Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately indemnify certain employees of the department of correction, 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,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the department of correction is hereby authorized, subject to appropriation, to indemnify Richard Rice and Frederick Cornell for their reasonable legal expenses incurred as employees within said department in their successful defense of criminal charges brought against them for actions while in the performance of their official duties; provided, however, that such indemnification shall not exceed five thousand dollars for each said officer.
SECTION 2. No bill for legal expenses shall be approved by the department of correction under the authority of this act unless and until a certificate has been signed and filed with the commissioner of correction stating, under the penalties of perjury, that said legal expenses have been incurred, and paid by such individual officer.