SECTION 1. As used in this act the following words shall have the following meanings:-
“Active business operations”, all business operations that are not inactive business operations.
“Board”, the pension reserves investment management board established pursuant to section 23 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.
“Business operations”, engaging in commerce in any form in the Russian Federation, including by acquiring, developing, maintaining, owning, selling, possessing, leasing, or operating equipment, facilities, personnel, products, services, personal property, real property, or any other apparatus of business or commerce.
“Company”, any sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association, including all wholly-owned subsidiaries, majority-owned subsidiaries, parent companies, or affiliates of such entities or business associations that exist for profit-making purposes.
“Direct holdings”, all securities of a company held directly by the public fund or in an account or fund in which the public fund owns all shares or interests.
“Inactive business operations”, the continued holding or renewal of rights to property previously operated for the purpose of generating revenues but not presently deployed for such purpose.
“Indirect holdings”, all securities of a company held in an account or fund, such as a mutual fund, managed by 1 or more persons not employed by the public fund, in which the public fund owns shares or interests together with other investors not subject to the provisions of this act.
“Public fund”, the Pension Reserves Investment Trust or the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board in charge of managing the pooled investment fund consisting of the assets of the State Employees’ and Teachers’ Retirement Systems as well as the assets of local retirement systems under the control of the board.
SECTION 2. The Treasurer shall forthwith identify and take action to divest from all companies engaged in business operations, in which the public fund has direct or indirect holdings or could possibly have such holdings in the future. The identification of companies shall be the responsibility of an independent, third-party research firm, as identified by the public fund, and based on the criteria set forth in this act.
SECTION 3. (a)(1) The public fund shall immediately determine the companies engaged in business operations, in which the public fund owns direct or indirect holdings.
(2) The public fund shall sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw all publicly-traded securities of a company identified in paragraph (1) with active business operations.
(3) If a company identified in paragraph (1) with only inactive business operations converts such operations to active business operations, paragraph (2) will immediately apply.
SECTION 4. The public fund shall file a report with the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives and the attorney general that includes the list of companies engaged in business operations within 30 days after the list is created. Annually thereafter, the public fund shall file a report to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, and the attorney general, including but not limited to, all investments sold, redeemed, divested, or withdrawn in compliance with section 3.
SECTION 5. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, the state secretary and the division of banks are authorized and directed to take any and all lawful actions to prevent access to, or benefit from, direct or indirect holdings owned or controlled by the Russian Federation, its political subdivisions, banking institutions or other companies who conduct business operations domiciled in the Russian Federation if such direct or indirect holdings including but not limited to cash accounts are held in financial institutions licensed, governed, regulated or overseen by the commonwealth.
SECTION 6. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the governor of the commonwealth, acting by and through components of the executive branch, including but not limited to, the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, the Operational Services Division, and the Department of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management, is hereby authorized, to the maximum feasible extent, to identify, document, and analyze and contract or other financial vehicles by which the commonwealth conveys a direct tangible or intangible benefit to the Russian Federation, or any of its political subdivisions, or any company that has business operations domiciled in the Russian Federation and to terminate such agreements and any included commitments, to the extent authorized by their terms or any other available mechanism pursuant to the laws of the United States and the commonwealth. Any action taken pursuant to this section shall be fully documented and reported in a timely manner, but in no event later than 30 days, to the clerks of the House and Senate, and posted electronically.
SECTION 7. SECTION 5 and 6 are hereby repealed.
SECTION 8. SECTION 7 shall go into effect March 1, 2024.
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