NO. 19.  AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL YEAR 2003 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS.

(H.478)

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

This Act shall be known as and shall be cited as the “Budget Adjustment Act - Fiscal Year 2003.”

Sec. 2.  Sec. 20 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - administration

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(a)  The security gates on the west side of the Vermont state house shall not be lowered, preventing access to the state house, without prior consultation with and consent of the leadership of the house and senate.

(b)  The department of buildings and general services shall present a plan and cost estimates to the joint fiscal committee at their September 2003 meeting for providing a handicapped accessible restroom on the first floor of the state house.  This may include door opening devices on existing restrooms or conversion of current infirmary or custodial space to an accessible restroom.

Sec. 3.  Sec. 22 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                   Personal services                                         2,630,396        2,630,396

                   Operating expenses                                        845,097        1,339,047

                   Grants                                                            255,000           255,000

                        Total                                                      3,730,493        4,224,443

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   397,769           397,769

                   Transportation fund                                     3,332,724        3,826,674

                        Total                                                      3,730,493        4,224,443

(a)  The department of buildings and general services and the agency of transportation shall ensure that prior to Exit 4 on the northbound side of Interstate 89, motorists are informed of the hours of operation of the Randolph rest area.  Any such posting shall be in compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Sec. 4.  SALE OF VERMONT PRODUCTS AT INFORMATION CENTERS

(a)  The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to seek permission from the Federal Highway Administration to sell Vermont products at rest areas and information centers under the commissioner’s jurisdiction.

(b)  An oversight committee on rest area sales activity is created.  The committee membership shall consist of the chairs of the committees on transportation and appropriations in the house and the senate.  This oversight committee shall be in effect until January 15, 2004.

(c)  In the event that permission is granted by the Federal Highway Administration, approval from the oversight committee is required prior to the operation of a program to sell Vermont products at rest areas and information centers.  The commissioner of buildings and general services shall prepare and present to the committee a plan for operating a Vermont product sales program.  The plan shall address the issues of generating revenue for the operation of the rest areas, fairness to Vermont producers, and the impact on local businesses.  The plan shall also include a recommendation for statutory language regarding the program.

Sec. 5.  Sec. 51 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 51.  Legislature

                   Personal services                                         2,591,215        3,025,215

                   Operating expenses                                     2,136,950        2,402,950

                        Total                                                      4,728,165        5,428,165

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                3,868,478        4,568,478

                   Transportation fund                                        859,687           859,687

                        Total                                                      4,728,165        5,428,165

Sec. 6.  Sec. 56 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 56.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                   Grants                                                         2,400,000        2,400,000

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,250,000        1,195,000

                   Special funds                                               1,150,000        1,205,000

                        Total                                                      2,400,000        2,400,000

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Sec. 7.  Sec. 59 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 59.  Total general government                             106,909,338    108,103,288

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              34,750,254      35,395,254

                   Transportation fund                                     8,913,884        9,407,834

                   Special funds                                             19,286,271      19,341,271

                   Tobacco fund                                                   58,000             58,000

                   Federal funds                                              2,808,795        2,808,795

                   Enterprise funds                                           1,982,096        1,982,096

                   Internal service funds                                 36,295,777      36,295,777

                   Pension trust funds                                          545,000           545,000

                   Private purpose trust funds                              205,757           205,757

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,063,504        2,063,504

                        Total                                                  106,909,338    108,103,288

Sec. 8.  Sec. 63 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 63.  Center for crime victims services

                   Personal services                                            763,250           763,250

                   Operating expenses                                        208,018           208,018

                   Grants                                                         4,292,230        4,312,230

                        Total                                                      5,263,498        5,283,498

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   758,339           778,339

                   Special funds                                                  724,808           724,808

                   Federal funds                                              3,740,351        3,740,351

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 40,000             40,000

                        Total                                                      5,263,498        5,283,498

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(b)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $20,000.00 shall be used for grants to the family connection center and parents and children together supervised visitation programs.

