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 1-2-1 of the charter of the town of Southbridge, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The town of Southbridge shall be governed by those General Laws applicable to towns where the laws of the commonwealth distinguish between towns and cities and all the provisions of law applicable to the town of Southbridge, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter; provided, however, that chapter 40, of the General Laws of section 32 shall not apply to the town of Southbridge.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, all actions taken as of July 1, 2004 , by the town of Southbridge and the town council of the town of Southbridge in accordance with those General Laws applicable to towns shall be ratified, validated and confirmed as though this act had been in effect as of July 1, 2004 .
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved January 19, 2006 .