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The 189th 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:
     Section 133 of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (b) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
     (b)  Appointment subsequent to the initial appointment shall be made annually or for a term of years as the appointing authority shall determine, or for an unspecified or indefinite term of appointment as long as the officer is not removed as described in this paragraph.  The appointing authority may remove any such officer for cause, or for some other standard contained in an applicable collective bargaining agreement or employment contract, and after a hearing, at any time during such appointment. For police officers covered by collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts which contain standards for the discharge, termination or removal of employees, the non-reappointment of a police officer serving under an appointment subsequent to an initial appointment shall be considered to be a discharge, termination or removal and the standards shall be enforceable with respect to such non-reappointment by the procedures set forth in the collective bargaining agreement or employment contract.

Approved, August 8, 2014.