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NO. 2. AN ACT PROVIDING ADJUSTMENTS IN THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT.

(H.105)

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 1997."

Sec. 2. PURPOSE

It is the purpose of this bill to amend No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 and thereby amend the appropriation amounts for fiscal year 1997.

Sec. 3. Sec. 6 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 6. Secretary of administration - secretary’s office

Personal services*[396,213]*399,213

Operating expenses 20,910 20,910

Total *[417,123]*420,123

Source of funds

General fund*[215,219]*218,219

Transportation fund 56,90456,904

Interdepartmental transfer 145,000 145,000

Total*[417,123]*420,123

Sec. 4. Sec. 12 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 12. Personnel - Vermont career opportunities program

Personal services*[230,675]*2,085

Operating expenses *[21,800]* 0

Total*[252,475]*2,085

Source of funds

Special funds*[77,475]*2,085

Interdepartmental transfer *[175,000]* 0

Total*[252,475]*2,085

Sec. 5. Sec. 16 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 16. Buildings and general services - facilities operations

Personal services4,717,0004,717,000

Operating expenses *[6,047,233]* 6,197,233

Total *[10,764,233]* 10,914,233

Source of funds

General fund*[9,367,644]*9,517,644

Transportation fund1,208,4011,208,401

Internal service funds 188,188 188,188

Total *[10,764,233]*10,914,233

Sec. 6. Sec. 29 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 29. Tax - administration/collection

Personal services*[5,957,800]*6,092,800

Operating expenses 1,647,200 1,647,200

Total*[7,605,000]*7,740,000

Source of funds

General fund*[6,063,763]*6,198,763

Transportation fund242,019242,019

Special funds1,275,3081,275,308

Interdepartmental transfer 23,910 23,910

Total*[7,605,000]*7,740,000

Included in the special funds is $404,875.00 appropriated from the enhanced tax collection special fund (0601084000) in fiscal year 1997.

Sec. 7. Sec. 40 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 40. Executive - school to work

*[Personal services ]**[110,666]*0

Operating expenses*[439,182]*1,221

Grants *[2,737,652]* 93,929

Total*[3,287,500]*95,150

Source of funds

Federal funds*[3,287,500]*95,150

Sec. 8. Sec. 44 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 44. Property tax rebate trust fund

Other*[35,876,000]*35,036,750

Source of funds

General fund*[30,233,360]*29,515,801

Transportation fund*[5,022,640]*4,900,949

Special funds 620,000 620,000

Total*[35,876,000]*35,036,750

Sec. 9. Sec. 45 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 45. Lieutenant governor

Personal services*[74,933]*81,496

Operating expenses *[4,494]* 8,975

Total*[79,427]*90,471

Source of funds

General fund*[61,854]*70,477

Transportation fund *[17,573]* 19,994

Total*[79,427]*90,471

Sec. 10. Sec. 47 of Act No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 47. Legislative council

Personal services*[1,020,821]*1,045,821

Operating expenses 25,314 25,314

Total*[1,046,135]*1,071,135

Source of funds

General fund*[820,766]*840,766

Transportation fund *[225,369]* 230,369

Total*[1,046,135]*1,071,135

Funds are included in this appropriation for the uniform laws commission and are in lieu of funding provided under 2 V.S.A. § 204.

Sec. 11. Sec. 49 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 49. Joint fiscal committee

Personal services*[421,673]*431,344

Operating expenses 17,000 17,000

Total*[438,673]*448,344

Source of funds

General fund*[347,496]*355,149

Transportation fund *[91,177]* 93,195

Total*[438,673]*448,344

Sec. 12. ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY RESTRUCTURING; LEGISLATIVE

EXPENSES

In fiscal year 1997, the joint fiscal office may contract for and retain the services of electric utility, legal, and other personnel to assist the general assembly and its committees in assessing and analyzing industry costs and financial data and other issues relating to restructuring the electric utility industry in Vermont, and in developing an appropriate response to the recommendation and report of the Vermont public service board. The joint fiscal office is authorized to spend up to $72,500.00 for the purposes above. The funds necessary for the expenditures pursuant to this authorization shall be transferred from public service board to the joint fiscal committee. The public service board is hereby appropriated $72,500.00 in order to support the transfers required to meet the costs incurred by the joint fiscal committee under this section. The board shall allocate the amount of any such transfers to the public service companies within the state involved in restructuring the electric utility industry in Vermont. Said allocation of costs shall be in proportion to the gross operating revenues of each company in the conduct of its public service business in the state for the most recent year for which such revenuefigures are available. Such allocation shall be in accordance with procedures agreed upon by the board and the joint fiscal office for determining the need for services and the reasonableness of expenses.

Sec. 13. Sec. 55 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 55. Total general government*[99,640,249]*95,691,974

Source of funds

General fund*[60,202,259]*59,808,976

General bond900,000900,000

Transportation fund*[10,278,215]*10,165,963

Federal funds*[4,160,968]*968,618

Special funds*[3,874,339]*3,798,949

Retirement trust funds8,209,8608,209,860

Enterprise funds1,756,5631,756,563

Internal service funds9,581,2789,581,278

Interdepartmental transfer *[676,767]* 501,767

Total*[99,640,249]*95,691,974

Sec. 14. Sec. 56 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 56. Protection to persons and property - Attorney general

Personal services*[2,426,678]*2,489,678

Operating expenses 298,125 298,125

Total*[2,724,803]*2,787,803

Source of funds

General fund1,757,6861,757,686

Transportation fund76,78776,787

Federal funds425,000425,000

Special funds*[172,330]*235,330

Interdepartmental transfer 293,000 293,000

Total*[2,724,803]*2,787,803

Sec. 15. Sec. 57 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 57. Center for crime victims' services

Personal services704,941704,941

Operating expenses51,30551,305

Grants*[1,576,958]*2,412,258

Other 438,000 438,000

Total*[2,771,204]*3,606,504

Source of funds

General fund545,058545,058

Federal funds*[1,315,700]*2,151,000

Special funds 910,446 910,446

Total*[2,771,204]*3,606,504

Funding for grants previously awarded by the governor's commission on women is included in the above appropriation, and authority for awarding such grants in fiscal year 1997 is transferred to the center for crime victims' services.

