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H.881

AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL - Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 2.  PURPOSE

(a)  The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2007.  It is the express 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, 2006.  Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2007 so as to meet this condition unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act or other acts of the general assembly.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly that this act serve as the primary source and reference for appropriations for fiscal year 2007.

(b)  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 single‑year appropriations, and only for the purpose indicated, and shall be paid from funds shown as the source of funds.  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 titles within this act may be disregarded by the commissioner of finance and management.

(c)  Unless codified or otherwise specified, all narrative portions of this act apply only to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

(d)  The balance of any appropriations remaining unexpended and unencumbered at the end of the fiscal year shall revert to the appropriate fund balance unless otherwise specified in this act or other acts of the general assembly.  Refunds of expenditures and reimbursements shall be credited to the appropriate fund and to appropriation accounts in the current fiscal year.

Sec. 4.  DEFINITIONS

(a)  For the purposes of this act:

(1)  “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.

(2)  “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.

(3)  “Operating expenses” means property management, repair and maintenance, rental expenses, insurance, postage, travel, energy, and utilities, office and other supplies, equipment including motor vehicles, highway materials and construction, expenditures for the purchase of land, and construction of new buildings and permanent improvements; and similar items.

(4)  “Personal services” means wages and salaries, fringe benefits, per diems, and contracted third-party services; and similar items.

Sec. 5.  Secretary of administration - secretary’s office

                   Personal services                                            471,572

                   Operating expenses                                          43,505

                   Grants                                                            400,000

                        Total                                                         915,077

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   915,077

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $400,000 is for grants to the 11 existing regional marketing programs (RMP).  These grants and additional grants from funds appropriated in this act for regional marketing activities shall continue to be calculated by the existing formula.  Upon completion and approval of the grant application and plan, an RMP shall submit appropriately documented expenses, consistent with the approved plan, to the state for reimbursement. Reimbursement shall be made only for the following marketing activities (in no specific order):  regional websites, consumer/trade shows, packages/itineraries, regional publications and guides, toll‑free phone lines and fulfillment, public relations, advertising, familiarization tours, welcome center promotion, joint projects, and administration.  Unused funds remaining at the end of the current fiscal year shall carry forward to the subsequent fiscal year.

Sec. 6.  Information and innovation - communications and information                                        technology

                   Personal services                                         4,516,891

                   Operating expenses                                        792,925

                        Total                                                      5,309,816

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                   5,309,816

Sec. 7.  Finance and management - budget and management

                   Personal services                                            915,648

                   Operating expenses                                        298,559

                        Total                                                      1,214,207

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,104,189

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               110,018

                        Total                                                      1,214,207

Sec. 8.  Finance and management - financial operations

                   Personal services                                         2,385,354

                   Operating expenses                                     1,038,142

                        Total                                                      3,423,496

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                    74,272

                   Internal service funds                                   3,349,224

                        Total                                                      3,423,496

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), financial management fund charges not to exceed $4,307,124, plus the costs of fiscal year 2007 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.  Of this amount, $957,900, plus the costs of fiscal year 2007 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, will be used to support the HCM system that is operated by the department of human resources information technology division.

Sec. 9.  Human resources - operations

                   Personal services                                         1,911,699

                   Operating expenses                                        394,909

                        Total                                                      2,306,608

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,000,588

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               306,020

                        Total                                                      2,306,608

Sec. 10.  Human resources - HR workforce planning & employment services

                   Personal services                                            811,726

                   Operating expenses                                        386,881

                        Total                                                      1,198,607

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   908,107

                   Special funds                                                  290,500

                        Total                                                      1,198,607

Sec. 11.  Human resources - information technology

                   Personal services                                            540,918

                   Operating expenses                                        416,982

                        Total                                                         957,900

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      957,900

Sec. 12.  Human resources - employee benefits & wellness

                   Personal services                                         1,380,362

                   Operating expenses                                        367,086

                        Total                                                      1,747,448

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                   1,747,448

Sec. 13.  Libraries

                   Personal services                                         1,976,553

                   Operating expenses                                     1,653,154

                   Grants                                                              70,000

                        Total                                                      3,699,707

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,546,703

                   Special funds                                                  219,026

                   Federal funds                                                 835,496

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 98,482

                        Total                                                      3,699,707

Sec. 14.  Taxes - administration/collection

                   Personal services                                       11,814,733

                   Operating expenses                                     2,908,679

                        Total                                                    14,723,412

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              13,896,222

                   Special funds                                                  574,190

                   Tobacco fund                                                   58,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               195,000

                        Total                                                    14,723,412

Sec. 15.  DEPARTMENT OF TAXES/REVENUE DEPARTMENT STUDY

(a)  The secretary of administration shall study the potential for the conversion of the department of taxes into a department of revenue.  Said department of revenue would be designed to consolidate revenue collection functions.

