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NO. 62. AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT.

(H.554)

Sec. 1. SHORT TITLE

   This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL -- Fiscal Year 2000 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 2. PURPOSE

   The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2000. It is the expressed intent of the legislature that activities of the various agencies, departments, divisions, boards, and commissions be limited to those which can be supported by funds appropriated in this act or other acts passed prior to June 30, 1999. Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2000 so as to meet this condition unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act.

Sec. 3. APPROPRIATIONS

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

Sec. 4. TIME AVAILABLE

   The sums appropriated in this act, unless otherwise designated, shall be available only during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000. The balance of any appropriations made in this act remaining unexpended and unencumbered at the end of the fiscal year shall revert to the appropriate fund balance unless otherwise specified in this act. Refunds of expenditures and reimbursements, except liability insurance premiums, which have been paid from the appropriations of a prior year shall be credited to the appropriate fund and not to appropriation accounts in the current fiscal year unless those refunds or reimbursements were previously paid from federal grants-in-aid or from appropriations whose unexpended balances are reappropriated by law. Refunds of liability insurance premiums paid in prior fiscal years are hereby available to reduce subsequent liability insurance premiums. Nothing contained in this act shall limit the time within which an appropriation to be raised by the issue of bonds may be expended.

Sec. 5. DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this act:

(1) "Personal services" means wages and salaries, consulting services, personnel benefits, personal injury benefits under section 636 of Title 21 and similar items.

(2) "Operating expenses" means supplies - food, medical, clothing, educational, fuel, highway materials and similar items; contractual services - postage, telephone, travel expenses, light, heat and power, rentals, insurance and other similar items; equipment articles of substantial value which have a long period of usefulness - desks, computers, typewriters, furniture, motor vehicles and similar items.

(3) "Land, structures, improvements" means expenditures for the purchase of land, construction of new buildings and permanent improvements, highway construction and similar items.

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

(5) "Other" means a lump sum appropriation not differentiated by object of expenditure.

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

Sec. 6. SOURCE OF FUNDS

   The appropriations made in this act are made for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000 except as provided in this act, and are to be paid from funds shown as the source of funds.

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

   Personal services512,570
   Operating expenses51,808
      Total564,378
Source of funds
   General fund361,051
   Transportation fund58,327
   Interdepartmental transfer145,000
      Total564,378

Sec. 8. Secretary of administration - GOVNet

   Personal services281,150
   Operating expenses968,850
      Total1,250,000
Source of funds
   Internal service funds1,250,000

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Administrative Assistant A - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 9. Finance and management - budget and management

   Personal services662,088
   Operating expenses54,280
      Total716,368
Source of funds
   General fund580,216
   Transportation fund126,152
   Interdepartmental transfer10,000
      Total716,368

Sec. 10. Finance and management - financial operations

   Personal services855,376
   Operating expenses156,284
      Total1,011,660
Source of funds
   General fund625,416
   Transportation fund340,214
   Special funds46,030
      Total1,011,660

   (a) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Network Administrator II and one (1) Information Technology Specialist II - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 11. Personnel - operations

   Personal services2,040,140
   Operating expenses423,106
      Total2,463,246
Source of funds
   General fund1,733,842
   Transportation fund607,604
   Special funds47,000
   Internal service funds67,300
   Interdepartmental transfer7,500
      Total2,463,246

Sec. 12. Personnel - employee benefits

   Personal services706,487
   Operating expenses269,320
      Total975,807
Source of funds
   Internal service funds975,807

Sec. 13. Buildings and general services - administrative

   Personal services668,926
   Operating expenses137,900
      Total806,826
Source of funds
   General fund370,000
   Transportation fund63,000
   Interdepartmental transfer373,826
      Total806,826

   (a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Personnel Assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 14. Buildings and general services - facilities operations

   Personal services5,296,223
   Operating expenses5,991,792
      Total11,288,015
Source of funds
   General fund9,660,189
   Transportation fund1,327,826
   Interdepartmental transfer300,000
      Total11,288,015

(a) The establishment of twenty-two (22) new classified positions - one (1) Maintenance Mechanic A, three (3) Maintenance Mechanic B, one (1) Maintenance Mechanic II, fourteen (14) Custodian A, and three (3) Custodian B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 15. Buildings and general services - engineering

   Personal services1,330,618
   Operating expenses164,750
      Total1,495,368
Source of funds
   General fund1,339,664
   Transportation fund90,704
   Interdepartmental transfer65,000
      Total1,495,368

Sec. 16. Buildings and general services - property management

   Personal services276,833
   Operating expenses3,661,776
      Total3,938,609
Source of funds
   General fund513,166
   Internal service funds3,425,443
      Total3,938,609

Sec. 17. Buildings and general services - postal

   Personal services476,766
   Operating expenses345,816
      Total822,582
Source of funds
   General fund75,000
   Transportation fund63,085
   Internal service funds684,497
      Total822,582

Sec. 18. Buildings and general services - supply center

   Personal services207,401
   Operating expenses189,851
      Total397,252
Source of funds
   Internal service funds397,252

Sec. 19. Buildings and general services - copy center

   Personal services564,853
   Operating expenses803,920
      Total1,368,773
Source of funds
   Internal service funds1,368,773

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - Support Services Worker - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 20. Buildings and general services - purchasing

   Personal services614,653
   Operating expenses120,062
      Total734,715
Source of funds
   General fund483,439
   Transportation fund251,276
      Total734,715

Sec. 21. Buildings and general services - public records

   Personal services638,983
   Operating expenses192,633
      Total831,616
Source of funds
   General fund566,558
   Transportation fund85,019
   Special funds160,039
   Interdepartmental transfer20,000
      Total831,616

Sec. 22. Buildings and general services - communications and information technology

   Personal services2,156,311
   Operating expenses3,041,100
      Total5,197,411
Source of funds
   Internal service funds5,197,411

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Information Technology Specialist II, and one (1) Telecommunications Systems Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 23. Buildings and general services - state surplus property

   Personal services39,197
   Operating expenses28,855
      Total68,052
Source of funds
   Internal service funds68,052

Sec. 24. Buildings and general services - federal surplus property

   Personal services36,527
   Operating expenses60,545
      Total97,072
Source of funds
   Enterprise funds97,072

Sec. 25. Buildings and general services - workers' compensation insurance

   Personal services682,418
   Operating expenses192,698
      Total875,116
Source of funds
   Internal service funds875,116

Sec. 26. Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

   Personal services255,183
   Operating expenses389,331
      Total644,514
Source of funds
   Internal service funds644,514

Sec. 27. Buildings and general services - all other insurance

   Personal services26,642
   Operating expenses14,285
      Total40,927
Source of funds
   Internal service funds40,927

Sec. 28. Buildings and general services - information centers

   Personal services2,154,820
   Operating expenses555,302
   Grants175,000
      Total2,885,122
Source of funds
   General fund256,499
   Transportation fund2,576,623
   Special funds52,000
      Total2,885,122

Sec. 29. APPROPRIATIONS; REDUCTION

   (a) The commissioner of buildings and general services shall reduce by $250,000.00 in general funds, amounts appropriated in Secs. 13 through 28 of this act.

   (b) The commissioner shall use the fee for space program in agencies supported by federal programs and in agencies supported by special funds to the extent allowable to fully fund the appropriation of the facilities operating program of the department. Any additional revenues from the fee for space program shall be available for appropriation.

Sec. 30. Tax - administration/collection

   Personal services8,339,462
   Operating expenses2,247,350
      Total10,586,812
Source of funds
   General fund9,362,241
   Transportation fund247,566
   Special funds899,505
   Interdepartmental transfer77,500
      Total10,586,812

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Clerk B and one (1) Tax Examiner II - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 31. REPEAL

   Sec. 303 of No. 89 of the Acts of 1987 (enhanced tax collection special fund) is repealed.

Sec. 32. Libraries

   Personal services1,511,437
   Operating expenses1,047,830
   Grants41,300
      Total2,600,567
Source of funds
   General fund1,835,067
   Federal funds638,700
   Special funds64,200
   Interdepartmental transfer62,600
      Total2,600,567

Sec. 33. Geographic information system

   Grants345,000
Source of funds
   Special funds345,000

Sec. 34. Auditor of accounts

   Personal services1,323,444
   Operating expenses80,317
      Total1,403,761
Source of funds
   General fund418,994
   Transportation fund66,844
   Special fund47,573
   Internal service funds870,350
      Total1,403,761

Sec. 35. State treasurer

   Personal services1,297,696
   Operating expenses246,700
      Total1,544,396
Source of funds
   General fund472,535
   Transportation fund115,953
   Special funds862,378
   Expendable trust93,530
      Total1,544,396

   (a) The conversion of one (1) limited service position - Program Services Clerk - to a new classified position is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 36. Vermont state retirement system

   Personal services9,367,097
   Operating expenses108,377
      Total9,475,474
Source of funds
   Special funds9,475,474

Sec. 37. Municipal employees' retirement system

   Personal services747,684
   Operating expenses38,076
      Total785,760
Source of funds
   Special funds785,760

Sec. 38. State labor relations board

   Personal services140,705
   Operating expenses21,400
      Total162,105
Source of funds
   General fund152,058
   Transportation fund5,125
   Special funds4,922
      Total162,105

Sec. 39. Executive office

   Personal services973,328
   Operating expenses207,347
   Grants51,978
   Unrestricted fund13,000
      Total1,245,653
Source of funds
   General fund956,056
   Transportation fund177,497
   Special funds3,100
   Interdepartmental transfer109,000
      Total1,245,653

Sec. 40. Executive - national and community service

   Personal services156,405
   Operating expenses86,335
   Grants1,272,320
      Total1,515,060
Source of funds
   General fund54,880
   Federal funds1,445,416
   Interdepartmental transfer14,764
      Total1,515,060

Sec. 41. VOSHA review board

   Personal services25,000
   Operating expenses3,250
      Total28,250
Source of funds
   General fund11,415
   Federal funds16,835
      Total28,250

Sec. 42. Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

   Other4,000,000
Source of funds
   General fund1,950,000
   Transportation fund2,050,000
      Total4,000,000

Sec. 43. Lieutenant governor

   Personal services95,921
   Operating expenses7,414
      Total103,335
Source of funds
   General fund82,193
   Transportation fund21,142
      Total103,335

Sec. 44. Legislature

   Other3,891,728
Source of funds
   General fund3,093,628
   Transportation fund798,100
      Total3,891,728

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) exempt positions - Committee Assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 44a. Sec. 41 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998, as amended by Sec. 8 of No. 1 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended to read:

Sec. 41. Legislature

   Other*[4,241,500]*4,751,500
Source of funds
   General fund*[3,443,400]*3,953,400
   Transportation fund798,100798,100
      Total*[4,241,500]*4,751,500

(a) 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.

(b) 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).

(c) Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in 32 V.S.A. §§ 1051 and 1052, for attendance at sessions of the 1999 regular session of general assembly after May 8, 1999 members shall be compensated on a daily basis, except that in no event shall compensation to any member in any week exceed the weekly amount provided by law.

(d) In addition to any other funds appropriated to the sergeant at arms in fiscal year 1999, there is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 1999 to the sergeant at arms an additional amount of $21,000.00 for the purpose of meeting additional personnel and other costs related to the extension of the 1999 legislative session.

Sec. 45. Legislative council

   Personal services1,436,000
   Operating expenses18,500
      Total1,454,500
Source of funds
   General fund1,202,968
   Transportation fund251,532
      Total1,454,500

(a) The establishment of two (2) new exempt positions - Legislative Counsel - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 46. Sergeant at arms

   Personal services203,072
   Operating expenses42,669
      Total245,741
Source of funds
   General fund199,524
   Transportation fund46,217
      Total245,741

Sec. 47. Joint fiscal committee

   Personal services625,335
   Operating expenses25,600
      Total650,935
Source of funds
   General fund499,702
   Transportation fund151,233
      Total650,935

   (a) The following limited service positions are converted to permanent exempt positions in fiscal year 2000: #117010 and #117011.

Sec. 48. Lottery commission

   Personal services931,410
   Operating expenses692,422
      Total1,623,832
Source of funds
   Enterprise funds1,623,832

Sec. 49. Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier services

   Grants184,000
Source of funds
   General fund184,000

Sec. 50. Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

   Grants40,000
Source of funds
   General fund40,000

Sec. 50a. State payment in lieu of property taxes

   Grants1,500,000
Source of funds
   General fund1,250,000
   Special funds250,000
      Total1,500,000

   (a) The above appropriation is for state payments in lieu of property taxes under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32.

Sec. 51. Total general government81,610,338
Source of funds
   General fund38,080,301
   Transportation fund9,521,039
   Federal funds2,100,951
   Special funds13,042,981
   Enterprise funds1,720,904
   Expendable trust93,530
   Internal service funds15,865,442
   Interdepartmental transfer1,185,190
      Total81,610,338

Sec. 52. Protection to persons and property -

   Attorney general
   Personal services3,604,134
   Operating expenses408,200
      Total4,012,334
Source of funds
   General fund2,020,089
   Transportation fund78,539
   Federal funds460,000
   Special funds612,706
   Tobacco funds190,000
   Interdepartmental transfer651,000
      Total4,012,334

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) Administrative Assistant and two (2) Paralegal - and five (5) new exempt positions - Assistant Attorney General - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Investigator - and two (2) new exempt positions - Assistant Attorney General - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 53. Vermont court diversion

   Grants821,967
Source of funds
   General fund424,342
   Transportation fund172,625
   Special funds225,000
      Total821,967

Sec. 54. Center for crime victim services

   Personal services311,149
   Operating expenses79,836
   Grants3,369,676
   Other498,000
      Total4,258,661
Source of funds
   General fund570,126
   Federal funds2,744,000
   Special funds944,535
      Total4,258,661

Sec. 55. State's attorneys

   Personal services5,846,810
   Operating expenses693,540
      Total6,540,350
Source of funds
   General fund4,651,739
   Transportation fund414,598
   Federal funds216,827
   Special funds91,004
   Interdepartmental transfer1,166,182
      Total6,540,350

   (a) The establishment of eight (8) new exempt positions - three (3) Deputy State's Attorney, three (3) Victim Advocate and two (2) Secretary - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 56. Sheriffs

   Personal services1,681,448
   Operating expenses218,280
      Total1,899,728
Source of funds
   General fund1,365,427
   Transportation fund534,301
      Total1,899,728

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

Sec. 56a. 32 V.S.A. § 1591(2)(A) is amended to read:

(A) For necessary assistance in arresting or transporting prisoners, juveniles or mental patients the sum of *[$9.50]* $11.00 per hour for each deputy sheriff or assistant so required if the sheriff or constable makes oath that the deputy sheriff, assistant or assistants were required giving the name of the assistant or assistants if there were more than one; provided, however, a full-time law enforcement officer shall not receive compensation under this subsection if otherwise compensated for the hours during which such transportation is performed. In addition to the rate established in this section, the sheriffs' department shall be reimbursed for the costs of the employers' contribution to social security and workers' compensation insurance attributable to services provided under this section. Reimbursement shall be calculated on an hourly basis; the sheriff's department shall also be reimbursed for the costs of employer contributions for unemployment compensation, when a claim is filed and the percentage owed from the sheriff's department to the state can be accounted for under this section;

Sec. 56b. SHERIFFS' COMPENSATION; REPORT

The department of state's attorneys shall review the statutory schedule for sheriffs' compensation and determine whether the compensation for sheriffs is equitable. The department shall report its findings, together with its recommendation for an equitable compensation schedule for sheriffs, to the general assembly on or before January 15, 2000.

Sec. 57. Defender general - public defense

   Personal services4,089,215
   Operating expenses440,724
      Total4,529,939
Source of funds
   General fund3,629,935
   Transportation fund600,692
   Federal funds48,000
   Special funds251,312
      Total4,529,939

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of five (5) new exempt positions - three (3) Staff Attorney and two (2) Support Secretary - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 57a. GRANT ACCEPTANCE

Notwithstanding section 5 of Title 32 pertaining to acceptance of grants, the defender general may accept up to $150,000.00 in federal grant funds from the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the United States Department of Justice to identify, assess and accommodate developmental disabilities of persons who are assigned the services of the office of the defender general.

Sec. 58. Defender general - assigned counsel

   Personal services1,757,137
   Operating expenses34,505
      Total1,791,642
Source of funds
   General fund1,532,058
   Transportation fund259,584
      Total1,791,642

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new exempt position - Support Secretary - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 59. AD HOC COUNSEL COMPENSATION RATE

   Beginning July 1, 1999, such rate of compensation shall be as prescribed by the supreme court pursuant to section 5205(a) of Title 13.

Sec. 60. Military - administrative

   Personal services547,827
   Operating expenses336,909
   Grants30,000
      Total914,736
Source of funds
   General fund874,111
   Special funds40,625
      Total914,736

   (a) $200,000.00 shall be transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the national guard scholarship program, which is comprised of $30,000.00 of the above appropriation and $170,000.00 carry-forward fiscal year 1999 funds.
(b) Total grants under 16 V.S.A chapter 87, subchapter 4a shall not exceed $200,000.00 in fiscal year 2000, nor shall commitments or obligations be made for expenditure amounts above $200,000.00 in fiscal year 2001.

