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ACT NO. 62

(H.554)

Omnibus Appropriations Act; Fiscal Year 1999

This act is the Omnibus Appropriations Act appropriating funds for the support of state government for fiscal year 2000 and one-time appropriations from surplus funds in fiscal year 1999.

Total fiscal year 1999 one time spending authorized in this bill is $46,110,240 general funds, $690,000 education funds and $1,452,000 of property transfer tax revenues in the municipal regional planning fund. These sections are effective upon passage of the bill.

Total fiscal year 2000 authorized spending is effective July 1, 1999. General fund authorized spending is $789,269,223 for ongoing base funding requirements and $24,727,120 for one-time funding which includes a one-time transfer of $11,100,000 to the education fund. Transportation fund authorized base spending is $174,523,342 and one-time spending is $1,980,102. Tobacco fund authorized spending is $16,999,861. Special funds' authorized spending is $167,825,060. Federal funds' authorized spending is $801,416,541.

The stabilization reserves in the transportation and general funds are filled to the statutory allowed maximum levels.

Significant changes in state law include:

(1) Expanded the VScript program to 225% of federal poverty limit with a 50% cost-sharing requirement.

(2) Established the split of Medicaid reimbursed funds for school-based medical services. Below $25,000,000 in total reimbursements, 50% goes to the localities submitting the bills, 11% to an administrative special fund and 39% to the education fund. Above $25,000,000 in total reimbursements, 50% goes to the localities submitting the bills, 11% to an administrative special fund, 25% to a special incentive pool for high participating communities and 14% to the education fund. These provisions expire June 30, 2002.

(3) Established the Tobacco Settlement Litigation Fund into which all receipts from the national tobacco settlement will be deposited. $19,200,000 of the balance in this fund is reserved for tobacco control and cessation programs as well as proposals developed by the tobacco prevention task force.

A comprehensive summary of the act is contained in the Statement of Intent.

Effective Date: Generally July 1, 1999, but several provisions are effective May 15, 1999.