Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the offices of sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures of the town of Framingham shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. The present acting or temporary incumbent of the offices of sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures of said town shall continue to serve until such time as their successors are duly appointed and qualified pursuant to this act.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, in the town of Framingham the sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures shall be appointed for a three year term by the selectmen of said town, with the advice and consent of the personnel board. The provisions of law relative to sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures shall apply to such offices and the persons so appointed shall have all of the powers and duties now or from time to time hereafter vested by general or special law or by the charter or by by-laws of the said town in the office of sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures. The provisions of any such charter or by-law shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of any general law but may be in addition thereto.
SECTION 4. The persons appointed to the positions of sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures shall at a minimum possess ability and experience in the field of weights and measures. They shall devote their entire time during regular business hours to the duties of the office. The term of office shall be three years from the first day of July next following the acceptance of this act by said town as hereinafter provided, but the initial term of the first person appointed under this act shall commence upon the date of his appointment. The person initially appointed need not be a resident of said town during his initial term, but said town may by by-law impose that requirement upon said person or his successor in office with respect to subsequent terms of office. The person appointed shall hold no other town office or position unless permitted by law, but may serve as an appointed member of any committee of said town.
SECTION 5. The town of Framingham may establish and amend by by-law such qualifications for the office as from time to time it may deem necessary and appropriate.
SECTION 6. Any vacancy in said office shall be filled in like manner for the unexpired portion of the term. The sealers and deputy sealers of weights and measures may be removed for cause by the selectmen after an opportunity for a hearing before the selectmen.
SECTION 7. The provisions of sections one to seven, inclusive, of this act shall take effect in said town upon its acceptance by a majority vote of the town meeting members present and voting upon the question of its acceptance pursuant to an article duly appearing in the warrant for an annual town meeting or a special town meeting held following the effective date of this act.
SECTION 8. This act shall take effect upon its passage.