Notice of Intent to Consider the Adjustment of Town Meeting Quorum Requirements

Moderator, Select Board May 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm

TOWN OF PEMBROKE
Posted May 4, 2021 – 3:00 pm
 
The Town of Pembroke hereby publish this notice of the intention of the Pembroke Select Board in conjunction with the Pembroke Town Moderator to consider and vote on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm on a proposal to adjust the Pembroke Town Meeting quorum requirements under Session Laws of 2020, Chapter 92 An Act Relative to Municipal Governance During the COVID-19 Emergency, Section 7 (amended by H.4777 and Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021) printed below:

SECTION 7. 

(a) Notwithstanding section 13 of chapter 39 of the General Laws or any other general or special law, charter provision or by-law to the contrary, a town may act by vote of its select board or board of selectmen, in consultation and with the approval of the town moderator, to prescribe the number of voters necessary to constitute a quorum at any town meeting held during the governor’s March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency at a number that is less than the number that would otherwise be required by law, town by-law or town charter; provided, however, that the number of voters necessary to constitute a quorum shall not be less than 10 per cent of the number that would otherwise be required.

(b)  The select board or board of selectmen shall publish notice of its intention to consider an adjustment of town meeting quorum requirements under this section not less than 7 days before the vote of the select board or board of selectmen. The select board or board of selectmen shall provide for adequate means of public access that will allow interested members of the public to clearly follow the deliberations of the select board or board of selectmen on making a quorum adjustment as those deliberations are occurring.

(c)  Not less than 10 days after a vote of the select board or board of selectmen to adjust the quorum requirement under this section, the town clerk shall notify the attorney general of the adjusted quorum requirement.

(d)  All actions taken pursuant to this section are hereby ratified, validated and confirmed to the same extent as if the town meeting had been conducted in accordance with all other applicable laws, charter provisions, ordinances and by-laws.

The full text of this Act can be found at: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2020/Chapter92; full text of the amendment can be found here.

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