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. The charter of the town of Chelmsford, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out Section 2-1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 2-1. Town Meeting Composition.
The legislative body of the town shall be a representative town meeting who shall be elected to meet, deliberate, act and vote in the exercise of the corporate powers of the town. Its membership shall in each precinct consist of the largest numbers divisible by three which will admit of a representation thereof in the approximate proportion which the number of inhabitants therein bears to the total number of inhabitants in the town, and which will cause the total elected membership not to exceed one hundred eighty, but which will not exceed eighteen representatives per precinct. Members shall be elected for terms of three years each, so arranged that the terms of one-third of the members shall expire each year.
SECTION 2. The second paragraph of Section 2-2 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out the words “at least once in every ten years” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- at least once every ten years, to coincide with the publication of new state decennial census statistics.
SECTION 3. Said Section 2-2 of said charter is hereby further amended by adding the following sentence:- The number of voting precincts shall be determined such that each precinct shall average not less than two thousand five hundred residents and not more than four thousand residents.
SECTION 4. Subparagraph (b) of section 2-12 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out the words “Eighty-two” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- A majority of.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved November 13, 2007.