Town of Norwell, MA
Plymouth County
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The Town Clerk shall file, with this chapter, a current list of all acts of the Legislature accepted by the Town.
Subject
General Law or Act Accepted
Accounting
Chapter 516, Acts of 1922, accounting system rejected; 3-12-1923
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
MGL c. 44, § 55C, to establish a Norwell Affordable Housing Trust; 5-15-2007 ATM, Art. 42
Aid to Agriculture
Chapter 273, Acts of 1918, Plymouth County Trustees for County Aid to Agriculture
Chapter 273, Acts of 1908, Plymouth County Aid to Agriculture
MGL c. 128, §§ 41 and 45; 3-12-1956
Alcohol Pouring
MGL c. 138, § 33B, relative to alcohol pouring sales on Sundays; 5-9-2011 ATM
Alternate Town Hall Office Hours
MGL c. 41, § 110A, for alternate office whenever the required performance of any act falls on a Saturday or holiday; 5-6-2013 ATM
American Legion Headquarters
MGL c. 40, § 9, Zoning Bylaw change, submission to Attorney General; 3-1-1954
Animal Control
MGL c. 140, § 147A, as amended by Chapter 308 of the Acts of 1985
Assessment
MGL c. 58, §§ 7A to 7E, outside valuation consultants; 3-9-1959
Assessors, Board of
MGL c. 59, § 5, allows maximum qualifying gross receipts amount found in Clause 41A to be $40,000 (deferment of property tax payments for senior citizens who qualify); 5-8-1997 ATM, Art. 31
Beano
Chapter 486, Acts of 1971; ballot of 1975
Betterments
MGL c. 80; 9-12-1955
Chapter 99, Acts of 1966; 3-14-1967
Board of Appeals
Chapter 674, Acts of 1953, to establish Board of Appeals; 3-1-1954
Bonds
Chapter 5, Acts of 1943, post-war rehabilitation funds
MGL c. 91, §§ 29 and 11, Massachusetts Department of Public Works for work performed on tidal rivers; 4-24-1961
Cable-related fund
See PEG access
Census
MGL c. 9, § 7; 3-1-1954
Charter
Home Rule Charter adopted; ballot 3-17-1973
Civil Service
MGL c. 31, § 48, Police Chief and regular or permanent; 3-7-1959 (Police Chief exempted from provisions of MGL c. 31, Civil Service, voted 5-11-1992 Town Meeting and approved by State Legislature 5-21-1993)
Commission on Disabilities
MGL c. 40, § 8J, establishment of Commission on Disabilities; 4-27-1987, Art. 32
Community Preservation Act
MGL c. 3 to 7 to establish a dedicated funding source for community preservation purposes at a surcharge of 3%; voted 3-16-2002 Annual Town Election.
Compensation
MGL c. 41, § 100; 3-9-1953 and other years, §§ 108A and 108C
Conservation
MGL c. 40, § 8C, established commission; MGL c. 40, § 5, Clause 51, money appropriated; 3-7-1961
Development and Industrial Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8A; voted 9-21-1959
Division fences
MGL c. 49, §§ 3 and 8
District Attorney
Chapter 495, Acts of 1922, District Attorney shall be a lawyer
Eight-hour day
Chapter 494, Acts of 1911, eight-hour day; 3-2-1914
Elections (absentee voting)
MGL c. 54, § 103A, Chapter 152, Acts of 1939; voted 3-4-1940
Elections (election officials)
MGL c. 54, § 16A, vacancies (appointed by Town Clerk); 3-11-1969
Elections (Town elections)
MGL c. 39, § 23, held within 7 days before or after Annual Town Meeting; 3-14-1972
Elections (Annual Town and Special)
Polling hour change, voted 4-25-1995 ATM
Emergency Telecommunications
See "911"; effective October 1996
Enhanced 911
Chapter 291, Acts of 1990; May 1991, Art. 11
Estimated Receipts
MGL c. 44, § 53E; voted 3-11-1985, Art. 27, 3-11-1985, Art. 11; 4-29-1991, Board of Health
Excise Tax
Chapter 597, Section 1, Acts of 1982, amending MGL c. 60A, § 1, fifth paragraph, excise tax exemption on motor vehicle owned by former prisoner of war; 4-3-1984
Finance, Municipal
