NO. 142.  AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT.

(H.766)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL - Fiscal Year 2003 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 2.  PURPOSE

(a)  The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2003.  It is the express intent of the legislature that activities of the various agencies, departments, divisions, boards, and commissions be limited to those which can be supported by funds appropriated in this act or other acts passed prior to June 30, 2002.  Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2003 so as to meet this condition, unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATIONS; NARRATIVES

(a)  The sums herein stated are appropriated for the purposes specified in the following sections of this act.  When no time is expressly stated during which any of the appropriations are to continue, the appropriations are declared to be single-year appropriations, and only for the purpose indicated.  These appropriations shall be the only appropriations available, notwithstanding any other acts or laws.  If, in this act, there is an error in either addition or subtraction, the totals shall be adjusted accordingly.  Apparent errors in referring to section numbers of statutory titles within this act may be disregarded by the commissioner of finance and management.

(b)  Unless codified or otherwise specified, all narrative portions of this act apply only to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.

Sec. 4.  TIME AVAILABLE

(a)  The sums appropriated in this act, unless otherwise designated, shall be available only during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.  The balance of any appropriations made in this act remaining unexpended and unencumbered at the end of the fiscal year shall revert to the appropriate fund balance, unless otherwise specified in this act.  Refunds of expenditures and reimbursements, except liability insurance premiums, which have been paid from the appropriations of a prior year, shall be credited to the appropriate fund and not to appropriation accounts in the current fiscal year, unless those refunds or reimbursements were previously paid from federal grants-in-aid or from appropriations whose unexpended balances are reappropriated by law.  Refunds of liability insurance premiums paid in prior fiscal years are hereby available to reduce subsequent liability insurance premiums.  Nothing contained in this act shall limit the time within which an appropriation to be raised by the issue of bonds may be expended.

Sec. 5.  DEFINITIONS

(a)  For the purposes of this act:

(1)  “Encumbrances” means a portion of an appropriation reserved for the subsequent payment of existing purchase orders or contracts.  The commissioner of finance and management shall make final decisions on the appropriateness of encumbrances.

(2)  “Grants” means subsidies, aid or payments to local governments, to community and quasi-public agencies for providing local services, and to persons who are not wards of the state for services or supplies, and cash or other direct assistance, including pension contributions.

(3)  “Operating expenses” means supplies - food, medical, clothing, educational, fuel, highway materials and similar items; contractual services - postage, telephone, travel expenses, light, heat and power, rentals, insurance and other similar items; equipment articles of substantial value which have a long period of usefulness - desks, computers, typewriters, furniture, motor vehicles and similar items; and expenditures for the purchase of land, construction of new buildings and permanent improvements, highway construction and similar items.

(4)  “Personal services” means wages and salaries, consulting services, personnel benefits, personal injury benefits under section 636 of Title 21 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated and similar items.

Sec. 6.  SOURCE OF FUNDS

(a)  The appropriations made in this act are made for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, except as provided in this act, and are to be paid from funds shown as the source of funds.

Sec. 7.  Secretary of administration - secretary’s office

                   Personal services                                                                  709,040

                   Operating expenses                                                                 60,603

                        Total                                                                                769,643

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         412,988

                   Transportation fund                                                                 61,875

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      294,780

                        Total                                                                                769,643

Sec. 8.  ANTI-TERRORISM AND BIO-TERRORISM CONTROL

              FEDERAL GRANTS

     (a)  To effectively utilize and manage federal funds received to support state and local anti-terrorism and bio-terrorism control efforts, all state departments and agencies applying for federal funds shall review applications with the department of finance and management, and any allocation of federal funds to state departments and programs shall be approved by the department of finance and management and the secretary of administration.

     (b)  The secretary of administration is directed to:

(1)  Submit a plan for spending any funds to the general assembly if it is in session, otherwise to the joint fiscal committee at a regularly scheduled meeting.  The plan shall specifically identify:

(A)  any new base spending proposed;

(B)  the duration of the federal grant;

(C)  any commitments required by the federal government if a grant is accepted; and

(D)  if applicable under federal guidelines, funding for the department of public safety, the department of health, victim services and compensation planning as well as inclusion of the poison center’s role and funding needs.

(2)  No plan submitted pursuant to subdivision (1) of this section shall become effective unless approved by the general assembly, if it is in session, otherwise by the joint fiscal committee.

(3)  The administration shall maximize to the extent possible the use of federal anti-terrorism funds to support state anti-terrorism activities.  The intent of the legislature is to avoid duplication with state funds of any allowable expenditure of federal anti-terrorism funds.

Sec. 9.  Secretary of administration - GOVnet

                   Personal services                                                                  383,058

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,356,092

                        Total                                                                             1,739,150

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,739,150

Sec. 10.  Finance and management - financial operations

                   Personal services                                                               1,280,477

                   Operating expenses                                                               988,363

                        Total                                                                             2,268,840

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          2,268,840

Sec. 11.  Finance and management - budget and management

                   Personal services                                                                  751,832

                   Operating expenses                                                                 96,072

                        Total                                                                                847,904

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         612,323

                   Transportation fund                                                               132,511

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      103,070

                        Total                                                                                847,904

Sec. 12.  Finance and management - education and functional support

                   Personal services                                                                  229,688

                   Operating expenses                                                                 39,102

                        Total                                                                                268,790

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                             268,790

Sec. 13.  Personnel - operations

                   Personal services                                                               2,068,869

                   Operating expenses                                                               566,810

                        Total                                                                             2,635,679

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,331,651

                   Transportation fund                                                               521,530

                   Special funds                                                                          48,000

                   Internal service funds                                                             696,994

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        37,504

                        Total                                                                             2,635,679

Sec. 14.  Personnel - recruitment services

                   Personal services                                                                  384,553

                   Operating expenses                                                               217,528

                        Total                                                                                602,081

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         300,564

                   Transportation fund                                                               126,517

                   Special funds                                                                        175,000

                        Total                                                                                602,081

Sec. 15.  Personnel - employee benefits

                   Personal services                                                               1,336,550

                   Operating expenses                                                               354,497

                        Total                                                                             1,691,047

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,691,047

Sec. 16.  Libraries

                   Personal services                                                               1,621,927

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,391,996

                   Grants                                                                                  404,920

                        Total                                                                             3,418,843

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,182,809

                   Special funds                                                                          50,300

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,049,734

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      136,000

                        Total                                                                             3,418,843

Sec. 17.  Libraries - special services:  handicapped

                   Personal services                                                                  186,703

                   Operating expenses                                                                 25,813

                        Total                                                                                212,516

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           88,292

                   Special funds                                                                            1,000

                   Federal funds                                                                        123,224

                        Total                                                                                212,516

Sec. 18.  Tax - administration/collection

                   Personal services                                                               9,077,300

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,346,705

                        Total                                                                           11,424,005

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    10,636,283

                   Transportation fund                                                               263,785

                   Special funds                                                                        350,937

                   Tobacco fund                                                                         58,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      115,000

                        Total                                                                           11,424,005

Sec. 19.  Tax - revenue and returns processing

                   Personal services                                                                  967,801

                   Operating expenses                                                               314,285

                        Total                                                                             1,282,086

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,282,086

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - administration

                   Personal services                                                               1,038,711

                   Operating expenses                                                               164,439

                        Total                                                                             1,203,150

               Source of funds

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,203,150

Sec. 21.  Buildings and general services - engineering

                   Personal services                                                               1,620,002

                   Operating expenses                                                               328,780

                        Total                                                                             1,948,782

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,650,528

                   Transportation fund                                                               233,254

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        65,000

                        Total                                                                             1,948,782

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                   Personal services                                                               2,630,396

                   Operating expenses                                                               845,097

                   Grants                                                                                  255,000

                        Total                                                                             3,730,493

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         397,769

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,332,724

                        Total                                                                             3,730,493

Sec. 23.  Buildings and general services - purchasing

                   Personal services                                                                  775,375

                   Operating expenses                                                               272,359

                        Total                                                                             1,047,734

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         787,670

                   Transportation fund                                                               260,064

                        Total                                                                             1,047,734

Sec. 24.  Buildings and general services - public records

                   Personal services                                                                  784,046

                   Operating expenses                                                               379,452

                        Total                                                                             1,163,498

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         905,296

                   Transportation fund                                                                 87,992

                   Special funds                                                                        170,210

                        Total                                                                             1,163,498

Sec. 25.  Buildings and general services - postal

                   Personal services                                                                  600,979

                   Operating expenses                                                               342,729

                        Total                                                                                943,708

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         108,082

                   Transportation fund                                                                 65,291

                   Internal service funds                                                             770,335

                        Total                                                                                943,708

Sec. 26.  Buildings and general services - copy center

                   Personal services                                                                  697,657

                   Operating expenses                                                               840,052

                        Total                                                                             1,537,709

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,537,709

Sec. 27.  Buildings and general services - supply center

                   Personal services                                                                  241,252

                   Operating expenses                                                               232,618

                        Total                                                                                473,870

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                             473,870

Sec. 28.  Buildings and general services - federal surplus property

                   Personal services                                                                    53,755

                   Operating expenses                                                               106,878

                        Total                                                                                160,633

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                                                    160,633

Sec. 29.  Buildings and general services - state surplus property

                   Personal services                                                                    49,272

                   Operating expenses                                                                 56,884

                        Total                                                                                106,156

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                             106,156

Sec. 30.  Buildings and general services - property management

                   Personal services                                                                  773,378

                   Operating expenses                                                            3,145,884

                        Total                                                                             3,919,262

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          3,919,262

Sec. 31.  Buildings and general services - all other insurance

                   Personal services                                                                    49,578

                   Operating expenses                                                                 26,077

                        Total                                                                                  75,655

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                               75,655

Sec. 32.  Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

                   Personal services                                                                  312,382

                   Operating expenses                                                               494,929

                        Total                                                                                807,311

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                             807,311

Sec. 33.  Buildings and general services - workers’ compensation insurance

                   Personal services                                                                  862,592

                   Operating expenses                                                               288,743

                        Total                                                                             1,151,335

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,151,335

     (a)  The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Loss Prevention Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 34.  Buildings and general services - communications & information technology

                   Personal services                                                               2,560,881

                   Operating expenses                                                            3,604,266

                        Total                                                                             6,165,147

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          6,165,147

Sec. 35.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

                   Personal services                                                               5,635,591

                   Operating expenses                                                            8,545,828

                        Total                                                                           14,181,419

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         573,016

                   Internal service funds                                                        13,608,403

                        Total                                                                           14,181,419

     (a)  The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Maintenance Mechanic II and one (1) Plant Maintenance Supervisor A - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 36.  [Omitted]

Sec. 37.  Geographic information system

                   Grants                                                                                  376,992

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        376,992

Sec. 37a.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 4 of No. 204 of the Acts of 1994 (sunset on the geographic information system and its authority to enter into contracts), as amended by Sec. 1 of No. 143 of the Acts of 1998 and as further amended by Sec. 1 of No. 72 of the Acts of 2000, is repealed.

Sec. 38.  Auditor of accounts

                   Personal services                                                               1,504,309

                   Operating expenses                                                               109,150

                        Total                                                                             1,613,459

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         475,151

                   Transportation fund                                                                 70,368

                   Special funds                                                                          52,167

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,015,773

                        Total                                                                             1,613,459

Sec. 39.  State treasurer

                   Personal services                                                               2,176,246

                   Operating expenses                                                               316,520

                        Total                                                                             2,492,766

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         617,438

                   Transportation fund                                                               123,714

                   Special funds                                                                     1,166,413

                    Pension trust funds                                                                545,000

                   Private purpose trust funds                                                      40,201

                        Total                                                                             2,492,766

     (a)  The conversion of one (1) limited service position - Accountant B - to permanent is authorized in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 40.  State treasurer - abandoned property

                   Personal services                                                                    70,373

                   Operating expenses                                                                 95,183

                        Total                                                                                165,556

               Source of funds

                   Private purpose trust funds                                                    165,556

Sec. 41.  Vermont state retirement system

                   Personal services                                                             14,541,400

                   Operating expenses                                                               146,039

                        Total                                                                           14,687,439

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                   14,687,439

Sec. 41a.  LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPING

                PROPOSALS FOR TRANSFERRING LAW ENFORCEMENT

                OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS INTO THE GROUP C PLAN

                OF THE VERMONT STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM

(a)  A legislative study committee is created to recommend options for transferring state law enforcement officers and firefighters hired prior to July 1, 2000, from the Group F plan to the Group C plan of the Vermont state retirement system.  Specifically, the committee shall:

(1)  Evaluate the recommendations of the legislative study committee on eligibility criteria for plans of the Vermont state retirement system established in Sec. 3 of No. 57 of the Acts of 2001;

(2)  Report to the general assembly on specific proposals for transitioning current law enforcement officers or firefighters who are members of the Group F plan into the Group C plan;

(3)  Report to the general assembly on other possible alternatives for establishing parity among law enforcement officers and firefighters hired before and after July 1, 2000.

(b)  The committee shall be comprised of the following members:  two members of the house committee on government operations and one member of the house committee on appropriations appointed by the speaker of the house, three members of the senate committee on government operations appointed by the committee on committees, the commissioner of personnel, the state treasurer or designee, two representatives of the Vermont state employees’ association, the director of retirement services, the chair of the Vermont state retirement system board of trustees, and the commissioner of finance and management or designee.

(c)  Legislative members shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement of expenses under section 406 of Title 2.

(d)  The committee may meet up to two times, and shall file a report of its recommendations with the general assembly by January 15, 2003.  The report shall include the estimated costs of each proposal as well as the impact of each proposal on the Vermont state retirement system.

Sec. 42.  Municipal employees’ retirement system

                   Personal services                                                               1,002,100

                   Operating expenses                                                                 46,826

                        Total                                                                             1,048,926

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     1,048,926

Sec. 43.  State labor relations board

                   Personal services                                                                  148,509

                   Operating expenses                                                                 34,906

                        Total                                                                                183,415

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         172,185

                   Transportation fund                                                                   5,528

                   Special funds                                                                            5,702

                        Total                                                                                183,415

     (a)  The joint fiscal office shall review methods of funding labor relations boards in other states, and on or before December 1, 2002, report to the house and senate committees on appropriations on such methods, and provide recommendations for funding the Vermont state labor relations board in future fiscal years.

Sec. 44.  Executive office

                   Personal services                                                               1,048,906

                   Operating expenses                                                               296,097

                   Grants                                                                                    51,978

                        Total                                                                             1,396,981

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,097,120

                   Transportation fund                                                               187,676

                   Special funds                                                                            3,185

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      109,000

                        Total                                                                             1,396,981

Sec. 45.  Executive office - national and community service

                   Personal services                                                                  153,402

                   Operating expenses                                                                 95,219

                   Grants                                                                               1,428,643

                        Total                                                                             1,677,264

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           60,803

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,616,461

                        Total                                                                             1,677,264

Sec. 46.  Governor-elect

                   Personal services                                                                    20,000

                   Operating expenses                                                                 10,000

                        Total                                                                                  30,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           30,000

     (a)  The funds in this section are for costs incurred by the transitions of the executive office.  No funds shall be used for inaugural celebrations.  Any unexpended portion of these funds shall revert to the general fund.

Sec. 47.  VOSHA review board

                   Personal services                                                                    29,184

                   Operating expenses                                                                   9,180

                        Total                                                                                  38,364

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           18,988

                   Federal funds                                                                          19,376

                        Total                                                                                  38,364

Sec. 48.  [Omitted]

Sec. 49.  Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

                   Grants                                                                               5,100,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,029,610

                   Transportation fund                                                            2,070,390

                        Total                                                                             5,100,000

Sec. 50.  Lieutenant governor

                   Personal services                                                                  102,844

                   Operating expenses                                                                 13,881

                        Total                                                                                116,725

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           94,114

                   Transportation fund                                                                 22,611

                        Total                                                                                116,725

Sec. 51.  Legislature

                   Personal services                                                               2,591,215

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,136,950

                        Total                                                                             4,728,165

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,868,478

                   Transportation fund                                                               859,687

                        Total                                                                             4,728,165

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $15,000.00 shall be available for new member orientation.

(b)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000.00 shall be available to support the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing.

(c)  It is the intent of the legislature that legislative leadership consider the use of unpaid recess of the legislature as appropriate and applicable should the budget presentation be delayed during the 2003 session due to transition of executive administration.

Sec. 51a.  FISCAL YEAR 2002 LEGISLATURE BUDGET ADJUSTMENT

     (a)  There is appropriated to the legislature $200,000.00 in general funds for fiscal year 2002 expenses.

Sec. 51b.  3 V.S.A. § 635a is amended to read:

§ 635a.  COVERAGE; MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

(a)  A member of the general assembly and a session employee of the legislature or the legislative council shall be eligible to participate in the group health insurance program provided in this chapter, or in any group dental insurance program negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement with state employees.  Premiums shall be paid at the full actuarial rate by the legislator or employee with no contribution from the state and shall be deducted from compensation due for services rendered during the legislative session or assessed, and paid directly by the legislator or employee.

(b)  A person who elects to participate in the group health insurance program or in the group dental insurance program under this section shall notify the program's administrator, in writing, of such election.  The enrollment period for persons electing under this section shall correspond with the enrollment period for state employees.

Sec. 52.  Legislative council

                   Personal services                                                               1,661,561

                   Operating expenses                                                                 92,090

                        Total                                                                             1,753,651

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,475,527

                   Transportation fund                                                               278,124

                        Total                                                                             1,753,651

     (a)  User satisfaction with the ease and efficiency of electronic communications systems in the State House shall be a priority for the information technology division of the legislative council.

Sec. 53.  Sergeant at arms

                   Personal services                                                                  317,512

                   Operating expenses                                                                 51,388

                        Total                                                                                368,900

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         320,207

                   Transportation fund                                                                 48,693

                        Total                                                                                368,900

Sec. 53a.  Sec. 44 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, as amended by Sec. 6 of No. 110 of the Acts of 2002, is further amended to read:  

Sec. 44.  Sergeant at arms                                                                                    

                   Personal services                                          286,778            316,778

                   Operating expenses                                      48,000                48,000

                        Total                                                       334,778            364,778

                   Source of funds                                           

                   General fund                                                 286,935            316,935

                   Transportation fund                                      47,843                47,843

                        Total                                                       334,778            364,778

* * *

Sec. 54.  Joint fiscal committee

                   Personal services                                                                  842,642

                   Operating expenses                                                                 66,184

                        Total                                                                                908,826

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         747,276

                   Transportation fund                                                               161,550

                        Total                                                                                908,826

Sec. 54a.  Sec. 45. of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001 is amended to read:                 

Sec. 45.  Joint fiscal committee                                       

                   Personal services                                          757,503            774,703

                   Operating expenses                                      35,783                35,783

                        Total                                                       793,286            810,486

               Source of funds                                                

                   General fund                                                 634,915            652,115

                   Transportation fund                                      158,371            158,371

                        Total                                                       793,286           810,486

Sec. 55.  Lottery commission

                   Personal services                                                               1,127,907

                   Operating expenses                                                               693,556

                        Total                                                                             1,821,463

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                                                 1,821,463

Sec. 56.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                   Grants                                                                               2,400,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,250,000

                   Special funds                                                                     1,150,000

                        Total                                                                             2,400,000

     (a)  The above appropriation is for state payments in lieu of property taxes under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32, and the payments shall be calculated in addition to, and without regard to, the appropriations for PILOT for Montpelier and correctional facilities elsewhere in this act.

     (b)  The secretary of administration shall anticipate receipts in the PILOT special fund to ensure the total appropriation is available.

Sec. 57.  Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier

                   Grants                                                                                  184,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         184,000

Sec. 58.  Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

                   Grants                                                                                    40,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           40,000

Sec. 59.  Total general government                                                    106,909,338

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    34,750,254

                   Transportation fund                                                            8,913,884

                   Special funds                                                                   19,286,271

                   Tobacco fund                                                                         58,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,808,795

                   Enterprise funds                                                                 1,982,096

                   Internal service funds                                                        36,295,777

                   Pension trust funds                                                                545,000

                   Private purpose trust funds                                                    205,757

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   2,063,504

                        Total                                                                         106,909,338

Sec. 60.  Protection to persons and property - Attorney general

                   Personal services                                                               4,344,999

                   Operating expenses                                                               860,860

                        Total                                                                             5,205,859

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,317,943

                   Transportation fund                                                                 83,495

                   Special funds                                                                        811,978

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       290,000

                   Federal funds                                                                        486,443

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,216,000

                        Total                                                                             5,205,859

Sec. 61.  Attorney general - telemarketing fraud

                   Personal services                                                                  111,628

                   Operating expenses                                                                 38,372

                        Total                                                                                150,000

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                        150,000

Sec. 62.  Vermont court diversion

                   Grants                                                                               1,104,555

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         615,531

                   Transportation fund                                                               177,804

                   Special funds                                                                        311,220

                        Total                                                                             1,104,555

Sec. 63.  Center for crime victims services

                   Personal services                                                                  763,250

                   Operating expenses                                                               208,018

                   Grants                                                                               4,292,230

                        Total                                                                             5,263,498

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         758,339

                   Special funds                                                                        724,808

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,740,351

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        40,000

                        Total                                                                             5,263,498

(a)  The $40,000.00 of federal grant funds transferred from the department of public safety shall be used for AIDS/HIV outreach to victims of sexual violence consistent with the intent of No. 49 of the Acts of 2001.

Sec. 64.  Center for crime victims services - victim compensation

                   Grants                                                                                  575,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        405,000

                   Federal funds                                                                        170,000

                        Total                                                                                575,000

Sec. 65.  State’s attorneys

                    Personal services                                                               6,826,326

                   Operating expenses                                                               990,905

                        Total                                                                             7,817,231

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      5,866,162

                   Transportation fund                                                               447,230

                   Special funds                                                                          43,500

                   Federal funds                                                                            5,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,455,339

                        Total                                                                             7,817,231

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000.00 shall be used to support a temporary deputy state’s attorney position in Addison County.

Sec. 66.  Sheriffs

                   Personal services                                                               1,075,541

                   Operating expenses                                                                 36,941

                        Total                                                                             1,112,482

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,075,541

                   Transportation fund                                                                 36,941

                        Total                                                                             1,112,482

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000.00 shall be transferred to the state’s attorneys office as reimbursement for the cost of the executive director’s salary.

