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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTING CERTAIN EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purposes, which are forthwith to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2019 and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary to carry out those appropriations or to accomplish other important public purposes, 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:

SECTION 1.  To provide for supplementing certain items in the general appropriation act and other appropriation acts for fiscal year 2019, the sums set forth in section 2 are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise in this act or in those appropriation acts, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this act or in those appropriation acts, and subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. These sums shall be in addition to any amounts previously appropriated and made available for the purposes of those items. These sums shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 2.

JUDICIARY

Committee for Public Counsel Services

0321-1500............................................................ $750,000

0321-1510.......................................................... $1,985,825

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

Northwestern District Attorney

0340-0600............................................................ $100,000

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

0511-0271............................................................ $400,000

0540-1200............................................................ $100,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

0950-0000............................................................. $25,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

0950-0030............................................................. $40,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Department of Veterans Services

1410-1616............................................................ $100,000

Reserves

1599-0026.......................................................... $1,170,000

1599-6903......................................................... $20,500,000

1599-8910.......................................................... $7,800,000

Group Insurance Commission

1108-5500............................................................ $100,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

Department of Agricultural Resources

2511-0100.......................................................... $5,100,000

Department of Conservation and Recreation

2810-0122.......................................................... $1,000,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

1595-1070.......................................................... $4,000,000

4000-0005............................................................ $250,000

4000-0641.......................................................... $9,858,217

4000-0700........................................................ $296,500,000

Office for Refugees and Immigrants

4003-0122............................................................ $200,000

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

4120-4000............................................................ $630,000

Department of Youth Service

4200-0010............................................................ $300,000

Department of Public Health

4510-0110............................................................ $350,000

4512-0205.......................................................... $1,050,000

4513-1130............................................................. $50,000

4590-1504......................................................... $10,000,000

Department of Mental Health

5046-0000............................................................. $50,000

Department of Children and Families

4800-0200.......................................................... $1,000,000

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Department of Transportation

1595-6368.......................................................... $7,951,098

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Department of Housing and Community Development

7004-0107............................................................. $50,000

7004-9316.......................................................... $2,029,639

Massachusetts Marketing Partnership

7008-1116.......................................................... $2,545,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Office of the Secretary

1595-1075............................................................ $375,000

Gaming Economic Development Fund........ 100%

7003-0101.......................................................... $1,948,449

Department of Career Services

7003-0100............................................................ $200,000

7003-0800.......................................................... $4,495,579

7003-0803............................................................ $400,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF EDUCATION

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

7010-1192............................................................ $390,000

7035-0006.......................................................... $5,187,992

7035-0008.......................................................... $2,000,000

7061-0012.......................................................... $1,998,540

7061-9010.......................................................... $5,000,000

7061-9611............................................................ $200,000

7061-9813.......................................................... $1,000,000

Department of Higher Education

7066-0009............................................................ $310,000

7066-0015.......................................................... $1,500,000

7066-0021.......................................................... $1,221,418

7070-0065.......................................................... $3,500,000

General Fund.......................... 14.36%

Gaming Economic Development Fund...... 85.64%

7070-0066............................................................ $500,000

Worcester State University

7116-0100............................................................ $250,000

Cape Cod Community College

7504-0100............................................................ $100,000

Mount Wachusett Community College

7509-0100............................................................ $100,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

8000-0313............................................................ $400,000

Military Division

8700-1150.......................................................... $8,702,548

SECTION 2A.  To provide for certain unanticipated obligations of the commonwealth, to provide for an alteration of purpose for current appropriations, and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in this section are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise in this section, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this section, and subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Except as otherwise stated, these sums shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

0511-0272.. For a statewide competitive grant program for the purpose of assisting municipalities with providing a complete and accurate count in the 2020 census; provided, that the grant program shall be known as the Cities Complete Count grant program; provided further, that the grant program shall be administered by the secretary of the commonwealth through a competitive request for proposals, which shall support outreach efforts in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted; provided further, that municipalities eligible to apply for the grant shall include municipalities that are among the hardest to count, including those with a 2010 Census Return Rate of 75 per cent or lower, and those with at least 50 per cent of the population in hard-to-count Census tracts, inclusive, as determined by the secretary; provided further, that eligible outreach and education activities shall include but not be limited to: (a) conducting outreach to hard-to-count populations through media, mailings, canvassing, phone banking, or public forums, (b) disseminating information at key service centers and access points in the community, and (c) tailored outreach and support to homeless populations, households with limited English, immigrant communities and individuals with difficulty accessing the internet or otherwise completing the form; provided further, that, in making awards, the secretary shall ensure, to the maximum extent practicable: (1) proportionate funding based on the distribution of hard-to-count communities across the commonwealth, and (2) targeted investments in areas with no federal area census office; provided further, that the highest priority is given to proposals which (A) identify solutions that directly address barriers to a complete count on 2020, including but not limited to: usability of the digital platform, impacts of a federal citizenship question, and reduced federal resources, and (B) tailor outreach efforts to engage historically underserved populations; provided further, that the total grant to a single recipient shall not exceed 10 per cent of the total available; provided further, that the secretary shall provide technical assistance to eligible municipalities in the application process; provided further, that the secretary may use not more than 5 per cent of the total appropriation for necessary administrative costs reasonably related to grant administration; provided further, that the secretary shall develop guidelines which outline periodic reporting requirements for grantees, including semi-annual and final reports; provided further, that the secretary shall file both a preliminary and a final report on the efficacy of the grant programs, which shall outline key accomplishments and estimated impact of the awarded funds; and provided further, that the preliminary report shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the joint committee on election laws not later than 3 months after the awarding of the funds, and the final report within 6 months of the completion of all grant activities.............. $1,000,000

0521-0002.. To implement early voting in the commonwealth for the presidential primary as required by section 89 of this act; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for a campaign to increase public awareness of access to early voting pursuant to said section....................................................... $2,125,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Reserves

1599-2019.. For a reserve to provide extraordinary relief from the impacts of the July 23, 2019 tornado in municipalities on Cape Cod, including but not limited to, the towns of Harwich, Chatham, Yarmouth, Brewster, Dennis and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department and other affected municipalities with qualifying expenses otherwise insufficient to receive federal disaster relief; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall file a distribution plan along with a detailed description of the qualifying expenses for which municipalities will be reimbursed, 15 days in advance of the distribution, with the chairs of house and senate committees on ways and means......................................... $3,020,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

Office of the Secretary

1599-0718.. For a reserve to fund the costs associated with efforts to enhance safety and mitigate harms stemming from the increased presence of great white sharks in the Cape Cod region, including, but not limited to, shark tagging, monitoring and surveillance activities and staff costs associated therewith............................... $195,000

2000-1012.. For a grant program to support the commonwealth’s agricultural, commercial fishing and cranberry growing industries; provided, that grants from this program shall be allocated equally for each industry; provided further, that the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall establish the grant program and application criteria in consultation with the department of agricultural resources and the division of marine fisheries; provided further, that the executive office shall prioritize grant applicants focused on innovative approaches to enhance environmental benefits and encourage increased economic activity in its respective sector including, but not limited to: (i) capital infrastructure improvements that promote energy efficiency; (ii) the purchase or expanded use of renewable energy technologies; (iii) tools to address barriers to economic growth, including business management technical assistance and the purchase of more efficient equipment and technology; or (iv) tools and technologies to facilitate sustainability and new product development; provided further, that no grant recipient shall receive more than $100,000 from the grant program; and provided further, that not later than March 30, 2020, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the status of the grant program that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the number of grant applications, by industry; (b) the number of successful grant applicants, by industry; (c) the amount of grant funding allocated for each successful applicant; (d) each successful grant applicant’s proposed use of grant funding; and (e) the criteria used to determine successful applications................................ $1,500,000

2000-1013.. For the design, construction, preservation, reconstruction and repair of or improvements to culverts and dams across the commonwealth; provided, that expenditures from this item may include the costs of engineering, design, permitting and other services essential to these projects; provided further, that the executive office of energy and environmental affairs, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, shall develop a plan for project selection that takes into account need-based criteria, geographic distribution and environmental impact; and provided further, that not later than January 31, 2020, the executive office shall file the plan with the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture, the joint committee on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means...... $2,500,000