Sec. 61. 16 V.S.A. chapter 87, subchapter 4A is added to read:

Subchapter 4A. National Guard

§ 2856. EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

(a) An active member of the Vermont army national guard or the air national guard may be eligible for an interest-free loan in an academic year for financial assistance to pay for tuition and fees for courses taken at a Vermont college, university, or regional technical center. Academic year awards may be up to $2,500.00 for a full-time student, up to $700.00 for a half-time student and up to $200.00 for a quarter-time student.

(b) To be eligible for an educational loan under this section, a person shall:

(1) have been a Vermont resident for at least one year;

(2) be an active member in good standing of a federally-recognized unit of the Vermont army national guard or air national guard;

(3) have successfully completed basic training or commissioning;

(4) not hold a baccalaureate degree or higher; and

(5) be enrolled in a program that leads to a postsecondary degree, diploma or be studying for relevant continuing education purposes.

(c) A loan awarded under this section shall be interest free and may be partially or completely cancelled and forgiven for a person who:

(1) submits certification that the person has successfully completed the course; and

(2) submits certification that the person has completed two years of national guard service for each full academic year award. Service requirements for less than a full academic year award shall be proportionate to the amount of the award. The board shall determine the amount of loan to be cancelled for each completed year of service. The amount cancelled for each year of service shall not exceed 50 percent of the loan.

(d) The adjutant general shall provide a certificate of eligibility to each person who has been found to be eligible for educational assistance under this section. The certificate shall be valid for one academic year.

(e) A person shall not be eligible for educational assistance under this section for any courses taken after he or she has been awarded a baccalaureate degree or is no longer an active member in good standing of the Vermont army national guard or the air national guard.

(f) The board, in consultation with the office of the adjutant general, shall adopt rules necessary to implement the provisions of this section. Rules shall include definitions of "successful completion of a course", "relevant continuing education courses" and what constitutes an "academic year". Rules adopted by the Vermont state colleges under section 2183 of this title, prior to its repeal, shall remain valid under this section and shall be administered by the corporation.

(g) Annually by January 15, the adjutant general shall report to the legislature, and shall include in the report statistics and information on the following issues:

(1) the number of guardsmen and women enrolled in educational programs as a result of the funding provisions of this section;

(2) the number of guardsmen and women who applied for funding under this section but were not able to obtain such funding;

(3) the types of programs undertaken and names of institutions attended by students; and

(4) the number of guards men and women who have completed their course work.

Sec. 62. REPEAL

   16 V.S.A. § 2183, relating to Vermont state colleges administration of national guard scholarships, is repealed.

Sec. 63. Military - veterans' affairs

   Personal services85,392
   Operating expenses21,165
   Grants74,000
      Total180,557
Source of funds
   General fund180,557

Sec. 64. Military - army service contract

   Personal services857,180
   Operating expenses2,006,700
      Total2,863,880
Source of funds
   General fund113,598
   Federal funds2,750,282
      Total2,863,880

Sec. 65. Military - air service contract

   Personal services2,450,062
   Operating expenses577,792
      Total3,027,854
Source of funds
   General fund232,123
   Federal funds2,795,731
      Total3,027,854

Sec. 66. Military - building maintenance

   Personal services484,999
   Operating expenses142,498
      Total627,497
Source of funds
   General fund627,497

Sec. 67. Labor and Industry

   Personal services3,747,417
   Operating expenses1,040,000
      Total4,787,417
Source of funds
   General fund673,773
   Federal funds459,393
   Special funds3,602,251
   Interdepartmental transfer52,000
      Total4,787,417

   (a) Of the $3,602,251.00 appropriated from special funds, $200,000.00 is appropriated for the purpose of information technology equipment, software and implementation costs, and is contingent upon approval of an information technology plan by the chief information officer.

   (b) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Fire Prevention Officer, Inspector and one (1) Fire Prevention Officer, Trainer - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 68. Criminal justice training council

   Personal services616,662
   Operating expenses152,460
      Total769,122
Source of funds
   General fund121,917
   Transportation fund339,807
   Special funds199,398
   Interdepartmental transfer108,000
      Total769,122

Sec. 69. Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

   Personal services1,340,163
   Operating expenses359,657
      Total1,699,820
Source of funds
   Federal funds36,888
   Tobacco funds300,000
   Enterprise funds1,322,932
   Interdepartmental transfer40,000
      Total1,699,820

(a) The establishment of four (4) new classified positions - one (1) Enforcement Supervisor, two (2) Investigator, and one (1) Clerk C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 70. Liquor control - administration

   Personal services1,393,268
   Operating expenses717,005
      Total2,110,273
Source of funds
   Enterprise funds2,110,273

Sec. 71. Vermont racing commission

   Personal services6,503
   Operating expenses10,695
      Total17,198
Source of funds
   Special funds17,198

Sec. 72. Secretary of state

   Personal services2,150,359
   Operating expenses809,697
      Total2,960,056
Source of funds
   General fund816,446
   Special funds2,068,610
   Interdepartmental transfer75,000
      Total2,960,056

   (a) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Campaign Finance Administrator and one (1) Data Clerk Typist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The conversion of one (1) limited service position - Licensing Board Inspector - to a new classified position is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 73. Medical practice board

   Personal services436,390
   Operating expenses105,168
      Total541,558
Source of funds
   Special funds541,558

Sec. 74. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - administration
   Personal services483,453
   Operating expenses19,000
      Total502,453
Source of funds
   Special funds502,453

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Secretary C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Information Technology Specialist II - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 75. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - banking
   Personal services933,779
   Operating expenses301,135
      Total1,234,914
Source of funds
   Special funds1,234,914

Sec. 76. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - insurance
   Personal services2,519,836
   Operating expenses482,740
      Total3,002,576
Source of funds
   Special funds3,002,576

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Program Services Clerk - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 77. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - securities
   Personal services289,463
   Operating expenses104,933
      Total394,396
Source of funds
   Special funds394,396

   (a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Securities Examiner - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 78. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - captive
   Personal services984,499
   Operating expenses234,170
      Total1,218,669
Source of funds
   Special funds1,218,669

   (a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Insurance Examiner - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 79. Banking, insurance, securities, and health care

   administration - health care administration
   Personal services1,960,500
   Operating expenses331,965
      Total2,292,465
Source of funds
   General fund525,932
   Special funds1,766,533
      Total2,292,465

Sec. 80. Public safety - state police

   Personal services23,201,011
   Operating expenses4,887,366
   Grants572,100
   Other135,700
      Total28,796,177
Source of funds
   General fund6,363,436
   Transportation fund18,157,462
   Federal funds2,084,119
   Special funds1,555,169
   Interdepartmental transfer635,991
      Total28,796,177

   (a) Of the above appropriation, $1,080,435.00 shall be expended for police cruisers for field duty work and $22,000.00 shall be available for snowmobile law enforcement activities.

   (b) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Account Clerk B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (c) Of the above appropriation, $25,000.00 shall be used to provide clerical assistance to any state police office providing no dispatch services and recording over 5,000 incidents per year. The dispatch services at the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury field station shall not be consolidated with other dispatch services in another location in the state until the essential nondispatch services currently being provided by the dispatchers at the Shaftsbury field station are replaced.

Sec. 81. Public safety - criminal justice services

   Personal services4,264,802
   Operating expenses2,663,425
   Grants1,168,000
      Total8,096,227
Source of funds
   General fund25,000
   Transportation fund2,903,659
   Federal funds2,892,367
   Special funds1,734,081
   Interdepartmental transfer541,120
      Total8,096,227

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

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

   (c) Of the above appropriation, $575,000.00 shall be used for DUI enforcement at the local level.

   (d) The above universal service fund appropriation shall be limited for use to support activities directly related to enhanced 911 call taking.
(e) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Coordinator of Alcohol Traffic Safety Programs - authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 82. 30 V.S.A. § 7054(e)(4) is added to read:

(e) Disbursements may be made for:

* * *

(4) Costs solely attributable to statewide public safety answering point operations.

Sec. 83. Public safety - emergency management

   Personal services947,151
   Operating expenses490,714
   Grants477,300
      Total1,915,165
Source of funds
   General fund132,298
   Transportation fund68,345
   Federal funds1,269,251
   Special funds445,271
      Total1,915,165

   (a) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Hazardous Materials Coordinator and one (1) State Hazard Mitigation Officer - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 84. Agriculture, food and markets -

   administration
   Personal services552,602
   Operating expenses85,402
   Grants268,871
      Total906,875
Source of funds
   General fund708,594
   Special funds74,210
   Interdepartmental transfer124,071
      Total906,875

   (a) The commissioner of agriculture, food and markets is authorized to participate in the Northeast States Agricultural Stewardship Program for the development of agricultural policy.

Sec. 85. Agriculture, food and markets -

   agriculture development
   Personal services431,818
   Operating expenses120,735
   Other321,173
      Total873,726
Source of funds
   General fund415,890
   Special funds407,836
   Interdepartmental transfer50,000
      Total873,726

Sec. 86. Agriculture, food and markets -

   animal and dairy
   Personal services1,255,513
   Operating expenses254,001
   Grants4,492
      Total1,514,006
Source of funds
   General fund962,044
   Federal funds503,622
   Special funds43,340
   Interdepartmental transfer5,000
      Total1,514,006

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

   assurance
   Personal services1,792,659
   Operating expenses406,087
      Total2,198,746
Source of funds
   General fund663,595
   Transportation fund43,082
   Federal funds298,737
   Special funds1,048,359
   Interdepartmental transfer144,973
      Total2,198,746

Sec. 88. Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

   Grants125,000
Source of funds
   General funds125,000

Sec. 89. Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

   Grants90,000
Source of funds
   Special funds90,000

Sec. 90. Public service - regulation and energy

   Personal services3,576,361
   Operating expenses694,641
   Grants290,000
      Total4,561,002
Source of funds
   Federal funds665,197
   Special funds3,870,805
   Interdepartmental transfer25,000
      Total4,561,002

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new exempt position - Attorney - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 91. Public service - purchase and sale of power

   Personal services7,213
   Operating expenses370
      Total7,583
Source of funds
   Special funds7,583

Sec. 92. Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

   Personal services1,953,059
   Operating expenses133,340
      Total2,086,399
Source of funds
   Special funds2,086,399

   (a) The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) E-911 Assistant Database Administrator, one (1) E-911 Systems Administrator/engineer and one (1) GIS Technician - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no other agency of state government may spend funds appropriated by this act for the purpose of requiring any individual to disclose any enhanced 911 address related to such individual, provided that the individual furnishes an alternative mailing address.

Sec. 93. Public service board

   Personal services1,937,800
   Operating expenses285,000
      Total2,222,800
Source of funds
   Special funds2,222,800

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Secretary B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 94. Judiciary

   Personal services17,272,500
   Operating expenses2,724,500
   Other2,000
      Total19,999,000
Source of funds
   General fund15,254,387
   Transportation fund2,926,073
   Federal funds127,000
   Interdepartmental transfer1,691,540
      Total19,999,000

   (a) The establishment of one (1) new exempt position - Systems Developer III - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 95. Human rights commission

   Personal services268,874
   Operating expenses26,956
      Total295,830
Source of funds
   General fund250,341
   Federal funds45,488
   Special funds1
      Total295,830

Sec. 96. Vermont radiological emergency response plan fund

   Other300,000
Source of funds
   Special funds300,000

Sec. 97. Vermont fire service training council

   Personal services469,333
   Operating expenses271,903
      Total741,236
Source of funds
   General fund59,688
   Transportation fund95,000
   Federal funds155,248
   Special funds323,000
   Interdepartmental transfer108,300
      Total741,236

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Fire Service Training Site Coordinator and one (1) Data Clerk - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 98. Total protection to persons and 127,729,834 property
Source of funds
   General fund43,319,943
   Transportation fund26,593,767
   Federal funds17,552,150
   Special funds30,922,592
   Tobacco funds490,000
   Enterprise funds3,433,205
   Interdepartmental transfer5,418,177
      Total127,729,834

Sec. 99. Human services - agency of human services - central office

   Personal services2,789,655
   Operating expenses944,397
   Grants5,612,448
      Total9,346,500
Source of funds
   General fund3,580,070
   Federal funds5,025,804
   Special funds740,626
      Total9,346,500

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Vermont Prevention Institute Team Director - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The amount included in grants allocated for Parents Anonymous is hereinafter allocated to the organization referred to as Prevent Child Abuse - Vermont.

(c) The establishment of one (1) new exempt position - Staff Attorney III - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 100. IMPROVING OUTCOMES THROUGH STATE AND

   COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

(a) The general assembly supports and encourages the collaborative, reciprocal ventures undertaken by the agency of human services, the department of education, the University of Vermont and their community partners in order to improve the lifelong well-being of all Vermonters. It creates a research partnership among the parties to study and improve the effectiveness of this collaborative work and gives permission for this research to be cooperatively funded by the partners.

(b) Outcomes related to the well-being of Vermonters shall be studied and reported for at least the following areas: Pregnant women and newborns thrive, infants and children thrive, children are ready for school, children are successful in school, children live in stable and supported families, youth choose healthy behaviors, youth successfully transition to adulthood, families, youth and citizens are engaged in and contribute to their community's decisions and activities, families and individuals live in safe and supportive communities, and elders and people with disabilities live with dignity and independence in settings they prefer.

(c) On or before February 15 of each year, the secretary of the agency of human services and the commissioner of education shall file a written report with the general assembly regarding the development and accomplishments of state and regional partnerships, the status of outcomes on a state and local level, and the findings of research undertaken. The secretary and commissioner shall also make recommendations for improving existing state, regional and local partnerships based on the outcome research data.

Sec. 101. Rate Setting

   Personal services525,813
   Operating expenses60,250
      Total586,063
Source of funds
   Interdepartmental transfer586,063

Sec. 102. Human services board

   Personal services204,860
   Operating expenses26,109
      Total230,969
Source of funds
   General fund84,298
   Federal funds124,171
   Interdepartmental transfer22,500
      Total230,969

Sec. 103. Corrections - administration

   Personal services1,237,946
   Operating expenses352,087
   Grants3,511,330
      Total5,101,363
Source of funds
   General fund1,501,363
   Federal funds3,550,000
   Special funds50,000
      Total5,101,363

   (a) 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.

   (b) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - Information Technology Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 104. Corrections - parole board

   Personal services154,611
   Operating expenses64,555
      Total219,166
Source of funds
   General fund219,166

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Secretary B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 105. Corrections - corrections services

   Personal services41,645,364
   Operating expenses18,541,365
   Grants150,000
      Total60,336,729
Source of funds
   General fund57,734,246
   Transportation fund1,343,011
   Federal funds508,587
   Special funds274,500
   Interdepartmental transfer476,385
      Total60,336,729

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) Secretary B, one (1) Domestic Abuse Chief, one (1) Volunteer Services Coordinator, and one (1) new exempt position - Assistant Attorney General - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of forty-nine (49) new classified positions - six (6) Correctional Officer III, ten (10) Corrections Services Specialist II, one (1) Corrections Services Manager, seventeen (17) Correctional Officer II, one (1) Living Unit Coordinator, nine (9) Correctional Officer I, one (1) Administrative Assistant A, one (1) Secretary C, and three (3) Foreman B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (c) The department of corrections shall study and report to the general assembly by January 15, 2000 all options which address the development of supervised community capacity that will attenuate the state's increasing reliance on secure correctional facility beds.

(d) The department of corrections shall have a residential treatment program for female offenders which provides a full range of appropriate treatment options comparable to those available to male offenders. This program shall be in place no later than January 1, 2000.

Sec. 106. Corrections - correctional facilities

   Special fund
   Personal services138,715
   Operating expenses276,900
      Total415,615
Source of funds
   Special funds415,615

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of eight (8) new classified positions - Recreation Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(b) In counties in which ten or more furloughed inmates reside, the department of corrections shall maintain a supervisory presence in such counties for those inmates. Such supervisory presence shall be maintained in such counties a minimum of 40 hours per week, and shall be staffed by one or more furlough personnel at the correctional officer III level or higher.

Sec. 107. Corrections - correctional education

   Personal services1,904,104
   Operating expenses357,925
      Total2,262,029
Source of funds
   General fund1,958,244
   Interdepartmental transfer303,785
      Total2,262,029

   (a) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - Correctional Instructor - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 108. Corrections - Vermont correctional industries

   Personal services945,610
   Operating expenses802,100
      Total1,747,710
Source of funds
   Internal service funds1,747,710

Sec. 109. Developmental disabilities council

   Personal services104,852
   Operating expenses33,498
   Other264,743
      Total403,093
Source of funds
   Federal funds403,093

Sec. 110. Health - administration and support

   Personal services2,241,733
   Operating expenses788,000
      Total3,029,733
Source of funds
   General fund1,183,354
   Federal funds1,809,512
   Special funds17,767
   Interdepartmental transfer19,100
      Total3,029,733

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Staff Assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 111. Health - health protection

   Personal services2,651,050
   Operating expenses656,600
   Grants120,000
      Total3,427,650
Source of funds
   General fund1,424,915
   Federal funds1,126,735
   Special funds756,000
   Interdepartmental transfer120,000
      Total3,427,650

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Business Manager B, and one (1) Lead Control Program Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 112. Health - health surveillance

   Personal services4,035,099
   Operating expenses1,551,010
   Grants1,907,153
      Total7,493,262
Source of funds
   General fund3,235,987
   Federal funds3,440,175
   Special funds771,700
   Interdepartmental transfer35,400
   Expendable trust10,000
      Total7,493,262

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of eight (8) new classified positions - two (2) Health Surveillance Biostatistician, one (1) Certified Cancer Registrar, one (1) AIDS Medication Assistant Coordinator, one (1) AIDS Special Projects Coordinator, two (2) AIDS Prevention Specialist, and one (1) AIDS Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) Public Health Physician, one (1) Microbiologist B, and one (1) Data Entry Operator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (c) Of the above general fund appropriation, $300,000.00 shall be allocated through the AIDS services program for community-based support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in every county provided by AIDS services organizations, at least 75 percent of whose program is HIV/AIDS services and/or prevention.

