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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A 3-MEMBER BOARD OF HEALTH IN THE TOWN OF CHARLEMONT.

      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 sections 1 and 2 of chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, there shall be 3 members of the board of health in the town of Charlemont.
      SECTION 2.  In order to reduce the number of members on the board of health from 5 to 3, the office of the board of health shall appear on the ballot at the first annual election occurring at least 64 days following the effective date of this act, with the instruction to vote for 3 candidates for the board of health and other information that will aid the voters. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes at the election shall serve a term of 3 years, the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall serve a term of 2 years and the candidate receiving the third highest number of votes shall serve a term of 1 year. The words “candidate for re-election” shall appear next to the name of any incumbent member of the board of health appearing on the ballot as a candidate for election to office on the newly constituted 3-member board of health. No other term of office for a board of health member shall appear on the ballot at the election. Upon the election of 3 members of the board of health, the terms of the incumbent members of the 5-member board of health shall terminate and the board of health shall be immediately reconstituted as a 3-member board. Thereafter, all members of the board of health shall be elected to terms of 3 years.
      SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, December 4, 2015.