AN ACT FURTHER REGULATING THE COMMITMENT OF CERTAIN ALCOHOLICS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
The second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws is
hereby amended by inserting after the third sentence, inserted by section 2
of chapter 643 of the acts of 1973, the following two sentences:- Upon
presentation of such a petition, if there is reasonable grounds to believe
that such person will not appear and that any further delay in the
proceedings would present an immediate danger to the physical well-being of
the respondent, said court may issue a warrant for the
apprehension and appearance of such person before it. No arrest shall be
made on such warrant unless the person may be presented
immediately before a judge of the district court.
The third paragraph of said section 35 of said chapter 123 is hereby
amended by striking out the first sentence, as appearing in section 4 of
chapter 888 of the acts of 1970, and inserting in place thereof the
following sentence:- If, after a hearing, the court based upon competent
medical testimony finds that said person is an alcoholic and that there is
a likelihood of serious harm as a result of his alcoholism, it may order
such person to be committed for a period not to exceed thirty days.