HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 3736
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
House of Representatives, November 4, 2013.
BILL #: H3334
BILL STATUS: Favorable with Amendment
For the committee,
BRIAN S. DEMPSEY
HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 3736
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen
An Act encouraging the improvement, expansion and development of military installations in the Commonwealth.
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to stimulate employment and encourage the improvement, expansion and development of military installations in the commonwealth, 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. To provide for a program of economic development and improvement, the sums set forth in section 2 are hereby made available, subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds and approval thereof, and subject to the prior approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided, that the amounts specified in an item or for a particular project may be adjusted in order to facilitate projects authorized in this act.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Office of the Secretary of Administration and Finance
1100-1590 For the improvement, expansion and development of military installations as recommended by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force and for base realignment preparation and mitigation projects……………….………….$177,000,000
SECTION 3. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 215, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, the following section:-
Section 216. (a) Within the office of the governor, there shall be established the military asset and security strategy task force which shall be chaired by the governor. The task force shall also be co-chaired with up to 2 current or former elected officials to be appointed by the governor, and shall include at least 1 member of the federal congressional delegation, which member shall serve on the task force through at least the first full year of a new gubernatorial administration for continuity purposes. The task force shall consist of the following members: the secretary of public safety and security, or a designee; the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, or a designee; the commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, or a designee; the secretary of housing and economic development, or a designee; the secretary of labor and workforce development, or a designee; the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, or a designee; the secretary of education, or a designee; the secretary of administration and finance, or a designee; the secretary of the department of transportation, or a designee; the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority, or a designee; the secretary of the department of veterans services, or a designee; the president and chief executive officer of Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, or a designee; 2 representatives from the defense sector appointed by the governor; 2 representatives from institutions of higher education appointed by the governor; 1 member of the senate appointed by the senate president; and 1 member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house.
(b) The military asset and security strategy task force shall have the power to:
(1) engage with representatives from the military, business community and government, including municipal officials, and community members surrounding each installation in order to enhance, expand, add or otherwise improve missions, programs, facilities, and operations on or affecting the military installations;
(2) engage with community partners, including, but not limited to, chambers of commerce, business associations, education officials, workforce development officials, municipal officials, elected officials, and veteran and military family support agencies, located in the vicinity of each military installation to create and expand upon the impact each installation has on the municipality and surrounding cities and towns;
(3) develop, coordinate, and implement workforce training programs, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, housing renovations or construction, and transportation improvements to support the missions at each military installation;
(4) identify initiatives that can be implemented to address or resolve operational or mission weaknesses at the military installations;
(5) identify opportunities for local businesses, municipalities, state or public agencies, community colleges or other institutions of higher education to contract and partner with the military installations to provide goods, services, training or education; and
(6) advise the governor and executive and legislative branch officials regarding the ongoing efforts by the United States Department of Defense to close, realign, restructure, streamline, or otherwise take actions that would impact the military installations.
(c) To the extent permitted by law, every agency within the executive branch and public agencies or authorities shall make all reasonable efforts to cooperate with the task force and to furnish all information and assistance requested by the task force.
(d) The office of the governor, in consultation with the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and the Massachusetts National Guard, shall serve as the point of contact for the military asset and security strategy task force with federal, state, and local elected and non-elected officials to coordinate with the military, government, and the public and private sectors.
(e) The military asset and security strategy task force shall meet at times and places to be determined by the chair or co-chairs and may establish working groups, meetings, forums and any other activity deemed necessary to carry out its mandate.
(f) The military asset and security strategy task force, through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, may engage or contract with the University of Massachusetts or other institutions or entities to supply statistical data, reports, curriculum, and other information and assistance necessary to support the work of the task force.
SECTION 4. Subsection (a) of section 3 of chapter 23G of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after clause (34) the following clause:-
(35) to contract or enter into agreements, licenses, and easements, with municipalities, the federal government, any agency thereof or any other person or entity, including, without limitation, the commonwealth, state and public agencies of the commonwealth, regional entities, and utility companies, to provide utility services, including, but not limited to, electricity, gas, cable television, broadband and telephone services and to acquire, construct, maintain and operate any such systems for utility services.
SECTION 5. (a) As used in this section and section 2, the following terms shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following meanings:
“MassDevelopment”, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency established by chapter 23G of the General Laws.
“Military installations mission improvement and expansion projects", the planning, permitting, design, acquisition, purchase, ownership, use, reuse, rehabilitation, renovation, improvement, furnishing, equipping, construction, reconstruction, operation, development, mortgaging and sale, or any combination of the foregoing, of military installations, and any components thereof, including military related-education projects on and off such installations, in accordance with this act all in furtherance of reducing operating costs and retaining and expanding mission and, whenever appropriate, the term shall also mean all lands, buildings, structures, parking and appurtenances.
“Base realignment preparation and mitigation projects”, the planning, permitting, design, environmental rehabilitation, or any combination of the foregoing, of military installations, or portions of such installations, scheduled for partial or complete realignment, in order to minimize the economic and social impact of such reduced or eliminated use.