(b)  A feasibility report including issues to be considered and, if found feasible, a proposed implementation time line as to the consolidation of revenue collection functions shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on government operations, appropriations, finance, and ways and means on or before January 15, 2007.

Sec. 16.  Buildings and general services - administration

                   Personal services                                         1,812,900

                   Operating expenses                                        316,900

                        Total                                                      2,129,800

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,129,800

Sec. 17.  Buildings and general services - engineering

                   Personal services                                         1,887,000

                   Operating expenses                                        418,700

                        Total                                                      2,305,700

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,260,700

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 45,000

                        Total                                                      2,305,700

(a)  The amount of $50,000 in general funds that is carried forward in this appropriation from fiscal year 2006 shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 18.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                   Personal services                                         3,471,792

                   Operating expenses                                     1,282,500

                   Grants                                                              45,000

                        Total                                                      4,799,292

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     4,799,292

Sec. 19.  Buildings and general services - purchasing

                   Personal services                                            718,800

                   Operating expenses                                        126,476

                        Total                                                         845,276

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   845,276

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - public records

                   Personal services                                            801,904

                   Operating expenses                                        673,800

                        Total                                                      1,475,704

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,164,444

                   Special funds                                                  311,260

                        Total                                                      1,475,704

Sec. 21.  Buildings and general services - postal services

                   Personal services                                            632,900

                   Operating expenses                                        197,300

                        Total                                                         830,200

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     20,000

                   Internal service funds                                      810,200

                        Total                                                         830,200

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - copy center

                   Personal services                                            756,100

                   Operating expenses                                        180,500

                        Total                                                         936,600

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      936,600

Sec. 23.  Buildings and general services - fleet management services

                   Personal services                                            481,500

                   Operating expenses                                        159,300

                        Total                                                         640,800

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      640,800

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

                   Personal services                                              62,100

                   Operating expenses                                          65,500

                        Total                                                         127,600

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                              127,600

Sec. 25.  Buildings and general services - state surplus property

                   Personal services                                              58,900

                   Operating expenses                                          62,600

                        Total                                                         121,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      121,500

Sec. 26.  Buildings and general services - property management

                   Personal services                                         1,301,000

                   Operating expenses                                     2,844,300

                        Total                                                      4,145,300

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                   4,145,300

Sec. 27.  Buildings and general services - workers’ compensation insurance

                   Personal services                                         1,152,800

                   Operating expenses                                        428,700

                        Total                                                      1,581,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                   1,581,500

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), workers’ compensation fund charges not to exceed $8,285,299 are hereby approved.

Sec. 28.  Buildings and general services - all other insurance

                    Personal services                                              75,700

                   Operating expenses                                          37,400

                        Total                                                         113,100

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      113,100

Sec. 29.  Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

                   Personal services                                            267,600

                   Operating expenses                                          77,300

                        Total                                                         344,900

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                      344,900

Sec. 30.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

                   Personal services                                       10,529,817

                   Operating expenses                                   10,548,400

                        Total                                                    21,078,217

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                 21,078,217

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $21,328,216, plus the costs of fiscal year 2007 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

