SECTION 1. Section 35BB of chapter 10 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 7 and 8, the figure “1” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- 2.
SECTION 2. Section 2 of chapter 70B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 29 and 30, the figure “1” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- 2.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 70B is hereby amended by inserting after section 5 the following section:-
Section 5A. No eligible applicant that submits a statement of interest to the authority pursuant to section 5 shall be denied an invite to apply for a school facilities grant solely because of the age of the system in need of repair. The authority may consider the age of the system in need of repair as a factor when reviewing applications for the purpose of designating approved school projects pursuant to section 6, and for the purpose of prioritizing the approval of school projects and reimbursements pursuant to section 8; provided, however, that no application shall be rejected based solely on the age of the system in need of repair; and provided, further, that the authority may prioritize the repair of older systems.
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