Town of Swansea, MA
Bristol County
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[This table includes general legislative acts, including Public Statutes, Revised Laws and General Laws, made applicable to the Town by the legislature or accepted of record in whole or in part by the Town up to the date indicated.]
Town Meeting Action
Chapter Number
Section
Subject
MGL c. 44
4
Borrowing of money
3-2-1891 ATM, Art. 10
Acts of 1888, C. 431
Superintendent of Schools
3-4-1895 ATM, Art. 13
P.S. 29
Sinking fund
3-2-1896 ATM, Art. 10
Acts of 1890, C. 347
Public Library
3-6-1899 ATM, Art. 12
Acts of 1898, C. 466
Superintendent of Schools
3-3-1902 ATM
R.L. 11, s. 339
Term of Selectmen
7-5-1902 ATM
Acts of 1902, C. 472
Construction of highways (rejected)
3-7-1904 ATM
R.L. 11, s. 364
Ballots
3-1-1909 ATM
Acts of 1908, C. 209
Forest fire prevention
11-5-1912 ATM
Acts of 1912, C. 503
Pensioning laborers (rejected)
Acts of 1913, C. 807
Workmen's compensation (rejected, town, 11-16-1913) (accepted, county, 3-3-1914)
3-2-1914 ATM
MGL c. 514
42
Eight-hour work day (rejected)
11-3-1914 STM
Acts of 1914, C. 217
Laborers vacations (rejected)
11-3-1914 STM
Acts of 1914, C. 688
Saturday half holiday (rejected)
11-3-1914 STM
Acts of 1914, C. 790
Party enrollment (rejected)
10-3-1919 STM
Acts of 1916, C. 293
Jitneys
11-4-1919 STM
Acts of 1919, C. 311G
Continuation schools
4-18-1921 STM
Acts of 1921, C. 4
Caswell burial ground
3-6-1922 ATM, Art. 5
MGL c. 94
120
Slaughterhouses
3-6-1922 ATM, Art. 11
MGL c. 136
21-28
Sunday sports
3-6-1923 ATM
Acts of 1922, C. 576
Accounting system (rejected)
10-30-1926 STM
MGL c. 39
23
Election of Town Commissioners
3-1-1926 ATM, Art. 28
MGL c. 45
1 — 9
Park Commissioners
6-18-1926 STM
Acts of 1926
Voting precincts
10-30-1926 STM, Art. 3
MGL c. 39
20
Establish voting precinct; vote on sale of liquor
10-30-1926 STM, Art. 4
MGL c. 39
23
To have voting and Town Meeting on different dates
3-9-1931 ATM, Art. 8
MGL c. 41
73
Board of Survey
Acts of 1933, C. 317
Swansea fire and water district
8-12-1933
Acts of 1933, C. 358
Slade's ferry
Acts of 1933, C. 359
Swansea fire and water district
8-12-1934
Acts of 1934, C. 367
Slade's ferry, repairs
10-15-1935
Acts of 1935, C. 488
Slade's ferry, repairs
3-13-1937 ATM
Acts of 1936, C. 211
Planning Board (MGL c. 41, § 81A)
8-11-1938 STM
MGL c. 143
3
Building/Construction Card
6-6-1939 STM, Art. 2
MGL c. 152
69
Labor; Insurance for Municipal Employees
3-11-1946 ATM
MGL c. 41
21
Cemetery Commissioners (rescind)
3-11-1946 ATM
MGL c. 114
22 — 26
Cemetery Commission
MGL c. 32
1 — 28
Contributory Retirement (Acts of 1946, C. 166)
5-9-1949 STM
Acts of 1949, C. 137
Swansea water district
3-12-1956 ATM
MGL c. 40
8A
Industrial Commission
3-11-1957 ATM, Art. 34
MGL c. 41
97A
Police Department, Chief of Police powers and duties
12-16-1963 STM, Art. 1
Acts of 1962, C. 697
Regional school district
12-7-1964 STM, Art. 13
MGL c. 130
8A
Shellfish; police given Coastal Warden powers
3-8-1965 ATM
MGL c. 40
8D
Historical Commission
3-14-1966 ATM, Art. 34
MGL c. 40
8C
Conservation Commission
3-13-1967 ATM, Art. 21
MGL c. 41
23A
Executive Secretary
Acts of 1967
Swansea water district (annual meeting) (Swansea Water Dist. is a separate municipal entity)
Acts of 1968, C. 396
Life tenure - Police Department
3-11-1968 TM, Art. 26
MGL c. 121
26K
Housing Authority
3-3-1969 Ballot Question 1
Acts of 1968, C. 396
Tenure for certain members of police force
Acts of 1971, C. 486
Beano
3-12-1973 ATM, Art. 42
MGL c. 44
53C
Police officers - monies for off-duty work details
ATM 4-14-1975
MGL c. 48
42, 43, 44
Fire department
ATM 5-17-1976
MGL c. 41
108L
Career incentive - police department
4-14-1975 ATM, Art. 45
MGL c. 48
42
Establish Fire Department; appoint Fire Chief
4-14-1975 ATM, Art. 46
MGL c. 48
43
Duties of Fire Chief; role of Forest Warden
4-14-1975 ATM, Art. 47
MGL c. 48
44
