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NO. 1. AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING ADJUSTMENTS IN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT.

(H.130)

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 1999".

Sec. 2. Sec. 7 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

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

   Personal services*[418,582]*505,081
   Operating expenses *[22,450]* 29,666
      Total*[441,032]*534,747
Source of Funds
   General fund*[211,217]*304,932
   Transportation fund58,32758,327
   Interdepartmental transfer 171,488 171,488
      Total*[441,032]*534,747

The secretary of administration shall furnish the house and senate appropriations committee by November 1, 1998 a list of all vendors of consultant services who have received for fiscal year 1998 cumulative contract payments totaling over $75,000.00 and a list of their contracts in force for fiscal year 1999.

Sec. 3. Sec. 9 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 9. Secretary of administration - GOVNet

   Personal services*[250,000]*276,500
   Operating expenses *[746,250]* 873,500
      Total*[996,250]*1,150,000
Source of Funds
   Special funds*[855,000]*1,150,000
   Interdepartmental transfer *[141,250 ]* 0
      Total*[996,250]*1,150,000

Sec. 4. Sec. 12 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 12. Personnel - operations

   Personal services*[2,042,473]*2,011,231
   Operating expenses *[389,450]* 380,977
      Total *[2,431,923]*2,392,208
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,667,349]*1,627,634
   Transportation fund607,604607,604
   Special funds49,00049,000
   Internal service funds100,770100,770
   Interdepartmental transfer 7,200 7,200
      Total*[2,431,923]*2,392,208

The training provided by the affirmative action officer shall, to the extent possible, be for exempt and classified employees, and designed to be comprehensive in its treatment of minorities and women.

Sec. 5. Sec. 16 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 16. Buildings and general services - engineering

   Personal services*[1,199,890]*1,209,890
   Operating expenses 124,100 124,100
      Total*[1,323,990]*1,333,990
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,173,891]*1,183,891
   Transportation fund90,70490,704
   Interdepartmental transfer 59,395 59,395
      Total*[1,323,990]*1,333,990

Of the above appropriation, $10,000.00 shall be used to estimate the cost to remodel and expand the State House as presented in "Vermont State House, Study of Space Needs", dated January 1997, prepared by the department of buildings and general services. This report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on appropriations and institutions no later than January 15, 2000 and shall include space expansion alternatives for the legislature within existing capital complex space.

Sec. 6. Sec. 29 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 29. Tax - administration/collection

   Personal services*[6,643,298]*6,678,298
   Operating expenses 1,695,000 1,695,000
      Total*[8,338,298]*8,373,298
Source of Funds
   General fund*[6,676,677]*6,711,677
   Transportation fund247,566247,566
   Special funds1,336,5551,336,555
   Interdepartmental transfer 77,500 77,500
      Total*[8,338,298]*8,373,298

Included in the special funds is $442,000.00 appropriated from the enhanced tax collection special fund (0601084000) in fiscal year 1999.

Sec. 7. Sec. 39a of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 39a. Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

   Other*[4,100,000]*3,400,000
Source of Funds
   General fund*[2,050,000]*1,350,000
   Transportation fund 2,050,000 2,050,000
      Total*[4,100,000]*3,400,000

Sec. 8. Sec. 41 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 41. Legislature

   Other*[4,024,500]*4,241,500
Source of Funds
   General fund*[3,226,400]*3,443,400
   Transportation fund 798,100 798,100
      Total*[4,024,500]*4,241,500

Of the above appropriation, up to $40,000.00 shall be available for the costs of planning and preparing for the 1999 annual Meeting of the Eastern Regional conference of the Council of State governments in Burlington. This appropriation shall be matched through fundraising on a two-for-one basis.

Beginning in the 1999 biennial session of the legislature, and in each biennial and adjourned session thereafter, the first installment payment of salary of members shall be made no later than the last day of the first week of the legislative session in an amount no less than one week's salary. Thereafter, members shall be paid in biweekly installments as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1051(a) and (c) and 32 V.S.A. § 1052(a)

Sec. 9. Sec. 42 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 42. Legislative council

   Personal services*[1,229,161]*1,254,161
   Operating expenses 18,500 18,500
      Total*[1,247,661]*1,272,661
Source of Funds
   General fund*[996,129]*1,021,129
   Transportation fund 251,532 251,532
      Total*[1,247,661]*1,272,661

The establishment of one (1) permanent exempt position -- is authorized in fiscal year 1999.

Sec. 10. Sec. 49 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 49. Total general government *[72,816,370]* 72,611,120

Source of Funds
   General fund*[35,883,774]*35,524,774
   Transportation fund6,904,4166,904,416
   Federal funds1,877,3011,877,301
   Special funds*[4,055,110]*4,350,110
   Retirement trust funds9,511,0309,511,030
   Enterprise funds1,768,7881,768,788
   Expendable trust funds90,98290,982
   Internal service funds11,384,25911,384,259
   Interdepartmental transfer *[1,340,710]* 1,199,460
      Total*[72,816,370]*72,611,120

Sec. 11. Sec. 51 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 51. Vermont court diversion

   Grants*[772,296]*817,296
Source of Funds
   General fund408,082408,082
   Transportation fund172,625172,625
   Special funds *[191,589]* 236,589
      Total*[772,296]*817,296

Sec. 12. Sec. 54 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 54. State's attorneys

   Personal services5,403,8415,403,841
   Operating expenses*[621,215]*643,062
   Grants 35,854 35,854
      Total*[6,060,910]*6,082,757
Source of Funds
   General fund*[4,390,228]*4,412,075
   Transportation fund414,598414,598
   Federal funds166,978166,978
   Special funds143,004143,004
   Interdepartmental transfer 946,102 946,102
      Total*[6,060,910]*6,082,757

Sec. 13. Sec. 55 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 55. Sheriffs

   Personal services*[1,596,208]*1,626,208
   Operating expenses *[212,130]* 227,130
      Total*[1,808,338]*1,853,338
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,274,037]*1,319,037
   Transportation fund 534,301 534,301
      Total*[1,808,338]*1,853,338

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

Sec. 14. Sec. 56 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 56. Defender general - public defense

   Personal services3,758,6353,758,635
   Operating expenses *[421,780]* 461,980
      Total*[4,180,415]*4,220,615
Source of Funds
   General fund*[3,303,816]*3,344,016
   Transportation fund600,692600,692
   Federal funds37,50037,500
   Special funds 238,407 238,407
      Total*[4,180,415]*4,220,615

Sec. 15. Sec. 59 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 59. Military - administrative

   Personal services*[635,188]*595,188
   Operating expenses*[366,596]*216,596
   Grants 200,000 200,000
      Total*[1,201,784]*1,011,784
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,011,159]*971,159
   Federal funds*[150,000]*0
   Special funds 40,625 40,625
      Total*[1,201,784]*1,011,784

$200,000.00 of the above appropriation provides educational grants for members of the Vermont National Guard to attend Vermont institutions.

The establishment of one (1) permanent classified position - Environmental Engineer C- Hazardous Materials - is authorized in fiscal year 1999, which shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government by the secretary of administration.

Sec. 16. Sec. 61 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 61. Military - army service contract

   Personal services1,102,8571,102,857
   Operating expenses *[2,104,352]* 2,144,352
      Total*[3,207,209]*3,247,209
Source of Funds
   General fund*[105,729]*115,729
   Federal funds *[3,101,480]* 3,131,480
      Total*[3,207,209]*3,247,209

Sec. 17. Sec. 62 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 62. Military - air service contract

   Personal services*[2,361,545]*2,404,545
   Operating expenses *[527,405]* 710,005
      Total*[2,888,950]*3,114,550
Source of Funds
   General fund*[203,040]*259,440
   Federal funds *[2,685,910]* 2,855,110
      Total*[2,888,950]*3,114,550

Sec. 18. Sec. 64 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 64. Labor and Industry

   Personal services*[3,400,871]*3,500,871
   Operating expenses *[844,000]* 891,270
      Total*[4,244,871]*4,392,141
Source of Funds
   General fund*[690,240]*692,643
   Federal funds430,000430,000
   Special funds*[3,072,631]*3,217,498
   Interdepartmental transfers 52,000 52,000
      Total*[4,244,871]*4,392,141

Sec. 19. Sec. 71 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 71. Secretary of state

   Personal services1,943,5701,943,570
   Operating expenses *[926,475]* 946,475
      Total*[2,870,045]*2,890,045
Source of Funds
   General fund*[933,238]*953,238
   Special funds1,861,8071,861,807
   Interdepartmental transfers 75,000 75,000
      Total*[2,870,045]*2,890,045

Sec. 20. Sec. 80 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 80. Public safety - state police

   Personal services*[21,657,198]*21,717,198
   Operating expenses4,484,4374,484,437
   Grants488,000488,000
   Other 129,223 129,223
      Total*[26,758,858]*26,818,858
Source of Funds
   General fund5,284,9865,284,986
   Transportation fund18,065,71918,065,719
   Federal funds*[1,686,440]*1,746,440
   Special funds905,184905,184
   Interdepartmental transfer 816,529 816,529
      Total*[26,758,858]*26,818,858

Of the above appropriation, $938,000.00 shall be expended for police cruisers for field duty work and $22,000.00 shall be available for snowmobile law enforcement activities.

Sec. 21. Sec. 81 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 81. Public safety - criminal justice services

   Personal services*[3,421,166]*3,558,166
   Operating expenses2,511,9782,511,978
   Grants 792,910 792,910
      Total*[6,726,054]*6,863,054
Source of Funds
   General fund*[254,375]*391,375
   Transportation fund2,813,3402,813,340
   Federal funds2,599,9692,599,969
   Special funds591,397591,397
   Interdepartmental transfer 466,973 466,973
      Total*[6,726,054]*6,863,054

Sec. 22. Sec. 81a of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 81a. APPROPRIATION; E-911 START-UP COSTS

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, of the $591,397 in special funds appropriated to public safety - criminal justice services in Sec. 81 of this act, the amount of $322,500 is appropriated in fiscal year 1999 from the universal service fund *[to the department of public safety]* for the purpose of funding start-up costs of implementation of the E-911 system. The implementation of the E-911 system shall begin on or after September 15, 1998 as determined by the E-911 Board, and in accordance with criteria for implementation established by the department. The secretary of administration, in conjunction with the E-911 board, shall provide information to the general assembly by January 1999 assessing the costs to the state of funding all call taking functions in the existing public safety answering points, and the potential sources of funding available to the state for this purpose.

