City of Amesbury, MA
Essex County
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Acts accepted by City and provisions of General Laws in force in Amesbury by reason of acceptance of provisions or of corresponding provisions of earlier laws:
Provisions of General Laws
Subject, Form and Time of Acceptance
Chapter 39, Section 23
Town election within seven days of Town Meeting authorized. Accepted Special Meeting 6-22-1931.
Chapter 41, Section 55
Appointment of Town Accountant authorized. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-13-1913.
Chapter 41, Section 73
Establishment of Board of Survey authorized. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-7-1927. Section not in force since acceptance of Chapter 41, Section 81A. See post.
Chapter 41, Section 81A
New Planning Board established. Accepted Annual Meeting 1948, Article 16.
Chapter 41, Section 111
Vacations for employees, Section 217 of Acts of 1914. Accepted state election November 3, 1914.
Chapter 45, Sections 1 to 9
Public parks, revised lased (sic) Chapter 28, Sections 1 to 14. Accepted adjournment of 1912 Meeting held April 1, 1912. Acceptance not now required.
Chapter 48, Sections 13 and 15
Open air fires, Chapter 209 of Acts of 1908. Accepted Annual Meeting March 1, 1909. Acceptance not now required.
Chapter 48, Section 36A
Promotion of call firemen. Accepted Annual Meeting 1949, Article 31.
Chapter 48, Section 58A
Seventy-hour week for firemen. Accepted Annual Meeting 1948, Article 13.
Chapter 71, Section 21
Continuation schools. Accepted 311G of Acts of 1919 at state election held 11-4-1919.
Chapter 83, Section 12
Board of Health may require repair of private drain, Sections 1 to 41 of Chapter 49, Revised Laws. Accepted Annual Meeting 1912, Article 38.
Chapter 94, Sections 120
Maximum fee for slaughtering license. Accepted Chapter 53 of Acts of 1916 at adjournment of 1917 Annual Meeting held April 23, 1917.
Chapter 115, Section 10
Department of Veteran Services established. Accepted Chapter 723 of Acts of 1945 at Special Meeting held 11-26-1945. Acceptance not now required.
Chapter 136, Section 4B
Sunday bowling authorized. Accepted Annual Meeting 1947, Article 35.
Chapter 136, Sections 21 to 25
Sunday sports authorized. Accepted adjournment of 1932 Annual Meeting held 3-8-1932.
Chapter 147, Section 16C
Five-day week for police. Accepted Annual Meeting 1952, Article 40.
Chapter 147, Sections 32 to 49
Boxing authorized. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-7-1927.
Chapter 149, Section 31
Eight-hour day for laborer, etc. Accepted Section 42 of Chapter 514 of Acts of 1909 as amended by Chapter 494 of 1911 and Chapter 240 of Acts of 1916 at Town election 3-8-1920.
Chapter 152, Sections 69 to 75
Workmen's compensation. Accepted Chapter 807 of Acts of 1913 at Annual Meeting 3-1-1915.
Chapter 166, Section 32
Appointment of Wire Inspector. Accepted Revised Laws Chapter 122, Section 18 at adjournment of 1913 Annual Meeting held 4-21-1913.
Chapter 559, Acts of 1946
Pension increase. Accepted Annual Meeting 1947, Article 17.
Chapter 588, Acts of 1948
Pension increase. Accepted Annual Meeting 1949, Article 25.
Chapter 820, Acts of 1950
Pension increase. Accepted Annual Meeting 1951, Article 19.
Chapter 781, Acts of 1951
Pension increase. Accepted Annual Meeting 1952, Article 34.
Chapter 152, Sections 69
Workmen's compensation as amended. Accepted Annual Meeting 1953, Article 24.
Chapter 624, Acts of 1953
Pension increase. Accepted Annual Meeting 1953, Article 25.
Chapter 434, Acts of 1953
Rent control. Accepted Special Meeting 1953, Article 1.
Chapter 41, Section 97A
Police Chief authority to control property, officers. Accepted Annual Meeting 1954, Article 57.
Chapter 44, Section 65
Advanced pay. Accepted Annual Meeting 1954, Article 66.
Chapter 40, Section 8A
Industrial Commission. Accepted Special Meeting 9-27-1954, Article 3.