Sec. 67.  Sheriffs - transport

                   Personal services                                                               1,196,821

                   Operating expenses                                                               200,000

                        Total                                                                             1,396,821

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         749,687

                   Transportation fund                                                               647,134

                        Total                                                                             1,396,821

     (a)  The general assembly finds that the increasing cost of prisoner transports from correctional centers to courts is placing a burden on the ability of the state to pay for such transports.  The general assembly is concerned with preserving the due process rights of prisoners granted by the U.S. Constitution and the Vermont Constitution, yet it believes some court hearings can be held without the presence of a prisoner in the courtroom without any infringement upon the prisoner’s constitutional rights.  Some hearings, such as status conferences, could be held without the participation of the prisoner; while others may be held with prisoner participation by telephone or video conference.  It is the intent of the general assembly to preserve due process rights of prisoners while addressing the increased cost of detaining prisoners in the correctional centers while they wait for disposition of their cases.  Accordingly, the general assembly hereby directs the department of state’s attorneys and sheriffs, the administrative judge for trial courts, the court administrator, the defender general and the commissioner of the department of corrections to work together to reduce the number of unnecessary prisoner transports to court hearings, taking into account the findings and intent of the general assembly, as stated in this subsection.  The parties shall report to the chairs of the house and senate committees on appropriations and on judiciary by January 15, 2003, regarding the steps that have been taken and the impact those steps have had on reducing transports.

Sec. 68.  Defender general - public defense

                   Personal services                                                               4,801,141

                   Operating expenses                                                               506,962

                        Total                                                                             5,308,103

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,286,254

                   Transportation fund                                                               630,058

                   Special funds                                                                        346,791

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        45,000

                        Total                                                                             5,308,103

Sec. 69.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                   Personal services                                                               2,093,790

                   Operating expenses                                                                 46,505

                        Total                                                                             2,140,295

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,880,285

                   Transportation fund                                                               260,010

                        Total                                                                             2,140,295

Sec. 70.  Defender general - ad hoc counsel

                   Personal services                                                                  127,403

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         127,403

Sec. 71.  Military - administration

                   Personal services                                                                  397,864

                   Operating expenses                                                               320,406

                   Grants                                                                                  158,000

                        Total                                                                                876,270

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         876,270

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $200,000.00 shall be transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the national guard scholarship program, which is comprised of $158,000.00 of the above appropriation and $42,000.00 in fiscal year 2002 carry-forward funds.

     (b)  Total grants under 16 V.S.A. chapter 87, subchapter 4A, shall not exceed $200,000.00 in fiscal year 2003, nor shall commitments or obligations be made for expenditure amounts over $200,000.00 in fiscal year 2004.

Sec. 72.  Military - air service contract

                   Personal services                                                               3,176,327

                   Operating expenses                                                               904,423

                        Total                                                                             4,080,750

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         333,042

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,747,708

                        Total                                                                             4,080,750

Sec. 73.  Military - army service contract

                   Personal services                                                               2,269,299

                   Operating expenses                                                            8,183,223

                        Total                                                                           10,452,522

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         145,134

                   Federal funds                                                                   10,307,388

                        Total                                                                           10,452,522

Sec. 74.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                                                  829,020

                   Operating expenses                                                               478,932

                        Total                                                                             1,307,952

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,272,952

                   Special funds                                                                          35,000

                        Total                                                                             1,307,952

Sec. 75.  Military - veterans’ affairs

                   Personal services                                                                  130,991

                   Operating expenses                                                                 21,265

                   Grants                                                                                  125,850

                        Total                                                                                278,106

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         278,106

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $7,500.00 is to be expended for a Vietnam memorial plaque, $5,000.00 for the Brattleboro marching band, $15,000.00 for the Vermont veterans’ day parade, $10,000.00 for the veterans’ park in Essex Junction and $10,000.00 for the U.S.S. Montpelier.

Sec. 76.  Labor and industry

                   Personal services                                                               5,019,899

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,320,000

                   Grants                                                                                    70,000

                        Total                                                                             6,409,899

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         788,013

                   Special funds                                                                     4,520,271

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,051,596

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        50,019

                        Total                                                                             6,409,899

     (a)  The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Occupational Health Compliance Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 77.  Labor and industry - wage and hour

                   Personal services                                                                  106,058

                   Operating expenses                                                                 33,000

                        Total                                                                                139,058

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         139,058

Sec. 78.  Criminal justice training council

                   Personal services                                                                  704,932

                   Operating expenses                                                               718,787

                        Total                                                                             1,423,719

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         469,083

                   Transportation fund                                                               348,154

                   Federal funds                                                                          50,000

                   Special funds                                                                        453,448

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      103,034

                        Total                                                                             1,423,719

(a)  The federal funds appropriated above are in anticipation of grants for state and local anti-terrorism and emergency preparedness.

Sec. 79.  Criminal justice training council - domestic violence

                   Personal services                                                                    13,478

                   Operating expenses                                                                   3,488

                        Total                                                                                  16,966

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                            3,488

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        13,478

                        Total                                                                                  16,966

Sec. 80.  Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

                   Personal services                                                               1,393,102

                   Operating expenses                                                               312,679

                        Total                                                                             1,705,781

               Source of funds

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       318,973

                   Enterprise funds                                                                 1,386,808

                        Total                                                                             1,705,781

Sec. 81.  Liquor control - administration

                   Personal services                                                               1,094,958

                   Operating expenses                                                               423,232

                        Total                                                                             1,518,190

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                                                 1,518,190

Sec. 82.  Liquor control - warehousing and distribution

                   Personal services                                                                  555,248

                   Operating expenses                                                               392,575

                        Total                                                                                947,823

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                                                    947,823

Sec. 83.  Vermont racing commission

                   Operating expenses                                                                          1

               Source of funds

                    General fund                                                                                   1

Sec. 84.  Secretary of state

                   Personal services                                                               2,538,026

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,087,075

                        Total                                                                             3,625,101

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         506,141

                   Special funds                                                                     2,988,960

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      130,000

                        Total                                                                             3,625,101

     (a)  The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Clerk C and one (1) Licensing Board Inspector - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000.00 shall be used to assist towns in making their polling places handicap accessible in accordance with ADA guidelines.  Of these funds, up to $5,000.00 each shall be granted to the towns of Waterville and Woodbury for this purpose.

     (c)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $10,000.00 shall be available for expenses associated with the annual meeting for the New England Association of City and Town Clerks.

     (d)  Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. § 2855(a), in fiscal year 2003, the secretary of state may make public finance grants to qualified candidates from the campaign finance fund in anticipation of receipts coming into the fund.

Sec. 85.  FUND TRANSFER

     (a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003, the amount of $295,352.00 shall be transferred to the general fund from the campaign finance fund.

Sec. 86.  Secretary of state - corporations

                   Personal services                                                                  304,380

                   Operating expenses                                                               100,000

                        Total                                                                                404,380

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        404,380

     (a)  The above appropriation shall be from the securities and regulation and supervision fund in accordance with 9 V.S.A. § 4230(b).

Sec. 87.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - banking

                   Personal services                                                               1,029,981

                   Operating expenses                                                               280,050

                        Total                                                                             1,310,031

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     1,310,031

     (a)  Notwithstanding 9 V.S.A. § 4230(b), in fiscal year 2003, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration may transfer up to $200,000.00 from the securities regulation and supervision fund to the banking supervision fund established in 8 V.S.A. § 19(f).

Sec. 88.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - insurance

                   Personal services                                                               2,338,230

                   Operating expenses                                                               465,206

                        Total                                                                             2,803,436

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     2,803,436

Sec. 89.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - captive

                   Personal services                                                               1,552,280

                   Operating expenses                                                               322,498

                        Total                                                                             1,874,778

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     1,874,778

     (a)  The establishment of two (2) new classified positions – Captive Insurance Examiner – is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 90.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - administration

                   Personal services                                                                  708,586

                   Operating expenses                                                                 55,252

                        Total                                                                                763,838

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        763,838

Sec. 91.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - securities

                   Personal services                                                                  486,869

                   Operating expenses                                                               136,650

                        Total                                                                                623,519

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        623,519

Sec. 92.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health care administration

                   Personal services                                                               2,632,646

                   Operating expenses                                                               387,166

                        Total                                                                             3,019,812

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         535,304

                   Special funds                                                                     2,484,508

                        Total                                                                             3,019,812

Sec. 93.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - insurance agent licensing

                   Personal services                                                                  302,214

                   Operating expenses                                                               132,091

                        Total                                                                                434,305

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        434,305

Sec. 94.  Public safety - state police

                   Personal services                                                             31,449,941

                   Operating expenses                                                            6,107,908

                   Grants                                                                               2,093,465

                        Total                                                                           39,651,314

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    14,333,733

                   Transportation fund                                                          17,287,645

                   Special funds                                                                     2,661,652

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,190,709

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,177,575

                        Total                                                                           39,651,314

     (a)  The department of public safety shall provide business manager services for the Vermont criminal justice training council and for the Vermont fire service training council.

     (b)  Of the above transportation fund appropriation, $35,000.00 shall be available for snowmobile law enforcement activities, and $35,000.00 shall be available for the statewide snowmobile wilderness search and rescue team, which is comprised of state police, department of fish and wildlife, county sheriffs and local law enforcement personnel in Bennington, Windham and Windsor counties, for snowmobile enforcement.

     (c)  Of the above general fund appropriation, up to $880,000.00 shall be used to purchase vehicles.

     (d)  The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) State Terrorism Manager and two (2) Terrorism Outreach Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 95.  Public safety - criminal justice services

                   Personal services                                                               4,259,969

                   Operating expenses                                                            4,734,725

                   Grants                                                                                  478,900

                        Total                                                                             9,473,594

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           95,000

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,630,878

                   Special funds                                                                        457,818

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,668,600

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      621,298

                        Total                                                                             9,473,594

     (a)  The Vermont center for justice research is designated as the state’s instrumentality to receive statistical analysis center federal funds.

     (b)  The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Forensic Chemist III - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 96.  Public safety - emergency management

                   Personal services                                                               1,022,640

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,149,945

                   Grants                                                                               1,249,247

                        Total                                                                             3,421,832

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           48,930

                   Transportation fund                                                                 63,969

                   Special funds                                                                        420,523

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,888,410

                        Total                                                                             3,421,832

Sec. 97.  Public safety - governor’s highway safety program

                   Personal services                                                                  855,084

                   Operating expenses                                                               300,536

                   Grants                                                                               3,925,566

                        Total                                                                             5,081,186

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               172,828

                   Special funds                                                                        362,500

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,545,858

                        Total                                                                             5,081,186

Sec. 97a.  Sec. 255(b)(6) of No. 152 of the Acts of 2000, as amended by Sec. 260e of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, is further amended to read:

          (6)  Sixth, an amount not to exceed $2,000,000 shall be prorated equally and appropriated as follows:  to the department of public safety for vehicle fleet replacement and related fleet expenses and to the office of the treasurer, for deposit into the higher education endowment fund.

Sec. 98.  Agriculture, food and markets - administration

                   Personal services                                                                  611,075

                   Operating expenses                                                               298,093

                   Grants                                                                                  750,334

                        Total                                                                             1,659,502

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,256,035

                   Special funds                                                                          13,722

                   Federal funds                                                                        254,211

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      135,534

                        Total                                                                             1,659,502

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $139,000.00 shall be used for the Two‑Plus-Two scholarship program and $25,000.00 above the department’s submitted budget shall be spent on conservation district grants.

     (b)  The commissioner shall not transfer or reduce any of the funds appropriated in Sec. 102 of this act (state stipend) in managing the department budget during fiscal year 2003.

     (c)  Of the above appropriation, the amount of $75,000.00 shall be expended to support efforts to reauthorize a multi-state dairy compact.  Expenditures for this purpose may be made only with the approval of the joint fiscal committee if the legislature is not in session.  The chairs of the house and senate committees on agriculture shall be notified by the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets when expenditures from the fund are planned.  The general assembly supports the reestablishment of a multi-state dairy compact, and seeks to encourage other state legislatures to contribute equitably to this effort.  To this end, expenditures from funds appropriated by this section for this purpose may not exceed the lesser of $75,000.00 or 20 percent of the total amount of contributions from all other participating states in the fiscal year.

Sec. 99.  Agriculture, food and markets - food safety and consumer assurance

                   Personal services                                                               1,843,898

                   Operating expenses                                                               275,293

                   Grants                                                                                      1,492

                        Total                                                                             2,120,683

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,221,619

                   Transportation fund                                                                 45,824

                   Special funds                                                                        343,833

                   Federal funds                                                                        497,407

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        12,000

                        Total                                                                             2,120,683

Sec. 100.  Agriculture, food and markets - agriculture development

                   Personal services                                                                  599,557

                   Operating expenses                                                               234,805

                   Grants                                                                                  225,842

                        Total                                                                             1,060,204

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         564,214

                   Special funds                                                                        395,988

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      100,002

                        Total                                                                             1,060,204

Sec. 101.  Agriculture, food and markets - plant industry and labs

                   Personal services                                                               1,871,045

                   Operating expenses                                                               377,915

                        Total                                                                             2,248,960

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         626,248

                   Special funds                                                                     1,081,387

                   Federal funds                                                                        333,765

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      207,560

                        Total                                                                             2,248,960

Sec. 102.  Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

                    Grants                                                                                  163,500

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         163,500

Sec. 103.  Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

                   Grants                                                                                    90,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                          90,000

Sec. 104.  Agriculture, food and markets - farm conservation

                   Personal services                                                                    35,775

                   Operating expenses                                                                 12,000

                        Total                                                                                  47,775

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                          47,775

Sec. 105.  Public service - regulation and energy

                   Personal services                                                               3,937,560

                   Operating expenses                                                               639,354

                   Grants                                                                                  240,000

                        Total                                                                             4,816,914

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     4,080,912

                   Federal funds                                                                        711,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        25,002

                        Total                                                                             4,816,914

Sec. 106.  Public service - purchase and sale of power

                   Personal services                                                                      7,824

                   Operating expenses                                                                      365

                        Total                                                                                    8,189

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                            8,189

Sec. 107.  Public service - consumer affairs and public information

                   Personal services                                                                  252,431

                   Operating expenses                                                                 21,778

                        Total                                                                                274,209

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        274,209

Sec. 108.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

                   Personal services                                                               1,955,669

                   Operating expenses                                                               254,309

                        Total                                                                             2,209,978

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     2,209,978

Sec. 109.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board - training

                   Personal services                                                                  180,390

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        180,390

     (a)  The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services.  The establishment of one (1) new classified position - State 9-1-1 Communications Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2003.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

Sec. 110.  Public service board

                   Personal services                                                               2,193,063

                   Operating expenses                                                               335,876

                        Total                                                                             2,528,939

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     2,528,939

Sec. 111.  Judiciary

                   Personal services                                                             21,364,325

                   Operating expenses                                                            4,975,084

                        Total                                                                           26,339,409

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    19,906,952

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,627,781

                   Special funds                                                                        441,676

                   Federal funds                                                                        172,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   2,191,000

                        Total                                                                           26,339,409

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000.00 is for the court administrator for the purpose of providing enhanced security for the Franklin County superior court.  No permanent equipment shall be installed and security shall be provided only when superior court is in session.

Sec. 112.  Human rights commission

                   Personal services                                                                  267,218

                   Operating expenses                                                                 96,363

                        Total                                                                                363,581

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         262,095

                   Special funds                                                                                   1

                   Federal funds                                                                        101,485

                        Total                                                                                363,581

Sec. 113.  Vermont radiological emergency response plan fund

                   Personal services                                                                  400,000

                   Operating expenses                                                               400,000

                        Total                                                                                800,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        800,000

Sec. 114.  20 V.S.A. § 38(a) is amended to read:

     (a)  There is created a radiological emergency response plan fund which shall include all moneys paid to the state pursuant to subdivision (5) of this subsection.  The fund shall be separately maintained and accounted for by the state treasurer and shall be administered by the department of finance and management and managed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 7, subchapter 5 of Title 32.  Expenditures shall be made from the fund for the purpose of providing the personnel, operating costs and equipment necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the Vermont radiological emergency response plan. 

          (1)  Provided the expense is determined to be necessary by the emergency management division, the commissioner of finance and management may approve reimbursement from the fund to any municipality, county or state agency or any support organization for the proportion of emergency preparation costs directly related to the preparation for, testing or carrying out a radiological emergency response plan.  The fund may be used for personnel, operations or equipment which have the capability of responding to other in addition to radiological emergencies. 

          (2)  The commissioner of finance and management annually shall submit to the general assembly a report detailing expenditures from the fund.  The report shall include any comments submitted by any utility which has made payments into the fund and by any involved municipality, county or state agency.

(3)  Any utility making any payment into the radiological emergency response plan fund shall have the right to audit the books and records of the fund at any time.

(4)  Upon the termination of the Vermont radiological emergency response plan fund or the permanent cessation of operation of the reactor having caused the establishment of this fund and the removal of emergency response plan regulations applicable to it by the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission or any other federal agency having regulatory jurisdiction, and after all outstanding debts have been paid, all moneys remaining in the fund shall be promptly paid to the utility having made the payments.

          (5)  Each fiscal year:

               (A)  The commissioner of finance and management shall survey town and emergency support organizations eligible for reimbursement from the radiological emergency response plan fund to determine the amounts necessary for the purposes of this subsection. 

               (B)  Any utility operating a nuclear reactor in this state shall pay to the state treasurer an amount equal to the amount required to establish or maintain the Vermont radiological emergency response plan fund at the level of $400,000.00.

          (6)  Any moneys remaining in the radiological emergency response plan fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward for expenditures in the next fiscal year and any interest accrued on the moneys shall remain in the fund.

     (a)(1)  There is created a radiological emergency response plan fund, into which any entity operating a nuclear reactor or storing nuclear fuel and radioactive waste in this state (referred to hereinafter as “the nuclear power plant”) shall deposit the amount appropriated to support the Vermont radiological response plan for that fiscal year, adjusted by any balance in the radiological emergency response plan fund from the prior fiscal year.  The fund shall be managed in accordance with chapter 7, subchapter 5 of Title 32.  Any interest earned on the balance in the fund shall be retained by the fund.

     (2)  Expenditures from the fund shall be made by the division of emergency management, subject to an annual legislative appropriation.  As part of the annual appropriations process, the division of emergency management shall present a budget for the ensuing fiscal year that anticipates the expenditures that will be made from the fund.  The annual budget shall be developed by the division of emergency management in consultation with the Windham regional planning commission, state agencies, the management of the nuclear power plant, and the selectboards of the municipalities in the emergency planning zone and any other municipality defined by the state as required to support the plan.  State personnel with responsibility for local coordination and plan development shall be physically located in the region, preferably in the office of the Windham regional planning commission.  The annual budget shall include only expenditures necessary to support the radiological emergency response plan.

(3)  The annual budget shall include anticipated expenditures to municipalities, county or state agencies, or other organizations necessary to support the radiological emergency response plan.

(4)  By January 15 of each year, the division of emergency management shall submit to the general assembly a report detailing expenditures from the fund for the preceding fiscal year.

(5)  The state shall bill the nuclear power plant on a monthly basis based on the budget presented and approved by the legislature.  The nuclear power plant shall have the right to audit the books and records of the fund.

          (6)  Upon the permanent cessation of operation of the nuclear reactor and final removal of all nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, and the removal of emergency response plan regulations and state responsibilities applicable to it by the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and any other federal agency having regulatory jurisdiction, and after all outstanding debts have been paid, all monies remaining in the fund shall be repaid to the nuclear power plant, and the fund terminated.

Sec. 114a.  RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN FUND;

                   DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(a)  All responsibilities of the department and commissioner of finance and management under 20 V.S.A. § 38(a) shall, in fiscal year 2003, be assumed by the division of emergency management of the department of public safety.

Sec. 114b.  RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN FUND;

                   BUDGETING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004

(a)  In fiscal year 2003, the division of emergency management in consultation with the Windham regional planning commission, state agencies, the management of the nuclear power plant, and the selectboards of the municipalities in the emergency planning zone shall develop the budget for fiscal year 2004 following the provisions of 20 V.S.A. § 38(a).

Sec. 115.  Fire service training council

                   Personal services                                                                  247,466

                   Operating expenses                                                               231,543

                   Grants                                                                                    20,000

                        Total                                                                                499,009

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         251,588

                   Transportation fund                                                                 99,985

                   Special funds                                                                        100,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        47,436

                        Total                                                                                499,009

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $20,000.00 shall be allocated on a matching basis to allow rural towns to obtain defibrillators.  Priority payments shall be made to fire departments or rescue squads of rural towns with a population of 600 or less, who shall be entitled to an 80 percent matching grant, if they produce 20 percent of the costs of a defibrillator.  If funds are available after making these 80 percent matching grant payments, fire departments or rescue squads of rural towns with a population of more than 600, but less than 2,500, shall be entitled to a 50 percent matching grant, if they produce 50 percent of the costs of a defibrillator.

Sec. 116.  Fire service training council - firefighter 1 training

                   Personal services                                                                  404,728

                   Operating expenses                                                               318,209

                        Total                                                                                722,937

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           50,000

                   Special funds                                                                        427,924

                   Federal funds                                                                        160,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        85,013

                        Total                                                                                722,937

     (a)  Of the federal funds appropriated above, $50,000.00 are in anticipation of grants for state and local anti-terrorism and emergency preparedness.

Sec. 117.  Total protection to persons and property                           177,979,589

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    61,800,163

                   Transportation fund                                                          27,559,736

                   Special funds                                                                   38,270,675

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       608,973

                   Federal funds                                                                   38,231,931

                   Enterprise funds                                                                 3,852,821

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   7,655,290

                        Total                                                                         177,979,589

Sec. 118.  Human services - agency of human services - Secretary’s office

                   Personal services                                                               3,448,275

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,244,018

                   Grants                                                                               7,850,478

                        Total                                                                           12,542,771

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,604,618

                   Special funds                                                                        100,000

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       689,000

                    Federal funds                                                                     6,703,153

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      446,000

                        Total                                                                           12,542,771

     (a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services or who utilize a qualified intermediary service organization providing services on behalf of the state shall not be considered state employees, except for purposes of 21 V.S.A. chapter 17.

     (b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the state may provide workers’ compensation coverage to workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services, and the state shall not be considered their employer.  The state may also either permit a qualified intermediary service organization to purchase group insurance policies for persons served by their organization, or deem such persons to be members of an association and eligible for self insurance under 21 V.S.A. § 687a for purposes of providing workers’ compensation.  This provision is intended solely to reduce costs of providing workers’ compensation and shall not be considered for any other purpose.

(c)  The establishment of one (1) new exempt position - Juvenile Justice Director - is authorized in the agency of human services in fiscal year 2003.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.  The juvenile justice director shall be a principal assistant to the secretary of human services.  The juvenile justice director in the agency of human services shall assist the commission to implement the comprehensive juvenile justice system developed under subsection 3085c(c) of Title 3.