Department of Environmental Protection

2250-2002.. For the testing of potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of water supplies and for grants to support treatment and design of affected drinking water systems;  provided, that nothing in this item shall preclude PFAS impacted communities from seeking reimbursement for costs and expenses already incurred for testing potentially contaminated water supplies and the treatment and design of affected drinking water systems related to PFAS contamination; and provided further, that any unexpended funds in this item shall not revert but shall be made available for the purpose of this item until June 30, 2021............... $4,200,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Department of Mental Health

5059-1017.. For the costs associated with studying and reporting on operations at the Worcester recovery center and hospital under the department of mental health; provided, that not later than March 5, 2020, the department of mental health shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery a report including, but not limited to: (i) the number of forensic patients cared for at the hospital each calendar year since 2015; (ii) the percentage of the patient population composed of forensic patients as compared to the general behavioral health population each calendar year since 2015; (iii) the average length of stay for forensic patients; (iv) current staffing data including, but not limited to, current staffing levels per unit, overtime usage and frequency of staff absences; (v) the number of reported assaults on staff each calendar year since 2015 and associated medical leave taken by staff; (vi) proof of corrective action in response to the department of labor standards written warning dated July 13, 2015 and the subsequent consultant report dated May 17, 2016; (vii) trends in the number of beds for forensic patients across the commonwealth since 2015; and (viii) the process for assigning forensic patients to a certain mental health facility.......................................................... $50,000

Department of Elder Affairs

9110-1635.. For adjustments to rates and capitations for home and community-based services provided through items 9110-1630, 9110-0600, and 4000-0601; provided, that $4,141,830 shall be provided for an adjustment to approved program rates issued under said items 9110-1630 and 9110-0600 to provide a rate add-on for wages, compensation and salary related costs for personnel providing homemaker and personal care homemaker services; provided further, that $5,941,400  shall be provided for adjusting rates for home health aide services funded through said items 4000-0601, 9110-1630 and 9110-0600; and provided further, that the secretary of elder affairs, with the approval of the secretary of health and human services and the secretary of administration and finance, may transfer funds from this item to said items 9110-1630, 9110-0600 or 4000-0601 or any other item necessary in order to ensure that all home health aides and personnel providing homemaker and personal care homemaker services receive an appropriate rate adjustment; provided further, that the department of elder affairs, in consultation with the executive office of health and human services, shall require that each home care and home health agency receiving funds from this item submit a spending plan fully accounting for the uses of said funds, including the rate add-on funds for hourly rate increases, other categories of worker compensation and other related eligible costs; provided further, that not later than July 1, 2020, the department shall provide a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the impact of funds from this item on wages for the workforce at the home care and home health agencies receiving rate adjustments...................................................... $10,083,230

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Department of Housing and Community Development

7004-1010.. For the down payment assistance program administered by the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency................... $2,500,000

General Fund.......................... 36.10%

Local Capital Projects Fund........... 63.90%

Massachusetts Marketing Partnership

7008-1117.. For one-time local economic development projects; provided, that not less than $200,000 be expended for the East Boston Social Centers, Inc. for the build out of 2 infant classrooms at the Barnes School; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the NAACP Boston Branch for the preparation and execution of the one hundred and eleventh National NAACP Conference in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for federal Americans with Disabilities Act-related accessibility upgrades at the town hall of the town of Leicester; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the costs associated with building a new police station in the city of Leominster; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be allocated to the city of Malden for safety improvements on Fellsway East at Highland avenue in the city of Malden; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Plymouth 400, Inc. for coordination of the four hundredth anniversary commemoration; provided further, that not less than $170,000 shall be expended for school security upgrades in the town of Stoughton including, but not limited to, the purchase of new 2-way radios and new security cameras; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for rehabilitation and improvements to the Whitney Pond dam in the town of Winchendon; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Silent Spring Institute, Inc. for research on links between environmental chemicals and women and children’s health; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be allocated in equal amounts to the towns of Arlington, Billerica and Lexington for sidewalk and streetscape improvements; provided further, that $25,000 shall be expended for Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. to study the expansion of the Healthy on the Block program into the cities of Haverhill and Methuen and the towns of Andover and North Andover; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended to The Kennedy Center in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston for human services programming; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest for facility improvements to the Marlborough Clubhouse; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for S.C.M. Community Transportation Corporation; provided further, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended for supplemental emergency funding to Taunton Emergency Task Force Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended in equal amounts to the Carver council on aging, Raynham council on aging, Marion council on aging, Dighton council on aging and Berkley council on aging for intergenerational community-based service learning programs that partner with high schools, colleges and community-based organizations; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended in equal amounts to the Bridgewater council on aging, Wareham council on aging, Middleborough council on aging and Taunton council on aging for intergenerational community-based service learning programs that partner with high schools, colleges and community-based organizations; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the city of Peabody to conduct an engineering survey for the creation of a public trolley; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Community Farms Outreach, Incorporated in the city of Waltham for improvements to the property located at 240 Beaver Street in the city of Waltham; provided further, that these funds shall not be expended until the University of Massachusetts conveys the property; provided further, that the initial expenditure of such funds shall be for a report that includes: (i) an assessment of the conditions, systems, structural integrity, safety, useful life and projected annual operating costs of the main administrative building located at 240 Beaver Street in the city of Waltham; and (ii) a list of prioritized recommended repairs for the building; provided further, that such funds shall be available through June 30, 2021; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be provided to Berkshire Fund, Inc. to support the relocation of Barton’s Crossing Homeless Shelter; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended for drinking water testing, purification and improvements to the water supply infrastructure in the city of Westfield; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended for a parking lot expansion and upgrades to the senior center at the Brockton council on aging in the city of Brockton; provided further, that $100,000 be expended to the Plymouth County 4H Club; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to Inspirational Ones, Inc. to commence a youth innovation pilot program in collaboration with Methuen Public Schools and other agencies and organizations primarily serving the youth of the city of Methuen and the Merrimack Valley; provided further, that funds may be expended to create and implement a curriculum model to identify and expand deeper learning opportunities with a focus on engaging at-risk youth, secure a facility in the city of Methuen and hire an executive director and other staff directly related to providing said pilot program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the city of Lynn for the city’s senior center; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended on a study for improvements and repairs to the Lower Locks and surrounding area in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. in the city of Chicopee; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for infrastructure improvements at Waters Farm in the town of Sutton; provided further, that not less than $195,000 shall be expended for New Hope Incorporated for the design, planning, purchase of land and construction of an emergency shelter in northern part of the county of Bristol; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for enhancements and improvements to Mittineague park in the town of West Springfield; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to conduct a comprehensive housing and homelessness study for the county of Dukes County, which shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the identification of housing needs by municipality; (ii) an analysis of wastewater capacity by basin and municipality; and (iii) an enumeration of the capital expenses necessary to meet housing needs; provided further, that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission shall issue a detailed capital improvement plan to meet Martha’s Vineyard’s projected housing needs; provided further, that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission shall work in consultation with municipalities in the county of Dukes County, the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, the Martha’s Vineyard Network on Homeless Prevention and the Island Housing Trust Corporation to develop the plan; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the county of Dukes County to serve homeless and housing insecure residents, including to hire or contract for the services of a homeless prevention case manager; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the main library of the Thomas Crane Public Library in the city of Quincy; provided further, that $30,000 shall be expended to the town of Milton for the construction and installation of a permanent street hockey court; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Northampton Chamber of Commerce for local projects to expand community and cultural development in the city of Northampton; provided further, that $175,000 shall be expended for the Andover Youth Foundation to satisfy the debt service incurred for construction of the Cormier Youth Center in the town of Andover; provided further, that $100,000 be expended to Friendship Home, a non-profit respite home in Norwell; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for The South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. for the operation of an early childhood education program; provided further, that at $180,000 shall be expended for the planning, design and construction of a handicap accessible platform at the North Wilmington commuter rail facility; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for planning, design and construction for a department of public works facility in the town of Rockport; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for energy efficiency and handicap accessibility upgrades at the Freetown council on aging in the town of Freetown; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for handicap accessibility improvements and upgrades at Sociedade Cultural Acoreana, Inc. in the city of Fall River; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for safety improvements and upgrades at the intersection of state highway route 177, Robert street and Tickle road in the town of Westport; provided further, that not less $200,000 shall be expended on grants for improving the cultural competency of mental health counseling and guidance services in school districts with increasing enrollment located in the Metrowest cohesive commercial statistical area; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company................... $7,395,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