Sec. 15a. Sec. 61 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 61. Defender general - public defense

Personal services*[3,319,552]*3,409,552

Operating expenses 421,780 421,780

Total *[3,741,332]*3,831,332

Source of funds

General fund*[2,898,397]*2,923,897

Transportation fund *[586,179]* 650,679

Federal funds 35,000 35,000

Special funds 221,756 221,756

Total*[3,741,332]*3,831,332

Sec. 16. Sec. 64 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 64. Defender general - assigned counsel

Personal services*[1,311,568]*1,561,568

Operating expenses 34,505 34,505

Total*[1,346,073]*1,596,073

Source of funds

General fund*[1,093,126]*1,296,358

Transportation fund *[252,947]* 299,715

Total*[1,346,073]*1,596,073

Sec. 17. Sec. 72 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 72. Criminal justice training council

Personal services*[429,937]*461,937

Operating expenses *[80,650]* 98,650

Total*[510,587]*560,587

Source of funds

General fund81,37581,375

Transportation fund331,519331,519

Special funds *[97,693]* 147,693

Total*[510,587]*560,587

Training for pre-service students shall be entirely supported by their tuition payments.

Sec. 17a. Sec. 75 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 75. Vermont racing commission

Personal services26,388

Operating expenses 3,200

Total29,588

Source of funds

General fund10,000

Special funds19,588

Total29,588

The above special fund appropriation may not be spent in anticipation of receipts.

The commissioner of agriculture, food and markets and the Vermont racing commission shall review the operations of the Vermont racing commission and evaluate means by which the essential functions and services of the commission may be conductedby or in collaboration with the department of agriculture, food and markets, and on or before January 1, 1997, the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets shall report to the house and senate appropriations committees any recommendations on restructuring the commission and the department in order to more efficiently and effectively conduct such operations and services.

*[Notwithstanding 31 V.S.A. § 615(c) all funds from the pari-mutuel pool previously allocated to the State of Vermont shall be appropriated to the Vermont racing commission.]*

Sec. 17b. 31 V.S.A. § 615(c) is amended to read:

(c) From the pari-mutuel pool the *[state of Vermont]* racing commission established pursuant to § 602 of this title shall receive the percentage stated below and the licensee shall retain the balance of the pari-mutuel pool commission:

* * *

During any calendar year the number of programs which the licensee is licensed by the commission to conduct shall determine the amount of the payments to be made under this section to the *[state of Vermont]* racing commission established pursuant to § 602 of this title. If, in any year, the licensee fails to conduct the full number of licensed programs, any payment shortage shall be reimbursed immediately as due. The commission has the duty and authority to make prompt orders, as necessary, to assure reimbursement. The funds received by the racing commission shall be managed pursuant to 32 V.S.A. chapter 7, subchapter 5, and shall be available to the racing commission to offset the costs of providing its services.

Sec. 18. Sec. 78 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 78. Secretary of state - professional regulation

Personal services*[1,109,019]*1,148,564

Operating expenses *[414,561]* 423,261

Total*[1,523,580]*1,571,825

Source of funds

Special funds*[1,448,580]*1,496,825

Interdepartmental transfer 75,000 75,000

Total*[1,523,580]*1,571,825

Sec. 19. Sec. 79 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 79. Secretary of state - corporations

Personal services*[157,166]*181,566

Operating expenses *[40,857]* 42,857

Total*[198,023]*224,423

Source of funds

General fund*[198,023]*224,423

Sec. 20. Sec. 80 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 80. Medical practice board

Personal services*[340,219]*350,219

Operating expenses *[48,396]* 73,781

Total*[388,615]*424,000

Source of funds

Special funds*[388,615]*424,000

Sec. 21. Sec. 100 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 100. Judiciary

Personal services*[14,306,036]*14,597,036

Operating expenses2,855,1202,855,120

Other 2,000 2,000

Total*[17,163,156]*17,454,156

Source of funds

General fund*[13,025,743]*13,264,743

Transportation fund*[2,842,213]*2,894,213

Federal funds57,08657,086

Interdepartmental transfer 1,238,114 1,238,114

Total*[17,163,156]*17,454,156

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this shall be the entire appropriation forthe Judiciary notwithstanding Sec. 12 of No. 7 of the Acts of 1996 (H.578).

Sec. 22. Sec. 103a of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 103a. Human rights commission

Personal services*[142,975]*146,975

Operating expenses *[21,425]* 22,425

Total*[164,400]*169,400

Source of funds

General fund*[163,096]*168,096

Special funds 1,304 1,304

Total*[164,400]*169,400

Sec. 23. Sec. 105 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 105. Vermont fire service training council

Personal services*[339,407]*290,952

Operating expenses 75,431 75,431

Total*[414,838]*366,383

Source of funds

Special funds*[371,538]*323,083

Interdepartmental transfer 43,300 43,300

Total*[414,838]*366,383

Sec. 24. Sec. 106 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 106. Total protection to persons

and property*[104,801,228]*106,447,103

Source of funds

General fund*[35,786,506]*36,285,638

Transportation fund*[25,389,920]*25,553,188

Federal funds*[13,719,535]*14,554,835

Special funds*[23,720,919]*23,869,094

Enterprise funds3,292,0283,292,028

Interdepartmental transfer 2,892,320 2,892,320

Total*[104,801,228]*106,447,103

Sec. 25. Sec. 113 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 113. Corrections - administration

Personal services*[1,032,472]*1,128,824

Operating expenses*[178,639]*158,639

Grants 347,546

Total*[1,211,111]*1,635,009

Source of funds

General fund*[1,211,111]* 1,335,009

Federal funds 300,000

Total1,635,009

Vermont correctional industries is authorized to develop prison industry enhancement projects, as permitted in the Federal Justice Assistance Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-473). No appropriation is authorized for these purposes.

