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 Southbridge, 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 2-4-4 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 2-4-4: The council may establish committees, subcommittees and advisory committees as it deems reasonable and necessary and such committees may include non-councilor members. Councilor appointments to such committees shall be made by the council chairperson and non-councilor member appointments to such committees shall be made by the council subcommittee members subject to confirmation by the council.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding section 42C of chapter 54 of the General Laws or any other general or special law or town by-law to the contrary, the following question shall be placed upon the official ballot and submitted to the voters of the town of Southbridge at a regular or special town election to be held in the year 2012:
“Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2012, entitled ‘An Act relative to non-councilors on committees in the town of Southbridge’ be accepted?”
The town counsel of the town of Southbridge shall cause a fair and concise summary of the question to be included below the ballot question.
If a majority of the votes cast in answer to this question are in the affirmative, this act shall take effect in the town of Southbridge, but not otherwise.
SECTION 3. The regular or special town election in section 2 may be held concurrent with the November 2012 state election.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, September 12, 2012.