Chapter 278, Acts of 1922, MGL c. 44
MGL c. 44, § 17; 1949 and other years, borrowing in anticipation of revenue, MGL c. 44, § 4
MGL c. 43C, § 11, relative to the establishment of a Municipal Finance Department; 5-9-2011 ATM, Arts. 6 and 7
Fire Department
MGL c. 48, §§ 42, 43 and 44, establishment of Fire Department; 3-16-1973
Fire Department
$106,000 for architectural and engineering services for plans and specs for new fire station; 5-6-1997 ATM, Art. 26
Forest Fire Patrol
Chapter 688, Acts of 1941
Forest (Town forest)
MGL c. 45, §§ 19 and 20; 1924
Health, Board of
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2, revolving fund for recycling/composting program; 5-8-1997 ATM, Art. 32
Highways
Chapter 155, Acts of 1918, construction on Central Street, from Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of Plymouth, Acts of 1918
MGL c. 81, § 26
Highway Program
Chapter 718, Acts of 1956, Chapter 90 work; 3-4-1957
Highway Repairs
MGL c. 81, §§ 26 to 29 as amended by Chapter 442, Acts of 1943; 3-6-1944
Historical Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8D, establish Historical Commission for Norwell; 10-25-1972
Hotel and lodging excise tax
MGL c. 64G, § 3A; 5-2-2016 ATM, Art. 20; revoked 5-8-2017 ATM, Art. 22
Ice and snow
MGL c. 40, § 6C, removal of ice and snow; 3-7-1953
Indemnification
MGL c. 41, § 100, police officers, firemen, etc.; 3-7-1960
MGL c. 258, § 13, municipal officers; 3-22-1980 ballot
Inspector of Buildings
MGL c. 143, § 3Z, re-employment of part-time Inspector of Buildings; 5-4-1998 STM
Insurance, group
MGL c. 32B, § 10, ballot of 3-11-1961; § 9A, ballot of 3-14-1970; § 11E, Selectmen's vote 4-18-1972; § 9F, Selectmen's vote 1-29-1974
Library Trustees retirement
MGL 32, § 4 (o 1/2) 5-14-2001 ATM
Licenses, Sunday
MGL c. 136, §§ 7 and 8, sale of ice cream and soft drinks; March 1925
Liens, real estate
MGL c. 40, §§ 42A to 42F, water rates to be liens; 3-5-1951
Mapping Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8K; 4-25-1995 ATM, Art. 22
Meals excise tax
MGL c. 64L, § 2(a); 5-10-2011 ATM, Art. 12
Meetings, open
Chapter 626, Acts of 1958, public boards and commissions, meetings open to public; effective 1-5-1959
"Mullin Rule"
MGL c. 39, § 23D, to allow regulatory board members to miss 1 meeting of a public hearing and still vote on the matter; 5-15-2007 ATM, Art. 7
Municipal lien certificates
MGL c. 40, § 22F (raise fee from $25 to $50); 5-9-2006 ATM, Art. 36
Municipal Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund
MGL c. 60B, § 2(i), to receive revenue sums received to be credited under MGL c. 40, § 5, Clause 72; 5-3-1994 ATM
Mosquito control
Chapter 112, Acts of 1931; 3-16-1931
Nomination papers
MGL c. 53, § 9A; local elections – regulations; 3-11-1968
911 (emergency telecommunications)
Chapter 291, Acts of 1990; 4-29-1991, Art. 16, effective in Norwell October 1996
Nudity or partial nudity
MGL c. 138, § 12B; voted 4-26-1983
Nuisances (buildings)
MGL c. 139, §§ 1, 2 and 3; burnt or dangerous buildings; 3-7-1960
Oxygen (breathing masks)
MGL c. 337; annual 3-7-1949
Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB)
Chapter 479, Acts of 2008; annual 6-9-2009
Parking Clerk
MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2, Chapter 605, Acts of 1981; voted 3-9-1982
Parking regulations
MGL c. 90, § 20C; voted 3-20-1980
Payroll
Chapter 586, Acts of 1975, employees payroll savings plan; 3-11-1976
PEG access (public, educational and government access) cable fund
MGL c. 44, § 53F 3/4; 5-2-2016 ATM, Art. 25
Pensions
Chapter 503, Acts of 1912, pensioning laborers; 11-5-1912
Pensions
