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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 94626        FILED ON: 4/22/2010

HOUSE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4626

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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By Mr. Murphy of Burlington, for the committee on Ways and Means, on Senate. No. 2370, reported, in part, a Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2010 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

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An Act MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTING CERTAIN EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS.

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FOR THE COMMITTEE

 

Name:

District/Address:

Charles Murphy

21st Middlesex


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Ten

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An Act MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTING CERTAIN EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS.


 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purposes, which are forthwith to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2010 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.

To provide for supplementing certain items in the general appropriation act and other appropriation acts for fiscal year 2010, the sums set forth in section 2 are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise in this act or in those appropriation acts, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this act or in those appropriation acts, and subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.  These sums shall be in addition to any amounts previously appropriated and made available for the purposes of those items.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, appropriations made in section 2 shall not revert and shall be available for expenditure until June 30, 2010.

 

SECTION 2.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Division of Medical Assistance

4000-0600                             $107,107,510

4000-0700                             $92,829,490

executive office of Housing and economic development
Office of the Secretary

7004-0101                             $18,226,110

 

SECTION 3.   Chapter 167 of the acts of 2009 is hereby amended by striking out sections 16 to 23, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following 8 sections:-

Section 16. Notwithstanding section 2 of chapter 128C of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county shall pay all premiums received pursuant to said section 2 of said chapter 128C to the Racing Stabilization Fund established in section 20.

Section 17.   Notwithstanding chapter l28C of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, simulcast revenues generated by the greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county and otherwise dedicated to purse accounts at the licensees or to be distributed to breeders’ associations at guest dog tracks shall be dedicated to the Racing Stabilization Fund established in section 20.

Section 18. Notwithstanding chapters 128A and l28C of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, amounts from unclaimed winnings and breaks generated by the greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county shall be dedicated to the Racing Stabilization Fund established in section 20.

Section 19.   Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county shall, unless otherwise provided in this act, be subject to chapter 128A of the General Laws, chapter 128C of the General Laws and chapter 139 of the acts of 2001.

Section 20. Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, there shall be a Racing Stabilization Fund that shall be administered by the undersecretary for consumer affairs and business regulation within the executive office of housing and economic development. The fund shall consist of all revenues dedicated pursuant to this act. In fiscal year 2010, the undersecretary shall transfer from the fund an amount not less than $300,000 to the department of public health for a compulsive gamblers’ treatment program. Not more than $300,000 may be expended to assist efforts to secure alternative employment and retraining opportunities for displaced workers impacted by the passage of chapter 388 of the acts of 2008. The state racing commission, or a successor agency, shall report to the undersecretary, the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than the last day of each month, of the projected program revenue, program expenses and operating costs associated with overseeing simulcasting through July 31, 2010. In the event of a deficit, the undersecretary may transfer from the fund an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the operating costs of the commission. Any balance in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund; provided, however, that the undersecretary shall distribute to owners and lessees of greyhound dogs who have raced in calendar year 2009 for the humane care, maintenance and adoption of those greyhound dogs, a sum equal to 1 per cent of the total amount wagered at each racing meeting licensee within the commonwealth acting as a guest track and simulcasting a live greyhound race from a host track from outside the commonwealth; provided , however, that before any such amount is distributed, the undersecretary shall develop a method and criteria by which to distribute such funds in an equitable manner among dog owners. The undersecretary shall distribute to kennel owners who housed greyhound dogs who have raced in calendar year 2009 for the humane care, maintenance and adoption of those greyhound dogs, a sum equal to 1.5 per cent of the total amount wagered at each racing meeting licensee within the commonwealth acting as a guest track and simulcasting a live greyhound race from a host track from outside commonwealth; provided , however, that before any amount is distributed, the undersecretary shall develop a method and criteria by which to distribute such funds in an equitable manner among kennel owners; and provided further, the undersecretary shall begin payments to kennel owners in January 2010. Such payments shall be paid on a biweekly basis beginning on January 4, 2010.

Section 21. Notwithstanding section l2A of chapter 494 of the acts of 1978 or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, on January 1, 2010, the comptroller shall transfer all monies deposited in the Greyhound Capital Improvements Trust Fund and the Greyhound Promotional Trust Fund, each established under said section l2A of said chapter 494, to the Racing Stabilization Fund established in section 20. After January 1, 2010, the comptroller shall transfer any revenues deposited into the Greyhound Capital Improvements Trust Fund and the Greyhound Promotional Trust Fund into the Racing Stabilization Fund within 10 days after receipt of those revenues.

Section 22. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county shall report monthly to the state racing commission, or a successor agency, on their net and gross revenue, including an itemization of premiums received, fees received and any amounts dedicated to purse accounts, the Greyhound Capital Improvements Trust Fund and the Greyhound Promotional Trust Fund. The report shall include the number of part-time and full-time staff employed by the licensees at the close of the previous month. The report shall also include the total amount of premiums paid to the harness horse meeting licensees located in Norfolk county and the running horse meeting licensee located in Suffolk county. Failure to file the report on the tenth day of each month shall be cause for suspension of the greyhound meeting license. The state racing commission, or a successor agency, shall forward all such reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies and the joint committee on labor and workforce development.  The greyhound meeting licensee located in Bristol county and the greyhound meeting licensee located in Suffolk county shall also prepare a report of all funds received and disbursed for calendar years 2008 and 2009. The report shall also be filed with the state racing commission, or a successor agency, not later than June 30, 2010, and the state racing commission shall forward the reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies and the joint committee on labor and workforce development.

Section 23.   Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, monies in the Racing Stabilization Fund established in section 20 may be used to assist efforts to secure alternative employment and retraining opportunities for displaced workers impacted by the enactment of chapter 388 of the acts of 2008 including, but not limited to, coordinating the delivery of available state and federal resources and services; provided, however, that such funds from the fund shall only be expended after all federal funds from the Workforce Investment Act and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act have been exhausted; provided further, that state funds shall be distributed in accordance with section 20 provided further, that the secretary of labor and workforce development shall develop a plan to implement this section and submit a copy of the plan to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies and the joint committee on labor and workforce development not later than July 31, 2010.              

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