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  • PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • TITLE VII CITIES, TOWNS AND DISTRICTS
  • CHAPTER 43 CITY CHARTERS

Section 1 - Definitions

Section 2 - Authorization to adopt a plan of government

Section 3 - Effect of chapter on legislative powers of cities

Section 4 - Effect of adoption of governmental plan on ordinances, etc.

Section 5 - Existing organization to continue until superseded

Section 6 - Wards, number and boundaries to continue until changed under law

Section 7 - Adoption of plan; filing of petition calling for vote

Section 8 - Adoption of plan; form of petition

Section 9 - Plan A, B, C, D or E; proceeding after filing of petition; submission to electorate

Section 9A - Repealed, 1961, 146, Sec. 2

Section 9B - Plan F; proceeding after filing of petition; submission to electorate

Section 10 - Number of plans considered at election; procedure on subsequent petitions

Section 11 - Majority vote required for adoption of plan; effect of adoption; election of officers

Section 12 - Petition for other plans after unfavorable election

Section 13 - Duration of plan adopted

Section 14 - Officials to expedite transition to adopted plan

Section 15 - Dates of elections under adopted plan; municipal year defined

Section 16 - Primaries and caucuses prohibited

Section 16A - Plan F; primaries and caucuses

Section 17 - Oath of office; time of taking

Section 17A - Salaries of mayor, city manager and council

Section 17B - Compensation of mayor and city council

Section 17C - Four-year term for mayors in certain cities; acceptance by election; application of section

Section 17D - Two-year term for mayors in cities under Sec. 17C; acceptance by election

Section 18 - City council; powers and duties

Section 19 - Duties of mayor or city manager; attendance at council meetings; disclosure of information

Section 20 - Passage of ordinances

Section 21 - Amendments and repeals of ordinances

Section 22 - Ordinances, etc.; passage at one session

Section 23 - Ordinances; publication

Section 24 - Adoption of plan; effect on obligations, taxes and legal acts

Section 25 - Employees in mayor’s office not subject to civil service

Section 26 - Vacancies in office of mayor or city council; acting mayor

Section 27 - Interest in public contracts by public employees prohibited; penalty

Section 28, 28A - Repealed, 1984, 484, Sec. 42

Section 29 - Public contracts; form; required approvals; bond, etc.

Section 30 - Purchase or taking of land

Section 31 - School committee; membership; tenure

Section 32 - Superintendent of schools; election; appointment of other school employees.

Section 33 - School committee; powers and duties

Section 34 - Location and erection of schools; approvals required

Section 35 - Open and public meetings; yea and nay vote

Section 36 - School committee; filling vacancies

Section 37 - Initiative petition; measure defined

Section 38 - Initiative petitions; validity of signatures; objections

Section 39 - Initiative petition; passage and submission to electorate

Section 40 - Proceedings if initiative petition not properly signed

Section 41 - Contents of ballot for proposed measure

Section 42 - Referendum petition; effect on final passage

Section 43 - Submission of proposed measure to voters

Section 44 - Measures with conflicting provisions

Section 44A - Preliminary elections; contents of notices

Section 44B - Inclusion of name on ballot; prerequisites

Section 44C - Candidates for nomination; qualifications; statement and petition

Section 44D - Official ballot; posting lists of candidates; drawing for position on ballot

Section 44E - Counting ballots; canvass of returns

Section 44F - Determination of candidates for election

Section 44G - Nomination of candidates; conditions making preliminary election unnecessary

Section 44H - Acceptance of sections dealing with preliminary elections; submission to electorate

Section 45 - Provisions applicable to adoption of any governmental plan

Section 46 - Plan A

Section 47 - Effective date of plan

Section 48 - Mayor as chief executive officer; term of office

Section 49 - Party designations on ballots prohibited

Section 50 - City council; number; election; tenure

Section 50A - City council; filling vacancies in

Section 51 - Repealed, 1952, 259, Sec. 3

Section 52 - Appointments of employees by mayor without confirmation

Section 53 - Certificate of appointment

Section 54 - Removal of officials; exceptions

Section 55 - Approval or veto by mayor of orders, ordinances, etc.; overriding veto