Sec. 31.  Geographic information system

                   Grants                                                            411,685

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                  411,685

Sec. 32.  Executive office - governor’s office

                   Personal services                                         1,235,847

                   Operating expenses                                        358,744

                        Total                                                      1,594,591

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,433,591

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               161,000

                        Total                                                      1,594,591

Sec. 33.  Executive office - national and community service

                   Personal services                                            199,571

                   Operating expenses                                        131,957

                   Grants                                                         1,715,533

                        Total                                                      2,047,061

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     56,528

                   Federal funds                                              1,990,533

                        Total                                                      2,047,061

Sec. 34.  Legislative council

                   Personal services                                         1,782,976

                   Operating expenses                                        145,113

                        Total                                                      1,928,089

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,928,089

Sec. 35.  Legislature

                   Personal services                                         3,600,129

                   Operating expenses                                     2,036,909

                        Total                                                      5,637,038

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                5,637,038

Sec. 36.  Legislative information technology

                   Personal services                                            332,187

                   Operating expenses                                        243,071

                        Total                                                         575,258

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   575,258

Sec. 37.  Joint fiscal committee

                   Personal services                                         1,101,796

                   Operating expenses                                          87,831

                        Total                                                      1,189,627

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,189,627

Sec. 38.  Sergeant at arms

                   Personal services                                            468,625

                   Operating expenses                                          60,947

                        Total                                                         529,572

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   529,572

Sec. 39.  Lieutenant governor

                   Personal services                                            127,360

                   Operating expenses                                          19,658

                        Total                                                         147,018

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   147,018

Sec. 40.  Auditor of accounts

                   Personal services                                         2,056,162

                   Operating expenses                                        122,054

                        Total                                                      2,178,216

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   521,987

                   Special funds                                                    54,431

                   Internal service funds                                   1,601,798

                        Total                                                      2,178,216

Sec. 41.  State treasurer

                   Personal services                                         2,131,671

                   Operating expenses                                        344,005

                   Grants                                                              10,000

                        Total                                                      2,485,676

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,028,843

                   Special funds                                               1,315,253

                   Private purpose trust fund                               141,580

                        Total                                                      2,485,676

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $10,000 shall be deposited into the armed services scholarship fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2541.

Sec. 42.  State treasurer - unclaimed property

                   Personal services                                            586,261

                   Operating expenses                                        299,282

                        Total                                                         885,543

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Private purpose trust fund                               885,543

Sec. 43.  Vermont state retirement system

                   Personal services                                       21,760,779

                   Operating expenses                                        654,141

                        Total                                                    22,414,920

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                     22,414,920

Sec. 44.  Municipal employees’ retirement system

                   Personal services                                         1,687,216

                   Operating expenses                                        336,988

                        Total                                                      2,024,204

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                       2,024,204

Sec. 45.  State labor relations board

                   Personal services                                            161,308

                   Operating expenses                                          38,801

                        Total                                                         200,109

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   194,239

                   Special funds                                                      5,870

                        Total                                                         200,109

Sec. 46.  VOSHA review board

                   Personal services                                              32,015

                   Operating expenses                                            8,523

                        Total                                                           40,538

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     20,269

                   Federal funds                                                   20,269

                        Total                                                           40,538

Sec. 47.  Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

                   Grants                                                         8,113,944

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                8,113,944

Sec. 48.  Lottery commission

                   Personal services                                         1,337,891

                   Operating expenses                                     1,057,287

                        Total                                                      2,395,178

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                           2,395,178

(a)  The lottery commission shall transfer $130,000 to the department of health, office of alcohol and drug abuse programs to support the gambling addiction program.

Sec. 49.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                   Grants                                                         3,100,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   600,000

                   Special funds                                               2,500,000

                        Total                                                      3,100,000

(a)  The above appropriation is for state payments in lieu of property taxes under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32, and the payments shall be calculated in addition to, and without regard to, the appropriations for PILOT for Montpelier and correctional facilities elsewhere in this act.

Sec. 50.  VENDOR AND OTHER DEPOSITS AGENCY FUND

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2006, funds in the vendor and other deposits agency fund, retained pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 138(d), shall be distributed as follows:  70 percent to the municipalities that have enacted local option taxes pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 138 in the same proportion as local option revenues were collected from such municipalities; and the remainder as a supplemental payment to recipients of PILOT payments proportionately consistent with the fiscal year 2006 distribution.

Sec. 51.  Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier

                   Grants                                                            184,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   184,000

Sec. 52.  Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

                   Grants                                                              40,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     40,000

Sec. 53.  Total general government                             135,094,034

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              47,861,309

                   Transportation fund                                     4,799,292

                   Special funds                                               5,756,487

                   Tobacco fund                                                   58,000

                   Federal funds                                              2,846,298

                   Enterprise funds                                           2,522,778

                   Internal service funds                                 42,738,303

                    Pension trust funds                                     24,439,124

                   Private purpose trust funds                           1,027,123

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            3,045,320

                        Total                                                  135,094,034

Sec. 54.  Protection to persons and property - attorney general

                   Personal services                                         6,897,601

                   Operating expenses                                        932,612

                        Total                                                      7,830,213

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,269,648

                   Special funds                                               2,175,000

                   Tobacco fund                                                 290,000

                   Federal funds                                                 682,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,413,565

                        Total                                                      7,830,213

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the office of the attorney general, Medicaid fraud control unit is authorized to retain one-half of any civil monetary penalty proceeds from global Medicaid fraud settlements.  All penalty funds retained shall be used to finance Medicaid fraud and residential abuse unit activities.