     (d)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the secretary may transfer funds allocated for the “high risk pool” and costs related to juvenile justice as outlined in this section to the departments in the agency of human services designated to provide these services.

(e)  Notwithstanding 33 V.S.A. §§ 5502 and 5517, the agency of human services may on an ongoing basis seek a CHINS petition for 16 to 17.5‑year‑old youths who are not in the custody of the state but are at high risk of serious harm to themselves or others due to problems such as substance abuse, prostitution or homelessness, and whose needs transcend any one department of the agency of human services and require complicated clinical interventions from multiple organizations.  Petitions filed pursuant to this section shall set forth facts supporting the specific requirements of this section, and that it is in the best interests of the child to be considered as a child in need of care or supervision.  If the court finds all of the allegations set forth in the petition have been established, it shall find the child is in need of care or supervision. All proceedings initiated pursuant to this section shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of chapter 55 of Title 33.  Services will be provided through a coordinated effort by the agency of human services, the department of education, and community-based interagency teams.  Of the above appropriation, $200,000.00 in tobacco funds with any available matching federal funds shall be made available for the services under this program.

(f)  Planning and partnership activities regarding services for youth aged 16 to 22 in which the agency participates with communities and across departments of state government shall include consideration of how the Job Corps in Vergennes can be utilized to maximum benefit for the target population.

(g)  Of the above tobacco settlement funds, $49,000.00 shall be used to provide a grant to the Project Against Violent Encounters for a statewide program for substance abuse prevention and mentoring program for youth.

(h)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000.00 shall be used for a grant to Lamoille County People In Partnership for wrap-around services for at-risk youth.

(i)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000.00 with any corresponding federal matching funds shall be for comprehensive treatment services and $25,000.00 for safe housing provisions for at-risk youth.

(j)  Of the above appropriation, $60,000.00 shall be granted to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for comprehensive health education and violence prevention curriculum for seventh and eighth grade students.

     (k)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $90,000.00 shall be used for recovery services; specifically, the establishment of community recovery centers.  A recovery center is a local, consumer driven center providing peer support groups, sober recreation activities, advocacy, and community education designed to assist people in maintaining an alcohol and drug free lifestyle, through age, gender, and culturally appropriate programs.

          (1)  The division of alcohol and drug abuse programs shall contract with one or more experienced recovery centers to develop at least three other recovery centers located around the state. 

     (2)  The division of alcohol and drug abuse programs shall work jointly with the department of developmental and mental health services to develop and implement a recovery training program.

(l)  Of the above general funds, $5,000.00 shall be granted to the Vermont Council of Girl Scouts to support a Girl Scout special project to assist girls with incarcerated mothers.

(m)  The secretary of the agency of human services and the secretary of administration, in consultation and cooperation with the joint fiscal office and the legislative council, shall prepare and recommend a plan for reorganization of the agency of human services, including a specific proposal for the most appropriate location, structure and funding for the office of alcohol and drug abuse programs, as well as tobacco programs within the department of health.  The plan shall provide for revisions of the agency’s organizational structure, personnel, budgeting and management, and be presented to the legislature on or before December 15, 2002.  The plan for the reorganization of the agency shall strive to achieve the following objectives:

     (1)  To ensure that public funds are wisely spent;

     (2)  To provide coordination of, and accountability for all programs and services administered by the agency;

     (3)  To eliminate overlapping responsibility for programs and services;

     (4)  To facilitate communications within the agency and with other entities including, local, state and federal governmental bodies, as well as private service providers;

     (5)  To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency programs, services and activities; and

     (6)  To develop and implement measurements of program quality and outcomes.

(n)  The above tobacco settlement fund appropriations are made, notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. chapter 225.

Sec. 118a.  3 V.S.A. § 3085c is added to read:

§ 3085c.  COMMISSION ON JUVENILE JUSTICE

(a)  The commission on juvenile justice is created as a joint venture between the department of social and rehabilitation services and the department of corrections.

(b)  The commission shall be composed of three members:

(1)  The juvenile justice director, who shall be chair of the commission.

(2)  The commissioner of the department of social and rehabilitation services.

(3)  The commissioner of the department of corrections.

(c)  The commission on juvenile justice shall have the following duties:

(1)  To develop a comprehensive system of juvenile justice for persons under age 21 who commit delinquent or criminal acts, including utilization of probation services, a range of community-based treatment, training and rehabilitation programs, and secure detention and treatment programs when necessary in the interests of public safety, designed with the objective of preparing those persons to live in their communities as productive and mature adults.  The program developed by the commission shall be consistent with the policy that a successful juvenile justice system should:

(A)  Hold juveniles accountable for their unlawful conduct.

(B)  Provide secure and therapeutic confinement to juveniles who pose a danger to the community.

(C)  Adequately protect both juveniles and the community.

(D)  Provide community-based programs and services that are located as closely as possible to the juvenile’s community.

(E)  Maintain juveniles in their homes, with adequate support, whenever possible and appropriate.

(F)  Use individualized case management plans as the basis for all treatment planning and implementation.

(G)  Include the juvenile’s family in the case management plan.

(H)  Monitor the case management plan to encourage rehabilitation and deter reoffending, providing supervision, service coordination and support where appropriate.

(I)  Provide a comprehensive aftercare component, including

follow-up and nonresidential postrelease services when juveniles return to their families or communities.

(J)  Promote the development and implementation of

community-based programs designed to prevent unlawful conduct and to minimize the depth and duration of the juvenile’s involvement in the criminal justice system.

(K)  Be coordinated with consistency between all departments throughout the state, both with respect to general policy and to particular cases.

(2)  To advise state agencies on matters of state policy relating to juvenile justice.

(3)  To evaluate the adequacy of existing services to individuals involved in the juvenile justice system and their families, and to conduct studies to identify gaps in these services.  These studies may include access to juvenile justice-related services and support for families of individuals involved in the juvenile justice system.

(4)  To identify strategies and recommend resources to expand successful existing services.

(5)  To review or participate in the development of laws, rules and other governmental initiatives which may affect individuals involved in the juvenile justice system and their families.

(6)  To provide advice regarding revisions, coordination of services, accountability and appropriations.

(7)  To cooperate with appropriate federal agencies in maximizing the receipt of funds in support of programs relating to juvenile justice, particularly those involving persons charged as youthful offenders under section 5505 of Title 33.

(d)(1)  There are established within the commission, and reporting to the juvenile justice director, the following positions:

(A)  A prevention specialist, responsible for programs intended to reduce delinquency and crime among juvenile offenders, including mentoring programs, early assessments, substance abuse screening, child care services, afterschool programs, and screening for problems which contribute to delinquency and juvenile crime.

(B)  An alternative sanctions specialist, responsible for programs providing alternatives to incarceration, including court diversion, probation, reparative boards, and community justice programs.

(2)  The specialists designated under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall:

(A)  Work with communities throughout the state, and analyze data and outcomes, to evaluate the efficiency and success of juvenile justice programs.

(B)  Monitor the statewide and cross-departmental consistency and coordination of juvenile justice programs, and the development of the comprehensive system of juvenile justice required by this section.

(C)  Work in district offices with probation officers, case workers and other personnel of the departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections to ensure that state juvenile justice programs and case plans are administered in a manner consistent with the policies of this section, and with the statutes and rules pertaining to each specialty area.

(e)(1)  A juvenile justice policy subcommittee is created within the commission.  The subcommittee shall be composed of the following members:

(A)  the secretary of the agency of human services, who shall be the chair;

(B)  three representatives, who shall be appointed by the speaker of the house;

(C)  three senators, who shall be appointed by the committee on committees;

(D)  the secretary of the agency of administration;

(E)  the defender general;

(F)  a representative of the runaway youth coalition of Vermont;

(G)  a representative of the Vermont parent child center network;

(H)  a representative of the Vermont coalition of residential programs;

(I)  a representative of the department of developmental and mental health services’ designated community mental health centers;

(J)  a representative of the Vermont center for crime victim services;

(K)  a representative of the state’s attorneys’ association;

(L)  a representative from the judicial branch of state government; and

(M)  a representative from the police chiefs’ association.

(2)  The subcommittee shall:

(A)  Advise the commission on the development of a comprehensive juvenile justice system.

(B)  Hold monthly public meetings to determine how issues related to juvenile justice are impacting Vermont communities.

(C)  Coordinate with the children and family council for prevention programs on the juvenile justice block grant budget and on any other federal grants relating to juvenile justice.

(D)  Report to the governor and the general assembly no later than December 1 of each year.  The report shall include an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses and successes and failures of the comprehensive juvenile justice and youthful offender system; recommendations to improve the program; and a detailed report on the development, implementation, and operation of the program.

(E)  Examine existing policy and, where needed, make policy recommendations in at least the following areas:  access to early care, education and prevention; effective use of Vermont’s home visiting and family support resources; provision of juvenile justice; coordination of out‑of‑schooltime services; and efforts to eradicate adolescent substance abuse. 

(f)  The departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections shall provide the commission with administrative support.

(g)  The juvenile justice commission, the juvenile justice policy subcommittee, the children and family council for prevention programs, and the governor’s cabinet for children and youth shall coordinate activities and, wherever possible, consolidate meetings to promote effective and efficient uses of resources and to minimize duplication.

Sec. 118b.  TRANSFERRED POSITIONS

(a)  One position is transferred from the department of social and rehabilitation services to the commission on juvenile justice for the purposes of the position of prevention specialist created under subdivision 3085c(d)(1)(A) of Title 3.

(b)  One position is transferred from the department of corrections to the commission on juvenile justice for the purposes of the position of alternative sanctions specialist created under subdivision 3085c(d)(1)(B) of Title 3.

Sec. 118c.  33 V.S.A. § 311 is amended to read:

§ 311.  DELINQUENT CHILD SERVICES; PURPOSE AND

            RESPONSIBILITY

The department of social and rehabilitation services, in cooperation with the department of corrections, shall have the purpose and responsibility to develop and administer a comprehensive program, developed by the commission on juvenile justice established pursuant to section 3085c of Title 3, for youthful offenders and children who commit delinquent acts, including utilization of probation services, a range of community-based treatment, training and rehabilitation programs and secure detention and treatment programs when necessary in the interests of public safety, designed with the objective of preparing those children to live in their communities as productive and mature adults.

Sec. 118d.  33 V.S.A. § 5505(f) is amended to read:

(f)  If the state elects to file charges in criminal court pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the defendant A defendant in a criminal proceeding who has attained the age of 16 but not the age of 18 at the time the offense is alleged to have been committed may file a motion requesting treatment as a youthful offender.  The court may transfer the proceeding to family court if it finds:

     (1)  the defendant has previously been adjudicated a delinquent child or has previously been convicted of a crime;

     (2)  the defendant enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to the offense charged pursuant to Rule 11 of the Vermont Rules of Criminal Procedure;

     (3)  the defendant is amenable to treatment or rehabilitation as a youthful offender; and

     (4)  public safety will be secured by treating the defendant as a youthful offender.

Sec. 118e.  33 V.S.A. § 5518 is amended to read:

§ 5518.  PETITION, CONTENTS

The petition shall be verified and may be on information and belief.  It shall set forth plainly:

     (1)  The facts which bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court, together with a statement that it is in the best interests of the child and the public that the proceedings be brought;

     (2)  The name, age, and residence addresses, if known to petitioner, of the parent or custodial and noncustodial parents having custody, the guardian or custodian of the child if other than parent, or, if there is no parent, guardian or custodian residing within the state, or if his or her residence address is unknown, of any known adult relative or person having the child under his or her supervision, or, if there be none, the known adult relative or such person residing nearest to the location of the court;

     (3)  Whether the child has been taken into custody under section 5510 of this title and, if so, the place of his or her detention and the time the child was taken into custody.

Sec. 118f.  33 V.S.A. § 5519a is added to read:

§ 5519a.  NOTICE OF HEARING; NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS

The court shall make reasonably diligent efforts to locate noncustodial parents and notify them of hearings held pursuant to this chapter.  No hearing shall be delayed or proceeding voided by reason of the inability of the court to locate or notify the noncustodial parent.  This section shall not be construed to afford party status to a person who would not otherwise be entitled to party status under this chapter.

Sec. 118g.  33 V.S.A. § 5529b is amended to read:

§ 5529b.  DISPOSITION OF YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS

(a)  Upon the transfer of a case pursuant to subsection 5505(e) or (f) of this title, the court shall impose sentence.  That sentence shall then be suspended and replaced with a juvenile disposition pursuant to section 5529 of this title.

(b)  Copies of all records relating to the criminal sentence imposed under subsection (a) of this section shall be forwarded to the district court and filed in the defendant’s criminal case file.

(c)  In determining an appropriate disposition, the court shall obtain input from the child’s parents, custodians or guardians, teachers, treatment providers, clergy, and all other persons that the court deems necessary.  Upon the imposition of a criminal sentence, the jurisdiction of the family court shall cease and thereafter shall be assumed by the district court.

(d)  When practicable, the same judge who granted the motion requesting treatment as a youthful offender shall impose sentence and disposition under this section.

(e)(1)  The departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections shall have dual responsibility for supervising all persons treated as youthful offenders pursuant to subsection 5505(e) or (f) of this title.

     (2)  When a case is transferred for youthful offender adjudication pursuant to subsection 5505(e) or (f) of this title:

(A)  The departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections shall:

               (i)  each open and maintain a file on the offender;

               (ii)  develop a joint case plan for the offender; and

               (iii)  coordinate services and share information to ensure compliance with, and completion of, the juvenile disposition.

(B)  A lead case manager shall be designated who shall have final decision-making authority over the case plan and the provision of services to the offender.  For offenders younger than age 18, the lead case manager shall be designated by the department of social and rehabilitation services.  For offenders age 18 and older, the lead case manager shall be designated by the department of corrections.

(C)  The offender shall be eligible for all age-appropriate community‑based programming and services provided by the departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections.

Sec. 118h.  33 V.S.A. § 5801(d) is added to read:

§ 5801. WOODSIDE JUVENILE REHABILITATION CENTER

* * *

(d)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person under the age of 18 at the time of the offense charged may be detained at the facility if the offense charged is a misdemeanor as defined in section 1 of Title 13, provided the person is adjudicated a youthful offender under section 5505 of this title, and no person over the age of 18 may be detained at the facility.

Sec. 118i.  JUVENILE JUSTICE DIRECTOR

(a)  The governor shall appoint a juvenile justice director, reporting directly to the secretary of the agency of human services, who shall have the responsibility and authority to monitor and coordinate all state and participating regional and local programs that deal with juvenile justice issues, including prevention, education, enforcement, adjudication and rehabilitation.

(b)  The juvenile justice director shall ensure that the following occur:

     (1)  Development of a comprehensive plan for a coordinated and sustained statewide program to reduce the number of juvenile offenders, involving state, regional and local officials in the areas of health, education, prevention, law enforcement, corrections, teen activities and community wellness.

     (2)  Cooperation among state, regional and local officials, court personnel, service providers and law enforcement agencies in the formulation and execution of a coordinated statewide juvenile justice program.

     (3)  Cooperation among appropriate departments, including, but not limited to, the departments of education, corrections, social and rehabilitation services, employment and training, developmental and mental health services, and public safety, and the office of alcohol and drug abuse programs.

     (4)  Study of issues relating to juvenile justice and development of recommendations regarding changes in law and rules, as deemed advisable.

     (5)  Compilation of data on issues relating to juvenile justice, and analysis, study and organization of such data for use by educators, researchers, policy advocates, administrators, legislators and the governor.

Sec. 118j.  JUVENILE JUSTICE REPORTS

(a)  The juvenile justice commission and the juvenile justice policy subcommittee shall report to the senate and house committees on judiciary and on appropriations on or before January 15, 2003.  The report shall include:

(1)  A status report on the development of alternative placements for 16 and 17-year-old misdemeanants by the departments of social and rehabilitation services and of corrections.

(2)  Proposed designs for specialized treatment programs for young offenders, to be operated as specialized living unit programs, separated from adult offenders, within the department of corrections.  The proposed designs shall incorporate treatment approaches developed specifically for young offenders, and designed to return the offender to the community prepared to play a successful and positive role, including education, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and employment and vocational training.

          (3)  Proposals for the implementation of a system of graduated sanctions for juveniles who violate the terms of disposition orders.  For purposes of this subdivision, “graduated sanctions” means a continuum of consequences, designed to achieve compliance with the disposition order, which becomes increasingly more severe as the number and severity of the violations increase.

Sec. 119.  3 V.S.A. § 3026(a) is amended to read:

     (a)  The secretary of human services, the commissioner of education, and the president of the University of Vermont shall establish a research partnership to study and make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of state and local health, human services, and education programs.  Critical program outcomes relating to the well-being of Vermonters that should be addressed by the research partnership may include, without limitation, the following:

          (1)  Children, families and individuals are engaged in and contribute to their community’s decisions and activities.

          (2)  Pregnant woman and children thrive.

          (3)  Children are ready for school.

          (4)  Children succeed in school.

          (5)  Children live in stable, supported families.

          (6)  Youth choose healthy behaviors.

          (7)  Youth successfully transition to adulthood.

          (8)  Elders and people with disabilities live with dignity and independence in settings they prefer.

          (9)  Families and individuals live in safe and supportive communities.

          (10)  Adults lead healthy and productive lives.

Sec. 119a.  AGENCY OF HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS; REVOLVING

                  FUNDS; NONPROFIT ENTITIES

     (a)  The agency of human services shall study the feasibility of extending or leveraging the amount of resources available for loans and grants from various revolving funds established to support agency of human services programs and services, such as the Vermont adaptive equipment revolving fund established by chapter 77 of Title 33.  The agency shall evaluate whether providing such revolving funds to private nonprofit entities for distribution through them of grants and loans to eligible recipients can effectively increase the total funds available for the purposes of each program.  In its evaluation, the agency shall consider the establishment of appropriate controls to ensure that funds are expended or loaned only for purposes authorized by law, that grant award and lending criteria are no more restrictive than authorized by the state under each program, and that adequate reporting and accounting requirements are in place.  The agency shall present its findings and recommendations to the house and senate committees on appropriations on or before January 15, 2003.

Sec. 120.  Rate setting

                   Personal services                                                                  593,304

                   Operating expenses                                                                 62,176

                        Total                                                                                655,480

               Source of funds

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      655,480

Sec. 120a.  33 V.S.A. § 1954(a) is amended to read:

     (a)  Beginning July 1, 2001 2002, each nursing home’s annual assessment shall be $2,768.69 $3,166.29 per bed licensed pursuant to section 7105 of this title on June 30 of the immediately preceding fiscal year.  From the beginning of state fiscal year 2000, the annual assessment for each bed licensed as of the beginning of the fiscal year shall be prorated for the number of days during which the bed was actually licensed and any overpayment shall be refunded to the facility.  To receive the refund, a facility shall notify the commissioner, in writing, of the size of the decrease in the number of its licensed beds and dates on which the beds ceased to be licensed.

Sec. 120b.  PNMI RATE SETTING

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of the division of rate setting rules “Methods, Standards and Principles for Establishing Payment Rates for Private Non-medical Institutions Providing Residential Child Care Services”, § 4.17, relating to applied revenues, rates set for programs run by the Baird Center for Children and Families shall not take into account funds made available to the Baird Center through federal grant # H324E016001.

Sec. 121.  Human services board

                   Personal services                                                                  232,382

                   Operating expenses                                                                 19,092

                        Total                                                                                251,474

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           98,500

                   Federal funds                                                                        114,706

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        38,268

                        Total                                                                                251,474

Sec. 122.  Developmental disabilities council

                   Personal services                                                                    94,177

                   Operating expenses                                                                 37,011

                    Grants                                                                                  271,905

                        Total                                                                                403,093

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                        403,093

Sec. 123.  Office of child support services

                   Personal services                                                               6,619,561

                   Operating expenses                                                            3,326,254

                        Total                                                                             9,945,815

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,144,105

                   Special funds                                                                        454,125

                   Federal  funds                                                                    8,240,485

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      107,100

                        Total                                                                             9,945,815

Sec. 124.  Health - administration and support

                   Personal services                                                               2,836,148

                   Operating expenses                                                               923,333

                        Total                                                                             3,759,481

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,138,033

                   Special funds                                                                          76,751

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,539,697

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                          5,000

                        Total                                                                             3,759,481

Sec. 125.  Health - health protection

                   Personal services                                                               2,950,855

                   Operating expenses                                                               650,861

                   Grants                                                                                  121,700

                        Total                                                                             3,723,416

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,397,068

                   Special funds                                                                        927,500

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,064,793

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      334,055

                        Total                                                                             3,723,416

Sec. 126.  Health - health surveillance

                   Personal services                                                               5,470,751

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,795,124

                   Grants                                                                               2,520,800

                        Total                                                                             9,786,675

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,805,245

                   Special funds                                                                     1,022,250

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,866,115

                   Permanent trust                                                                       10,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        83,065

                        Total                                                                             9,786,675

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $300,000.00 shall be appropriated to the Vermont AIDS service organizations for client-based support services.  The grants in this section shall be awarded equitably, on a per‑client basis, and shall be used for services only, not administrative or other purposes.  The method by which AIDS service organizations’ clients are counted shall be determined by mutual agreement of the department of health, the AIDS service organizations, and the HIV/AIDS service advisory council (HASAC).

     (b)  Of the above federal fund appropriation, the Ryan White Title II federal service funds shall be used for direct client-based support services, including services that assist people living with HIV/AIDS to access medical care.  The department shall follow federal guidelines, and shall be advised by the HIV/AIDS service advisory council (HASAC) for the purpose of prioritization of the use of these funds.  Criteria shall be developed by the department, in collaboration with the HASAC, to govern situations when the department may select providers outside the existing AIDS service organizations network to receive part of these Ryan White Title II funds.

Sec. 127.  HIV/AIDS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

     (a)  Of the general fund appropriation in this act for Health - health surveillance, $175,000.00 shall be used for all aspects of the HIV/AIDS medication assistance program (AMAP), including the costs of prescribed medications, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements and maximum cost‑effectiveness for the program.

     (b)  The secretary of human services shall immediately notify the joint fiscal committee if, at any time, there are insufficient funds in AMAP to assist all eligible individuals.  The secretary shall work in cooperation with persons living with HIV/AIDS to develop a plan to continue access to AMAP medications until such time as the legislature can take action.

     (c)  The secretary of human services shall work in conjunction with the AMAP advisory committee, comprised of no less than 50 percent of members who are living with HIV/AIDS.  The committee shall make recommendations regarding the program’s formulary of approved medication, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements and eligibility for the program.

