Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for the division of cities and towns into wards and precincts, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 35 of chapter 403 of the acts of 1992 is hereby amended by striking out the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The state secretary shall make available to the local election districts review commission, for its scrutiny, the written notices, maps and descriptive information submitted to him by city clerks in reference to the new or unrevised wards and precincts of their respective cities under this section. If the said commission shall find that any such plan of new or unrevised wards or precincts of any city conflicts with the applicable requirements of this chapter, or is of questionable constitutionality, it shall transmit a written notice of such findings, with a clear indication of the deficiencies of such plan, to the mayor of such city, or in a city having a council-manager form of government to the city manager. Said mayor or city manager shall, within seven days following his receipt of such notice, present to the city council of such city his recommendations for a division of the city into wards and precincts free of the defects cited by the commission. If the city council shall fail to ordain such division, or a substitute division, conformable to this chapter within seven days after said presentation by said mayor or city manager, the local election districts review commission shall make such division of the city into wards and precincts. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any city which has a special law to the contrary covering the procedures for the division of wards and precincts.
SECTION 2. The third paragraph of section 36 of said chapter 403 is hereby amended by striking out the fifth and sixth sentences and inserting in place thereof the following two sentences:- If said commission shall find that any plan of town precincts established under this section conflicts with the applicable provisions of this chapter, or is of questionable constitutionality, it shall transmit a written notice of such findings, with a clear indication of the deficiencies of such plan, to the board of selectmen of the town. The board of selectmen of such town shall make a new or revised division of the town into precincts in the manner prescribed by said commission within fourteen days following receipt of such notice.
SECTION 3. Said section 36 of said chapter 403 is hereby further amended by striking out the last paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
If any town fails to so divide said town into precincts in accordance with the provisions of this section, the local election districts review commission shall make such division of the town into precincts.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect as of June first, nineteen hundred and ninety-three.