7009-6800.. For an infrastructure grant program to assist public schools in enhancing safety and security measures; provided, that grants shall be administered by the executive office of education in coordination with the executive office of public safety and security, the executive office of health and human services and the Massachusetts school building authority; provided further, that the grants shall be used for retrofitting and upgrading school buildings with safety and security enhancements including, but not limited to, classroom door locks, security cameras or active shooter detection systems; provided further, that the department shall make efforts to notify all public school districts of the program; provided further, that criteria shall be established to prioritize those schools most in need of infrastructure improvements related to safety and security and most in need of financial assistance for implementing the improvements; and provided further, that, not later than March 5, 2020, the executive office of education shall submit a report detailing the awarding of grants and the expected use of the grants to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means................ $2,000,000

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

7061-0010.. For a grant program to assist public school districts in contracting with licensed community-based mental and behavioral health service providers for services in public schools; provided, that the program shall be administered by the department of elementary and secondary education in coordination with the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the department shall make efforts to notify all public school districts of the program; provided further, that the department shall prioritize grant applications submitted by school districts with limited access to mental and behavioral health services and limited existing financial resources; provided further, that the department shall prioritize grant applications submitted by school districts that have created action plans based on the safe and supportive school framework or whose applications are consistent with infrastructure and coordination efforts linking schools to community-based resources in accordance with item 7061-9612; provided further, that grants may be expended to assist school districts in connecting students with community-based services to maximize coordination with service providers and establish more comprehensive continuums of care; provided further, that grants may be expended to support increased professional development opportunities for public school employees to identify students in need of mental and behavioral health support; and provided further, that, not later than March 5, 2020, the department shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the awarding of grants and details of anticipated contracts,  by school district......................... $2,000,000

7061-9815.. For a grant program administered by the department of elementary and secondary education in coordination with the executive office of public safety and security for the prevention of hate crimes, as defined under section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws, and incidences of bias in public schools; provided, that grants shall be used for education, professional development, prevention or community outreach; and provided further, that the department of elementary and secondary education shall develop guidelines for grant distribution including, but not limited to, prioritizing schools that have experienced hate crimes or incidences of bias within the last 2 years............................................. $400,000

Department of Higher Education

7066-0115.. For the purposes of continuing the implementation of section 15E of chapter 15A of the General Laws to encourage private fundraising by the commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education for the endowments and capital outlay programs of those institutions, including, but not limited to, endowed scholarship funds, endowed professorships, endowed STEM programming, endowed research positions, endowed programming in the arts and humanities, endowed funds to increase diversity and inclusion on public higher education campuses, endowed funds that increase persistence and completion rates, endowed funds that encourage innovative financial aid strategies, including income share arrangements, endowed early college programs and such other purposes as the board shall determine to be consistent with system-wide and campus mission statements, and with measurable goals and metrics tied to those missions; provided further, that the board of higher education shall implement this program in a manner that ensures that each institution shall have an equal opportunity to secure matching funds from this item; provided further, that $5,000,000 shall be allocated to the university of Massachusetts; provided further, that $2,500,000 shall be allocated to state universities; provided further, that $2,500,000 shall be allocated to community colleges; provided further, that the board shall issue a preliminary report on the initial allocation of matching dollars and any guidelines adopted for distribution and use of the funding not later than December 15, 2019 and a final report on the efficacy of the program in securing additional donations for public higher education, along with a description of all programmatic improvements made possible by the funds, not later than June 15, 2020; provided further, that the interim report and the final report shall be provided to the joint committee on higher education and the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that funds for the purposes of this item shall be made available until June 30, 2021................................... $10,000,000

General Fund.......................... 82.61%

Education Fund........................ 17.40%

7066-1116.. For an infrastructure grant program to assist public institutions of higher education, including state and municipal colleges and universities, in enhancing the safety and security of students, faculty and staff; provided, that grants shall be administered by the executive office of education in coordination with the executive office of public safety and security, the executive office of health and human services, the Massachusetts state college building authority and the University of Massachusetts building authority; provided further, that the grants shall be used for retrofitting and upgrading campus buildings with safety and security enhancements including, but not limited to, classroom door locks, security cameras, active shooter detection systems, fire safety equipment or cybersecurity infrastructure; provided further, that the department shall make efforts to notify all public institutions of higher education, including state and municipal colleges and universities, of the program; provided further, that criteria shall be established to prioritize those colleges and universities most in need of infrastructure improvements related to safety and security and most in need of financial assistance for implementing said improvements; and provided further, that, not later than March 5, 2020, the executive office of education shall submit a report detailing the awarding of grants and the expected use of the grants to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means........................... $5,000,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

8000-1127.. For a nonprofit security grant program to provide support for target hardening and other security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack or hate crimes, as defined in section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws, and are ineligible for the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program based on their location; provided, that: (i) at least 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the eastern region of the commonwealth; (ii) at least 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the central region of the commonwealth; and (iii) at least 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the western region of the commonwealth....................................................... $1,000,000

SECTION 2B.  To provide for supplementing certain intragovernmental chargeback authorizations in the general appropriation act and other appropriation acts for fiscal year 2019, to provide for certain unanticipated intragovernmental chargeback authorizations, to provide for an alteration of purpose for current intragovernmental chargeback authorizations and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in this section are hereby authorized from the Intragovernmental Service Fund for the several purposes specified in this section or in the appropriation acts and subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. These sums shall be in addition to any amounts previously authorized and made available for the purposes of those items. These sums shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Reserves

1599-3100.......................................................... $4,133,802

SECTION 2C.I.  For the purpose of making available in fiscal year 2020 balances of appropriations that otherwise would revert on June 30, 2019, the unexpended balances of the appropriations listed below, not to exceed the amount specified below for each item, are hereby re-appropriated for the purposes of and subject to the conditions stated for the corresponding item in section 2 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018. However, for items which do not appear in section 2 of the general appropriation act, the amounts in this section are re-appropriated for the purposes of and subject to the conditions stated for the corresponding item in section 2 or 2A of this act or in prior appropriation acts.  Amounts in this section are re-appropriated from the fund or funds designated for the corresponding item in section 2 of said chapter 154; provided, however, that for items which do not appear in section 2 of said chapter 154, the amounts in this section are re-appropriated from the fund or funds designated for the corresponding item in section 2 through 2E of this act or in prior appropriation acts. The unexpended balance of each appropriation in the Massachusetts management accounting and reporting system with a secretariat code of 01 or 17 is hereby re-appropriated for the purposes of and subject to the conditions stated for the corresponding item in said section 2 of said chapter 154. The sums reappropriated in this section shall be in addition to any amounts available for said purposes.

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

Northwestern District Attorney

0340-0600............................................................ $605,000

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

Middlesex Registry of Deeds – Northern District

0540-1400............................................................ $100,000

OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR

0710-0000............................................................ $300,000

OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE

0930-0100............................................................ $300,000

MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

0940-0100............................................................ $150,000

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION

1070-0840............................................................ $500,000

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION

1450-1200............................................................ $550,000

1450-1266............................................................ $110,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Reserves

1599-0054.......................................................... $2,218,220

1599-2018.......................................................... $5,000,000

1599-3222............................................................ $750,000

1599-4417............................................................. $12,900

1599-4448......................................................... $12,162,481

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

1110-1000............................................................. $14,400

Human Resources Division

1750-0928............................................................ $349,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

Department of Fish and Game

2330-0300............................................................ $750,000

Department of Agricultural Resources

2511-0103............................................................ $625,000

Department of Conservation and Recreation

2810-0122............................................................ $100,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Department of Transitional Assistance

4401-1000............................................................ $400,000

Department of Public Health

4510-0810.......................................................... $1,000,000

Department of Children and Families

4800-0041.......................................................... $4,500,000

Department of Mental Health

5046-0000.......................................................... $5,800,000

Department of Veterans Services

1410-0022............................................................ $100,000

1410-1616............................................................ $150,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Office of the Secretary

7002-0017............................................................ $130,000

Division of Banks

7006-0010............................................................ $200,000

Department of Telecommunications and Cable

7006-0071............................................................ $113,074

Massachusetts Marketing Partnership

7008-1116............................................................ $400,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Office of the Secretary

7002-1080............................................................. $65,000

Department of Family and Medical Leave

7003-0300............................................................ $350,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF EDUCATION

Department of Early Education and Care

3000-3060.......................................................... $7,624,683

3000-4060......................................................... $18,815,708

Department of Higher Education

7066-1129............................................................. $50,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

