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H.187

Introduced by   Committee on Appropriations

Date:

Subject:  Appropriations; budget adjustment act; fiscal year 2003

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to make adjustments to the fiscal year 2003 omnibus appropriations act.

AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING ADJUSTMENTS IN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

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

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

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - administration

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(a)  The security gates on the east and west side of the Vermont state house shall not be lowered, preventing access to the state house, without prior consultation with and consent of the leadership of the house and senate unless a code orange or higher has been issued by the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory System.

(b)  The department of buildings and general services shall install a mechanized door opener on the inside and outside of the door to the men’s and women’s bathrooms on the first floor of the state house to ensure handicapped accessibility.  The department shall also install a mechanized door opener on the inside and outside of the door leading to the legislative council on the west side of the state house, adjacent to the elevator leading to the cafeteria.

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

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - information centers

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

                   Operating expenses                                  845,097              1,339,047

                   Grants                                                      255,000                 255,000

                        Total                                                3,730,493              4,224,443

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                             397,769                 397,769

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

                        Total                                                3,730,493              4,224,443

Sec. 4.  29 V.S.A. § 160b is added to read:

§ 160b.  SALE OF VERMONT PRODUCTS AT INFORMATION CENTERS

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

(b)  The commissioner, upon the determination of feasibility, shall designate areas within rest areas and welcome centers for the sale of products with an emphasis on the sale of Vermont‑made products.   The commissioner, at his or her sole discretion, shall have the authority to designate the areas where sales may occur.

(c)  The commissioner shall develop standards for the appropriate, equitable, and nondiscriminatory allocation of time and space within the facilities.

(d)  The commissioner is authorized to develop a fee schedule and charge vendors accordingly.           Money collected by the commissioner from vendors shall be deposited into a special fund, hereby created, for the purpose of collecting fees and recording fee receipts.

(e)  Should permission from the Federal Highway Administration be denied, the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committee on appropriations.

Sec. 5.  Sec. 59 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 59.  Total general government                       106,909,338          107,403,288

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                        34,750,254            34,750,254

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

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

                   Tobacco fund                                             58,000                   58,000

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

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

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

                   Pension trust funds                                    545,000                 545,000

                   Private purpose trust funds                        205,757                 205,757

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

                        Total                                            106,909,338          107,403,288

Sec. 6.  Sec. 67 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 67.  Sheriffs - transport

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

                   Operating expenses                                  200,000                 240,000

                        Total                                                1,396,821              1,526,821

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                             749,687                 879,687

                   Transportation fund                                  647,134                 647,134

                        Total                                                1,396,821              1,526,821

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(b)  The general assembly finds that the cost of prisoner transport continues to increase despite the general assembly’s expectation that responsible parties better coordinate their efforts.  Due to these increases, the general assembly wants the parties to the process to share in the incentive to reduce the cost of the transport program.  To that end, the general assembly directs that:

(1)  if a transport is canceled and the district court does not notify the affected sheriff, the sheriff’s department may bill and the office of the court administrator shall pay the costs incurred for that canceled transport;

(2)  for any time greater than one hour that a transport team spends in court, other than for a trial, the sheriff’s department may bill and the office of the court administrator shall pay the per diem hourly rate for the time period greater than one hour;

(3)  for any time spent at a correctional facility in excess of 30 minutes, whether picking up or bringing back a prisoner, the sheriff’s department may bill and the department of corrections shall pay the per diem hourly rate for the time in excess of 15 minutes;

(4)  the court administrator, in conjunction with the department of corrections, the department of state’s attorneys, the defender general, and the sheriffs’ department, shall work collectively to design a pilot project to ascertain the cost effectiveness for regional arraignments.  The design shall be submitted to the general assembly by September 1, 2003 and implementation of the pilot shall commence no later than October 1, 2003;

(5)  the executive director of the sheriffs’ department, in consultation with the sheriffs’ executive committee, shall evaluate whether a vacant state‑paid deputy position, whenever one becomes vacant, should be reallocated to a different county to provide for more efficient transports.