(b) MassDevelopment shall be the public agency or instrumentality of the commonwealth authorized and empowered to do all acts and things necessary or convenient to oversee and implement military installations mission improvement and expansion projects or base realignment preparation and mitigation projects, including, without limitation, the acquisition, management and disposition of all or any portion of military installations, or interests therein, including improvements thereon, and including, without limitation, buildings and utility systems, equipment and personal property, all in accordance with the terms of this act. MassDevelopment may, for the purposes of implementing military installations improvement and expansion projects or base realignment preparation and mitigation projects in its own name or in conjunction with others, acquire title to the land, buildings and improvements that comprise all or any portion of military installations upon the transfer or disposition of any portion of the military installations by the federal government. Implementation of the projects shall be a corporate purpose of MassDevelopment under chapter 23G of the General Laws, and specifically shall be deemed an exercise of its powers under clause (6) of subsection (a) of section 3 of said chapter 23G. MassDevelopment shall be reimbursed for its reasonable administrative costs and out of pocket expenditures, as determined by the secretary of administration and finance, incurred in implementing the provisions of this subsection.
SECTION 6. Notwithstanding sections 32 to 38, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall, subject to such terms and conditions as she may prescribe, convey to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation a certain parcel of land owned by the commonwealth located in the Towns of Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich comprised of the railroad right-of-way generally shown on the plan entitled, "Massachusetts Military Reservation Cantonment Area Map”. A copy of the plan is held in the offices of the division of capital asset management and maintenance. The exact boundaries of the parcel of land shall be determined by the commissioner, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, after completion of a land boundary survey to be obtained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation shall be responsible for all costs and expenses including, but not limited to, costs associated with any engineering, surveys, appraisals and lease preparation related to the conveyance authorized in this act as such costs may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance.
SECTION 7. To meet a portion of the expenditures necessary in carrying out section 2, the state treasurer shall, upon request of the governor, issue and sell bonds of the commonwealth in an amount to be specified by the governor from time to time, but not exceeding in the aggregate the sum of $177,000,000. All bonds issued by the commonwealth under this section shall be designated on their face, Military Mission Improvement and Expansion Act of 2013, and shall be issued for a maximum term of years, not exceeding 30 years, as the governor may recommend to the general court pursuant to Section 3 of Article LXII of the Amendments to the Constitution. All such bonds shall be payable not later than June 30, 2048. All interest and payments on account of principal on these obligations shall be payable from the General Fund. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, bonds and interest thereon issued under this section shall be general obligations of the commonwealth.
SECTION 8. The secretary of administration and finance shall submit a report on the progress of any projects funded under this act and included in the governor’s five-year capital investment plan to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means, and the senate and house chairs of the senate and house committees on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets. The report shall include, but not be limited to: the previous year planned spending, previous year spending, current year planned spending, current year spending to date, original estimated total project cost, project description, including the purpose and intended use of the project, location of the project, type of spending, type of asset and useful life of the project once completed. The report shall be submitted on June 30 and December 31 of each year for a period of 8 years after the effective date of this act.
SECTION 9. The secretary of administration and finance shall, at least 30 days prior to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency’s execution of any contract in furtherance of any military installations mission improvement and expansion project or base realignment preparation and mitigation project, submit a report containing a description of the project, the purpose of the project, and its projected cost to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means, and the chairs of the senate and house committees on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets.
SECTION 10. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the unexpended and unencumbered balances of the bond-funded authorizations in the following accounts shall cease to be available for expenditure 90 days after the effective date of this act: 1100-1570, 1100-1580.
SECTION 11. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, with the exception of section 138 of chapter 33 of the general laws, the term the Massachusetts Military Reservation or MMR, wherever either appears in a general or special law, shall mean Joint Base Cape Cod.
SECTION 12. Notwithstanding sections 32 to 38, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may, with the concurrence of the adjutant general of the military forces of the commonwealth, convey to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for $1 fee interests or any other title interest in or easements on any land or infrastructure owned by the commonwealth and located at Joint Base Cape Cod in the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich and as more generally shown on a plan entitled “Massachusetts Military Reservation Cantonment Area Map” dated February 2007, by 1 or more conveyances or grants of easements. A copy of such plan is held in the offices of the division of capital asset management and maintenance. The exact boundaries of any land to be conveyed or easements to be granted shall be determined by the commissioner, in consultation with Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, after completion of a land boundary survey by Massachusetts Development Finance Agency in the event that such boundaries are not known. The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency shall be responsible for all costs and expenses including, but not limited to, costs associated with any engineering, surveys, and appraisals related to the conveyance authorized in this section as such costs may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. Any land conveyed from the commonwealth to Massachusetts Development Finance Agency shall be used for military purposes, or used for purposes consistent with chapter 23G of the General Laws, provided the land shall be used to encourage the development of marine science, education, energy, defense, aviation, or environmental related businesses, or any other economic development use that the adjutant general approves.