Application of sections establishing Fire Department and appointing and defining duties of Fire Chief
6-2-1975 STM
MGL c. 40
8E
Youth Commission
6-2-1975 STM, Art. 13
Petition for right to control and regulate the taking of herring from the Coles River
5-15-1978 ATM, Art. 32
Acts of 1975, C. 808
5-17-1976 ATM, Art. 21
MGL c. 41
108L
Career incentive salary increases for police officers
5-16-1977 ATM, Art. 10
MGL c. 40
8G
Authorizing Town to enter into agreements providing for mutual aid programs for Police Department
5-16-1977 ATM, Art. 11
MGL c. 40
22D
Authorizing Selectmen to adopt rules and regulations concerning towing of illegally parked motor vehicles
5-16-1977 ATM, Art. 12
MGL c. 53
9A
Regulate the issuance and processing of nomination papers
11-7-1977 STM, Art. 8
MGL c. 90
20C
Schedule of fines for violation of parking regulations
5-15-1978 ATM, Art. 30
Authorize Selectmen and three citizens to act as Sewer Committee
12-4-1978 STM, Art. 9
Create Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Committee
4-14-1980 Ballot Question 1
C. 258
13
Defense and indemnification of municipal officers
10-13-1981 STM, Art. 9
MGL c. 90
20A, 20C, 20D, 20E
Appointment of parking clerk
10-13-1981 STM, Art. 19
MGL c. 71
71E
Appropriation and expenditure of funds from adult education and continuing education program
5-17-1982 ATM, Art. 23
MGL c. 44
53D
Revolving fund - recreation commission
5-16-1983 ATM, Art. 20
MGL c. 148
26G
Sprinklers in commercial buildings
5-21-1984 ATM
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 17C
Tax exemption for windows, widower's minor children of deceased
5-21-1984 ATM, Art. 36
Acts of 1982, C. 597
Automobile excise tax exemption for former prisoners of war
5-20-1985 ATM, Art. 23
Establish Municipal Complex Building Committee
5-20-1985 ATM, Art. 24
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 41B
Real estate tax exemptions
5-20-1985 ATM, Art. 26
MGL c. 40
4H
Recycling programs
5-19-1986 ATM, Art. 17
Acts of 1985, C. 727
Exemption of real estate taxes of veterans organizations
5-19-1986 ATM
MGL c. 40
A
Certain proceedings at ATM of Town of Swansea (as amended by Acts of 1986, C. 442)
12-15-1986 STM, Art. 3
MGL c. 40
57
Issuance of licenses and permits
5-18-1987 ATM
MGL c. 70A
5
Educational grant
3-14-1988 STM, Art. 2
Establish School Facilities Committee
3-14-1988 STM, Art. 2
Acts of 1987, C. 499
Veterans quarters exemption
4-11-1988 Ballot Question 1
Town to pay 1/2 premium for retired employee group life and health insurance
12-5-1988 STM, Art. 2
Place on next election ballot - Selectmen appoint Board of Health (MGL c. 41, § 21)
4-10-1989 Ballot Question 1
Board of Health - appointed by Selectmen
5-22-1989 STM, Art. 2
Establish School Building Committee for new elementary school located off Peters Road
Acts of 1990, C. 264
An Act providing for recall elections in the Town of Swansea
5-21-1990 ATM, Art. 24
MGL c. 59
2A
MGL assessment date changes for new growth
5-21-1990 ATM, Art. 25
MGL c. 59
57C
Quarterly tax billing, commencing in fiscal year 1992
5-21-1990 ATM, Art. 29
MGL c. 148
26I
Automatic sprinkler systems in residential buildings containing not less than 4 units
5-21-1990 ATM, Art. 32
MGL c. 64G
3A
Imposition of local excise tax on hotels and motels
11-26-1990 STM, Art. 1
Pursuant to amended Art. 97, dedicate for conservation purposes 50-foot ROW Village Park
5-20-1991 ATM, Art. 21
Acts of 1990, C. 291
Enhanced 9-1-1
5-20-1991 ATM, Art. 39
MGL c. 40
21D
Enforcement of health regulations and fines (BOH Bylaw)
5-18-1992 ATM, Art. 23
MGL c. 30B
Uniform Procurement Act (Acts of 1989, C. 687)
5-18-1992 ATM, Art. 24
Establish a Personnel Board
5-20-1996 ATM, Art. 23
Acts of 1995, C. 171
Indemnifying volunteer fire fighters - injuries received in line of duty and crediting service for retirement
5-20-1996 ATM, Art. 25
MGL c. 138
12B
Nudity or partial nudity in premises which are the subject of an alcoholic beverage license