Sec. 7.  Sec. 72 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 72.  Military - air service contract

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

                   Operating expenses                                  904,423                 959,186

                        Total                                                4,080,750              4,135,513

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                             333,042                 387,805

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

                        Total                                                4,080,750              4,135,513

Sec. 8.  Sec. 74 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 74.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                      829,020                 829,020

                   Operating expenses                                  478,932                 424,169

                        Total                                                1,307,952              1,253,189

               Source of funds

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

                   Special funds                                              35,000                   35,000

                        Total                                                1,307,952              1,253,189

Sec. 9.  Sec. 83 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 83.  Vermont racing commission

                   Personal services                                                                           500

                   Operating expenses                                             1                     1,501

                        Total                                                                                     2,001

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                        1                     2,001

Sec. 10.  Sec. 94 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 94.  Public safety - state police

                   Personal services                                 31,449,941            31,580,941

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

                   Grants                                                   2,093,465              2,093,465

                        Total                                              39,651,314            39,782,314

               Source of funds

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

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

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

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

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

                        Total                                              39,651,314            39,782,314

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Sec. 11.  Sec. 117 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 117.  Total protection to persons and property

                                                                            177,979,589          178,242,589

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                        61,800,163            62,063,163

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

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

                   Tobacco fund                                           608,973                 608,973

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

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

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

                        Total                                            177,979,589          178,242,589

Sec. 12.  Sec. 137 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 137.  Social and rehabilitation services - social services

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

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

                   Grants                                                 47,591,473            48,271,953

                        Total                                              65,749,662            66,430,142

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                        24,531,072            24,733,566

                   Special funds                                            962,450                 962,450

                   Tobacco fund                                             75,000                   75,000

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

                        Total                                              65,749,662            66,430,142

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(b)       In addition to the general funds appropriated in this section, $2,185,067.00 in general funds is appropriated from the human services caseload reserve established under 32 V.S.A. § 308b to meet unanticipated caseload pressures in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 13.  Sec. 146 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Grants                                                 43,538,736            43,538,736

               Source of funds

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

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

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

                        Total                                              43,538,736            43,538,736

* * *

Sec. 14.  Sec. 147 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

* * *

(a)  In addition to the general funds appropriated in this section, $400,000.00 in general funds is appropriated from the human services caseload reserve established under 32 V.S.A. § 308b to meet unanticipated caseload pressures in fiscal year 2003.

Sec. 15.  Sec. 147a. of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 147a.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

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

* * *

Sec. 16.  Sec. 148 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

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

                   Grants                                               461,280,278          461,280,278

                        Total                                            474,944,559          477,044,559

               Source of funds

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

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

                        Total                                            474,944,559          477,044,559

* * *

Sec. 17.  Sec. 150 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 150.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

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(b)  In accordance with 33 V.S.A. § 2502(d), $500,000.00 of the gross receipts tax on retail sales of fuel imposed by 33 V.S.A. § 2503 and deposited into the home weatherization trust fund shall be appropriated to the low income heating and energy assistance program in the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.        These funds shall be available as supplemental benefits to LIHEAP clients if the average temperature for the months of November 2002 through February 2003 drops below the prior five year average for the same months.       Funds shall be disbursed in accordance with the method utilized for disbursing supplemental benefit checks during the 2002 - 2003 heating season.    These funds shall be repaid to the home weatherization trust fund, on a dollar‑for‑dollar basis, if funds become available from the federal government for the LIHEAP in excess of $12,000,000.00.

Sec. 18.  Sec. 156 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

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

                   Operating expenses                                  467,972                 467,972

                   Grants                                                 81,673,545            83,099,372

                        Total                                              84,976,610            86,402,437

               Source of funds

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

                   Special funds                                            905,890              1,495,890

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

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

                        Total                                              84,976,610            86,402,437

Sec. 19.  Sec. 157 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

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

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

                   Grants                                                      143,000                 143,000

                        Total                                              10,794,837            11,177,620

               Source of funds

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

                   Special funds                                            145,064                 345,064

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

                        Total                                              10,794,837            11,177,620

* * *

Sec. 20.  Sec. 162 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 162.  Aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation

                   Grants                                                   5,095,515              5,095,515

               Source of funds

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

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

                        Total                                                5,095,515              5,095,515

* * *

Sec. 21.  Sec. 164 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 164.  Office of economic opportunity

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(d)  The office of economic opportunity is directed to utilize the $30,000.00 of funds remaining in the appropriation made in Sec. 252(a)(10) of Act 152 of 2000 for a grant to the Vermont campaign to end childhood hunger for food stamp outreach.  These funds shall be matched with any available federal funds.