Sec. 9.  Sec. 67 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 67.  Sheriffs - transport

                   Personal services                                         1,196,821        1,286,821

                   Operating expenses                                        200,000           240,000

                        Total                                                      1,396,821        1,526,821

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   749,687           879,687

                   Transportation fund                                        647,134           647,134

                        Total                                                      1,396,821        1,526,821

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(b)  If the district court has knowledge that a transport is canceled by the close of business the day before the transport was scheduled and the court fails to notify the affected sheriff, the court administrator shall pay to the sheriff’s department the costs incurred for the canceled transport.

Sec. 10.  Sec. 72 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 72.  Military - air service contract

                   Personal services                                         3,176,327        3,176,327

                   Operating expenses                                        904,423           959,186

                        Total                                                      4,080,750        4,135,513

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   333,042           387,805

                   Federal funds                                              3,747,708        3,747,708

                        Total                                                      4,080,750        4,135,513

Sec. 11.  Sec. 74 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 74.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                            829,020           829,020

                   Operating expenses                                        478,932           424,169

                        Total                                                      1,307,952        1,253,189

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,272,952        1,218,189

                   Special funds                                                    35,000             35,000

                        Total                                                      1,307,952        1,253,189

Sec. 12.  Sec. 83 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 83.  Vermont racing commission

                   Personal services                                                                           500

 

                   Operating expenses                                                   1               1,501

                        Total                                                                                     2,001

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                              1               2,001

Sec. 13.  Sec. 94 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 94.  Public safety - state police

                   Personal services                                       31,449,941      31,620,941

                   Operating expenses                                     6,107,908        6,107,908

                   Grants                                                         2,093,465        2,093,465

                        Total                                                    39,651,314      39,822,314

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              14,333,733      14,464,733

                   Transportation fund                                   17,287,645      17,327,645

                   Special funds                                               2,661,652        2,661,652

                   Federal funds                                              4,190,709        4,190,709

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,177,575        1,177,575

                        Total                                                    39,651,314      39,822,314

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Sec. 14.  Sec. 117 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 117.  Total protection to persons and property    177,979,589    178,302,589

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              61,800,163      62,083,163

                   Transportation fund                                   27,559,736      27,599,736

                   Special funds                                             38,270,675      38,270,675

                   Tobacco fund                                                 608,973           608,973

                    Federal funds                                            38,231,931      38,231,931

                   Enterprise funds                                           3,852,821        3,852,821

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            7,655,290        7,655,290

                        Total                                                  177,979,589    178,302,589

Sec. 15.  Sec. 137 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 137.  Social and rehabilitation services - social services

                   Personal services                                       15,552,390      15,552,390

                   Operating expenses                                     2,605,799        2,605,799

                   Grants                                                       47,591,473      49,937,020

                        Total                                                    65,749,662      68,095,209

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              24,531,072      26,398,633

                    Special funds                                                  962,450           962,450

                   Tobacco fund                                                   75,000             75,000

                   Federal funds                                            40,181,140      40,659,126

                        Total                                                    65,749,662      68,095,209

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(b)  In addition to the general funds appropriated in this section, $520,000.00 in general funds is appropriated from the human services caseload reserve established under 32 V.S.A. § 308b to meet unanticipated caseload pressures in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 16.  Sec. 138 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

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(c)  In addition to the general funds appropriated in this section, $2,050,000.00 in general funds is appropriated from the human services caseload reserve established under 32 V.S.A. § 308b to meet unanticipated caseload pressures in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 17.  Sec. 146 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Grants                                                       43,538,736      43,538,736

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              16,176,772      15,776,772

                   Special funds                                               2,200,000        2,200,000

                   Federal funds                                            25,161,964      25,561,964

                        Total                                                    43,538,736      43,538,736

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Sec. 18.  Sec. 147 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                         1,231,308        1,231,308

                   Grants                                                         9,574,128        9,974,128

                        Total                                                    10,805,436      11,205,436

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              10,805,436      11,205,436

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Sec. 19.  Sec. 147a of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 147a.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

(a)  The sum of $71,500,000.00 $70,381,329.00 is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2003.

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Sec. 20.  Sec. 148 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                       13,664,281      15,764,281

                   Grants                                                     461,280,278    461,280,278

                        Total                                                  474,944,559    477,044,559

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                           175,149,926    174,031,255

                   Federal funds                                          299,794,633    303,013,304

                        Total                                                  474,944,559    477,044,559

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Sec. 21.  EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE BACK RENT

(a)  Notwithstanding the $277,000.00 limited allocation for the preventable loss of housing in Sec. 149(a) of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002, the commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access shall continue to reasonably provide benefits through June 30, 2003.