Sec. 26. Sec. 114 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 114. Corrections - parole board

Personal services*[137,611]*138,643

Operating expenses 34,866 34,866

Total*[172,477]*173,509

Source of funds

General fund*[172,477]*173,509

Sec. 27. Sec. 115 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 115. Corrections - corrections services

Personal services*[33,082,791]*33,786,365

Operating expenses*[9,161,842]*9,413,242

Grants 80,000 80,000

Total*[42,324,633]*43,279,607

Source of funds

General fund*[40,112,783]*41,067,757

Transportation fund1,307,3811,307,381

Federal funds530,000530,000

Special funds355,969355,969

Interdepartmental transfer 18,500 18,500

Total*[42,324,633]*43,279,607

The Department of Corrections is authorized to accept funds from public or privatesources for the purpose of implementing the Vermont Integrated Action Plan and the Governor's Funding Summit.

Of the above special fund appropriation, $50,000.00 intended for the Child Sexual Abuse Conference shall not be spent in anticipation of those receipts.

The conversion of thirteen (13) limited service positions - five (5) Correctional Officer III/Work Crew Supervisor, and eight (8) Reparative Board Coordinator - to permanent classified status is authorized in fiscal year 1997.

The department of corrections shall enter into an agreement for managed health care services to inmates on or before July 1, 1996.

The Commissioner of Corrections and the auditor of accounts shall further provide the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations with a comprehensive report comparing the Vermont cost per offender with that of other northeastern states, national averages and other comparative states.

Sec. 28. Sec. 117 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 117. Corrections - correctional facilities special fund

Personal services*[57,340]*107,340

Operating expenses *[326,900]* 276,900

Total384,240384,240

Source of funds

Special funds384,240384,240

Sec. 29. Sec. 118 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 118. Corrections - correctional education

Personal services*[1,341,481]*1,494,157

Operating expenses 318,930 318,930

Total*[1,660,411]*1,813,087

Source of funds

General fund*[1,430,411]*1,583,087

Interdepartmental transfer 230,000 230,000

Total*[1,660,411]*1,813,087

Sec. 30. Sec. 131 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 131. Social welfare - Aid to the aged, blind and disabled

Grants*[11,039,254]*10,957,606

Source of funds

General fund*[11,029,254]*10,947,606

Special funds 10,000 10,000

Total*[11,039,254]*10,957,606

Sec. 31. Sec. 132 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 132. Social welfare - Medicaid

Grants*[271,445,664]*264,522,562

Source of funds

General fund*[71,839,429]*71,047,797

Federal funds*[167,254,342]*161,122,872

Special funds 32,351,893 32,351,893

Total*[271,445,664]*264,522,562

The above Medicaid appropriation contains the following general fund reductions: $180,000 from the elimination of nursing home creep beds, $1,200,000 from capping disproportionate share payments to hospitals, $110,000 from limiting increased beds at Starr Farm nursing home, $90,000.00 from implementing a flat rate pharmaceutical dispensing fee, $400,000 from equalizing payments to hospitals, *[$32,000 from implementing a $5.00 monthly premium for Ribicoff children,]* $794,000 from nursing home industry, $45,000 from the 13 Home Health Agencies, $525,000 due to revised EPSDT personal care caseload, *[$382,000 from reducing adult dental annual benefit limit from $400 to $250 and]* adding $39,600 from the implementation of a $3.00 dental co-pay,

and $200,000 from implementing a $10.00 per family monthly premium in the Dr. Dynasaur program, $469,000 from out patient hospital payment reduction; $50,000 from third party payments; $40,000 from out of state hospital payment equalization, and $133,000 dental program reduction.

The agency of human services and the nursing home industry shall work together toachieve a general fund savings of $794,000.00 within the above appropriation.

Notwithstanding Act 14 of 1995, Sec. 18(d)(1), $50,000.00 shall be appropriated to the department of health to fund the area health education centers' loan repayment program.

Notwithstanding Sec. 4(b) of Act No. 14 of 1995, $184,000.00 raised from the nursing home bed tax shall be transferred to support the above Medicaid appropriation.

Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, the department of social welfare shall, effective April 1, 1997, increase the Medicaid adult dental annual benefit limit from $250 to $400 without having filed or adopted a rule for this purpose. Sec. 32. Sec. 134 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 134. Social welfare - general assistance

Grants*[3,836,320]*3,477,020

Source of funds

General fund*[3,593,000]*3,233,700

Federal funds236,320236,320

Special funds 7,000 7,000

Total*[3,836,320]*3,477,020

Sec. 33. Sec. 139 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 139. Office of economic opportunity

Personal services*[992,374]*1,080,072

Operating expenses*[385,300]*440,305

Grants *[6,708,591]* 7,173,204

Total*[8,086,265]*8,693,581

Source of funds

General fund200,522200,522

Federal funds*[4,157,797]*4,750,258

Special funds3,464,4463,464,446

Interdepartmental transfer *[263,500]* 278,355

Total*[8,086,265]*8,693,581

Sec. 34. Sec. 141 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 141. Social and rehabilitation services -

administrative and support services

Personal services1,685,9691,685,969

Operating expenses *[178,287]* 207,362

Total*[1,864,256]*1,893,331

Source of funds

General fund*[882,406]*896,071

Federal funds *[981,850]* 997,260

Total*[1,864,256]*1,893,331

Sec. 35. Sec. 142 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 142. Social and rehabilitation services -

disability determination services

Personal services1,979,1401,979,140

Operating expenses *[246,480]* 513,808

Total*[2,225,620]*2,492,948

Source of funds

Federal funds*[1,824,069]*2,091,397

Interdepartmental transfer 401,551 401,551

Total*[2,225,620]*2,492,948

Sec. 36. Sec. 143 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 143. Social and rehabilitation services - social services