Sec. 23. Sec. 87 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 87. Agriculture, food and markets - plant industry, labs and consumer assurance

   Personal services*[1,553,107]*1,597,107
   Operating expenses365,211365,211
   Grants 75,000 75,000
      Total*[1,993,318]*2,037,318
Source of Funds
   General fund*[564,531]*608,531
   Transportation fund43,08243,082
   Federal funds296,379296,379
   Special funds1,034,3691,034,369
   Interdepartmental transfer 54,957 54,957
      Total*[1,993,318]*2,037,318

Sec. 24. Sec. 90 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 90. Public service - regulation and energy

   Personal services*[2,875,345]*3,525,345
   Operating expenses663,699663,699
   Grants 285,000 285,000
      Total*[3,824,044]*4,474,044
Source of Funds
   Federal funds764,443764,443
   Special funds *[3,059,601]* 3,709,601
      Total*[3,824,044]*4,474,044

Sec. 25. Sec. 93 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 93. Public service board

   Personal services*[1,637,520]*1,837,520
   Operating expenses 275,000 275,000
      Total*[1,912,520]*2,112,520
Source of Funds
   Special funds*[1,912,520]*2,112,520

Sec. 26. Sec. 95 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 95. Judiciary

   Personal services*[16,025,649]*16,164,549
   Operating expenses2,438,0002,438,000
   Other 2,000 2,000
      Total*[18,465,649]*18,604,549
Source of Funds
   General fund*[14,343,438]*14,482,338
   Transportation fund2,926,0732,926,073
   Interdepartmental transfer 1,196,138 1,196,138
      Total*[18,465,649]*18,604,549

Sec. 27. Sec. 99 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 99. Total protection to persons and *[117,131,557]* 118,756,374 property

Source of Funds
   General fund*[40,317,339]*40,793,089
   Transportation fund26,412,87826,412,878
   Federal funds*[16,446,012]*16,555,212
   Special funds*[26,232,861]*27,272,728
   Enterprise funds3,342,6103,342,610
   Interdepartmental transfer 4,379,857 4,379,857
      Total*[117,131,557]*118,756,374

Sec. 28. Sec. 100 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 100. Human services - agency of human

services - central office
   Personal services*[2,536,187]*2,620,343
   Operating expenses886,807886,807
   Grants 5,100,490 5,100,490
      Total*[8,523,484]*8,607,640
Source of Funds
   General fund*[3,481,947]*3,503,728
   Federal funds*[4,584,643]*4,647,018
   Special funds 456,894 456,894
      Total*[8,523,484]*8,607,640

Of the above grants appropriation, $60,000.00 shall be granted to Vermont Legal Aid to work on SSI eligibility determinations for children.

The general funds appropriated by this section shall include $125,000.00 additional to the general fund amount received by the Success by Six Program in Bennington County

The above appropriation includes $25,000.00 general funds to be used by the secretary of the agency of human services to initiate programs during FY 99 which are designed to prevent and treat problem and compulsive gamblers in Vermont. The secretary shall submit a report to the 1999 General Assembly on these initiatives.

Sec. 29. Sec. 104 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 104. Corrections - administration

   Personal services*[1,279,837]*1,297,750
   Operating expenses*[323,639]*355,524
   Grants *[2,098,368]* 3,361,288
      Total*[3,701,844]*5,014,562
Source of Funds
   General fund1,564,5621,564,562
   Federal funds *[2,137,282]* 3,450,000
      Total*[3,701,844]*5,014,562

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. Vermont correctional industries shall not expand into an existing market unless the commissioner has consulted with the offender work programs board and has evaluated the impact of the expansion on the existing market.

The commissioner may not impose any moratorium on any particular type of work performed by Vermont correctional industries, without consultation with the offender work programs board, and approval of the Legislature or the Joint Fiscal Committee when the Legislature is not in session.

Sec. 30. Sec. 106 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 106. Corrections - corrections services

   Personal services*[37,685,033]*38,567,866
   Operating expenses*[12,631,619]*16,386,793
   Grants *[130,000]* 80,000
      Total*[50,446,652]*55,034,659
Source of Funds
   General fund*[48,188,275]*52,368,239
   Transportation fund1,343,0111,343,011
   Federal funds*[394,481]*630,024
   Special funds274,500274,500
   Interdepartmental transfer *[246,385]* 418,885
      Total*[50,446,652]*55,034,659

Sec. 31. Sec. 106a of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 106a. ESTABLISHMENT OF POSITIONS - CORRECTIONAL

SERVICES

The establishment of forty-six (46) permanent classified positions - one (1) Community Service Work Supervisor, one (1) Security Operations Supervisor, two (2) Administrative Assistant B, one (1) Shift Supervisor, ten (10) Correctional Officer I, ten (10) Correctional Officer II, thirteen (13) Correctional Service Specialist II, and eight (8) Correctional Officer III - is authorized in fiscal year 1998.

The establishment of twenty-seven (27) classified positions for the Dale Women's Unit - one (1) Correctional Facility Superintendent, five (5) Correctional Shift Supervisor, five (5) Correctional Officer II, one (1) Correctional Living Unit Coordinator, three (3) Correctional Service Specialist II, two (2) Corrections Instructor, one (1) Women's Services Coordinator, seven (7) Correctional Officer I, one (1) Administrative Assistant B, and one (1) Secretary C - is authorized in fiscal year 1999. These twenty-seven (27) new positions will be offset by the elimination of twenty-seven (27) positions in the Agency of Human Services upon the downsizing of the Vermont State Hospital.

Sec. 32. Sec. 116 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 116. Health - health improvement

   Personal services*[2,751,032]*2,861,032
   Operating expenses*[690,559]*790,459
   Grants *[4,276,370]* 4,576,370
      Total*[7,717,961]*8,227,861
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,966,418]*2,216,418
   Federal funds*[5,057,715]*5,317,615
   Special funds433,840433,840
   Interdepartmental transfer 259,988 259,988
      Total*[7,717,961]*8,227,861

$250,000.00 of the above general fund appropriation shall be used for regional grants based on community-based proposals involving dentists, community hospitals, and community groups to develop solutions to the problems of access to dental care for Medicaid, VHAP, and uninsured populations.

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

Sec. 33. Sec. 118 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 118. Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

   Personal services2,694,8742,694,874
   Operating expenses402,746402,746
   Grants *[8,086,100]* 8,896,100
      Total*[11,183,720]*11,993,720
Source of Funds
   General fund2,903,6272,903,627
   Federal funds*[7,810,093]*8,620,093
   Special funds408,000408,000
   Interdepartmental transfer 62,000 62,000
      Total*[11,183,720]*11,993,720

The Vermont department of health's office of alcohol and drug abuse programs shall submit a plan to the 1999 legislature toward increasing the qualifications, knowledge, skills and ability of certified alcohol and drug clinicians to provide adolescent and family therapy.

Sec. 34. Sec. 119 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 119. Social welfare - administration

   Personal services*[23,494,820]*23,750,410
   Operating expenses*[11,804,061]*12,272,983
   Grants *[5,999,432]* 5,767,842
      Total*[41,298,313]*41,791,235
Source of Funds
   General fund*[12,767,083]*13,197,749
   Federal funds*[25,174,831]*25,537,087
   Special funds *[3,356,399]* 3,056,399
      Total*[41,298,313]*41,791,235

The establishment of four (4) new classified positions - one (1) Medicaid Operations Administrator, one (1) Managed Care Administrator, and two (2) Social Welfare Program Consultant - is authorized in fiscal year 1999.

Sec. 35. Sec. 120 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 120. Social welfare - aid to needy families

with children
   Grants*[47,661,808]*44,876,340
Source of Funds
   General fund16,217,89916,217,899
   Federal funds*[29,343,909]*26,558,441
   Special funds 2,100,000 2,100,000
      Total*[47,661,808]*44,876,340

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

Sec. 36. Sec. 122 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 122. Social welfare - aid to aged, blind and disabled

   Grants*[10,594,628]*10,325,715
Source of Funds
   General fund*[10,594,628]*10,325,715

Sec. 37. Sec. 123 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 123. Social welfare - Medicaid

   Grants*[303,709,303]*301,502,811
Source of Funds
   General fund*[72,556,546]*73,080,520
   Federal funds*[192,350,046]*190,981,580
   Special funds *[38,802,711]* 37,440,711
      Total*[303,709,303]*301,502,811

Of the above general fund appropriation, $200,000.00 shall be used to add the provision of dentures to the adult dental program which shall be matched with available federal funds.

Notwithstanding section 254 of Title 18 (Co-payment), any person eligible for assistance under Chapter 6 of Title 18 shall be subject to the same co-payment requirements that exist under Subchapter 1 of Chapter 19 of Title 33 (Medicaid).

The commissioner shall track enrollment on a monthly basis and shall cease enrollment, if necessary, in order to ensure that enrollment does not exceed allocated funds for this program. Of the above appropriation, $1,393,922.00 is allocated to fund the pharmaceutical assistance program. In the event that enrollment is closed due to cost pressures, when enrollment is reopened, it shall be done in a manner that gives priority to lower income applicants. The provisions of this and the preceding paragraph shall not become effective until Vermont's Title XIX agency has received approval from the federal Health Care Financing Administration for the inclusion of this benefit in its Vermont Health Access Plan waiver. In the event that such approval is not forthcoming, the present 50 percent benefit level of the VScript program shall not be reduced without prior approval of the Emergency Board. The Emergency Board may not transfer VHAP trust funds to this appropriation to support VScript. In no event shall add itional VHAP trust funds above what is authorized by Act 14 of 1995 be used for VScript.

Notwithstanding other provisions of law, the commissioner shall have the authority to establish by rule, program premiums and cost sharing requirements for individuals and households eligible for medical assistance under either the provisions of Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act, whichever is applicable. Program premiums and cost sharing requirements may be adjusted periodically by rule based on inflation or program changes.

Premiums collected from these Titles XIX and XXI eligible individuals and households shall be credited to a special fund and shall be available to the department to offset the costs of providing services.

The department shall, by rule, establish an exemption from Medicaid estate recovery for a homestead of modest value. Modest value shall be defined as the highest value for which the department can receive approval from the health care financing administration (HCFA) or that value which assures revenue neutrality when considered in conjunction with the recent Medicaid rule changes relating to revocable trusts, whichever is lower.

The exemption shall apply to all homes, but only up to the modest value, as defined herein, in the event that the department receives HCFA approval for such exemption. Additionally, the exemption shall apply only when the homestead would pass either to a lineal heir or to an individual who demonstrates to the department's satisfaction that the individual provided care to the decedent that permitted him or her to reside at home rather than in an institution for at least two years. The department shall discuss these matters fully with HCFA and involve affected consumer groups in these discussions. The exemption policy specified herein shall become effective for probate estates opened after January 1, 1999, or the effective date of the Title XIX state plan amendment setting forth this exemption policy and approved by HCFA, whichever is later.

HIV/AIDS HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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

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

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

   (d) Expenditures under this program shall not exceed $55,000.00 in fiscal year 1999.

