Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 4E of chapter 40 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1994 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the tenth and eleventh paragraphs and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The education collaborative shall be deemed to be a public entity and shall have standing to sue and be sued to the same extent as a city, town or regional school district. An education collaborative, acting through its board of directors, may enter into contracts for the purchase of supplies, materials and services, and for the purchase or leasing of land, buildings and equipment as deemed necessary by such board of directors.