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The 191st 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 1.  Chapter 3 of the charter of the town of Southbridge, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out section 3-1-5 and inserting in place thereof the following section:- 
      Section 3-1-5: Any elected or appointed member of a quasi-judicial board, including the zoning board of appeals, the conservation commission, the board of health, the liquor licensing board, the planning board and the special permit granting authority, shall be limited to membership on 1 quasi-judicial board and ineligible to serve on any other quasi-judicial board during that member’s term.
      SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 42C of chapter 54 of the General Laws, this act shall be submitted to the voters of the town of Southbridge in the form of the following question, which shall be placed on the ballot at a regular or special town election to be held in the year 2016:
      “Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2016, entitled ‘An Act relative to quasi-judicial boards in the town of Southbridge’ be accepted?”
      The town counsel of the town of Southbridge shall cause a fair and concise summary of the question to be included below the ballot question.
      If a majority of the votes cast in answer to this question are in the affirmative, this act shall take effect in the town of Southbridge, but not otherwise.
      SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, May 4, 2016.