(d) Of the above federal fund appropriation, $123,653.00 shall be allocated as follows: $40,000.00 shall be allocated to the University of Vermont comprehensive care clinic and $83,653.00 shall be allocated to community-based support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in every county provided by AIDS services organizations, at least 75 percent of whose program is HIV/AIDS services and/or prevention.

(e) Of the above federal fund appropriation, $590,300.00 shall be allocated for community-based HIV prevention activities provided by nonprofit agencies in every county.

Sec. 113. HIV/AIDS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

(a) $200,000.00 of the general fund appropriation in Sec. 112 of this act shall be used for all aspects of the HIV/AIDS medication assistance program (AMAP), including the costs of prescribed medications, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements and maximum cost effectiveness for the program.

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

(c) The secretary of human services shall continue to convene an AMAP advisory committee comprised of no less than 50 percent members who are living with HIV. The committee shall make recommendations regarding the program's formulary of approved medications, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements and eligibility for the program.

Sec. 114. Health - health improvement

   Personal services2,832,911
   Operating expenses789,400
   Grants5,501,682
   Other500,000
      Total9,623,993
Source of funds
   General fund2,313,607
   Federal funds5,775,036
   Special funds411,266
   Tobacco funds960,584
   Interdepartmental transfer163,500
      Total9,623,993

   (a) 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 payments of taxes due on the award may be considered for payment.

(b) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of ten (10) new classified positions - four (4) Medical Social Worker, one (1) Public Health Nutrition Specialist, one (1) Administrative Assistant B, one (1) Family, Infant, and Toddler Program Chief, one (1) Public Health Specialist, and two (2) Secretary C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(c) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Public Health Nutrition Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(d) Of the above tobacco settlement fund appropriation, $500,000.00 is to support the Vermont coalition of clinics for the uninsured health care and dental services provided by clinics for uninsured individuals and families. The coalition shall report to the general assembly on or before January 1 of each year with a fiscal and program accounting of expenditures made with the monies appropriated by the general assembly.

(e) A portion of the above tobacco fund appropriation is to supplement the Robert Wood Johnson foundation grant and shall be used to develop an early education program which incorporates creative approaches to promoting appropriate lifelong health habits, including information on the dangers of tobacco use.

(f) The department of health shall devote tobacco prevention funds to the development of an awareness and education campaign targeted at young women to inform them about risks to the fetus associated with maternal smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy. The campaign shall also address that the risk to infants is associated with exposure to secondhand smoke during infancy and how smoking behavior effects an increased incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Sec. 115. Health - community public health

   Personal services7,904,743
   Operating expenses1,369,879
   Grants2,873,950
   Other6,613,000
      Total18,761,572
Source of funds
   General fund3,614,362
   Federal funds14,765,710
   Special funds264,500
   Interdepartmental transfer117,000
      Total18,761,572

(a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of twenty (20) new classified positions - one (1) Public Health Nursing Specialist, sixteen (16) Public Health Nurse, one (1) WIC Program Specialist, and two (2) Data Clerk - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 116. Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

   Personal services2,657,433
   Operating expenses494,958
   Grants8,854,000
      Total12,006,391
Source of funds
   General fund2,826,493
   Federal funds8,504,798
   Special funds605,100
   Interdepartmental transfer70,000
      Total12,006,391

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of six (6) new classified positions - one (1) Secretary C, one (1) Secretary B, two (2) Substance Abuse Program Specialist, one (1) Grants Administrator, and one (1) Program Services Clerk - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 117. Social welfare - administration

   Personal services24,641,992
   Operating expenses12,496,021
   Grants5,249,538
      Total42,387,551
Source of funds
   General fund12,791,609
   Federal funds25,462,365
   Special funds3,636,361
   Tobacco funds497,216
      Total42,387,551

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - District Office Clerk - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of five (5) new classified positions - one (1) Organization and Operations Analyst B, one (1) Senior Research and Statistics Analyst, two (2) Program Service Clerk and one (1) Accountant C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(c) Of the above appropriation, $50,000.00 is allocated to provide ombudsman services for enrollees in the health care assistance programs administered by the department of social welfare.

Sec. 118. Social welfare - aid to needy families with children

   Grants43,531,324
Source of funds
   General fund16,217,899
   Federal funds25,113,425
   Special funds2,200,000
      Total43,531,324

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

   (b) Of the above appropriation $1,330,000 shall be expended to provide an ANFC special needs allowance for eligible families whose actually incurred allowable housing expenses exceed the maximum monthly allowances specified in the Welfare Assistance Manual section for the ANFC program titled "Housing Allowance - Eligibility Standards". This special needs allowance shall be applied as follows. Families whose actually incurred allowable housing expenses exceed the applicable maximum monthly allowance by at least $90.00 will receive, as part of their ANFC benefit, a housing-cost-based special needs allowance of $90.00, ratably reduced. Families whose actually incurred allowable housing expenses exceed the applicable maximum monthly allowance by less than $90.00 will receive, as part of their ANFC benefit, a housing-cost-based special needs allowance of the difference between their actually incurred allowable housing expenses and the applicable maximum monthly housing allowance, ratably reduced.

Sec. 118a. Sec. 120 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998, as amended by Sec. 35 of No. 1 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended to read:

   Sec. 120. Social welfare - aid to needy families with children

   Grants*[44,876,340]*45,101,340
Source of funds
   General fund*[16,217,899]*16,442,899
   Federal funds26,558,44126,558,441
   Special funds2,100,0002,100,000
      Total*[44,876,340]*45,101,340

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

(b) Of the above appropriation $225,000.00 general funds and $875,000.00 federal funds shall be available for state match of the federal job access reverse commute grant.

   (c) The agency of transportation which shall act as the lead agency in cooperation with the agency of human services, agency of commerce and community development and the department of employment and training shall establish a permanent interagency working group for the purposes of developing and implementing a job access and reverse commute transportation plan as is required under federal law, as well as for statewide interagency coordination of public transit services. This interagency working group shall work in cooperation with public transit providers and others in developing the job access and reverse commute program and in developing an integrated public transit system. Consistent with conditions of the grant, the interagency working group shall continue to seek alternatives to the existing state general fund and federal TANF funds as a match for this federal grant. In addition to any federal requirements for implementing a job access and reverse commute transportation plan, the agency of transportation shall ensure:

(1) that the new services under this program are currently not being provided by transit providers under 24 V.S.A. § 5090, or Rideshare-Ridematch programs,

(2) that ridership surveys of the service population support the proposed additional service,

(3) that providers are able to implement their projects upon funding, including being able to cash-expend their grant award during the appropriate fiscal year,

(4) any requests for capital assistance shall be evaluated by the public transit section of the agency of transportation in coordination with the department of employment and training and the agency of human services.

   (d) The agency of transportation with the cooperation of the interagency working group shall submit an annual report to the house and senate committees on appropriations, health and welfare and transportation. The report shall provide an overview of the services provided under the job access/reverse commute program. Such report shall include but not be limited to information regarding ridership numbers of the intended population to be served, total ridership numbers, and employers providing jobs to the individuals receiving services under this program.

   (e) Upon completion of the second year of the program authorized under this section, the agency of transportation shall make recommendations to the general assembly regarding continuation of any services upon the conclusion of the job access/reverse commute program. Such recommendation shall be based in part upon an agency of transportation examination of the number of job access/reverse commute individuals receiving services under this section on each transit route. The agency in making its recommendation for continuation of service shall consider the state transit policy plan, distribution of existing public transit resources and levels of existing service other than the program under this section.

Sec. 119. Sec. 10(f) of Act No. 106 of the Acts of 1994 is added to read:

   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent who is the able-bodied primary wage earner in a participating two-parent family subject to a work requirement in accordance with this section must be engaged in paid unsubsidized employment at least 40 hours per week or participate satisfactorily in the Reach Up program activities specified in subdivisions (1) through (3) of this subsection. Such a parent who fails, without good cause, to meet this requirement shall be subject to the sanctions applied to other failures to comply with Reach Up program requirements without good cause.

(1) Community work experience for 40 hours per week (or a lesser amount that, in combination with the parent's unsubsidized paid employment, equals 40 hours per week) during the first calendar month through the 14th calendar month for which ANFC benefits are received, unless required to participate in job search, as specified in subdivision (2) of this subsection. When the weekly amount of the monthly ANFC and food stamp benefits for a family of the same size with no income divided by Vermont's minimum wage is less than 39.5, the required number of hours per week shall be adjusted accordingly.

(2) Job search for 40 hours per week (or a lesser amount that, in combination with the parent's unsubsidized paid employment, equals 40 hours per week) during the periods specified below:

(A) the period of two weeks immediately following the family's application for benefits, or reapplication for benefits following a period of nonreceipt lasting at least 30 days, or during the period a decision on application or reapplication is pending, whichever period ends later;

(B) the first two weeks of the fifth and tenth calendar months for which ANFC benefits are received;

(C) the 15th calendar month for which ANFC benefits are received; and

(D) the two weeks following the loss, with good cause, of unsubsidized paid employment.

(3) Community service employment for 40 hours per week, community work experience for 40 hours per week, job search for 40 hours per week, other paid work activities, or any combination of these activities, as deemed appropriate by the department of social welfare or its designee, that equals 40 hours per week, or a lesser amount that, in combination with the parent's unsubsidized paid employment, equals 40 hours per week, during any calendar month subsequent to the 15th calendar month of ANFC receipt. When the weekly amount of the monthly ANFC and food stamps benefits for a family of the same size with no income divided by Vermont's minimum wage is less than 39.5, the required number of hours per week shall be adjusted accordingly.

Sec. 120. Social welfare - aid to aged, blind and disabled

   Grants9,967,628
Source of funds
   General fund9,967,628

   (a) Of the above general fund appropriation, $450,000.00 shall be used to provide a five percent increase in the monthly AABD state supplement to federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for SSI/AABD recipients residing in all living arrangements except long-term care facilities and an increase of $2.25 in the monthly AABD state supplement for SSI/AABD recipients residing in long-term care facilities. This AABD benefit increase shall result in an increase, from $45.00 to $47.25, in the monthly personal needs allowance retained by SSI recipients who reside in residential care homes and long-term care facilities. This increase in the AABD state supplement and the increase in the personal needs allowance shall be effective on July 1, 1999, or the first day of the earliest calendar month in which the federal Social Security Administration can implement such AABD increase, whichever is later.

Sec. 121. Social welfare - Medicaid

   Grants340,845,606
Source of funds
   General fund72,442,463
   Federal funds212,475,462
   Special funds40,945,620
   Tobacco funds14,982,061
      Total340,845,606

   (a) 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.

(b) HIV/AIDS HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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

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

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

(4) Expenditures under this program shall not exceed $55,000.00 in fiscal year 2000.

(c) Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000.00 shall be used to provide a five percent increase in the personal needs allowance retained by Vermont Medicaid beneficiaries who live in a long-term care facility and who are not recipients of SSI/AABD benefits. This five percent increase results in the monthly personal needs allowance increasing from $45.00 to $47.25. This increase in the Medicaid personal needs allowance shall be effective on the same date as the five percent increase in the AABD state supplement is effective.

   (d) Of the above general fund, $308,587.00 shall be used for the expansion of the VScript program as amended in Sec. 122 and Sec. 123 of this bill. The department shall seek to minimize the use of state funds through rebates with pharmacuetical manufacturers. The department shall begin enrollment of eligible Vermonters on December 1, 1999 and shall provide benefits to enrolled individuals as of January 1, 2000.

   (e) The rules for Medicaid payments for nursing homes shall be amended, effective January 1, 1999, to raise the limit on recognition of base year indirect per diem costs to 137 percent of the median of base year indirect per diem costs of all private nursing homes participating in the Vermont Medicaid program, for hospital-based nursing homes that meet all of the following criteria on the date of passage of this act: (1) are physically integrated as part of a hospital building with at least one common wall and a direct internal access between the hospital and the nursing home; (2) are part of a single corporation that governs both the hospital and the nursing home; and (3) file one Medicare cost report for both the hospital and the nursing home. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, annually the estimated additional cost of this increased limit on indirect costs for hospital-based nursing facilities as defined herein shall be deducted from the inflation factor adjustments to Medicaid payment rates for all nursing homes.

   (f) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, this rule change in subsection (e) shall be adopted as soon as practicable after passage of this act and shall be exempt from the procedural requirements of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, except that the agency of human services shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the change is made known to persons who may be affected by it. The required rule change shall stay in effect for two years from its effective date or until such time as it is amended pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, whichever is later.

   (g) Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000.00 shall be used to add over-the-counter and prescription smoking cessation products, with a limit of two treatment regimes per calendar year, as a covered benefit for traditional Medicaid and Vermont Health Access Plan (uninsured) beneficiaries. These funds shall be matched with available federal funds.

   (h) Of the above special funds, $46,000.00 shall be used to extend Medicaid eligibility to disabled workers in families whose income is less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level and who would be considered to be receiving supplemental security income (SSI) except for earnings in excess of SSI income limits or, subsequent to initial Medicaid eligibility, assets in excess of SSI limits that are attributable to savings from earnings. In addition, up to $500.00 per month of the disabled worker's Social Security disability insurance payments shall be disregarded in the Medicaid eligibility determination. The commissioner shall have the authority to establish program premiums and other cost-sharing charges by rule for such coverage. These funds shall be matched with available federal funds.

   (i) Of the above general fund appropriation, $114,000.00 shall be used to add analog hearing aids, batteries, repairs and audiological examinations as covered benefits for traditional Medicaid beneficiaries. If determined to be cost-effective, such analog hearing aids shall be provided through a single-source contractor. These funds shall be matched with available federal funds.

   (j) Of the above appropriation, $46,000.00 shall be used to expand vision benefits to Medicare eligible individuals enrolled in the Vermont health access plan. The department shall seek to maximize federal funds for this program. This expansion shall be effective when the amended state plan receives approval from HCFA.

Sec. 122. 18 V.S.A. § 251(3) is amended to read:

For purposes of this chapter:

* * *

(3) "Drug" means a drug that may not be dispensed unless prescribed by a *[licensed physician]* health care provider as defined by section 9402(6) of this title acting within the scope of the provider's license. A drug shall always be the lowest cost brand available to the pharmacist unless the *[physician]* health care provider writing the prescription specifies otherwise. The term includes insulin, an insulin syringe and an insulin needle. The term excludes:

(A) a drug determined less than effective under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act;

(B) a drug within therapeutic classifications primarily associated with the treatment of acute medical conditions; and

(C) a central nervous system agent other than:

(i) agents used for treatment of convulsive disorders;

(ii) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for arthritis; and

(iii) agents used primarily for control of psychotic conditions diagnosed under current classifications of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual.

Sec. 123. 18 V.S.A. § 252 is amended to read:

§ 252. PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO ELDERLY AND

DISABLED VERMONTERS; PROGRAM ESTABLISHED

(a) A pharmaceutical assistance program for elderly and disabled Vermonters is established within the department of social welfare. The program shall be administered by the department which, to the extent funding permits, shall establish application, eligibility, coverage and payment standards. The program shall be designed to provide maximum access to program participants, to incorporate mechanisms that are easily understood and require minimum effort for applicants and *[pharmacies]* health care providers, and to promote quality, efficiency and effectiveness through cost controls and utilization review. The department may contract with a fiscal agent for the purpose of processing claims and performing related functions required in the administration of this program. Upon determining that an applicant is eligible under this chapter, the department shall issue an identification *[form]* card to the applicant indicating that he or she is eligible to participate in the pharmaceutical assistance program.

(b) The department of aging and disabilities shall conduct an education and outreach program to inform elderly and disabled Vermonters of the benefits they may be entitled to pursuant to this chapter and make available information concerning the pharmaceutical assistance program. *[(d)]*(c) The department shall adopt by rule standards and criteria needed to carry out the purposes of this chapter, including standards and schedules establishing coverage and exclusion of allowable drugs, allowable charges and maximum quantities of drugs to be dispensed.

(d) The department shall report on the status of the pharmaceutical assistance program established by this chapter to the health access oversight committee in accordance with Sec. 13(e) of the Act No. 14 of the Acts and Resolves of the 1995 Session of the general assembly, as amended.

