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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A 4-YEAR TERM FOR THE OFFICE OF CITY COUNCILOR OF THE CITY OF HOLYOKE.

      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.  Section 9 of chapter 438 of the acts of 1896, as appearing in section 8 of chapter 189 of the acts of 1992, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 2 to 4, inclusive, the words “At the biennial municipal election to be held in the year nineteen hundred and sixty-three and at every biennial municipal election thereafter, the” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- The.
      SECTION 2.  Said section 9 of said chapter 438, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the third sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- At the municipal election to be held in the city of Holyoke in the year 2017 and in every second odd-numbered year thereafter, the city councilors to be elected thereat shall hold office for 4 years from the first Monday in January following their election and until their successors are elected and qualified.
      SECTION 3.  So much of section 2 of chapter 327 of the acts of 1936 as is inconsistent with this act is hereby repealed.
      SECTION 4.  This act shall be submitted for acceptance to the qualified voters of the city of Holyoke by the city clerk placing the following question on the official ballot to be used in the city of Holyoke at the regular municipal election to be held in the year 2015:
      “Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2015 entitled, ‘An Act Establishing a 4-Year Term for the Office of City Councilor in the City of Holyoke’ be accepted?”
      If a majority of the votes in answer to the question is in the affirmative, this act shall take effect forthwith for all purposes relating to the municipal election to be held in the city of Holyoke in the year 2017 and shall take full effect beginning with that election, but not otherwise.
      SECTION 5.  The city solicitor shall prepare a fair, concise summary and purpose of this act to appear with the question not later than 35 days before the election in accordance with section 58A of chapter 54 of the General Laws.
      SECTION 6.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, September 29, 2015.