AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2001 TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTING CERTAIN EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
To provide for certain unanticipated obligations of the
commonwealth, to provide for an alteration of purpose for current
appropriations, to provide for certain other activities and projects, and to
meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in section 2A are hereby
appropriated from the general fund unless specifically designated otherwise
herein, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified
herein, and subject to the provisions of law regulating the disbursement of
public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. The
sums appropriated in section 2A shall be in addition to any amounts
previously appropriated and made
available for the purposes of said items.
NO SECTION 2.
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
For a one-time state supplement to the federal Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program for the purpose of assisting low income
elders, working families and other households with the purchase
of heating oil, propane and natural gas; provided, that funds from
this item shall not be expended until all federal funds available
for the purpose have been expended for the purpose; provided
further, that all assistance awarded by said program shall be
expended in the following order of priority: (1) all eligible
households not previously awarded assistance by said federal
program; (2) working families with incomes between 175 and 200
per cent of the federal poverty level; and (3) households
previously awarded federally-funded assistance in fiscal year
2001; provided further, that the department may increase the
maximum assistance for which a household is eligible to reflect
the need of such household; and provided further, that any
supplemental federal funds allocated to said program received
during fiscal year 2001 shall be expended prior to any
expenditures from this item
OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS REGULATION.
Division of Energy Resources.
For the operation of a one-time program to improve the supply of #2 heating
oil stocks in the commonwealth and to reduce the risk of supply disruptions
between October 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001; provided, that this program shall
be available only to wholesale and retail distributors of #2 heating oil
having actual or constructive possession of at least 10,000 barrels of storage
capacity in the commonwealth, and who agree to purchase and resell #2 heating
oil according to regulations to be promulgated by the division of energy
resources in exchange for maintaining minimum inventories; provided further,
that the regulations shall include prohibitions on the distribution outside of
the commonwealth of any #2 heating oil held in the minimum inventories under
the one-time program; provided further, that net revenues received by eligible
wholesalers and retailers of #2 heating oil, from the sale of heating oil
purchased pursuant to the program shall be divided evenly between the
commonwealth and relevant wholesalers or retailers of #2 heating oil; provided
further, that the commonwealth shall have no further obligations beyond the
amount appropriated herein for the program; provided further, that the
division of energy resources shall promulgate emergency regulations for the
implementation of the program within 21 days of the effective date of this
act; and provided further, that the division may make payments to the
wholesale and retail distributors pursuant to the regulations for the purposes
of this program
This act shall take effect upon its passage.