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The 192nd 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.  Section 2-4 of article 2 of the charter of the town of Wareham, 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 subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following 3 subsections:-

(b)  Initiation of Warrant Articles – Warrant articles shall be initiated as provided for by state law, including, but not limited to, section 10 of chapter 39 of the General Laws.

(c)  Warrants – Not later than 24 hours after voting to open any spring or fall annual town meeting warrant, the board of selectmen shall post notice of such vote on the town’s principle bulletin board and on the town’s website. The notice shall identify the opening and closing dates of the warrant and the places where citizen petitioned articles may be submitted. No spring or fall annual town meeting warrant may close until such notice has been posted for not less than 10 calendar days. Subsequent to the posted warrant opening and closing dates, the board of selectmen may vote to reopen and close the warrant in order to receive additional warrant articles.

(d)  Circulation of Warrant - Annual and special town meeting warrants shall be posted on the principle town bulletin board, the town’s municipal website and as may be further set out in the by-laws. Annually, not later than the second Monday in March for the spring annual town meeting and the last Monday in September for the fall annual town meeting, the board of selectmen shall deliver the warrant to the finance committee and moderator.  Copies of the warrant for any special town meeting shall be delivered to the finance committee and moderator not less than 21 calendar days before the commencement date of such meeting.

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

Approved, January 29, 2020.