Sec. 128.  Health - health improvement

                   Personal services                                                               6,466,272

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,492,659

                   Grants                                                                               9,624,284

                        Total                                                                           17,583,215

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,748,181

                   Special funds                                                                        783,801

                   Tobacco fund                                                                    3,950,000

                    Federal funds                                                                     9,922,669

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      178,564

                        Total                                                                           17,583,215

     (a)  The department of health may carry forward any unspent portion of funds designated for health professional loan repayment.  These funds may be used either alone or to match Federal National Health Service Corps loan repayment funds, local funds, or private funds, and shall be made available to primary care providers, dentists, and licensed nurses who agree to practice for a prescribed period of time in the state, serving a portion of the state designated as a health professional shortage population, or other rural or underserved areas.  Educational scholarships, loan repayment grants, loan deferment payments, and payments of taxes due on the award may be considered for payment.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $300,000.00 is to support the Vermont coalition of clinics for the uninsured health care and dental services provided by clinics for uninsured individuals and families.  The coalition shall report to the general assembly, on or before January 1 of each year, with a fiscal and program accounting of expenditures made with the monies appropriated by the general assembly.

     (c)  The above tobacco appropriation in this section shall be utilized according to the provisions of chapter 225 of Title 18, as follows:

          (1)  community-based activities - $1,040,000.00;

          (2)  countermarketing - $950,000.00;

          (3)  tobacco cessation programs - $1,200,000.00;

          (4)  statewide programs - $190,000.00; and

          (5)  program surveillance and evaluation - $570,000.00.

Sec. 129.  18 V.S.A. § 10 is amended to read:

§ 10.  EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE; INCENTIVES; NURSES

(a)  A Vermont resident enrolled in an accredited registered nursing or licensed practical nursing program in Vermont, is eligible for a loan of up to $6,000.00 per year provided:

(1)  graduation from the program will result in eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN nursing examination in the case of a registered nurse or the NCLEX-PN in the case of a licensed practical nurse; and

(2)  the student is enrolled as a full time student in the program.

(b)  The amount of up to $6,000.00 of a loan awarded under this section shall be cancelled and forgiven for each year the student is a resident of Vermont and employed as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in Vermont or at an accredited hospital within 10 miles of the Vermont border.  Eligibility for this program shall be determined by the department of health, in consultation with schools, providers and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  The commissioner may require certification of compliance with this subsection prior to forgiving all or a portion of the loan.

(c)  The commissioner shall award up to $6,000.00 per year for up to four years, to any licensed registered nurse or practical nurse who has outstanding educational loans and who has not received or is not eligible to receive loan forgiveness under subsection (b) of this section, for each year the nurse is employed as a registered or practical nurse.  Eligibility for this program shall be determined by the department of health, in consultation with schools, providers and the AHEC.  The commissioner may require certification of compliance with this subsection prior to making an award.

(d)  In any year in which the commissioner does not have sufficient funds to carry out the provisions of this section, the The commissioner shall use funds appropriated first to provide loans and loan forgiveness pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section.  Remaining funds shall be used to provide awards pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, giving priority to those nurses serving in an undersupplied nursing specialty or in a geographic area of Vermont which is underserved.

(e)  This program shall apply to registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who have graduated after April 1, 2001.

     (f)  This section shall be repealed effective June 30, 2005.

Sec. 130.  Health - community public health

                   Personal services                                                               9,959,322

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,522,480

                   Grants                                                                             12,428,236

                        Total                                                                           23,910,038

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,570,113

                   Special funds                                                                        558,700

                   Federal funds                                                                   18,695,225

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        86,000

                        Total                                                                           23,910,038

Sec. 131.  Health -  alcohol and drug abuse programs

                   Personal services                                                               2,236,451

                   Operating expenses                                                               480,942

                   Grants                                                                             11,934,652

                        Total                                                                           14,652,045

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,075,413

                   Special funds                                                                          86,000

                   Tobacco fund                                                                    2,206,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     8,284,632

                        Total                                                                           14,652,045

     (a)  For the purpose of meeting the need for outpatient substance abuse services when the preferred provider system has a waiting list of five days or more, or there is a lack of qualified clinicians to provide services in a region of the state, a state-qualified alcohol and drug abuse counselor may apply to the department of health, division of alcohol and drug abuse programs, for time‑limited authorization to participate as a Medicaid provider to deliver clinical and case coordination services, as authorized.

     (b)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $500,000.00 shall be granted for opiate treatment.

     (c)  Of the above appropriation, Maple Leaf Farm shall be reimbursed for Medicaid and uninsured (ADAP grant) at a combined rate of $157.00 per day for primary and residential care.

(d)(1)  In accordance with federal law, the division of alcohol and drug abuse programs may use the following interim criteria to determine whether to enroll a state-supported Medicaid and uninsured population substance abuse program in the division’s network of designated providers, as described in the state plan:

(A)  The program’s ability to provide the quality, quantity and levels of care required under the division’s standards, licensure standards, and accreditation standards established by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or the Commission on Accreditation for Family Services.

(B)  Any program that is currently being funded in the existing network shall continue to be a designated program until further standards are developed, provided the standards identified in subdivision (1) of this subsection are satisfied.

(C)  All programs shall continue to fulfill grant or contract agreements.

(2)  The provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not preclude the division’s “request for bids” process.

(3)(A)  A commission on the state Medicaid and uninsured substance abuse treatment provider reimbursement network is created to consider whether to create a preferred provider system, or whether to create an any willing provider system.  If the commission recommends creating a preferred provider system, it shall recommend criteria to use when designating and undesignating a preferred provider.

(B)  The commission’s findings and recommendations shall be reported to the house and senate committees on appropriations and on health and welfare on or before January 1, 2003.

(C)  The commission shall consist of the director of the division of drug and alcohol abuse programs, two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house, two members of the senate appointed by the committee on committees, the president of the Vermont Association of Addiction Treatment Programs, and five additional members appointed by the secretary of human services:  a representative of Friends of Recovery, a private practitioner, a representative of an inpatient treatment program, a representative of an outpatient treatment program, and a representative of the agency of human services with knowledge and experience in the Medicaid program.

(D)  The secretary shall appoint members on or before July 1, 2002, and shall convene the first meeting of the commission within 30 days following initial appointments.  The secretary shall appoint a chair and vice chair at the first meeting.  Commission members shall serve without compensation, except that legislative members shall receive per diem compensation and reimbursement of expenses in accordance with 2 V.S.A. § 406.  The agency of human services shall provide professional and administrative support to the commission.

(4)  The provisions of this subsection shall be repealed on June 30, 2003.

Sec. 131a.  FISCAL YEAR 2002 OFFICE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG

                  ABUSE PROGRAMS BUDGET ADJUSTMENT

     (a)  There is appropriated to the office of alcohol and drug abuse programs $100,000.00 in general funds for opiate treatment programs in fiscal year 2002.

     (b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, up to $410,000.00 in unexpended funds remaining in the tobacco litigation settlement fund for fiscal year 2001 or 2002 is appropriated to the department of health, office of alcohol and drug abuse programs for opiate treatment programs in fiscal year 2002.

Sec. 132.  OPIATE ADDICTION TREATMENT

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 18 V.S.A. § 4702(b)(7), the commissioner of health may approve up to five opiate addiction treatment programs operated by, and located outside of, a hospital or medical school, after consideration of the space requirements and space availability at the hospital or medical school, provided the program is located in a multi-use building so the purpose for which a person is entering or leaving the building is not obvious.  Programs approved by the commissioner shall be located in close proximity to other medical and social services, and shall not be geographically located in isolated community settings.

Sec. 133.  REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR OPIATE ADDICTION

                 TREATMENT PROGRAMS

     (a)  The commissioner of health shall establish, after conducting negotiations with hospitals and medical schools, reimbursement rates that reflect the reasonable cost of authorized opiate addiction treatment programs.

Sec. 134.  Medical practice board

                   Personal services                                                                  481,742

                   Operating expenses                                                               114,497

                        Total                                                                                596,239

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        596,239

Sec. 135.  Medical practice board - Vermont practitioner health program

                   Personal services                                                                    40,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                          40,000

Sec. 136.  Social and rehabilitation services - administrative and support services

                   Personal services                                                               1,925,058

                   Operating expenses                                                               303,442

                        Total                                                                             2,228,500

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,015,032

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,213,468

                        Total                                                                             2,228,500

Sec. 137.  Social and rehabilitation services - social services

                   Personal services                                                             15,552,390

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,605,799

                   Grants                                                                             47,591,473

                        Total                                                                           65,749,662

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    24,531,072

                   Special funds                                                                        962,450

                   Tobacco funds                                                                        75,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   40,181,140

                        Total                                                                           65,749,662

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $681,580.00 shall be used to support runaway youth with crisis and family stabilization support services.  Funds in this section shall be provided to the Vermont coalition of runaway and homeless youth programs through a grant from the agency of human services for the purpose of reducing the rate of out-of-home placements by coordinating with the departments of developmental and mental health services and of social and rehabilitation services immediate response and family stabilization programs and other community‑based programs that maximize federal receipts, including the coordination of data collection and tracking outcomes for children, youth and families.

Sec. 138.  Social and rehabilitation services - child care services

                   Personal services                                                               1,711,859

                   Operating expenses                                                               389,063

                   Grants                                                                             27,581,981

                        Total                                                                           29,682,903

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      5,867,402

                   Transportation fund                                                                 75,000

                   Special funds                                                                        832,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   22,831,249

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        77,252

                        Total                                                                           29,682,903

(a)  The division of child care services shall not impose a cap on the number of subsidized child care scale slots without prior review of program utilization during the fiscal year 2003 budget adjustment process.

(b)  Of the above federal fund appropriation, $100,000.00 shall be transferred to the building bright spaces for bright futures special fund in 33 V.S.A. § 3531.

Sec. 139.  33 V.S.A. chapter 35, subchapter 4 is added to read:

Subchapter 4.  Child Care Facilities Financing

§ 3531.  CHILD CARE - BUILDING BRIGHT SPACES FOR BRIGHT

              FUTURES FUND

     (a)  A child care facilities financing program is established to facilitate the development and expansion of child care facilities in the state.  The program shall be administered by the department of social and rehabilitation services.

     (b)  The program shall be supported from a special fund, to be known as the “building bright spaces for bright futures fund,” hereinafter referred to as “the bright futures fund,” hereby created for this purpose to be administered by the commissioner of social and rehabilitation services.  Subject to approvals required by 32 V.S.A § 5, the fund may accept gifts and donations from any source, and the commissioner may take appropriate actions to encourage contributions and designations to the account, including publicizing explanations of the purposes of the fund and the uses to which the bright futures fund has been or will be applied.

     (c)  The commissioner shall award grants from the fund to eligible applicants for development and expansion of child care facilities in the state.  The commissioner shall establish, by rule, criteria, conditions and procedures for awarding such grants and administering this program.

Sec. 140.  Notwithstanding Sec. 16 of Act No. 189 of the Acts of 1996 as amended by Sec. 244a of Act No. 152 of 2000 and Sec. 12g of Act No. 155 of 2000, 23 V.S.A. § 304c is added to read:

§ 304c.  MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES:  BUILDING

              BRIGHT SPACES FOR BRIGHT FUTURES FUND

     (a)  The commissioner shall, upon application, issue “building bright spaces for bright futures fund,” hereinafter referred to as “the bright futures fund,” registration plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate and on trucks registered for not more than 8,099 pounds.  Plates so acquired shall be mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle.  The commissioner of motor vehicles shall utilize the graphic design recommended by the commissioner of social and rehabilitation services for the special plates to enhance the public awareness of the state’s interest in supporting children’s services.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner of motor vehicles, and shall pay an initial fee of $20.00 in addition to the annual fee for registration.  In following years, in addition to the annual registration fee, the holder of a bright futures fund plate shall pay a renewal fee of $20.00.  The commissioner shall adopt rules under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

     (b)  Fees collected under subsection (a) of this section shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)  $5.00 to the transportation fund.

          (2)  $15.00 to the department of social and rehabilitation services for deposit in the bright futures fund created in 33 V.S.A. § 3531.

     (c)  Renewal fees collected under subsection (a) of this section shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)  $17.00 to the department of social and rehabilitation services for deposit in the bright futures fund in 33 V.S.A. § 3531.

          (2)  $3.00 to the transportation fund.

     (d)  The department of motor vehicles shall not be charged by the department of corrections for the development and production of the bright futures fund license plates.

Sec. 141.  TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVAL

     (a)  Prior to the adoption of a design for the bright futures fund license plate under 23 V.S.A. § 304c, the commissioner shall seek design approval from the house and senate committees on transportation during the 2003 legislative session.

     (b)  The bright futures fund motor vehicle registration plates shall be available to the public on July 1, 2003.

Sec. 142.  Social and rehabilitation services - Woodside rehabilitation center

                   Personal services                                                               2,108,338

                   Operating expenses                                                               358,743

                        Total                                                                             2,467,081

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,439,344

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        27,737

                        Total                                                                             2,467,081

Sec. 143.  Social and rehabilitation services - disability determination services

                   Personal services                                                               2,767,702

                   Operating expenses                                                               457,329

                        Total                                                                             3,225,031

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,979,886

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      245,145

                        Total                                                                             3,225,031

Sec. 144.  Social and rehabilitation services - family support child care

                   Grants                                                                               1,489,949

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         812,638

                   Federal funds                                                                        677,311

                        Total                                                                             1,489,949

Sec. 145.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - administration

                   Personal services                                                             26,081,637

                   Operating expenses                                                            4,808,407

                   Grants                                                                                  976,737

                        Total                                                                           31,866,781

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    12,070,236

                   Special funds                                                                     1,962,319

                   Federal funds                                                                   17,834,226

                        Total                                                                           31,866,781

     (a)  Notwithstanding the requirements in 3 V.S.A. § 2222 that require an independent expert review of any recommendation for information technology activity, the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall be exempted from the operation of the statute when the department is engaged in multi-state coordinated activities that utilize a technology system common to all the participating states.

     (b)  Of the above federal fund appropriation, $66,000.00 shall be available for the Vermont student assistance corporation for counseling activities provided to the reach up program.

Sec. 146.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - Reach Up

                   Grants                                                                             43,538,736

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    16,176,772

                   Special funds                                                                     2,200,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   25,161,964

                        Total                                                                           43,538,736

     (a)  An 18-year-old dependent child who is a full-time student in a secondary school, or attending an equivalent level of vocational or technical training, and reasonably expected to complete the program before reaching age 19 or not expected to complete the program before reaching age 19 solely due to a documented disability, may remain on the Reach Up grant.  Coverage of disabled 18-year-olds shall remain in effect for as long as required by court decision.

Sec. 147.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - aid to aged, blind and disabled

                   Personal services                                                               1,231,308

                   Grants                                                                               9,574,128

                        Total                                                                           10,805,436

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    10,805,436

Sec. 147a.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

(a)  The sum of $71,500,000.00 is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2003.

     (b)  The sum of $17,250,000.00 is appropriated and transferred from the tobacco litigation settlement fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 148.     Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - Medicaid

                   Personal services                                                             13,664,281

                   Grants                                                                           461,280,278

                        Total                                                                         474,944,559

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                 175,149,926

                    Federal funds                                                                 299,794,633

                        Total                                                                         474,944,559

(a)  HIV/AIDS health insurance assistance program.

(1)  The department, in cooperation with the department of health, shall operate an HIV/AIDS insurance assistance program.

(2)  The program shall pay all or a portion of continuation health insurance premiums for those eligible individuals with HIV/AIDS for whom it can be determined that continuation of private insurance coverage is less costly to the state than other alternatives.

(3)  Eligibility for this program shall be limited to individuals whose household income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level, after deducting unreimbursed medical expenses and health insurance premiums from gross income, and whose assets, exclusive of the primary residence and certain other exclusions to be defined by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access, do not exceed $10,000.00.

(4)  Expenditures under this program shall not exceed $55,000.00 in fiscal year 2003.

(b)  The commissioner shall adopt rules for VHAP, for otherwise eligible individuals, so that:

(1)  Uninsured or underinsured individuals who did not have coverage under another health insurance plan within the 12 months prior to the month of application or meet one of the exceptions listed in subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be permitted to enroll in VHAP.

(2)  Individuals shall be permitted to enroll in the VHAP despite having had coverage during the prior 12 months, if:

(A)  their employer-sponsored coverage ended because of:

(i)  loss of employment;

(ii)  death of the principal insurance policyholder;

(iii)  divorce or dissolution of a civil union;

(iv)  no longer qualifying as a dependent under the plan of a parent or caretaker relative; or

(v)  no longer qualifying for COBRA, VIPER or other state continuation coverage; or

(B)  college or university-sponsored health insurance became unavailable to them because they graduated, took a leave of absence, or otherwise terminated their studies; or

(C)  their household income, after allowable deductions, is at or below 75 percent of the federal poverty guideline for households of the same size.

(c)  During fiscal year 2003 only, the department is authorized to amend the rules for VHAP, Medicaid and all other health assistance programs administered by the department to eliminate coverage for adults for services provided for the determination of visual efficiency and the measurement of the powers or defects of vision, and eyewear.

(d)  The department is authorized to amend the rules for VHAP to require beneficiaries to pay a $50.00 deductible for each hospital admission, a $25.00 copayment for each medically necessary emergency room visit and a $60.00 copayment for each medically unnecessary emergency room visit, a $25.00 per day copayment for each hospital outpatient visit, and a $7.00 copayment for physician, other practitioner, and physical, occupational, speech and nutrition therapy visits.  Such rules shall not be amended to require VHAP beneficiaries to pay a copayment for home health nursing services.

(e)  On or before January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2004, the department shall report to the general assembly with an analysis of the collection of copayments, coinsurance, premiums and other cost sharing amounts paid by beneficiaries of health assistance programs administered by the department.  The report shall identify amounts collected by the programs, amounts collected by health care providers and facilities, how often services are provided when cost sharing is not paid in whole or in part, and an assessment of whether access to health care is affected by various cost sharing strategies.  Participating providers shall notify the department whenever beneficiaries fail to pay applicable cost sharing amounts in whole or in part.

(f)  The sum of $133,500.00 of state funds appropriated by this section shall be allocated to increase per diem reimbursement for residential care facilities.

(g)  The department is not authorized to amend the rules for the Medicaid program to eliminate coverage for dentures for adults, nor to modify the scope of coverage for dental services.

(h)(1)  On or before July 1, 2002, the department shall implement a comprehensive preferred drug list for all state pharmaceutical assistance programs, as authorized by Sec. 123(n) of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, and by 33 V.S.A. § 1998 (pharmacy best practices and cost control program).  In developing the comprehensive preferred drug list, the department, the department’s pharmacy benefit manager and the department’s drug utilization review board shall review and consider for inclusion on the preferred drug list all prescription drugs on the Medicaid formulary, and all possible therapeutic classes of prescription drugs.

(2)  VHAP-Rx program beneficiaries shall pay a copayment of $3.00 for each generic drug dispensed, and a copayment of $6.00 for each other drug dispensed, with a $50.00 per quarter out-of-pocket maximum.

(3)  VScript program beneficiaries shall pay a copayment of $5.00 for each generic drug dispensed, and a copayment of $10.00 for each other drug dispensed, with a $100.00 per quarter out-of-pocket maximum.

(4)  VScript-Expanded beneficiaries shall be subject to a $275.00 deductible, a coinsurance amount equal to 50 percent of the Medicaid cost of the drug net of rebates, with a $2,500.00 annual out-of-pocket maximum.

(5)(A)  The department shall monitor actual caseloads, revenue and expenditures, anticipated caseloads, revenue and expenditures, and actual and anticipated savings from implementation of the preferred drug list, supplemental rebates, and other cost containment activities in each state pharmaceutical assistance program, including the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program.  The department shall allocate supplemental rebate savings to each program proportionate to expenditures in each program.  During the second week of each month the department shall report such actual and anticipated caseload, revenue, expenditure and savings information to the joint fiscal committee and to the health access oversight committee. 

(B)(i)  If at any time during fiscal year 2003, expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program are anticipated to exceed $11,000,000.00 in state funds, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to cease new enrollments in the VScript-Expanded program.

(ii)  If at any time during fiscal year 2003, expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program are anticipated to exceed $11,000,000.00 in state funds, even with the cessation of new enrollments in the VScript-Expanded program, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to cease new enrollments in the VScript program.

(iii)  The department’s determinations under subdivisions (i) and (ii) shall be based on the information and projections reported monthly under subdivision (A) and on the official revenue estimates for the Vermont health access trust fund under section 305a of Title 32.  An enrollment cessation plan shall be deemed approved unless the joint fiscal committee disapproves the plan after 21 days notice of the department’s recommendation and financial analysis.

(iv)  Upon the approval of, or failure to disapprove an enrollment cessation plan by the joint fiscal committee, the department shall cease new enrollment in the VScript-Expanded program, and the VScript program if applicable, in accordance with the plan.

(C)(i)  If at any time during fiscal year 2003 after enrollment ceases under subdivision (B) expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program, including expenditures attributable to renewed enrollment, are anticipated, by reason of increased federal financial participation or any other reason, to be equal to or less than $11,000,000.00 in state funds, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to renew enrollment in the VScript program first, and the VScript-Expanded program second if adequate funds are anticipated to be available for each program for the remainder of the fiscal year.

(ii)  The department’s determination under subdivision (i) shall be based on the information and projections reported monthly under subdivision (A) and on the official revenue estimates for the Vermont health access trust fund under section 305a of Title 32.  An enrollment renewal plan shall be deemed approved unless the joint fiscal committee disapproves the plan after 21 days notice of the department’s recommendation and financial analysis.

(iii)  Upon the approval of, or failure to disapprove an enrollment renewal plan by the joint fiscal committee, the department shall renew enrollment in the VScript-Expanded program, and the VScript program if applicable, in accordance with the plan.

(D)  During fiscal year 2003 only, the first health access trust fund portion of the official revenue estimate prepared pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 305a as amended by this act shall be provided to the emergency board on July 15, 2002.

(i)  The department is not authorized to amend the rules for the Medicaid and VHAP programs to eliminate coverage for chiropractic services for adults.  VHAP program rules shall be amended to require beneficiaries to pay a coinsurance amount equal to 25 percent of the cost of the service.

(j)  The Medicaid and VHAP programs shall continue to include coverage of adult podiatry services.

(k)  The rules for hospital outpatient reimbursement shall not be amended to pay on an interim basis a hospital specific interim percentage of charge, less ten percent.

