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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4098        FILED ON: 2/12/2014

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3919

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Denise Provost and Patricia D. Jehlen

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the charter of the city of Somerville.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Dennis Sullivan

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Courteney O'Keefe

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Rebekah Gewirtz

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Tony LaFuente

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

John Connolly

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Maureen Bastardi

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Bruce Desmond

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Joe Curtatone

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

William White

93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4098        FILED ON: 2/12/2014

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3919

By Representative Provost of Somerville and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3919) of Denise Provost, Patricia D. Jehlen and others (with the approval of the mayor and board of aldermen) relative to the charter of the city of Somerville.  Municipalities and Regional Government.  [Local Approval Received.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen

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An Act relative to the charter of the city of Somerville.

 

              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. Chapter 240 of the acts of 1899 is hereby amended by striking out section 7, as most recently amended by chapter 400 of the acts of 2012, and inserting in place thereof the following section:

              Section 7.  If there is no choice of mayor or if the person elected mayor shall refuse to accept the office or shall die before qualifying, or if a vacancy in said office shall occur 5 months or more prior to any regular municipal election, the board of aldermen shall immediately order a special election, and the same proceedings shall be had in all respects as are provided for the election of a mayor under this charter and shall be repeated until the election of a mayor is completed. If the vacancy in the office of mayor shall occur less than 5 months prior to any regular municipal election, it shall be filled by the board of aldermen from amongst its members by a majority vote of all its members.  If the full number of members in the office of alderman-at-large has not been elected, or if a vacancy occurs in the office of alderman-at-large for any cause, the city clerk shall within 5 calendar days notify the board of aldermen and the chairperson of the board of election commissioners of such vacancy.  Within 5 calendar days after notification, the chairperson of the board of election commissioners, or a designee, shall certify, in writing, to the city clerk that the defeated candidate for the office of alderman-at-large with the next highest number of votes at the regular municipal election at which aldermen-at-large were elected for the term in which the vacancy occurs shall serve as alderman-at-large, and if such individual is eligible and willing to serve, the city clerk shall administer the oath of office to such individual within 15 calendar days after said certification, to serve as alderman-at-large for the unexpired term.  If the person who is eligible declines the office, is not eligible and willing to serve or fails to take such oath of office within the time period set forth in this section, then the person with the next highest number of votes at such election who is eligible and willing to serve shall fill the remainder of the unexpired term in the manner set forth in this section.  If there is no such defeated candidate eligible and willing to serve who has taken such oath of office, and said vacancy occurs more than 180 days prior to any regular municipal election, the board of aldermen shall immediately order a special election to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.

              If the full number of members in the office of alderman elected by ward has not been elected, or if a vacancy occurs in the office of alderman elected by ward for any cause more than 180 days prior to any regular municipal election, the board of aldermen shall immediately order a special election to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. 

              If a vacancy occurs 180 days or less prior to any regular municipal election in the office of alderman-at-large, for which there is no such defeated candidate eligible and willing to serve and who has taken such oath of office, or in the office of alderman elected by ward, for any cause,  then the person elected at the next regular municipal election for such office shall fill the remainder of the unexpired term and the city clerk shall administer the oath of office to such individual at the next meeting of the board of aldermen.   

              SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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