Chapter 588, Acts of 1948, increase in amounts of pensions payable to certain former retired public employees; 3-7-1949
Chapter 624, Acts of 1952, increasing pensions; 3-1-1954
Personal property tax exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5, Subsection 54, as enacted by Chapter 159, Section 488 of the Acts of 2000, to establish a minimum fair cash value of $10,000; 5-14-2001 ATM
Personal real estate tax exemption
MGL 59, § 5, Subsections 17E and 41D, to increase the income and asset limits that apply to surviving spouses, surviving minors, or elderly persons; 5-14-2001 ATM
Personnel Board
MGL c. 41, §§ 108A and 108C, Personnel Board established; 3-11-1969
Planning Board
MGL c. 41, §§ 81A to 81Y, established Planning Board; 2-9-1953
Plans and records
MGL c. 83, § 2, drains and common sewers, repair and assessment; 1861
Police Department
MGL c. 41, § 97, Police Department established under direction of Selectmen; 9-12-1955
Police Department
MGL c. 31, § 48, civil service; 3-7-1959 election (Police Chief exempted from MGL c. 31, Civil Service, voted 5-11-1992 Town Meeting and approved by State Legislature on 5-21-1993)
MGL c. 40, § 6B, uniform allowance under supervision of Police Chief; 3-14-1966
MGL c. 44, § 53C, off-duty work detail payments; 3-14-1972
MGL c. 40, § 58, Chapter 626, Acts of 1987, establishing municipal charges lien for police detail charges.
MGL c. 41, § 108L, Career Incentive Program ("Quinn Bill"); 5-8-1997 ATM, Art. 39
Police mutual aid agreements
MGL c. 40, § 8G; voted 3-20-1980
Prisoner of war – exemption
See excise tax
Prohibition
Chapter 427, Acts of 1922
Property tax - deferral
MGL c. 59, § 5L, deferral of property taxes for members of National Guard or reservists while that member is on active duty outside of commonwealth; 5-15-2007 ATM, Art. 46
Railroad
Chapter 610, Acts of 1912, Old Colony Railroad; 6-15-1912
Real estate
MGL c. 59, § 38, Chapter 576, Acts of 1978, certain improvements classified as maintenance; 3-13-1979
Real estate
MGL c. 59, § 5, as amended by Chapter 743, Acts of 1981; voted 3-9-1982
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 37A, $500 exemption from real estate taxes due on property owned separately or jointly by legally blind occupant who is a Massachusetts resident; 4-3-1984
Real estate
Chapter 653, Section 5, Clause 41B of the Acts of 1982, amending MGL c. 59, § 5, real estate exemptions for persons 70 years of age or older and changes in allowed value limits of real property, personal property, gross receipts; 4-3-1984
Real estate
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 17D; effective 7-1-1987
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41C; effective 7-1-1987
MGL c. 59, § 57C, effective FY 94, collection of property taxes on quarterly basis;, 5-12-1992
Real estate
MGL c. 59, § 5, Subsections 17E and 41D, increase income and asset limits; 5-14-2001 ATM, Art. 8; MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41D, increase amount of exemption to $1,000 for FY 03 (see 5-10-2004 ATM, Art. 19)
Recreation
Chapter 169, Acts of 1956, county expenditures; 11-6-1956
Recreation Commission
MGL c. 45, § 14, established Recreation Commission; 9-12-1955
Recreation land (indemnify the lessor)
Act of the General Court, recreation purposes; 3-18-1957
Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Committee
MGL c. 40, § 44A, creation of Regional Refuse Disposal Committee consisting of 3 persons appointed by Moderator; 5-6-1991 ATM
Regional School District
Chapter 188, Section 13, Acts of 1985, professional development grant; MGL c. 71, § 40, amended by Chapter 188, Acts of 1985, Section 16, increase teachers salaries; 11-4-1985
