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 paragraph (a) of subsection 11 of section four of chapter four hundred and twenty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and eighty-three, or any general or special law to the contrary, if a vacancy in the office of mayor of the city of Lawrence occurs in the year nineteen hundred and ninety-three the clerk of the council shall forthwith call a special meeting of the city council and the city council shall then elect by majority vote, one of its members to serve as mayor. If the city council shall fail to elect one of its members within fourteen days following the date of the meeting called by the clerk of the council the president of the city council shall become the mayor. Upon the election and qualification of any member of the city council as mayor pursuant to this act his office of councilor shall remain vacant.
The member so elected to serve as mayor shall have all the powers of the mayor and shall serve until the date of the certification of the results of the next regular city election. The person elected at said regular city election to the office of mayor shall forthwith be sworn and shall, in addition to the term for which he was elected, serve for the balance of the then unexpired term of the mayor. During the time that any member of the city council serves as mayor pursuant to this section his office of councilor shall remain vacant until the election and qualification of the mayor at the November second, nineteen hundred and ninety-three election, at which time he will return to his seat on the city council.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.