Sec. 22.  REPEAL

(a)  33 V.S.A. § 1134(c) (independent three-year evaluation of Reach Up) is repealed.

Sec. 23.  Sec. 156 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                         2,835,093        2,835,093

                   Operating expenses                                        467,972           467,972

                   Grants                                                       81,673,545      83,099,372

                        Total                                                    84,976,610      86,402,437

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              31,144,809      31,144,809

                   Special funds                                                  905,890        1,495,890

                   Federal funds                                            51,832,611      52,668,438

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,093,300        1,093,300

                        Total                                                    84,976,610      86,402,437

 

 

Sec. 24.  Sec. 157 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                         9,370,691        9,753,474

                   Operating expenses                                     1,281,146        1,281,146

                   Grants                                                            143,000           143,000

                        Total                                                    10,794,837      11,177,620

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                3,932,189        4,114,972

                   Special funds                                                  145,064           345,064

                   Federal funds                                              6,717,584        6,717,584

                        Total                                                    10,794,837      11,177,620

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Sec. 25.  Sec. 162 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 162.  Aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation

                   Grants                                                         5,095,515        5,095,515

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,579,195        1,253,260

                   Federal funds                                              3,516,320        3,842,255

                        Total                                                      5,095,515        5,095,515

Sec. 26.  Sec. 164 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 164.  Office of economic opportunity

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(d)  The office of economic opportunity is directed to utilize the $30,000.00 of funds remaining in the appropriation made in Sec. 252(a)(10) of No. 152 of the Acts of 2000 for a grant to the Vermont campaign to end childhood hunger for food stamp outreach.  These funds shall be matched with any available federal funds.

Sec. 27.  Sec. 166 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 166.  Corrections - administration

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(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 October 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 pre-trial detainees.

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Sec. 28.  Sec. 169 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 169.  Corrections - correctional services

                   Personal services                                       49,786,235      49,786,235

                   Operating expenses                                   23,861,812      25,988,636

                   Grants                                                            379,500           379,500

                        Total                                                    74,027,547      76,154,371

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              71,308,197      73,435,021

                   Transportation fund                                     1,424,702        1,424,702

                   Special funds                                                  549,500           549,500

                   Tobacco funds                                                 87,500             87,500

                   Federal funds                                                 465,651           465,651

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               191,997           191,997

                        Total                                                    74,027,547      76,154,371

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Sec. 29.  Sec. 178 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

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(a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706(a)(1), the Vermont veterans’ home may transfer, with the approval of the secretary of administration, funds up to an amount equal to the general fund appropriation to the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - Medicaid for purposes of facilitating a Medicaid rate adjustment.

Sec. 30.  Sec. 182 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 182.  Total human services                               1,198,214,850 1,205,877,160

 

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                            326,656,362    329,388,924

                   Transportation fund                                     2,021,702        2,021,702

                   Special funds                                           217,263,534    216,934,863

                   Tobacco fund                                            24,257,500      24,257,500

                   Federal funds                                          618,527,408    623,785,827

                   Permanent trust                                                10,000             10,000

                   Internal service funds                                   1,937,054        1,937,054

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            7,541,290        7,541,290

                        Total                                               1,198,214,850 1,205,877,160

Sec. 31.  Sec. 192 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 192.  Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                       11,234,600        9,858,500

               Source of funds

                   Education fund                                          11,234,600        9,858,500

Sec. 32.  Sec. 194 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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 $601,400,000.00.  Of the amount appropriated, $569,900,000.00 $570,100,000.00 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).