8000-0600............................................................ $768,420

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

8000-0105............................................................ $150,000

Department of Criminal Justice Information Services

8000-0110............................................................ $763,874

Department of State Police

8100-1001.......................................................... $4,000,000

8100-1004.......................................................... $1,560,000

Department of Fire Services

8324-0000............................................................ $913,000

Department of Correction

8900-0001.......................................................... $9,110,978

8900-0003.......................................................... $1,013,185

SECTION 2C.II.  For the purpose of making available in fiscal year 2020 balances of retained revenue and intragovernmental chargeback authorizations that otherwise would revert on June 30, 2019, the unexpended balances of the authorizations listed below, not to exceed the amount specified below for each item, are hereby re-authorized for the purposes of and subject to the conditions stated for the corresponding item in section 2 or 2B of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018; provided, however, that for items that do not appear in section 2 or 2B of said chapter 154, the amounts in this section are re-authorized for the purposes of and subject to the conditions stated for the corresponding item in section 2, 2A or 2B of this act or in prior appropriation acts.  Amounts in this section are re-authorized from the fund or funds designated for the corresponding item in section 2 or 2B of the general appropriation act; provided, however, that for items that do not appear in section 2 or 2B of the general appropriation act, the amounts in this section are re-authorized from the fund or funds designated for the corresponding item in section 2, 2A or 2B of this act or in prior appropriation acts. The sums re-authorized in this section shall be in addition to any amounts available for those purposes.

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER

1000-0601............................................................ $300,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Human Resources Division

1750-0600.. ......................................................... $250,000

Operational Services Division

1775-0800.. ......................................................... $350,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

4000-0250.......................................................... $8,285,479

Department of Veterans Services

1410-0018............................................................ $250,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Department of Correction

8900-0021............................................................ $400,000

SECTION 2E.  The sums set forth in this section are hereby appropriated for transfer from the General Fund to the trust funds named within each item unless specifically designated otherwise in this section, for the purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this section and subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Notwithstanding section 19A of chapter 29 of the General Laws, any transfer under this section shall be made by the comptroller, effective June 30, 2019. 

TREASURER AND RECEIVER GENERAL

1595-1200.. For an operating transfer to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to support drinking water programs to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of public water supplies, including, but not limited to, no-interest loans................. $10,650,000

1595-1205.. For an operating transfer to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to support its purposes as set forth in chapter 29C of the General Laws, including to increase project capacity................. $9,050,000

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Department of Transportation

1595-6386.. For an operating transfer to the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund, established in section 4 of chapter 6C of the General Laws, for grants to municipalities for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance or improvement of municipal ways.......... $20,000,000

Commonwealth Transportation Fund........ 100%

1595-6389.. For an operating transfer to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or any fund controlled by the authority, for additional staffing and contract costs to support capital project delivery, inspection and maintenance activities and service diversions necessary to accelerate capital projects; provided, that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shall submit biannual reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of the acceleration of capital project delivery; provided further, that the first report shall be due not later than January 30, 2020 and the second report shall be due not later than June 30, 2020; and provided further, that the reports shall include, but not be limited to, the number of, delineated by position: (i) full-time equivalent employees hired; (ii) previously retired employees returning on a part-time basis; and (iii) contracted employees hired...................................................... $32,000,000

Commonwealth Transportation Fund........ 100%

SECTION 3.  Clause (2) of section 59 of chapter 23K of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subclause (a) and inserting in place thereof the following subclause:-

(a)  2 per cent to the Massachusetts Cultural and Performing Arts Mitigation Trust Fund established in section 2IIIII of chapter 29;.

SECTION 4.  Chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2GGGGG, inserted by section 24 of chapter 41 of the acts of 2019, the following section:-

Section 2HHHHH.  (a) There shall be a Massachusetts Cultural and Performing Arts Mitigation Trust Fund. All amounts credited to the fund shall be held in trust and shall be available for expenditure, without further appropriation, by the Massachusetts cultural council. The fund shall consist of: (i) monies transferred to the fund from the Gaming Revenue Fund pursuant to subclause (a) of clause (2) of section 59 of chapter 23K; (ii) income derived from the investment of amounts credited to the fund; and (iii) all other monies credited to or transferred to the fund from any other fund or source. The comptroller may certify amounts for payment in anticipation of expected receipts; provided, however, that no expenditure shall be made from the fund that shall cause the fund to be deficient at the close of a fiscal year. Money remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years.

(b)  Expenditures from the fund shall be made in the following manner; provided, however, that administrative and operational expenses shall not exceed 7 per cent of the total assets of the fund in any 1 fiscal year: (i) 1/4 of all monies deposited into the fund pursuant to subsection (a) shall be dedicated to the organizational support program of the Massachusetts cultural council; and (ii) 3/4 of all monies deposited into the fund pursuant to said subsection (a) shall be dedicated to support not-for-profit and municipally-owned performing arts centers impacted as a result of the operation of gaming facilities; provided, however, that funds dedicated to such performing arts centers shall be to subsidize fees paid to touring shows or artists. Funding dedicated to such performing arts centers shall be allocated through a competitive grant process to be developed and administered by the Massachusetts cultural council.

(c)  The Massachusetts cultural council shall report annually not later than March 1 to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the fund. The report shall include, but not be limited to, revenue received by the fund, revenue and expenditure projections for the forthcoming fiscal year and details of all expenditures from the fund.

SECTION 5.  The first paragraph of section 5G of said chapter 29, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- If the department of revenue certifies that the amount of tax revenues estimated to have been collected from capital gains income exceeds $1,000,000,000 in a fiscal year, the comptroller shall transfer quarterly any such amount that exceeds $1,000,000,000 collected during that fiscal year as follows: (i) 90 per cent shall be transferred to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund established in section 2H; (ii) 5 per cent shall be transferred to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund established in section 24 of chapter 32A; and (iii) 5 per cent shall be transferred to the Commonwealth’s Pension Liability Fund established in subsection (e) of subdivision 8 of section 22 of chapter 32.

SECTION 6.  The second paragraph of said section 5G of said chapter 29, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The transfers shall be made before the certification of the consolidated net surplus for the previous fiscal year under section 5C.

SECTION 7.  Said section 5G of said chapter 29, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the third paragraph.

The Governor disssaproved of the following section, for message see H.4252
          SECTION 8.  Section 42G½ of chapter 51 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “vote”, in line 57, the following words:- under subsection (d) of section 65.

The Governor disssaproved of the following section, for message see H.4252
         SECTION 9.  Said section 42G½ of said chapter 51 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (d) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(d)  In accordance with the memorandum of understanding required by subsection (b), each eligible applicant for services at an automatic voter registration agency who meets the qualifications to register to vote and does not decline to register to vote under subsection (d) of section 65 shall be registered as a voter under said section 65 as of the date the registrars add the person’s name and address to the register of voters, pursuant to paragraph (4) of said subsection (d) of said section 65; provided, however, that an applicant who meets the qualifications to register to vote, does not decline to register to vote under said subsection (d) of said section 65 and completes a qualifying transaction with an automatic voter registration agency not less than 21 days before an election shall be entitled to vote in that election. If necessary to comply with federal law, the division of medical assistance and the commonwealth health insurance connector authority may allow an applicant to decline to register to vote at the time of application. Otherwise, all automatic voter registration agencies, including the registry of motor vehicles, shall transmit records of all eligible applicants as provided in subsection (e), and these applicants may decline to register to vote only after receiving notice from the registrars of voters under paragraph (3) of said subsection (d) of said section 65.

SECTION 10.  Section 25B of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking subsection (g) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(g)  The designation of an early voting site shall be made not less than 14 days prior to the beginning of the voting period established in subsection (b). Not less than 7 days prior to the beginning of the early voting period the registrars for each city or town shall post the location of the early voting sites as well as the applicable dates and hours. Notice shall be conspicuously posted in the office of the city or town clerk or on the principal official bulletin board of each city or town, on any other public building considered necessary, on the city or town's website, if any, and on the website of the state secretary.

SECTION 11.  Subsection (c) of section 1 of chapter 62 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the figure “106”, in line 8, the following figure:- , 108(f)(5).

SECTION 12.  Section 40 of chapter 82 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 24 to 26, inclusive, the words “, excluding excavation by tools manipulated only by human power for gardening purposes and use of blasting for quarrying purposes”.