Sec. 38. Sec. 129 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 129. Office of economic opportunity

   Personal services*[495,191]*505,907
   Operating expenses104,622104,622
   Grants *[8,177,169]* 8,694,795
      Total*[8,776,982]*9,305,324
Source of Funds
   General fund568,345568,345
   Federal funds*[3,727,413]*3,837,613
   Special funds*[4,178,934]*4,524,000
   Interdepartmental transfer *[302,290]* 375,366
      Total*[8,776,982]*9,305,324

Of the above general fund appropriation, $260,400.00 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing resources statewide. These funds may be granted either alone or in conjunction with federal McKinney Emergency Shelter funds. Grant decisions shall be made with assistance from the Coalition of Homeless Vermonters

Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000.00 shall be granted to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger for child nutrition programs

Sec. 39. Sec. 130 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 130. Office of child support services

   Personal services5,397,0345,397,034
   Operating expenses*[1,545,032]*1,569,761
   Other 900,000 900,000
      Total*[7,842,066]*7,866,795
Source of Funds
   General fund*[835,667]*838,303
   Federal funds*[5,311,537]*5,333,630
   Special funds 1,694,862 1,694,862
      Total*[7,842,066]*7,866,795

Sec. 40. Sec. 133 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 133. Social and rehabilitation services -

social services
   Personal services11,935,75611,935,756
   Operating expenses*[1,827,508]*1,908,625
   Other *[35,408,831]* 36,892,440
      Total*[49,172,095]*50,736,821
Source of Funds
   General fund*[20,270,676]*20,367,965
   Federal funds*[27,778,744]*29,246,181
   Special funds 1,122,675 1,122,675
      Total*[49,172,095]*50,736,821

Sec. 41. Sec. 135 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 135. Social and rehabilitation services -

child care services
   Personal services942,584942,584
   Operating expenses301,579301,579
   Grants *[17,624,499]* 19,337,899
      Total*[18,868,662]*20,582,062
Source of Funds
   General fund*[4,911,887]*5,154,887
   Transportation75,00075,000
   Federal funds*[13,708,775]*15,352,175
   Special funds *[173,000]* 0
      Total*[18,868,662]*20,582,062

Sec. 42. Sec. 137 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 137. Developmental and mental health services -

community mental health
   Personal services1,382,4821,382,482
   Operating expenses112,442112,442
   Grants*[46,754,022]*49,604,978
   Other 137,200 137,200
      Total*[48,386,146]*51,237,102
Source of Funds
   General fund*[16,613,178]*17,182,091
   Federal funds*[28,200,658]*30,031,428
   Special funds*[2,436,813]*2,734,441
   Interdepartmental transfer *[1,135,497]* 1,289,142
      Total*[48,386,146]*51,237,102

Sec. 43. Sec. 138 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 138. Developmental and mental health services -

developmental services
   Personal services2,395,7832,395,783
   Operating expenses368,602368,602
   Grants*[58,992,992]*61,157,192
   Other 81,340 81,340
      Total*[61,838,717]*64,002,917
Source of Funds
   General fund23,798,06323,798,063
   Federal funds*[37,273,151]*38,615,388
   Special funds*[546,253]*1,195,299
   Interdepartmental transfer *[221,250]* 394,167
      Total*[61,838,717]*64,002,917

Sec. 44. Sec. 139 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 139. Developmental and mental health services -

Vermont state hospital
   Personal services*[7,702,922]*7,402,922
   Operating expenses895,444895,444
   Grants 81,341 81,341
      Total*[8,679,707]*8,379,707
Source of Funds
   General fund*[2,783,709]*2,483,709
   Federal funds5,825,9985,825,998
   Special funds 70,000 70,000
      Total*[8,679,707]*8,379,707

Sec. 45. Sec. 140 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 140. Aging and disabilities - administration

and support
   Personal services8,227,4588,227,458
   Operating expenses *[1,614,816]* 1,661,244
      Total*[9,842,274]*9,888,702
Source of Funds
   General fund*[2,431,905]*2,443,584
   Federal funds*[7,255,369]*7,290,118
   Special funds 155,000 155,000
      Total*[9,842,274]*9,888,702

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

Sec. 46. Sec. 143 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 143. Aging and disabilities - division of

advocacy and independent living
   Grants*[8,322,653]*8,507,292
   Other *[2,426,496]* 2,676,496
      Total*[10,749,149]*11,183,788
Source of Funds
   General fund*[4,380,227]*4,814,866
   Transportation fund522,000522,000
   Federal funds5,380,7965,380,796
   Special406,126406,126
   Interdepartmental transfer 60,000 60,000
      Total*[10,749,149]*11,183,788

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

Of the funds redirected under authority of Act 160 of 1996 beyond what is required to sustain FY'98 spending obligations through FY'99, $75,000.00 shall be expended on home modification services.

The agency of human services shall provide coverage of up to $500.00 per year for Assistive Devices and Modifications as approved by the Health Care Financing Administration in its renewal of Vermont's Sec. 1915(c) Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver. In providing this coverage AHS shall not require documentation that provision of Assistive Devices and Modifications will result in cost avoidance of other Medicaid expenditures.

Of the appropriation provided for in this section, $150,000.00 in general funds shall be used to provide new respite care services grants for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

The $150,000.00 funds, appropriated by this section, shall be used by the department of aging and disabilities to establish a program that provides the following services to individuals who provide in-home care to people with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia:

      (1) Intermittent, planned or emergency respite services for the caregiver.

      (2) Maintenance of a registry of trained caregivers.

      (3) Training for the respite caregivers and their families.

      (4) Support services that are identified by the department, by rule, that are directly related to providing care to a functionally dependent adult suffering from chronic dementia. Supportive services include:

         (A) Counseling and caregiver counseling, education and training by a statewide organization with expertise in Alzheimer's Disease.

         (B) Reimbursement to primary caregivers whose households financially qualify for assistance as determined by rule, for expenses incurred in obtaining day or nighttime respite services.

      (5) Adequate and appropriate assistance to the caregiver to maintain the patient at home.

This program shall be available, utilizing a sliding fee scale, to families whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The benefit shall not exceed $2,000.00 per family per year.

Sec. 47. Sec. 151 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 151. Total human services *[785,435,419]* 796,999,669

Source of Funds
   General fund*[268,234,396]*274,430,024
   Transportation fund*[1,990,011]*1,940,011
   Federal funds*[438,587,710]*443,927,454
   Special funds*[70,905,641]*70,362,381
   Interdepartmental transfer*[4,154,157]*4,726,295
   Enterprise funds1,603,5041,603,504
   Expendable trust 10,000 10,000
      Total*[785,435,419]*796,999,669

Sec. 48. Sec. 152 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 152. Employment and training

   Personal services16,961,91616,961,916
   Operating expenses*[7,215,716]*7,216,885
   Grants 3,346,000 3,346,000
      Total*[27,523,632]*27,524,801
Source of Funds
   General fund*[302,636]*303,415
   Federal funds24,602,00024,602,000
   Special funds*[96,996]*97,386
   Interdepartmental transfer 2,522,000 2,522,000
      Total*[27,523,632]*27,524,801

Sec. 49. Sec. 153 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 153. Education - Policy, Planning, Operations & Finance

   Personal services1,813,2931,813,293
   Operating expenses*[363,467]*425,931
   Grants 3,715,622 3,715,622
      Total*[5,892,382]*5,954,846
Source of Funds
   General fund1,529,5131,529,513
   Federal funds*[4,358,250]*4,420,714
   Special funds3,1783,178
   Interdepartmental transfer 1,441 1,441
      Total*[5,892,382]*5,954,846

Sec. 49a. Sec. 153b of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 153b. CIVIC EDUCATION

   (a) The general assembly recognizes that the preservation of our democratic society depends on a citizenry knowledgeable about its government and actively participating in the democratic process. The general assembly also recognizes that currently many citizens are not knowledgeable about their Constitution and government and do not participate in the process. Therefore, the general assembly intends to provide assistance for schools to participate in the nationally acclaimed civic education program about the history and philosophy of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, "We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution".

   (b) The amount of $10,000.00 in general funds are appropriated to the commissioner of education to be used as follows:

      (1) *[$7,500.00 is to be awarded on a matching basis to schools to enable them to pay]* $6,000.00 is used for administration of the program including reimbursement to participating schools for curricular materials and training and delivery of the program "We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution", and

      (2) $2,500.00 is to be awarded to the school that wins the state "We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution" competition to be used for travel and participation in national competition.

      (3) $1,500.00 is to be awarded equally to the three Vermont finalist schools in the state "We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.

   (c) The commissioner of education shall appoint a five-person advisory board to help to develop an application process, develop selection procedures and criteria, and to advise the commissioner on oversight and promotion of the "We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution" program in Vermont.

Sec. 50. Sec. 155 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 155. Education - family and educational support

   Personal services*[1,464,088]*2,153,259
   Operating expenses*[624,902]*907,545
   Grants *[41,857,612]* 46,386,706
      Total*[43,946,602]*49,447,510
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,645,054]*2,195,054
   Federal funds*[42,127,792]*47,032,778
   Special funds20,80020,800
   Interdepartmental transfer *[152,956]* 198,878
      Total*[43,946,602]*49,447,510

Sec. 51. Sec. 156 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 156. Education - licensing

   Personal services*[154,307]*193,000
   Operating expenses*[77,922]*133,379
   Grants *[136,150]* 148,000
      Total*[368,379]*474,379
Source of Funds
   Special funds*[368,379]*474,379

Sec. 52. Sec. 158 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 158. Education - career and lifelong learning

   Personal services1,047,3631,047,363
   Operating expenses231,670231,670
   Grants *[12,274,572]* 12,811,680
      Total*[13,553,605]*14,090,713
Source of Funds
   General fund966,885966,885
   Education fund6,878,3086,878,308
   Federal funds*[4,856,534]*5,115,563
   Special funds*[82,600]*129,605
   Interdepartmental transfer *[769,278]* 1,000,352
      Total*[13,553,605]*14,090,713

The appropriation in this section shall be authorized notwithstanding §§ 1561, 1563, 1565, 1566 and 1567 of Title 16.

Sec. 53. Sec. 161 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 161 Education - small school grants

   Grants*[1,035,368]*994,367
Source of Funds
   Education fund*[1,035,368]*994,367

Sec. 53a. Sec. 162 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 162. Education - special education: formula grants

Grants *[40,394,517]* 41,394,517

Source of funds

Education fund *[40,394,517]* 41,394,517

Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 2969 or any other provisions of law, the reimbursements and grants pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 2967 for fiscal year 1999 costs incurred by school districts shall be paid partially from the fiscal year 1999 appropriation and partially from the fiscal year 2000 appropriation. The fiscal year 1999 appropriation will cover the final reimbursements for fiscal year 1998 with the remainder available for reimbursements for fiscal year 1999 grants and reimbursements. Funds distributed to school districts for fiscal year 1999 expenses but to which the school districts were not entitled based on the final reports for fiscal year 1999 shall not be considered as part of the total expenditures for fiscal year 1999 under the 60 percent state funding provision of 16 V.S.A. § 2967. Such funds held by the local school districts shall be treated as expenditures in fiscal year 2000.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2969(c) for fiscal year 1999 shall not exceed $380,000.00 and the funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2969(d) for fiscal year 1999 shall not exceed $285,000.00.

However, for the calculation of the 60 percent state share for school year 1998-1999 under 16 V.S.A. § 2967, the amounts of $660,000.00 and $495,000.00 shall be used respectively for those two programs.

Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, the department of education shall increase the IDEA-B funds which it distributes as flow through funds to supervisory unions by $405,651.00 for fiscal year 1999. This increase in federal funding for school districts shall be counted as State funds and as part of the formula eligible cost in the 60 percent State funding calculation under 16 V.S.A. § 2967.

Sec. 54. Sec. 164 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 164. Education - state-placed students

   Grants*[6,445,000]*7,045,000
Source of Funds
   Education fund*[6,445,000]*7,045,000

Sec. 55. Sec. 167 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 167. Education - capital debt service aid

   Grants*[11,089,308]*11,464,089
Source of Funds
   Education fund*[11,089,308]*11,464,089

Sec. 56. Sec. 168 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 168. Education - transportation

   Grants10,827,82110,827,821
Source of Funds
   Education fund10,827,82110,827,821

Any funds appropriated in this section not necessary for meeting the state obligation for extraordinary transportation shall be utilized to fund the regular transportation grant, provided that said funding does not exceed 50 percent of total reimbursable transportation costs.

Sec. 57. Sec. 169 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 169. Education - education grants

There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 1999 to the department of education *[$203,760,000.00]* $207,554,006.00 for education grants to school districts as required by Sec. 24 of No. 60 of the Acts of 1997. Such grants shall provide in fiscal year 1999 a total statewide average education grant per equalized pupil of $5,282.00. Should the amount appropriated in this section be insufficient, there is appropriated such additional amounts as determined necessary by the commissioner of finance and management to fully fund the statutory block grant requirements under 16 V.S.A. § 4028.

Sec. 58. Sec. 170 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 170. Education - local share property tax payments

There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 1999 to the department of education *[$14,870,000.00]* $13,825,266.00 for local share property tax payments to school districts as required by 16 V.S.A. § 4028(a)(2). Should the amount appropriated in this section be insufficient, there is appropriated such additional amounts as determined necessary by the commissioner of finance and management to fully fund the local share property tax payments required under 16 V.S.A. § 4028.

Of the above appropriation an amount not to exceed $1,039,000.00 shall be utilized to ensure that, for the purposes of determining the state contribution for local share property tax payments, every town will have a minimum effective equalized grand list per equalized pupil of at least $2,950.00. In the event that this $1,039,000.00 amount is insufficient, the minimum equalized grand list per equalized pupil shall be reduced from $2,950.00 as necessary.

Sec. 58a. CORRECTION OF BARNARD AND WEST FAIRLEE

EDUCATION GRAND LIST AND STATE AID PAYMENT

The director of property valuation and review shall re-determine the equalized education grand list for the towns of Barnard and West Fairlee to reflect the current use value of property enrolled in the current use program, and the commissioner of education shall determine the amount of any overpayment of statewide and local share education tax liability made by the towns in fiscal year 1999 as a result of any inaccurately reported grand list values. The commissioner of education shall adjust the payments due to, or obligations due from Barnard and West Fairlee in accordance with this re-determination, and make such payment as a part of payments made in accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4028(a) on March 30, 1999.

Sec. 59. REPEAL

Section 171(b) of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 (appropriation for interest on

short-term borrowing required for operation of the education fund) is repealed.

Sec. 60. Sec. 174 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 174. Tax department - homestead property tax

income sensitivity adjustments
   Other*[85,270,000]*72,411,300
Source of Funds
   General fund3,529,4173,529,417
   Transportation fund3,035,0833,035,083
   Special funds635,500635,500
   Education fund *[78,070,000]* 65,211,300
      Total*[85,270,000]*72,411,300

The above special funds shall be from account number 0601081000 (property tax rebate trust fund).

Should the amount appropriated in this section be insufficient, there is appropriated such additional amounts as determined necessary by the commissioner of finance and management to fully fund the statutory obligations for homestead property tax income sensitivity adjustments.

Sec. 60a. CALENDAR YEAR 1999 PREBATES

   (a) The commissioner of taxes shall pay a 1999 prebate to each taxpayer

      (1) who owned a homestead as defined in section 6061(2) of Title 32 on December 31, 1998; and

      (2) who has filed in 1999 with the department of taxes a declaration of homestead; and

      (3) to whom a prebate payment was made under Sec. 18 of No. 71 of the Acts of 1998.

For prebates under this subsection (a), the commissioner of education shall calculate a statewide property tax rate for each municipality and a local share percentage for each municipality, using the municipality's education budget for the fiscal year 2000, and the municipality's most current equalized education grand list. The statewide tax rate and local share percentage calculated by the commissioner shall be used to determine a taxpayer's education property tax adjustment under subdivisions 6066(a)(1) and (2) of Title 32, based upon the value of the taxpayer's homestead used to calculate the 1998 prebate check, and the household income of the taxpayer used to calculate the 1998 prebate check, increased by four percent for total inflation through 1999.

(b) The commissioner of taxes shall pay a 1999 prebate to each taxpayer who does not qualify for a prebate payment under subsection (a) of this section, but who filed a declaration of homestead with the department of taxes by October 15, 1999. The amount of the 1999 prebate under this subsection (b) shall be the average prebate paid in 1998 in the taxpayer's town, adjusted for the change in the town's fiscal year 2000 education budget over its fiscal year 1999 education budget, and further adjusted for a four percent increase in the average household income for taxpayers of 1998 prebate checks in that town.

   (c) Prebates under this section shall be paid by the latest of: September 1, 1999; 45 days after the FY 2000 education budget is adopted by the taxpayer's municipality; 45 days after the taxpayer's 1999 declaration of homestead is filed with the department of taxes; or 30 days prior to the first education property tax installment date for the taxpayer's municipality in fiscal year 2000.

(d) Prebate checks under this section shall be mailed with an explanation of how the prebate was determined and a notice of a possible additional payment, or possible obligation to repay a part or all of the prebate, in calendar year 2000 through reconciliation under Sec. 60b of this act. The notice shall include forms and instructions for estimating what portion, if any, will have to be repaid, and instructions for returning the check if the taxpayer determines that he or she is not entitled to the payment.

Sec. 60b. CALENDAR YEAR 2000 PREBATE RECONCILIATION

(a) For purposes of this section "proper prebate amount" shall mean the education property tax assessed on the homestead for the municipality's fiscal year 2000, minus the adjusted fiscal year 2000 education property tax on the homestead as determined by the income sensitivity adjustments under section 6066(a)(1) and (2) of Title 32.

(b) In calendar year 2000:

(1) A taxpayer shall be entitled to a credit against his or her income tax liability under chapter 151 of this title. The amount of the credit shall be the proper prebate amount, minus any 1999 prebate paid to the taxpayer under Sec. 60a of this act. If the credit exceeds the income tax liability, the difference shall be paid to the taxpayer, without interest.

(2) The taxpayer shall pay to the commissioner the excess, if any, of the amount of any 1999 prebate paid to the taxpayer under Sec. 60a of this act, over the proper prebate amount. The payment under this subsection shall be due on or before the due date for filing the Vermont income tax return, with extension, and shall be subject to the enforcement and collection provisions of chapter 151 of Title 32, and shall bear interest at the rate determined under section 3108 of Title 32 from the due date for the income tax return, without extension. Any income tax refund due to a taxpayer shall be reduced by any amount owed by the taxpayer under this subsection.

(c) At the request of the taxpayer, the commissioner shall calculate the reconciliation amount for any taxpayer who has provided the information required by the commissioner.

Sec. 60c. 16 V.S.A. § 428(b) is amended to read:

   (b) Following adoption of a budget by the electorate and calculation of the equalized yield amount pursuant to section 4027 of this title, if the district has voted a budget with local education spending in excess of the general state support grant amount, the commissioner of education shall determine the district's local share property tax percentage. The selectboard shall then *[determine each taxpayer's]* bill each property taxpayer for the local share property tax amount, and may use tax classifications if authorized*[; but]* . Homesteads shall be billed without regard to the income sensitivity calculation under chapter 154 of Title 32.

Sec. 60d. 16 V.S.A. § 511(b) is amended to read:

   (b) Following adoption of a budget by the electorate and calculation of the equalized yield amount pursuant to section 4027 of this title, if the incorporated district has voted a budget with local education spending in excess of the general state support grant amount, the commissioner of education shall determine the district's local share property tax percentage. The prudential committee shall then *[determine each taxpayer's]* bill each property taxpayer for the local share property tax amount, and may use tax classifications if authorized*[; but]*. Homesteads shall be billed without regard to the income sensitivity calculation under chapter 154 of Title 32. The prudential committee shall have the same authority to enforce collection and payment of this tax, including the collection of interest on overdue taxes, as selectmen have in enforcing collection and payment of town taxes.

Sec. 60e. 32 V.S.A. § 5402(b) is amended to read:

   (b) The commissioner of taxes shall determine the education property tax liability for each municipality for the following school year by multiplying the tax rate adopted under subsection    (a) of this section by the municipality's equalized education tax grand list for the previous year. On or before June 30 each year, the commissioner of taxes shall inform each municipality of its education property tax liability. The legislative body in each municipality shall then *[determine each property taxpayer's]* bill each property taxpayer for the education property tax on the education property tax grand list, and the legislative body may use tax classifications if authorized, to raise that amount*[; and the legislative body shall assess the taxes determined for each nonresidential property]*. Taxes assessed under this section shall be assessed and collected in the same manner as taxes assessed under chapter 133 of this title. *[Taxes on declared ho cted as provided in section 5403 of this title.]* Taxes assessed on homesteads shall be assessed without regard to the adjustment for eligible claimants under chapter 154 of this title.

Sec. 60f. 32 V.S.A. § 6065 is amended to read:

§ 6065. FORMS; TABLES; NOTICES

   (a) In administering this chapter, the commissioner shall *[make available]* provide suitable claim forms with tables of allowable claims, instructions*[,]* and worksheets for *[estimating a statewide]* claiming a homestead property tax *[homestead]* adjustment*[, and suitable forms for payment by credit card or automatic bank account withdrawal]*.

   (b) Prior to June 1, the commissioner shall also prepare and supply to each town in the state notices describing the homestead property tax adjustment, for inclusion in property tax bills. A town shall include such notice in each tax bill and notice of delinquent taxes which it mails to taxpayers who own in that town a homestead as defined in section 5401(7) of this title.

   (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, towns which use envelopes or mailers not able to accommodate notices describing the homestead tax adjustment may distribute such notices in an alternative manner.

Sec. 60g. REPEAL

(a) 32 V.S.A. § 5403 (assessment, adjustment and payment of homestead education property tax) is repealed effective January 1, 1999.

(b) 32 V.S.A. § 5410(c) (tax department exchange of homestead information with the towns) and § 5410(d) (declaration of homestead on a property transfer tax return is deemed timely) are repealed effective July 1, 1999.

(c) Sec. 69 (homestead liens after April 1, 1999 as state liens, not town liens) of No. 71 of the Acts of 1998 is repealed effective January 1, 1999.

Sec. 60h. PRECEDENCE OVER ACT 71 PROVISIONS

The provisions of this act shall take precedence over any provisions of Secs. 69 through 77 of No. 71 of the Acts of 1998 which are in conflict with the provisions of this act.

