- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a municipal modernization bill aimed at helping Massachusetts cities and towns streamline services, including allowing them to issue motor vehicle citations electronically.

The Republican signed the bill Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Baker says the law is an example of the kind of “weed whacking of outdated, clunky laws” that will make local government more efficient.

The wide-ranging law is designed to give cities and towns more tools to manage their affairs and cope with increasing budget pressures.

Baker says the law will improve the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.

The law also creates a uniform April 1 deadline for taxpayers seeking personal exemptions.

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