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 $700,000,000 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, 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. Said amount shall be in addition to the amount made available for said purposes in section 1 of chapter 113 of the acts of 2000. The authorization contained herein shall cease to be operative as of the effective date of the general appropriation act, and all actions taken under this section shall apply against the general appropriation act. All expenditures made under this authorization shall be consistent with appropriations made in the general appropriation act.
SECTION 2. The state treasurer shall make advance payments for periodic local reimbursement or assistance programs to a city, town, regional school district or independent agricultural and technical school that demonstrates an emergency cash shortfall, as certified by the commissioner of revenue and approved by the secretary of administration and finance, pursuant to guidelines issued by said secretary.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect as of July 1, 2000.