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Sec. 33.  Sec. 208 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 208.  Total general education                           1,256,920,175 1,255,744,075

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                            295,989,333    295,989,333

                   Transportation fund                                     4,484,080        4,484,080

                   Education fund                                        841,970,145    840,794,045

                   Special funds                                             11,695,724      11,695,724

                   Tobacco fund                                                 893,552           893,552

                   Federal funds                                          100,425,046    100,425,046

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,462,295        1,462,295

                        Total                                               1,256,920,175 1,255,744,075

Sec. 34.  Sec. 215 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 215.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                   Grants                                                       16,356,671      16,581,671

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              16,356,671      16,581,671

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Sec. 35.  Sec. 218 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 218.  Total higher education and other                   75,454,269      75,679,269

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              75,454,269      75,679,269

Sec. 36.  Sec. 234 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                            242,378           242,378

                   Operating expenses                                          33,550             33,550

                        Total                                                         275,928           275,928

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   275,928           200,928

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                         75,000

                        Total                                                                                 275,928

(a)  For a period of 18 months beginning July 1, 2003 and ending December 31, 2004, the secretary of natural resources is authorized to sell rights-of-way across state-owned land in the Groton state forest to private property owners of record as of the passage of this act.  The sale of these rights-of-way shall be subject to the same terms, conditions and limitations described in Sec. 1 of No. 252 of the Acts of 1992.  Any monies received from the sale of rights-of-way shall be deposited in the state forest and parks special fund.

Sec. 37.  Sec. 237 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                              11,500             11,500

                   Grants                                                            488,500           521,500

                        Total                                                         500,000           533,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                  500,000           533,000

Sec. 38.  TRANSFERS TO THE GENERAL FUND

(a)  Notwithstanding the action of the secretary of administration, based on the joint fiscal committee approved plan of August 23, 2002 (the fiscal year 2003 rescission), the amounts of $58,000.00 from the all-terrain vehicle fund and $25,000.00 from the snowmobile fund are transferred to the general fund.

Sec. 39.  Sec. 253 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 253.  Total natural resources                                 69,553,833      69,586,833

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              16,609,167      16,534,167

                   Transportation fund                                     1,111,894        1,111,894

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                 14,345,207      14,345,207

                   Special funds                                             22,084,213      22,117,213

                   Federal funds                                            11,837,727      11,837,727

                   Permanent trust funds                                         5,042               5,042

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            3,560,583        3,635,583

                        Total                                                    69,553,833      69,586,833

Sec. 40.  Sec. 275 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 275.  Transportation - project development

                   Personal services                                       30,689,226      30,689,226

                   Operating expenses                                   71,419,053      70,749,053

                   Grants                                                       17,443,378      17,443,378

                        Total                                                  119,551,657    118,881,657

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                   24,792,040      24,122,040

                   Local match                                                1,138,808        1,138,808

                   Federal funds                                            93,620,809      93,620,809

                        Total                                                  119,551,657    118,881,657

Sec. 41.  Sec. 279 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 279.  Transportation - rail

                   Personal services                                         2,638,321        2,638,321

                   Operating expenses                                   16,602,673      17,272,673

                        Total                                                    19,240,994      19,910,994

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     6,787,074        7,457,074

                   Federal funds                                            12,453,920      12,453,920

                        Total                                                    19,240,994      19,910,994

(a)  The secretary of the agency of transportation is authorized to negotiate with Amtrak and with other intercity transit providers to extend, modify or replace the existing Amtrak services which terminate March 31, 2003 for the period through June 30, 2003.

Sec. 42.  Sec. 295 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 295.  Debt service

                   Debt service                                              72,653,346      74,480,859

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              66,958,806      68,786,319

                   Transportation fund                                     2,835,622        2,835,622

                   Education fund                                               200,000           200,000

                   Special funds                                               2,658,918        2,658,918

                        Total                                                    72,653,346      74,480,859

Sec. 43.  Sec. 296 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 296.  Total debt service                                        72,653,346      74,480,859

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              66,958,806      68,786,319

                   Transportation fund                                     2,835,622        2,835,622

                   Education fund                                               200,000           200,000

                   Special funds                                               2,658,918        2,658,918

                        Total                                                    72,653,346      74,480,859

Sec. 44.  INTEREST ARBITRAGE REBATE

(a)  Of the general funds transferred to the general bond fund in Sec. 17(a) of No. 149 of the Acts of 2002, $155,000.00 shall be transferred to the general fund to be used to cover the costs of the interest arbitrage rebate to the Internal Revenue Service.