Sec. 22.  Sec. 169 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 169.  Corrections - correctional services

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

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

                   Grants                                                      379,500                 379,500

                        Total                                              74,027,547            76,154,371

               Source of funds

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

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

                   Special funds                                            549,500                 549,500

                   Tobacco funds                                           87,500                   87,500

                   Federal funds                                           465,651                 465,651

                   Interdepartmental transfer                         191,997                 191,997

                        Total                                              74,027,547            76,154,371

* * *

Sec. 23.  Sec. 178 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

* * *

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

Sec. 24.  Sec. 182 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 182.  Total human services                         1,198,214,850       1,203,812,093

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                      326,656,362          327,323,857

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

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

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

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

                   Permanent trust                                          10,000                   10,000

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

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

                        Total                                         1,198,214,850       1,203,812,093

Sec. 25.  Sec. 192 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 192.  Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                 11,234,600              9,858,500

               Source of funds

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

Sec. 26.  Sec. 194 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 194.  Education - education grants

(a)  There is appropriated from the education fund for fiscal year 2003 to the department of education $601,200,000.00 $601,400,000.00.   Of the amount appropriated, $569,900,000.00 $570,100,000.00 shall fund the general state support grant under 16 V.S.A. § 4011 at $5,566.00 for each equalized pupil, $27,170,000.00 shall fund the standard mainstream block grant under 16 V.S.A. § 2961, and $4,130,000.00 shall fund the essential early education grant under 16 V.S.A. § 2948(c).

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Sec. 27.  ADDITIONAL GENERAL FUND TRANSFER TO EDUCATION

               FUND RESERVE

(a)  There is appropriated $2,585,067.00 general funds for transfer to the education fund reserve established under 16 V.S.A. § 4026 to increase the education fund reserve in fiscal year 2003 and beyond.

Sec. 28.  32 V.S.A. § 5402(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A statewide education property tax is imposed on all nonresidential and homestead property at a rate of $1.10 $1.07 per $100.00 of equalized education property value as most recently determined under section 5405 of this title; but the homestead property tax liability shall not exceed the adjusted liability for eligible claimants under chapter 154 of this title.

Sec. 29.  PREDICTABLE YIELD

(a)  The predictable yield of $45.20, calculated for fiscal year 2004 in accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 4027, shall remain in effect notwithstanding the change in Sec. 23b of this act.

Sec. 30.  Sec. 208 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 208.  Total general education                     1,256,920,175       1,258,329,142

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                      295,989,333          298,574,400

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

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

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

                   Tobacco fund                                           893,552                 893,552

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

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

                        Total                                         1,256,920,175       1,258,329,142

Sec. 31.  Sec. 215 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 215.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                   Grants                                                 16,356,671            16,837,671

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                        16,356,671            16,837,671

* * *

Sec. 32.  Sec. 218 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 218.  Total higher education and other             75,454,269            75,935,269

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                        75,454,269            75,935,269

Sec. 33.  Sec. 234 of No 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                      242,378                 242,378

                   Operating expenses                                    33,550                   33,550

                        Total                                                   275,928                 275,928

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                             275,928                 200,928

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                                         75,000

                        Total                                                                                 275,928

Sec. 34.  Sec. 237 of No 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

                   Personal services                                        11,500                   11,500

                   Grants                                                      488,500                 521,500

                        Total                                                   500,000                 533,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                            500,000                 533,000

Sec. 35.  TRANSFERS TO THE GENERAL FUND

(a)  Notwithstanding the action of the secretary of administration, based on the joint fiscal committee approved plan of August 23, 2002 (the FY2003 rescission), the amount of $58,000.00 from the all‑terrain vehicle fund and $25,000.00 from the snowmobile fund is transferred to the general fund.