Chapter 41, Sections 69C to 69F
Department of Public Works. Accepted annual election 3-14-1955, Article 2.
Chapter 6, Acts of 1953
Limited Town Meeting. Accepted annual election 3-14-1955, Article 2.
Chapter 667, Acts of 1954
Old age housing. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-7-1955, Article 34.
Chapter 41, Section 108A
Salary administration plan. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-26-1956, Article 31.
Article 22
Equalized assessment system. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-16-1955, Article 22.
Chapter 40, Section 12
Public bath houses. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-26-1956, Article 31.
Chapter 40, Sections 42A to 42F
Liens on real estate, water charge, etc. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-17-1958, Article 42.
Chapter 20, Acts of 1958
Old Corner Cemetery. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-17-1958, Article 24.
Chapter 20, Acts of 1958
Mount Prospect Cemetery. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-17-1958, Article 27.
Chapter 142
Plumbing regulations. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-16-1959, Article 17.
Chapter 139, Sections 1, 2 and 3
Removal of burnt, dilapidated or dangerous buildings. Accepted at Annual Meeting 3-15-1959, Article 56.
Chapter 25, Section 12H
Inspector of Gas Piping. Accepted Special Meeting 6-19-1961, Article 1.
Chapter 41, Sections 81Y, 81Z and 81AA
Board of Appeals. Accepted Special Meeting 6-19-1961, Article 3.
Chapter 667, Acts of 1954
Old age housing. Accepted Annual Meeting 6-19-1961, Article 6.
Chapter 32B, Section 11A
Group insurance. Accepted annual election 2-24-1964, Article 2.
Chapter 32B, Section 9A
Group insurance (retired employees). Accepted annual election 2-24-1964, Article 3.
Chapter 54, Sections 86 to 103
Absentee voting. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-16-1955, Article 26.
Chapter 56, Sections 21 and 27
Election laws. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-16-1965, Article 26.
Chapter 40, Section 8D
Historical Commission. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-22-1966, Article 67.
Chapter 149, Section 33C
Overtime. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-20-1968, Article 67.
Chapter 649, Acts of 1970
Collection of costs, dilapidated buildings. Accepted Special Meeting 11-3-1970, Article 7.
Chapter 41, Section 108L
Career incentive pay. Accepted Annual Meeting 4-6-1971, Article 32.
Chapter 41, Section 100F
Indemnify Harbormaster. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-20-1972, Article 45.
Chapter 44, Section 53C
Off-duty work details. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-19-1973, Article 44.
Chapter 40, Section 8C
Conservation Commission. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-19-1962, Article 53.
Chapter 646, Acts of 1962
Increase pensions and retirement allowances. Accepted Annual Town Meeting 3-18-1963, Article 39.
Chapter 40, Section 6H
Repairs on private ways used by public. Accepted Annual Town Meeting 3-18-1963, Article 74.
Chapter 697, Acts of 1963
Historical Commission. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-15-1965, Article 56.
Constitutional Amendment
Home Rule Amendment to Constitution. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-15-1965, Article 20.
Public Law 560, 83rd Congress
Housing and Home Finance Authority on Sewerage. Accepted Special Meeting 9-14-1965, Article 12.
Federal Economic Opportunity Act, 1965
Anti-poverty program. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-21-1966, Article 22.
Chapter 71, Section 14
Regional Vocation School District Planning Commission. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-20-1967, Article 32.
Chapter 114, Section 23
Sale of cemetery lots. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-20-1967, Article 66. Burial procedures. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-18-1968, Article 66.
Chapter 156, Acts of 1967
Regional Vocational School District. Voted annual election 2-26-1968, Article 2.
Chapter 40, Section 7B
Merrimack Valley Regional Planning District. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-18-1968, Article 46.
Chapter 772, Acts of 1967
Industrial Financing Authority. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-18-1968, Article 53.
Chapter 43, Section 3B
Board of Standards Building Code, Department of Public Safety. Accepted Special Meeting, 11-30-1970, Article 1. BOCA Building Code, One- and Two-Family Housing. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-18-1974, Articles 31 and 32.
General Court 1974
Robert Mason under civil service. Voted annual election 2-24-1975, Article 2.
Chapter 40, Section 8A
Development and Industrial Commission established as seven-member board after rescinding vote of 9-27-1954, Article 3. Accepted Special Meeting 5-13-1975, Article 15.
