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Pittsfield Charter signed into law
August 22, 2013

BOSTONState Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that Governor Deval Patrick has signed S. 1803, An Act revising the charter of the city of Pittsfield, into law. 
Now known as Chapter 72 of the Acts of 2013, this home rule petition, filed on behalf of the City by its legislative delegation, is a revision of the City’s Charter, drafted in consultation with the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston. It is the product of an 11-member Charter Review Study Committee, charged last fall with conducting a full evaluation of the Charter for the first time in 80 years. After a thorough vetting process that included multiple public forums and committee meetings, the recommendations outlined in the Act were unanimously approved by the City Council on May 28th
The new Charter provides the foundation for a modern, transparent and responsive municipal government for Pittsfield residents. City officials plan to place it on the November 2013 municipal election ballot; if approved by local voters, the new Charter will go into effect in January 2016.


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