(e) Any manufacturer of prescription drugs purchased by persons receiving assistance under this chapter shall pay to the commissioner, as a condition of participation in the program, a rebate in an amount at least as favorable as the rebate paid to the commissioner in connection with the Medicaid program.

Sec. 123a. 18 V.S.A. § 253 is amended to read:

§ 253. ELIGIBILITY

(a)(1) A person shall be eligible for assistance under this chapter if:

(A) he or she is a resident of Vermont at the time of application for benefits and has been such, continuously, for the 12 months immediately preceding application;

(B) he or she is at least 65 years of age or disabled and receives Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), or is a Medicare beneficiary;

(C) the person's household income, when calculated in accordance with the rules adopted for the Vermont health access plan under Act No. 14 of the Acts and Resolves of the 1995 Session of the general assembly, as amended, is no greater than 225 percent of the federal poverty level

(2) A person shall be eligible for assistance with prescription drug expenses covered under this chapter upon payment of the cost sharing amount required by section 254 of this title. *[(c)]*(b) A person whose prescription drug expenses are paid or reimbursable, either in whole or in part, by any plan of assistance or insurance, other than Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare), shall not be eligible for pharmaceutical assistance under this chapter. No assistance shall be provided under this chapter with respect to an individual drug purchase that may be covered in whole or in part by Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare).

Sec. 123b. 18 V.S.A. § 254 is amended to read:

§ 254. CO-PAYMENT; COINSURANCE AND OTHER COST-SHARING;

ENROLLMENT

(a) Benefits under this chapter shall be subject to payment of a co-payment or coinsurance amount by the recipient in accordance with the provisions of this section:

(1) In the case of recipients with income of less than 176 percent of the federal poverty level, such co-payment shall be the same co-payment requirements that exist under the pharmaceutical benefits component of the Vermont health access plan under Act No. 14, Sec. 14(a)(6) of the Acts and Resolves of the 1995 Session of the general assembly, as amended.

(2) In the case of recipients whose household income is 176 percent of the federal poverty level or more and no greater than 225 percent of the federal poverty level the coinsurance payment shall be 50 percent of the cost of the drug. *[(b) Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the department shall establish, by rule, the percentage of the charge for a drug to be paid as a co-payment by eligible recipients. The percentage adopted under this section shall be reasonably calculated to insure that the state's obligation to provide benefits under this chapter shall not exceed funds appropriated for the program.]* *[(c)]*(b) A pharmacy shall dispense a drug to an eligible recipient upon payment of the required co-payment or coinsurance amount. The pharmacy shall collect the remainder of the charge for the drug from the department. *[(d)]*(c) A drug may also be dispensed to an eligible recipient, subject to the required co-payment or coinsurance amount, provided such dispensing is pursuant to and in accordance with any contractual arrangement that the department may enter into or approve for the group discount purchase of drugs. When a person or business located in Vermont and employing citizens of this state has submitted a bid for the group discount purchase of drugs and has not been selected, the commissioner of social welfare shall record the reason for nonselection. The commissioner's report shall be a public record available to any interested person. All bids or quotations shall be kept on file in the commissioner's office and open to public inspection. *[(e)]*(d) *[If in the course of a fiscal year the department determines that expenditures will exceed funds appropriated the department shall, by emergency rule, increase the co-payment to an amount sufficient to insure that expenditures will not exceed appropriations within that fiscal year.]* The department shall monitor enrollment in the pharmaceutical assistance program on a monthly basis, and shall limit enrollment in the program so that expenditures do not exceed the appropriation available for the program in any fiscal year.

Sec. 123c. VISION BENEFITS FOR MEDICARE ELIGIBLE

VERMONTERS

   Section 14(a)(6) of Act No. 14 of the Acts and Resolves of the 1995 Session of the General Assembly is amended to read:

(6) PHARMACEUTICAL AND VISION BENEFITS *[A health plan contract]* The Vermont health access plan shall provide *[enrollees]* Vermonters who are Medicare eligible and whose household income meets the income eligibility requirements of nonMedicare eligible beneficiaries full coverage for prescription drugs and vision with the same copayment that categorically Medicaid eligible individuals are required to pay, and coverage for the same vision benefits, including any applicable copayment, and benefit limits provided under the Vermont health access plan to nonMedicare eligible beneficiaries.
Sec. 123d. REPEAL

Sec. 5 of Act No. 48 of 1989 (annual report) is repealed.

Sec. 123e. RECODIFICATION

   18 V.S.A. §§ 251, 252, 253, 254, and 255 shall be recodified in the Vermont Statutes Annotated as 33 V.S.A. §§ 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995, respectively, as part of a new subchapter 4 of chapter 19 of Title 33.

Sec. 124. [Deleted.]

Sec. 125. 33 V.S.A. § 1906a is added to read:

§ 1906a. RECOVERY AGAINST ESTATE; HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

No recovery of medical expenses shall be made under this subchapter against a homestead of modest value; provided that the homestead would pass to one or more lineal heirs or siblings of the decedent who either have income below 300 percent of the federal poverty level or who have contributed significantly, monetarily or otherwise, to the decedent so as to allow the decedent to delay or avoid nursing home placement. For the purposes of this section, "a homestead of modest value" means a homestead valued at less than $125,000.00. This section shall take effect when the amended state plan is deemed approved by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) pursuant to 42 CFR 430.16. If such approval is received after June 30, 1999 the exemption shall be retroactive and apply to all probate estates opened after June 30, 1999.

Sec. 126. 16 V.S.A. § 2959a is added to read:

§ 2959a. EDUCATION MEDICAID RECEIPTS

(a) It is the intent of the general assembly that the state of Vermont shall maximize its receipt of federal Medicaid dollars available for reimbursement of medically-related services provided to students who are Medicaid eligible. It is further the intent that:

(1) Each supervisory union identify special education and other students eligible for Medicaid reimbursement and, to the extent possible, submit Medicaid bills for services reimbursement.

(2) The department of education and the agency of human services work with local school districts to maximize reimbursements including services to non-IEP students.

(b) A Medicaid reimbursement administrative special fund is established within the department of education. Eleven percent of the Medicaid reimbursement funds shall be deposited into the fund. The funds shall be used for agency of human services and department of education administrative costs related to the collection, processing and reporting of education Medicaid reimbursements and statewide programs identified and approved by the commissioner of education with the advice of the secretary of human services. The commissioner shall expend monies from the fund only as appropriated by the general assembly.

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

(d) If the amount of Medicaid reimbursement funds received in one fiscal year exceeds $25,000,000, in addition to the 50 percent of said funds paid to supervisory unions submitting Medicaid bills, 25 percent of the amounts in excess of $25,000,000 shall be paid into an incentive fund hereby created in the department of education. These funds shall be used for an incentive payment to supervisory unions with student participation rates of over 80 percent in accordance with a formula to be developed by the department of education, in consultation with the Vermont Superintendents Association.

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

(f) Remaining reimbursed funds shall be deposited into the education fund.

Sec. 127. 16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(12) is added to read:

(12) Medicaid reimbursement funds pursuant to subsection 2959a(f) of this title.

Sec. 128. REPEAL

(a) Sec. 14 of No. 155 of the Acts of 1998 (Medicaid reimbursement special fund) is repealed.

(b) 16 V.S.A. § 2959a(c), (d) and (e) are repealed on June 30, 2002.

Sec. 128a. REPORTS

   The agency of human services, the department of education and the Vermont Superintendent's Association shall submit a report in November 1999 and November 2000, to the secretary of administration and the house and senate appropriations and education committees on the use, source and rate of receipt of Medicaid reimbursement funds generated by schools, and any legislative recommendations.

Sec. 128b. Sec. 122(f) of No 71 of the Acts of 1998 is amended to read:

   (f) There is appropriated from the Education Fund to the Department of Education the amount of *[$250,000.00]* $450,000.00 in fiscal year 1999 to establish a contingency fund for use in that fiscal year. A school district may apply to the Commissioner of Education for assistance under this section if the district made incorrect statewide, base year, education tax rate assumptions in building its fiscal year 1999 budget; and the district discovered the assumptions were incorrect after it was too late to correct the information contained in the material presented to the school district electorate. A school district may also receive funds if they can document that the FY 1999 voter-approved budget anticipated greater Medicaid reimbursement revenue under the fee for service billing system in place prior to December 31, 1998 and the participation rate of Medicaid eligible students on individual education plans was at 80 percent or greater as of June 30, 1999. Payments for this purpose shall not exceed $200,000.00 and shall be prorated if necessary. The Commissioner, in his or her discretion, may award funds under this section to eligible school districts demonstrating undue hardship as a result.

Sec. 129. Social welfare - general assistance

   Grants3,844,762
Source of funds
   General fund3,358,441
   Federal funds486,320
   Special funds1
      Total3,844,762

   (a) $250,000.00 in federal funds is appropriated to provide assistance to families who demonstrate that they are faced with a reasonably preventable loss of housing and who meet state requirements for this assistance, as established by regulation effective July 1, 1998, with the following modification. The regulation adopted effective July 1, 1998, shall be modified by adding, as an alternative to the requirement that families in rental housing have received from their landlord a notice of rental termination under 9 V.S.A. § 4467(a), the requirement that families in rental housing have received from their landlord a notarized statement indicating the amount of rent owed as of the date of the statement.

   (b) Assistance under this provision is not an entitlement and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds.

(c) Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 in general funds may be expended on a pilot project whose purpose is to provide financial assistance and self-sufficiency services to children who bear children and relinquish such children for adoption. For the purpose of this pilot project, children are defined as individuals who have not attained their 21st birthday; who are eligible for and in receipt of ANFC benefits immediately before they relinquish their children for adoption; and who, as a result of the relinquishment of their children for adoption, are ineligible for ANFC benefits. The pilot project will begin on July 1, 1999, and is expected to end on June 30, 2002. An eligible child's participation in the pilot project begins when ANFC benefits terminate due to the relinquishment and may continue for up to one year after this date. Acceptance for participation in this pilot project is not an entitlement and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds.

Eligibility for participation in this project requires the relinquishing child, as defined above, to:

(1) Participate satisfactorily in the Reach Up program by completing the activities included in the individualized family development plan.

(2) If the relinquishing child is under 18 years old, reside in the household of a parent, legal guardian, or adult relative; or in an approved living arrangement. For the purpose of this pilot project, the definitions of "adult relative" and "living arrangement" shall be the definitions for these terms found in WAM 2242.31.

(3) If the relinquishing child is 18 years old or older, have identified an adult who shall provide strong support to the child in dealing with the consequences of the relinquishment and achieving the goals of the family development plan, who is not in a peer relationship with the child, and who is not the child's Reach Up case manager. This requirement may be waived upon a finding of good cause.

(d) Eligibility for and the amount of the maintenance assistance grant provided under this project will be determined based on ANFC rules. Case management and support services will be provided through the Reach Up program in accordance with the rules established for ANFC-parent participants. These services may continue after termination of the maintenance assistance grant, as long as the relinquishing child's income does not exceed the Vermont Health Access Plan (VHAP) income test that applies to adults who are not parents and the one-year limit has not been reached.

(e) The department shall submit a written report to the general assembly no later than January 15, 2002, or 30 months and 15 days after the program begins, whichever is later. The report shall indicate the number of participants, cost per participant, projected savings, successes, strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement, so that, by the conclusion of the pilot project, adjustments can be made to improve the project and make it ongoing, or the project can be terminated.

Sec. 130. Social welfare - food stamp cash out

   Grants4,519,544
Source of funds
   Federal funds4,519,544

Sec. 131. Social welfare - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

   Personal services118,000
   Operating expenses50,000
   Grants5,629,476
      Total5,797,476
Source of funds
   Special funds5,797,476

Sec. 132. SOCIAL WELFARE - HOME HEATING FUEL

ASSISTANCE/LIHEAP

(a) All federal funds granted to the state for home heating fuel assistance under the low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP), or other similar federal programs in fiscal year 2000, and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 1999, are hereby transferred to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund for the provision of home heating fuel assistance including program administration, under chapter 26 of Title 33.

(b) For the purposes of a crisis set aside, seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 1999, and program administration, the commissioner of finance and management shall transfer $2,550,000.00 from the home weatherization assistance trust fund to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are not available. An equivalent amount shall be returned to the home weatherization trust fund from the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are received. Should a transfer of funds from the home weatherization assistance trust fund be necessary for the 1999-2000 crisis set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 1999, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 1999 for fiscal year 2000 do not exceed $2,550,000.00, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not precede January 30, 2000. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, payments authorized by the office of home heating fuel assistance shall not exceed funds available except that for fuel assistance payments made through December 31, 1999, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

Sec. 133. THE ADOPTION OF SOCIAL WELFARE RULES

   (a) The secretary of human services is authorized to adopt rules under the expeditious rule-making procedures provided in this section in order that changes reflected in this act to programs administered by the department of social welfare may be implemented by July 1, 1999. Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, the agency of human services may file prior to and adopt, effective July 1, 1999, all rules necessary to do the following:

(1) Implement ANFC policies as specified in this act.

(2) Exempt all individuals domiciled in the state of Vermont from the implementation of § 115(a) of Public Law 104-193 through June 30, 2000.

(3) Repeal language in the Medicaid section of the Welfare Assistance Manual that provides for the termination of the adult dentures benefit for the remainder of the fiscal year when the appropriated amount for this service has been exhausted.

(4) Add over-the-counter and prescription smoking cessation products as a covered benefit for traditional Medicaid and VHAP (uninsured) beneficiaries in accordance with this act.

(5) Increase the annual Medicaid dental benefit maximum for adults from $400.00 to $475.00 to accommodate dental fee increases and maintain current service levels for beneficiaries.

(6) Implement a special needs allowance for families whose actually incurred allowable housing expenses exceed the applicable maximum in accordance with this act and make adjustments to the ANFC combined basic need standards, the ANFC housing allowance maximums, and the proportion (ratable reduction) of these standards and maximums that is paid in the monthly ANFC benefits.

(7) Increase AABD benefits in accordance with this act.

(8) Increase the personal needs deduction for non-SSI Medicaid beneficiaries residing in long-term care facilities in accordance with this act.

(9) Implement a special project within the general assistance program for individuals who relinquish their children for adoption in accordance with this act.

(10) Delete language in the Medicaid section of the Welfare Assistance Manual that provides for co-payment requirements for children in households with income that exceeds 225 percent of the federal poverty level but does not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level, and modify the regulation to increase premium requirements for these households by $5.00 per month for children without other insurance and $2.00 per month for children with other insurance.

   (11) Implement policy changes that are consistent with statutory changes made in Sec. 119 of this act and relate to able-bodied primary-wage-earner parents in two-parent families subject to a work requirement as follows: discontinue the substitution of a second parent's Reach Up participation for the primary wage earner's fulfillment of his or her work and participation requirements; under specified conditions, authorize other Reach Up activities as a substitute, on an hour-for-hour basis, for job search or community work experience; add a self-employment schedule for primary wage earners that complies with the work and participation requirements in Sec. 119; and remove obsolete references to the JOBS program.

   (12) Add analog hearing aids, batteries, repairs and audiological examinations as covered services for traditional Medicaid beneficiaries.

   (13) Add assistive community care services provided by licensed Level III residential care homes that have been enrolled in Medicaid as Private Non-Medical Institutions as a Medicaid-covered service for traditional Medicaid beneficiaries residing in such a residential care home.

   (14) Modify Medicaid estate recovery policy in accordance with this act.

   (15) Add to the VHAP pharmaceutical benefit for Medicare-eligible enrollees coverage of vision services with the same benefit limits for such services that apply to non-Medicare-eligible VHAP enrollees.
(b) Such rules may be adopted by filing them in final proposed form with the secretary of state and the legislative committee on administrative rules under 3 V.S.A. § 841, after the agency of human services' publication, in the three daily Vermont newspapers of highest average circulation, of a notice that lists all rules to be adopted by this process and provides for a seven-day public comment period. The legislative committee on administrative rules shall review and may approve or object to the final proposed rules under the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 842, except that its action shall be completed within 15 days or by June 25, 1999, whichever is sooner. Rules so adopted may be effective as soon as five days after adoption and have the full force and effect of rules adopted pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and may supersede or amend existing rules. Any such rules filed by the secretary of human services with the secretary of state shall be deemed to be in full compliance with 3 V.S.A. § 843 and shall be accepted by the secretary of state if filed with a certification by the secretary of human services that the rule is required to meet the purposes of this section.
(c) Two agency of human services-filed rules, 99P008 Changes in SSI/AABD Living Arrangements for Residential Care Homes (DSW Bulletin 99-9) and 99P009 Establishment of the Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) Program (DSW Bulletin 99-8), shall be held harmless from the impact of H.83, enacted in 1999, as specified herein. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, as long as the agency of human services files these rules in final form with the secretary of state and the legislative committee on administrative rules under 3 V.S.A. § 841 no later than May 17, 1999, the legislative committee on administrative rules shall review and may approve or object to the final proposed rules under the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 842, except that its action shall be completed by June 28, 1999. These rules may be effective on July 1, 1999, or upon adoption, whichever is later, and have the full force and effect of rules adopted pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 and may supercede or amend existing rules. The secretary of human services' filing of these rules with the secretary of state in accordance with the provisions of this subsection shall be deemed to be in full compliance with 3 V.S.A. § 843 and shall be accepted by the secretary of state if filed with a certification by the secretary of human services that the rule is required to meet the purposes of this section.

