Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
The charter of the city of Gloucester, 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 inserting, after section 7-19, the following subsection:
Sec. 7-20. City Water Systems Ownership.
The city of Gloucester’s water supply and distribution system shall be owned by the city and shall not be sold, leased or otherwise transferred unless and until the city council, under section 9-5 (“Submission of Proposed Measure to Voters”), submits the question of a sale, lease or transfer of ownership to a referendum vote of the voters for adoption or rejection; provided, however that the sale, lease or transfer of the water supply and distribution system shall require at least two-thirds of the votes on such question to have approved such sale, lease or transfer.
Approved, August 3, 2011.