Sec. 55.  REPEAL

(a)  3 V.S.A. § 251 (bonded officials) is repealed.

Sec. 56.  Vermont court diversion

                   Grants                                                         1,604,534

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,204,534

                   Special funds                                                  400,000

                        Total                                                      1,604,534

Sec. 57.  Defender general - public defense

                   Personal services                                         6,028,333

                   Operating expenses                                        671,119

                        Total                                                      6,699,452

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                6,082,144

                   Special funds                                                  502,502

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               114,806

                        Total                                                      6,699,452

Sec. 58.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                   Personal services                                         2,862,918

                   Operating expenses                                          62,552

                        Total                                                      2,925,470

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,825,470

                   Special funds                                                  100,000

                        Total                                                      2,925,470

Sec. 59.  Judiciary

                   Personal services                                       25,853,612

                   Operating expenses                                     7,150,842

                        Total                                                    33,004,454

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              29,639,189

                   Special funds                                                  782,335

                   Tobacco fund                                                   40,000

                   Federal funds                                                 421,930

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,121,000

                        Total                                                    33,004,454

(a)  The establishment of one (1) new limited service position - Project Manager - is authorized in fiscal year 2007.

(b)  The establishment of eight (8) new limited service positions - Court Security Officer - is authorized in fiscal year 2007.

(c)  The establishment of one (1) new permanent position - Financial Specialist - is authorized in fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 60.  4 V.S.A. § 908 is added to read;

§ 908.  ATTORNEYS’ ADMISSION, LICENSING AND PROFESSIONAL

             RESPONSIBILITY SPECIAL FUND

(a)  There is established the attorneys’ admission, licensing and professional responsibility special fund which shall be managed in accordance with subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.  Fees collected for licensing of attorneys, administration of the bar examination, admitting attorneys to practice in Vermont, and administration of mandatory continuing legal education shall be deposited and credited to this fund.  This fund shall be available to the judicial branch to offset the cost of operating the professional responsibility board, the board of bar examiners, the judicial conduct board, the committee on character and fitness, the mandatory continuing legal education program for attorneys and, at the discretion of the supreme court, to make grants to the Vermont bar foundation to be used to support legal services for the disadvantaged.

Sec. 61.  State’s attorneys

                   Personal services                                         8,162,260

                   Operating expenses                                     1,174,969

                        Total                                                      9,337,229

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                7,467,231

                   Special funds                                                  100,578

                   Federal funds                                                   25,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,744,420

                        Total                                                      9,337,229

(a)  The amount of $147,912 in general funds that is carried forward in this appropriation from fiscal year 2005, shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 62.  Sheriffs

                   Personal services                                         2,780,590

                   Operating expenses                                        309,244

                        Total                                                      3,089,834

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,089,834

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000 shall be transferred to the state’s attorneys’ office as reimbursement for the cost of the executive director’s salary.

Sec. 63.  Public safety - administration

                   Personal services                                         1,671,312

                   Operating expenses                                        162,943

                        Total                                                      1,834,255

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,834,255

(a)  The amount of $50,000 in general funds that were appropriated in Sec. 85(e) of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) and amended by Sec. 12 of  No. 6 of the Acts of 2005 shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 64.  Public safety - homeland security

                   Personal services                                         1,517,922

                   Operating expenses                                     4,504,102

                   Grants                                                       14,838,700

                        Total                                                    20,860,724

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   435,157

                   Special funds                                                      7,400

                   Federal funds                                            20,417,717

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                      450

                        Total                                                    20,860,724

(a)  Up to $5,000,000 in federal homeland security grant funds from the above appropriation may be used for planning, management, and initial development of the Vermont communications (VCOMM) statewide public safety communications system.  If additional homeland security grant funds become available, up to $5,000,000 of these funds may be used for this purpose in fiscal year 2007.  These funds shall be used to establish a statewide VCALL/UCALL interoperable network, as approved by the VCOMM board and authorized by executive order of the governor.

