SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, and in addition to the types of municipal fines covered by the adoption of the provisions of chapter 40U of the General Laws, the City of Boston is hereby authorized to apply the procedures under chapter 40U for enforcing the payment of municipal fines for violations of dog laws as defined herein.
SECTION 2. For purposes of this act, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
“Dog law”, any provision of the Boston Municipal Code or General Laws relating to the regulation of dogs, a violation which is punishable by a municipal fine, including, but not limited to, chapters 16-1.9 through 16.1.9F and 16.1.10A of the City of Boston Municipal Code.
“Dog Officer”, the Dog Officer of the City of Boston as identified in chapter 14-5 and chapter 16-1.9C of the City of Boston Municipal Code or his designee.
“Hearing officer”, a person appointed by the Mayor of Boston or his designee to conduct hearings of alleged code violations pursuant to this chapter.
SECTION 3. The City of Boston may maintain or adopt procedures for the payment of municipal fines for violations of dog laws separate from those procedures described in chapter 40U of the General Laws.
SECTION 4. The City of Boston may implement a system for the administrative disposition of noncriminal violations pursuant to section 21D of chapter 40.
SECTION 5. The Dog Officer and Boston Police Department of the City of Boston shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce this act. Any ordinance adopted under the authority of this act, together with any related regulation, operating procedures or practices, may include such additional terms and provisions consistent with the purposes of this act.
SECTION 6. The provisions of this act shall take effect upon its passage.
SECTION 7. If any of the above sections are determined to not be constitutional under the law, the remainder of the provisions shall remain valid.
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