Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 3 of chapter 72 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The superintendent of schools shall annually on or before September fifteenth transmit the school returns to the commissioner, signed and sworn to by him, containing the following information together with any other information required by the commissioner in accordance with section one of chapter sixty-nine:-.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 72 is hereby further amended by striking out section 6, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 6. A town may request and receive an extension of time for submission of its report and returns from the commissioner for cause.
Any town which has not received an extension of time and whose report and returns are not received by the commissioner on or before September thirtieth shall be subject to such penalties as may be established by the board of education under regulations adopted by it under chapter thirty A of the General Laws. Such penalties may include, but not be limited to, forfeiture by such town of part or all of the amount to be distributed to it by the state treasurer under chapter seventy.