Sec. 36.  Sec. 253 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

               Source of funds

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

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

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

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

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

                   Permanent trust funds                                   5,042                     5,042

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

                        Total                                              69,553,833            69,586,833

Sec. 37.  Sec. 275 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 275.  Transportation - project development

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

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

                   Grants                                                 17,443,378            17,443,378

                        Total                                            119,551,657          118,881,657

               Source of funds

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

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

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

                        Total                                            119,551,657          118,881,657

Sec. 38.  Sec. 279 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 279.  Transportation - rail

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

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

                        Total                                              19,240,994            19,910,994

               Source of funds

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

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

                        Total                                              19,240,994            19,910,994

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

Sec. 39.  Sec. 295 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 295.  Debt service

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

               Source of funds

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

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

                   Education fund                                         200,000                 200,000

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

                        Total                                              72,653,346            74,480,859

Sec. 40.  Sec. 296 of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

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

               Source of funds

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

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

                   Education fund                                         200,000                 200,000

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

                        Total                                              72,653,346            74,480,859

Sec. 41.  FUND TRANSFERS

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

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

Fidelity / Interest Earnings                                                    340,000    Approx

Premium on RANs                                                              678,750

VEDA Note Repayments                                                    168,976

Abandoned Property                                                           893,100    Approx

Amortization of WR Grace                                                    18,556

Caledonia Fair                                                                         5,000

Cash Management Improvement Fund                                     9,049

Liquor Control       212,989                                                   Approx

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

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

Sec. 42.  REVERSIONS

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

Dept ID                Name                                                  Amount

1100050000         Independent Health Care Comm           51,062

1110024000         Americans With Disabilities Act               5,001

1140050000         Homestead Property Tax Assistance     60,386

1140070000         Use Tax Reimbursement Program         50,000

1150880001         St Johnsbury Courthouse                      23,768

1150880101         BGS - Miscellaneous Expenditures          2,543

1150880206         Y2K Infrastructure                                  3,613

0015202511         Montpelier Parking Structure                   2,049

1210005000         Minimum Wage                                      8,271

1260130000         Champion Lands Study                           1,500

2170012000         Training                                                29,400

2230880102         Town Boundary Surveys                         2,750

3130880001         Woodside                                             43,500

3160889902         Pressure Mapping Devices                      1,700

3180006000         Youth On Probation                            120,879

5100880107         Harassment and Hazing                              100

5100880108         Research for 113/2000                         16,007

5100340000         Challenge To Excellence 60/97               2,942

Other reversions:

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

                   DSW - Hearing Aids                                                              215,934

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

                   Criminal Justice Training Council - Training                               45,600

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

                   Education - Debate And Forensic Speaking                              15,000

                   OEO - Food Stamp Outreach                                                  20,000

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

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

Dept ID                Name                                                                            Amount

1140050000         Homestead Property Tax Assistance                               11,423

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

Dept ID                Name                                                      Amount

1140050000         Homestead Property Tax Assistance       170,479

1140060000         Grand List Assistance                               40,000

5100050000         State-Placed Students                          1,442,390

5100090000         Education Grant                                      540,142

5100100000         Transportation                                        243,903

5100110000         Small School Grant                                 122,264

5100120000         Debt Service Aid                                      25,461

5100130000         Local Share Property Tax                    1,499,017

5100160000         Pilot Tech Ed Projects                            450,000

Sec. 43.  Sec. 9(a)(1) and (2) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2001 are amended to read:

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

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

Sec. 44.  31 V.S.A. § 654a is added to read:

§ 654a.  MULTIJURISDICTIONAL LOTTERY GAME

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

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

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

Sec. 45.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(14) is added to read:

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

Sec. 46.  31 V.S.A. § 663 is amended to read:

§ 663.  STATE GAMING LAWS INAPPLICABLE AS TO LOTTERY

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

Sec. 47.  RULEMAKING AUTHORITY FOR LOTTERY

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

Sec. 48.  SecRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD

              AUTHORITY

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

Sec. 49.  JOINT FISCAL COMMITTEE STAFF TRANSITION

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

Sec. 50.  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DAIRY CONSULTANT

(a)  The amount of $25,000.00 of the general funds appropriated in Sec. 98 of Act 142 of 2002 and allocated for multistate dairy compact support shall be transferred to the legislative council for the sole purpose of hiring a consultant and supporting activities for the promotion of dairy enhancement programs.  The consultant shall be retained and associated expenditures made upon the approval of the speaker of the house or the president pro tempore.

Sec. 51.  Sec. 303(a) of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002 is amended to read:

Sec. 303.  APPROPRIATIONS; PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sec. 52.  SPECIAL DEBT REDUCTION ADJUSTMENT

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

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

(2)  Said submission shall include:

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

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

Sec. 53.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  Sec. 28 shall take effect July 1, 2003.

(b)  The remaining sections of this act shall take effect from passage.



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