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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN OF THE TOWN OF MILTON

      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 any general or special law to the contrary, the number of members of the board of selectmen of the town of Milton shall be increased from 3 members to 5 members. The board of selectmen shall annually elect a chairperson from among its members.
     SECTION 2.  At the first annual town election following acceptance of this act by the voters of the town, but not before the 2017 annual town election, 3 selectmen shall be elected.  The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in that election shall serve a 3-year term, the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall serve a 2-year term and the candidate receiving the third highest number of votes shall serve a 1-year term. Thereafter, as the terms of selectmen expire, successors shall be elected for terms of 3 years.
     The terms of members of the board of selectmen serving on the effective date of this act shall not be affected by the adoption of this act.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall be submitted to the voters of the town of Milton for acceptance at the next annual or special town election following the effective date of this act in the form of the following question which shall be placed on the official ballot:
     “Shall an act passed by the general court entitled, ‘An Act increasing the membership of the board of selectmen of the town of Milton’ be accepted?”
     If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, sections 1 and 2 shall take effect, but not otherwise.
     SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, May 12, 2016.