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On January 7, 2015, former Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Senate Bill 2121 as chapter 487 of the Acts of 2014.  Under the new law, which became effective on January 7,  town moderators are given greater power to postpone town meeting in the interest of safety.

If a town moderator determines that voters would be unable to attend town meeting due to “a weather-related or other public safety emergency,”  the moderator “shall consult with local public safety officials and the members of the Board of Selectmen,”  and then “the moderator shall recess and continue the town meeting to a time, date and place certain.”

The law also states “If due to the emergency no suitable town facility is available for a meeting place in a town that typically holds such meetings within the town limits, the board of selectmen may move the meeting location to a suitable meeting place in a contiguous municipality.”

Specific forms of notice are required.

For more information on town meeting requirements, see our Law About Town Meetings.

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