SECTION 1. Section 53G of chapter 44 of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the first sentence the following paragraph:-
Such rules shall require that the city or town establish and update as necessary a list of approved outside consultants having the minimum qualifications in one or more fields in which the local permitting boards or commission reasonably expect to require outside consultants in reviewing applications. The list shall be certified by the city clerk or town clerk and shall contain not less than three outside consultants in each field. The applicant shall have the right to select the outside consultant(s) from the certified list and to request and receive a proposal from each consultant prior to making such selection. An applicant or petitioner shall not be charged with the travel costs of an outside consultant. Where a proposed project requires the review and approval of more than one local board, commission, or official, the respective local boards, commissions, and officials shall coordinate in their use of outside consultants in order to avoid unnecessary duplication.
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