(b)  The commissioner shall report on the status and use of these federal homeland security grant funds to the joint fiscal committee at its September 2006 meeting and to the house and senate committees on government operations and appropriations by January 15, 2007.

Sec. 65.  Public safety - state police

                   Personal services                                       37,651,431

                   Operating expenses                                     5,707,781

                   Grants                                                         1,635,950

                        Total                                                    44,995,162

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,157,383

                   Transportation fund                                   33,834,555

                   Special funds                                               3,293,766

                   Federal funds                                              4,156,802

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               552,656

                        Total                                                    44,995,162

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $35,000 in special funds shall be available for snowmobile law enforcement activities and $35,000 in general funds shall be available to the southern Vermont wilderness search and rescue team, which comprises state police, the department of fish and wildlife, county sheriffs, and local law enforcement personnel in Bennington, Windham, and Windsor counties for snowmobile enforcement.

(b)  Of the $230,000 allocated for local heroin interdiction grants funded in this section, $190,000 shall be used by the Vermont drug task force to fund three (3) town task force officers.  These town task force officers will be dedicated to heroin and heroin-related drug (e.g., methadone, oxycontin, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine) enforcement efforts.  The remaining $40,000 shall remain as a “pool” of money available to local and county law enforcement to fund overtime costs associated with heroin investigations.  Any unexpended funds from prior fiscal years shall be carried forward.

Sec. 66.  Public safety - criminal justice services

                   Personal services                                         5,925,379

                   Operating expenses                                     2,404,337

                   Grants                                                         2,182,500

                        Total                                                    10,512,216

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   760,000

                   Transportation fund                                     4,323,039

                   Special funds                                               1,322,337

                   Federal funds                                              3,678,817

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               428,023

                        Total                                                    10,512,216

Sec. 67.  Public safety - emergency management

                   Personal services                                         1,301,165

                   Operating expenses                                        459,748

                   Grants                                                            721,050

                        Total                                                      2,481,963

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                          63,969

                   Special funds                                                    97,957

                   Federal funds                                              2,320,037

                        Total                                                      2,481,963

Sec. 68.  Public safety - emergency management - radiological emergency                                             response plan

                   Personal services                                            667,284

                   Operating expenses                                        239,640

                   Grants                                                            453,516

                        Total                                                      1,360,440

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               1,360,440

(a)  In fiscal year 2007, the division of emergency management in collaboration with the state agencies, the management of the nuclear power plant, the selectboards of the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality defined by the state as required to support the radiological emergency response plan shall develop the budget for expenditures from the radiological emergency response plan fund for fiscal year 2008 following the provisions of 20 V.S.A. § 38(a).  From the fund, each town within the emergency planning zone shall receive an annual base payment of no less than $5,000 for radiological emergency response‑related expenditures.  Additional expenditures by the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality or EPZ entity defined by the state as required to support the plan shall be determined during the budgeting process established by this section.

(b)  Of the above special fund appropriation, up to $30,000 shall be available to contract with any radio station serving the emergency planning zone for the emergency alert system.

Sec. 69.  Public safety - fire safety

                   Personal services                                         3,743,689

                   Operating expenses                                        929,794

                   Grants                                                              48,000

                        Total                                                      4,721,483

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   713,652

                   Special funds                                               3,738,363

                   Federal funds                                                   91,068

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               178,400

                        Total                                                      4,721,483

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000 shall be granted to the Vermont rural fire protection task force for the purpose of designing dry hydrants.

Sec. 70.  Military - administration

                   Personal services                                            475,193

                   Operating expenses                                        151,271

                   Grants                                                            200,000

                        Total                                                         826,464

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   826,464

(a)  Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $200,000 shall be disbursed to the Vermont student assistance corporation to replenish the amount available for the national guard scholarship program established in 16 V.S.A. § 2856 to a level of $200,000.  At the end of fiscal year 2007, any part of the $200,000 appropriation not transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation shall revert to the general fund.

