Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 33 of chapter 503 of the acts of 1952 is hereby amended
by inserting after the second sentence the following 3 sentences:- If the appointing
committee is unable to secure an appropriate candidate from any precinct of
the town, the committee may appoint a substitute member, preferably from an
adjacent precinct, or a member-at-large to serve in place of the member from
that precinct, but no precinct shall have more than 2 members, nor shall there
be more than 3-at-large members at any given time. The term of a substitute
or at-large member shall expire on October 31 of the fiscal year following the
fiscal year in which the member was appointed. No substitute or at-large member
shall be appointed to fill a vacant position on the finance committee unless
no qualified applicant from the precinct applies for appointment before December
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved February 3, 2006.