Sec. 60i. LEGISLATIVE INTENT

It is the intent of the General Assembly to enact during the 1999 legislative session a final proposal consistent with local billing and collection of all education taxes for fiscal years 2001 and after.

Sec. 60j. APPROPRIATION

There is appropriated for fiscal year 1999 from the general fund to the department of taxes for implementation of Secs. 60a through 60f of this act the amount of $492,000.00.

Sec. 61. Sec. 175 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 175. Total general education and property

   tax support*[714,832,689]*711,455,521
Source of Funds
   General fund*[257,502,881]*258,544,881
   Transportation fund3,675,0153,675,015
   Education fund*[384,890,322]*374,814,674
   Federal funds*[60,004,460]*65,230,939
   Special funds*[1,514,526]*1,667,531
   Retirement trust fund6,207,0016,207,001
   Interdepartmental transfer *[1,038,484]* 1,315,480
      Total*[714,832,689]*711,455,521

Sec. 62. Sec. 186 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 186. Natural resources - agency of natural

   resources - administration, management and planning
   Personal services2,210,5752,210,575
   Operating expenses*[1,355,794]*1,353,402
   Grants10,00010,000
   Other 10,000 10,000
      Total*[3,586,369]*3,583,977
Source of Funds
   General fund*[1,776,848]*1,774,456
   Federal funds111,953111,953
   Special funds953,712953,712
   Interdepartmental transfer 743,856 743,856
      Total*[3,586,369]*3,583,977

Sec. 63. Sec. 193 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 193. Environmental conservation - office of

air and waste management
   Personal services*[3,663,105]*3,809,709
   Operating expenses*[846,511]*1,141,657
   Grants450,992450,992
   Other 25,000 25,000
      Total*[4,985,608]*5,427,358
Source of Funds
   General fund477,380477,380
   Transportation fund37,63437,634
   Federal funds*[2,008,385]*2,275,135
   Special funds2,462,2092,462,209
   Interdepartmental Transfer 175,000
      Total*[4,985,608]*5,427,358

Sec. 64. Sec. 204 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 204. Forests, parks and recreation -

state parks
   Personal services3,026,1033,026,103
   Operating expenses1,634,2001,634,200
   Grants*[25,000]*125,000
   Other 100,000 100,000
      Total*[4,785,303]*4,885,303
Source of Funds
   Special funds4,785,3034,785,303
   Interdepartmental transfer 100,000
   Total4,885,303

Sec. 65. Sec. 211 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 211. Total natural resources *[52,314,720]* 52,854,078

Source of Funds
   General fund*[10,676,164]*10,673,772
   Transportation fund995,895995,895
   Federal funds*[7,512,303]*7,779,053
   Fish and wildlife/federal funds225,000225,000
   Fish and wildlife fund11,221,00011,221,000
   Fish and wildlife/special funds35,00035,000
   Special funds19,150,41019,150,410
   Interdepartmental transfer *[2,498,948]* 2,773,948
      Total*[52,314,720]*52,854,078

Sec. 66. Sec. 212 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 212. Commerce and community development -

agency of commerce and community development - administration and management planning
   Personal services*[791,631]*756,631
   Operating expenses143,482143,482
   Grants118,066118,066
   Other 2,000 2,000
      Total*[1,055,179]*1,020,179
Source of Funds
   General fund*[788,455]*753,455
   Transportation fund148,658148,658
   Federal funds 118,066 118,066
      Total*[1,055,179]*1,020,179

Sec. 67. Sec. 222 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 222. Information centers

   Personal services*[1,883,865]*1,997,865
   Operating expenses*[522,555]*580,255
   Grants 175,000 175,000
      Total*[2,581,420]*2,753,120
Source of Funds
   General fund250,000250,000
   Transportation fund*[2,279,420]*2,451,120
   Special funds 52,000 52,000
      Total*[2,581,420]*2,753,120

Sec. 68. Sec. 230 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 230. Total commerce and *[44,889,963]* 45,026,663

community development
Source of Funds
   General fund*[11,710,883]*11,675,883
   Transportation fund*[2,428,078]*2,599,778
   Federal funds19,241,89019,241,890
   Special funds10,781,82310,781,823
   Enterprise funds 727,289 727,289
      Total*[44,889,963]*45,026,663

Sec. 69. Sec. 233 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 233. Transportation - administration

   Personal services*[5,441,636]*5,651,636
   Operating expenses1,024,5641,024,564
   Grants 135,000
      Total*[6,466,200]*6,811,200
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[6,200,000]*6,410,000
   Federal funds *[266,200]* 401,200
      Total*[6,466,200]*6,811,200

Sec. 70. Sec. 235 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 235. Transportation - maintenance state system

   Personal services20,718,12720,718,127
   Operating expenses*[19,685,829]*21,755,829
   Other 25,000 25,000
      Total*[40,428,956]*42,498,956
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[34,428,956]*36,498,956
   Federal funds 6,000,000 6,000,000
      Total*[40,428,956]*42,498,956

Sec. 71. Sec. 236 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 236. Transportation - paving program

   Other*[38,569,965]*42,809,965
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[8,233,901]*8,733,901
   Federal funds*[30,284,907]*34,024,907
   Local match 51,157 51,157
      Total*[38,569,965]*42,809,965

Sec. 72. Sec. 237 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 237. Transportation - engineering

and construction
   Personal services24,088,93324,088,933
   Operating expenses*[3,271,435]*3,411,435
   Other *[27,698,178]* 31,338,178
      Total*[55,058,546]*58,838,546
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[11,017,217]*11,157,217
   Federal funds*[42,593,954]*46,233,954
   Local match 1,447,375 1,447,375
      Total*[55,058,546]*58,838,546

Of the funds appropriated for the engineering, design and site work of salt sheds, such funds shall not be expended until the agency of transportation has conducted an examination of the localities needs for salt sheds in the towns that such salt sheds will be located. When, in the course of this examination, a town indicates that it has a need for a salt shed, the agency of transportation may design such salt shed for the town's use as well. Such examination shall also include the potential for the state to lease salt shed space from a town and for a town to lease salt shed space from the state.

Sec. 73. Sec. 238 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 238. Transportation - rest areas

   Other*[4,770,000]*8,423,099
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund251,999251,999
   Federal funds *[4,518,001]* 8,171,100
      Total*[4,770,000]*8,423,099

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the secretary of transportation, with the approval of the secretary of administration, shall transfer any unexpended balances carried forward into fiscal year 1999 in prior year transportation appropriations allocated for rest area capital projects into this appropriation for rest area capital projects.

Sec. 74. Sec. 239 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 239. Transportation - policy and planning

   Personal services1,931,1941,931,194
   Operating expenses419,721419,721
   Grants *[12,284,457]* 13,629,457
      Total*[14,635,372]*15,980,372
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund4,600,4134,600,413
   Federal funds *[10,034,959]* 11,379,959
      Total*[14,635,372]*15,980,372

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the secretary of transportation, with the approval of the secretary of administration, shall transfer any unexpended balances carried forward into fiscal year 1999 in prior year transportation appropriations allocated for public transit into this appropriation for public transit projects.

Sec. 75. Sec. 240 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 240. Transportation - rail, air

and public transportation
   Personal services1,420,9531,420,953
   Operating expenses269,525269,525
   Grants25,00025,000
   Other *[5,688,598]* 9,888,598
      Total*[7,404,076]*11,604,076
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[4,483,342]*5,643,342
   Federal funds *[2,920,734]* 5,960,734
      Total*[7,404,076]*11,604,076

$2,300,000.00 of the above appropriation shall be used for the purchase of welded rail and cross ties for the eventual upgrading of the state-owned rail line. $1,900,000.00 of the above appropriation shall be for the purchase and installation of materials to upgrade the rail line from Rutland to Burlington, Vermont.

The agency of transportation shall investigate the costs and feasibility of extending passenger rail service to Montreal and report such findings to the legislative committees on transportation no later than March 30, 1999.

Sec. 76. Sec. 241 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 241. Transportation - central garage revolving fund

   Personal services2,168,7652,168,765
   Operating expenses3,324,0933,324,093
   Other *[2,243,033]* 4,213,033
      Total*[7,735,891]*9,705,891
Source of Funds
   Internal service funds7,735,8917,735,891
   Transportation fund 1,970,000
      Total7,735,8919,705,891

Sec. 76a. Sec. 242 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 242. Transportation - town highway grants

    Grants*[21,504,280]*23,504,280
    Source of Funds
    Transportation fund*[21,504,280]*23,504,280

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

Sec. 77. Sec. 245 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 245. Transportation - town highways - emergency fund

   Other*[750,000]*1,300,000
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[750,000]*1,300,000

In addition to allocations made prior to February 17, 1999, additional allocations in the town highway emergency fund are hereby made to towns to assist with disaster relief for occurrences during calendar year 1998 as follows: Town of Lincoln $126,104; Town of Braintree $5,542; Town of Granville $16,181; Town of Underhill $10,222.

Sec. 77a. Sec. 247 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 247. Transportation - Vermont local roads program

   Other*[280,000]*310,000

Source of Funds

   Transportation fund*[170,000]*200,000
   Federal funds 110,000 110,000
      Total*[280,000]*310,000

Sec. 77b. ESTABLISHMENT OF POSITIONS

The agency of transportation is authorized to establish forty-five (45) new permanent classified positions, in fiscal year 1999, as follows: Project Development Division: Pavement Management -- one (1) Programming Engineer, one (1) Project Civil Engineer; Structures (Bridges) -- two (2) Technician III, four (4) Engineer A/B, one (1) Technician Project Supervisor, one (1) Project Civil Engineer; Local Transportation Facilities -- one (1) Project Manager, one (1) Technician Project Supervisor, one (1) Grants Coordinator; Construction -- three (3) Regional Project Supervisor, two (2) Civil Engineer B, two (2) Secretary C; Roadway and Traffic Design -- one (1) CADD Technician, four (4) Technician II/III; Traffic Operations -- one (1) Data Entry Clerk, two (2) Project Civil Engineer, one (1) Secretary C, one (1) Program Specialist; Technical Services Division: Technical Support -- Hydraulics -- one (1) Project Civil Engineer, Utilities -- one (1) Technician Project Supervisor, Traffic Research -- one (1) Project Civil Engineer; Environmental Permitting -- one (1) Environmental Specialist; Right-of-Way -- two (2) Right-of-Way Agent III; Materials and Research Laboratory -- one (1) Technician IV; Plan Support -- one (1) GIS Mapping Technician, one (1) Survey Technician II/III; Rail and Aviation Division: one (1) Project Civil Engineer, two (2) Engineer A/B; Administration: Financial Services -- one (1) Transportation File Clerk; Department of Motor Vehicles: Enforcement -- one (1) Motor Vehicle Inspector II, one (1) Administrative Assistant B.