Federal Register, Vol. 38, No. 135
Supervisory position, nurse for Home Health Care Agency. Accepted Special Meeting 11-17-1975, Article 6.
Chapter 670, Acts of 1974
Rights and responsibilities of public secondary school student. Accepted Annual Town Meeting 3-5-1975, Article 98.
Chapter 40D
Industrial Development Financing Authority. After rescinding vote of 3-18-1968, Article 53. Accepted Annual Meeting 3-21-1977, Article 4.
Chapter 90, Section 18A
Rule regulating use of way by pedestrians (so-called jaywalking). Accepted Special Meeting 9-12-1977, Article 2.
Chapter 48, Section 45
Rescind - abolishes fire engineers, Accepted 1977, Article 87.
Chapter 71, Section 71C
Continuing education. Accepted 1978, Article 24.
Chapter 83, Sections 16A to 16F
Tax lien - unpaid sewer charges. Accepted 1979, Article 51.
Chapter 148, Section 26C
Smoke or heat detectors. Accepted 6-18-1979, Article 6.
Chapter 40, Section 4G
$4,000 bid. Accepted 8-25-1980, Article 4.
Chapter 90, Section 20A 1/2
Parking tickets. Accepted 11-17-1981, Article 20.
Chapter 258, Section 13
Indemnification of officials. Accepted 1981, Article 3.
Chapter 59, Section 5(17c)
Tax exemption for elderly. Accepted 5-9-1983, Article 22.
Chapter 111, Section 31
Power lines. Accepted 6-17-1982, Article 6.
Chapter 597
Excise exemption - POW. Accepted 6-30-1983, Article 7.
Chapter 161B, Section 3
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority. Accepted 11-14-1983, Article 18.
Chapter 545, Section 1
Sprinkler systems. Accepted 1984, Article 61.
Chapter 60, Section 106
Payment of certain taxes. Accepted 9-10-1984, Article 5.
Chapter 24, Acts of 1985
Amesbury Municipal Hospital operating account. Accepted 11-19-1984, Article 21.
Public School, Improvement Act - 1985
Accepted 8-26-1985, Article 7.
Chapter 140, Section 147A
Independent dog program. Accepted 5-11-1987, Article 56.
Chapter 640, Section 57
Grant or renew license when taxes due. Accepted 11-17-1986, Article 16.
Chapter 73, Acts of 1986
Abatements. Accepted 11-17-1986, Articles 18, 19 and 20.
Chapter 653, Section 40
Assessment date changes, amendment to Chapter 59, Section 2A(A). Accepted 5-14-1990.
Chapter 146, Section 26M
Sprinkler lodging. Accepted 11-13-1989, Article 6.
Chapter 291, Acts of 1990
Enhanced 911. Accepted 5-13-1991, Article 28.
Chapter 653. Section 41
Quarterly tax billing. Accepted 5-13-1990, Article 18.
Chapter 40, Section 8G
Mutual aid, relative to police. Accepted 11-4-1991, Article 22.
Chapter 148, Section 26I
Fire insurance. Accepted Town Meeting 11-14-1994, Article 34.
Section 83 of Chapter 71, Acts of 1993
Education Reform Act - teachers' retirement system. Accepted 1-31-1994, Article 5.
Chapter 40, Section 5G
Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund. Accepted 5-8-1995, Article 26 (Gov. app. 5-10-1996).
Chapter 40, Section 8H
Recycling bylaw. Accepted Town Meeting 5-10-1993, Article 32.
Chapter 30B
Curbside recycling contract. Accepted 11-8-1993, Article 21.
Chapter 40, Section 4A
Agreement governing the common use of Harbormaster services.
Chapter 71, Acts of 1996
Veterans. Accepted Municipal Council 10-22-1996.
Chapter 40, Sections 42G, 42H, 42I, 42J and 42K
Water betterments. Accepted Municipal Council 3-11-1997.
Chapter 32, Section 90A
Increasing allowances (retirement). Accepted Municipal Council 3-11-1997.
Chapter 40, Section 21D
Sanitary Code CMR 410.600, trash. Accepted Municipal Council 5-13-1997.
Chapter 32, Section 20A
Civil action - indemnification. Accepted Municipal Council 5-27-1997.
