Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 495 of the acts of 1980 is hereby amended by striking out the first two sentences and inserting in place thereof the following two sentences:- One hundred voters of the town of Hull may file with the clerk of said town an affidavit containing the name of the officer whose recall is sought along with a statement of the grounds of removal. The town clerk shall thereupon deliver to the voters making such affidavit a sufficient number of copies of petition blanks for such recall and removal.
SECTION 2. Said section 2 of said chapter 495 is hereby further amended by adding the following two sentences:- The town clerk shall within forty-eight hours following such filing submit such petitions to the registrars of voters who shall, within ten working days, certify thereon the number of signatures which are those of qualified persons registered to vote in the town as of the date of such affidavit was filed with the town clerk. The board of registrars of voters, upon completion of their certification, shall return the recall petition forms to the town clerk.
SECTION 3. Section 3 of said chapter 495, as amended by chapter 443 of the acts of 1987, is hereby further amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- If the petition shall be found and certified by the board of registrars to be sufficient, the town clerk shall forthwith submit the same to the board of selectmen without delay and the selectmen shall forthwith give written notice to said officer of the receipt of said certificate and shall, if the officer sought to be removed does not resign within five days thereafter, thereupon order a removal election to be held on a day fixed by them not less than sixty-one days after the date of the registrar's certification that a sufficient petition is filed; provided, however, that if any other town election is to occur within one hundred days after the date of said certificate, the selectmen may, in their discretion, postpone the holding of the removal election to the date of such other election.