SECTION 13.  The seventh paragraph of section 8D of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The registrar shall make available in all registry branches registration stands provided by the Be the Match organization.

SECTION 14.  Section 21 of chapter 137 of the acts of 2003 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “2019”, inserted by section 26 of chapter 359 of the acts of 2014, and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 2024.

SECTION 15.  Section 226 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “2020”, inserted by section 1 of chapter 363 of the acts of 2018, and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 2021.

SECTION 16.  Item 1599-0026 of section 2 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “program”, the fourth time it appears, the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 17.  Item 1000-0008 of section 2 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018 is hereby amended by striking out the words “5 per cent” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 16 per cent.

SECTION 18.  Item 1410-0010 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- and such funds shall be made available to the town until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 19.  Item 1599-0026 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Holyoke City Hall;” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 20.  Said item 1599-0026 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “town-owned buildings” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 21.  Item 2330-0100 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “by-catch” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 22.  Item 4590-0250 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by striking out the words “provided further, that no less than $100,000 shall be expended for the purpose of establishing and supporting a school-based health center at Malden High School in the city of Malden” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be made available for a grant to the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation, Inc. for a school-based health center at Malden high school in the city of Malden and the grant shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 23.  Item 5046-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “Barnstable”, the fourth time it appears, the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 24.  Item 7007-0300 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 25.  Item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “Wakefield” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 26.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “Frasca field in Tewksbury” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 27.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Boston” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 28.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “Roslindale Community Center” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 29.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “Melrose”, the second time it appears, the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 30.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “Milford”, the second time it appears, the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 31.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by striking out the words “for the restoration of the historic Forbes House in the town of Norwood” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- to the Norwood historical commission for the renovations of the little red brick school and the old jail in the town of Norwood and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 32.  Said item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 154 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “Taunton” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020; provided further, that funds appropriated and unspent for the operation of the life sciences, education and training center located at the former Paul A. Dever state school in the city of Taunton in item 7008-0900 of section 2 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017 shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 33.  Item 8324-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 154, as amended by section 28 of chapter 5 of the acts of 2019, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “Attleboro” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 34.  Item 8324-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 154, as so amended, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “Winthrop” the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 35.  Said item 8324-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 154, as so amended, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “Scituate”, the fifth time it appears, the following words:- and such funds shall be made available until June 30, 2020.

SECTION 36.  Section 76 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by striking out the words “June 30, 2019” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- April 1, 2020.

SECTION 37.  Section 98 of said chapter 154 is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(a)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the unexpended balances in items 0699-0015 and 0699-9100 shall be deposited into the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund established pursuant to section 24 of chapter 32A of the General Laws before the certification of the fiscal year 2019 consolidated net surplus pursuant to section 5C of chapter 29 of the General Laws. The amount deposited shall be an amount equal to 30 per cent of all payments received by the commonwealth in fiscal year 2019 under the master settlement agreement in Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Philip Morris, Inc. et al., Middlesex Superior Court, No. 95-7378; provided, however, that if in fiscal year 2019 the unexpended balances of said items 0699-0015 and 0699-9100 are less than 30 per cent of all payments received by the commonwealth in fiscal year 2019 under the master settlement agreement payments, an amount equal to the difference shall be transferred to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund from payments received by the commonwealth under the master settlement agreement.

The Governor disssaproved of the following section, for message see H.4252
          SECTION 38.  Section 11 of chapter 205 of the acts of 2018 is hereby amended by striking out the word “January” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- April.

SECTION 39.  Item 4590-1504 of section 2A of chapter 273 of the acts of 2018 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “funded through items 4000-0005, 7061-0010 and 7061-9612;” the following words:- provided further, that preference in funding shall be given to applications serving municipalities with a population of more than 50,000 with a violent crime rate of more than 500 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2018; provided further, that each eligible organization serving said municipalities, whose application is approved by the department, shall receive not less than $500,000; provided further, that the department shall ensure a geographically equitable distribution of these funds;.

SECTION 40.  Item 8100-1014 of section 2A of chapter 5 of the acts of 2019 is hereby amended by inserting after the figure “2018” the following words:- , or the collection, testing or tracking of sexual assault evidence kits.

SECTION 41.  Section 44 of said chapter 5 of the acts of 2019 is hereby amended by striking out, each time they appear, the words “December 31, 2019”, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- July 31, 2020.

SECTION 42.  Item 1599-0010 of section 2A of chapter 6 of the acts of 2019 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “current level of funding” the following words:- and services.

SECTION 43.  Item 0511-0271 of section 2 of chapter 41 of the acts of 2019 is hereby amended by adding the following words: ; provided further, that, not later than December 31, 2019, the secretary shall publish online a plan of action for implementing the Complete Count grant program, including a timeline detailing when requests for proposals for the Complete Count grant program will be issued and when funds will be awarded and disbursed to recipients; provided further, that the stated goals of said plan of action shall be that requests for proposals be issued not later than January 15, 2020 and to ensure that not less than 50 per cent of the grants shall be awarded and disbursed not later than February 15, 2020 to ensure that grant recipients have sufficient time to prepare and conduct outreach.

SECTION 44.  Item 0610-2000 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “$205,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $300,000.

SECTION 45.  Item 0950-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- ; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the purpose of holding 11 regional statewide hearings in partnership with organizations  serving or advocating on behalf of the needs of girls in middle school through high school; and provided further funding shall also be used to host a statewide conference.

SECTION 46.  Item 1410-0010 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Duxbury American Legion Post 223” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be allocated for Heidrea for Heroes.

SECTION 47.  Item 1410-1616 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “town of North Reading” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the city of Haverhill for the purpose of constructing a Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the sculpting and erecting of the Justice Edward O. Gourdin Veterans War Memorial Park.

SECTION 48.  Said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby further amended by striking out item 1595-1068 and inserting in place thereof the following item:-

1595-1068.. For an operating transfer to the MassHealth provider payment account in the Medical Assistance Trust Fund established under section 2QQQ of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided, however, that these funds shall be expended for services provided during state or federal fiscal year 2019 or 2020 or for public hospital transformation and incentive initiative payments for state fiscal year 2019 or 2020 or for Medicaid care organization payments under 42 CFR 438.6(c) for rate year 2018, 2019 or 2020; provided further, that all payments from the Medical Assistance Trust Fund shall be: (i) subject to the availability of federal financial participation; (ii) made only under federally-approved payment methods; (iii) consistent with federal funding requirements and all federal payment limits as determined by the secretary of health and human services; and (iv) subject to the terms and conditions of an agreement with the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall notify, in writing, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing of increases or decreases in any payments made within the term of the current 1115 waiver or other state plan amendments within 15 days; and provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall utilize funds from the Medical Assistance Trust Fund to make payments of up to $413,550,000 to the Cambridge public health commission or to Medicaid care organizations for payment to the Cambridge public health commission if the Cambridge public health commission, in anticipation of receiving such payments, first voluntarily transfers an amount equal to the nonfederal share of the payments to the Medical Assistance Trust Fund using a federally-permissible source of funds................ $505,785,000

SECTION 49.  Item 1599-0026 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Camp Kiwanee in the town of Hanson” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $170,000 shall be provided to the town of Heath to reimburse for damages related to Tropical Storm Irene.

SECTION 50.  Item 2810-0122 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Blue Hills trailside museum” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for open space improvements in the Centralville and Pawtucketville neighborhoods in the city of Lowell; provided that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation for open space enhancement and beautification of the Brighton section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Falmouth for the planning and construction of the Shivericks Pond project; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Havey beach property in the West Roxbury section of the city of Boston for an outdoor recreation center; provided further, that the department shall provide the house and senate committees on ways and means a status report on the request for proposals for the Havey beach property site not later than March 5, 2020; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for traffic analysis, a feasibility study and the design of improvements of the system of intersections along Nonantum road, Soldiers Field road and Birmingham parkway between Brooks street and Western avenue in the city of Boston; provided further, that the study and design process shall include community involvement and seek to reconnect parkland, improve pedestrian and bicycle access and improve the throughput of traffic in the system; and provided further, that the study shall incorporate and build on recent studies on the area and seek to facilitate swift progress on early action items identified by such studies.

SECTION 51.  Said item 2810-0122 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby further amended by striking out the words “for Camp Meigs memorial park” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A Reenactors and Historical Society based.