Sec. 134. Office of economic opportunity

   Personal services613,487
   Operating expenses95,744
   Grants9,099,416
      Total9,808,647
Source of funds
   General fund752,049
   Federal funds4,376,788
   Special funds4,312,598
   Interdepartmental transfer367,212
      Total9,808,647

   (a) Of the above general fund appropriation, $500,000.00 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing resources available statewide. These funds may be granted alone or in conjunction with federal McKinney emergency shelter funds. Grant decisions shall be made with assistance from the coalition of homeless Vermonters.

Sec. 135. Office of child support services

   Personal services5,835,623
   Operating expenses1,985,879
   Other900,000
      Total8,721,502
Source of funds
   General fund834,126
   Federal funds6,118,398
   Special funds1,768,978
      Total8,721,502

   (a) The establishment of twenty (20) new classified positions - one (1) Administrative Assistant B, two (2) Administrative Assistant A, three (3) Paralegal, four (4) Child Support Specialist, two (2) Child Support Services Technician, and eight (8) Child Support Information Representative - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The satellite offices of the office of child support in Brattleboro and Bennington shall not fall below their service levels as they existed on January 1, 1999 through January 1, 2000.

Sec. 136. Social and rehabilitation services -

   administrative and support services
   Personal services1,553,994
   Operating expenses210,668
      Total1,764,662
Source of funds
   General fund851,698
   Federal funds912,964
      Total1,764,662

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of four (4) new exempt positions - Assistant Attorney General - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 137. Social and rehabilitation services - disability determination services

   Personal services2,408,274
   Operating expenses443,991
      Total2,852,265
Source of funds
   Federal funds2,607,120
   Interdepartmental transfer245,145
      Total2,852,265

   (a) The establishment of six (6) new classified positions - Disability Determination Specialist A - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 138. Social and rehabilitation services - social services

   Personal services12,130,883
   Operating expenses1,914,053
   Other40,717,360
      Total54,762,296
Source of funds
   General fund21,228,189
   Federal funds32,619,644
   Special funds914,463
      Total54,762,296

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of eight (8) new classified positions - three (3) Child Benefit Specialist, one (1) Medicaid Programs Auditor, one (1) Administrative Assistant, and three (3) Domestic Violence Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of ten (10) new classified positions - nine (9) Social Worker and one (1) Social Service Supervisor - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (c) The Youthful Offender Coordinator position and current position holder in the agency of human services, central office shall be transferred and converted to a classified Social Worker in the department of social and rehabilitation services.

Sec. 139. Social and rehabilitation services -

   Woodside juvenile rehabilitation center
   Personal services1,713,318
   Operating expenses259,384
      Total1,972,702
Source of funds
   General fund1,889,951
   Interdepartmental transfer82,751
      Total1,972,702

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Nurse Practitioner - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Teacher - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 140. Social and rehabilitation services - child care services

   Personal services1,073,984
   Operating expenses301,091
   Grants23,149,206
      Total24,524,281
Source of funds
   General fund5,845,083
   Transportation fund75,000
   Special funds832,000
   Federal funds17,772,198
      Total24,524,281

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) Child Care Licensor, one (1) Child Care Consumer Information Specialist and one (1) Child Care Information and Technology Consultant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Child Care Licensor - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(c) The department of social and rehabilitation services is allocated $2,200,000.00 to implement a 13 percent across-the-board rate increase for all licensed and registered child care providers serving families enrolled in the subsidy program. The legislature intends that this rate increase be passed on directly to providers to partially close the gap between market rates and rates paid by the subsidy system. The legislature further intends that the rate increase be implemented in conjunction with internal modifications to the fee scale structure to assure that the rate increase has positive impact on families' out-of-pocket child care expenditures.

(d) $500,000.00 of the above appropriation is allocated for adjusting the sliding fee scale for individuals with income below 82 1/2 percent of state median.

(e) Of the above appropriation $683,851.00 shall be used to fund childcare quality initiatives as follows:

(1) $357,851.00 shall be used to continue to provide quality incentive bonuses at 15 percent above the subsidy rate;

(2) $221,000.00 shall provide for quality bonuses as follows:

(A) $130,000.00 for child care program bonuses at the time of accreditation;

(B) $91,000.00 for bonuses to individual providers upon receipt of a degree and employment in a licensed or registered child care program.

(3) $105,000.00 shall be used for the child care mentoring program.

Sec. 141. Developmental and mental health services - central office

   Personal services1,756,814
   Operating expenses463,772
      Total2,220,586
Source of funds
   General fund1,050,170
   Federal funds1,170,416
      Total2,220,586

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Secretary B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 142. Developmental and mental health services -

   Community mental health
   Personal services1,419,972
   Operating expenses120,183
   Grants52,794,448
   Other137,200
      Total54,471,803
Source of funds
   General fund20,055,022
   Federal funds30,674,649
   Special funds2,522,299
   Interdepartmental transfer1,219,833
      Total54,471,803

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Human Resources Analyst, and (1) Secretary C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 143. Developmental and mental health services - developmental services

   Personal services2,445,181
   Operating expenses367,718
   Grants64,346,293
   Other81,340
      Total67,240,532
Source of funds
   General fund25,742,032
   Federal funds40,730,997
   Special funds546,253
   Interdepartmental transfer221,250
      Total67,240,532

Sec. 144. Developmental and mental health services -

   Vermont state hospital
   Personal services7,664,581
   Operating expenses794,066
   Grants81,341
      Total8,539,988
Source of funds
   General fund2,048,252
   Federal funds6,421,736
   Special funds70,000
      Total8,539,988

Sec. 145. Aging and disabilities - administration

   and support
   Personal services11,896,590
   Operating expenses2,365,351
      Total14,261,941
Source of funds
   General fund5,939,501
   Federal funds7,795,921
   Special funds277,215
   Interdepartmental transfer249,304
      Total14,261,941

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace on-going temporary and contractual services. The establishment of seventeen (17) new classified positions - one (1) Data Clerk C, one (1) Vocational Rehabilitation Home Care Attendant, one (1) Independent Living Services Coordinator, two (2) Employment Training Specialist, one (1) Nutritionist, one (1) Elder Rights Services Developer, one (1) Grants and Compliance Manager, one (1) Vocational Evaluator, one (1) Systems Developer II, one (1) Training, Information and Referral Specialist, one (1) Policy Specialist, one (1) Administrative Assistant, two (2) Computer Access Specialist, one (1) Systems Developer III, and one (1) Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Public Health Nurse Surveyor - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

(c) 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.

   (d) 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. 146. Aging and disabilities - vocational

   Rehabilitation
   Grants4,574,834
Source of funds
   General fund1,381,945
   Federal funds3,047,889
   Special funds10,000
   Interdepartmental transfer135,000
      Total4,574,834

   (a) The state shall allocate the appropriation for the traumatic brain injured waiver for FY 2000 in the following manner: rehabilitation program, 58 slots; long-term program, seven slots. The number of long-term program slots may be increased by no more than 18 if matching funds are available to support the additional slots.

Sec. 147. Aging and disabilities - blind and visually impaired

   Grants1,214,634
Source of funds
   General fund465,106
   Federal funds629,528
   Special funds120,000
      Total1,214,634

Sec. 148. Aging and disabilities - division of

   advocacy and independent living
   Grants8,980,349
Source of funds
   General fund2,771,264
   Transportation fund522,000
   Federal funds5,271,836
   Special funds355,249
   Interdepartmental transfer60,000
      Total8,980,349

   (a) Of the above appropriation, $325,000.00 is for grants to the area agencies on aging to fund programs for nutrition and successful aging. Successful aging means the ability to maintain a low risk of disease and disease-related disability, a high mental and physical functioning capacity and an active engaged life.

(b) There is appropriated to the department of aging and disabilities the amount of $200,000.00 from the general fund for a one time funding enhancement of the home health - homemaker program.

(c) In addition to the appropriation in subsection (b) the amount of $180,000.00 shall be expended for the home health - homemaker program.

Sec. 149. Children's trust fund

   Grant386,178
Source of funds
   General fund109,748
   Federal funds196,430
   Special funds80,000
      Total386,178

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

Sec. 150. Governor's commission on women

   Personal services213,384
   Operating expenses51,564
      Total264,948
Source of funds
   General fund205,941
   Federal funds34,007
   Special funds5,000
   Interdepartmental transfer20,000
      Total264,948

Sec. 151. Retired senior volunteer program

   Grants129,340
Source of funds
   General fund129,340

Sec. 152. Disabled & needy veterans

   Personal services1,800
   Operating expenses900
   Grants28,136
      Total30,836
Source of funds
   General fund30,836

Sec. 153. Vermont veterans' home - care and support services

   Personal services8,289,761
   Operating expenses2,201,193
      Total10,490,954
Source of funds
   General fund1,048,169
   Federal funds2,579,959
   Special funds6,862,826
      Total10,490,954

Sec. 154. Vermont association for blind

   and visually impaired, inc.
   Grants24,160
Source of funds
   General fund24,160

Sec. 155. Independence Fund

   Grants1
Source of funds
   General fund1

(a) Notwithstanding other provisions of Act No. 160 of the Acts of 1996 (Adjourned Session) or other provisions of chapter 61 of Title 33, up to $100,000.00 of the redirected funds in fiscal year 2000 shall be directed to the independence fund to be used for grants which have matching funds equivalent to that of Medicaid and are consistent with the purposes of and the time frame of Act No. 160. Proposals shall be received by September 1, with recommendations submitted to the secretary within 30 days thereafter.

Sec. 156. Total human services863,123,168
Source of funds
   General fund286,856,728
   Transportation fund1,940,011
   Federal funds476,051,217
   Special funds75,563,413
   Tobacco fund16,439,861
   Internal service funds1,747,710
   Interdepartmental transfer4,514,228
   Expendable trust10,000
      Total863,123,168

Sec. 157. Employment and training

   Personal services17,215,400
   Operating expenses8,945,700
   Grants4,344,000
      Total30,505,100
Source of funds
   General fund402,160
   Federal funds26,787,273
   Special funds102,667
   Interdepartmental transfer3,213,000
      Total   30,505,100

   (a) Of the above appropriation, up to $50,000.00 of federal funds shall be available as a portion of the matching requirement for the job access/reverse commute grant.

Sec. 157a. WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

(a) There is hereby created a Workforce Education and Training Fund in the department of employment and training to be managed in accordance with subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.

(b) The sum of $1,500,000 is hereby appropriated for transfer from the general fund debt service reserve to the Workforce Education and Training Fund.

(c) These funds are hereby appropriated and shall be used exclusively for the purposes of workforce education and training to improve the skills of Vermont unemployed and underemployed workers.

(d) The commissioner shall use the funds to make awards on a competitive basis to private and public higher education institutions, technical centers, and programs offering postsecondary courses in collaboration with business, to enhance the quality of the Vermont workforce and increase its number of highly skilled workers. The commissioner shall give preference to programs and projects that test innovative and collaborative approaches to workforce development, and to the linking of workforce-education and economic development strategies. The commissioner may continue to fund a program or project which demonstrates that it has resulted in increased income and economic opportunity for employees and employers.

(e) In making awards from the fund, the commissioner shall use criteria developed by the human resources investment council which shall include the following:

(1) Proposals which address the needs of workers who are unemployed, underemployed or are at risk of becoming unemployed due to new demands in the workplace.

(2) Proposals which will lead to jobs paying 200 percent of the current minimum wage or 150 percent, including benefits.

(3) Proposals which improve the productivity and job security of incumbent workers by addressing the need to upgrade skills.

(4) Proposals which do not duplicate, supplant or replace other programs funded with public money.

(f) The commissioner shall, in collaboration with the human resources investment council, develop evaluation standards to measure the effectiveness of the programs and projects funded by the grant awards. By January 15, 2000 the commissioner shall submit a report of awards made and the effectiveness of the funded programs and projects.

(g) The commissioner in collaboration with the human resource investment council shall develop a plan for an on going funding source for this program.

Sec. 158. Education - policy, planning, operations & finance

   Personal services2,576,569
   Operating expenses496,587
   Grants3,949,570
      Total7,022,726
Source of funds
   General fund2,143,109
   Federal funds4,843,646
   Interdepartmental transfer971
   Special funds35,000
      Total7,022,726

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - one (1) Information Technology Specialist, one (1) Investigator, and one (1) Senior Research Analyst - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of six (6) new classified positions - one (1) Education Communications Consultant, one (1) Education Statistician, one (1) Systems Developer III, two (2) Systems Developer II and one (1) Administrative Assistant B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 158a. 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 $17,000.00 in general funds are appropriated to the commissioner of education to be used as follows:

(1) $8,000.00 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.

(4) $5,000.00 shall be available for grants to schools participating in the program who raise local funds on a one for one matching basis.

(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. 158b. 16 V.S.A. § 563(8) is amended to read:

The school board of a school district, in addition to other duties and authority specifically assigned by law:

* * *

(8) Shall establish and maintain an adequate system of financial disbursement, accounting, control and reporting procedures that ensures that all payments are lawful and in accordance with a budget adopted or amended by the school board. The school board may authorize a subcommittee, the superintendent of schools, or a designated employee of the school board to examine claims against the district for school expenses and draw orders for such as shall be allowed by it payable to the party entitled thereto. Such orders shall state definitely the purpose for which they are drawn and shall serve as full authority to the treasurer to make such payments. It shall be lawful for a school board to submit to its treasurer a certified copy of those portions of the board minutes, properly signed by the clerk and chairman, or a majority of the board, showing to whom, and for what purpose each payment is to be made by the treasurer, and such certified copy shall serve as full authority to the treasurer to make the payments as thus approved.

* * *

Sec. 159. Education - school and instructional support

   Personal services3,111,475
   Operating expenses1,154,800
   Grants16,061,096
      Total20,327,371
Source of funds
   General fund4,873,219
   Transportation fund639,932
   Federal funds13,290,584
   Special funds1,404,379
   Interdepartmental transfer119,257
      Total20,327,371

(a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of four (4) new classified positions - one (1) Basic Program Specialist - Community Based Learning, one (1) Basic Program Specialist - Safe and Drug Free Schools, one (1) Basic Program Specialist - Driver Education, and one (1) Secretary C - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 160. Education - family and educational support

   Personal services2,580,049
   Operating expenses883,487
   Grants49,428,461
      Total52,891,997
Source of funds
   General fund1,713,093
   Federal funds50,540,610
   Special funds434,800
   Interdepartmental transfer203,494
      Total52,891,997

(a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of twenty-two (22) new classified positions - one (1) Drug and Alcohol Prevention Trainer, one (1) Act 51 Coordinator, one (1) Health Education - HIV/AIDS - Technical Assistant, one (1) Special Education Finance Administrative Assistant, two (2) Medicaid Data Entry Clerk, one (1) School Counseling Technical Advisor, one (1) IDEA Preschool, Infants and Toddlers Coordinator, four (4) Special Education Compliance Monitor, one (1) Interagency Coordinator, two (2) Medicaid Trainer/Auditor, one (1) Health Program Consultant, one (1) Model Program and Effective Practices Consultant, one (1) Special Education and Title I Administrative Assistant, one (1) Residential Review Coordinator, one (1) Special Education Program and Fiscal Reviewer, one (1) School Health Services Consultant, and one (1) Health Program Administrative Assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 161. Education - licensing

   Personal services295,267
   Operating expenses133,600
   Grants45,000
      Total473,867
Source of funds
   Special funds473,867

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - Basic Education Program Specialist - Licensing - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 162. Education - adult basic education

   Grants3,147,664
Source of funds
   General fund2,419,927
   Federal funds727,737
      Total3,147,664

Sec. 163. Education - career and lifelong learning

   Personal services1,157,073
   Operating expenses244,316
   Grants12,608,133
      Total14,009,522
Source of funds
   General fund992,293
   Education fund7,070,901
   Federal funds4,709,778
   Special funds284,018
   Interdepartmental transfer952,532
      Total14,009,522

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Communication Technologist and one (1) Administrative Assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The appropriations in this section shall be authorized notwithstanding sections 1564, 1565, 1566, and 1567 of Title 16.

Sec. 164. FUND APPROPRIATIONS AND TRANSFERS

(a) There is appropriated in fiscal year 2000 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of $231,099,412.00.

(b) There is appropriated in fiscal year 2000 from the education fund to the commissioner of education $450,000.00 for the purpose of awarding grants to pilot technical education projects under Sec. 121a of Act No. 71 of the Acts of 1998. In each fiscal year following fiscal year 2000, there is transferred from the general fund to the education fund the amount transferred thereto in the previous fiscal year increased by 2.8 percent.

   (c) There is appropriated $50,000.00 in fiscal year 2000 from the general fund to the fiscal review panel established under 16 V.S.A. § 2974(e).

Sec. 164a. ONE-TIME FUND TRANSFER

   There is appropriated in fiscal year 2000 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of $11,100,000.00.