Personal services*[10,038,277]*10,607,277

Operating expenses*[1,546,875]*1,558,150

Other *[33,691,904]* 33,044,780

Total*[45,277,056]*45,210,207

Source of funds

General fund*[19,310,462]*19,243,613

Federal funds24,963,81424,963,814

Special funds902,780902,780

Interdepartmental transfer 100,000 100,000

Total*[45,277,056]*45,210,207

Sec. 37. Sec. 144 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 144. Social and rehabilitation services -

Woodside juvenile rehabilitation center

Personal services*[1,527,094]*1,557,529

Operating expenses *[194,147]* 230,561

Total*[1,721,241]*1,788,090

Source of funds

General fund*[1,703,646]*1,770,495

Interdepartmental transfer 17,595 17,595

Total*[1,721,241]*1,788,090

Sec. 38. Sec. 145 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 145. Social and rehabilitation services - licensing and regulation

Personal services853,531853,531

Operating expenses*[163,353]*172,326

Grants 3,900 3,900

Total*[1,020,784]*1,029,757

Source of funds

General fund*[507,459]*511,946

Federal funds *[513,325]* 517,811

Total*[1,020,784]*1,029,757

Sec. 39. Sec. 146 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 146. Social and rehabilitation services - child care services

Personal services681,024681,024

Operating expenses*[101,830]*150,676

Grants *[13,883,999]* 13,797,105

Total*[14,666,853]*14,628,805

Source of funds

General fund*[8,361,029]*8,342,877

Transportation fund75,00075,000

Federal funds *[6,230,824]* 6,210,928

Total*[14,666,853]*14,628,805

The division of child care services shall not impose a cap on the number of child care fee scale slots without prior review of program utilization during the fiscal year 1997 budget adjustment process.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the child care services fee scale limits in fiscal year 1997 shall not exceed the limits established by the program in fiscal year 1991.

Sec. 40. Sec. 148 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 148. Mental health - community mental health

Personal services1,268,2511,268,251

Operating expenses100,442100,442

Grants*[41,465,539]*41,965,539

Other 137,200 137,200

Total*[42,971,432]*43,471,432

Source of funds

General fund*[15,719,343]*16,219,343

Federal funds23,874,13023,874,130

Special funds2,458,1692,458,169

Interdepartmental transfer 919,790 919,790

Total*[42,971,432]*43,471,432

The above general fund reduction of $100,000.00 shall not be taken from direct services, but rather from any combination of administration, operating expenses, case management, or other indirect costs.

Sec. 41. Sec. 150 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 150. Mental health - Vermont state hospital

Personal services*[8,627,550]*8,127,550

Operating expenses995,444995,444

Grants 81,341 81,341

Total*[9,704,335]*9,204,335

Source of funds

General fund*[3,222,744]*2,722,744

Federal funds6,131,5916,131,591

Special funds 350,000 350,000

Total*[9,704,335]*9,204,335

Sec. 42. DOWNSIZING OF VERMONT STATE HOSPITAL

The general assembly construes the plan for downsizing of the Vermont State Hospital as one which is designed to provide community mental health services of a quantity, range, assessed quality, location and durability that makes downsizing of the Vermont State Hospital appropriate because communities are adequately providing services and therefore effectively diverting patients previously sent to Dale 3. In this light, the general assembly supports the department of mental health's Stage One plan -- with the following conditions:

(1) An analysis of changes in the system can only take place in a knowledgeable way once there has been an assessment of the nature and quality of the status quo. Therefore the department shall present a detailed assessment of the status quo in conjunction with its legislative presentations with respect to implementation of Stage One.

(2) As demand for beds decreases, the department shall reduce the number of beds until the goal is reached, then close the ward.

(3) The necessary infrastructure and programs must be in place before Dale 3 is closed.

(4) The department shall make every effort to insure that current Vermont state hospital employees continue to be employed by the state or assisted in finding other suitable employment. If necessary, innovative measures should be employed to ease the transition to other employment.

(5) The department shall work to increase the number of designated facilities that

have the capacity for 72-hour stays. A system of monitoring and review of involuntary care, which includes due process and legal representation for consumers, shall be developed in the community.

(6) The department shall give serious consideration to expanding the role of consumer-run and consumer-staffed treatment alternatives, and appropriate funding shall be requested and made available for cost-effective consumer-run alternatives.

(7) The department shall maximize the use of community resources, including community programs operating independently and those operating in conjunction with local public or private facilities such as schools and the Brattleboro Retreat.

(8) The department shall report back to the legislative committees on health and welfare, at least two times, with an assessment of the quality, availability and adequacy of existing mental health services and a similar assessment of the increased services related to implementation of Stage One.

(A) First, by August 15, 1997, the department shall provide information regarding the expenditure of the bridge moneys, and update of the new services put in place, an explanation of what is planned to be put in place within the next year, and an explanation of criteria by which the new services will be evaluated.

(B) Second, by January 15, 1998, the department shall present an evaluation of the quality of care provided by the new services, together with a current evaluation of the status of the proposal as a whole.

(9) Before the department completes Stage One there must be a complete plan for Stage Two. Once Dale 3 is closed, premature discharge of a patient shall not take place.

There shall be capacity in the community to provide appropriate care for a patient who is

ordered hospitalized by the court at a time when the hospital is full.

(10) The following shall take place before the department moves forward with Stage Two:

(A) The department shall report back to the legislative committees on appropriations and health and welfare with respect to the final implementation of StageOne, addressing issues such as what is in place, how it is working, and what are the impacts on host communities.

(B) The department shall present these legislative committees with a detailed plan for the implementation of Stage Two, and shall receive legislative approval before commencing with implementation of Stage Two. The presentation shall include a long-range plan for the forensic unit, including how it will be used and where it will be physically and administratively located.