SECTION 52.  Item 4000-0005 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “youth center in the city of Lawrence” the following words:- ; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for the Merrimack Valley Public Safety Youth Center operated by Lawrence Family Development, Inc. in the city of Lawrence to further their programs to combat the large uptick in juvenile gun violence in the city; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the city of Lawrence to establish a pilot program to combat the large uptick in juvenile gang gun violence in the city.

SECTION 53.  Item 4003-0122 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “city of New Bedford” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition’s Welcome Spaces for All training program.

SECTION 54.  Item 4120-4000 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- ; provided, that not less than $270,000 shall be expended for the assistive technology loan program; and provided further, that not less than $360,000 shall be expended for the durable medical equipment reuse program.

SECTION 55.  Item 4200-0010 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “settings” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for a competitive grant program developed under the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative to support projects that reduce reliance on detention for low-risk youth, support meaningful participation of youth and families and promote racial equity and inclusion.

SECTION 56.  Item 4510-0110 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “vital care to patients” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. for programs to increase access to health care for the medically underserved in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that such programs shall include the development of a full-service community health center in the city of Haverhill with collaborative, graduate degree-level programs to train advanced practice nurses by Regis College; provided further, that the expenditure of such funds shall be contingent on the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. providing a matching amount of not less than $100,000 in private funding; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a federally qualified community health center with a 24/7 satellite emergency facility licensed under 105 C.M.R. 1304 for the purpose of public safety improvements.

SECTION 57.  Item 4512-0205 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “town of Hopkinton;” the following words:- provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended to the city of Boston for public health and homelessness initiatives; provided further, that such funds shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the use of street teams to increase mobile services to people on the street and provide rapid response to newly homeless individuals in order to connect them with community providers; (b) expanding the existing STEP Pilot to provide a seamless treatment path, intensive case management and economic supports such as job training and subsidized employment that address the complex issues of participating individuals; (c) the exploration of sober shelter capacity to meet the increased need for shelter for individuals in early recovery when they are in between levels of treatment; and (d) the expansion of women’s drop-in centers to reduce sexual exploitation and victimization among opioid users and the lack of low-threshold programming that addresses the unique needs of women; provided further, that not less than $50,000 be expended to Troubled Waters, Inc. of Dracut and Lowell, MA.

SECTION 58.  Item 4513-1130 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “town of Salisbury” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $50,000 for the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition in the city of Greenfield.

SECTION 59.  Item 4590-1507 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the words “Andover Youth Services” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- Andover Youth Foundation.

SECTION 60.  Item 5046-0000 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “immigrants and refugees” the following words:- ; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $50,000 for The Children’s Room located in the town of Arlington.

SECTION 61.  Item 7000-9501 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Friends of the South End Library, Incorporated.

SECTION 62.  Item 7003-0100 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking the words “; provided further, that not less than $100,000  shall be expended for the town of Chelmsford for the continued implementation of a business grant program” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the town of Chelmsford for the continued implementation of a business grant program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for STRIVE FORWARD, a job-readiness program to be coordinated by the Justice Resource Institute to connect chronically unemployed adults with training, case management and job placement.

SECTION 63.  Item 7004-0107 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “in the city of Leominster for kitchen renovations” the following words:- ; provided that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Westford Housing Authority to purchase, remove, replace and install new stoves and cooking equipment in the public housing of the town of Westford.

SECTION 64.  Item 7004-9316 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “established under section 60 of chapter 121B of the General Laws shall be made available to this item” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $7,000,000 shall be expended to fund a rental and mortgage arrearage assistance pilot program for households whose incomes are at or below 50 per cent of the area median income and who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure within the next 12 months; provided further, that for the purposes of this program, to receive cash benefits or other services, it is not necessary for a household to be subject to summary process under chapter 239, and risk of eviction or foreclosure may be determined by documentation from the landlord or mortgage lender verifying outstanding rent or mortgage, including any interest, fees, or penalties, and documentation from the head of household demonstrating the household’s current inability to pay said amounts; provided further, that the department shall ensure that not less than 50 per cent of the funds be provided to households with incomes not greater than 30 per cent of area median income; provided further, that eligible households shall include, but not be limited to, families with children under the age of 21, elders, persons with disabilities and unaccompanied youth; provided further, that services and cash benefits under the arrearage program shall be made available to households for the prevention of the loss of subsidized or unsubsidized housing; provided further, that cash benefits shall not exceed the actual liability or four times the monthly rental or mortgage liability, whichever is less; provided further, that such benefits shall be paid directly to the landlord or mortgage lender; provided further, that in administering the program, the department shall coordinate with the department of transitional assistance, member agencies and offices of the Massachusetts interagency council on housing and homelessness and the agencies contracted to administer the residential assistance for families in transition program on behalf of eligible households served by those agencies and offices so as to streamline the application process, provide additional support services and better promote upstream homelessness prevention and housing stability; provided further, that the department shall by October 31, 2020 issue a report on the rental and mortgage arrearage assistance pilot program funded by this item; provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on housing and the house and senate clerks; provided further, that the report shall include but not be limited to the following information: (i) the number of applications requested, the number of applications completed, the number of applications approved; (ii) the number of applications rejected and the reasons for denial; (iii) the household income and demographic information for each qualifying household and its members; provided further, that this information shall be provided by zip code and cumulatively; and (iv) the monthly rent or mortgage liability for each qualifying household and the amount of each arrearage payment; provided further, that, if there is a conflict between the provisions of this item and the provisions established by the department as part of any upstream rental arrearage assistance pilot program previously approved, the provisions of this section shall control, including but not limited to, eligibility standards, documentation requirements, and benefit caps; provided further, that funds for the rental and mortgage arrearage assistance program shall be made available until June 30, 2021;.

SECTION 65.  Item 7006-0142 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out, in both places it appears, the figure “$15,034,593” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $16,034,593.

SECTION 66.  Item 7008-1024 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the words “March 16, 2020” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- April 30, 2020.

SECTION 67.  Item 7008-1116 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “the town of Hatfield” the following words:- provided further, that not less than $25,000 be expended to the Friends of the South End Library, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Hispanic American Library in Springfield; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the continued operation of MassChallenge; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a visitor center at Salisbury Beach in the town of Salisbury; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the 11 Massachusetts visitor information centers; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Cabo Verdean Cultural Center Feasibility Commission established in section 136 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to assist the Worcester Department of Public Work’s completion of the construction of the Francis R. Carroll Plaza; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation for the maintenance and upkeep of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for ABCD North End/West End elderly program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a transfer to the Garden of Peace Trust Fund as set forth in Section 35LLL of Chapter 10 of the General Laws for the feasibility study, design, and construction to expand the Garden; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the planning and development of a women’s rights history trail in the commonwealth, including, but not limited to, permanent educational trail markers and a permanent women’s rights memorial; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for promotional materials created by the Massachusetts office of travel and tourism for the women’s rights history trail.

SECTION 68.  Item 7010-1192 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Northbridge public schools” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for improvements to the former Thompson Street School in New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the town of Millis to fund an engineering study to determine what the needs are to replace the electrical and mechanical systems in the Millis Middle/High School; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the town of Belmont for school safety technology.

SECTION 69.  Item 7035-0006 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- ; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, $2,616,032 in funds forwarded from fiscal year 2019 shall apply to fiscal year 2020 reimbursements.

SECTION 70.  Item 7061-9611 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “$500,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $700,000.

SECTION 71.  Item 7061-9813 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the words “school districts serving fewer than 11 students per square mile shall be given priority for rural school aid” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- rural school aid shall be allocated equitably in the following order of priority: (a) school districts serving less than 11 students per square mile; (b) school districts serving not more than 21 students per square mile; and (c) school districts serving not more than 35 students per square mile.   

SECTION 72.  Said item 7061-9813 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby further amended by adding the following words:- ; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, $1,000,000 in funds forwarded from fiscal year 2019 shall apply to fiscal year 2020 rural school aid.

SECTION 73.  Item 7070-0065 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the words “provided further, that funds from this item shall be made available for early educator scholarships, paraprofessional grants and One Family, Inc. in amounts not less than the amounts made available in fiscal year 2019”, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- provided further, that funds from this item shall be made available for paraprofessional grants in amounts not less than the amounts made available in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 more than in fiscal year 2019 shall be expended on early educator scholarships; provided further, that not less than $500,000 more than in fiscal year 2019 shall be expended on One Family, Inc.; provided further, that funds for the early educator scholarship and One Family, Inc. shall be made available through June 30, 2021;.

