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. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the amount of $450,000,000 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, to meet necessary expenditures prior to the enactment of the general appropriation act for said fiscal year for the maintenance and operation of the several departments, boards, commissions and institutions, including federal grant and Intragovernmental Service Fund expenditures, for other necessary services and for meeting certain requirements of law; provided, however, that said appropriation shall be in addition to any amounts previously appropriated and made available for said purposes; provided, however, that the authorization contained herein shall cease to be operative as of the effective date of the general appropriation act for said fiscal year and all actions taken under this section shall apply against said general appropriation act; and provided further, that all expenditures made under this authorization shall be consistent with appropriations made in said general appropriation act.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect as of July 1, 1998.