(l)  Of the state fund amounts appropriated by this section, $266,250.00 shall be allocated for an annual cost of service increase for hospitals in accordance with established reimbursement methodologies.  Of the state and federal fund amounts appropriated by this section, $1,250,000.00 shall be allocated, together with provider tax receipts, for disproportionate share payments to hospitals.

(m)  The commissioner shall amend the Medicaid rules and procedures related to income, resources, and transfers of assets used to determine eligibility of individuals for long‑term care coverage.  These amendments shall include each of the following changes:

(1)  Applicants or recipients of Medicaid shall be permitted to claim one principal place of residence as an excluded resource, subject to federal law.  If the applicant or recipient owns any legal interest in more than one residence, he or she must designate which one residence shall enjoy the principal place of residence exclusion.  His or her interests in the other residences shall be considered countable resources, except to the extent exempted by subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(2)  A life estate held by the applicant or recipient with a reserved power‑to-sell (other than the principal place of residence) shall be considered a countable resource and valued at the full fair market value of the fee estate, notwithstanding the purported creation of a remainder interest in another party.

(3)  The current rule permitting the applicant or recipient to retain jointly-owned real estate when one or more of the co-owners refuses to sell shall be repealed with respect to joint interests created within the 36-month lookback period and, instead, a rebuttable presumption shall exist that full equity value of the real estate is owned by the applicant or recipient.  If the applicant or recipient succeeds in rebutting the presumption by showing that one or more of the co-owners have purchased shares of the property, the department shall consider the applicant’s or recipient’s proportional (not pro rata) contribution toward the value of the property in calculating the resource value to the applicant or recipient.  This rule shall not apply to joint-interests created prior to the lookback period.  The “refusal to sell” rule will continue to apply to joint interests created prior to the lookback period.

(4)  The commissioner shall adopt rules that are comparable with and no less restrictive than the Supplemental Security Income regulations concerning treatment of real estate held out for sale (i.e., the bona fide effort to sell rules).

(5)  The current rule permitting the applicant or recipient to retain income-producing property shall be amended to clarify that such property shall be considered a countable resource unless the real estate generates at least six percent of its fair market value in net annual income after allowable expenses related to producing the income are deducted.

(6)  The current rule permitting the applicant or recipient to transfer up to the value of the average monthly cost of private nursing home care without incurring a disqualification penalty (so-called partial month transfers) shall be repealed and replaced with a rule permitting applicants or recipients to transfer no more than the average daily cost of nursing home care without penalty.

(7)  The current rules pertaining to burial funds shall be repealed and replaced with a rule permitting applicants or recipients to conserve up to $10,000.00 for funeral and burial expenses.  The $10,000.00 limit shall apply regardless of the manner in which the funds are held (revocable vs. irrevocable; burial contract vs. burial trust vs. bank account vs. insurance designated for burial).

(8)(A)  Purchase of annuities within the 36‑month lookback period naming a beneficiary other than the applicant or recipient or the applicant’s or recipient’s spouse shall be considered a transfer of assets, and the full purchase price of the annuity shall be considered in calculating the disqualification penalty.

(B)  The cash value of a revocable annuity shall also be counted as an available resource.  Revocability is presumed when an annuity can be surrendered, cashed in, or assigned or the contract is silent regarding revocability.

(C)  Purchase of an irrevocable annuity naming the applicant’s or the recipient’s spouse as the beneficiary shall be an excluded resource, provided it prohibits a residual beneficiary in the event the community spouse dies before the payout period ends and can be made available only to the community spouse through a regular stream of income in equal payments over the spouse’s life expectancy, as established by the life expectancy tables published by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or other appropriate federal agencies determined by the department.  

(n)  Of the state fund amounts appropriated by this section, $300,000.00 shall be allocated for an annual cost-of-service increase for physicians and other health care providers. 

(o)  Of the state fund amounts appropriated by this section, $74,000.00 shall be allocated for an annual cost-of-service increase for dental providers.

(p)  Of the state fund amounts appropriated by this section, $200,000.00 shall be allocated for the state share of pharmacy discount program payments pursuant to the provisions of 33 V.S.A. § 2003 as enacted by this session of the general assembly.

(q)  The commissioner shall report to the general assembly on or before December 15, 2002 with an analysis of the financial, administrative, and program costs and benefits of the use by the office of Vermont health access of contractors to perform ongoing administrative operations, and an analysis of the financial, administrative, and program costs and benefits of the organizational structure of the office of Vermont health access.

(r)  Definitions.  As used in this section and Sec. 148f of this act:

(1)  “Commissioner” means the commissioner of the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

(2)  “Department” means the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

(3)  “Health assistance programs administered by the department” means Medicaid, VHAP, VHAP-Pharmacy, VScript, VScript-Expanded, the state children’s health insurance program, the medical assistance component of the General Assistance program, and any other state health care assistance program administered by the department.

(4)  “Medicaid” or “Medicaid program” means the medical assistance program authorized by chapter 19 of Title 33 and Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act.

(5)  “State pharmaceutical assistance program” means any health assistance programs administered by the department providing prescription drug coverage, including but not limited to, the Medicaid program, the Vermont health access plan, the Vermont health access plan-pharmacy program, the VScript program, the VScript-Expanded program, the state children’s health insurance program, the state of Vermont AIDS medication assistance program, the general assistance program, the pharmacy discount plan program, and any other health assistance programs administered by the department providing prescription drug coverage.

(6)  “VHAP” or “Vermont health access plan” means the programs of health care assistance authorized by federal waivers under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, by No. 14 of the Acts of 1995 and by further acts of the general assembly.

(7)  “VHAP-Pharmacy” or “VHAP-Rx” means the VHAP program of state pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income up to and including 150 percent of the federal poverty level (hereinafter “FPL”).

(8)  “VScript” means the Section 1115 waiver program of state pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income over 150 and less than or equal to 175 percent of FPL, and administered under subchapter 4 of chapter 19 of Title 33.

          (9)  “VScript-Expanded” means the state-funded program of pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income over 175 and less than or equal to 225 percent of FPL, and administered under subchapter 4 of chapter 19 of Title 33.

Sec. 148a.  33 V.S.A. § 1901a is added to read:

§ 1901a.  MEDICAID BUDGET

(a)  The general assembly shall approve each year a Medicaid budget.  The annual Medicaid budget shall include an annual financial plan, and a five-year financial plan accounting for expenditures and revenues relating to Medicaid and any other health care assistance program administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

     (b)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access and the commissioner of finance and management shall provide quarterly to the joint fiscal committee and the legislative council such information and analysis as the committee and the council reasonably determine is necessary to assist the general assembly in the preparation of the Medicaid budget.

Sec. 148b.  33 V.S.A. § 1901b is added to read:

§ 1901b.  PHARMACY PROGRAM ENROLLMENT

(a)  The department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall monitor actual caseloads, revenue and expenditures, anticipated caseloads, revenue and expenditures, and actual and anticipated savings from implementation of the preferred drug list, supplemental rebates, and other cost containment activities in each state pharmaceutical assistance program, including the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program.  The department shall allocate supplemental rebate savings to each program proportionate to expenditures in each program.  During the second week of each month the department shall report such actual and anticipated caseload, revenue, expenditure and savings information to the joint fiscal committee and to the health access oversight committee. 

(b)(1)  If at any time expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program are anticipated to exceed the aggregate amount of state funds expressly appropriated for such state pharmaceutical assistance programs during any fiscal year, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to cease new enrollments in the Vscript‑Expanded program.

(2)  If at any time expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program are anticipated to exceed the aggregate amount of state funds expressly appropriated for such state pharmaceutical assistance programs during any fiscal year, even with the cessation of new enrollments in the VScript-Expanded program, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to cease new enrollments in the VScript program.

(3)  The department’s determinations under subdivisions (1) and (2) shall be based on the information and projections reported monthly under subsection (a) of this section, and on the official revenue estimates for the Vermont health access trust fund under section 305a of Title 32.  An enrollment cessation plan shall be deemed approved unless the joint fiscal committee disapproves the plan after 21 days notice of the department’s recommendation and financial analysis.

(4)  Upon the approval of, or failure to disapprove an enrollment cessation plan by the joint fiscal committee, the department shall cease new enrollment in the VScript-Expanded program, and the VScript program if applicable, in accordance with the plan.

(c)(1)  If at any time after enrollment ceases under subsection (b) of this section expenditures for the VScript-Expanded program, the VScript program, and the VHAP-Rx program, including expenditures attributable to renewed enrollment, are anticipated, by reason of increased federal financial participation or any other reason, to be equal to or less than the aggregate amount of state funds expressly appropriated for such state pharmaceutical assistance programs during any fiscal year, the department shall recommend to the joint fiscal committee and notify the health access oversight committee of a plan to renew enrollment in the VScript program first, and the VScript-Expanded program second if adequate funds are anticipated to be available for each program for the remainder of the fiscal year.

(2)  The department’s determination under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be based on the information and projections reported monthly under subsection (a), and on the official revenue estimates for the Vermont health access trust fund under section 305a of Title 32.  An enrollment renewal plan shall be deemed approved unless the joint fiscal committee disapproves the plan after 21 days notice of the department’s recommendation and financial analysis.

(3)  Upon the approval of, or failure to disapprove an enrollment renewal plan by the joint fiscal committee, the department shall renew enrollment in the VScript-Expanded program, and the VScript program if applicable, in accordance with the plan.

(d)  As used in this section:

(1)  “State pharmaceutical assistance program” means any health assistance programs administered by the department providing prescription drug coverage, including but not limited to, the Medicaid program, the Vermont health access plan, the Vermont health access plan-pharmacy program, the VScript program, the VScript-Expanded program, the state children’s health insurance program, the state of Vermont AIDS medication assistance program, the General Assistance program, the pharmacy discount plan program, and any other health assistance programs administered by the department providing prescription drug coverage.

(2)  “VHAP” or “Vermont health access plan” means the programs of health care assistance authorized by federal waivers under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, by No. 14 of the Acts of 1995, and by further acts of the General Assembly.

(3)  “VHAP-Pharmacy” or “VHAP-Rx” means the VHAP program of state pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income up to and including 150 percent of the federal poverty level (hereinafter “FPL”).

(4)  “VScript” means the Section 1115 waiver program of state pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income over 150 and less than or equal to 175 percent of FPL, and administered under subchapter 4 of chapter 19 of Title 33.

          (5)  “VScript-Expanded” means the state-funded program of pharmaceutical assistance for elderly and disabled Vermonters with income over 175 and less than or equal to 225 percent of FPL, and administered under subchapter 4 of chapter 19 of Title 33.

Sec. 148c.  32 V.S.A. § 305a is amended to read:

§ 305a.  OFFICIAL STATE REVENUE ESTIMATE

     On January 15 and on July 15 of each year, and at such other times as the emergency board or the governor deems proper, the joint fiscal office and the secretary of administration shall provide to the emergency board their respective estimates of state revenues in the general, transportation, education, health access trust, and federal funds for the current and next succeeding fiscal years.  Within 10 days of receipt of such estimates, the board shall determine an official state revenue estimate for deposit in the general fund, the transportation fund, education fund, health access trust fund, and federal funds for the current and next succeeding fiscal years.  For the purpose of revising an official revenue estimate only, a majority of the legislative members of the emergency board may convene a meeting of the board.  The health access trust fund estimate shall include estimated caseloads and estimated per member per month expenditures for the current and next succeeding fiscal years for each population category eligible for state health care assistance supported by the fund.

Sec. 148d.  32 V.S.A. § 307(d) is added to read:

(d)  The governor’s budget shall include his or her recommendations for an annual budget for Medicaid and all other health care assistance programs administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.  The governor’s proposed Medicaid budget shall include a proposed annual financial plan, and a proposed five-year financial plan, with the following information and analysis:

(1)  anticipated revenues;

(2)  anticipated expenditures, including anticipated per member per month expenditures for each population category eligible for health care assistance;

(3)  anticipated caseloads, including anticipated caseloads for each population category eligible for health care assistance;

(4)  anticipated utilization;

(5)  health care inflation trends;

(6)  recommendations for funding provider reimbursement at levels sufficient to ensure reasonable access to care, and at levels at least equal to Medicare reimbursement;

(7)  recommendations relating to Medicaid and other program eligibility, the benefit plan, cost‑sharing, utilization controls, reimbursement, and any other matter necessary to align anticipated expenditures and revenues; and

          (8)  any other recommendations or information affecting the financial sustainability of Medicaid and all other health care assistance programs administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

Sec. 148e.  33 V.S.A. § 1972 is amended to read:

§ 1972.  VERMONT HEALTH ACCESS TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED

(a)  The Vermont health access trust fund is hereby established in the state treasury for the purpose of establishing a health access program special fund to be the single source to finance health care coverage for uninsured or underinsured low income Vermonters pursuant to statutes or rules that expand medical assistance programs through a federal waiver or otherwise.  Further purposes of this fund and the health access program are to increase the number of low income residents with health benefits coverage, integrate certain publicly-funded beneficiaries into mainstream medical care, bring Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans, extend pharmaceutical benefits to low income elderly and disabled individuals, enhance access to health care benefits paid under the Medicaid program by increasing reimbursement levels for physicians and other providers, and replace unanticipated reductions in federal Medicaid receipts resulting from federal action beneficiaries of all state health care assistance programs administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

(b)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  revenue from the cigarette and tobacco products tax established in chapter 205 of Title 32;

(2)  revenue from health care provider assessments collected and deposited into the health care trust fund pursuant to subchapter 2 of chapter 19 of this title;

(3)  transfers from the tobacco litigation settlement fund established in section 435a of Title 32, authorized by the general assembly;

(4)  transfers from the general fund, authorized by the general assembly; and

(5)  The the proceeds from grants, donations, contributions, and taxes and any other sources of revenue as may be provided by statute or by rule may also be deposited in the fund.

(c)  Interest The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.  The department shall maintain records indicating the amount of money in the fund at any time.

(c)(d)  All monies received by or generated to the fund shall be used only for the administration and delivery of the health access program and the medical assistance program health care covered through state health care assistance programs administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access, including the Medicaid program, the Vermont health access plan program, the Vermont health access plan-pharmacy program, the VScript program, the VScript-Expanded program, the state children’s health insurance program, the General Assistance program, and any other state health care assistance program administered by or through the department.

(d)  Consistent with the purposes for which the fund may be used, the general assembly shall appropriate funds from the fund to the agency of human services and its constituent departments, divisions, or offices, and to the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration.

     (e)  In the event the waiver is not granted by January 1, 1996, the increase in the rate of reimbursement to providers established on July 1, 1995, as provided in this act, shall continue, and commencing on January 1, 1996 payments under the pharmaceutical assistance program established under chapter 6 of Title 18 shall be set at a fifty percent subsidy.

Sec. 148f.  MEDICAID VOUCHER PROGRAM

     (a)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access, after considering the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Availability and Affordability (the “Hogan Commission” Incentive Plan for Medicaid) may implement a Medicaid voucher program for the purpose of demonstrating and determining the feasibility of using vouchers to achieve Vermont’s public policy goals relating to the Medicaid program.  The commissioner may apply for any federal waivers needed to implement the program.  The commissioner shall notify the health access oversight committee of his or her proposed program before applying for necessary waivers or implementing the program.

Sec. 148g.  MEDICAID CASE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE

     (a)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall develop and implement in the Medicaid program and related health care assistance programs administered by the department an individual case management initiative that seeks to reduce the cost of providing appropriate, quality health care for beneficiaries in the 10 percent of the population that requires 70 percent of health care expenditures, provided the commissioner determines that the initiative is likely to be cost-effective.

Sec. 149.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - general assistance

                   Grants                                                                               4,076,260

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,264,939

                   Special funds                                                                                   1

                   Federal funds                                                                        811,320

                        Total                                                                             4,076,260

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $227,000.00 in federal TANF funds and $50,000.00 in general funds is allocated specifically for assistance to families who demonstrate they are faced with a reasonably preventable loss of housing and who meet state requirements for this assistance, as established by regulation effective July 1, 1998, including modifications effective July 1, 1999 and July 1, 2000.  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000.00 shall be used for the “Not For Cause” rental assistance program.  Assistance under this provision is not an entitlement, and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds.

(b)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access, after consultation with organizations representing affected general assistance recipients, shall file with the legislative committee on administrative rules, before October 1, 2002, a final proposed rule amending the standards and procedures for awarding assistance in connection with nonpayment of rent or mortgage arrearage, with the goal of creating a more rational, efficient and effective program.

     (c)  Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $150,000.00 ($75,000.00 federal TANF funds and $75,000.00 general funds) may be expended for temporary housing assistance to individuals and families that have reached the 28-day maximum allowed under department regulations, and have a continued need for this type of emergency assistance.  Assistance shall be limited to an additional 56 cumulative days beyond the current 28-day maximum.  Assistance under this provision is not an entitlement, and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds.

     (d)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall adopt rules to require the cremation of the bodies of individuals buried at public expense, as authorized by 33 V.S.A. § 2301, unless the decedent or the decedent’s family has expressly requested an alternate arrangement.

     (e)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall establish the procedures necessary to limit general assistance payment for medical and dental services and items to those required to treat an emergency medical need, as defined by rule, for applicants not subject to an income eligibility test.  Such procedures shall, at a minimum, incorporate the features of the pharmacy best practices and cost control program authorized under Sec. 123(n) of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, and the establishment of a list of drug classifications for which general assistance payments are not made. The commissioner shall adopt such rules as are necessary to establish the procedures specified in this subsection.

Sec. 150.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

                   Personal services                                                                    20,000

                   Operating expenses                                                                 90,000

                   Grants                                                                               8,352,075

                        Total                                                                             8,462,075

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     8,462,075

     (a)  Of the funds appropriated for home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP in this act, no more than $350,000.00 shall be expended for crisis fuel direct service/administration exclusive of statewide after hours crisis coverage.

Sec. 151.  PREVENTION, ASSISTANCE, TRANSITION, AND HEALTH

                 ACCESS - HOME HEATING FUEL ASSISTANCE/LIHEAP

     (a)  All federal funds granted to the state for home heating fuel assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other similar federal program in fiscal year 2003, and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 2002, are hereby transferred to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund for the provision of home heating fuel assistance, including program administration, under chapter 26 of Title 33.

     (b)  For the purpose of a crisis set-aside, seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2002, and program administration, the commissioner of finance and management shall transfer $2,550,000.00 from the home weatherization assistance trust fund to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are not available.  An equivalent amount shall be returned to the home weatherization trust fund from the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are received.  Should a transfer of funds from the home weatherization assistance trust fund be necessary for the 2002-2003 crisis set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2002, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 2002 for fiscal year 2003 do not exceed $2,550,00.00, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not precede January 30, 2003.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, payments authorized by the office of home heating fuel assistance shall not exceed funds available, except that for fuel assistance payments made through December 31, 2002, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

Sec. 152.  THE ADOPTION OF PREVENTION, ASSISTANCE, 

                 TRANSITION, AND HEALTH ACCESS RULES

(a)  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access is authorized to adopt rules under the expeditious rulemaking procedures provided in this section in order that changes reflected in this act to programs administered by the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access may be implemented by July 1, 2002.  Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, the commissioner may file prior to and adopt, effective July 1, 2002, all rules necessary to:

(1)  exempt all individuals domiciled in the state of Vermont from the implementation of Sec. 115(a) of Public Law 104-193 through June 30, 2003;

(2)  amend the 12-month rule for VHAP eligibility pursuant to Sec. 148(b) of this act;

(3)  amend the benefit plan for VHAP, Medicaid and all other health assistance programs administered by the department relating to vision services pursuant to Sec. 148(c) of this act;

(4)  amend cost sharing for VHAP beneficiaries pursuant to Sec. 148(d) of this act;

(5)  amend cost sharing for VHAP-Rx, VScript and VScript-Expanded beneficiaries pursuant to Sec. 148(h) of this act;

(6)  establish standards and procedures for the cessation and renewal of enrollments in the VScript-Expanded and the VScript program pursuant to Sec. 148(h)(5) of this act;

(7)  amend cost sharing for VHAP beneficiaries for chiropractic services pursuant to Sec. 148(i) of this act;

(8)  amend long term care eligibility rules pursuant to Sec. 148(m) of this act;

(9)  amend general assistance rules pursuant to Sec. 149 of this act; and

(10)  establish the “Healthy Vermonters” Pharmacy Discount Program pursuant to 33 V.S.A. § 2003.

(b)  Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, the commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access is authorized to file prior to and adopt, effective July 1, 2002, such rules as are necessary to implement the provisions of this section.  Such rules may be adopted by filing them in final form with the secretary of state and the legislative committee on administrative rules under 3 V.S.A. § 841, after publication, in three daily newspapers with the highest average circulation in the state, of a notice that lists all rules to be adopted by this process, and that provides for a seven-day public comment period.  The commissioner shall file the final proposed rules with the legislative committee on administrative rules no later than June 14, 2002.  The legislative committee on administrative rules shall review and may approve or object to the final proposed rules under the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 842, except that its action shall be completed no later than June 28, 2002.  Rules so adopted shall be effective upon filing with the secretary of state, and shall have the full force and effect of rules adopted pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25.  Any such rules filed by the commissioner with the secretary of state shall be deemed to be in full compliance with 3 V.S.A. § 843, and shall be accepted by the secretary of state, if filed with a certification by the commissioner that the rule is required to meet the purposes of this section.

Sec. 153.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - food stamp cash out

                   Grants                                                                               4,790,717

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,790,717

Sec. 154.  Developmental and mental health services - central office

                   Personal services                                                               2,131,984

                   Operating expenses                                                               756,772

                        Total                                                                             2,888,756

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,293,277

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,595,479

                        Total                                                                             2,888,756

Sec. 155.  Developmental and mental health services - community mental health

                   Personal services                                                               2,138,146

                   Operating expenses                                                               403,071

                   Grants                                                                             75,006,995

                        Total                                                                           77,548,212

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    23,333,245

                   Special funds                                                                     6,893,538

                   Federal funds                                                                   45,312,183

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   2,009,246

                        Total                                                                           77,548,212

Sec. 156.  Developmental and mental health services - developmental services

                   Personal services                                                               2,835,093

                   Operating expenses                                                               467,972

                   Grants                                                                             81,673,545

                        Total                                                                           84,976,610

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    31,144,809

                   Special funds                                                                        905,890

                   Federal funds                                                                   51,832,611

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,093,300

                        Total                                                                           84,976,610

Sec. 157.  Developmental and mental health services - Vermont state hospital

                   Personal services                                                               9,370,691

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,281,146

                   Grants                                                                                  143,000

                        Total                                                                           10,794,837

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,932,189

                   Special funds                                                                        145,064

                   Federal funds                                                                     6,717,584

                        Total                                                                           10,794,837

     (a)  The commissioner of the department of buildings and general services is directed to undertake an analysis of the food service programs at the Waterbury and Montpelier state complexes to determine whether such services should remain privatized or be combined, utilizing state employees under the management of the department of buildings and general services.  The commissioner shall report findings and recommendations with a budget summary to the general assembly on or before January 15, 2003.  No further privatization of these services shall be made without legislative approval.

