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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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 37L of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “nineteen”, in line 5, the following words:- , and the reporting requirements relating to fires in section 2A of chapter 148.

SECTION 2. Chapter 148 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2 the following section:-
Section 2A. The principal of any public or private school that provides instruction to pupils in any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall immediately report any incident involving the unauthorized ignition of any fire within the school building or on school grounds to the local fire department. The principal shall submit a written report of the incident to the head of the fire department within 24 hours on a form furnished by the department of fire services. The report shall be filed without regard to the extent of the fire or whether there was a response by the fire department. The head of the fire department shall report such incident to the marshal in accordance with section 2.

Approved May 12, 2006.