Retirees
MGL c. 32B, § 18, requires retirees to switch to Medicare for health insurance; 5-14-2007 ATM, Art. 8
Retirement
MGL c. 32, §§ 1 to 28, Chapter 166, Acts of 1946, contributory retirement system for Town employees; 11-6-1946
Revised laws
Chapter 591, Acts of 1920, amended by Section 8
Revolving fund (adult education)
MGL c. 71, § 71E; voted 3-9-1981
Revolving fund (Board of Health)
MGL c. 44, § 53E, establish revolving fund for Board of Health; May 1991 ATM, Art. 11
Revolving fund (Board of Health)
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2 (recycling/composting program); 5-8-1997 ATM, Art. 32
Revolving fund (recreation services)
MGL c. 44, § 53D; voted 6-1-1981
Revolving fund (School Department)
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2, for fees and making disbursements in connection with student transportation; 5-13-2002 ATM, Art. 32; 11-18-2002 STM, Art. 3; 5-12-2003 ATM, Art. 10 continue (reauthorize) up to $100,000 for FY 2004
Salaries
Acts 1918, Section 95, salary, etc., elected officer, MGL c. 25, § 95, revised laws, amended by Chapter 591, Section 8, Acts of 1920
Salary and compensation
MGL c. 41, § 108, elected officers; 3-2-1942
Saturday, half holiday
Chapter 688, Acts of 1914; 11-3-1914
Scenic roads
MGL c. 40, § 15C, Bowker Street and Norwell Avenue; voted 3-15-1976
Stetson Shrine Lane, Stetson Road, Tiffany Road, and Jacob's Lane; 3-20-1980
First Parish Road, High Street, Old Oaken Bucket Road, Central Street, Prospect Street and River Street; 5-24-2005 ATM
Wildcat Lane, Green Street, Pleasant Street, Mount Blue Street, Winter Street, Lincoln Street, Pine Street, and Circuit Street; 5-9-2006 ATM, Art. 30
Cross Street, Forest Street and Summer Street; 5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 36
Schools
Chapter 311, Acts of 1919, continuation of schools; 11-4-1919
Chapter 104, Acts of 1948, "An act authorizing the Town of Norwell to borrow money for school purposes"; 3-7-1949; Chapter 71, public use of school property
MGL c. 71, § 14, Regional School District Planning Committee; 11-8-1954
Schools
School construction, 1-27-1958
Chapter 645, Acts of 1948
Schools
(Addition to elementary school; also Ridge Hill School) Grace Farrar Cole School, 9-12-1955; Chapter 44 (Municipal Finance), Chapter 645, Acts of 1948
Schools
MGL c. 44, 53E 1/2, revolving fund for student transportation; 5-13-2002 ATM
Schools
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 to 161, regional vocational high school; 3-6-1960
Schools
MGL c. 71, § 40, as amended by Chapter 188, Section 16, Acts of 1985, establishes minimum teachers' salaries; voted 11-4-1985
Schools
Chapter 188, Section 13, Acts of 1985, professional development grant; voted 11-4-1985
Senior citizens
Chapter 127, Section 59, Acts of 1999 (adding MGL c. 59, § 5K), property tax work off program; voted 5-5-1997 ATM, Art. 28, and 5-15-2000, Art. 12; 11-18-2002 STM; raise abatement amount from $500 to $750 for FY 04 (see 5-10-2004 ATM, Art. 19)
Slaughtering
MGL c. 94, voted provisions of Section 120; March 1921
Section 120, as amended by Section 3 of Chapter 332, Acts of 1943; voted to accept Section 120A (inserted by Chapter 496, Acts of 1924, and amended by Section 4 of Chapter 332, Acts of 1943); 3-4-1946
Smoke detectors
MGL c. 148, § 26E (requiring installation of smoke detectors in residential buildings); effective within 1 year from 11-23-1987 (revised 5-11-1992 ATM and April 1994)
Soil removal
MGL c. 40, § 21 as amended by Chapter 98, Acts of 1949; 3-20-1950 (Town bylaw)
South Scituate
Chapter 64, Acts of 1888, annexing South Scituate, chose name of Norwell; 3-5-1888