Sec. 165. Education - small school grants

   Grants4,122,209
Source of funds
   Education fund4,122,209

Sec. 166. Education - special education: formula grants

   Grants46,838,371
Source of funds
   Education fund46,838,371

   (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 2969 or any other provisions of law, the reimbursements and grants pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 2967 for fiscal year 2000 costs incurred by school districts shall be paid partially from the fiscal year 2000 appropriation and partially from the fiscal year 2001 appropriation. The fiscal year 2000 appropriation will cover the final reimbursements for fiscal year 1999 with the remainder available for reimbursements for fiscal year 2000 grants and reimbursements. Funds distributed to school districts for fiscal year 2000 expenses but to which the school districts were not entitled based on final reports for fiscal year 2000 shall not be considered as part of the total expenditures for fiscal year 2000 under the 60 percent state funding provision of 16 V.S.A. § 2967. Such funds held by local school districts shall be treated as expenditures in fiscal year 2001.

Sec. 167. EDUCATION - SPECIAL EDUCATION; SUCCESS BEYOND

SIX

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

Sec. 168. Education - state-placed students

   Grants8,000,000
Source of funds
   Education fund8,000,000

Sec. 168a. Sec. 164 of No. 147 of the Acts of 1998, as amended by Sec. 54 of No. 1 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended to read:

Sec. 164. Education - state-placed students

   Grants*[7,045,000]*7,535,000
Source of funds
   Education fund*[7,045,000]*7,535,000

Sec. 169. Education - school construction aid - past state obligations

   Grants7,000,000
Source of funds
   Education fund7,000,000

   (a) Notwithstanding any provision of 16 V.S.A. § 559 concerning prequalification requirements, the Board of Directors of the U-32 School District is authorized to award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder conforming to specifications for Phase I of its school construction project.

Sec. 170. Education - construction interest aid

   Grants440,580
Source of funds
   Education fund440,580

Sec. 171. Education - capital debt service aid

   Grants3,943,000
Source of funds
   Education fund3,943,000

Sec. 172. Education - transportation

   Grants11,000,388
Source of funds
   Education fund11,000,388

Sec. 173. EDUCATION - EDUCATION GRANTS

There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 2000 to the department of education, $217,125,000.00 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 2000 a total statewide average education grant per equalized pupil $5,377.00. Of the $217,125,000.00 appropriated in this section, $125,000.00 shall be utilized as an adjustment for average daily membership errors reported by the Coventry school district during prior fiscal years.

Sec. 174. EDUCATION - LOCAL SHARE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

   There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 2000 to the department of education $36,800,000.00 for local share property tax payments to school districts as required by 16 V.S.A. § 4028(a)(2).

Sec. 174a. 16 V.S.A. § 4027(c) is amended to read:

(c) The commissioner of education shall calculate the equalized yield amount so that the amount due into the education fund under this section, plus any additional amount that may be allocated for this purpose in any fiscal year by the general assembly, equals the amount due out of the fund under this section.

Sec. 175. State teachers' retirement system

   Personal services6,571,426
   Operating expenses131,603
   Grants18,586,240
      Total25,289,269
Source of funds
   General fund18,586,240
   Special funds6,703,029
      Total25,289,269

   (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. chapter 55, the amount of annual contributions to the Vermont state teachers' retirement system shall be $18,586,240.00 in fiscal year 2000. Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. chapter 55, no person shall be eligible to receive benefits from the state teachers' retirement system who is receiving a continuation of salary under the early retirement provisions of the applicable article of the agreement between Vermont state colleges and the Vermont state colleges faculty federation, VSCFF, AFT, Local 3180, AFL-CIO.

Sec. 176. TAX DEPARTMENT - REAPPRAISAL AND LISTING

PAYMENT

   The amount of $2,320,000.00 in education funds is appropriated to implement 32 V.S.A. § 4041(a), relating to payments to municipalities for reappraisal costs and 32 V.S.A. § 5405(f), relating to payments of $1.00 per grand list parcel.

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

   Other82,300,000
Source of funds
   General fund4,329,417
   Transportation fund3,035,083
   Special funds635,500
   Education fund74,300,000
      Total82,300,000

Sec. 178. Total general education and property tax support785,768,376
Source of funds
   General fund277,323,710
   Transportation fund3,675,015
   Education fund419,410,449
   Federal funds74,112,355
   Special funds9,970,593
   Interdepartmental transfer1,276,254
      Total785,768,376

Sec. 179. University of Vermont

   Grants30,330,748
Source of funds
   General fund30,330,748

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

Sec. 180. University of Vermont - Morgan horse farm

   Grants1
Source of funds
   General fund1

Sec. 181. Vermont public television

   Grants579,535
Source of funds
   General fund579,535

Sec. 182. Vermont state colleges

   Grants17,218,440
Source of funds
   General fund17,218,440

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

   (b) Of the above appropriation, $100,000.00 shall be reserved for use as the state's fiscal year 2000 contribution toward the creation of an endowment fund for the Vermont state colleges. The state's funds are to serve as a challenge match to enhance the state colleges' ability to secure endowment contributions from alumni and other interested parties. The intent is that the fiscal year 2000 appropriation will be the fourth of five appropriations through fiscal year 2001 totaling $500,000.00. The conditions of this challenge match are that the state colleges are required to raise three dollars for each dollar appropriated by the state. A method for accounting for the state colleges' share has been agreed to between the state colleges and the commissioner of finance and management. The first three appropriations have been transferred to the state colleges' endowment fund under the condition that only the interest accruing to the fund will be available for purposes as designated by the board of trustees of the state colleges. Subsequent appropriations of $100,000.00 also shall be transferred to the state colleges as the state colleges successfully raise endowment increments of $300,000.00. By June 30, 2001, any remaining state appropriations designated for the state colleges' endowment fund that have not been matched by the state colleges shall revert to the general fund. The funds appropriated for this purpose shall be retained by the state.

   (c) The last best offer of the Vermont State Colleges recommended to the general assembly by the Vermont Labor Relations Board in accordance with 3 V.S.A. § 925(i) shall be the collective bargaining agreement for part-time faculty between the Vermont State Colleges and the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Federation. Funds appropriated under this section may be used for purposes of this subsection.

Sec. 183. Vermont state colleges - practical nursing schools

   Grants514,670
Source of funds
   General fund514,670

Sec. 184. Vermont interactive television

   Grants788,933
Source of funds
   General fund788,933

Sec. 185. Vermont student assistance corporation

   Grants13,831,839
Source of funds
   General fund13,831,839

   (a) Not less than 99 percent of grants shall be used for direct student aid.

Sec. 186. New England higher education compact

   Operating expenses72,605
Source of funds
   General fund72,605

Sec. 186a. Education commission of the states

   Operating expenses39,600
Source of funds
   General fund39,600

Sec. 187. Total higher education and other63,376,371
Source of funds
   General fund63,376,371

Sec. 188. Natural resources - agency of natural resources - administration, management

   and planning
   Personal services2,268,806
   Operating expenses1,448,056
   Grants35,000
   Other255,000
      Total4,006,862
Source of funds
   General fund2,116,653
   Federal funds111,953
   Special funds959,181
   Interdepartmental transfer819,075
      Total4,006,862

(a) The establishment of four (4) new classified positions - three (3) Natural Resource Specialist, and one (1) Growth Planner - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 189. Connecticut river watershed advisory commission

   Other40,500
Source of funds
   General fund25,000
   Federal funds15,500
      Total40,500

Sec. 190. Citizens' advisory committee on Lake

   Champlain's future
   Other5,000
Source of funds
   General fund5,000

Sec. 191. Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

   Operating expenses975,009
Source of funds
   General fund526,442
   Transportation fund218,567
   Interdepartmental transfer230,000
      Total975,009

Sec. 192. Environmental conservation - commissioner's office

   Personal services715,766
   Operating expenses113,162
      Total828,928
Source of funds
   General fund191,809
   Federal funds414,465
   Special funds98,750
   Interdepartmental transfer123,904
      Total828,928

Sec. 193. Environmental conservation - environmental

   assistance
   Personal services1,237,842
   Operating expenses209,539
   Grants120,000
   Other40,000
      Total1,607,381
Source of funds
   General fund451,049
   Federal funds199,427
   Special funds956,905
      Total1,607,381

Sec. 194. Environmental conservation - office of

   air and waste management
   Personal services4,099,482
   Operating expenses1,145,651
   Grants125,000
   Other25,000
      Total5,395,133
Source of funds
   General fund488,419
   Transportation fund37,634
   Federal funds2,124,472
   Special funds2,594,608
   Interdepartmental transfer150,000
      Total5,395,133

Sec. 195. Environmental conservation - office of water programs

   Personal services7,551,134
   Operating expenses1,192,875
   Grants1,792,697
   Other40,000
      Total10,576,706
Source of funds
   General fund2,852,063
   Transportation fund169,656
   Federal funds4,878,663
   Special funds2,439,533
   Interdepartmental transfer236,791
      Total10,576,706

(a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary and contractual services. The establishment of three (3) new classified positions - two (2) Environmental Technician B and one (1) Aquatic Biologist B - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 196. Environmental conservation - various

   Environmental special funds
   Other4,750,371
Source of funds
   Special funds4,750,371

Sec. 196a. LANDFILL CAPPING

   There is transferred to the landfill closure fund as established in 10 V.S.A. § 6603i in fiscal year 1999, funds not to exceed $100,000.00 from the waste management fund established in 10 V.S.A. § 6618, for the purposes of capping an uncapped municipal landfill that has accepted less than 1,000 tons annually, and is ready to be capped.

Sec. 197. Fish and wildlife - support and field services

   Personal services7,765,192
   Operating expenses4,167,080
   Grants250,000
   Other161,000
      Total12,343,272
Source of funds
   Fish and wildlife fund11,738,035
   Interdepartmental transfer605,237
      Total12,343,272

   (a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Secretary B and one (1) Development and Outreach Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 198. Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

   Other45,000
Source of funds
   Fish and wildlife/special funds45,000

Sec. 199. Forests, parks and recreation -

   administration
   Personal services880,783
   Operating expenses335,239
   Grants713,200
      Total1,929,222
Source of funds
   General fund1,022,722
   Federal funds565,000
   Special funds341,500
      Total1,929,222

Sec. 200. Forests, parks and recreation - forest highway maintenance

   Personal services2,539
   Operating expenses346,000
   Grants200,000
      Total548,539
Source of funds
   Transportation fund548,539

Sec. 201. Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

   Personal services3,487,722
   Operating expenses589,900
   Grants482,000
      Total4,559,622
Source of funds
   General fund2,562,822
   Transportation fund21,500
   Federal funds1,261,300
   Special funds391,000
   Interdepartmental transfer315,000
   Expendable trust8,000
      Total4,559,622

   (a) Of the above appropriation for the Vermont urban and community forest program, $100,000.00 shall be used for the trees 2000 celebration of Vermont's millenium.

Sec. 202. Forests, parks and recreation - rural community fire protection

   Other19,000
Source of funds
   Federal funds19,000

Sec. 203. Forests, parks and recreation - senior community service employment

   Personal services36,000
   Operating expenses2,000
      Total38,000
Source of funds
   Federal funds38,000

Sec. 204. Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

   Personal services3,334,425
   Operating expenses1,837,800
   Grants25,000
   Other201,472
      Total5,398,697
Source of funds
   Special funds5,336,743
   Interdepartmental transfer61,954
      Total5,398,697

Sec. 205. Forests, parks and recreation - youth conservation corps

   Personal services418,795
   Operating expenses38,600
   Grants500,000
      Total957,395
Source of funds
   Special funds522,395
   Interdepartmental transfer435,000
      Total957,395

Sec. 206. Forests, parks and recreation - snowmobile trails program

   Personal services11,500
   Grants488,500
      Total500,000
Source of funds
   Special funds500,000

(a) Funds will be transferred to VAST contingent on the certification by the agency of natural resources that all past and anticipated safety and planning issues have been or are being resolved satisfactorily.

Sec. 207. Environmental board and district commissions - Act 250

   Personal services1,565,040
   Operating expenses170,000
   Other150,000
      Total1,885,040
Source of funds
   General fund681,664
   Special funds1,203,376
      Total1,885,040

(a) The following positions are authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) Secretary C and one (1) Assistant District Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 208. Environmental board and district commissions - waste facilities panel

   Personal services108,000
   Operating expenses17,000
      Total125,000
Source of funds
   Special funds125,000

Sec. 209. Water resources board

   Personal services217,000
   Operating expenses39,580
      Total256,580
Source of funds
   General fund256,580

Sec. 210. Green up

   Other8,261
Source of funds
   Special funds8,261

Sec. 211. Total natural resources56,799,518
Source of funds
   General fund11,180,223
   Transportation fund995,896
   Federal funds9,627,780
   Fish and wildlife fund11,738,035
   Fish and wildlife/special funds45,000
   Special funds20,227,623
   Interdepartmental transfer2,976,961
   Expendable trust8,000
      Total56,799,518

Sec. 212. Commerce and community development -

   agency of commerce and community development - administration and management planning
   Personal services894,602
   Operating expenses145,489
   Other2,500
      Total1,042,591
Source of funds
   General fund821,795
   Transportation fund156,921
   Interdepartmental transfer63,875
      Total1,042,591

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Information Technology Specialist II - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

   (b) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Systems Developer III - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 213. Housing and community affairs

   Personal services1,892,405
   Operating expenses272,147
   Grants12,331,602
      Total14,496,154
Source of funds
   General fund1,121,938
   Federal funds10,416,828
   Special funds2,957,388
      Total14,496,154

(a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Administrative Assistant A - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 214. Historic sites operations

   Personal services416,444
   Operating expenses311,515
      Total727,959
Source of funds
   General fund350,228
   Special funds377,731
      Total727,959

Sec. 215. Community development block grants

   Grants8,637,000
Source of funds
   Federal funds8,637,000

Sec. 216. Downtown transportation & capital improvement fund

   Grants400,000
Source of funds
   Special funds400,000

Sec. 217. Economic development

   Personal services781,208
   Operating expenses347,209
   Grants1,762,144
      Total2,890,561
Source of funds
   General fund2,698,296
   Special funds192,265
   Federal funds0
      Total2,890,561

(a) Subject to the approval of the secretary of the agency of commerce and community development, of the above appropriation, up to $200,000.00 shall be transferred to EPSCoR for the purpose of compliance with matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal and/or private funds.

   (b) Of the above appropriation, $25,000.00 in general funds shall be used for the economic development council of Northern Vermont in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 218. Vermont training program (VTP)

   Personal services57,581
   Operating expenses19,121
   Grants565,135
      Total641,837
Source of funds
   General fund601,837
   Special funds40,000
      Total641,837

Sec. 219. Government marketing assistance center

   Personal services149,395
   Operating expenses77,108
      Total226,503
Source of funds
   General fund84,337
   Federal funds142,166
      Total226,503

(a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Administrative Assistant A - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 220. Tourism and marketing

   Personal services1,553,577
   Operating expenses1,499,502
   Grants1,932,000
      Total4,985,079
Source of funds
   General fund4,949,229
   Special funds35,850
      Total4,985,079

Sec. 221. Vermont life

   Personal services600,000
   Operating expenses191,000
      Total791,000
Source of funds
   Enterprise funds791,000

   (a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing contractual services. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Vermont Life Arts Director - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 222. Vermont economic development authority

   Grants312,666
Source of funds
   General fund312,666

   (a) The sum of $2,665,589.00 is hereby appropriated for transfer from the general fund debt service reserve to the Vermont economic development authority to capitalize the Vermont jobs fund.

Sec. 223. Vermont council on the arts

   Grants505,239
Source of funds
   General fund505,239

Sec. 224. Vermont symphony orchestra

   Grants104,833
Source of funds
   General fund104,833

Sec. 225. Vermont historical society

   Grants236,277
Source of funds
   General fund236,277

Sec. 226. Vermont housing and conservation trust fund

   Grants20,934,488
Source of funds
   Federal funds11,132,479
   Special funds9,802,009
      Total20,934,488

   (a) In addition to all other appropriations in this bill, under 32 V.S.A. § 511 the secretary of administration shall approve expenditure during fiscal year 2000 of any fiscal year 1999 housing conservation trust fund balance beyond fiscal year 1999 appropriations from this fund.
(b) All expenditures from this fund balance that are allocated by the board for affordable housing shall be according to the priorities in section 267(5)(A)-(G) of this act.

