SECTION 1. The cities of Newburyport and Amesbury and the towns of Merrimac and Salisbury, or any two or more of them, may establish a regional veterans' services district under the provisions of section 10 of chapter 115 of the General Laws, notwithstanding that said section 10 limits participation in such a district to adjacent municipalities and only one city per district. Such district shall, other than as set forth herein, comply with the provisions of said section 10 and shall be known as the Hines/Shay Veterans’ District.
SECTION 2. Said district may continue so long as the combined population of the cities of Newburyport and Amesbury shall not, by reference to the most recent US Census data, exceed 50,000. In any year in which the combined population of the cities of Newburyport and Amesbury is determined, by reference to the most recent US Census data, to exceed 50,000, the members of said district shall convene a district meeting. The purpose of such district meeting shall be to address a method of reforming the district in compliance with the population requirements of this Act and to establish a reasonable time frame in which to accomplish the transition necessary to such reformation without sacrificing services to the veterans for each community involved in such transition.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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