South Shore Recycling Co-op
Chapter 194, Section 419, Acts of 1998; voted 1-25-1999 STM
Sprinkler systems
MGL c. 148, § 26G, automatic sprinkler systems, nonresidential buildings or additions more than 7,500 gross square feet; 5-6-1989
Sprinkler systems
MGL c. 148, § 26(1), automatic sprinkler system for 4 units or more; voted 5-24-1999 ATM
Stabilization fund
MGL c. 40, § 5B; 3-7-1960
Special/education stabilization fund
MGL c. 40, § 5B; voted 5-2-2016 ATM
Subdivision security
Chapter 245, Acts of 1988; 4-29-1991, Art. 39
Suing
Chapter 368, Acts of 1921
Sunday sports (if no admission)
MGL c. 136, §§ 21 to 28; 3-3-1924
TB hospital
MGL c. 111, Town pays share of Plymouth County TB Hospital
Towing
MGL c. 40, §  22D, voted 3-14-1962; revoked acceptance of MGL c. 40, § 22D, 6-20-1968
Town bylaw
MGL c. 40, §  21, as amended by Chapter 98, Acts of 1949, soil removal; 3-20-1950
Town Clerk
MGL c. 41, § 19K, relative to the compensation of the Town Clerk when Town Clerk became certified MA municipal clerk; 12-1-2003 STM, Art. 6
Treasurer/Tax Collector
MGL c. 40, § 57, withholding licenses or permits until back taxes paid; 5-5-1994 ATM; 5-8-2017 ATM, Art. 26
MGL c. 41, § 41B, payment of public employees by direct bank credits; 5-5-1997 STM
Treasurer/Collector
MGL c. 41, § 108P, relative to certification/compensation of the Treasurer/Collector; 5-30-2006 ATM, Art. 39
Town Collector
MGL c. 41, § 38A, as amended by Chapter 197, Acts of 1948; 3-7-1949
Town Meeting
Chapter 284, Acts of 1915, as amended by Chapter 59, Acts of 1916, business first and in the evening; 4-23-1919
Town Meeting
MGL c. 39, § 15, Moderator can declare 2/3 vote by statute unless immediately challenged by 7 or more voters; voted 1-21-1999 STM
Trapping
MGL c. 131, § 105A, repealed, §§ 105B, 105C and 114A added; state election ballot, 11-6-1934
Unclaimed checks, abandoned funds, "tailings"
MGL c. 200A, § 9A, amended by Section 65 of Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2010; 5-2-2016 ATM, Art. 21
Union Bridge
Chapter 424, Acts of 1922
Union Bridge
MGL c. 658, §§ 1 to 8, subject to provisions of Chapter 91
Union Bridge
Chapter 797, Acts of 1960, extension of completion time from 1961 to 1963
Union High School
Union High School District established by vote, 3-8-1920
Vacation
Chapter 217, Acts of 1914, laborer's vacations; 11-3-1914
MGL c. 44, § 65, as inserted by Chapter 635, Acts of 1945, vacation pay advances
3-9-1959, employees other than School Committee and Board of Public Welfare
Visiting nurse
Catherine Roe appointed 8-1-1924
Voting
Chapter 790, Acts of 1914, party enrollment; 11-3-1914
Chapter 152, Acts of 1939; Chapter 54, Section 103A; absentee voting; 3-4-1940
Voting
Voted to amend polling hours specified by Board of Selectmen (for Annual and Special Town Elections only); 4-25-1995 ATM
Water
Chapter 149, Sections 1 to 10, Acts of 1931, voted to ratify action of special committee appointed to look into water question; 3-4-1946
Water
Chapter 496, Acts of 1947, authorizing Norwell to supply itself and its inhabitants with water; 12-15-1947
Work clothes
MGL c. 40, § 6J, stormy weather work clothes and other work attire for employees; 6-20-1968
Workmen's compensation
Chapter 807, Acts of 1913; 3-2-1914
MGL c. 152, § 69, coverage extended to certain municipal officers; 3-11-1968
Workmen's compensation
MGL c. 40, § 13C, to establish reserves to pay workmen's compensation claims as self-insurer; 5-4-1998 STM
Zoning
MGL c. 40A, § 8, zoning ordinances; 3-11-1968
Zoning
MGL c. 40A, § 20, appeals for variance; 3-11-1968
Zoning Board
MGL c. 40, § 27; 3-20-1950
Zoning bylaws
Chapter 808, Acts of 1975; 3-16-1978