Sec. 158.  Developmental and mental health services - employment services

                   Grants                                                                                  931,188

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         348,544

                   Federal funds                                                                        582,644

                        Total                                                                                931,188

Sec. 159.  Aging and disabilities - administration and support

                   Personal services                                                             12,844,578

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,174,340

                        Total                                                                           15,018,918

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,244,235

                   Special funds                                                                        295,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     9,402,807

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,076,876

                        Total                                                                           15,018,918

     (a)  Personal care attendants are exempt from 21 V.S.A. § 342 and shall not be construed as state employees except for purposes of 21 V.S.A. chapters 9 and 17.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, at least $10,000.00 shall be expended by the department for the support of “The Independent”, an independent newsletter to provide information and education on aging and disabilities issues.

Sec. 160.  Aging and disabilities - division of advocacy and independent living

                   Grants                                                                             17,824,820

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      8,354,725

                   Transportation fund                                                               522,000

                   Special funds                                                                        710,855

                   Federal funds                                                                     8,162,240

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        75,000

                        Total                                                                           17,824,820

     (a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the department may transfer up to $250,000.00 in general funds for the elderly mental health initiative to the department of developmental and mental health services to maximize the use of Medicaid funds.

     (b)  The conversion of 10 lower-level beds to nursing home level of care shall be deemed approved, notwithstanding the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 221 of Title 18, provided the nursing home has reduced the number of its nursing home beds from 50 to 30 within the previous five years, and the potential annual cost to the state, calculated by assuming that all converted beds will be funded by Medicaid, shall not exceed $250,000.00.

Sec. 161.  Aging and disabilities - blind and visually impaired

                   Grants                                                                               1,416,285

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         540,106

                   Special funds                                                                        120,000

                   Federal funds                                                                        756,179

                        Total                                                                             1,416,285

Sec. 162.  Aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation

                   Grants                                                                               5,095,515

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,579,195

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,516,320

                        Total                                                                             5,095,515

Sec. 163.  Aging and disabilities - TBI home and community based waiver

                   Grants                                                                               2,251,760

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         842,834

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,408,926

                        Total                                                                             2,251,760

     (a)  The state shall allocate the appropriation for the traumatic brain injured waiver for fiscal year 2003 in the following manner:  rehabilitation program, 77 slots; long-term program, 22 slots.  The number of long-term program slots may be increased by no more than eight if matching funds are available to support the additional slots.

Sec. 164.  Office of economic opportunity

                   Personal services                                                                  373,206

                   Operating expenses                                                                 78,588

                   Grants                                                                               4,949,278

                        Total                                                                             5,401,072

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,169,134

                   Special funds                                                                          91,615

                        Federal funds                                                                3,774,946

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      365,377

                        Total                                                                             5,401,072

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $485,000.00 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing resources available statewide.  These funds may be granted alone or in conjunction with federal McKinney emergency shelter funds.  Grant decisions shall be made with assistance from the coalition of homeless Vermonters.

(b)  On a one-time basis in fiscal year 2003, $23,000.00 of the above general fund appropriation shall be for an emergency grant to a homeless assistance program that is facing funding shortfalls that will result in significantly reduced services.

(c)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000.00 shall be available for the Vermont campaign to end childhood hunger for foodstamp outreach activities.

Sec. 165.  Office of economic opportunity - weatherization assistance

                   Personal services                                                                  143,735

                   Operating expenses                                                                 30,761

                   Grants                                                                               5,276,940

                        Total                                                                             5,451,436

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     4,500,998

                   Federal funds                                                                        950,438

                        Total                                                                             5,451,436

Sec. 166.  Corrections - administration

                   Personal services                                                               1,817,690

                   Operating expenses                                                               322,087

                   Grants                                                                               3,503,263

                        Total                                                                             5,643,040

               Source of funds

                    General fund                                                                      2,073,040

                   Special funds                                                                          20,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,550,000

                        Total                                                                             5,643,040

(a)  The department of corrections, the court administrator, the office of state’s attorneys and the office of the defender general shall report to the house and senate committees on judiciary on or before January 15, 2003 on the increase in the number of pre-trial detainees.  The report shall include data on the number of current and past pre-trial detainees, causes of the recent increase in the number of pre-trial detainees, descriptions of the costs of housing pre‑trial detainees as compared to releasing those persons pending trial, and recommendations for legislation to reduce the number of trial detainees.

(b)  The department shall reduce or eliminate contracts to provide savings in contract services of $25,000.00 in fiscal year 2003.  These reductions shall not be made in contracts for treatment services.

(c)  Notwithstanding any other law, a uniform transport policy shall apply to all Vermont correctional institutions.

Sec. 167.  Corrections - parole board

                   Personal services                                                                  214,159

                   Operating expenses                                                                 65,555

                        Total                                                                                279,714

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         279,714

     (a)  To reduce the costs of transportation and meeting time, the parole board is directed, whenever possible, to conduct interviews and reviews with inmates eligible for parole and parolees though the use of videoconferencing technology.

Sec. 168.  Corrections - correctional education

                   Personal services                                                               2,628,772

                   Operating expenses                                                               362,210

                        Total                                                                             2,990,982

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,545,154

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      445,828

                        Total                                                                             2,990,982

Sec. 169.  Corrections - correctional services

                   Personal services                                                             49,786,235

                   Operating expenses                                                          23,861,812

                   Grants                                                                                  379,500

                        Total                                                                           74,027,547

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    71,308,197

                   Transportation fund                                                            1,424,702

                   Special funds                                                                        549,500

                   Tobacco funds                                                                        87,500

                   Federal funds                                                                        465,651

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      191,997

                        Total                                                                           74,027,547

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $67,000.00 shall be used as a grant to Dismas House of Vermont, Inc.

     (b)  In order to achieve reductions in the cost of placements of Vermont inmates in out-of-state correctional facilities, the commissioner of corrections is directed to solicit competitive bids from public and private correctional facilities and institutions located in another state.

     (c)  Any fees collected by the department pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 102(c)(14) in excess of $550,000.00 may be used by the department to establish criminal justice grants under 28 V.S.A. § 101, or for any other purpose to further the goals of restorative justice and offender re-entry.

Sec. 170.  28 V.S.A. § 102(c)(14) is amended to read:

(14)  To collect a fee in the amount of $30.00 per month as a supervisory fee from each person under the supervision of the department who is on probation, furlough, supervised community service, or parole, except that offenders on reparative probation, and offenders who cannot pay or can demonstrate other good cause may be exempted from such fee.  Supervisory fees collected by he department shall be credited to a special supervision and victim restitution fund established and managed pursuant to 32 V.S.A. chapter 7, subchapter 5, for this purpose and shall be used by the department for expenditures relating to probation, furlough, supervised community service and parole programs and to reimburse victims of crime.  In every fiscal year, operational expenses shall take precedence over victim restitution.  The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the collection of supervisory fees, including the maximum period of time offenders are subject to supervision fees.  To collect a fee up to the amount of $30.00 per month as a supervisory fee from each person under the supervision of the department who is on probation, furlough, pre-approved furlough, supervised community sentence or parole.  Supervisory fees collected by the department shall be credited to a special supervision and victim restitution fund, established and managed pursuant to 32 V.S.A, chapter 7, subchapter 5, for this purpose.  The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the collection of supervisory fees, including the maximum period of time offenders are subject to supervision fees and the offender’s ability to pay such fees.

Sec. 170a.  Sec. 103 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, as amended by Sec. 14 of No. 110 of the Acts of 2002, is further amended to read:

Sec. 103.  Corrections - corrections services                                                        

                   Personal services                                          47,744,756 47,782,256

                   Operating expenses                                      24,670,716 24,952,383

                   Grants                                                          467,000            467,000

                        Total                                                       72,882,472 73,201,639

               Source of funds                                                

                   General fund                                                 70,462,241 70,781,408

                   Transportation fund                                      1,402,578      1,402,578

                   Federal funds                                               551,156            551,156

                   Special funds                                                274,500            274,500

                   Interdepartmental transfer                             191,997            191,997

                        Total                                                       72,882,472 73,201,639

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(d)  To provide additional supervision for the correctional system community population, the establishment of eight (8) nine (9) new classified positions – four (4) seven (7) Correctional Service Specialist II, one of which shall be assigned to the Bennington region, and four (4) two (2) Community Corrections Officer – is authorized in fiscal year 2002.  Of the positions redirected to field supervision from the closure of the Woodstock regional correctional facility, six (6) shall be Youthful Corrections Service Specialist consistent with Sec. 280b(a)(1) of this act.

(e)  The department shall reallocate from corrections central office to correctional facilities or field offices in fiscal year 2002 five (5) positions.  The department shall utilize these positions to the greatest extent possible to increase field coverage.    

(f)  The department shall look at ways to reduce or eliminate contracts to provide savings in contract services in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 170b.  SUNSET REPEAL                                                                           

(a)  28 V.S.A. § 104(d) (sunset for community notification requirement for furloughed offenders) is repealed.           

Sec. 170c.  28 V.S.A. § 721 is amended to read:                                                 

§ 721.  OFFENDER REINTEGRATION; STATE POLICY                              

The department shall establish an offender reintegration process that requires offenders to be held accountable to their victims and the community. This process shall provide opportunities for victims of crime and other members of the community to participate in reentry programs under section 2a of this title and to allow for victims and members of the communities to provide input to the department as provided for in subsection 104(a) of this title.  Such input shall include, but not be limited to, the nature of the planned supervision, the offender’s work and education needs, the potential impact to the victim(s) of the offender’s presence in the community, and the opportunities to make use of the offender’s abilities within the community.  An offender who participates in the reintegration process provided for in this subchapter may be placed in the community under the department’s supervision for the remainder of the sentence if the department is satisfied that the offender is demonstrating progress in his or her reentry programs and that the offender does not present an unreasonable risk to his or her victims or to the community at large.

Sec. 170d.  JOINT LEGISLATIVE CORRECTIONS OVERSIGHT

                   COMMITTEE                                                                                  

(a)  A joint legislative corrections oversight committee is created.  The committee shall exercise oversight over the department of corrections and work with and provide assistance to other legislative committees on matters related to corrections policies.                                                                                              

(b)  The committee shall be composed of eight members:  four members of the house of representatives, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the speaker of the house, and four members of the senate, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the committee on committees.  In addition to one member-at-large appointed from each chamber, one appointment shall be made from each of the following house and senate committees:  appropriations, judiciary, and institutions.  

(c)  The committee shall elect a chair, vice chair, and clerk from among its members.  The committee shall keep a record of its meetings.  A quorum shall consist of five members.                                       

(d)  When the general assembly is in session, the committee shall meet at the call of the chair.  The committee may meet during adjournment, subject to approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate.  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation for services and reimbursement of expenses as provided under 2 V.S.A. § 406(a).

(e)  The professional and clerical services of the joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall be available to the committee.  

(f)  In addition to the general responsibilities set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the committee shall:     

(1)  Oversee preparation of a comprehensive description of the department of corrections’ programs.

(2)  Oversee development and implementation of a continuous quality improvement evaluation of the department’s substance abuse programs.                                                                                   

(3)  Review and make recommendations on the department of corrections' strategic, operating and capital plans. 

(4)  Review and make recommendations to the committees on appropriations regarding departmental budget proposals.   

(5)  Provide general oversight on departmental policy development.             

(6)  Encourage improved communications between the department and the other components of the criminal justice system.

(7)  Review ways to reduce costs to the system by reducing the number of short-term sentences and the number of detainees.

(8)  Consider the following issues:                                                               

(A)  Replace indefinite probation with a presumptive parole system.        

(B)  Make collection of restitution exclusively a civil matter.                    

(g)  The committee shall report its findings, together with recommendations, to the general assembly no later than December 1 of each year.  The report shall describe the committee’s activities in connection with the issues listed in subsection (f) in subdivisions (1)-(5) of this section that have not been thoroughly addressed by preceding reports.  In addition, the committee’s report for 2003 shall include its recommendation on whether the life of the committee should be extended beyond fiscal year 2005.                                                                        

Sec. 170e.  SUNSET

(a)  Sec. 170d of this act shall expire June 30, 2005.                                        

Sec. 170f.  CORRECTIONS; WOODSTOCK REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL

                   FACILITY                                                                                       

(a)  The commissioner of the department of buildings and general services shall consult with the Windsor County officials and the Town and Village officials of Woodstock as to appropriate alternative uses of the facility, and may expend up to $10,000.00 from the amounts appropriated in this act for design and planning that will enhance the utilization of the facility for the benefit of Windsor County and the Town of Woodstock.                                

(b)  The department of corrections shall provide reports every other month to the joint legislative corrections oversight committee on intensively supervised field population and the number of filled positions in the field providing supervision to that population.  Once all intensive field supervision positions created in Sec. 103 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, as amended, as well as those positions reassigned as field supervision positions as a result of the change of status of the Woodstock regional correctional facility are filled and the department has demonstrated for a period of three consecutive months the recommended coverage ratios statewide for intensive supervision are met, these reports will no longer be required.

Sec. 171.  Corrections - correctional facilities - recreation

                   Personal services                                                                  391,579

                   Operating expenses                                                               304,450

                        Total                                                                                696,029

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        696,029

Sec. 172.  REPEAL

     (a)  Secs. 80 and 81 of No 61 of the Acts of 2001 (vendor telephone rates) are repealed, and 28 V.S.A. § 816, prior to amendment by Secs. 80 and 81, shall remain in effect.

Sec. 173.  Corrections - Vermont correctional industries

                   Personal services                                                               1,195,154

                   Operating expenses                                                               741,900

                        Total                                                                             1,937,054

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,937,054

Sec. 174.  [Omitted]

Sec. 175.  Children’s trust fund

                   Grants                                                                                  284,156

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         106,156

                   Special funds                                                                          90,000

                   Federal funds                                                                          88,000

                        Total                                                                                284,156

     (a)  At least 65 percent of the state appropriation for the children’s trust fund will be awarded for community-based program activities for the broad range of child abuse and neglect prevention activities.

Sec. 175a.  Governor’s commission on women

                   Personal services                                                                  179,680

                   Operating expenses                                                                 55,706

                   Total                                                                                     235,386

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         230,386

                   Special funds                                                                            5,000

                        Total                                                                                235,386

Sec. 175b.  3 V.S.A. § 22 is added to read:

§ 22.  THE COMMISSION ON WOMEN

     (a)  The commission on women is created as the successor to the governor’s commission on women established by Executive Order No. 20-86.  The commission shall be organized and have the duties and responsibilities as provided in this section.  The commission shall be an independent agency of the government of Vermont and shall not be subject to the control of any other department or agency.  Members of the commission shall be drawn throughout the state and from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds, and shall have had experience working toward the improvement of the status of women in society.

     (b)  The commission shall consist of 16 members, appointed as follows:

          (1)  eight members shall be appointed by the governor; no more than four shall be from one political party.

          (2)  six members shall be appointed by the legislature, three by the

senate committee on committees, and three by the speaker of the house; no more than two appointees shall be members of the legislature.  Each appointing authority shall appoint no more than two members from the same political party.

          (3)  two members, one each from the two major political parties.

     (c)  The terms of members shall be four years.  Members of the commission currently appointed and serving pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-86 on July 1, 2002 may continue to serve for the duration of the four year term to which they were appointed.  As terms of currently serving members expire, appointments of successors shall be in accord with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, and made in the following order:

          (1)  For terms expiring on June 30, 2002, two shall be made by the governor, one shall be made by the committee on committees and one shall be made by the speaker;

          (2)  For terms expiring on June 30, 2003, two shall be made by the governor, and one each shall made by the two major political parties.

          (3)  For terms expiring on June 30, 2004, two shall be made by the governor, one shall be made by the committee on committees and one shall be made by the speaker;

          (4)  For terms expiring on June 30, 2005, two shall be made by the governor,  one shall be made by the committee on committees and one shall be made by the speaker.

     Thereafter, appointments of members to fill vacancies or expired terms shall be made by the authority that made the initial appointment to the vacated or expired term.

     (d)  Members of the commission shall elect biennially by majority vote a chair of the commission.  Members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses in the manner and amount provided to employees of the state.

(e)  Nine members shall constitute a quorum of the commission.  Once a quorum has been established, the vote of a majority of the members present at the time of the vote shall be an act of the commission.

     (f)  The commission may appoint members to an advisory council to provide information on the concerns of Vermont women and assist the commission in the fulfillment of its responsibilities.  The commission may establish ad hoc committees or task forces to study and make recommendations to the commission.  The chairperson of such committees or task forces shall be appointed by the chairperson of the commission.  The tenure of such committees or task forces shall be determined by the nature of the study and the project undertaken.

     (g)  The commission shall conduct studies of matters concerning women, and in furtherance of that responsibility may:

          (1)  review Vermont statutes with regard to sex discrimination and other matters affecting the status of women;

          (2)  educate and inform business, education, state and local governments and the general public about the nature and scope of sex discrimination and other matters affecting the status of women in Vermont;

          (3)  serve as a liaison and clearinghouse between government, private interest groups and the general public concerned with services for women, and, in this regard, may publish a periodic newsletter to provide information to these constituencies;

          (4)  promote consideration of qualified women for all levels of government positions.

     (h)  The powers of the commission shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

          (1)  To conduct research and study of issues affecting the status of women in Vermont;

          (2)  To advise and consult with the executive and legislative branches of state government on policies affecting the status of women in Vermont;

(3)  To maintain an office and hire employees as necessary to carry out its duties;

(4)  To acquire on a contractual or other basis such necessary legal, technical or research expertise and support services as it may require for the discharge of its duties;

(5)  To publish periodic reports documenting the legal, economic, social, and political status, and other concerns of women in Vermont;

(6)  To report by January 15 of each year to the governor, speaker of the house and senate president pro tempore an annual summary of Vermont women’s social and economic status including, but not limited to, employment and earnings, economic autonomy, and political participation and representation;

(7)  To utilize such voluntary and uncompensated services of private individuals, agencies and organizations as may, from time to time, be offered and needed;

          (8)  To accept and solicit funds, including any gifts, donations, grants or bequests or any federal funds, for any commission related purposes.

     (i)  No part of any funds appropriated to the commission by the legislature shall, in the absence of express authorization by the legislature, be used directly or indirectly for legislative or administrative advocacy.  The commission shall review and amend as necessary all existing contracts and grants to ensure compliance with this subsection.  For purposes of this subsection, legislative or administrative advocacy means employment of a lobbyist as defined in chapter 111 of Title 2, or employment of, or establishment of, or maintenance of, a lobbyist position whose primary function is to influence legislators or state official with respect to pending legislation or regulations.

Sec. 176.  Retired senior volunteer program

                   Grants                                                                                  132,400

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         132,400

Sec. 177.  Disabled and needy veterans

                   Personal services                                                                      1,850

                   Operating expenses                                                                   7,025

                   Grants                                                                                    28,815

                        Total                                                                                  37,690

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           37,690

Sec. 178.  Vermont veterans’ home - care and support services

                   Personal services                                                               9,278,671

                   Operating expenses                                                            3,120,455

                        Total                                                                           12,399,126

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,072,300

                   Special funds                                                                     8,025,908

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,300,918

                        Total                                                                           12,399,126

Sec. 179.  Amendment

(a)  Sec. 3 of No. 3 of the Acts of 1999, as amended by Sec. 118 of No. 152 of the Acts of 2000 and Sec. 125 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, is further amended to read:

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

     This act shall be effective from the date of passage and Sec. 2 shall be repealed on July 1, 2002.

Sec. 179a.  Sec. 1 of No. 3 of the Acts of 1999 is amended to read:

Sec. 1.  VERMONT VETERANS’ HOME; PAYMENT RATES

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, beginning on April 1, 1999, or such other later date as will assure the receipt of federal matching funds, payment rates for Medicaid services provided to Vermonters residents in the Vermont Veterans' Home shall be determined retrospectively by the division of rate setting based on the reasonable and necessary budgeted costs of providing those services.  The secretary of human services may adopt emergency rules to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 180.  Sec. 4 of No. 145 of the Acts of 2000 is amended to read:

Sec. 4.   NURSING POSITIONS AT THE VERMONT VETERANS’ HOME

* * *

     (c)  This section is repealed on July 1, 2002 2004.

Sec. 181.  Vermont Association for Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

                   Grants                                                                                    24,885

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           24,885

Sec. 182.  Total human services                                                     1,198,214,850

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                  326,656,362

                   Transportation fund                                                            2,021,702

                   Special funds                                                                 217,263,534

                   Tobacco fund                                                                  24,257,500

                   Federal funds                                                                 618,527,408

                   Permanent trust                                                                       10,000

                   Internal service funds                                                          1,937,054

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   7,541,290

                        Total                                                                      1,198,214,850

Sec. 183.  Employment and training

                   Personal services                                                             17,285,217

                   Operating expenses                                                            6,511,137

                   Grants                                                                               3,484,000

                        Total                                                                           27,280,354

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         220,998

                    Special funds                                                                          10,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   24,098,356

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   2,951,000

                        Total                                                                           27,280,354

Sec. 184.  Employment and training - apprenticeship

                   Personal services                                                                  403,223

                   Operating expenses                                                               126,149

                   Grants                                                                                  155,280

                        Total                                                                                684,652

               Source of funds

                   General funds                                                                        550,395

                   Special funds                                                                        134,257

                        Total                                                                                684,652

Sec. 185.  Total employment and training                                             27,965,006

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         771,393

                   Special funds                                                                        144,257

                   Federal funds                                                                   24,098,356

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   2,951,000

                        Total                                                                           27,965,006

Sec. 186.  Education - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                                               3,114,217

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,100,411

                   Grants                                                                             11,100,000

                        Total                                                                           15,314,628

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,911,711

                   Special funds                                                                          12,292

                   Federal funds                                                                   12,390,625

                        Total                                                                           15,314,628

Sec. 186a.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 128(b) of No. 62 of the Acts of 1999, relating to repeal of use of Medicaid reimbursement funds by supervisory unions for prevention and intervention programs on June 30, 2002, is repealed.

