Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section fifteen of chapter nine hundred and twenty of the acts of nineteen hundred and seventy-seven is hereby repealed.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, first preference for all permanent or temporary positions at the Southeastern Correctional Center and the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Bridgewater shall be given to those persons determined by the commissioner of corrections to be residents of Bridgewater, provided that such persons are otherwise qualified for such positions. For those positions under the provisions of chapter thirty-one, Bridgewater residents who achieve a passing grade on examinations and are otherwise qualified under department regulations shall have their names placed at the top of the list in order of their grade.