Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 131 of the acts of 1994 is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) of section 5 of part III and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(a) There shall be a board of selectmen composed of 5 members elected for terms of 3 years each, so arranged so that the term of at least 1 member shall expire each year.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, section 1 shall take effect upon the approval by a majority of registered voters in the town of Sudbury voting on this question at the next election held as part of the annual town meeting. Upon approval, additional selectmen shall be elected at either the annual election of 2014 or through a special election, which may be called by the board of selectmen or shall be called by the board of selectmen upon the request, in writing, of 10 per cent of the total number of registered voters in the town.
If the election is held as part of the annual election in March 2014 3 selectmen shall be elected, 1 for 2 years and 2 for 3 years, with terms expiring on the last day of the appropriate annual town meetings, and thereafter the elections shall be for a term of 3 years.
If a special election is held prior to the March 2014 annual election 2 selectmen shall be elected, 1 for a term of not more than 2 years, ending no later than the last day of the annual town meeting in 2015, and 1 for a term of not more than 3 years, ending no later than the last day of the annual town meeting in 2016, and thereafter the elections shall be for a term of 3 years. Said election shall occur no later than the election held as part of the annual town meeting in 2014.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, January 4, 2013.