Sec. 227. Vermont council on the humanities

   Grants75,000
Source of funds
   General fund75,000

Sec. 228. Total commerce and57,007,187 community development
Source of funds
   General fund11,861,675
   Transportation fund156,921
   Federal funds30,328,473
   Interdepartmental transfer63,875
   Special funds13,805,243
   Enterprise funds791,000
      Total57,007,187

Sec. 229. TRANSPORTATION

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

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

Sec. 230. Transportation - secretary's office

   Personal services1,717,375
   Operating expenses297,625
   Grants250,000
      Total2,265,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund1,675,000
   Federal funds590,000
      Total2,265,000

(a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Civil Rights Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 231. Transportation board

   Personal services93,486
   Operating expenses21,864
      Total115,350
Source of funds
   Transportation fund115,350

Sec. 232. Transportation - administration

   Personal services4,402,900
   Operating expenses640,100
      Total5,043,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund4,895,000
   Federal funds148,000
      Total5,043,000

(a) The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - two (2) Audit Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 233. Transportation - maintenance state system

   Personal services20,904,459
   Operating expenses22,024,497
   Other450,000
      Total43,378,956
Source of funds
   Transportation fund36,178,956
   Federal funds7,200,000
      Total43,378,956

(a) The establishment of twelve (12) new classified positions - nine (9) Maintenance Worker Trainee and three (3) Equipment Mechanic - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 234. Transportation - project development and special projects unit

   Other136,760,863
Source of funds
   Transportation fund21,872,469
   Federal funds113,116,782
   Local match1,771,612
      Total136,760,863

(a) The following position is authorized to replace ongoing temporary service. The establishment of one (1) new classified position - one (1) Accountant A - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 235. Transportation - technical services

   Personal services4,493,667
   Operating expenses1,571,333
      Total6,065,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund2,675,000
   Federal funds3,390,000
      Total6,065,000

Sec. 236. Transportation - rest areas

   Other8,807,500
Source of funds
   Transportation fund880,750
   Federal funds7,926,750
      Total8,807,500

Sec. 237. Transportation - policy and planning

   Personal services1,901,184
   Operating expenses470,975
   Grants14,375,387
      Total16,747,546
Source of funds
   Transportation fund4,529,700
   Federal funds12,217,846
      Total16,747,546

(a) The establishment of one (1) new classified position - Public Transit Administrator (pay grade 26) - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 238. Transportation - rail and aviation

   Personal services2,888,183
   Operating expenses365,401
   Grants25,000
   Other11,582,388
      Total14,860,972
Source of funds
   Transportation fund6,757,862
   Federal funds8,103,110
      Total14,860,972

Sec. 239. Transportation - central garage revolving fund

   Personal services2,241,557
   Operating expenses3,761,036
   Other3,333,000
      Total9,335,593
Source of funds
   Transportation fund750,000
   Internal service funds8,585,593
      Total9,335,593

Sec. 240. Transportation - town highway grants

   Grants21,504,280
Source of funds
   Transportation fund21,504,280

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

Sec. 241. Transportation - town highway bridges

   Other17,701,020
Source of funds
   Transportation fund4,892,117
   Federal funds11,432,654
   Local match1,376,249
      Total17,701,020

Sec. 242. Transportation - town highways - class 1 supplemental

   Grants125,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund125,000

Sec. 243. Transportation - town highways - emergency fund

   Other750,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund750,000

Sec. 244. Transportation - town highways - bridge, culvert

   and bridge maintenance programs
   Other2,750,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund2,750,000

   (a) Of the above appropriation, $500,000.00 is allocated to fund the town highway bridge maintenance program.

   (b) 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 2000 in prior year transportation appropriations allocated for town highway bridge maintenance into this appropriation for town highway bridge maintenance.

Sec. 245. Transportation - Vermont Local roads program

   Other370,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund200,000
   Federal funds170,000
      Total370,000

Sec. 246. Transportation - town highways - class 2 resurfacing program

   Other3,625,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund3,625,000

Sec. 247. Transportation - town highways - class 2 rehabilitation program

   Other500,000
Source of funds
   Transportation fund500,000

Sec. 248. Department of motor vehicles

   Personal services8,852,720
   Operating expenses4,714,480
   Grants169,000
      Total13,736,200
Source of funds
   Transportation fund13,175,000
   Federal funds561,200
      Total13,736,200

(a) The establishment of five (5) new classified positions - three (3) Customer Service Representative II, one (1) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, and one (1) Driver Training Coordinator - is authorized in fiscal year 2000.

Sec. 249. Total transportation304,441,280
Source of funds
   Transportation fund127,851,484
   Federal funds164,856,342
   Local match3,147,861
   Internal service funds8,585,593
      Total304,441,280

Sec. 250. Debt service - general

   Interest
   Temporary borrowing150,000
   Bonded debt23,351,969
      Total interest23,501,969
   Principal
   State of Vermont
   Series XXII2,111,970
   Series XXXI2,920,000
   Series XXXII1,186,189
   Series XXXIII4,224,000
   Series XXXIV1,240,000
   Series XXXV818,415
   Series XXXVI1,710,000
   Series XXXVII8,205,000
   Series XXXVIII620,000
   Series XXXIX3,800,500
   Series XL1,903,555
   Series XLI4,100,500
   Series XLII3,160,000
   Series XLIII1,250,000
   Series XLIV2,000,000
   Series XLV790,000
   Series XLVI1,401,237
   Series XLVII790,000
   Series XLVIII265,342
   1998 Series C1,370,706
   1998 Series D1,535,000
      Total principal45,402,414
      Total debt service68,904,383
Source of funds
   General fund68,904,383

Sec. 251. Debt service - transportation

   Interest1,108,463
   Principal
   Series XXIII488,030
   Series XXIX176,000
   Series XXX75,000
   Series XXXI740,000
   Series XXXII735,000
   Series XXXIII45,000
   Series XXXIV199,500
   Series XXXV69,500
   Series XXXVI98,764
   Series XXXVII19,658
   1998 Series C34,294
      Total principal2,680,746
      Total debt service3,789,209
Source of funds
   Transportation fund3,789,209

Sec. 252. Debt service - rental payments

   Operating expenses2,389,948
Source of funds
   Special funds2,389,948

Sec. 253. Debt service - job zones

   Operating expenses63,728
Source of funds
   General fund63,728

Sec. 254. Total debt service75,147,268
Source of funds
   General fund68,968,111
   Transportation fund3,789,209
   Special funds2,389,948
      Total75,147,268

Sec. 255. MISCELLANEOUS ACTS OF THE 1999 SESSION

Amounts are hereby appropriated in accordance with the provisions of all house and senate bills, which may be enacted by the 1999 session of the general assembly.

Sec. 256. RELATIONSHIP TO CERTAIN EXISTING LAWS

This act shall not be construed in any way to negate or impair the full force and effect of existing laws relating to taxation and the disposition of funds raised thereby, the appraisal of electric plants, lawful rebates from the state treasury, laws relating to unorganized towns and gores, laws relating to trust funds for which the state is trustee or beneficiary, laws relating to care and regulation of state institutions and property, and laws relating to the state agricultural land grant funds.

Sec. 257. OFFSETTING APPROPRIATIONS

In the absence of specific provisions to the contrary in this act, when total appropriations are offset by estimated receipts, the state appropriations shall control, notwithstanding receipts being greater or less than anticipated.

Sec. 258. FEDERAL FUNDS

(a) In fiscal year 2000, the governor, with the approval of the legislature, or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature is not in session, may accept federal funds available to the State of Vermont including block grants in lieu of or in addition to funds herein designated as federal. The governor, with the approval of the legislature, or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature is not in session, may allocate all or any portion of such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the basic appropriations in this act have been made.

(b) If during fiscal year 2000 federal funds available to the State of Vermont, and designated as federal in this and other acts of the 1999 session of the Vermont general assembly, are converted into block grants or are abolished under their current title in federal law, and reestablished under a new title in federal law, the governor may continue to accept such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the federal funds were appropriated. The governor may spend such funds for such purposes for no more than 45 days prior to legislative or joint fiscal committee approval. Notice shall be given to the joint fiscal committee without delay if the governor is intending to use the authority granted by this section, and the joint fiscal committee shall meet in an expedited manner to review the governor's request for approval.

Sec. 259. DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS

(a) All receipts shall be credited to the general fund except as otherwise provided and except the following receipts, for which this subsection shall constitute authority to credit to special funds:

   Connecticut river flood control

   Public service department - sale of power

   Tax department - unorganized towns and gores

(b) Notwithstanding other provisions of law, departmental indirect cost recoveries (32 V.S.A. § 6) receipts are authorized, subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, to be retained by the department. All recoveries not so authorized shall be covered into the general fund, or, for agency of transportation recoveries, the transportation fund.

Sec. 260. 19 V.S.A. § 11 is amended to read:

§ 11. TRANSPORTATION FUND

The transportation fund shall be comprised of the following:

* * *

(7) both statewide and departmental indirect cost recoveries from federal sources by the agency of transportation. *[(7)]*(8) other miscellaneous sources including the sale of maps, plans and reports, fees collected by the travel information council and leases for property at state-owned airports and railroads.

Sec. 261. JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ACT

The commissioner of employment and training, as agent for the governor in accordance with the provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act (P.L. 97-300) is hereby authorized to accept federal grants provided for in the Job Training Partnership Act.

Sec. 262. APPROPRIATIONS; HOUSING AND CONSERVATION TRUST FUND AND MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL PLANNING FUND

This act contains the following amounts appropriated from the housing and conservation trust fund and the municipal and regional planning fund. Expenditures from these appropriations shall not exceed available revenues:

(a) The sum of $9,536,000.00 is appropriated from the housing and conservation trust fund to the housing and conservation trust board;

(b) The sum of $3,441,721.00 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund as follows:

(1) $1,500,000.00 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(2) $375,000.00 for disbursement to regional planning commission for a natural resource database (GIS);

(3) $600,000.00 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(4) $200,000.00 for disbursement to regional planning commissions for intensive local and regional education;

(5) $240,0000.00 for disbursement to regional planning commissions for commercial/industrial sites.

(6) $181,721.00 to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program;

(7) $345,000.00 to GIS.

Sec. 263. 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b)(4) as amended in Sec. 97b of Act No. 1 of 1999, is further amended to read: *[(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 *[according to a formula to be adopted by rule under Chapter 25 of Title 3 by the department for the assistance of municipal planning]* shall be through a competitive program administered by the department providing the opportunity for any eligible municipality or municipalities to compete regardless of size, 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 of regional planning commissions in undertaking capacity studies

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

(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. 263a. REPEAL

   Section 87a (L) of Act 1 of 1999 (one time general fund appropriation for digital orthophotographic mapping project) is repealed.
Sec. 263b. MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL PLANNING FUND ONE-TIME

APPROPRIATIONS

In addition to the appropriations in sec. 262(b) of this act the following one-time appropriations are made in fiscal 1999 from the municipal and regional planning fund:

(a) $1,150,000.00 to the department of taxes for the digital orthophotographic mapping project (PVR);

(b) $47,000.00 to the agency of natural resources for payment in lieu of taxes for the towns of Eden and Hyde Park;

(c) $30,000.00 to the department of buildings and general services for technical assistance for the dry hydrant program;

(d) $75,000.00 to the agency of natural resources for fiscal year 2000 proration of property taxes on the so-called "Champion Land";

(e) $150,000.00 to the commissioner of taxes in order to adjust tax year 1998 (FY 1999) current use payments to reflect appropriate municipal budget levels. In order to receive correction payments towns must submit to the division of property valuation and review their FY 1998 municipal budget with itemization of revenues that indicate allocation of current use payments for that fiscal year and certify to the commissioner that said allocation was made in error. Such submission shall be made on or before August 1, 1999. Payments shall be to towns with corrections in excess of $1,000.00 on or before September 10, 1999 based on an eligibility determination by the commissioner. In the event that the amount appropriated is insufficient to cover eligible towns payments shall be prorated accordingly. A report on such eligibility determination and payments made shall be submitted to the joint fiscal committee at its September meeting.

Sec. 264. SOCIAL WELFARE; DRUG CONVICTION RECORDS

   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commissioner of social welfare may obtain from the Vermont crime information center the record of convictions occurring after August 22, 1996, of any person to the extent that the commissioner has determined, according to criteria established by rule, that such information is necessary to confirm or refute that a felony conviction related to a controlled substance has occurred.

Sec. 264a. SPECIAL EDUCATION; STATEWIDE PROGRAMS

   Of the appropriation authorized in Sec. 166 of this act, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $2,300,000.00 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2000 as funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6). In distributing such funds, the commissioner shall not be limited by the restrictions contained within 16 V.S.A. § 2969(c) and (d) and shall give priority to programs providing services to students.

Sec. 265. NEW POSITIONS

   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the total number of authorized state positions, both classified and exempt, excluding temporary positions as defined in 3 V.S.A. § 311(11), shall not be increased during fiscal year 2000, except for new positions authorized by the 1999 session of the general assembly. Positions in the department of employment and training, operating under the managing-to-payroll program, shall not be subject to this restriction, nor shall limited service positions approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5, nor shall this apply to partnership or sponsored positions as defined by this act or by the secretary of administration.

Sec. 266. LIMITED SERVICE POSITIONS

(a) The commissioner of personnel may establish up to 30 limited service positions, excluding those limited service positions which are fully funded through federal funds, grants, or other nonstate funds, not to exceed 10 in any one quarter, to meet the short-term supplemental staffing needs of the state. Consistent with the provisions for negotiating the impact of workweeks or schedules under the collective bargaining agreement, and with the approval of the commissioner of personnel, the appointing authority may prescribe, for such positions, full or part-time schedules and flexible work hours are deemed appropriate. The authorized use of such positions shall be limited to:

(1) providing for staffing needs expected to last less than three years, including, but not limited to, capital improvement and transportation projects; or

(2) providing an ongoing fill-in capacity, in lieu of hiring temporary employees, in institutions or where it is deemed appropriate to provide coverage for temporary and intermittent absences of regular staff.

(b) Such authorized limited service positions shall not be created until the appointing authority has certified to the secretary of administration that there exists equipment and housing for the positions.

(c) The commissioner of personnel shall notify the joint fiscal office when such positions are established or abolished and shall report on their usage to the legislature by January 15 each year. Upon request of the commissioner of personnel, the joint fiscal committee may authorize the establishment of positions under this section in excess of 10 during any fiscal quarter.
Sec. 267. GENERAL FUND FISCAL YEAR 1999 ONE-TIME

APPROPRIATIONS

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

    (1) To the department of buildings and general services for the purposes in subdivisions (A), (B) and (C) below. $10,000,000

(A) $6,000,000.00 for the nonfederal share of the construction of a new 350-bed corrections facility;

(B) $3,000,000.00 for use for a community center or civic improvement project of similar size and magnitude as defined by the citizens of Springfield after a public input process, contingent on state approval of the project;

(C) $1,000,000.00 for use as an economic development grant for the Jones and Lamson Plant One site provided acceptable agreements can be made with the site owner. If acceptable agreements can not be made, such funds shall be set aside and used for other economic development projects within the town of Springfield such as a project at the new industrial development site. This contribution is conditional upon agency of commerce and community development approval of any alternative projects.

   This appropriation is subject to voter approval of a correctional facility by the town of Springfield. The funds in subdivisions (1)(B) and (C) of this section shall not be released until the commissioner of buildings and general services submits a formal letter of certification to the secretary of administration and the joint fiscal committee that all permit approvals and site issues have been resolved favorably for construction of a 350-bed correctional facility in the town of Springfield. The spending authorization of this subsection and subdivision (2) of this section and Sec. 267c(3) and Sec. 268(4) shall carry forward beyond the current or any future fiscal year.

(2) To the department of buildings and general services for construction, remodeling and enlargement of the Springfield vocational technical center and the purchase of equipment for the facility. One hundred percent of the total cost of the project shall be paid by the state. The release of state funds for the project is subject to the following conditions:

(A) The facility shall include the co-location of:

(i) The Vermont State Colleges' functions now in Springfield, the Community College of Vermont, the External Degree Program offered by Johnson State College, Vermont Interactive Television and the Southeastern Vermont Education Center; and

(ii) Springfield Public Access Television (SPATV), if SPATV so requests in writing by July 1, 2000 to the commissioner of buildings and general services.

(B) The project design and construction shall include:

(i) wood space heating; and

(ii) internal electrical fit-ups necessary for back-up generator power for limited power during emergencies.

