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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

An Act relative to the taking of property by eminent domain by the Medway Redevelopment Authority

     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.  Notwithstanding chapter 79 of the General Laws or chapter 121B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, if the Medway Redevelopment Authority acquires land or an interest in land by eminent domain in accordance with said chapters 79 and 121B, it shall be subject to this act.
     SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 7D of chapter 79 of the General Laws, if the Medway Redevelopment Authority is unable, upon reasonable investigation, to determine the name of any person entitled to damages awarded on account of any land or an interest in land which the authority acquires by eminent domain under section 6 of said chapter 79, the authority shall not be required to set aside any funds on account of any damages awarded to any such person; provided, however, that if a person entitled to receive any such amount or portion thereof shall satisfy the authority of such person’s right to receive it, the authority shall, after such notice as it may prescribe, order such amount or portion thereof to be paid to such person immediately.
     SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding section 7E of chapter 79 of the General Laws, if the Medway Redevelopment Authority issues a check in accordance with section 7B of said chapter 79 and the check remains unclaimed by a person entitled to receive it for 60 days after notice has been provided in accordance with section 7C of said chapter 79, the check shall be withdrawn and the funds shall be retained by the authority; provided, however, that if a person entitled to receive any such amount or portion thereof shall satisfy the authority of such person’s right to receive it, the authority shall, after such notice as it may prescribe, order such amount or portion thereof to be paid to such person immediately.
     SECTION 4.  The Medway Redevelopment Authority shall be exempt from section 40 of chapter 79 of the General Laws when acquiring land or an interest in land by eminent domain.
      SECTION 5.  This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved, November 25, 2015.