Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to provide for the extension of certain bond funded projects and activities, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
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. To provide for certain proposed capital projects and the continuation of other capital projects in progress, the authorizations for which would otherwise expire on June 30, 1997, the items set forth in section 2C are hereby authorized to continue, subject to the conditions specified in the original authorizations and any amendments thereto, and subject to the provisions of law regulating the disbursement of public funds.
SECTION 2C. For the purpose of making available for expenditure certain balances of authorizations which would otherwise revert on June 30, 1997, the authorizations listed in this section are hereby extended through June 30, 1998.
SECTION 3. Section 2C of chapter 31 of the acts of 1996 is hereby amended by inserting after item 2440-8819 the following item:-
SECTION 4. Chapter 427 of the acts of 1996 is hereby amended by striking out section 14 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 14. The public employee retirement administration commission, in consultation with the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement Systems, the state board of retirement and the teachers' retirement board, shall study and evaluate the early intervention program established by section 5B of chapter 32 of the General Laws. Said early intervention program shall be effective and shall be implemented on January 1, 1998. On or before October 1, 1997, said commission shall file the results of its study together with any recommendations with the clerk of the house of representatives who shall forward the same to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on public service.
SECTION 4A. Subsection (b) of section 80 of chapter 11 of the acts of 1997 is hereby amended by striking out, in the first sentence, the figure "$500,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $1,200,000.
SECTION 5. Section 9 of chapter 17 of the acts of 1997 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect as of June 30, 1997.