Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to compensate forthwith sheriffs, 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, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 17 of chapter 37 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—
The salaries of the sheriffs of the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk and of the former counties of Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcester shall be a sum equivalent to 95 per cent of the salary of an associate justice of the superior court. The salaries of the sheriffs of the counties of Dukes County and Nantucket shall be a sum equivalent to 75 per cent of the salary of an associate justice of the superior court.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect as of January 1, 2006.
House of Representatives, July 13, 2006.
This Bill having been returned by His Excellency the Governor with his objections thereto in writing (see House 5159) has been passed by the House of Representatives, notwithstanding said objections, two-thirds of the House (156 yeas to 0 nays) having agreed to pass the same.
Sent to the Senate for its action.
Salvatore F. DiMasi, Speaker.
Steven T. James, Clerk.
Senate, July 13, 2006.
Passed by the Senate, notwithstanding the objections of His Excellency the Governor, two-thirds of the members present (33 yeas to 1 nays) having approved the same.
Robert E. Travaglini, President.
William F. Welch, Clerk.
July 21, 2006.