Sec. 43. Sec. 152 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 152. Aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation

Grants*[4,110,761]*4,610,761

Other 250,000 250,000

Total*[4,360,761]*4,860,761

Source of funds

General fund1,131,7451,131,745

Federal funds*[3,214,016]*3,714,016

Special funds00

Interdepartmental transfer 15,000 15,000

Total*[4,360,761]*4,860,761

Sec. 44. Sec. 154 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 154. Aging and disabilities - division of

advocacy and independent living

Grants*[7,514,493]*7,014,493

Other 1,812,604 1,812,604

Total*[9,327,097]*8,827,097

Source of funds

General fund3,038,7323,038,732

Transportation fund522,000522,000

Federal funds*[5,666,365]*5,166,365

Special funds 100,000 100,000

Total*[9,327,097]*8,827,097

Personal care attendants shall not be construed as state employees except for purposes of 21 V.S.A. chapter 17.

Sec. 45. Sec. 161 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 161. Priscilla Laird claim

Grants*[15,000]*1,250

Source of funds

General fund*[15,000]*1,250

*[The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to Priscilla Laird on the first day of each month.]*

Sec. 46. Sec. 164 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 164. Total human services*[713,392,155]*708,421,579

Source of funds

General fund*[260,404,120]*260,390,370

Transportation fund1,904,3811,904,381

Federal funds*[387,110,493]*382,138,812

Special funds56,887,55556,887,555

Enterprise funds2,093,0632,093,063

Interdepartmental transfer*[4,909,925]*4,924,780

Expendable trust 82,618 82,618

Total*[713,392,155]*708,421,579

Sec. 47. Sec. 164a of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 164a. Employment and training

Personal services*[14,176,997]*14,623,963

Operating expenses*[5,742,384]*6,620,628

Grants *[330,000]* 3,728,623

Total*[20,249,381]*24,973,214

Source of funds

General fund267,085267,085

Federal funds*[17,715,296]*22,439,129

Special funds95,00095,000

Interdepartmental transfer 2,172,000 2,172,000

Total*[20,249,381]*24,973,214

Sec. 48. Sec. 167 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 167. Education - family and education support

Personal services1,431,2341,431,234

Operating expenses509,526509,526

Grants *[40,720,759]* 43,320,759

Total*[42,661,519]*45,261,519

Source of funds

General fund5,170,1735,170,173

Special funds17,00017,000

Federal funds*[37,450,265]*40,050,265

Interdepartmental transfer 24,081 24,081

Total*[42,661,519]*45,261,519

Sec. 48a. VERMONT SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

In order to prevent the potential closure of children’s summer food service sites due to reductions in federal reimbursement for the summer food service program, $16,800.00 in general funds is hereby appropriated in fiscal year 1998 to the department of education to be expended to reduce or eliminate the effect of the federal meal reimbursement rate reduction for the 1997 summer food service program.

Sec. 49. Sec. 173a of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 173a. VERGENNES STATE AID CALCULATION

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the fiscal year 1997 state aid calculation for the City of Vergennes shall be adjusted for the unanticipated reduction in valuation of commercial property that has caused the reduced grand list for the city for 1996, provided that said reduction is greater than seven percent of the total grand list.

To supplement the relief granted in accordance with the paragraph above, an additional $66,000.00 shall be expended from the state aid appropriation to be paid to the City of Vergennes school district at the time of the April 30, 1997 state aid payment.

Sec. 50. Sec. 183 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 183. Vermont educational television

Grants*[400,000]*500,000

Source of funds

General fund*[400,000]*500,000

Sec. 50a. Sec. 186 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 186. Vermont interactive television

Grants*[635,606]*695,606

Source of funds

General fund*[635,606]*695,606

Sec. 51. Sec. 190 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 190. Total general education*[339,349,376]*342,109,376

Source of funds

General fund*[279,223,652]*279,383,652

Transportation fund1,315,5221,315,522

Federal funds*[49,902,333]*52,502,333

Special funds3,390,2183,390,218

Retirement trust fund4,976,6374,976,637

Interdepartmental transfer 541,014 541,014

Total*[339,349,376]*342,109,376

Sec. 52. Sec. 192 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 192. Connecticut river watershed advisory commission

Other*[11,000]*19,000

Source of funds

General fund*[11,000]*19,000

Sec. 53. Sec. 213 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 213. Environmental board and district commissions - Act 250

Personal services1,455,6321,455,632

Operating expenses168,108168,108

Other 125,000 125,000

Total1,748,7401,748,740

Source of funds

General fund*[800,754]*850,754

Transportation fund15,22015,220

Special funds *[932,766]* 882,766

Total1,748,7401,748,740

Sec. 54. Sec. 217 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 217. Total natural resources*[48,603,936]*48,611,936

Source of funds

General fund*[9,866,569]*9,924,569

Transportation fund972,736972,736

Federal funds5,776,1585,776,158

Fish and wildlife/federal1,000,0001,000,000

Fish and wildlife fund10,421,93710,421,937

Special funds*[18,676,007]*18,626,007

Interdepartmental transfer 1,890,529 1,890,529

Total*[48,603,936]*48,611,936

Sec. 54a. Sec. 222a of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 222a. Vermont training program (VTP)

Personal services 52,200 52,200

Operating expenses 7,000 7,000

Other *[215,800]* 240,800

Total*[275,000]*300,000

Source of funds

General fund*[275,000]*300,000

Sec. 55. Sec. 225 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 225. Information centers

Personal services*[1,428,547]*1,487,547

Operating expenses *[533,830]* 591,830

Total*[1,962,377]*2,079,377

Source of funds

Transportation fund*[1,942,377]*2,059,377

Special funds 20,000 20,000

Total*[1,962,377]*2,079,377

Sec. 56. Sec. 226 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 226. Vermont life

