Substitute House Bill No. 6721

Special Act No. 01-3

AN ACT REQUIRING THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COMMISSION TO CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 33 of number 511 of the special acts of 1929, as amended by section 2 of special act 77-54, is amended to read as follows:

The district commission shall conduct a public hearing on any proposed ordinance or revision to an ordinance at which parties in interest and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard. Notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be published in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the metropolitan district at least twice at intervals of not less than two days, the first not more than fifteen days nor less than ten days before such hearing, and the last not less than two days before such hearing. The proposed ordinance or revision to an ordinance shall be filed in the office of the town clerk in each municipality that is a member of the district for public inspection at least ten days before such hearing. The proposed ordinance or revision to an ordinance may be published in full in such newspaper. No ordinance passed by the district board shall take effect until ten days from the passage of such ordinance nor until it has been published twice in one or more daily papers issued within the metropolitan district and the clerk of said district shall cause each ordinance passed by the said district board to be published without unnecessary delay, and a certificate of the district clerk upon the record of such ordinance that the same has been so published shall be prima facie evidence thereof in any suit or proceeding, and no ordinance shall be valid if repugnant to the laws of the state.

Sec. 2. Section 34 of number 511 of the special acts of 1929 is amended to read as follows:

The district board of the metropolitan district may, from time to time, revise the ordinances of said district combining therein existing ordinances and making such alterations as it may deem necessary. [, which revision, so made, shall be legal and valid without the publication required to be made of new ordinances.]

Approved May 15, 2001