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The Town Government and By-Law Committee serves Town Meeting as an advisory
committee pursuant to M.G. L. c. 39, Section 16. It consists of five members
appointed for staggered terms of three years each. The members of the Town
Government and By-Law Committee are appointed by the Moderator, the Chair of
the Select Board and the Town Clerk. In the event that a member does not complete
their term, the Moderator appoints a replacement to fill the term vacancy.
The Committee reviews all warrant articles that would, if adopted, affect or require
changes to the Rockport Code of By-Laws or to the Town Charter. The Committee is
responsible for a quinquennial (five-year) review and update of all By-Laws. The
Committee also investigates and reports, at anytime, on By-Laws that appear to
need revision because of non-compliance. The Committee does not review warrant
articles pertaining to Town Zoning By-Laws.
For Town Meetings, the Committee prepares a written report on warrant articles
reviewed by the Committee stating the Committee’s recommendation of favorable
action, unfavorable action, or no recommendation. In each case the Committee
provides its reasons therefor.