Section 56 - Plan B

Section 57 - Operative date of plan

Section 58 - Mayor as chief executive officer; election; tenure

Section 59 - City council; number; election; tenure

Section 59A - Vacancies in office of mayor and council; procedure for filling

Section 60 - Appointments by mayor subject to confirmation; exceptions

Section 61 - Removals

Section 62 - Repealed, 1952, 259, Sec. 3

Section 63 - Approval and veto offer of mayor

Section 64 - Plan C

Section 65 - Effective date of plan adopted

Section 66 - City council; powers and duties

Section 67 - Membership; duties of individual commissioners; tenure

Section 68 - Terms of office

Section 69 - Organization; oath of office

Section 70 - Meetings

Section 71 - Quorum; open and public meetings; duties of city clerk; method of voting

Section 72 - Powers and duties

Section 73 - Methods of action; itemization of appropriations

Section 74 - Mayor; status; powers and duties; acting mayor

Section 75 - Distribution of executive powers; determination of policies

Section 76 - Appointment and removal of department heads

Section 77 - Department records; publication of reports

Section 78 - Repealed, 1952, 259, Sec. 3

Section 79 - Plan D; effective date

Section 80 - Definitions

Section 81 - Management and control of city government by mayor and council

Section 82 - City council, membership; election; terms

Section 83 - City council; powers and duties; organization; oaths of office

Section 84 - Meetings of city council

Section 85 - City council; quorum; duties of city clerk; records; procedure

Section 86 - Mayor; powers and duties

Section 87 - Repealed, 1952, 259, Sec. 3

Section 88 - Vacancies

Section 89 - City manager; qualifications; tenure; compensation; removal

Section 90 - Powers and duties of city manager

Section 91 - City officers and employees

Section 92 - Interference with city manager by council forbidden; penalty

Section 92A - Solicitation of contributions for political parties, etc., by employees forbidden; penalty

Section 93 - Plan E; effective upon adoption

Section 94 - Definitions

Section 95 - Governing power of city council, etc.

Section 96 - City council; membership; tenure

Section 97 - City council; powers and duties; organization

Section 98 - Meetings of city council

Section 99 - Quorum; presiding officer; duties of city clerk; voting procedure

Section 100 - Mayor; official head of city; powers and duties; vice-chairman

Section 101 - Repealed, 1952, 259, Sec. 3

Section 102 - Vacancies in elective bodies

Section 103 - City manager; appointment; qualifications; compensation; removal

Section 104 - Powers, rights and duties of city manager

Section 105 - City officers and employees; appointments and removals

Section 106 - Officers and employees; regulations; penalty for violations

Section 107 - Interference with city manager by council forbidden; penalty

Section 108 - Solicitation of political contributions by employees; penalties

Section 109 - Regular municipal election; date

Section 110 - Candidates; statement and petition

Section 111 - Nomination papers

Section 112 - Ballots; form and contents

Section 113 - Preparing ballots, etc.; procedure

Section 114 - Counting of ballots; procedure

Section 115 - Repealed, 1972, 596, Sec. 1

Section 116 - General election laws; applicability

Section 117 - Plan F

Section 118 - Operative date

Section 119 - Mayor; election; term

Section 120 - Legislative powers; election and term of city council

Section 121 - Vacancies

Section 122 - Appointments

Section 123 - Certificate of appointment

Section 124 - Removal of heads of departments

Section 125 - Ordinances and resolutions; approval by mayor

Section 126 - Regular municipal election; date; nomination papers

Section 127 - General election laws; applicability

Section 128 - City defined

Section 129 - Referendum; questions submitted; petition

Section 130 - Election results; superseding of city charter provisions; election of organization members; commencement of term

Section 131 - Division of city into districts; time; ordinance; district description; redistricting

Section 132 - Failure of timely districting

Section 133 - Date of municipal elections; municipal year

Section 134 - Residence of district members