drying rack or other equipment used for solar drying of clothing.

              (b) In a city or town which accepts this section, no legal instrument shall unreasonably prohibit the installation or use of solar clothes-drying devices on residential property, except as necessary to protect public health and safety.

              (c) This section shall not apply to condominium common areas and facilities as defined in section 1 of chapter 183a.

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