Town of Dennis, MA
Barnstable County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Following is a chronological listing of General Laws and Special Acts accepted by the Town:
Date
Reference
Subject
1932 ATM
MGL c. 48, §§ 42 -- 44
Fire Chief
1932 ATM
MGL c. 114, §§ 22 -- 27
Cemetery Commissioner
1934 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 12
Bathhouses
1938 STM
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's compensation
1939 ATM
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's compensation
1942 ATM
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's compensation
1950 ATM
MGL c. 41, § 97A
Police Department
1952 ATM
Ch. 781, Acts of 1951
Pension and retirement
1953 ATM
Ch. 624, Acts of 1952
Pension and retirement
1953 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 6A
Advertising
1954 STM
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 -- 16I
Regional school district
1955 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 6B
Police uniforms
1958 ATM
MGL c. 32B
Insurance for employees
1960 ATM
Ch. 493, Acts of 1959
Pension and retirement
1961 ATM
Ch. 647, Acts of 1960
Pension and retirement
1964 ATM
Ch. 478, Acts of 1963
Pension and retirement
1964 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 8C
Conservation Commission
1965 ATM
Ch. 486, Acts of 1964
Pension and retirement
1967 ATM
MGL c. 152, §§ 69 -- 72
Workmen's compensation
1968 ATM
MGL c. 6, § 73
Council on Aging
1969 ATM
MGL c. 54, § 16A
Vacancies at polling
1969 ATM
MGL c. 90, § 20C
Parking violations
1970 ATM
MGL c. 121B, § 3
Housing Authority
1970 STM
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 -- 16I
Housing Authority Regional Technical School (Barnstable to Provincetown)
1973 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 8D
Historical Commission
1974 ATM
MGL c. 41, §§ 126 - 132
Police and Fire Depart- ments' tenure
1974 ATM
Ch. 67, Acts of 1973
Scenic roads
1975 STM
MGL c. 82, § 34
Bikeways
1976 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 22D
Parking violations
1976 STM
MGL c. 40, § 8G
Mutual aid agreements
1977 ATM
MGL c. 32B
Optional life insurance
1977 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 8H
Recycling Commission
1977 ATM
MGL c. 40, §§ 6J and 6L
Stormy weather work clothes for town employees
1979 ATM
MGL c. 138, § 17A
Liquor licenses
1979 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 6C
Snow and ice removal from private ways
1980 ATM
MGL c. 258, § 13
Indemnification of elect- ed and appointed offi- cials
1980 ATM
MGL c. 41, § 21
Selectmen acting as Park Commissioners
1980 ATM
MGL c. 148, § 26C
Smoke detectors
1980 STM
Ch. 217, Acts of 1980, § 4G
Bids
1981 STM
MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2
Parking clerk
1982 ATM
MGL c. 138, § 12B, as amended by Ch. 606, Acts of 1981
No nudity; liquor estab- lishments
1983 STM
Ch. 597, Act of 1982
Motor vehicle excise tax exemption for former POW's
1984 ATM
MGL c. 138, § 33B
Alcoholic beverages (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Sundays and holidays)
1985 ATM
MGL c. 59, § 5
Real estate tax abate ment for those over 70
1985 ATM
Ch. 55, Acts of 1984, § 1
Taxes under $25. due and payable in single payment
1985 ATM
Ch. 67, Acts of 1973
Addition of High Bank Road to scenic roads
1986 ATM
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
Room excise tax, 2.3%, effective 7-1-1986
1986 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 13
Establish municipal buildings insurance fund
1986 STM
MGL c. 138, § 17B
Liquor licenses
1986 STM
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
Increase local room tax from 2.3% to 4%, effective 4-1-1987
1987 STM
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's Compensa- tion Act
1988 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53D
Revolving fund, Recreation Depart- ment
1988 STM
Ch. 245, Acts of 1988
Authority to spend certain moneys with- out specific appro- priation
1989 ATM
Ch. 402, Acts of 1987
Issuance of single tax bill
1989 ATM
MGL c. 32B, § 9E
Group insurance for retired employees
1989 ATM
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
Group insurance for employees
1990 ATM
MGL c. 270, § 16
Designation of enforc- ing officers
1990 ATM
MGL c. 41, § 41B
Direct deposit of employee's salaries
1990 STM
MGL c. 59, § 57C
Quarterly tax payment system
1991 ATM
Ch. 291, Acts of 1990
911 Service
1991 ATM
MGL c. 40, § 57
Revocation and suspen- sion of licenses and permits of delinquent taxpayers
1991 ATM
MGL c. 59, § 5(41C)
Real property tax exemptions
1993 STM
MGL c. 41, § 25
Board of Assessors
1993 ATM
MGL c. 140, § 147A
Moneys from dog licen- ses and fines to be paid into Town Treasury
1995 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53E1/2
Revolving fund, Solid Waste and Collection Department; home composting bins
1995 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53E1/2
Revolving fund, Council on Aging
1995 STM
MGL c. 60, § 2
Collector may waive taxes of less than $10 and request Assessors to abate tax
Ch. 11, Acts of 1996
Office of Treasurer-Collector
1996 ATM
MGL c. 147, § 10F
Appointment of parking control officers
1996 ATM
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause (37A)
Property tax exemption for the blind
1996 ATM
Ch. 117, Acts of 1997
(Spec. Leg.) Establish a Betterment Fund
1998 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund, Town Library
2000 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund, Board of Health prerental inspection program
Ch. 269, Acts of 2000
Authorizing Town to deposit certain funds into its capital improvement fund
Ch. 272, Acts of 2000
Increasing the membership of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners
Ch. 276, Acts of 2000
Relating to the Historic District Committee
2002 STM
MGL c. 90, § 22B, Sub- sections (b) through (k)
Providing Town with authority to create a noncriminal ticketing procedure
2002 ATM
MGL c. 32B, § 9I
To allow for Town employees who are members of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or Reservists in the Armed Forces of the United States and called up for active service in the Armed Forces of the United States to continue to make payment of the portion of the total monthly health insurance premium rate that would have otherwise been deducted from their salary.