SECTION 74.  Item 7116-0100 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- ; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to assist in pre-construction enabling work at the new University May Street academic building.

SECTION 75.  Item 7509-0100 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “CAD/COMSOL at Mount Wachusett Community College” the following words:- ; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Mount Wachusett Community College for information technology backup infrastructure.

SECTION 76.  Item 8000-0313 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “low-income and downtown neighborhoods” the following words:- ; provided further, not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams to enhance campus security through the purchase and updating of necessary public safety equipment; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for fire protection upgrades at Bridgewater State University; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended on the Hampshire Hills Emergency Communication System Project to provide the critical emergency infrastructure improvements necessary to serve the needs of emergency responders in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties.

SECTION 77.  Item 8700-1140 of said section 2 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out, in both places it appears, the figure “$400,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $1,900,000.

SECTION 78.  Item 1595-6368 of section 2E of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “Lawrence Municipal Airport” the following words:- ; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the purpose of performing all necessary and immediate repairs required to rehabilitate the portion of Briarwood road in the town of Bourne which traverses the Commonwealth’s Rail & Transit Division Right of Way; provided further, that no permit shall be required from any state or local agency or body for such necessary and immediate repairs; provided further, that $125,000 shall be allocated to the town of Winchester for the repair and reconstruction of the Waterfield Road Bridge; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a pilot program for the purpose of enabling at-risk youth to assist in state highway cleanup projects in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for a consultant to review necessary emergency repairs of Route 116 in the town of Cheshire; provided further that $50,000 shall be allocated to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study relative to rail service throughout the Roxbury section of the city of Boston; provided that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Beacon street bridle path feasibility study in the town of Brookline; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on the design, survey and construction costs associated with the repair of certain bridges in the city of Lowell; provided further, that $200,000 be expended for traffic mitigation in the town of Braintree.

SECTION 79.  Section 71 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “2019” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 2020.

SECTION 80.  The second paragraph of section 82 of said chapter 41 is hereby amended by striking out the figure “72” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 75.

SECTION 81.  Subsection (c) of section 2 of chapter 49 of the acts of 2019 is hereby amended by striking out the words “January 31, 2020” and inserting in place thereof the following:- March 16, 2020.

SECTION 82.  (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 31 of the General Laws, any pre-employment medical examination administered by a federal agency or contractor to any person serving in the title of firefighter or crash crew member of the Joint Base Cape Cod, formerly known as Massachusetts Military Reservation Fire Department, or the 104th Fighter Wing Fire Department, who transferred from federal employee or other non-state employment status, shall be deemed sufficient to fulfill any pre-employment medical examination requirement for firefighters in state or municipal service in the commonwealth under chapters 48 and 31 of the General Laws. Any pre-employment medical examination referenced in this section or any physical examination taken subsequent to employment must meet the criteria provided in sections 94, 94A and 94B of chapter 32 of the General Laws.

(b)  The provisions of this section shall only apply to Joint Base Cape Cod, formerly Massachusetts Military Reservation, firefighters who are employed as of the effective date of this act as a firefighter or crash crew member of the Joint Base Cape Cod Fire Department or as a firefighter with the 104th Fighter Wing Fire Department, and who entered state service pursuant to chapter 308 of the acts of 2008 and 104th Fighter Wing Firefighters who entered state service by an executive action of October 2010.

SECTION 83.  Notwithstanding section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state primary in 2020 shall be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

SECTION 84.  Notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, a person whose name is not printed on the September 1, 2020 state primary ballot as a candidate for an office, but who receives sufficient votes to nominate the person for the office, shall file in the office of the state secretary a written acceptance of the nomination and a receipt from the state ethics commission verifying that a statement of financial interest has been filed pursuant to chapter 268B of the General Laws not later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

SECTION 85.  Notwithstanding sections 11, 13 and 53A of chapter 53 of the General Laws and section 5 of chapter 55B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, objections to and withdrawals from nominations made at the September 1, 2020 state primary shall be filed with the state secretary not later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday, September 4, 2020.

SECTION 86.  Notwithstanding section 14 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, any vacancies from the September 1, 2020 state primary caused by death, withdrawal or ineligibility under section 85 shall be filled by an executive committee, determined by the state party committee of the same political party that made the original nomination.

SECTION 87.  Notwithstanding section 15 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, when a nomination is made to fill a vacancy caused by the death, withdrawal or ineligibility of a candidate from the September 1, 2020 state primary, the certificate of nomination shall be on a form prescribed by the state secretary, signed by the executive committee appointed by the state committee of the same political party as provided for in section 86 and filed with the state secretary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

SECTION 88.  Notwithstanding section 135 of chapter 54 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, a petition for a recount of the September 1, 2020 state primary shall be filed with the appropriate local election officials not later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 4, 2020 and all recounts shall be completed and notice of the results shall be sent to the state secretary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Petitions for districtwide and statewide recounts of the September 1, 2020 state primary shall be submitted to the appropriate local election officials for certification not later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday, September 4, 2020 and local election officials shall complete certification not later than 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Thereafter, certified petitions shall be filed with the state secretary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. If the state secretary determines that the contest is eligible for a statewide or districtwide recount, the state secretary shall notify the local election officials who shall complete the recount and shall notify the state secretary of the results of the recount not later than 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Notwithstanding section 135 of said chapter 54, a board of registrars shall provide not less than 2 days’ notice of the date, time and location of the recount to each candidate for the office for which the recount has been petitioned. Electronic notice shall be sufficient.

SECTION 89.  (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 25B of chapter 54 of the General Laws or any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be early voting for the 2020 presidential primary. The election officers and registrars of every city or town shall allow any qualified voter, as defined in section 1 of chapter 51 of the General Laws, to cast a ballot for the 2020 presidential primary during the early voting period, which shall begin on Monday, February 24, 2020 and end on Friday, February 28, 2020. Early voting shall also apply to any city or town election held at the same time as the presidential primary.

(b)  Any qualified voter wanting to early vote by mail may file with the voter’s local election official an application for an early voting ballot for the 2020 presidential primary. Any form of written communication evidencing a desire to have an early voting ballot be sent for use for voting at an election shall be given the same effect as an application made in the form prescribed by the state secretary. No application for an early voting ballot for the 2020 presidential primary shall be deemed to be seasonably filed unless it is received in the office of the city or town clerk or registrars of voters before 12:00PM on February 28, 2020. If the voter is registered as unenrolled or in a political designation, the applicant must include the name of the party whose primary ballot the voter is requesting. 

(c)  Early voting for the 2020 presidential primary shall be conducted during the usual business hours of each city or town clerk. A city or town may, in its discretion, provide for additional early voting hours beyond the hours required by this subsection during the early voting period.

(d)  All early voting ballots voted by mail for the 2020 presidential primary shall be received by the city or town clerk before the hour fixed for closing the polls.

(e)  Each city and town shall establish an early voting site for the 2020 presidential primary that shall include the election office for the city or town; provided, however, that if the city or town determines that the office is unavailable or unsuitable for early voting, the registrars of each such city or town shall identify and provide for an alternative centrally-located, suitable and convenient public building within each such city or town as an early voting site. A city or town may also provide for additional early voting sites at the discretion of the registrars for that city or town. Each early voting site shall be accessible to persons with disabilities.

(f)  The designation of an early voting site for the 2020 presidential primary shall be made no later than February 10, 2020. No later than February 12, 2020, the registrars for each city or town shall post the location of the early voting sites as well as the applicable dates and hours. Notice shall be conspicuously posted in the office of the city clerk or on the principal official bulletin board of each city or town, on any other public building considered necessary, on the city or town's website, if any, and on the website of the state secretary.    

(g)  No later than February 10, 2020, the state secretary shall deliver to each city or town, in quantities as the state secretary determines necessary, the following papers: (1) official early voting ballots for the 2020 presidential primaries, similar to the official ballot to be used at the primaries; and (2) envelopes of sufficient size to contain the ballots specified in clause (1) bearing on their reverse the voter’s affidavit in compliance with the requirements of subsection (i).

(h)  An early voting ballot along with an envelope shall be provided to each qualified voter who participates in early voting for the 2020 presidential primary.

(i)  A qualified voter casting a ballot at an early voting site shall complete an affidavit under the regulations promulgated pursuant to chapter 54 of the General Laws, which shall include a notice of penalties under section 26 of chapter 56 of the General Laws.

