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. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the amount of $3,000,000,000 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to meet necessary expenditures prior to the enactment into law of the general appropriation act for said fiscal year, for the maintenance and operations of the several departments, boards, commissions, and institutions, including federal grant and Intragovernmental Service Fund expenditures, for local aid payments and lottery distributions, for other necessary services, and for meeting certain requirements of law; provided, that said amount shall be in addition to the amounts made available for said purposes in section 1 of chapter 25 of the acts of 1999 and section 1 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1999; provided further, that the authorization contained herein shall cease to be operative as of the effective date of said general appropriation act, and all actions taken under this section shall apply against said general appropriation act; and provided further, that all expenditures made under this authorization shall be consistent with appropriations made in said general appropriation act.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the unexpended balances of all capital accounts which otherwise would revert on August 31, 1999, but which are necessary to fund obligations during September 1999, are hereby re-authorized through September 30, 1999; provided, that the re-authorizations contained herein shall terminate upon enactment of capital account extension legislation.
SECTION 3. The state treasurer shall make advance payments for some or all of periodic local aid reimbursement or assistance programs to any city, town or regional school district that demonstrates an emergency cash shortfall as certified by the commissioner of revenue and approved by the secretary of administration and finance, pursuant to guidelines established by said secretary. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the state treasurer shall make all first quarterly local aid payments, so-called, to cities, towns, regional school districts and counties maintaining an agricultural school, including, but not limited to, those payments made pursuant to the provisions of sections 3, 6 and 7 of chapter 70, clause (c) of section 35 of chapter 10 and section 31 of chapter 81 of the General Laws.
SECTION 4. The provisions of sections 1 and 3 shall take effect as of July 1, 1999. The provisions of section 2 shall take effect as of June 30, 1999.