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. (a) Notwithstanding section 8D of chapter 40 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Canton may appoint 2 persons to serve as alternate members of the historical commission.
(b) A person appointed as an alternate member of the historical commission may act as a member of the commission as set forth in section 8D of chapter 40 of the General Laws and any other applicable law or by-law but only in the absence of a regular member of the commission.
(c) The initial terms of the alternate members shall be for 2 years and 3 years respectively, and thereafter their successors shall be appointed for terms of 3 years each. An alternate member may, after a public hearing if requested, be removed for cause by the appointing authority. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term of an alternate member shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the initial appointment.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved January 13, 2009