SECTION 1. Section 17A Section 31 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following new paragraphs:-
In a municipality with a municipal agricultural commission, established pursuant to section 8L of chapter 40, the board of health shall, prior to enacting any regulations that impact farmers markets as defined in 105 CMR 590.001, farms as defined in section 1A of chapter 128, and the non-commercial keeping of poultry, livestock, and bees as well as non-commercial production of fruit, vegetables and horticultural plants, shall provide the municipal agricultural commission with a copy of the proposed regulation. The municipal agricultural commission shall have a 45-day review period, during which the commission may hold a public meeting, and may provide written comments and recommendations to the board of health relative to the proposed regulations. Upon a majority vote of the members, the agricultural commission may waive the 45-day review period.
If the board of health determines that an emergency exists, the board or its authorized agent, acting in accordance with the provisions of section 30 of chapter 11, may, without notice of a hearing, issue an order reciting the existence of the emergency and requiring that such action be taken as the board of health deems necessary to address the emergency. The board of health shall comply with the local enforcement emergency procedures outlined in 105 CMR 400.200(B).
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