Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is relative to the transportation of certain persons, 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, as follows:
Chapter 74 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 8A, as most recently amended by section 130 of chapter 149 of the acts of 2004, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 8A. A municipality, wherein a person resides who is admitted to a day school in another municipality under section 7, shall, through its school committee, when necessary, provide for the transportation of such person, and shall, subject to appropriation, be entitled to state reimbursement to the full extent of the amount so expended; provided, that such a municipality wherein a person is placed by the department of social services or the trustees of the Massachusetts training schools who is admitted as aforesaid to a day school in another municipality shall similarly provide for the transportation of such pupil to such school and shall, subject to appropriation, be entitled to state reimbursement to the full extent of the amounts so expended; provided further, that no transportation shall be provided for, or reimbursement made on account of, any pupil who resides less than 1 1/2 miles from the school which he attends. A municipality shall not be required under the provisions of this section to provide for the transportation of a person who has completed the twelfth grade of school or the equivalent thereto.