Sec. 45.  Sec. 5(a)(1) of No. 149 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

(1)  state aid for school construction projects pursuant to section 3448 of Title 16:

                                                                                    12,750,249      12,595,249

Sec. 46.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003:

(1)  The following amounts shall be transferred to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

     Fidelity / Interest Earnings                                             340,000  Approx

     Premium on Revenue Anticipation Notes                       678,750

     VEDA Note repayments                                               168,976

     Abandoned Property                                                    893,100  Approx

     Amortization of WR Grace                                              18,556

     Caledonia Fair                                                                  5,000

     Cash Management Improvement Fund                              9,049

     Liquor Control                                                              212,989  Approx

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $5,544,914.00, shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2003, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances, or any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner, will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2004 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services, or maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

(3)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(b), $1,663,365.00 shall be transferred from the tobacco litigation settlement fund to the general fund.

Sec. 47.  REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003, the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

Dept ID            Name                                                         Amount

1100050000      Independent Health Care Comm                51,062

1110024000      Americans With Disabilities Act                   5,001

1140050000      Homestead Property Tax Assistance          60,386

1140070000      Use Tax Reimbursement Program              50,000

1150880001      St Johnsbury Courthouse                           23,768

1150880101      BGS - Miscellaneous Expenditures              2,543

1150880206      Y2K Infrastructure                                      3,613

0015202511      Montpelier Parking Structure                       2,049

1210005000      Minimum Wage                                           8,271

1260130000      Champion Lands Study                                1,500

2170012000      Training                                                     29,400

2230880102      Town Boundary Surveys                              2,750

3130880001      Woodside                                                 43,500

3160889902      Pressure Mapping Devices                           1,700

3180006000      Youth On Probation                                120,879

5100880107      Harassment And Hazing                                  100

5100880108      Research for 113/2000                              16,007

5100340000      Challenge To Excellence 60/97                    2,942

Other reversions:

(1)  From the amounts appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the referenced departments in Sec. 267 of No. 62 of the Acts of 1999:

DSW - Hearing Aids                                                215,934

(2)  From the amounts appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the referenced departments in Sec. 251(a) of No. 152 of the Acts of 2000:

Vermont Veterans’ Home - Revenue Shortfall          175,000

Criminal Justice Training Council - Training                 45,600

(3)  From the amounts appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the referenced departments in Sec. 252(a) of No. 152 of the Acts of 2000:

Education - Debate And Forensic Speaking                15,000

OEO - Food Stamp Outreach                                    20,000

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation - Implementation Of Individual Development Accounts For Postsecondary Education    125,000

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003, the following amount shall revert to the transportation fund from the account indicated:

Dept ID            Name                                                         Amount

1140050000      Homestead Property Tax Assistance          11,423

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2003, the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

Dept ID            Name                                                         Amount

1140050000      Homestead Property Tax Assistance        170,479

1140060000      Grand List Assistance                                40,000

5100050000      State-Placed Students                           1,442,390

5100090000      Education Grant                                       540,142

5100100000      Transportation                                         243,903

5100110000      Small School Grant                                  122,264

5100120000      Debt Service Aid                                       25,461

5100130000      Local Share Property Tax                     1,499,017

5100160000      Pilot Tech Ed Projects                             450,000

Sec. 48.  Sec. 9(a)(1) and (2) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2001 are amended to read:

(1)  From the general fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001, $4,716,708.00, and for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002, $6,381,422.00 $6,213,377.00.

(2)  From the transportation fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001, $2,447,220.00, and for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002, $3,345,001.00 $2,803,121.00.

Sec. 49.  31 V.S.A. § 654a is added to read:

§ 654a.  MULTIJURISDICTIONAL LOTTERY GAME

(a)  In addition to the Tri-State Lotto Compact provided for in subchapter 2 of this chapter, and the other authority to operate lotteries contained in this chapter, the commission is authorized to negotiate and contract with a multijurisdictional lottery to offer and provide a multijurisdictional lottery game, starting July 1, 2003, or as soon thereafter as practicable.  The commission shall adopt rules under chapter 25 of Title 3 to govern the establishment and operation of a multijurisdictional lottery game.

(b)  In each fiscal year, the revenues received from the operation of a multijurisdictional lottery game, after payment of prizes and costs of administration, shall be deposited in the education fund established in section 4025 of Title 16.

