Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 29 of chapter 15A of the General Laws, as appearing in section 7 of chapter 142 of the acts of 1991, is hereby amended by adding the following definitions paragraph:-
"Optional fee", any amount payable on a student tuition bill, but not a mandatory charge or waivable fee, appearing as a separately assessed item, accompanied by a statement as to the nature of said item and that said item is not a charge required to be paid by the student but rather the student may add said charge to the total amount due, and that said item appears on the bill at the request of the student body and does not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the board of trustees.
SECTION 2. Section 1F of chapter 73 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1990 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The board of trustees shall not allow any funds for legislative agents as defined in section thirty-nine of chapter three or organizations attempting to influence legislation as defined in section forty-four of said chapter three to be assessed on student tuition bills; provided, however that optional fees for nonpartisan organizations which employ said legislative agents or attempt to influence legislation shall be collected by the board of trustees whenever students have authorized an optional fee by a majority vote of those students voting in an official student referendum. Said optional fee shall be collected as provided in paragraph (b) of section eighteen or chapter fifteen A.
SECTION 2A. Section 11A of chapter 75, as appearing in the 1990 official edition, is hereby amended in lines 5, 8 and 9 by striking out the word "waivable" and inserting therein the following word:- optional.
SECTION 2B. Section 29 of chapter 15A, as appearing in chapter one hundred forty-two of the acts of 1991, is hereby amended by inserting after the words "seventy-three," the word:- seventy-five,.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect on July first, nineteen hundred and ninety-two.