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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4108        FILED ON: 2/21/2014

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts




Office of the Governor

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House · Boston, MA 02133

(617) 725-4000








February 21, 2014


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives,


              Pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Section 8, Paragraph 1, Clause (2) of the Amendments to the Constitution, as amended by Article LXXXIX, I am filing for your consideration the attached legislation entitled, “An Act Authorizing the Town of Scituate to Establish the Date of its Annual Town Election.” 

              The Scituate Board of Selectmen and Representative James Cantwell have requested that I file this special legislation on behalf of the Town of Scituate.  The purpose of the legislation is to allow the Town to change the date of the annual town election from Saturday, May 24, 2014 to Saturday, May 31, 2014. 

              The annual town election is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014 as required by the Town’s by-laws.  Because the election falls during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Town is concerned that there will be few staff available to work on election day.  The legislation provides that the annual town election will be held the following Saturday, May 31, 2014.  The change in date will not change the deadlines set forth in candidate nomination papers.

              I urge your early and favorable consideration of this bill.

                                                                      Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                  Deval L. Patrick,


HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3911

[SPONSOR] recommending legislation relative to authorizing the town of Scituate to establish the date of its annual town election. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen



An Act authorizing the town of Scituate to establish the date of its annual town election.


              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.  Notwithstanding any general law, special law or by-law to the contrary, the annual town election for the town of Scituate shall be held on May 31, 2014.  The establishment of such date for the election shall not change the deadlines which would be otherwise applicable as set forth in candidate nomination papers.

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

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