2004 STM
MGL c. 59, § 5K
Senior citizen voluntary property tax work-off abatement program (9-21-2004, Art. 3)
2004 STM
Ch. 149, § 298, Acts of 2004
Community Preservation Act (9-21-2004, Art. 14)
2005 ATM
MGL c. 71, § 16B
Reallocate sum of member towns' contribution to Cape Cod Regional Technical School (5-3-2005, Art. 8)
2006 ATM
MGL c. 71, § 16B
Reallocate sum of member towns' contribution to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District (5-2-2006, Art. 5)
2006 ATM
MGL c. 71, § 16B
Reallocate sum of member towns' contribution to Cape cod Regional Technical School (5-2-2006, Art. 9).
2006 STM
Ch. 147, Acts of 2008
Caleb Chase Trust Fund: municipal real estate tax bill, taxpayers may voluntarily check off and donate an amount not less than $1. (9-26-2006, Art. 17)
2006 STM
MGL c. 44, § 55C
Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund (9-26-2006, Art. 27)
2007 ATM
Ch. 118 Acts of 2008
Waterways Dredge & Maintenance Program Receipts Reserved Capital Improvements Fund. (5-8-2007, Art. 35)
2007 ATM
MGL c. 184, § 51, Acts of 2002
Amends MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41C (5-8-2007, Art. 37)
2008 ATM
Ch. 59, Acts of 2010
Elections for the Dennis Water District (5-6-2008, Art. 24)
2008 STM
MGL c. 59, § 57C
Implementation of quarterly tax payment system (11-18-2008, Art. 28)
2009 ATM
MGL c. 71, § 16B
Reallocate the sum of member towns' contribution to DY District with the District agreement rather than education reform formula (5-5-2009, Art. 7)
2009 ATM
MGL c. 71, § 16B
Reallocate the sum of member towns’ contribution to Cape Cod Technical School with the regional agreement rather than education reform formula (5-5-2009, Art. 10)
2009 ATM
Ch. 231, Acts of 2010
Establish a shellfish mitigation, receipts reserved for appropriation fund account (5-5-2009, Art. 36)
2009 ATM
Ch. 371, Acts of 2010
(Spec. Leg.) Allow Town to borrow in anticipation of reimbursements from betterments assessed (5-5-2009, Art. 43)
2009 ATM
(Spec. Leg.) Allow Dennis Water District to assume responsibilities for sewer and wastewater (5-5-2009, Art. 45)
2009 ATM
MGL c. 32B, § 9D
Provide for the Town payment of 1/2 of the premium costs payable by the surviving spouse of an employee for medical care (5-5-2009, Art. 46)
2009 ATM
MGL c. 32B, § 18A
All retirees, spouses and dependents who are enrolled in Medicare Part A or eligible required to enroll in medicare health benefits supplement plan (5-5-2009, Art. 47)
2010 ATM
MGL c. 64L, § 2(a)
To impose an additional .75% local meals excise upon the sale of restaurant meals originating within the Town by any vendor effective July 1, 2010 (5-4-2010, Art. 11)
2010 ATM
Ch. 180, Acts of 2011
Establish a Barrier Beach Protection/Stabilization Fund (5-4-2010, Art. 42)
Board of Selectmen
MGL c. 32B, §§ 21 through 23 
Health Care Reform (11-1-2011)
2011 STM
Ch. 316, Acts of 2012
(Spec. Leg.) Melpet Farm Stable Operations and Improvement Fund (11-15-2011, Art. 3)
2012 STM
MGL c. 32B, § 20
Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund and Schedule (11-13-2012, Art. 7)
2013 ATM
MGL c. 59, § 5N
Veteran’s Tax Work-Off Program (5-7-2013, Art. 46)
2013 STM
Ch. 125, Acts of 2014
Barrier Beach Protection Stabilization Fund Act (2-27-2013, Art. 2)
2016 ATM
Ch. 303, Acts of 2016
(Spec. Leg.) Establish Landfill Solar Special Revenue Fund (5-3-2016, Art. 19)
2017 ATM
MGL c. 44, § 53F 3/4
PEG Access and Cable Related Fund
2017 ATM
Ch. 302, Acts of 2018
(Spec. Leg.) Establish a Solid Waste and Recycling Capital Improvement Fund (5-2-2017, Art. 27)
2017 ATM
Ch. 303, Acts of 2018
(Spec. Leg.) Establish a Waterways Capital Improvement Fund (5-2-2017, Art. 33)