Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for a cost of living adjustment for veterans' benefits paid in fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six, 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,
SECTION 1. Veterans' benefits paid pursuant to section five of chapter one hundred fifteen of the General Laws shall be increased by nine per cent effective July first, nineteen hundred and eighty-five and the Commonwealth shall reimburse cities and towns for all expenses incurred as a result of said benefit increase. The Commonwealth shall continue to reimburse cities and towns for seventy-five per cent of all other costs incurred thereby in the same manner as other veterans' benefit are reimbursed by the Commonwealth.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July first, nineteen hundred and eighty-five.