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 $575,000,000 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, to meet necessary expenditures prior to the enactment into law of the general appropriation act for said fiscal year, for the maintenance and operations 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 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 appropriation act; provided, further, that all expenditures made under this authorization shall be consistent with appropriations made in said appropriation act.
SECTION 2. Item 4800-0020 of section 2 of chapter 151 of the acts of 1996 is hereby amended by striking out the figure "47,571,907" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 49,416,253.
SECTION 3. Item 4800-1100 of said section 2 of said chapter 151 is hereby amended by striking out the figure "80,479,763" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 82,124,763.
SECTION 4. Section 1 shall take effect as of July 1, 1997.
SECTION 5. Sections 2 and 3 shall take effect as of June 30, 1997.