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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AMENDING THE NOMINATION PROCESS OF CANDIDATES FOR TOWN MEETING IN THE TOWN OF MILFORD

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 271 of the acts of 1933 is hereby amended by striking out section 4, as most recently amended by section 1 of chapter 180 of the acts of 2001, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 4.  (a)  Nominations of candidates for town meeting members to be elected under this act shall be made by nomination papers, which shall bear no political designation, be signed by not less than 30 voters of the precinct in which the candidate resides and be filed with the town clerk not less than 35 days before the election. No nomination papers shall be valid in respect to any candidate whose written acceptance is not thereon or attached thereto when filed.

(b)  Notwithstanding subsection (a), the fourth paragraph of section 10 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, any incumbent town meeting member, excluding an elected town meeting member who removes from 1 precinct to another or is so removed by revision of precincts, may, without filing nomination papers, become a candidate for reelection as a town meeting member for the same precinct in which the incumbent member currently resides by giving written notice thereof to the town clerk not less than 30 days before the election.

SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, October 2, 2019.