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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTING CERTAIN EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS.

Whereas,  The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purposes, which are forthwith to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2018 and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary to carry out those appropriations or to accomplish other important public purposes, 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, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Section 2RRRR of chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a), as most recently amended by section 21 of chapter 208 of the acts of 2018, and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:- 

(a)  There shall be a Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund. The fund shall be administered and expended by the commissioner of public health or a designee for the municipal naloxone bulk purchase program. Municipalities and non-profit organizations that contract with the department of public health’s bureau of substance addiction services may join the program to purchase naloxone for municipal first responder agencies and such non-profit organizations. A sheriff of a house of correction that contracts with the department of public health may also participate in the program; provided, however, that such participation shall be pursuant to terms that the department may establish for such contract. The state office of pharmacy services shall assist with the purchasing and distribution of naloxone on behalf of the program. For the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system. The department of public health shall provide technical assistance to participating municipalities, non-profit organizations and sheriffs to ensure that the municipalities, non-profit organizations and sheriffs complete all training and registration requirements.

SECTION 2.  Item 8100-0515 of section 2 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017, is hereby amended by striking out the words “Public Safety Training Fund.........100%” and inserting in place thereof the following words:-

General Fund.............................80.00%

Public Safety Training Fund......20.00%.

 SECTION 3.  Section 99 of said chapter 47 is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Other federally permissible funding mechanisms available for certain hospitals, as defined by regulations of the executive office of health and human services, may be used to reimburse up to $70,000,000 of uncompensated care pursuant to sections 66 and 69 of said chapter 118E using sources distinct from the funding made available to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund.

SECTION 4.  Chapter 99 of the acts of 2018 is hereby amended by striking out, in section 2, the item number “7004-0054” and inserting in place thereof the following item number:- 7004-0061.

SECTION 5.  The first paragraph of section 72 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018 is hereby amended by striking out the words “2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives; 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives; 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate president and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate.

SECTION 6.  The second paragraph of said section 72 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by striking out the words “November 1, 2018” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- February 15, 2019.

SECTION 7.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of health and human services, with the written approval of the secretary of administration and finance, may authorize transfers of surplus among items 4000-0320, 4000-0430, 4000-0500, 4000-0601, 4000-0641, 4000-0700, 4000-0875, 4000-0880, 4000-0885, 4000-0940, 4000-0950, 4000-0990, 4000-1400, 4000-1420 and 4000-1425.

SECTION 8.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any unexpended balances, not exceeding a total of $20,000,000, in items 4000-0700 and 4000-1425 of section 2 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017 shall not revert to the General Fund until September 1, 2018 and may be expended by the executive office of health and human services to pay for services enumerated in said items 4000-0700 and 4000-1425 provided during fiscal year 2018.

SECTION 9.  The salary adjustments and other economic benefits authorized by the following collective bargaining agreements shall be effective for the purposes of section 7 of chapter 150E of the General Laws:

(1)  between the Suffolk County Sheriff and AFSCME, Local 3643, Unit SS6;

(2)  between the Norfolk County Sheriff and the Norfolk County Correctional Officers Association, NEPBA, Local 575, Unit SN2;

(3)  between the Norfolk County Sheriff and NAGE, Local 202, Unit SN1; and

(4)  between the University of Massachusetts and AFSCME, Local 507, Unit D82.

Approved, October 29, 2018.