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. The city of Lowell may appropriate, and after such appropriation, the treasurer of the city may pay to Middlesex community college an unpaid bill incurred by the city totaling $29,553.10, the bill being legally unenforceable against said city in accordance with section 7-96 of the Lowell city code; but the money so appropriated to pay the bill shall be paid from funds of the greater Lowell regional employment board.
SECTION 2. No bill shall be approved by the auditor of the city of Lowell for payment or paid by the treasurer thereof under the authority of this act unless and until certificates have been signed and filed with the auditor, stating under the penalties of perjury that the services and supplies for which the bill has been submitted were ordered by an official or an employee or agent of the city and that such services and supplies were rendered to the city or official or agent.
SECTION 3. Any person who knowingly files a certificate required by section 2 which is false, and who thereby receives payment for services which were not rendered to the city of Lowell, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or by a fine of not more than $300, or both.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.