(C) In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, the director of the emergency management division of the department of public safety shall at his or her discretion assume control of all or portions of the facility and its grounds during the pendancy of the occurrence. $5,000,000

(3) To the department of buildings and general services for retirement of accrued budgetary deficits. $350,000

(4) To the department of buildings and general services for historic exterior decorations of the State House and state buildings on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of Admiral Dewey. $7,000

(5) To the Vermont housing and conservation board, on a one-time basis, for emergency housing activities. The board shall assess proposals for these funds with priorities given to projects which:

(A) relieve burdens in the state's tightest rental housing markets;

(B) can leverage project-based rental assistance to best serve very low income households with incomes below 30 percent of median;

(C) create mixed income communities or enhance the economic diversity of communities provided a percentage of units are set aside for very low income Vermonters, including households below 30 percent of median;

(D) prevent displacement of low income Vermonters or alleviate health and safety burdens, or both;

(E) are located in communities experiencing high rates of homelessness;

(F) provide $300,000.00 one-time assistance to alleviate the backlog in requests for home access modifications;

(G) leverage funds not normally available to the state or which would otherwise go unused. $6,000,000

(6) To the office of the treasurer for the creation and management of a higher education endowment fund. $6,000,000

(7) To the Vermont state colleges for information

technology upgrades. $750,000

(8) To department of travel and tourism, a one-time funding enhancement to include $1,250,000.00 for the media partnership initiative, $250,000.00 for software, $250,000.00 for international marketing, and $150,000.00 for the Vermont film bureau. $1,900,000

(9) To the Vermont economic development authority for recapitalization of the farm debt program. $3,500,000

(10) To the department of economic development for a grant to the Northern Community Investment Corporation. These funds shall only be released in the event that said funds are necessary and will result in establishment of a call center in the northeast kingdom. $250,000

(11) To the department of economic development for a grant to the Barre Area Development Corporation. The purpose of the appropriation is to assist in the development of incubator space in the Barre area. These funds shall only be released when the grantee documents they have obtained $500,000.00 from other non-state sources. $250,000

(12) To department of housing and community affairs for the Mount Independence historical site to provide funding to be matched with private funds for an education coordinator. $20,000

(13) To the Vermont council on the humanities for the early reading initiative. $25,000

(14) To the department of forests, parks and recreation for rehabilitation of the state park system. A minimum of $50,000.00 of such funds shall be used for lean-to construction by the VermontYouth Conservation

Corps. $2,900,000

(15) To the agency of natural resources for restoration of the "Gordon House". $465,000

(16) To the department of fish and wildlife for purchase of equipment for game wardens. $75,000

(17) To the department of agriculture, food and markets, first, for the construction of a $20,000.00 sugar shack for the Orleans County fair to be paid by June 15, 1999 and, second, for a competitive grants program of $180,000.00 for state fair capital projects. No single entity shall be awarded more than 20% of the total appropriated amount. $200,000

(18) To the department of agriculture, food and markets for a one time funding enhancement for agricultural development and promotion programs including promotion of the apple industry at $70,000.00. $470,000

(19) To the department of agriculture for start-up costs of the "Two-plus-Two" agriculture bachelor's degree program at Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont. $56,240

(20) To the department of social welfare for a computer system upgrade, including $1,800,000.00 in federal funds and the following from the general fund surplus reserve. $200,000

(21) To the department of social welfare for hearing aids for Medicaid recipients, $434,000.00 in federal funds, and the following in general

funds. $266,000

(22) To the department of social welfare for cost management studies and review of the administration of the VSCRIPT program. $91,500

(23) To the department of aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation for pressure mapping devices for use in wheelchair

clinics. $16,500

(24) To the department of aging and disabilities to partially match the Robert Wood Johnson community partnerships for end of life care

grant. $10,000

(25) To the department of corrections for fixtures and equipment at the correctional facility in Newport. $190,000

(26) To the department of health for a one-to-one matching grant program for infant car seats. $20,000

(27) To the office of economic opportunity for pilot programs for repairing and recycling used automobiles for low income people. $50,000

(28) To the department of social and rehabilitation services for continued legal services for adoption activities. $48,000

(29) To the Vermont council on the arts for the Vermont millennium arts project. $75,000

(30) To the Vermont council on the arts for a grant to the Burlington city arts program for capital investment to renovate the Ethan Allen Firehouse into the firehouse arts center. $10,000

(31) To the Vermont Council on the arts for the state song. $5,000

(32) To the department of education for school construction aid obligations made prior to Act No. 60 of 1997. $3,000,000

(33) To the department of education for a one-time funding enhancement for the Vermont Center for the Book. $25,000

(34) To the department of education to combat hate, intolerance and discrimination in public education and to promote interracial and intercultural understanding. $50,000

(35) To the department of education for support of debate and forensic speaking programs. $15,000

(36) To the department of education for electronic debit cards in the child nutrition programs. $44,000

(37) To the department of education, for $25,000.00 grants for Bennington and Addison counties for the purpose of planning career academies co-located with postsecondary institutes and the planning

of related governance activities. $50,000

(38) To the department of education for a supplemental one-time grant to the Child and Adult Care Food Program. $50,000

(39) To the judiciary for technology enhancements, to replace court reporting equipment, and a family court best practices study. $330,000

(40) To the department of libraries for the state law library. $50,000

(41) To the department of libraries, to meet budget pressures caused by maintaining service at the Southeast regional library during the study period as follows:

(A) the Southeast Regional Library shall remain open through June 30, 2000;

   (B) a study committee is hereby created consisting of the director of the state department of libraries or his or her designee as chair, an appointee of the Board of the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, an appointee of the superintendent of schools or his or her designee in the Southeast supervisory union, and two citizen users of the regional library and one regional librarian not associated with the Southeast regional library appointed by the governor. The committee shall look at the impacts of closure on fees, charges and services of libraries in the southeast region, the importance of the regional library to the geographic area of the state and the service implications of the closure, and the availability of substitute services and resources for the region. Findings and recommendations to mitigate the impact of closure shall be reported to the governor, the house and senate committees on education and appropriations by November 15, 1999. $10,000

(42) To the department of personnel for a classification

system study. $80,000

(43) To the department of public safety for a microwave communications systems. The department of public safety, with the assistance of a users group, shall design and implement a microwave communications system for the state of Vermont. The users group shall consist of the following members: two sheriffs, designated by the president of the Vermont Sheriffs Association, one to represent a highly populated county and the other shall represent a less populated county; two chiefs of police, designated by the president of the Vermont Chiefs of Police Association, one to represent a large police department and the other shall represent a small police department; one representative of the Vermont Firefighters Association, designated by that association; one fire chief, designated by the Vermont Fire Chiefs Association; one representative of the Vermont Emergency Medical Services Association, designated by that association; one representative of the Vermont agency of transportation, designated by the secretary of that agency; and one representative of the Vermont National Guard, designated by the adjutant general. $2,000,000

(44) To the Vermont historical society for a capital

campaign. $250,000

Sec. 267a. REALLOCATED FY 1999 ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

   Of the $200,000.00 appropriated in Sec. 87a(F) of Act No. 1 of the Acts of 1999, to the Vermont council on the arts in coordination with Friends of the State House for art acquisition, $25,000.00 shall be redirected to the Vermont millennium arts project.

Sec. 267b. FY 1999 SURPLUS ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

   In fiscal year 2000, all funds in the general fund surplus reserve established in Sec. 277(5) of Act No. 47 of the Acts of 1998 and amended in Sec. 88 of Act No. 1 of the Acts of 1999 are hereby appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer and use by the department of education for school construction.

Sec. 267c. GENERAL FUND FISCAL YEAR 2000 ONE-TIME

APPROPRIATIONS

   The following amounts are appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of administration, for transfer and use by the referenced departments as indicated in fiscal year 2000:

(1) To the secretary of administration for the 27th payday

in fiscal year 2000; $4,281,120

(2) To the department of taxes for fiscal year 2000 expenses related to property tax prebates; $250,000

(3) To the department of corrections for the nonfederal share of the construction of a new 350-bed facility. This appropriation is made consistent with the conditions described in Sec. 267(1) of this act; $7,000,000

(4) To the department of buildings and general services for ADA compliance in state owned buildings; $550,000

(5) To the commissioner of education for expenses relating to the planning, preparation and advance arrangements for the Vermont All-State Music Festival to be hosted in Burlington, Vermont in the year 2002. Any amount appropriated and not expended in fiscal year 2000 shall not revert but shall carry over for expenditure for this purpose until the end of fiscal year 2002; $25,000

(6) To the fire service training council for grants to local fire departments for breathing apparatus; $200,000

(7) For transfer to the downtown transportation and capital improvement special fund. The appropriation shall be used for projects on a one-time basis and shall not commit future resources to said projects. No one entity funded from this appropriation shall receive more than $75,000.00; $200,000

(8) To the department of agriculture, food and markets for the purchase of a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer; $80,000

(9) To the department of social and rehabilitation services for ADA training in child care facilities; $25,000

   (10) To the agency for natural resources for payment of sewer fees of $500.00 to the Randolph Water and Sewer Department for each connection of the Lake Champagne Campground to connect up to a total of 32 connections to replace existing septic systems currently located within the Randolph Center fire district well head protection area. $16,000

Sec. 268. GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS AND APPROPRIATIONS

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the fiscal year 2000 unreserved undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2000 is hereby transferred and appropriated as available in the following order:

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

(3) Third, $3,600,000.00 is hereby appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the department of finance and management for acquisition and implementation of the finance and management information system;

(4) Fourth, subject to the conditions in Sec. 267(2) of this act, $4,930,000.00 is appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the department of buildings and general services for construction, remodeling and enlargement of the Springfield vocational technical center and the purchase of equipment for the facility. In the event that all or a part of this appropriation does not occur due to insufficient unreserved undesignated balances, the secretary of administration shall include that amount not appropriated in the recommended capital bill for fiscal year 2001. It is the intent of the general assembly that any necessary amount to fully fund this appropriation be provided through bonded funds in fiscal year 2001;

(5) Fifth, $750,000.00 is hereby appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to the department of buildings and general services for ADA compliance in state buildings;

(6) Sixth, any remaining fund balance after subdivisions (1), (2), (3) (4) and (5) of this section shall be transferred to the general fund surplus reserve created within the general fund by the general assembly in Act No. 1 of 1999.

Sec. 269. [Deleted.]

Sec. 270. TRANSPORTATION FUND APPROPRIATIONS AND

TRANSFERS

(a) The amount of $1,980,102.00 is appropriated from the transportation fund to the secretary of administration for the 27th payday in fiscal year 2000, for transfer to departments upon approval of the secretary of administration.

(b) The amount of $400,000.00 is transferred from the transportation fund to the downtown transportation and related capital improvement fund established by 24 V.S.A. § 2796 to be used by the Vermont downtown development board for the purposes of the fund.

Sec. 271. REPEAL

Sec. 48(g) of Act No. 50 of the Acts of 1997 (sunset on property transfer tax exemption) is repealed.

Sec. 272. 32 V.S.A. § 9602(1) is amended to read:

(1) with respect to the transfer of property to be used for the principal residence of the transferee the tax shall be imposed at the rate of five-tenths of one percent of the first $100,000.00 in value of the property transferred and at the rate of one and one quarter percent of the value of the property transferred in excess of $100,000.00, provided that no tax shall be imposed on the first $100,000.00 in value of the property if*[, in connection with the transfer, a guaranty fee is paid to the Vermont home mortgage guarantee program in accordance with section 387 of Title 10]* the purchaser obtains a purchase money mortgage that the Vermont housing finance agency has committed to make or purchase;

Sec. 272a. 20 V.S.A. § 45 is added to read:

§ 45. EMERGENCY RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE

(a) If a state of emergency due to a natural disaster is declared by the governor, the emergency board established by 32 V.S.A. § 131 may authorize the secretary of administration to expend such funds necessary to meet match requirements for federal grants and to award low interest loans and grants to municipalities that sustain damage to public infrastructure as a result of a natural disaster and to persons whose homes, farms or businesses are damaged by a natural disaster. Assistance under this section may supplement assistance provided through federal and local emergency assistance programs, but eligibility for federal or local assistance shall not be required for eligibility under this section. Funds utilized under this section shall be distributed in accordance with criteria and procedures established by rule by the secretary of administration.

(b) In any fiscal year up to two percent of the amount of the general fund budget stabilization reserve established by 32 V.S.A. § 308 may be expended to provide for emergency relief and assistance under this section. Upon the occurrence of the contingencies and conditions set out in subsection (a) of this section, such amounts are appropriated and may be expended for this purpose.

(c) Annually, the secretary of administration shall submit a report detailing any expenditures for disaster relief and assistance under this section to the general assembly.

Sec. 272b. REPEAL

3 V.S.A. § 2225 (establishing an emergency relief and assistance fund) is repealed.

Sec. 272c. MATCH FOR FEMA DISASTER RELIEF; JANUARY, 1998 ICE

STORM

   $300,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the emergency relief and assistance special fund to the agency of commerce and community development, to meet the state's commitments to communities to assist with recovery costs related to the January 1998 ice storm. This appropriation is made in lieu of the joint fiscal committee determination stipulated in Sec. 268b of Act No. 147 of the Acts of 1998.

Sec. 272d. 3 V.S.A. § 1101(b)(9) is added to read:

(9) Staff employed by the center for crime victims and victims advocates.

Sec. 273. [Deleted.]

Sec. 274. TOBACCO PREVENTION, CESSATION AND CONTROL

In order to develop a comprehensive statewide approach to tobacco prevention, cessation and control:

(a)(1) A tobacco prevention, cessation and control task force is created and charged with development of a comprehensive statewide plan, and an institutional structure and financing approach for effective tobacco prevention, cessation and control in Vermont.

(2) The task force shall consist of the attorney general, the commissioner of health and the commissioner of education, or their designees; two members of the house of representatives, one from the committee on health and welfare and one member appointed from either the committee on ways and means or appropriations by the speaker of the house, two members of the senate, one member from the committee on health and welfare and one member from either the committee on finance or appropriations appointed by the committee on committees; the director of the UVM office of health promotion research; one public member from the medical community selected by the governor; and an advocate on behalf of the low income community in Vermont and a nonprofit anti-tobacco advocate to be selected by the other members of the task force. Legislative and public members shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for expenses under 2 V.S.A. § 406 and 32 V.S.A. § 1010, respectively.

(3) The task force shall coordinate its work with the department of health public hearing process. The task force shall have the assistance of the office of the attorney general, the department of health, the department of education, the legislative council, and the joint fiscal office.

(4) The task force shall propose to the general assembly and the governor on or before November 15, 1999 a plan and related legislative proposals for the following matters, and shall thereupon cease to exist:

(A) Long-term strategies including but not limited to the following:

(i) A long-term oversight structure to implement and administer statewide tobacco prevention, education and control programs.

(ii) A long-term sustainable financial plan and related trust fund or similar public finance mechanism.

(iii) Strategies for implementing effective tobacco control and prevention activities including anti-addiction programs accessible to all Vermonters, creating and fostering anti-tobacco advertising, establishing community outreach programs, supporting tobacco control enforcement and program evaluation activities.

(iv) A plan for coordinating and integrating, to the extent possible, Vermont's tobacco prevention, cessation and control activities with successful alcohol and substance abuse programs.

(B) Short-term activities and proposed itemized expenditures for implementing effective tobacco prevention, cessation and control programs and activities, including proposals for coordinating and integrating such programs with successful alcohol and substance abuse programs, for inclusion in the FY 2000 budget adjustment and the FY 2001 appropriations process.

(C) $70,000.00 is appropriated in fiscal year 2000 from the Vermont tobacco litigation settlement fund to the legislature to provide staff, consultant and technical resources to the tobacco prevention, cessation and control task force charged with development of a comprehensive statewide plan, an institutional structure and financing approach for effective tobacco prevention, cessation and control in Vermont.
Sec. 275. TOBACCO STRATEGIC CONTRIBUTION PAYMENTS

(a) The treasurer with the advice of the office of the attorney general, shall study the potential revenue that could be generated through the sale of the state's tobacco strategic contribution payments income stream. The results of this study shall be presented to the joint fiscal committee on October 15, 1999 for discussion at its November 1999 meeting.

Sec. 275a. 32 V.S.A. § 435a is added to read:

§ 435a. TOBACCO LITIGATION SETTLEMENT FUND

(a) A tobacco litigation settlement fund shall be established in the state treasury, separate from the general fund and any other fund, for the support of tobacco use prevention, cessation and control, and for other health care purposes.

(b) Into the fund shall be deposited all monies received by the state in connection with the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement between members of the tobacco industry and the state approved by the Vermont superior court on December 14, 1998 and finalized in Vermont on January 13, 1999, and any interest that accrues on the balance of such monies.

(c) Of the balance in the tobacco litigation settlement fund, $19,200,000.00 is hereby reserved for the sole purpose of long-term sustainable tobacco education, prevention, cessation and control programs and the trust fund proposal developed in accordance with subdivision (a)(4)(A)(iii) of Sec. 274 of this act.

Sec. 275b. 32 V.S.A. § 586 is amended to read:

§ 586. APPLICATION

The provisions of this subchapter shall not apply to funds established to account for proceeds from the sale of bonds, to the general fund, the transportation fund, the fish and wildlife fund, the tobacco litigation settlement fund, or to any federal revenue funds, trust funds, enterprise funds, internal service funds, or agency funds, or to public service enterprise funds established to implement provisions of sections 211 and 212a through 212f of Title 30; the budget stabilization reserves created by sections 308 and 308a of this title; the low-level radioactive waste fund created by section 7013 of Title 10; the Vermont campaign fund created by section 2856 of Title 17; or the education fund created by section 4025 of Title 16.

Sec. 276. GRANTS

The following grant is hereby accepted and appropriated to the department indicated for the purpose specified by the grantor, to become effective upon passage.

JFO #1853 - $387,874.00 Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Social Welfare. This grant will be used to provide the federal funding to create a new state health insurance program to cover children up to age 18 in families with incomes between 225 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Sec. 277. EFFECTIVE DATES

   (a) This section and Secs. 44a, 57a, 118a, 128b, 133, 168a, 196a, 263a, 263b, 267, 267a, 267b, 272c, 275 and 276 shall be effective on passage.

   (b) Secs. 259(b) and 260 shall be effective on passage and shall apply from July 1, 1998.

   (c) Sec. 272 shall be effective on passage, and the provisions in Sec. 272 providing a property transfer tax exemption shall be repealed on July 1, 2002.

Approved: June 2, 1999