(j)  Prior to the beginning of early voting for the 2020 presidential primary, the registrars for each city or town shall prepare a list for the early voting sites, containing the names and residences of all persons qualified to vote at each voting site, as the names and residences appear upon the annual register, and shall reasonably transmit the applicable list to the election officers at each early voting site designated by the registrars.

(k)  The registrar or presiding official at the early voting site shall cause to be placed on the voting lists opposite the name of a qualified voter who participates in early voting the letters “EV” designating an early voter.

(l)  The registrars shall prepare lists of all voters casting ballots during the early voting period and update the voter list in a manner prescribed by the state secretary.

(m)  The provisions of sections 37 and 38 of chapter 53 of the General Laws shall apply to unenrolled voters and voters enrolled in political designations. The registrar or presiding official at the early voting site shall cause the name of the party of the ballot being voted to be recorded on the voting list.

(n)  The counting of early voting ballots including, but not limited to, informing election officers and any challengers present under section 85A of chapter 54 of the General Laws shall be set by 950 C.M.R. § 47.00 so far as applicable. All envelopes referred to in this section shall be retained with the ballots cast at the 2020 presidential primary and shall be preserved and destroyed in the manner provided by law for the retention, preservation or destruction of official ballots.

(o)  The provisions of 950 C.M.R. § 47.00 shall apply to early voting at the 2020 presidential primary to the extent feasible, but the secretary shall update the rules to accommodate the dates set forth herein.

(p)  A city or town may opt to detail a sufficient number of police officers or constables for each early voting site for the 2020 presidential primary at the expense of the city or town to preserve order, protect the election officers and supervisors from any interference with their duties and aid in enforcing the laws relating to elections.

(q)  No early voting ballot cast under this section shall be counted if the officer charged with the duty of counting the ballot is cognizant of the fact that the voter has died prior to the opening of the polls on the day of the 2020 presidential primary.

SECTION 90.  Notwithstanding sections 8 to 10, inclusive, of chapter 55B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state ballot law commission shall notify candidates of any objections filed to nominations at the September 1, 2020 state primary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 4, 2020. Notice of the commission hearings shall be given by telephone and electronic mail. Hearings on objections shall be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and decisions shall be rendered not later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 14, 2020.

SECTION 91.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, local election officials shall transmit absentee ballots to voters covered under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 52 USC 20302 et seq., whose applications were received not less than 45 days before the November 3, 2020 state election, not later than Saturday, September 19, 2020.

SECTION 92.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state secretary may add or change any dates relating to the nominations made at the September 1, 2020 state primary that the state secretary considers necessary for the orderly administration of the November 3, 2020 state election by providing notice of the change to the state parties and any affected person, by filing notice with the rules and regulations division, by posting on the state secretary’s website and by whatever other means the state secretary considers appropriate.

SECTION 93.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, prior to calculating the fiscal year 2019 consolidated net surplus in accordance with section 5C of chapter 29 of the General Laws, and upon the recommendation of the secretary of administration and finance or his designee, the comptroller shall adjust any fiscal year 2019 appropriation fund split against the following funds to expend available revenue and to prevent deficiencies in those funds; provided that, changes to fund splits under this section shall not result in any of the following funds ending fiscal year 2019 in deficit:

(a)  Gaming Local Aid Fund established in section 63 of chapter 23K of the General Laws;

(b)  the Education Fund established in section 64 of said chapter 23K;

(c)  the Local Capital Projects Fund established in section 2EEEE of chapter 29 of the General Laws;

(d)  the Public Safety Training Fund established in section 2JJJJ of said chapter 29.

SECTION 94.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not more than $5,000,000 of funds deposited pursuant to chapter 273 of the acts of 2018 into the Water Pollution Abatement Revolving Fund established in section 2L of chapter 29 of the General Laws may be used for deleading projects, including grants, at early education facilities, childcare centers and public schools, prioritizing elementary schools. Funding shall be prioritized to address high risk populations based on characteristics including, but not limited to, age and socioeconomic status and based on consultation with the advisory committee for the lead poisoning prevention program established under section 190 of chapter 111 of the General Laws.

SECTION 95.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of energy resources shall expend amounts from the RGGI Auction Trust Fund established in section 35II of chapter 10 of the General Laws to fund the green communities program established in section 10 of chapter 25A of the General Laws and to fund electric vehicle incentive programs through December 31, 2021; provided, however, that the department of energy resources shall offer rebates of not less than $2,500 and not more than $5,000 for the purchase or lease of battery electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles for sale or lease with a retail price of not more than $50,000. All payments made from the fund before December 31, 2021 shall be prioritized so that the initial payments from the fund shall be made to the green communities and electric vehicle incentive programs; provided, however, that not less than $27,000,000 shall be available for electric vehicle incentive programs per fiscal year; and provided further, that the department shall examine the programs, including, but not limited to, the cost-effectiveness of the programs in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and report its findings to the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy not later than January 1, 2022.

SECTION 96.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the special commission established in section 103 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018 is hereby revived and continued to December 31, 2019. The special commission shall file the results of its study and its recommendations, including drafts of legislation necessary to carry those recommendations into effect, with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the joint committee on consumer protection and professional licensure and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later December 31, 2019.

SECTION 97.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in setting standard payments to nursing facilities for the period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, inclusive, capital standard payments made to the nursing facilities pursuant to 101 CMR 206 shall provide that: (i) a facility’s upward adjustment to its capital payment shall be calculated as the difference between the standard capital payment listed in 101 CMR 206.05(1) and its rebased capital payment that it would have received based on the capital standard payment calculation methodology in effect before October 1, 2019; and (ii) a nursing facility that becomes operational on or after November 1, 2019, an existing nursing facility that completely renovates or reconstructs its current building on or after November 1, 2019 or an existing nursing facility that fully relocates to a newly constructed location on or after November 1, 2019 shall be eligible for a capital standard payment in the amount of not less than $37.60.

(b)  A nursing facility shall be eligible for an adjustment to its capital standard payment pursuant to 101 CMR 206.05(2) after October 1, 2019 if, before March 31, 2020, the facility provides the executive office of health and human services with documentation of 1 of the following: (i) department of public health plan review approval pursuant to an approved determination of need dated before January 1, 2020; (ii) detailed architectural or engineering plans developed in response to an approved determination of need and submitted to the department of public of health before January 1, 2020; (iii) evidence of funding received, or a firm commitment to fund, from an outside lender dated before January 1, 2020, in an amount equal to or in excess of 50 per cent of the maximum capital expenditure as specified in an approved determination of need; (iv) evidence of applications made on or before January 1, 2020, to local government agencies for planning, zoning or building permits or other regulatory approvals required in connection with the implementation of an approved determination of need; or (v) evidence of the acquisition of land required for development of the project authorized by an approved determination of need.

SECTION 98.  Grants from the amounts collected pursuant to subsection (b) of section 13T of chapter 23A of the General Laws allocated to regional tourism councils for fiscal year 2019 shall be distributed not later than December 31, 2019 according to the current allocation formula.

SECTION 99.  The salary adjustments and other economic benefits authorized by the following collective bargaining agreements shall be effective for the purposes of section 7 of chapter 150E of the General Laws: (i) between the Middlesex sheriff and the Teamsters, Local 122, Unit SM2; (ii) between the between the Essex north and south registries of deeds and AFSCME, Local 653; (iii) between the board of higher education and the Massachusetts Community College Council; (iv) between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and DOT Unit C, National Association of Government Employees, IBEW Local 103, Teamsters Local 127, and Teamsters Local 25; (v) between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and DOT Unit D, National Association of Government Employees, IBEW Local 103, Teamsters Local 127, clerical, audit and support Employees and United Steelworkers Local 5696; (vi) between the state treasurer and the Coalition of Public Safety, Unit 5; (vii) between the Middlesex sheriff and NEPBA, Local 525, Unit SM1; and (viii) between the University of Massachusetts and NEPBA, Unit B3S.

The Governor disssaproved of the following section, for message see H.4252
          SECTION 100.  Sections 8 and 9 shall take effect on April 1, 2020.

SECTION 101.  Section 11 shall be effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

SECTION 102.  Section 14 shall take effect on September 11, 2019.

SECTION 103.  Except as otherwise specified, this act shall take effect upon enactment.

Approved, December 13, 2019.