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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Notwithstanding section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the administrative office of the trial court shall allow the general public to park in the Fitchburg superior courthouse parking lot on weekdays between 5:00 p.m. and a designated closing time and all day on weekends provided that: (1) the closing time is before midnight and is agreed upon by a neighborhood association comprised of governmental and charitable organizations located within 50 yards of the parking lot; (2) the neighborhood association erects and maintains signs near the entrances to the parking lot that state the times that the parking lot is available for use by the general public; (3) the association locks and secures the entrance to the parking lot at the closing time every day as directed by courthouse staff; (4) the association arranges and pays for the towing of unauthorized vehicles that are in the parking lot when courthouse staff unlock the parking lot’s entrance; (5) the association assumes responsibility for collecting and disposing of any trash discarded on the lot during the hours in which the association or the public has access to the lot; and (6) the association holds harmless and indemnifies the administrative office of the trial court from any liability arising from, or related to, the use of the lot permitted by this section.

Approved September 23 , 2008