Acts of 1998, C. 5
An Act authorizing the Division of Capital Planning and Operations to convey a certain parcel of land in the Town of Swansea
Acts of 1999, C. 58
An Act authorizing the Swansea Water District to acquire and convey certain parcels of land
Acts of 1999, C. 133
An Act relative to the Swansea Water District
5-17-1999 ATM, Art. 33
MGL c. 40
4
Authorize Board of Health - employment of Town Nurse, Assistant Town Nurse and Tobacco Control Officer
5-17-1999 ATM, Art. 34
Acts of 1996, C. 448
2
Moderator "Vote So Declared"
Acts of 2001, C. 41
An Act relative to the membership of the Conservation Commission of the Town of Swansea
5-21-2001 ATM, Art. 31
MGL c. 44B
3 — 7
Community Preservation Act
5-21-2001 ATM, Art. 35
MGL c. 140
147A
Town control of dog licenses
10-1-2001 STM, Art. 3
MGL c. 59
MGL c. 127
5K
59
Establish senior citizen real property tax work-off program effective July 1, 2002
Acts of 2002, C. 93
An Act relative to the financial conditions in the Town of Swansea
5-20-2002 ATM, Art. 19
MGL c. 44
53F 1/2
Municipal Solid Waste Bylaw; establish Enterprise Fund
5-20-2002 ATM, Art. 22
MGL c. 41
55
Appointment of Town Accountant
5-20-2002 ATM, Art. 23
MGL c. 41
55
Abolish the position of Auditor
Acts of 2004, C. 156
An Act relative to part-time elected officials of the Town of Swansea
Acts of 2004, C. 257
An Act authorizing the Town of Swansea to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises
3-15-2004 ATM, Art. 15
MGL c. 40
8A
Authorize Board of Selectmen to appoint up to 15 members to Development and Industrial Commission (see 3-12-1956 ATM, adopting MGL c. 40, § 8A)
3-15-2004 ATM, Art. 16
Acts of 2003, C. 46
Allow volunteer and call firefighters to participate in Town's group health insurance plan with the provision that said firefighters must pay 100% of premiums
3-15-2004 ATM, Art. 18
MGL c. 140
177A
Set fee for automatic amusement devices at $100 per device
5-17-2004 STM, Art. 6
MGL c. 41
38A
Tax Collector to act under title of Town Collector to collect all accounts due the Town
Acts of 2005, C. 13
An Act establishing the Office of Collector-Treasurer in the Town of Swansea
Acts of 2005, C. 119
An Act authorizing the Water Commissioners of the Swansea Water District to appoint a clerk and a treasurer
2-14-2005 STM, Art. 10
MGL c. 40
22A
Fines for violating MGL c. 40, § 22A as it pertains to parking of vehicles owned by disabled persons from $25 per offense to $100 per offense
5-16-2005 ATM, Art. 22
MGL c. 60
77C
Acceptance of deeds in lieu of tax title foreclosure
Acts of 2007, C. 32
An Act relative to the Swansea Water District
Acts of 2008, C. 52
An Act relative to the exchange of land in the Town of Swansea
5-19-2008 ATM, Art. 29
MGL c. 44B
3 — 7
Community Preservation Act
8-18-2008 STM, Art. 3
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 41C
Annual elderly property tax exemption
11-4-2008 Ballot Question 4
Community Preservation Act
6-29-2009 STM, Art. 2
MGL c. 40
21D
Enact Noncriminal Disposition Bylaw
Acts of 2012, Ch. 88
An Act relative to the supplemental reserve fund to ensure fiscal stability in the Town of Swansea
Acts of 2012, Ch. 105
An Act relative to the Town of Swansea Volunteer Fire Department
5-20-2013 ATM, Art. 35
MGL c. 127
59
Senior citizen real property work-off program increase to $12,500
10-21-2013 STM, Art. 13
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 54
Establish minimum value of $2,000 for person property subject to taxation
11-2-2015 STM, Art. 8
MGL c. 32B
20
Create Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
5-16-2016 ATM, Art. 33
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 54
Exempt from taxation personal property that does not exceed $5,000
5-21-2018 ATM, Art. 25
MGL c. 59
5, cl. 41D/C
Annual increase for senior citizens exemption
5-21-2018 ATM, Art. 42
MGL c. 64N
3
Local option - 3% marijuana sales tax