Sec. 186b.  16 V.S.A. § 2959a is amended to read:

§ 2959a.  EDUCATION MEDICAID RECEIPTS

* * *

(c)  At least annually, the commissioner of education shall pay to each supervisory union submitting Medicaid bills under this section, 50 percent of the reimbursed funds generated by the supervisory union’s bill, excluding claims generated by state-placed students.  The Unless the supervisory union has agreed to use the funds to operate a supervisory unionwide program or to distribute the funds in a different manner, upon receipt, the supervisory union shall distribute the funds to its member school districts based on how the funds were generated unless the supervisory union board has agreed to a different distribution.  The commissioner of education may withhold payment due a school district pursuant to § section 2950 of Title 16 for a Medicaid-eligible state‑placed student if the school district has not submitted a Medicaid claim for reimbursable services for that student.

* * *

(e)  School districts shall utilize funds received under this section to pay for reasonable costs of administering the Medicaid claims process, and for prevention and intervention programs in grades pre-K through 12.  The programs shall be designed to ensure all students achieve rigorous and challenging standards adopted in the Vermont framework of standards and learning opportunities or locally adopted standards.  A school district shall provide an annual written justification to the commissioner of education of the use of the funds.  Such annual submission shall show how the funds’ use is expressly linked to those provisions of the school district’s action plan that directly relate to improving student performance.

* * *

Sec. 187.  Education - standards and assessment

                   Personal services                                                               2,947,755

                   Operating expenses                                                               684,937

                   Grants                                                                               1,205,096

                        Total                                                                             4,837,788

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,390,320

                   Special funds                                                                          44,672

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,402,796

                        Total                                                                             4,837,788

Sec. 188.  Education - education quality

                   Personal services                                                               6,205,999

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,158,264

                   Grants                                                                             92,432,595

                        Total                                                                         100,796,858

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      5,938,450

                   Transportation fund                                                               642,080

                   Education fund                                                                   7,949,075

                   Special funds                                                                     1,431,360

                   Federal funds                                                                   83,573,598

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,262,295

                        Total                                                                         100,796,858

     (a)  The appropriations in this section shall be authorized, notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. §§ 1564, 1565, 1566, and 1567.

     (b)  Notwithstanding Sec. 163(b) of Act No. 63 of the Acts of 2001, the above appropriation includes $200,000.00 from the education fund for the purpose of awarding grants to technical centers to support innovative program development responding to emerging technologies and providing high-skill, high wage employment.  The commissioner shall give special consideration to new and innovative agricultural programs.

Sec. 188a.  16 V.S.A. § 1531(c) is amended to read:

     (c)  For a school district which is geographically isolated from a Vermont technical center, the state board may approve a technical center in another state as the technical center which district students may attend.  In this case, the school district shall receive transportation assistance pursuant to section 1563 of this title and tuition assistance pursuant to section 1561(c) of this title.  Any student who is a resident in the Windham Southwest supervisory union and who is enrolled in the Charles H. McCann Technical School at public expense shall be considered to be attending an approved technical center in another state pursuant to this subsection.

Sec. 189.  16 V.S.A. § 179(b) is amended to read:

     (b)  The state board shall ensure that, by the beginning of school year 2002‑2003 2004-2005, any Vermont student who wishes, including a student in an approved home school program, may be assessed under this section.

Sec. 190.  Education - special education:  formula grants

                   Grants                                                                             69,750,914

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                 69,750,914

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 2969 or any other provisions of law, the reimbursements and grants pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 2967 for fiscal year 2003 costs incurred by school districts shall be paid partially from the fiscal year 2003 appropriation and partially from the fiscal year 2004 appropriation.  The fiscal year 2003 appropriation shall cover the final reimbursements for fiscal year 2002, with the remainder available for reimbursements for fiscal year 2003 grants and reimbursements.  Funds distributed to school districts for fiscal year 2003 expenses, but to which the school districts were not entitled, based on final reports for fiscal year 2003, shall not be considered as part of the total expenditures for fiscal year 2003 under the 60-percent state funding provision of 16 V.S.A. § 2967, as limited by Sec. 10 of No. 117 of the Acts of 2000.  Such funds held by local school districts shall be treated as expenditures in fiscal year 2004.

     (b)  Of the appropriation authorized in this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $2,797,220.00 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2003 as funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6).  In distributing such funds, the commissioner shall not be limited by the restrictions contained within 16 V.S.A. § 2969(c) and (d).  In addition to funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6), up to $125,000.00 may be used by the department of education for its participation in the higher education partnership plan.

Sec. 191.  EDUCATION - SPECIAL EDUCATION; SUCCESS BEYOND

                 SIX

     (a)  Education funds of the appropriation for special education - formula grants or other funds eligible to be used for matching federal funds may be used by each supervisory union to participate in the Success Beyond Six program.  The purpose of the program is to expand local partnerships to enhance the educational opportunities of students who are at risk of failure in school.  The services are to be supplied through contracts with community‑based Medicaid providers.  The form and substance of the contracts shall be established as part of the overall agreement for the implementation of the program to be executed between the commissioner of education and the secretary of human services.

Sec. 192.  Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                                             11,234,600

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                 11,234,600

Sec. 193.  Education - adult basic education

                   Grants                                                                               3,825,310

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,752,399

                   Federal funds                                                                        872,911

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      200,000

                        Total                                                                             3,825,310

Sec. 194.  EDUCATION - EDUCATION GRANTS

     (a)  There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 2003 to the department of education $601,200,000.00.  Of the amount appropriated, $569,900,000.00 shall fund the general state support grant under 16 V.S.A. § 4011 at $5,566.00 for each equalized pupil, $27,170,000.00 shall fund the standard mainstream block grant under 16 V.S.A. § 2961, and $4,130,000.00 shall fund the essential early education grant under 16 V.S.A. § 2948(c).

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $16,000.00 shall be granted to the Shaftsbury school district for costs related to boiler repair and/or replacement.

Sec. 195.  Education - transportation

                   Grants                                                                             12,727,961

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                 12,727,961

Sec. 196.  Education - small school grants

                   Grants                                                                               4,760,660

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                   4,760,660

Sec. 197.  Education - capital debt service aid

                   Grants                                                                               3,161,935

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                   3,161,935

Sec. 198.  Education - local share property tax

                   Grants                                                                             42,200,000

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                                                 42,200,000

     (a)  This appropriation of $42,200,000.00 or such other amount shall be paid to districts adopting budgets with local education spending in excess of the general state support grant and that are able to raise less than the predictable yield amount.

     (b)  The sum of $36,000,000.00 from the education fund is allocated to fund the fiscal year 2004 predicted yield calculated pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 4027.

     (c)  In addition to the funds allocated in subsection (b) of this section, such additional amounts are allocated from the education fund to fund the fiscal year 2004 predictable yield, consistent with the following:

          (1)  Only amounts in excess of the amount necessary to maintain the five percent reserve in the education fund.

          (2)  Not more that the amount necessary to fund a fiscal year 2004 predictable yield equivalent to the same percentile as the fiscal year 2003 predictable yield.

(d)  For the purposes of presenting a balance sheet for the education fund in the years beyond fiscal year 2004, any funds in excess of the amounts necessary to maintain a five percent reserve in the education fund shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)   To fund a predictable yield at the same percentile as the fiscal year  2003 predictable yield.

          (2)   To increase the block grant.

Sec. 199.  Education - fiscal review panel

                   Operating expenses                                                                 13,935

                   Grants                                                                                    34,000

                        Total                                                                                  47,935

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           47,935

Sec. 200.  Education - civic education

                   Personal Services                                                                      1,500

                   Operating expenses                                                                   1,500

                   Grants                                                                                    13,301

                        Total                                                                                  16,301

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           16,301

Sec. 201.  Education - tobacco litigation

                   Personal services                                                                  156,615

                   Operating expenses                                                                 26,937

                   Grants                                                                                  710,000

                        Total                                                                                893,552

               Source of funds

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       893,552

Sec. 202.  Education - Act 117 cost containment

                   Personal services                                                               1,091,325

                   Operating expenses                                                                 28,791

                   Grants                                                                                    65,000

                        Total                                                                             1,185,116

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,185,116

     (a)  Notwithstanding any provisions of law, expenditures made during fiscal year 2003 from this section shall be counted under 16 V.S.A. § 2967 as part of the state’s 60 percent of the statewide total special education expenditures of funds which are not derived from federal sources.

Sec. 203.  MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIAL

                 FUND - DEPOSIT

     (a)  In addition to deposits to the Medicaid Reimbursement Administrative Special Fund in accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 2959a(b), in fiscal year 2003, $1,185,116.00 of federal Medicaid receipts received for reimbursement of medically-related services provided to students who are Medicaid eligible shall be deposited in the administrative special fund.

Sec. 204.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

     (a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2003 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of $254,985,935.00.

     (b)  In fiscal year 2004, $263,910,443.00 shall be appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the education fund.

Sec. 205.  State teachers’ retirement system

                   Personal services                                                             10,037,726

                   Operating expenses                                                               169,674

                   Grants                                                                             20,446,282

                        Total                                                                           30,653,682

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    20,446,282

                   Special funds                                                                   10,207,400

                        Total                                                                           30,653,682

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. chapter 55, no person shall be eligible to receive benefits from the state teachers’ retirement system who is receiving a continuation of salary under the early retirement provisions of the applicable article of the agreement between Vermont state colleges and the Vermont state colleges faculty federation, VSCFF, AFT, Local 3180, AFL‑CIO.

Sec. 206.  16 V.S.A. § 1944(c)(12)(E) and (F) are added to read:

(E)  for fiscal year 2003, the applicable standard plan shall not exceed the cost of the $250.00 comprehensive plan offered by the board;

(F)  for fiscal years 2004 and thereafter, the cost of the applicable standard plan determined under this subsection shall not exceed the cost of the $250.00 comprehensive plan offered in fiscal year 2003, adjusted for the appropriate fiscal year.  In the event of the discontinuance of the $250.00 comprehensive plan, a plan with a comparable expenditure profile shall be used as a benchmark.

Sec. 207.  TAX DEPARTMENT - REAPPRAISAL AND LISTING

                 PAYMENTS

     (a)  The amount of $2,240,000.00 in education funds is appropriated in fiscal year 2003 to implement the provisions of 32 V.S.A. §§ 4041(a), relating to payments to municipalities for reappraisal costs, and 5405(f), relating to payments of $1.00 per grand list parcel.

Sec. 207a.  Property tax assistance – fiscal year 2003

                   Grants                                                                             97,087,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      6,500,000

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,842,000

                   Education fund                                                                 86,745,000

                        Total                                                                           97,087,000

Sec. 207b.  Sec. 177 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2001 is amended to read:

Sec. 177.  Tax department - homestead property tax income sensitivity adjustments                  

                   Grants                                           83,702,004                 79,800,000

               Source of funds                                                                                     

                   General fund                                 5,343,272                    4,900,000

                   Transportation fund                       4,031,009                    3,600,000

                   Education fund                              74,327,721                 71,300,000

                        Total                                        83,702,004                 79,800,000

Sec. 208.  Total general education                                                  1,256,920,175

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                  295,989,333

                   Transportation fund                                                            4,484,080

                   Education fund                                                               841,970,145

                   Special funds                                                                   11,695,724

                   Tobacco fund                                                                       893,552

                   Federal funds                                                                 100,425,046

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   1,462,295

                        Total                                                                      1,256,920,175

Sec. 208a.  COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING STUDY

(a)  The commission on higher education funding, which was created by the general assembly in 1999, has succeeded in guiding legislative policy and increasing the financial commitment of the state.  Presenting a united front when making financial and policy requests to the general assembly has enabled the Vermont higher education community to realize these results.  Therefore, it is the intent of the general assembly to ensure that the higher education community continues to work cooperatively to improve higher education funding and services for Vermont students.

(b)  During fiscal year 2003, the commission on higher education funding shall develop a vision and goals for higher education in Vermont.  In developing the vision and goals, the commission shall consider:

(1)  the most cost‑effective use of state funds to ensure that all Vermonters have access to education that best meets their needs;

(2)  complementary provision of services by Vermont higher education institutions;

(3)  techniques for contributing to development of a healthy Vermont economy; and

(4)  techniques for leveraging nonpublic funds for this purpose.

(c)  The commission shall also write, and appropriate members shall sign, a compact between leaders in the higher education community and the state of Vermont leaders, similar to the compact it developed in 1999.  The compact should define state, student and higher education community goals for higher education, and lay out a framework for implementing the goals.

     (d)  On or before November 15, 2003, the commission shall present the vision and goals developed pursuant to subsection (b) of this section to the general assembly.

Sec. 208b.  PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE

     (a)  During the 2003-2004 legislative session, the senate and house committees on education are directed to review the composition and distribution of legislatively elected and appointed trustees on the boards of the University of Vermont, the Vermont state colleges and the Vermont student assistance corporation.  If either committee determines that change is needed, it may produce legislation which addresses the needed change before adjournment in the spring of 2003.

Sec. 209.  University of Vermont

                   Grants                                                                             36,197,999

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    36,197,999

     (a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the University of Vermont on or about the 15th of each calendar month of the year.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $346,800.00 shall be transferred to EPSCoR for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

Sec. 210.  University of Vermont - Morgan horse farm

                   Grants                                                                                      5,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                             5,000

Sec. 211.  Vermont public television

                   Grants                                                                                  604,136

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         604,136

Sec. 212.  Vermont state colleges

                   Grants                                                                             20,769,755

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    20,769,755

     (a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the Vermont state colleges on or about the 15th of each calendar month of the year.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $100,000.00 shall be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2003 contribution toward the growth of the endowment fund for the Vermont state colleges.  The state’s funds are to serve as a challenge match to enhance the state colleges’ ability to secure endowment contributions from alumni and other interested parties.  The intent is that the fiscal year 2003 appropriation will be the second of five annual appropriations, through fiscal year 2006, totaling $500,000.00.  The conditions of this challenge match are that the state colleges are required to raise three dollars for each dollar appropriated by the state.  A method for accounting for the state colleges’ share has been agreed to between the state colleges and the commissioner of finance and management.  Transfers to the state colleges’ endowment fund shall be under the condition that only the interest accruing to the fund will be available for the purposes as designated by the board of trustees of the state colleges.  By June 30, 2007, any remaining state appropriations designated for the state colleges’ endowment fund that have not been matched by the state colleges shall revert to the general fund.  The funds appropriated for this purpose shall be retained by the state.

     (c)  Of the above appropriation, $400,860.00 shall be transferred to the Vermont manufacturing extension center for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

Sec. 213.  Vermont state colleges - practical nursing schools

                   Grants                                                                                  592,206

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         592,206

Sec. 214.  Vermont interactive television

                   Grants                                                                                  851,760

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         851,760

Sec. 215.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                   Grants                                                                             16,356,671

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    16,356,671

     (a)  Not less than 100 percent of grants shall be used for direct student aid.

Sec. 216.  New England higher education compact

                   Operating expenses                                                                 76,642

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           76,642

Sec. 217.  Education commission of the states

                   Operating expenses                                                                      100

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                                100

Sec. 218.  Total higher education and other                                         75,454,269

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    75,454,269

Sec. 219.  Natural resources - agency of natural resources - administration

                   Personal services                                                               2,316,386

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,668,536

                   Grants                                                                                    35,000

                        Total                                                                             4,019,922

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,440,095

                   Special funds                                                                        810,845

                   Federal funds                                                                          92,685

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      676,297

                        Total                                                                             4,019,922

     (a)  The agency of natural resources shall study the restoration of natural water flow and related issues, including wave action, with a goal of reducing phosphorus levels in the following portions of Lake Champlain:  Albert Passage, Pelots Bay, Carry Bay, and Macomb Bay.  The secretary of natural resources shall report to the general assembly, by January 15, 2004, with the results of the study.

Sec. 220.  3 V.S.A. § 2808 is added to read:

§ 2808.  AGENCY PERMITS

     This section shall apply to any permit, license, or certification that is issued by the agency of natural resources, and that is listed as enforceable by the secretary of the agency of natural resources under the uniform environmental law enforcement chapter, 10 V.S.A. chapter 201.  With respect to permits, licenses, or certifications specified under this section, if the permit processing time limits established under subsection 2822(g) of this title are not met, the secretary may allow the option of the applicant paying for an independent engineer approved by the secretary to do the permitting analysis required for the secretary to approve or deny the application.

Sec. 221.  Connecticut river watershed advisory commission

                   Grants                                                                                    40,500

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           25,000

                   Federal funds                                                                          15,500

                        Total                                                                                  40,500

Sec. 222.  Citizens’ advisory committee on Lake Champlain’s future

                   Personal services                                                                      6,015

                   Operating expenses                                                                   3,985

                        Total                                                                                  10,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           10,000

Sec. 223.  Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,215,783

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         691,468

                   Transportation fund                                                               262,815

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      261,500

                        Total                                                                             1,215,783

Sec. 224.  Green up

                   Grants                                                                                      8,550

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                            8,550

Sec. 225.  Natural resources - information technology

                   Personal services                                                                  207,427

                   Operating expenses                                                               101,950

                        Total                                                                                309,377

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         115,455

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      193,922

                        Total                                                                                309,377

Sec. 226.  Fish and wildlife - support and field services

                   Personal services                                                             10,269,981

                   Operating expenses                                                            3,292,353

                   Grants                                                                                  325,000

                        Total                                                                           13,887,334

               Source of funds

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                        13,280,907

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      606,427

                        Total                                                                           13,887,334

Sec. 227.  Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

                   Grants                                                                                    70,000

               Source of funds

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                               70,000

Sec. 228.  Fish and wildlife - wildlife management area projects

                   Operating expenses                                                               100,000

               Source of funds

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                             100,000

Sec. 229.  Fish and wildlife - conservation

                   Operating expenses                                                               700,000

               Source of funds

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                             700,000

Sec. 230.  Fish and wildlife - natural communities and habitat

                   Personal services                                                                    10,226

                   Operating expenses                                                               184,074

                        Total                                                                                194,300

               Source of funds

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                             194,300

Sec. 231.  Forests, parks and recreation - administration

                   Personal services                                                                  664,002

                   Operating expenses                                                               466,205

                   Grants                                                                               1,662,000

                        Total                                                                             2,792,207

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         868,523

                   Special funds                                                                        321,684

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,602,000

                        Total                                                                             2,792,207

Sec. 232.  Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

                   Personal services                                                               4,227,435

                   Operating expenses                                                               585,539

                   Grants                                                                                  275,000

                        Total                                                                             5,087,974

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,026,663

                   Transportation fund                                                                 21,500

                   Special funds                                                                        362,502

                   Federal funds                                                                     1,348,751

                   Permanent trust                                                                         5,042

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      323,516

                        Total                                                                             5,087,974

Sec. 233.  Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

                   Personal services                                                               4,029,943

                   Operating expenses                                                            2,194,600

                   Grants                                                                                    35,000

                        Total                                                                             6,259,543

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         399,489

                   Special funds                                                                     5,827,050

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        33,004

                        Total                                                                             6,259,543

Sec. 234.  Forests, parks and recreation - lands administration

                   Personal services                                                                  242,378

                   Operating expenses                                                                 33,550

                        Total                                                                                275,928

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         275,928

Sec. 235.  Forests, parks and recreation - rural community fire protection

                   Personal services                                                                      7,000

                   Operating expenses                                                                 12,000

                        Total                                                                                  19,000

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                          19,000

Sec. 236.  Forests, parks and recreation - senior community service employment

                   Personal services                                                                    36,000

                   Operating expenses                                                                   2,000

                        Total                                                                                  38,000

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                          38,000

Sec. 237.  Forests, parks and recreation - snowmobile trails program

                   Personal services                                                                    11,500

                   Grants                                                                                  488,500

                         Total                                                                                500,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        500,000

Sec. 238.  Forests, parks and recreation - youth conservation corps

                   Personal services                                                                  490,660

                   Operating expenses                                                                 36,450

                   Grants                                                                                  650,000

                        Total                                                                             1,177,110

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                        809,110

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      368,000

                        Total                                                                             1,177,110

Sec. 239.  Forests, parks and recreation - forest highway maintenance

                   Personal services                                                                      2,539

                   Operating expenses                                                               404,000

                   Grants                                                                                  200,000

                        Total                                                                                606,539

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               606,539

Sec. 240.  Forests, parks and recreation - property survey

                   Personal services                                                                  115,548

                   Operating expenses                                                                 14,950

                        Total                                                                                130,498

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           90,497

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        40,001

                        Total                                                                                130,498

Sec. 241.  Environmental conservation - commissioner’s office

                   Personal services                                                                  773,570

                   Operating expenses                                                               190,419

                        Total                                                                                963,989

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         330,386

                   Special funds                                                                        189,365

                   Federal funds                                                                        444,238

                        Total                                                                                963,989

Sec. 242.  VILLAGE OF NEWBURY; FORGIVENESS OF DEBT

     (a)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Village of Newbury shall not be required to repay a planning advance in the amount of $65,974.88 made to it between 1995 and 1997, pursuant to provisions of chapter 55 of Title 10.

Sec. 243.  Environmental conservation - environmental assistance

                   Personal services                                                               1,292,897

                   Operating expenses                                                               223,801

                   Grants                                                                                    30,000

                        Total                                                                             1,546,698

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         589,418

                   Special funds                                                                        742,850

                   Federal funds                                                                        214,430

                        Total                                                                             1,546,698

Sec. 244.  Environmental conservation - office of air and waste management

                   Personal services                                                               5,072,452

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,446,107

                   Grants                                                                                  561,500

                        Total                                                                             7,080,059

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         803,399

                   Transportation fund                                                                 39,278

                   Special funds                                                                     3,575,753

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,511,629

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      150,000

                        Total                                                                             7,080,059

Sec. 244a.  FUND TRANSFER

     (a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003, the amount of $250,000.00 shall be transferred to the general fund from the solid waste management fund.

Sec. 245.  Environmental conservation - office of water programs

                   Personal services                                                               5,154,739

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,001,647

                   Grants                                                                                  912,000

                        Total                                                                             7,068,386

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,685,422

                   Special funds                                                                     1,869,038

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,064,798

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      449,128

                        Total                                                                             7,068,386

Sec. 246.  [Omitted]

Sec. 247.  Environmental conservation - various environmental special funds

                   Grants                                                                               4,957,783

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                     4,957,783

Sec. 248.  Environmental conservation - surface water

                   Personal services                                                               4,821,175

                   Operating expenses                                                               963,619

                   Grants                                                                               1,961,859

                        Total                                                                             7,746,653

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      3,081,725

                   Transportation fund                                                               181,762

                   Special funds                                                                        537,682

                   Federal funds                                                                     3,486,696

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      458,788

                        Total                                                                             7,746,653

Sec. 249.  Environmental board and district commissions - Act 250

                   Personal services                                                               1,929,149

                   Operating expenses                                                               359,659

                        Total                                                                             2,288,808

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         851,807

                   Special funds                                                                     1,437,001

                        Total                                                                             2,288,808

Sec. 250.  CONSTRUCTION OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT

     (a)  The Acts of 2001 included No. 40, which itself included Sec. 14, by which the general assembly repealed environmental board Rule 2(A)(6), the so-called 800-foot road rule.  In repealing the 800-foot road rule, the general assembly intended also to supersede the precedential weight given to board declaratory rulings that concluded the construction of a road for the purpose of dividing land into two or more parcels for sale or lease constitutes a development.