(b)  Total disbursements by the Vermont student assistance corporation under 16 V.S.A. § 2856 shall not exceed $200,000 in fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 71.  Military - air service contract

                   Personal services                                         4,015,783

                   Operating expenses                                        875,237

                        Total                                                      4,891,020

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   339,579

                   Federal funds                                              4,551,441

                        Total                                                      4,891,020

Sec. 72.  Military - army service contract

                   Personal services                                         3,361,860

                   Operating expenses                                     5,780,134

                        Total                                                      9,141,994

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   110,625

                   Federal funds                                              9,031,369

                        Total                                                      9,141,994

Sec. 73.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                            915,455

                   Operating expenses                                        441,925

                        Total                                                      1,357,380

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,357,380

Sec. 74.  Military - veterans’ affairs

                   Personal services                                            265,466

                   Operating expenses                                        107,315

                   Grants                                                            172,815

                        Total                                                         545,596

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   545,596

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000 shall be used for continuation of the Vermont medal program, $10,000 shall be used for the expenses of the governor’s veterans’ advisory council, $15,000 shall be used for the Veterans’ Day parade, and $5,000 shall be granted to the Vermont state council of the Vietnam Veterans of America to fund the service officer program.

Sec. 75.  Center for crime victims services

                   Personal services                                         1,159,459

                   Operating expenses                                        287,068

                   Grants                                                         8,183,201

                        Total                                                      9,629,728

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,125,253

                   Special funds                                               4,420,155

                   Federal funds                                              4,021,120

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 63,200

                        Total                                                      9,629,728

(a)  The center for crime victims services shall review the allocation of the victims advocates to address the current imbalance in caseload.  This review shall consider the number of hours worked by each advocate and the caseload of each advocate.  The director shall report the findings of this review to the house and senate committees on appropriations during testimony on the fiscal year 2008 budget.

Sec. 76.  Criminal justice training council

                   Personal services                                         1,007,217

                   Operating expenses                                        800,611

                        Total                                                      1,807,828

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,171,978

                   Special funds                                                  505,452

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               130,398

                        Total                                                      1,807,828

Sec. 77.  Agriculture, food and markets - administration

                    Personal services                                            855,670

                   Operating expenses                                        446,851

                   Grants                                                            357,114

                        Total                                                      1,659,635

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,403,539

                   Special funds                                                  118,940

                   Federal funds                                                   78,543

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 58,613

                        Total                                                      1,659,635

Sec. 78.  Agriculture, food and markets - food safety and consumer protection

                   Personal services                                         2,558,439

                   Operating expenses                                        271,787

                   Grants                                                         2,801,492

                        Total                                                      5,631,718

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,484,221

                   Special funds                                               3,513,447

                   Federal funds                                                 627,050

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                   7,000

                        Total                                                      5,631,718

Sec. 79.  Agriculture, food and markets - agricultural development

                   Personal services                                            826,041

                   Operating expenses                                        504,152

                   Grants                                                         1,564,421

                        Total                                                      2,894,614

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   613,420

                   Special funds                                               1,871,703

                   Federal funds                                                 409,491

                        Total                                                      2,894,614

Sec. 80.  Agriculture, food and markets - laboratories, agricultural resource                               management, and environmental stewardship

                   Personal services                                         3,079,164

                   Operating expenses                                        504,576

                   Grants                                                            601,000

                        Total                                                      4,184,740

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,960,149

                   Special funds                                               1,488,583

                   Federal funds                                                 471,118

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               264,890

                        Total                                                      4,184,740

Sec. 81.  Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

                   Grants                                                            175,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   175,000

Sec. 82.  Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

                   Personal services                                              20,000

                   Operating expenses                                          70,000

                        Total                                                           90,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                    90,000

Sec. 83.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration -                                                banking

                   Personal services                                         1,133,430

                   Operating expenses                                        280,645

                        Total                                                      1,414,075

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               1,414,075

(a)  Notwithstanding 9 V.S.A. § 4230(b), in fiscal year 2007, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration may transfer up to $200,000 from the securities regulation and supervision fund to the banking supervision fund established in 8 V.S.A. § 19(f).

Sec. 84.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration -                                                insurance

                   Personal services                                         2,918,926

                   Operating expenses                                        518,400

                        Total                                                      3,437,326

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               3,437,326

Sec. 85.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration –

               captive

                   Personal services                                         2,785,349

                   Operating expenses                                        438,260

                        Total                                                      3,223,609

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               3,223,609

Sec. 86.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration -                                                securities

                   Personal services                                            524,668

                   Operating expenses                                        133,050

                        Total                                                         657,718

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                  657,718

Sec. 87.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health                           care administration