Personal services*[863,000]*480,000

Operating expenses *[1,301,000]* 160,500

Total*[2,164,000]*640,500

Source of funds

Enterprise funds*[2,164,000]*640,500

Sec. 57. Sec. 233 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 233. Total development and*[33,355,413]*31,973,913

community affairs

Source of funds

General fund8,919,1228,944,122

Transportation fund*[2,069,035]*2,186,035

Federal funds17,278,93717,278,937

Special funds2,879,3192,879,319

Enterprise funds*[2,164,000]*640,500

Interdepartmental transfer 45,000 45,000

Total*[33,355,413]*31,973,913

Sec. 58. Sec. 250 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 250. Department of motor vehicles

Personal services*[8,359,557]*8,517,557

Operating expenses*[3,925,652]*4,059,652

Grants 131,331 131,331

Total*[12,416,540]*12,708,540

Source of funds

Transportation fund*[12,000,000]*12,292,000

Federal funds 416,540 416,540

Total*[12,416,540]*12,708,540

Sec. 59. Sec. 252 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 252. Total transportation*[224,365,622]*224,657,622

Source of funds

Transportation fund*[107,338,038]*107,630,038

Federal funds114,580,379114,580,379

Transportation special funds373,000373,000

Local match 2,074,205 2,074,205

Total*[224,365,622]*224,657,622

Sec. 60. Sec. 253 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 253. Debt service - general

Interest

Temporary borrowing*[5,900,000]*4,710,000

Bonded debt *[22,759,046]* 22,762,242

Total interest*[28,659,046]*27,472,242

Principal

State of Vermont

Series XX400,000400,000

Series XXI1,400,0001,400,000

Series XXII2,110,5002,110,500

Series XXIX1,150,0001,150,000

Series XXX2,085,0002,085,000

Series XXXI2,920,0002,920,000

Series XXXII545,316545,316

Series XXXIII4,512,0004,512,000

Series XXXIV3,605,0003,605,000

Series XXXV990,488990,488

Series XXXVI1,735,0001,735,000

Series XXXVII3,405,0003,405,000

Series XXXVIII555,000555,000

Series XXXIX4,800,5004,800,500

Series XLI4,068,0144,068,014

Series XLII 3,160,000 3,160,000

Total principal 37,441,818 37,441,818

Total debt service*[66,100,864]*64,914,060

Source of funds

General fund*[66,100,864]*64,914,060

Sec. 61. Sec. 254 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 254. Debt service - transportation

Interest*[1,508,903]*1,484,933

Principal

Series XXII400,000400,000

Series XXIII589,500589,500

Series XXVIII15,00015,000

Series XXIX188,000188,000

Series XXX425,000425,000

Series XXXI765,000765,000

Series XXXII190,000190,000

Series XXXIII40,00040,000

Series XXXIV199,500199,500

Series XXXV101,986101,986

Total principal 2,913,986 2,913,986

Total debt service*[4,422,889]*4,398,919

Source of funds

Transportation fund*[4,422,889]*4,398,919

Sec. 62. Sec. 257 of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 257. Total debt service*[73,309,010]*72,098,236

Source of funds

General fund*[66,200,711]*65,013,907

Transportation fund*[4,422,889]*4,398,919

Special funds 2,685,410 2,685,410

Total*[73,309,010]*72,098,236

Sec. 63. FUND TRANSFERS

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in fiscal year 1997:

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

Approp. Name Amount

0601081009 Property tax rebate trust fund 1,092,507

0809910200 State lottery fund 300,000

(2) The following amount shall be transferred to the transportation fund from the account indicated:

Approp. Name Amount

0601081009 Property tax rebate trust fund 185,315

(3) All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (appropriation #0602270509), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (appropriation #0602270909), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (appropriation #0602270809), expected to be approximately $2,600,000.00 shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that:

(A) on or before June 15, 1997, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee, with notice to the chair of the committee on commerce of the house of representatives, and the chair of the committee on finance of the senate, 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 1998 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulation of insurance companies, banking and other financial services companies, andsecurities companies, or impair the ability of the department to maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and

(B) the joint fiscal committee does not determine that the transfer of such balances will impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 1998 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulation of such companies, or the ability of the department to maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

(4) There is transferred the sum of $2,252,391.00 (or such amount as certified by the state treasurer), from the state's interest earnings on bond proceeds to the general fund.

Sec. 64. TRANSPORTATION FUND REVERSION

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in fiscal year 1997:

The following amount shall revert to the transportation fund from the account indicated:

Approp. Name Amount

0402820309 Motor vehicle registration plate

revolving fund

292,000

Sec. 65. Sec. 26 of No. 169 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 26. EARMARKED*[ ]*REVENUE FOR SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

*[Notwithstanding section 502 of Title 32, the]* The commissioner of taxes may charge against collections of delinquent taxes the costs of development of the processing systems for administration of subchapters 10A and 10B of chapter 151 of *[this title]* Title 32, up to a maximum of $175,000.00 in fiscal year 1997, which shall be credited to a special fund established and managed pursuant to 32 V.S.A. chapter 7, subchapter 5. The amount $175,000.00 is hereby appropriated in fiscal year 1997.

Sec. 66. Sec. 20a of No. 185 of the Acts of 1996 is added to read:

Sec. 20a. FUNDING FOR GOVnet STUDY

The $25,000.00 appropriation in Sec. 2(c)(2) of this act, for the GOVnet study underthe supervision of the joint fiscal committee, shall consist of $19,804.00 general fund and $5,196.00 transportation fund in fiscal year 1997.

Sec. 67. SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD AUTHORITY

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, any appropriations or allocations made in support of state government shall be available for fiscal year 1998. This provision shall not apply to fish and wildlife funds.

Sec. 67a. VERMONT MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM

TRANSFER PROHIBITION

For the purposes of Sec. 273 and Sec. 413(7) of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996, the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System shall not be considered a special fund and the secretary of administration shall not transfer any funds from the system to the general fund. Any funds that the secretary has transferred from the system to the general fund for the purposes of such sections shall be returned to the system on or before

June 30, 1997.

