Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the suspension of certain labor laws in an emergency, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
The attorney general may, pursuant to Article XX of Part the First of the Constitution, suspend the application or operation of chapter 149 of the General Laws or any rule or regulation made thereunder which regulates, limits or prohibits the employment of minors over the age of 16, during the following periods: (a) May 25, 2003 to June 21, 2003, inclusive, on Friday and Saturday evenings only; (b) August 1, 2002, to September 4, 2002, inclusive; (c) June 21, 2003 to September 3, 2003, inclusive; (d) September 5, 2002 to October 31, 2002, inclusive, on Friday and Saturday evenings only; and (e) September 4, 2003 to October 31, 2003, inclusive, on Friday and Saturday evenings only. The attorney general may exercise such authority upon finding, after opportunity to be heard has been given to interested parties, that an emergency exists or that conditions of hardship in an industry, branch of an industry or individual establishment require or justify the suspension of any such law, rule or regulation. Any such suspension by the attorney general shall prescribe, and may be granted or limited to, the particular departments, operations or occupations within an industry, branch of an industry or individual establishment.