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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACTING MAYOR 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.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, if a vacancy in the office of mayor of Holyoke occurs at any time in the year 2021, the vacancy shall not be filled by a special municipal election. Upon such vacancy in the office of mayor, the city council president shall act as mayor until the city council shall, by a majority vote, elect 1 of its members as mayor. 

(b)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city council president while acting as mayor and the city councilor elected by the city council to serve as mayor pursuant to this act shall be entitled to simultaneously continue their duties as a member of the city council until such time as a mayor is elected and qualified at the regularly scheduled 2021 municipal election pursuant to subsection (c).

(c)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the candidate elected and qualified as a mayor at the regularly scheduled 2021 municipal election shall be sworn in as mayor to complete the balance of the mayoral term expiring on January 3, 2022 and shall be sworn-in for the term for which said candidate was elected and qualified at the regularly scheduled 2021 municipal election on January 3, 2022. 

(d)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, upon a vacancy in the office of mayor of Holyoke the city council shall elect 1 of its members as mayor pursuant to subsection (a) within 10 days of said vacancy occurring or within 10 days of the effective date of this act.

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

Approved, April 7, 2021.