Sec. 77c. 23 V.S.A. § 304(j) is amended to read:

(j) The commissioner of motor vehicles shall, upon proper application *[for a new or renewed registration]*, issue special plates to Vermont veterans, as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 101(2), for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate and on trucks registered for not more than 8,099 pounds. Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant's status as a veteran shall be certified by the Veterans' Administration or by other documentation as required by the commissioner. The type and style of the veterans' plate shall be determined by the commissioner, except that an American flag shall appear on one side of the plate. *[An annual]* A one-time fee of $10.00 shall be assessed in addition to the annual fee for registration. The plates shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plates or the surviving spouse. Notwithstanding section 502 of Title 32, the commissioner may charge the actual costs of production of the plates agains t the fees collected and shall remit the balance to the transportation fund. The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection. Except for new or renewed registrations, applications for the issuance of veterans' plates shall be processed in the order received by the department subject to normal workflow considerations.

Sec. 78. Sec. 250 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 250. Total transportation *[228,199,872]* 252,382,971

Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[113,992,687]*122,622,687
   Federal funds*[104,055,380]*119,608,479
   Local match2,415,9142,415,914
   Internal service funds 7,735,891 7,735,891
      Total*[228,199,872]*252,382,971

Sec. 79. Sec. 251 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 251. Debt service - general

   Interest
   Temporary borrowing*[1,572,500]*904,272
   Bonded debt *[23,684,516]* 22,836,926
      Total interest*[25,257,016]*23,741,198
   Principal
   State of Vermont
   Series XXII2,110,5002,110,500
   Series XXX2,085,0002,085,000
   Series XXXI2,920,0002,920,000
   Series XXXII886,897886,897
   Series XXXIII4,512,0004,512,000
   Series XXXIV1,265,0001,265,000
   Series XXXV869,071869,071
   Series XXXVI1,710,0001,710,000
   Series XXXVII6,465,0006,465,000
   Series XXXVIII595,000595,000
   Series XXXIX4,800,5004,800,500
   Series XL1,000,0001,000,000
   Series XLI*[4,100,486]*4,100,500
   Series XLII3,160,0003,160,000
   Series XLIII1,250,0001,250,000
   Series XLIV2,000,0002,000,000
   Series XLV790,000790,000
   Series XLVI*[2,191,236]*1,401,237
   Series XLVII790,000
   Series XLVIII 584,082
      Total principal*[42,710,690]*43,294,787
      Total debt service*[67,967,706]*67,035,985
Source of Funds
   General fund*[67,907,728]*66,976,007
   Special Funds 59,978 59,978
      Total*[67,967,706]*67,035,985

Sec. 80. Sec. 252 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 252. Debt service - transportation

   Interest*[1,258,410]*1,230,184
   Principal
   Series XXIII589,500589,500
   Series XXVIII15,00015,000
   Series XXIX188,000188,000
   Series XXX75,00075,000
   Series XXXI740,000740,000
   Series XXXII575,000575,000
   Series XXXIII45,00045,000
   Series XXXIV199,500199,500
   Series XXXV*[69,514]*69,500
   Series XXXVI98,76498,764
   Series XXXVII 30,918
      Total principal*[2,595,278]*2,626,182
      Total debt service*[3,853,688]*3,856,366
Source of Funds
   Transportation fund*[3,853,688]*3,856,366

Sec. 81. Sec. 253 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 253. Debt service - lease purchase payments

   Operating expenses*[2,845,562]*2,460,474
Source of Funds
   Special funds*[2,845,562]*2,460,474

Sec. 82. Sec. 255 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 255. Total debt service *[74,721,227]* 73,407,096

Source of Funds
   General fund*[67,961,999]*67,030,278
   Transportation fund*[3,853,688]*3,856,366
   Special funds *[2,905,540]* 2,520,452
      Total*[74,721,227]*73,407,096

Sec. 83. Sec. 7 of No. 144 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 7. TOWN HIGHWAY BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS;

FUNDING

To fund the town highway bridge maintenance program, the sum of $500,000.00 of FY 1997 carryover funds is transferred from the town highway bridge program and *[appropriated]* is available to the agency of transportation for the town highway bridge maintenance program. In addition, the sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated from the transportation fund to the agency of transportation for the funding of the town highway bridge maintenance program.

Sec. 84. Sec. 8(a) of No. 144 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

   (a) The sum of *[$500,000.00]* $2,000,000.00 is appropriated from the transportation fund for FY 1999 to the agency of transportation for the rehabilitation program for class 2 town highways that are rural major collectors, as established by Sec. 5    (amending 19 V.S.A. § 306) of this act.

Sec. 85. Sec. 15(a)(1) of No. 28 of the Acts of 1997 is amended to read:

      (1) from the general fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, $2,492,552.00, and for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998, *[$4,431,574.00]* $4,261,026.00.

Sec. 86. INSURANCE RESERVE FUND; APPROPRIATION

There is hereby appropriated $300,000.00 in general funds in fiscal year 1999 to the Insurance Reserve Fund created in 32 V.S.A. § 134.

Sec. 87. FUND TRANSFERS

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 1999:

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

AppropriationNameAmount
0601081009 Property tax rebate trust fund2,446,384
Bond proceeds interest earnings1,800,000 (approx)
VEDA note repayments161,801 (approx)
Amortization of VEDA bond reserve (12/81)73,206
1101120400Abandoned property fund113,300 (approx)
Prior year reversions25,000 (approx)
Amortization of W. R. Grace36,926
0809290100Liquor control327,000 (approx)
0701120200Cash management improvement fund20,000
0607901509Whey Pollution Abatement Authority59,868
0105771606FY 1998 State Aid to local school districts20,997

      (2) 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 $2,300,000.00 shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before June 15, 1999, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certified 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 2000 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.

Sec. 87a. GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS

The following amounts are appropriated in fiscal year 1999 to the secretary of administration, for transfer and use by the referenced departments as indicated:

         (A) To the Vermont housing and conservation board for Champion land acquisition and affordable housing $5,500,000

         (i) Of this appropriation, $4,500,000 shall be used to purchase and ensure that the lands commonly referred to as the Champion lands in northeastern Vermont are conserved as a working forest for the sustainable production of wood products, for natural resources, including the maintenance of wildlife habitat and conservation of identified natural heritage sites, and for perpetual public access for traditional recreational uses. The Vermont housing and conservation board and its grantees, through easements and through agreements with its state, federal and private partners, shall permanently protect the following uses:

         (I) Camp leases. On state lands renewal shall be for the life of the leaseholder or, in the event of the leaseholder's death, renewal by immediate family members for not more than 20 years. The state shall make a special effort to repair the roads, whenever possible, on state-owned land and annually shall file a report with the general assembly and the municipality describing any road maintenance performed during the year. In the event of extreme erosion due to natural causes on a road leading to a camp, the department of fish and wildlife shall fix the roads if funding is available for the purpose. Camp owners shall be responsible for maintaining driveways to their respective camps. Lease payments on land which is owned and managed by the department of fish and wildlife shall be set aside for road maintenance on department of fish and wildlife property. Further the Vermont housing and conservation board shall negotiate aggressively and dil ame or greater protections as are provided to camp holders on state lands, and to provide for free access thereto.

         (II) Recreation. Use of land for traditional and lawful recreational uses, including boating, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, bird watching, hiking, biking, hunting, including training and using hunting dogs, equestrian uses, and other currently allowed forms of traditional recreational uses.

         (III) Land Management. Maintaining working forest lands through a "working forest" easement that includes privately-owned and managed lands for sustainable production and harvesting of timber and other forest products, and perpetual public access. These easements will be designed to meet the economic objectives of timber investors and allow harvesting net growth once the forest is restocked.

         (ii) With respect to lands commonly referred to as the Champion lands, the agency of natural resources, in a manner consistent with other statutory obligations and authority, shall:

         (I) Renew Camp Leases. Renew those leases located on state lands for the life of the leaseholder or, in the event of the leaseholder's death, allow renewal by immediate family members for not more than 20 years.

         (II) Plan and Involve the Community. Involve Vermont citizens and municipalities in developing and updating every 10 years a long-term comprehensive plan for management of portions of the lands which are transferred to it.

         (III) Collaborate with Federal Agencies. Work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department to ensure that management plans for all state and federally-owned portions of the lands are coordinated. The agency shall seek, through this collaboration, to include renewal of camp leases for the life of the leaseholder or, in the event of the leaseholder's death, to include renewal by immediate family members for not more than 20 years; and to assure the use of land for traditional and lawful recreational uses, including boating, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, bird watching, hiking, biking, hunting, including training and using hunting dogs, equestrian uses, and other currently allowed forms of traditional recreational uses.

         (IV) Water Reclassification and Designation. Allow traditional recreational uses and logging, if conducted in accordance with acceptable management practices and applicable state and federal laws.

         (iii) Consistent with this subdivision, the agency of natural resources and its departments are authorized to convey to the Vermont housing and conservation board and the Vermont Land Trust a conservation and public access easement protecting the natural resources on and assuring public access to that portion of land commonly referred to as the Champion lands, which the Conservation Fund intends to convey to the agency.

         (B) To the Vermont home mortgage and guarantee board to capitalize sale of fund. 4,200,000

         (C) To the department of personnel for information technology upgrades. 1,121,000

         (D) To the secretary of administration to recapitalize the emergency relief and assistance fund. The portion of this appropriation disbursed through the emergency livestock feed program, established by section 19 of Title 6, shall be disbursed pursuant to emergency rules adopted for this purpose by the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets. 559,598

         (E) To the secretary of administration for random testing for Year 2000 compliance in state government and for correcting problems that are identified. 200,000

         (F) To the Vermont council on the arts in coordination with Friends of the State House for art acquisition. 200,000

         (G) To the department of taxes to implement a tele-file

system. 135,000

         (H) To the department of taxes for Year 2000 mainframe modifications. 105,000

         (I) To the department of buildings and general services

for Year 2000 compliance. 75,000

         (J) To the department of taxes for an automated telephone

system. 40,000 (K) Beginning on May 1, 1999, and continuing through October 20, l999, the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets shall submit monthly reports on how these funds are used to support advocacy activities of the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact and the results achieved. The report shall also include the amounts of other states' contributions. The reports shall be sent to the house and senate appropriations and agriculture committees, and to the joint fiscal committee. 80,000

         (L) To the department of taxes for the digital orthophotographic mapping project (PVR). 750,000

         (M) To the department of developmental and mental health services for community mental health centers' computer conversion to consolidated network. 750,000

         (N) To the department of education for a management information system. 396,000

         (O) To the department of education for construction of kitchen facilities in 19 public schools. Of the $100,000 appropriated in fiscal year 1999, $50,000 will be made available in fiscal year 1999 and $50,000 carried forward to fiscal year 2000. 100,000

         (P) To the judiciary for Caledonia court temporary

housing. 75,000

         (Q) Limited Secondary PSAP. Add $5,000.00 for 911 dispatch for portions of western Rutland and Bennington counties. 5,000

         (R) To the secretary of state for archiving documents. 50,000

         (S) $987,000.00 to the agency of human services central office for the state share of developing and implementing the information technology necessary to support the child care and substitute care programs in the department of social and rehabilitation services. This work will be coordinated with the upgrading of the department of social welfare's ACCESS

system. 987,000

         (T) To the department of social welfare, administration for one-time start-up special education/Medicaid effort. 231,590

         (U) To the department of education to provide computers for schools to support the Medicaid initiative in special education. 1,350,000 (V) To the Vermont center for geographic information, inc., for Year 2000 compliance. 35,000 (W) To the department of aging and disabilities for a residential care homes revolving fund. Said revolving fund shall be utilized for the provision of emergency loans to residential care facilities primarily for various capital improvements including sprinkler systems necessary for the facilities' continued economic viability. Up to 25% of the funds may be utilized to aid in an orderly transition of residents in the event of a facility closure. Said financial assistance shall only be available to licensed residential care facilities that serve or will serve SSI recipients. It shall be used in a manner that maximizes other funding sources to meet financial and programmatic

needs. 250,000

(X) To Vermont interactive television to fund year one of a five-year capital equipment request. 186,300 (Y) To the agency of natural resources for the Brookfield bridge - Sunset lake dam. 275,000 (Z) To the fire service training council to fund self-contained breathing apparatus. 50,500 (AA) To the legislature for expenditures related to the 1999 annual meeting of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments in Burlington. 40,000

Sec. 87b. 10 V.S.A. chapter 156 is added to read:

CHAPTER 156. CHAMPION LAND TRANSACTION

CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCIL

§ 6407. COUNCIL CREATED

A citizen advisory council is created to assist in implementing the provisions of the Champion land transaction in the northeastern region of Vermont authorized by the 1999 session of the general assembly.

