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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 289        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1486


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James B. Eldridge


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 Relative to Tampering with Water Company Meters.

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James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Christopher J. Donelan

2nd Franklin

John F. Quinn

9th Bristol

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Richard J. Ross

9th Norfolk

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act Relative to Tampering with Water Company Meters.


              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 11 of Chapter 165 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the words “not more than one hundred dollars” and inserting in place thereof the following words :-- “triple the amount of damages sustained thereby or one thousand dollars, whichever is g reater” and by adding at the end of thereof the following new sentence:- “ Damages shall include the value of the water used and the cost of labor and equipment repair and replacement.”

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