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UPDATED: What's the Latest on the Sudbury Selectmen's Bill?

In the latest installment of You Ask, Patch Answers, we update the status of Bill H.4528.

UPDATED: 2:50 P.M.:

According to http://malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04528/History, the bill has been enacted by legilsature and is now on Gov. Deval Patrick's desk.

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The Sudbury selectmen's bill, H.4528, was engrossed, or undertaken, by the State Senate on Monday.

Sudbury residents voted at Special Town Meeting to increase the number of selectmen from three to five, but the legistlature said the town must put it to a vote at next Annual Town Election.

"I was surprised by that," State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said. "But the Committee on election laws had the hearing (in November) where some residents came and expressed there should be another step to approve the increase from three to five, which is reflected in the bill. I don't think it was necessary, but I understand the committee's concerns from both sides."

The bill must be enacted by both legislative branches before moving on to Gov. Deval Patrick for signing, Eldridge said.

The current session ends Wednesday.

Eldridge, along with State Rep. Tom Conroy, co-sponsored the home-rule petition.

Pat Brown December 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
The official Massachusetts Legislature website indicates that this bill has been not just engrossed (final language) but also enacted by both the House and the Senate as of yesterday, December 27. 12/27/2012 House Enacted 12/27/2012 Senate Enacted and laid before the Governor http://malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04528/History

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