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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF AMESBURY RELATIVE TO THE POSITION OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE CHAIR.

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.  The charter of the city of Amesbury, 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 subsection (a) of section 4-3 of part IV and inserting in place thereof, the following subsection:-

(a)  Composition; Term of Office There shall be a school committee composed of 7 members, 6 members of whom shall be nominated and elected by and from the voters at large and 1 of whom shall be the mayor. The term of office of the 6 elected school committee members shall be for 4 years so arranged that the terms of nearly an equal number of members as possible expire at each regular city election. Following each biennial city election, the school committee shall reorganize and choose from amongst its membership a chair, vice chair and clerk.

SECTION 2.  This act shall be submitted to the voters of the city of Amesbury at the next biennial city election in the form of the following question which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used at the election:-

“Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2021 entitled ‘An Act amending the charter of the city of Amesbury relative to the position of school committee chair’ be accepted?”

Below the question shall appear a brief summary of the act prepared by the city solicitor. If the voters approve the question, this act shall be applicable to the city, but not otherwise. If approved, any person elected as mayor at such biennial election may, serve as chair at the discretion of the school committee.

SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, September 8, 2021.