(c)  The provisions of subdivisions 674L.1.1A through 674L.1.1I of this title shall apply to the payment of prizes to a person other than a winner for prizes awarded under the multijurisdictional lottery authorized by this section, except that the Vermont lottery commission shall be responsible for implementing such provisions under this section, rather than the Tri-State Lotto Commission.

Sec. 50.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(4) is amended to read:

(4)  Revenues from state lotteries and any multijurisdictional lottery game under chapter 14 of Title 31.

Sec. 51.  31 V.S.A. § 663 is amended to read:

§ 663.  STATE GAMING LAWS INAPPLICABLE AS TO LOTTERY

Chapter 51, subchapters Subchapters 1, 2 and 3 of chapter 51 of Title 13 shall not apply to the sale of lottery tickets as provided in this chapter.  No law providing for any penalty or disability for the sale of lottery tickets or any acts done in connection with a lottery shall apply to the sale of tickets or acts performed pursuant to this chapter.

Sec. 52.  RULEMAKING AUTHORITY FOR LOTTERY

(a)  The lottery commission may utilize any emergency or expedited rulemaking process if necessary to meet the proposed July 1, 2003 starting date for a multijurisdictional lottery game.

(b)  The lottery commission is authorized to join a multijurisdictional lottery which provides indemnification for its standing committee members, officers, directors, employees, and agents.

Sec. 53.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY‑FORWARD

               AUTHORITY

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation, and education fund appropriations and fish and wildlife fund appropriations for land acquisition remaining unexpended as of June 30, 2003 shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

Sec. 54.  FISCAL YEAR 2003 VETERANS’ MEDALS

(a)  The amount of $15,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the military department, division of veterans’ affairs, for the cost of medals in fiscal year 2003.  Any unexpended funds shall carry forward for this purpose.

(b)  The amount of $5,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the military department, division of veterans affairs, to be paid as a grant to the Brattleboro American Legion Post # 5 for the Korean War memorial and celebration.

Sec. 55.  JOINT FISCAL COMMITTEE STAFF TRANSITION

(a)  The amount of $63,000.00 in general funds is appropriated to the joint fiscal committee for a one-time transition cost.

 

Sec. 56.  Sec. 303(a) of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 303.  APPROPRIATIONS; PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX

(a)  This act contains the following amounts appropriated from special funds that receive revenue from the property transfer tax.  Expenditures from these appropriations shall not exceed available revenues:.  Amounts of revenue above these appropriated amounts shall be returned to the general fund.

(1)  The sum of $224,000.00 is appropriated from the property valuation and review administration special fund to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program;

(2)  The sum of $11,088,000.00 is appropriated from the housing and conservation trust fund to the housing and conservation trust board;

(3)  The sum of $3,769,920.00 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund as follows:

(A)  $2,638,944.00 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(B)  $753,984.00 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(C)  $376,992.00 to the geographic information system.

Sec. 57.  SPECIAL DEBT REDUCTION ADJUSTMENT

(a)  The state treasurer, in consultation with the secretary of administration, shall negotiate forgiveness of up to $7,500,000.00 in loans between the state of Vermont and the Vermont economic development authority pursuant to agreements issued since January 1994 as follows:

(1)  The Vermont economic development authority shall submit a debt forgiveness proposal to the state treasurer with copies to the secretary of administration and filed with the legislative joint fiscal committee.

(2)  Said submission shall include:

(A)  The specific loans or part of loans to be forgiven; and

(B)  A plan for use of any financial capacity generated in the Vermont economic development authority created by this loan forgiveness.

(3)  The negotiated agreement shall require that the Vermont economic development authority continue to make payments which are substantially equal to the current scheduled payments until the remaining debt is paid in full.

Sec. 58.  CAR RENTAL TAX CORRECTION

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 4025, proceeds from the motor vehicle rental tax received during fiscal years 2002 and earlier that were to be paid into the education fund and were deposited in the transportation fund shall remain in the transportation fund.  Proceeds from the motor vehicle rental tax from fiscal year 2003 and on shall be allocated in accordance with the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 4025.

Sec. 59.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  This act shall take effect from passage.

Approved:  May 6, 2003