§ 6408. FUNCTIONS

   (a) The council shall function as a forum to hear and attempt to resolve concerns involving the so-called Champion lands that are brought to the attention of the council regarding ongoing use and management of state lands, collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and public access to the public and privately held lands. With respect to the public lands and the role of the agency of natural resources, these matters may include, but shall not be limited to, public access, the recreation access plan, snowmobiling, motorized, mechanical and equestrian access, private roads, temporary restrictions, federal ownership, timber harvesting, land conservation, water classification, economic development and camp leases. The council has no authority to discuss or comment on interests obtained by a private owner who purchases a portion of the property, including timber harvesting and forest management interests obtained.

   (b) The council shall also function as a source of information to persons interested in learning about the transaction including its legal conditions, or about the ongoing use and management of the land.

§ 6409. MEMBERS; ORGANIZATION

   (a) The council shall consist of 11 voting members appointed by the Governor as follows:

      (1) six persons residing in the northeastern region of the state, made up of one representative each of the logging industry, another private business interest in Essex County, a local hunting and fishing group, the Vermont association of snow travelers, camp leaseholders of former Champion land, and an elected official of municipal government in Essex County, each with a three-year term except that initial terms shall be staggered, to be appointed by the governor from a list of three nominees for each position submitted jointly by the members of the state legislative delegation of Essex County; and

      (2) one person representing the new private ownership of a portion of the former Champion land; and

      (3) the secretary of the Vermont agency of natural resources or his or her designee from within the agency; and

      (4) one person representing the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and

      (5) one person representing the Vermont sportsmen federation; and

      (6) one person representing a natural resources conservation group.

   (b) The representative of municipal government from Essex County shall serve as chair of the council and shall convene the first meeting of the council. Subsequent meetings will be held at the call of the chair or as scheduled by majority vote of the council.

   (c) The chair of the council shall arrange for council meetings to be held at a municipal office or another location in Essex County. If requested by the council, the secretary of natural resources shall provide administrative and staff support to the council.

Sec. 87c. ALTERNATIVES TO REPLACE THE $6.2 MILLION FEDERAL

FUNDING FOR CHAMPION

The Treasurer, with assistance and cooperation of the legislative joint fiscal office and the commissioner of finance and management, shall prepare a report of financing alternatives to the $6.2 million federal purchase of Champion lands. Said alternatives should include the use of financial arrangements that could result in ownership and control remaining in state, local or other nonfederal hands. The report shall be presented to the house and senate committees on appropriations and natural resources and energy by April 9, 1999. $10,000 in general funds is appropriated to the office of the State Treasurer for the purpose of carrying out this study. At any time until the federal purchase of lands is finalized, the state may accept funds for the purposes of these financing alternatives, provided that the acceptance of funds for these purposes do not delay any of the related land transactions.

Sec. 87d. SILVIO O. CONTE WILDLIFE REFUGE; CONTINUATION OF

CAMP LEASES

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shall seek to provide the following regarding existing camp leases on federally owned land in the Nulhegan Basin Paul Stream Area:

      (1) Leases will continue to be issued for the life of the current lease holder, not to exceed 50 years, beginning in 1999. Camps may not be used as permanent, year-round residences nor for commercial purposes, including but not limited to guide services for hunting and fishing.

      (2) Access on existing roads for camp leases.

Sec. 88. Sec. 277 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 277. GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the fiscal year 1999 unreserved undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 1999, is hereby *[appropriated or]* transferred as follows:

      (1) First, an amount not to exceed $1,500,000.00 may be transferred to the transportation budget stabilization reserve to bring the reserve to its statutory maximum;

      (2) Secondly, the necessary portion of the balance shall be transferred to the general fund budget stabilization reserve to attain its statutory maximum;

      (3) Thirdly, an amount not to exceed $1,000,000.00 is hereby transferred in fiscal year 1999 to the education fund budget stabilization reserve;

      (4) Fourthly, an amount not to exceed $2,000,000.00 is hereby transferred to the general bond fund in fiscal year 1999 to reduce any authorized but unissued general obligation bonds;

      (5) Any remaining fund balance after subdivisions    (1),    (2),    (3) and    (4) of this section shall be transferred to *[the education fund budget stabilization]* a general fund surplus reserve which is hereby created within the general fund. Monies from this reserve shall not be expended except by specific appropriation by the general assembly.

Sec. 89. NEW FINANCE SYSTEM; TRANSPORTATION FUND SHARE

There is appropriated $880,000.00 from the transportation fund to the department of finance and management for the transportation fund share of the new finance system.

Sec. 90. FISH AND WILDLIFE APPROPRIATIONS

The sum of $300,000.00 is appropriated from the fish and wildlife fund to the department of fish and wildlife for the following purposes: Amount

      (1) Vehicles in enforcement. The department shall give

consideration to extended cab vehicles in making vehicle

purchases 160,000

      (2) Eight (8) radios for vehicles 32,000

      (3) Equipment for outreach activities 9,000

      (4) Equipment for the fisheries program 32,000

      (5) Refurbishing the residence at the Dead Creek Wildlife

Management Area 45,000

      (6) Replacement computers 22,000

Sec. 91. SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD

AUTHORITY

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 appropriations in Sec. 90 of this act and for land acquisition, remaining unexpended at June 30, 1999 shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

Sec. 92. 32 V.S.A. § 6 is amended to read:

§ 6. INDIRECT COSTS

All state agencies and departments shall prepare and submit to the appropriate federal agency indirect cost rate proposals for the reimbursement of departmental and statewide indirect costs unless specifically exempted in writing by the secretary of administration.

Requests for federal funds shall include a specific request for reimbursement of indirect costs. Awards of statewide indirect costs will be deposited into the general fund except statewide indirect costs will be deposited into the transportation fund for costs recovered by the agency of transportation.

Sec. 93. Sec. 18 of No. 38 of the Acts of 1997 is amended to read:

Sec. 18. TRANSPORTATION FUND APPROPRIATIONS

In fiscal year 1999, the maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the Agency of Transportation, transportation pay act funds, the cost of maintaining and staffing interstate rest areas, and transportation debt service, shall not exceed 25% of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations. In fiscal year 2000 and thereafter, the maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the Agency of Transportation, transportation pay act funds, the cost of maintaining and staffing interstate rest areas, and transportation debt service, shall not exceed 24.5% of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations (less amounts appropriated that are supported by indirect cost reimbursement from federal agencies).

Sec. 94. 3 V.S.A. § 2225 is added to read:

§ 2225. EMERGENCY RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE FUND

There is created an emergency relief and assistance fund to be administered by the secretary of administration as a special fund under the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32. The fund may be used to match federal funds awarded to the state as a result of a presidential disaster declaration, or for relief or repair of damages caused by an event or incident for which the Governor proclaims a state of emergency pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 9. The fund shall contain any amounts of state funds appropriated to it by the general assembly or any amounts of federal disaster relief assistance or planning funds that may be appropriated or transferred to it by the general assembly. Subject to 32 V.S.A. § 5, the fund may accept grants, gifts, loans or any other sum of money or thing of value.

Sec. 95. REPEAL

Sec. 68(b) of No. 66 of the Acts of 1998 (creation of the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund in session law) is repealed, and is succeeded by the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund created in 3 V.S.A. § 2225.

Sec. 96. 23 V.S.A. § 3106(c) is amended to read:

   (c) Except as provided in subsection    (d) of this section, and section 1220a   (b)   (3) of this title, all taxes, interest and penalties collected by the department of motor vehicles under this chapter shall be paid to the state treasurer and credited to the transportation fund.

Sec. 97. REPEAL

Sec. 66h of No. 155 of the Acts of 1998 (transfer of at least $24.7 million Lottery gross receipts to education fund) is repealed.

Sec. 97a. Sec. 266 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

Sec. 266. *[TRANSFERS]* APPROPRIATIONS: MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL

PLANNING FUND

*[Notwithstanding Sec. 281 (c) of No. 63 of the Acts of 1995, for fiscal year 1999 the commissioner of taxes shall deposit all revenues received from the property transfer tax into the general fund. The commissioner of finance and management shall transfer in monthly installments from the property transfer tax revenues to the housing and conservation trust fund and the municipal and regional planning fund the following amounts:]* *[(1) $8,284,741.00 to the housing and conservation trust fund;]* *[(2) $1,962,048.00 to the municipal and regional planning fund.]*

*[Notwithstanding the appropriations set forth in 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b), the]* The following is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund in fiscal year 1999:

         (A) $1,172,856.00 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306   (b)*[   (3)]*;

         (B) $305,000.00 for disbursement to municipalities on a competitive basis providing the opportunity for any eligible municipality or municipalities to compete, regardless of size;

         (C) $176,771.00 to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program;

         (D) $307,421.00 to G.I.S.