Sec. 251.  Environmental board and district commissions - waste facilities panel

                   Personal services                                                                  119,344

                   Operating expenses                                                                 15,656

                        Total                                                                                135,000

               Source of funds

                    Special funds                                                                       135,000

Sec. 252.  Water resources board

                   Personal services                                                                  281,384

                   Operating expenses                                                                 42,508

                        Total                                                                                323,892

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         323,892

Sec. 253.  Total natural resources                                                        69,553,833

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    16,609,167

                   Transportation fund                                                            1,111,894

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                                        14,345,207

                   Special funds                                                                   22,084,213

                   Federal funds                                                                   11,837,727

                   Permanent trust funds                                                                5,042

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                   3,560,583

                        Total                                                                           69,553,833

Sec. 254.  Commerce and community development - agency of commerce and community development - administration

                   Personal services                                                               1,011,593

                   Operating expenses                                                               504,027

                   Grants                                                                                  238,088

                        Total                                                                             1,753,708

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,688,210

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        65,498

                        Total                                                                             1,753,708

     (a)  All authority and responsibility for the administration and implementation of the sustainable jobs fund and the sustainable jobs program established by chapter 15A of Title 10 is transferred from the Vermont economic development authority to the agency of commerce and community development, secretary’s office.  The agency shall be the successor to all rights and obligations of the authority in any matter pertaining to the fund and the program on and after July 1, 2002.

Sec. 254a.  10 V.S.A. § 6615a(e) is amended to read:

(e)  Application process.

(1)  A person shall submit to the secretary a complete application consisting of:

* * *

(E)  any information necessary for the secretary to make the findings required in subsection (f) of this section; and

(F)  a written report demonstrating the applicant has provided the public with notice and a reasonable opportunity to submit comments to the secretary on the information and material referenced in subdivisions (1)(C) and (D) of this subsection; and

(G)  a certification, under oath and notarized, from the person:

* * *

Sec. 254b.  10 V.S.A. § 6615a(l) is amended to read:

(l)  Program funding.

(1)  Creation of fund.  There is created a brownfields revitalization fund, which shall be a special fund created under subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, to be administered by the secretary of the agency of commerce and community development to aid applicants in the redevelopment of contaminated properties program with the characterization, assessment and remediation of sites.  Money received by the secretary of the agency of natural resources for assistance rendered in connection with the program shall be deposited in the redevelopment of contaminated properties account of the environmental contingency fund established in 10 V.S.A. § section 1283 of this title.

(2)  Contents of fund.  The fund shall be comprised of the following:

(A)  such state or federal funds as may be appropriated by the general assembly; and

(B)  any gifts, grants, or other contributions to the brownfields revitalization fund.

(3)  Applications for assistance.  Program applicants may apply to the secretary of commerce and community development for assistance from the brownfields revitalization fund in the form of a grant or loan to complete characterization, assessment or remediation of a site as part of a plan approved by the secretary of natural resources under this program.

(4)  Evaluation of application.  In determining whether a grant or a loan from the brownfields revitalization fund is warranted, the secretary of commerce and community development, in consultation with the secretary of natural resources, shall consider:

(A)  the extent to which the proposed project will facilitate the identification and reduction of threats to human health and the environment that may be associated with exposure to hazardous materials, pollutants or contaminants;

(B)  the extent to which the proposed project will facilitate the use or reuse of existing infrastructure;

(C)  the potential for the proposed project to stimulate economic development;

(D)  the extent to which the proposed project will respond to the housing needs of a community or region;

(E)  the level of participation by a local community in the process of making decisions relating to remediation and future use of the brownfields site;

(F)  the extent to which a grant or a loan will meet the needs of a community that has an inability to draw on other sources of funding for environmental remediation and subsequent redevelopment of the area in which a brownfields site is located, because of the small population or low income of the community;

(G)  the extent to which a grant or loan will facilitate the creation of, preservation of, or addition to a park, a greenway, undeveloped property, recreational property or other property used for nonprofit purposes;

(H)  the extent to which the grant or loan will cause a more balanced geographic distribution of awards from the brownfields revitalization fund.

(5)  Grants.

(A)  The secretary of commerce and community development may award an applicant a grant not to exceed $50,000.00 for the characterization and assessment of a site.

(B)  The secretary of commerce and community development may award an applicant a grant not to exceed $200,000.00 for the remediation of a site.

(C)  The secretary of commerce and community development may make a grant to assist an applicant in purchasing environmental insurance relating to the performance of the characterization, assessment or remediation of a brownfields site in accordance with a corrective action plan approved by the secretary of natural resources.

(D)  The secretary of commerce and community development may use a portion of the brownfields revitalization fund to develop a risk‑sharing pool, an indemnity pool, or an insurance mechanism to provide financial assistance to applicants.

          (6)  Loans.

(A)  For the purpose of this chapter, “VEDA” means the Vermont economic development authority, which is authorized to make loans on behalf of the state under this section after the secretary of commerce and community development, in consultation with the secretary of natural resources, has first determined an applicant eligible to apply to VEDA for a loan.  These loans shall be issued and administered by VEDA, pursuant to this chapter, and VEDA’s enabling authority, pursuant to chapter 12 of this title.  The secretary of commerce and community development, in consultation with the secretary of natural resources and the VEDA manager, shall annually determine the amount of the brownfields revitalization fund available to VEDA for loans under this section.

(B)  An applicant may use the proceeds of a loan from VEDA for characterization, assessment or remediation of a site.  A loan may not be in an amount greater than $250,000.00.

(C)  Proceeds from repayment of loans shall be deposited in the brownfields revitalization fund and shall be available for additional grants or loans in accordance with this section.

(D)  VEDA may make loans to applicants on behalf of the state for one or more of the purposes set forth in this subsection.  Each such loan shall be made subject to the following conditions:

(i)  Repayment shall commence no later than one year after completion of the project for which loan funds have been applied.

(ii)  The rate of interest charged for loans shall be set by VEDA in consultation with the secretary of commerce and community development, and shall be a rate that is sufficiently attractive to advance the purposes of this section.  The interest rate set by VEDA may be less than the prevailing borrowing rates available to similarly situated applicants from private lenders, but not less than zero percent.

               (iii)  Loans made to applicants by VEDA on behalf of the state under this section shall be made in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in a loan agreement to be executed by VEDA and the applicant.  The loan agreement shall specify the terms and conditions of the loan and repayment by the applicant, as well as other terms and conditions determined necessary by VEDA and the secretary of natural resources or the secretary of commerce and community development.

(iv)  Disbursement of loan proceeds shall be based on certification by the loan recipient demonstrating that costs for which reimbursement is requested have been incurred or paid by the recipient for activities under the plan approved by the secretary of natural resources.  The recipient shall provide supporting evidence of payment upon the request of VEDA.  Interim financing charges or short-term interest costs may constitute an allowable cost of a project for which a loan is extended.  In the event short-term financing is unavailable to the applicant, VEDA may make interim loan disbursements to the applicant and its general contractor as co-payees upon submission of a certified request for payment, supported by actual invoices or other evidence satisfactory to VEDA, of costs incurred.

(v)  VEDA may include such additional requirements in the loan agreement as it determines necessary for the proper administration of the brownfields revitalization fund, and which are consistent with applicable state and federal law and with other programs administered by VEDA under chapter 12 of this title.

(vi)  In the event of default, any amounts owed upon the loan shall be considered a debt for the purposes of subdivision 5932(4) of Title 32.  VEDA may recover such debt pursuant to the set-off debt collection remedy established under sections 5833 and 5934 of Title 32.

(E)  Qualifications for eligibility.  No loan to an applicant shall be made under this section until:

(i)  the applicant has certified to VEDA that all state and federal permits and licenses necessary to undertake the project for which financing has been sought have been or will be obtained prior to VEDA disbursing funds under the loan; and

                   (ii)  the secretary of commerce and community development has certified to VEDA that the applicant and the project are eligible for financing or assistance under this section, and that the project has priority for receipt of financial assistance.

(F)  Loan priorities.  The secretary of commerce and community development, in consultation with the secretary of natural resources, shall prepare at least annually a list of projects, ranked in priority order, that are eligible for financial assistance under this section.  In establishing these priorities, the secretary of commerce and community development, at a minimum, shall consider the criteria set forth in subdivision (4) of this subsection, as well as the following:

(i)  the severity of any health or environmental hazard to be abated;

(ii)  the population to be served; and

(iii)  the readiness of the project to proceed to the next planning or construction step.

               (G)  Contractual authority; reports.

                   (i)  The secretary of commerce and community development or the secretary of natural resources and VEDA may enter into agreements on behalf of the state with agencies of the United States as may be necessary to obtain grants and awards in furtherance of the stated purposes of the brownfields revitalization fund created under this section, provided that any such grant or award has been approved pursuant to section 5 of Title 32.

                   (ii)  Annually, by January 15, the secretary of commerce and community development and VEDA shall submit a report to members of the joint fiscal committee setting out the balance of the fund created under this section, grant and loan awards made to date, funds anticipated to be made available in the coming year, and any other matters of interest.

               (H)  Liability against default.  Under no circumstances shall the state or VEDA become responsible for owning or operating a project or for completing a corrective action plan when the grant or loan recipient defaults on a loan obligation, abandons the project site, or fails to complete a corrective action plan to the satisfaction of the secretary of natural resources.

Sec. 255.  Housing and community affairs

                   Personal services                                                               2,150,666

                   Operating expenses                                                               284,882

                   Grants                                                                               7,661,163

                        Total                                                                           10,096,711

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      1,418,257

                   Special funds                                                                     4,263,316

                   Federal funds                                                                     4,394,488

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        20,650

                        Total                                                                           10,096,711

Sec. 256.  Historic sites operations

                   Personal services                                                                  555,237

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,076,130

                        Total                                                                             1,631,367

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         399,041

                   Special funds                                                                        525,958

                   Federal funds                                                                        300,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      406,368

                        Total                                                                             1,631,367

Sec. 257.  Community development block grants

                   Grants                                                                               8,563,070

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                                     8,563,070

     (a)  Community development block grants will carry forward until expended.

Sec. 258.  Economic development

                   Personal services                                                                  968,395

                   Operating expenses                                                               372,894

                   Grants                                                                               1,526,291

                        Total                                                                             2,867,580

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      2,444,670

                   Special funds                                                                        400,529

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                        22,381

                        Total                                                                             2,867,580

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, up to $50,000.00 may be deposited into the Vermont business recruitment partnership special fund.

Sec. 258a.  9 V.S.A. § 4230(b) is amended to read:

     (b)  There is hereby created a fund to be known as the securities regulation and supervision fund.  The fund shall be used for the purpose of providing the commissioner the means to administer the provisions of this chapter, and for the support of the corporate records division and other corporate regulatory activities of the office of the secretary of state and the activities of the department of economic development.  All sales representative and investment adviser representative registration and renewal fees received pursuant to sections 4217 and 4218, and all examination fees and investigation expenses received pursuant to sections 4231 and 4233 of this title shall be transmitted to the state treasurer and credited to this fund.  All payments from the securities regulatory and supervision fund for the maintenance of staff and associated expenses including contractual services as necessary, shall be disbursed from the state treasury only upon warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management, after receipt of proper documentation regarding services rendered and expenses incurred.

Sec. 258b.  10 V.S.A. chapter 1, subchapter 1 is added to read:

Subchapter 1.  The Vermont Business Recruitment Partnership

§ 15.  THE VERMONT BUSINESS RECRUITMENT PARTNERSHIP;

           PROMOTION OF VERMONT AS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR

           BUSINESSES TO CALL HOME

(a)  The Vermont business recruitment partnership is created as an advisory committee to be responsible for promoting Vermont’s image out of state and marketing the state in order to attract industry.  The committee shall develop a plan of action in conjunction with the departments of economic development and of tourism and marketing and other members of the marketing and promotional team created in response to No. 190 of the Acts of 1996 (Adj. Sess.).  The committee shall coordinate efforts with regional planning commissions, regional development corporations, regional transportation councils, and local communities to create a unified effort in attracting new industry to Vermont.  In addition, the committee will cooperate and assist with ongoing recruitment endeavors by individual businesses and private groups.

(b)  The advisory committee for the Vermont business recruitment partnership shall consist of ten people:  the commissioner of the department of economic development, the commissioner of the department of tourism and marketing, one representative each from Vermont’s banking industry, colleges, investment firms, and utilities, and two representatives each of the manufacturing industry and of small business, appointed by the governor.  The committee shall have all the powers necessary and convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this subchapter.  As well as establishing the governing policy for the partnership, the advisory committee may participate in the activities of the organization, including:

(1)  direct mail campaigns;

(2)  telemarketing efforts;

(3)  prospecting trips outside Vermont;

(4)  trade show appearances; and

(5)  an ongoing image campaign, including the establishment of a web site.

(c)  The commissioner of economic development shall report to the general assembly on or before January 15 of each year the activity of the Vermont business recruitment partnership and the implementation of its recommendations for promoting Vermont outside the state.

§ 16.  VERMONT BUSINESS RECRUITMENT PARTNERSHIP SPECIAL

           FUND

     The Vermont business recruitment partnership special fund is created in the department of economic development for the purposes of carrying out section 15 of this subchapter.  The fund shall be administered by the commissioner of economic development, and expenditures therefrom shall only be made to implement and effectuate the policies and purposes of this chapter.  Deposits shall be made to the fund from monies appropriated thereto by the general assembly and from any other source, public or private.  Unexpended balances and any earnings shall not revert to the general fund, but shall remain in the fund for use in accordance with the purposes of this chapter.

Sec. 259.  Government marketing assistance center

                   Personal services                                                                  215,635

                   Operating expenses                                                                 43,363

                        Total                                                                                258,998

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           90,324

                   Federal funds                                                                        168,674

                        Total                                                                                258,998

Sec. 260.  Vermont training program

                   Personal services                                                                    72,591

                   Operating expenses                                                                 11,658

                   Grants                                                                                  665,135

                        Total                                                                                749,384

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         705,922

                   Special funds                                                                          40,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                          3,462

                        Total                                                                                749,384

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $100,000.00 is for the  purpose of contracting, through competitive award processes or through sole‑source procurement, for development of a stone arts school in order to maintain jobs in the granite industry.

Sec. 261.  Job development zones

                   Grants                                                                                    50,967

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                           50,967

Sec. 262.  Tourism and marketing

                   Personal services                                                               2,232,530

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,036,695

                   Grants                                                                               1,438,832

                        Total                                                                             4,708,057

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                      4,408,057

                   Special funds                                                                          50,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      250,000

                        Total                                                                             4,708,057

     (a)  The above amount transferred to the department of fish and wildlife reflects a one-time reduction of $52,000.00.  It is the intent of the legislature that the department shall resume a full transfer in fiscal year 2004 and beyond.

Sec. 263.  Marketing and promotional team

                   Personal services                                                                  339,605

                   Operating expenses                                                                   8,800

                        Total                                                                                348,405

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         348,405

     (a)  The conversion of two (2) limited service positions - one (1) Director of Promotional Services and one (1) Administrative Assistant A - to permanent is authorized in fiscal year 2003.

     (b)  The joint fiscal office, with the participation and assistance of the Vermont tax department, shall consult with the department of tourism and marketing and review the department's work with the university of Vermont to evaluate the tax impact of travel and tourism spending.  Based on this review, the joint fiscal office shall present to the joint fiscal committee at its November  meeting any protocol or findings it can make as to the state revenue implications of appropriations for travel and tourism marketing.

(c)  The joint fiscal office, with assistance of the legislative council and from the department, shall review travel and tourism department appropriations and spending from fiscal year 2000 through fiscal year 2002, and shall consider performance measures and benchmarks for department activities.  This review shall be completed by November 1, 2002.  Based on this review and the findings made in subsection (b) of this section, there is created a special working group to consist of one member who is a representative of the Vermont travel and recreation council chosen by the council, and the chairs of the following committees:  house and senate committees on appropriations and on transportation.  The joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall provide staff support to the working group.  The working group shall meet in November and December to consider proposals for funding formulas for the department of tourism and marketing.  A report and any funding formula developed, shall be submitted to the house clerk, the secretary of the senate and the secretary of administration on or before January 15, 2003, for consideration in the 2003 legislative session.

Sec. 264.  Vermont life

                   Personal services                                                                  625,000

                   Operating expenses                                                               200,000

                        Total                                                                                825,000

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                                                    825,000

Sec. 265.  Vermont council on the arts

                   Grants                                                                                  517,206

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         517,206

Sec. 266.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                                                  107,326

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         107,326

Sec. 267.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                                                  405,830

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         405,830

Sec. 268.  Vermont housing and conservation board

                   Grants                                                                             27,334,895

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                                   12,018,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   15,316,895

                        Total                                                                           27,334,895

Sec. 269.  Vermont council on the humanities

                   Grants                                                                                  139,935

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                         139,935

Sec. 270.  Total commerce and community development                     60,358,439

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                                    12,724,150

                   Special funds                                                                   17,297,803

                   Federal funds                                                                   28,743,127

                   Enterprise funds                                                                    825,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                      768,359

                        Total                                                                           60,358,439

Sec. 271.  TRANSPORTATION

     (a)  Transportation fund appropriations made available for the agency of transportation, in cooperation with the federal government, shall be available until expended, and shall not revert.

     (b)  The commissioner of finance and management shall maintain and control transportation appropriations in separate state and federal appropriations, as needed, and may incur overdrafts in personal services and operating expenses pending distribution of payroll and employee charges to other appropriations.

Sec. 272.  Transportation - finance & administration

                   Personal services                                                               8,009,248

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,143,500

                   Grants                                                                                  300,000

                        Total                                                                             9,452,748

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            8,734,748

                   Federal funds                                                                        718,000

                        Total                                                                             9,452,748

Sec. 273.  Transportation - aviation

                   Personal services                                                               1,478,213

                   Operating expenses                                                            6,151,787

                   Grants                                                                                    35,000

                        Total                                                                             7,665,000

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            2,535,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     5,130,000

                        Total                                                                             7,665,000

Sec. 274.  Transportation - buildings

                   Personal services                                                                  135,000

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,430,000

                        Total                                                                             1,565,000

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            1,565,000

Sec. 275.  Transportation - project development

                   Personal services                                                             30,689,226

                   Operating expenses                                                          71,419,053

                   Grants                                                                             17,443,378

                        Total                                                                         119,551,657

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                          24,792,040

                   Local match                                                                       1,138,808

                   Federal funds                                                                   93,620,809

                        Total                                                                         119,551,657

Sec. 276.  Transportation - interstate rest areas

                   Personal services                                                                  826,000

                   Operating expenses                                                            7,285,699

                        Total                                                                             8,111,699

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               484,199

                   Federal funds                                                                     7,627,500

                        Total                                                                             8,111,699

Sec. 277.  Transportation - maintenance state system

                   Personal services                                                             26,845,972

                   Operating expenses                                                          21,388,068

                        Total                                                                           48,234,040

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                          48,234,040

Sec. 278.  Transportation - policy and planning

                   Personal services                                                               2,606,535

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,069,555

                   Grants                                                                             15,327,572

                        Total                                                                           19,003,662

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            6,657,764

                   Local match                                                                            67,500

                   Federal funds                                                                   12,278,398

                        Total                                                                           19,003,662

Sec. 279.  Transportation - rail

                   Personal services                                                               2,638,321

                   Operating expenses                                                          16,602,673

                        Total                                                                           19,240,994

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            6,787,074

                   Federal funds                                                                   12,453,920

                        Total                                                                           19,240,994

Sec. 280.  Transportation - technical services

                   Personal services                                                               5,394,368

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,352,455

                        Total                                                                             6,746,823

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,786,152

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,960,671

                        Total                                                                             6,746,823

Sec. 281.  Transportation - traffic operations

                    Personal services                                                               1,642,548

                   Operating expenses                                                            1,325,104

                        Total                                                                             2,967,652

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               940,822

                   Local match                                                                              5,000

                   Federal funds                                                                     2,021,830

                        Total                                                                             2,967,652

Sec. 282.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                                               2,705,742

                   Operating expenses                                                            8,986,806

                        Total                                                                           11,692,548

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                                        11,692,548

     (a)  Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 13(b), the agency of transportation is authorized to add one vehicle to the fleet for use by the department of motor vehicles for field inspection activities.

Sec. 283.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                                             11,871,818

                   Operating expenses                                                            4,929,900

                   Grants                                                                                  100,000

                        Total                                                                           16,901,718

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                          16,213,234

                   Federal funds                                                                        688,484

                        Total                                                                           16,901,718

Sec. 284.  DMV - motorcycle rider training

                   Personal services                                                                  140,834

                   Operating expenses                                                                 80,000

                        Total                                                                                220,834

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               220,834

Sec. 285.  Transportation - town highway structures

                   Grants                                                                               3,494,500

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            3,494,500

Sec. 286.  Transportation - town highway emergency fund

                   Grants                                                                                  182,111

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               182,111

Sec. 287.  Transportation - town highway Vermont local roads

                   Grants                                                                                  423,000

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               283,000

                   Federal funds                                                                        140,000

                        Total                                                                                423,000

Sec. 288.  Transportation - town highway class 2 roadway

                   Grants                                                                               4,248,750

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            4,248,750

Sec. 289.  Transportation - town highway bridges

                   Personal services                                                               4,003,430

                   Operating expenses                                                          17,620,015

                   Grants                                                                               1,625,000

                        Total                                                                           23,248,445

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                            4,700,034

                   Local match                                                                       1,959,000

                   Federal funds                                                                   16,589,411

                        Total                                                                           23,248,445

Sec. 290.  Transportation - town highway grants

                   Grants                                                                             23,857,744

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                          23,857,744

     (a)  The above appropriation is authorized, notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 306(a).

     (b)  The town highway grant program is redesignated “the town highway aid program”.

Sec. 291.  Transportation - town highway class 1 supplemental grants

                   Grants                                                                                  128,750

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                                               128,750