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 any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Lowell, by majority vote of its city council, shall pay the reasonable expenses, not to exceed $15,000 , of the funeral and burial of a city of Lowell employee who, while acting in the performance of his office or employment, was killed or sustained injuries that resulted in his death. For the purpose or this act, “employee” shall mean any person in the service of the city of Lowell whose duties require not less than 20 hours of work during a regular work week, and shall not include any seasonal employee, emergency employee or retiree.
SECTION 2. This act shall not apply to city of Lowell employees or officers otherwise covered under the provisions of section 100G ¼ of chapter 41 of the General Laws, which has been previously accepted by the city of Lowell.
SECTION 3. No payment shall be made under this act unless documentation that such expense has actually been incurred has been submitted to the city auditor who shall report to the city council as to its adequacy.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved January 10, 2009