Sec. 68. 33 V.S.A. § 2604(c) is amended to read:

(c) In determining heating fuel costs of households:

(1) *[Renters in heated rental units,]* Households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord *[,]* shall be deemed to pay no annual home heating fuel costs, but effective with the first home heating fuel assistance benefit paid after July 1, 1996, and during subsequent home heating fuel assistance program years, such households shall be eligible for a nominal annual home heating fuel assistance benefit of $10.00, which benefit shall be paid via a two-party check to the household and its supplier of primary heating fuel or its landlord. Residents of a household who pay room rent are household subunits and shall not be considered separate households for purposes of the home heating fuel assistance program. Such subunits of larger households may receive home heating fuel assistance only as members of the larger household.

(2) Residents of housing units subsidized by the federal, state, or local governmentshall be deemed to have incurred no annual home heating fuel costs, except to the extent required by any federal law or regulation if federal funds are utilized for the home heating fuel assistance program, and with the following additional exception. Housing unit residents that receive Aid to Needy Families with Children (ANFC), Supplemental Security Income/aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (SSI/AABD), ANFC emergency assistance, or general assistance benefits that are used in whole or in part to pay for their housing or utility costs and do not receive other federal, state or local government assistance targeted specifically to their housing or utility needs shall, with the exception of *[heated rental units]* households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord, be assumed to incur annual home heating fuel costs and their eligibility for annual heating fuel assistance shall not be limited by this subsection.

(3) The annual heating fuel cost for a household unit shall be only for the cost of the primary heating fuel source of the unit, which may be for wood, electricity, or any other fuel source, but annual heating fuel costs shall be only for the cost of heat and not include the cost of the fuel for any other uses of the household.

Sec. 69. 33 V.S.A. § 2605 is amended to read:

§ 2605. BENEFIT AMOUNTS

(a) The secretary shall by rule establish a table that specifies for households for which the cost of heat is not supplied by the landlord, maximum annual home heating fuel assistance benefit amounts. The maximum benefit amounts contained within this table shall vary by household size and annual household income. The annual home heating fuel assistance benefit for households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord shall, in all cases, be $10.00 per program year.

(b) The secretary shall by rule establish a table that specifies, for households for which the cost of heat is not supplied by the landlord, maximum percentages of applicant households’ annual heating fuel costs for the previous year that can be authorized for payment as annual home heating fuel assistance benefits for the following year. The maximum percentages contained within this table shall vary by household size andannual household income. In no instance shall the percentage exceed 90 percent.

(c) Annually, based on the number of eligible households that have applied, *[their]* and for which the cost of heat is not supplied by the landlord, these households’ individual incomes and individual annual heating fuel cost for the previous year, the number of eligible households that have applied and for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord, the cost of benefits for these households, and the amount of funds available in the home *[weatherization and home]* heating fuel assistance trust fund for the purpose of providing annual home heating fuel assistance benefits, the secretary shall, by procedure, set the payment rate that shall be used to determine the amount of annual home heating fuel assistance for which each household for which the cost of heat is not supplied by the landlord qualifies. In no event shall the payment rate be greater than 100 percent of the maximum percentage established by rule as required by subsection (b) of this section.

(d) *[A]* In the case of a household for which the cost of heat is not supplied by the landlord, the household’s annual home heating fuel assistance benefit is the household’s annual heating fuel cost for the previous year as defined in section 2604(b) of this title, multiplied by the maximum percentage for that household found in the table established by subsection (b) of this section, multiplied by the payment rate established in subsection (c) of this section. In no event, however, shall the benefit paid for *[any household]* these households exceed the maximum benefit for a household of its income and size as established by rule as required in subsection (a) of this section. In the case of a household for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord, the household’s annual home heating fuel assistance benefit is $10.00.

(e) In its report to the general assembly in 1997 required by 33 V.S.A. § 2501a(b)(6), the office of home energy assistance shall evaluate the effect of making benefit amounts under this section vary directly with household size and make recommendations on whether this policy should be maintained.

Sec. 70. Sec. 138(d) of Act No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is added to read:

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and 33V.S.A. chapter 26, the office of home heating fuel assistance may disburse home heating fuel assistance benefits for the 1996-1997 program year on behalf of households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord, as specified in this act, without having filed or adopted rules beforehand. The secretary of human services shall, in accordance with 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and no later than November 1, 1997, adopt rules relating to the eligibility criteria for and disbursement of annual home heating fuel assistance benefits for households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord.

Sec. 71. Sec. 138(e) of Act No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is added to read:

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and 18 V.S.A. § 254, the department of social welfare may, effective on or after February 1, 1997, reduce the co-payment required by 18 V.S.A. § 254 of eligible recipients of pharmaceutical assistance to elderly and disabled Vermonters (VScript) for the remainder of fiscal year 1997 without having filed or adopted a rule for this purpose. The department shall establish the co-payment for fiscal year 1998 by rule, in accordance with 18 V.S.A. § 254.

Sec. 71a. Sec. 138(f) and (g) of No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 are added to read:

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and 33 V.S.A. chapter 26, the office of home heating fuel assistance shall disburse, without having filed or adopted rules beforehand, a home heating fuel assistance benefit in the amount of $10.00 for the 1996-1997 program year on behalf of elderly or disabled individuals who are receiving food stamps, who received their last fuel assistance benefit for the 1995-1996 program year based on roomer household status, and who are not members of a household that has received home heating fuel assistance benefits for the 1996-1997 program year; and a like benefit for individuals who are receiving food stamps, who received their last fuel assistance benefit for the 1995-1996 program year based on roomer household status or would qualify for such assistance now had the rules not been changed, who are not members of a household that has received home heating fuel assistance benefits for the 1996-1997 program year, and who applied for this one-time benefit.

(g) Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 33 V.S.A. chapter 26, the office of home heating fuel assistance shall, for annual home heating fuel assistance provided during the year that begins on July 1, 1997, and ends on June 30, 1998, determine an applicant household’s annual heating fuel cost using the same table, established by rule, as updated for pricing adjustments, that was used for this purpose for annual home heating fuel assistance provided during the 1996-1997 program year.