Chapter 258, Section 13
Indemnity of municipal officials. Accepted Municipal Council 5-27-1997.
Chapter 32, Section 103, as amended by Chapter 17, Acts of 1997
Accepted Municipal Council 5-12-1998.
Chapter 41, Section 19F
Additional compensation, Town Clerk. Accepted 12-14-1999 by Bill No. 99-173.
Chapter 44, Section 64
Payment of bills. Accepted 3-14-2000 by Bill No. 2000-015.
Chapter 40, Section 39J
Sewer/water rates. Accepted 8-8-2000 by Bill No. 2000-145.
Chapter 40, Section 5(54)
Minimum fair cash value required for personal property accounts to be taxed $2,000. Accepted 11-14-200 by Bill No. 2000-184. Exemption on personal property to be taxed raised to $3,000 by Bill No. 2020-035.
Chapter 155, Section 32A
Wire Inspectors to do work in Town. Accepted 6-12-2001 by Bill No. 2001-074.
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 17E, etc.
Cost of living adjustment. Accepted 12-4-2001 by Bill No. 2001-155B.
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41D
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clauses 17E, 22 to 22E, 37A, 41D, 42 and 43 by 100%
Section 4a, 4b and 4c of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bill No. MA99RHB 4926
Real estate tax bills issued in FY 2000 to be mailed by 1-15-2000.
Chapter 181, Section 1 of the Acts of 1995
Accepted 12-4-2001 by Bill No. 2001-155A (*each year).
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 17E
Accepted 12-4-2001 by Bill No. 2001-155B (*each year).
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41D
Accepted 12-4-2001 by Bill No. 2001-155B (*each year).
Chapter 140, Section 185I
License for telling of fortunes. Accepted 6-8-2004 by Bill No. 2004-055.
Chapter 31, Section 60A
Civil service provision. Accepted 5-11-2005 by Bill No. 2005-044.
Chapter 59, Section 2D (rejected)
Supplemental property tax assessment. Rejected 11-8-2003.
Chapter 157, Section 1 of the Acts of 2005
Establishing the veteran's benefit for accidental disability retirees. Accepted 4-11-2006 by Bill No. 2006-033.
Chapter 157, Section 2 of the Acts of 2005
To provide retroactive benefits for retirees prior to the effective date. Accepted 4-11-2006 by Bill No. 2006-033.
Chapter 39, Section 23D
To provide that a board, committee or commission member shall not be disqualified from voting solely due to the member's absence from no more than a single session of the hearings on the matter. Accepted 10-10-2006 by Bill No. 2006-089 (see Chapter 118, Article III of the Code).
Chapter 59, Section 5L
Gives Massachusetts National Guardsmen and reservists deployed outside the state or their dependents up to 180 days after that service to pay their property taxes without interest or penalties. Accepted 2-13-2007 by Bill No. 2006-117.
Chapter 44, Section 53E
Administration of filing and consultant fees under Wetlands Protection Ordinance (see Chapter 460 of the Code). Accepted 7-8-2008 by Bill No. 2008-050.
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 56
Provides a local option personal tax exemption for Massachusetts National Guardsmen and Reservists. Accepted 4-10-2012 by Bill No. 2012-034.
Chapter 44, Section 55C
Establishes a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund and establishes the Amesbury Housing Trust. Accepted 10-9-2012 by Bill No. 2012-046. Duration of Trust extended 2-9-2021 by Bill No. 2021-003.
Chapter 59, Section 5N
Authorizing Amesbury to establish a program allowing veterans to volunteer to provide services in exchange for a reduction in the real property tax obligations of that veteran on the veteran's tax bills, which reduction shall be in addition to any exemption or abatement to which that person is otherwise entitled. Accepted 11-13-2012 by Bill No. 2012-088.
Chapter 64L, Section 2(a)
Establishing a special purpose stabilization fund for sidewalk reconstruction and repairs to be funded through a local option meals tax. Accepted 5-14-2013 by Bill No. 2013-025.
Chapter 55, Acts of 2017
Establishing a local sales tax upon sale or transfer of marijuana or marijuana products within the City. Accepted 3-20-2018 by Bill. No. 2018-014.
Chapter 32B, Section 20, as amended by Chapter 218, Acts of 2016
Establishing an Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund. Accepted 1-12-2021 by Bill No. 2020-165.