Sec. 97b. 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b) is amended to read:

(b) *[The following amounts are hereby appropriated for disbursement by the commissioner of the department of housing and community affairs from the annual balance of the fund:]* *[(1) in fiscal years 1990 through 1993, the amount of $1,000,000.00 to the office of the governor for purposes of developing a geographic information system, and other purposes authorized under 3 VSA § 20; and in each fiscal year following fiscal year 1993, 40 percent of this amount shall be appropriated to the housing and conservation trust fund, and 60 percent of this amount shall remain in the municipal and regional planning trust fund to be disbursed under subdivisions (3) and (4) of this subsection; ]* *[(2) in fiscal years 1990 through 1993, 10 percent of the remaining balance in the fund to the commissioner of housing and community affairs for the purpose of providing grants to municipalities for special planning needs upon application by a municipality;]* *[(3) in fiscal years 1990 through 1993, 45 percent of remaining balance in the fund, and for each fiscal year following fiscal year 1993, 50 percent of the remaining balance in the fund, to the regional planning commissions]* Disbursement to regional planning commissions shall be according to a formula to be adopted by rule under chapter 25 of Title 3 by the department for the assistance of the regional planning commissions. The rules shall give due consideration to the region's progress in adopting a regional plan; *[(4) in fiscal years 1990 through 1993, 45 percent of the remaining balance in the fund, and in each fiscal year following fiscal year 1993, 50 percent of the remaining balance in the fund]* Disbursement to municipalities shall be according to a formula to be adopted by rule under chapter 25 of Title 3 by the department for the assistance of municipal planning, provided that to receive funds a municipality shall be confirmed under section 4350 of this title. The commissioner, in developing the formula, shall take into account the following: population; indicators of growth, such as grand list, local development permit activity, and property transfer tax activity; level of development activity in nearby municipalities; community need indicators, such as per capita income and percentage of population considered lower income; and existing level of municipal and financial support for planning. The formula developed shall ensure a minimum equitable level of funding for each municipality. Funds allocated *[under this subdivision (4)]* to municipalities shall be used for the purposes of:

         (A) funding the regional planning commission in undertaking capacity studies;

         (B) carrying out the provisions of subchapters 5 through 7 of 24 V.S.A. chapter 117; and

         (C) acquiring development rights, conservation easements, or title to those lands, areas and structures identified in either regional or municipal plans as requiring special consideration for provision of needed housing, aquifer protection, open space, farmland preservation or other conservation purposes.

Sec. 98. 6 V.S.A. § 19(b) is amended to read:

   (b) *[Because of the immediate need to distribute funds appropriated in Sec. 55 of this act for the emergency livestock program, the]* The commissioner shall adopt *[emergency]* rules to implement this program, and to disburse funds from time to time appropriated by the general assembly. The rules shall include an application format, review process, eligibility criteria and payment rates.

Sec. 99. 32 V.S.A. § 704a(b) is amended to read:

   (b) The executive branch is authorized and encouraged to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to manage and administer state programs and agencies in an efficient, effective, and fiscally prudent manner, and to such ends may accomplish savings and reduce spending in such programs and agencies, provided that the legislative purposes for which the sums are appropriated are substantially accomplished. *[Such savings and spending reductions shall be reported on the 15th day of each quarter to the joint fiscal office.]*

Sec. 100. 9 V.S.A. § 105 is amended to read:

§ 105. RENTAL OF STATE PROPERTY TO VETERANS'

ORGANIZATIONS

The commissioner of buildings and general services is hereby authorized to lease to national veterans' organizations, with established central offices in this state, the first floor of the Adams house on State street in the city of Montpelier, or some comparable space in some other state-owned building in said city of Montpelier except the state capitol, state library and state office building. Said lease shall be on a year to year basis with the right of renewal thereof by the lessee but with right of the lessor to terminate said lease upon notice of not less than six months to the said lessees. The rent shall be for the nominal sum of $1.00 per year for each tenant organization. Space allocations to the various organizations shall be made and may be modified from time to time by the commissioner of buildings and general services. Interior repairs and alterations shall be at the expense of the respective tenant subject to the approval of and under the supervision of the commissioner of buildings and g eneral services and exterior repairs shall be at the expense of the state and under the supervision of the commissioner of buildings and general services. The expense of light, heat and water as proportionately allocated by the commissioner of buildings and general services shall be paid by the tenant organization into the *[general fund of the state treasury]* property management fund established by section 160 of this title.

Sec. 101. REPEAL

Sec. 8 of No. 103 of the Acts of 1998 (Housing and Community Affairs position authorization) is repealed.

Sec. 102. 16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(12) is added to read:

      (12) Federal Medicaid receipts for eligible special education expenditures.

Sec. 103. TOBACCO LITIGATION SETTLEMENT FUND

A tobacco litigation settlement fund shall be established in the state treasury for the support of tobacco use mitigation, tobacco use prevention and other health care purposes. Into the fund shall be deposited all monies received by the State of Vermont in connection with the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement between members of the tobacco industry and the State of Vermont approved by the Vermont superior court on December 14, 1998 and finalized in Vermont on January 13, 1999.

Sec. 104. VERMONT HOME MORTGAGE GUARANTEE BOARD

Chapter 18 of Title 10 is repealed effective upon the closing of the sale of the assets and liabilities of the Vermont home mortgage guarantee board and certification by the board of the Vermont home mortgage guarantee board to the secretary of administration that all outstanding liabilities and responsibilities of the Vermont home mortgage guarantee board have been satisfied, but in no event later than December 31, 1999. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, outstanding loan guarantees made pursuant to sections 398 and 400 of chapter 18 are assigned to and assumed by the Vermont housing finance agency.

Sec. 105. HEALTH CARE COST INFLATION STUDY

The amount of $150,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the legislature to enable the health access oversight committee created by Act 14 (1995) to contract for independent health care policy expertise. The committee shall report to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2000 with its recommendations for controlling health care costs while expanding access to quality health care.

Sec. 106. TERMINATION OF REPEAL OF VERMONT CITIZENS

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN

Notwithstanding the provisions of No. 69 of the Acts of the 1993 session, which extended the repeal date originally created by No. 265 of the Acts of the 1990 Session, 10 V.S.A. chapter 63 (creating the Vermont citizens advisory committee on Lake Champlain) shall not be repealed on March 1, 1999, but shall continue to exist.

Sec. 106a. 32 V.S.A. § 3701 is amended to read:

§ 3701. DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this subchapter:

      (1) "State-owned property" means

         (A) state-owned buildings, including buildings of the Vermont state colleges and buildings of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College used for educational and not commercial purposes; buildings of the agency of transportation and the department of the military; but excluding the value of land on which the buildings are located, and excluding all highways and bridges and any land pertaining thereto; and

         (B) state-owned *[lands held by the agency of natural resources, and]* lands which pertain to state correctional facilities.

      (2) "Assessed value of state buildings" means the estimation of the current cost of replacing a building, maintained for insurance purposes by the state agency or other entity responsible for insuring the building, depreciated by the age and condition of the building.

      (3) "Assessed value of state lands" means the fair market value of *[lands held by the agency of natural resources and]* lands which pertain to state correctional facilities, as determined by the division of property valuation and review, subject to the provision of subsection 3704   (b) of this title.

      (4) "Adjusted municipal grand list" means the total assessed value of any state-owned property located in a municipality, multiplied by the common level of appraisal for the municipality as determined by the division of property valuation and review, multiplied by one percent, and added to the grand list of the municipality as determined pursuant to chapter 129 of this title.

      (5) "Adjusted municipal tax rate" means the total sum of money voted by a municipality for all non-educational expenses pursuant to section 2664 of Title 17 or section 1309 of Title 24, divided by the adjusted municipal grand list of the municipality.

      (6) "Municipality" means an incorporated city, town, village, or unorganized town, grant or gore *[which assesses property taxes]* in which a tax is assessed for non-educational purposes.

Sec. 106b. REPEAL

32 V.S.A. § 3703(d) (providing that PILOT payments on account of agency of natural resources lands shall not be less than the fiscal year 1997 PILOT payments with regard to the same lands) is repealed.

Sec. 106c. 32 V.S.A. chapter 123, subchapter 4A is added to read:

Subchapter 4A. Agency of Natural Resources Land

§ 3708. PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES FOR LANDS HELD BY THE

AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

   (a) All ANR land, excluding buildings or other improvements thereon, shall be appraised at fair market value by the director of property valuation and review and listed separately in the grand list of the town in which it is located. Annually the state shall pay to each municipality an amount which is the lesser of

      (1) one percent of the director's appraisal value for the current year for ANR land; or

      (2) one percent of the current year use value of ANR land enrolled by the agency of natural resources in the use value appraisal program under chapter 124 of this title before January 1999; except that no municipality shall receive in any taxable year a state payment in lieu of property taxes for ANR land in an amount less than it received in the fiscal year 1980.

   (b) "ANR land" in this section means lands held by the agency of natural resources.

   (c) "Municipality" in this section means an incorporated city, town, village, or unorganized town, grant or gore in which a tax is assessed for noneducational purposes.

   (d) The selectboard of a town aggrieved by the appraisal of property by the division of property valuation and review under this section may, within 21 days after the receipt by the town listers of notice of the appraisal of its property by the division of property valuation and review, appeal from that appraisal to the superior court of the district in which the property is situated.

Sec. 106d. Sec. 89 of No. 60 of the Acts of 1997 is amended to read:

Sec. 89. PILOT SPECIAL FUND

   (a) There is established a PILOT special fund, to be managed by the commissioner of taxes, pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32. The fund shall be used exclusively for payments required under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32, State Payment in Lieu of Property Taxes. The commissioner of finance and management may draw warrants for disbursements from this fund in anticipation of receipts.

   (b) *[If after payment of the amounts required by subsection 3703   (d) of Title 32, insufficient funds exist]* If the PILOT special fund is insufficient to pay the full amount of all *[remaining]* payments in lieu of taxes under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32, then *[the remaining]* payments, after application of the cap in subsection 3703   (c) of Title 32, shall be reduced proportionately.

Sec. 106e. FISCAL YEARS 2000 AND 2001 DETERMINATION OF

EDUCATION PROPERTY TAX AND CURRENT USE

REIMBURSEMENT

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for fiscal years 2000 and 2001: (1) the education property tax liability of a municipality under section 5402(b) of Title 32 shall not include tax on property which was, for any fiscal year, a part of land in excess of 100,000 acres listed to a single owner on the statewide equalized education property tax grand list and not exempt from education property tax by law in that fiscal year but is, in the immediately following fiscal year, exempt by reason of its acquisition by the State of Vermont or a federal agency; and (2) for any property which was, for any fiscal year, a part of land in excess of 100,000 acres listed to a single owner on the statewide equalized education property tax grand list at fair market value and not at use value, and which is, in the immediately following fiscal year, enrolled in the use value appraisal program, the later fiscal year education property tax liability of the municipality under section 5402(b) of Title 32 shall be based on the later fiscal year use value of that property.

Sec. 106f. CURRENT USE REIMBURSEMENT

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes of calculating the current use reimbursement under section 3760 of Title 32 for fiscal years 2000 and after, the fair market value of any parcel which was a part of land in excess of 100,000 acres listed to a single owner on the 1998 statewide equalized education property tax grand list, shall not be reduced on account of any conservation easement acquired in 1999 or 2000 under chapter 155 of Title 10.

Sec. 107. GRANT ACCEPTANCE

The following grant is hereby accepted and appropriated to the department indicated for the purposes specified by the grantor:

JFO #1837 - $110,665.77 contract from the department of health and human services/food and drug administration to the department of liquor control. This contract will allow the department, on an over-time capacity, to conduct 150 tobacco compliance investigations each month in retail establishments that sell tobacco products.

Sec. 108. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage. Secs. 92 and 93 shall apply as of July 1, 1998 for revenues received from indirect cost recovery.

Approved: March 31, 1999