Sec. 72. 32 V.S.A. § 5(a)(2) is amended to read:

(2) The governor's approval shall be final unless within 30 days of receipt of such information a member of the joint fiscal committee requests such grant be placed on the agenda of the joint fiscal committee, or, when the general assembly is in session, be held for legislative approval. In the event of such request, the grant shall not be accepted until approved by the joint fiscal committee or the legislature. During the legislative session the joint fiscal committee shall file a notice with the house and senate clerks for publication in the respective calendars of any grant approval requests that are submitted by the administration.

Sec. 73. 10 V.S.A. § 4047(b) and (c) are amended to read:

(b) Receipts for each fiscal year in excess of the amount appropriated for each fiscal year shall remain in the fish and wildlife fund and be carried forward to the following year. If appropriations exceed receipts, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts and issue warrants based thereon. With the approval of the emergency board, funds not to exceed $100,000.00 each fiscal year may be *[transferred]* appropriated to the department if needed for any emergency under the jurisdiction of the board or department that may occur during any fiscal year.

(c) With the approval of the emergency board, funds not to exceed $300,000.00 may be *[transferred]* appropriated each fiscal year for the purpose of purchasing land to achieve the purposes of the department. Such purchase(s) shall be in accordance with the provisions of this title. Each purchase shall be approved by the emergency board. These funds may be used in conjunction with funds provided by other state agencies, the federal government, or any provider or quasi-public entity.

Sec. 74. Sec. 262 of Act No. 178 of the Acts of 1996 is amended to read:

Sec. 262. EXCESS RECEIPTS

If any receipts including federal receipts exceed the appropriated amounts, the receipts may be allocated and expended on the approval of the secretary of administration. If, however, the expenditure of those receipts will establish or increase the scope of theprogram, which establishment or increase will at any time commit the state to the expenditure of state funds, they may only be expended upon the approval of the legislature. Excess federal receipts, whenever possible, shall be utilized to reduce the expenditure of state funds. The secretary of administration shall report to the joint fiscal committee within the first week of each quarter with a cumulative list and explanation of the allocation and expenditure of such excess receipts *[during the preceding three months]*.

Sec. 75. 3 V.S.A. § 460(b) is amended to read:

(b) Upon ordinary disability retirement, a group A, group B, group D or group F member shall receive a normal retirement allowance equal to the normal retirement benefit accrued to the effective date of the disability retirement, provided, however, that such allowance shall not be less than twenty-five percent of his or her average final compensation at the time of his or her disability retirement.

Employees who are not eligible for representation by the Vermont state employees’ association, including managerial, confidential, elected and appointed officials, judicial, legislative and exempt employees, who are employed on February 1, 1997, and whose application for the state’s long-term disability plan is denied solely because of a preexisting condition, shall, if they are otherwise eligible for ordinary disability retirement, be entitled to a retirement allowance which, when added to Social Security and/or other disability payments, equals 66 2/3 percent of his or her final average compensation at the time of the disability retirement.

Sec. 76. REPEAL

29 V.S.A. § 1155 (reports of state librarian) is repealed.

Sec. 77. GRANTS

The following grants are hereby accepted and appropriated to the departments indicated for the purposes specified by the grantor, to become effective upon passage.

(1) $18,000.00 Vermont Land Trust grant to the department of forests, parks and recreation. This grant will be used to develop a land management plan ($15,000.00) and site clean-up activities ($3,000.00) at Lowell Lake State Park (JFO #1742).

(2) Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) grant in the amount of $38,500.00 to the department of health. Over the next four years, on a decreasing basis, this grant will partially fund the existing Chronic Disease Epidemiology Chief position. When filled, this position will lead an effort to establish a Chronic Disease Committee which will develop a comprehensive chronic disease plan (JFO #1744).

(3) Vermont association of domestic property and casualty insurance companies donation of $5,000.00 to the department of public safety. This donation will be used to purchase equipment for a special purpose arson investigation van (JFO #1746).

(4) National Institute of Justice grant in the amount of $74,000.00 to the department of public safety. This grant will be used to purchase a Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) instrument which will increase the timeliness, accuracy and quantity of DNA analysis (JFO #1747).

(5) National Institute of Justice grant in the amount of $30,000.00 to the department of public safety. This grant will be used to pay for the Vermont State Police (VSP) Peer Support Team and the VSP Spouse Peer Support Team in basic critical incident stress debriefing and peer support traumatic stress management and for family issues in public safety families (JFO #1748).

(6) U.S. Department of Justice grant in the amount of $395,373.00 to the department of public safety. This law enforcement block grant program will provide units of government with funds to underwrite projects to reduce crime and improve public safety (JFO #1749).

(7) U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service grant in the amount of $30,000.00 to the department of public service. This biomass district energy project grant will provide matching funds for a detailed engineering study which can attach real cost benefit figures to the concept of a district energy system serving the University of Vermont and the Fletcher Allen Medical Center as well as several smaller clients (JFO #1750).

(8) Donation of services and items from the National Wild Turkey Federationtotaling $2,750.00 to the department of fish and wildlife. The Federation will pay a private consultant up to $900.00 to modernize the department’s wild turkey database and donate 1,500 turkey hunter patches valued at $1,850.00 (JFO #1752).

(9) Donation of land valued at $4,500.00 from Mrs. Barbara Tovey to the department of fish and wildlife. The 4.3 acres to be donated are located in Barnet, Caledonia County (the Town of Barnet has no objection to this donation) and the land borders and will become part of the Roy Mountain Wildlife Management Area (JFO #1753).

(10) $13,598.96 Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement grant from Women Helping Battered Women to the department of state’s attorneys. Under the authority granted to the personnel commissioner in Sec. 272 of Act No. 178 of 1996, the department of personnel has been requested to create one limited service position - Victim Advocate. This advocate will work in the state’s attorneys office in Chittenden County (JFO #1754).

Sec. 78. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage.

Approved: February 12, 1997