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July 13, 1998 TO THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
In accordance with the provisions of Section 43-1-4 of the General Laws, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, 98-H-7774 Substitute A, "An Act Relating to Human Services - Residential Care and Assisted Living Facilities."
This legislation would increase the state Supplemental Security Income (SSI) supplement for individuals residing in residential care and assisted living facilities by S250.00 per month.
I wholeheartedly agree that residential care and assisted living facilities are an important component of the long term care service system, and I fully support the intent of this legislation to increase access to such facilities by low income persons whose needs are appropriate to this level of service. In fact, this monthly increase of S250.00 in SSI payments was included in Article 15 of the FY 1999 Appropriations Act, 98-H-8478, Substitute A, which I have previously signed into law.
The S250.00 increase in Article 15 is effective October 1, 1998. While the Act appears to attempt to conform with this effective date of October 1, 1998, in Section 3, the effective date of the increase erroneously reads January 1, 1998, which would result in retroactive benefits for which there is no funding and which would appear to be inconsistent with the legislative intent.
For the foregoing reason, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.