                   Personal services                                         4,641,080

                   Operating expenses                                        379,818

                        Total                                                      5,020,898

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   790,000

                   Special funds                                               2,423,717

                   Global Commitment fund                             1,737,181

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 70,000

                        Total                                                      5,020,898

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $700,000, consisting of $395,000 in general funds, $105,000 in Global Commitment funds, and $200,000 in special funds, is for a continuation of the project conducted by the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL), as referred to in Sec. 263(e)(3) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 74 of No. 93 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006).  Availability of the $700,000 funds is contingent on the secretary of administration’s approval of a plan submitted by VITL to coordinate VITL’s activities with “the Vermont blueprint for health chronic care initiative” and other health care‑related statewide information technology projects.  Availability of the $700,000 shall also be contingent on the delivery by VITL of a sustainable business plan to the secretary of administration and the general assembly; and a commitment by VITL to use “best efforts” to secure a nonstate match for the funds.  If at any time VITL no longer demonstrates the ability to deliver the work described in 18 V.S.A. § 9417, the state shall have the right to assume ownership of all licenses, intellectual property, and work product of VITL developed for the state pursuant to section 9417 or otherwise.  The $700,000 in this section shall not be available until the funding in Sec. 263(e)(3) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 74 of No. 93 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006), has been fully expended.

Sec. 88.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration -                                                administration

                   Personal services                                         1,059,213

                   Operating expenses                                          51,417

                        Total                                                      1,110,630

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               1,110,630

Sec. 89.  Secretary of state

                   Personal services                                         4,040,135

                   Operating expenses                                     1,341,443

                   Grants                                                         1,200,000

                        Total                                                      6,581,578

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   586,693

                   Special funds                                               3,919,885

                   Federal funds                                              2,000,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 75,000

                        Total                                                      6,581,578

(a)  The corporation division of the secretary of state’s office represents $480,889 of the above special fund appropriation, and these funds shall be from the securities regulation and supervision fund in accordance with 9 V.S.A. § 4230(b).

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in fiscal year 2006, the amount of $220,000 shall be transferred to the general fund from the Vermont campaign fund established in 17 V.S.A. § 2856.

(c)  Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. § 2855(a), in fiscal year 2007, the secretary of state may make public finance grants to qualified candidates from the Vermont campaign fund in anticipation of receipts coming into the fund.

Sec. 90.  Public service - regulation and energy

                   Personal services                                         4,547,379

                   Operating expenses                                        674,884

                   Grants                                                            800,000

                        Total                                                      6,022,263

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               4,829,463

                   Federal funds                                              1,157,800

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 35,000

                        Total                                                      6,022,263

Sec. 90a.  PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION

(a)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated during fiscal year 2006 from the clean energy development fund established under 10 V.S.A. § 6523 to the public service department, as funds are available, for purposes established under that section.  Funds allocated during fiscal year 2006 may be expended without convening the clean energy fund’s advisory board.  The sum of $2,400,000.00 is appropriated during fiscal year 2007 from the clean energy development fund to the public service department for purposes established under that section.  Of this amount, up to five percent is appropriated to the public service department for administrative costs related to the clean energy development fund.

(b)  This section shall take effect upon passage.

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

                   Personal services                                              11,886

                   Operating expenses                                            1,516

                        Total                                                           13,402

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                    13,402

Sec. 92.  Public service board

                   Personal services                                         2,447,097

                   Operating expenses                                        310,000

                        Total                                                      2,757,097

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               2,757,097

Sec. 93.  Enhanced 9-1-1 board

                   Personal services                                         2,106,208

                   Operating expenses                                        371,986

                        Total                                                      2,478,194

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               2,478,194

Sec. 94.  Vermont racing commission

                   Operating expenses                                            1,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                       1,000

Sec. 95.  Human rights commission

                   Personal services                                            379,094

                   Operating expenses                                          78,912

                        Total                                                         458,006

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   288,006

                   Federal funds                                                 170,000

                        Total                                                         458,006

Sec. 96.  Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

                   Personal services                                         1,616,703

                   Operating expenses                                        334,752

                        Total                                                      1,951,455

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                 289,768

                   Enterprise funds                                           1,661,687

                        Total                                                      1,951,455

Sec. 97.  Liquor control - administration

                   Personal services                                         1,304,489

                   Operating expenses                                        370,241

                        Total                                                      1,674,730

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                           1,674,730

Sec. 98.  Liquor control - warehousing and distribution

                   Personal services                                            872,289

                   Operating expenses                                        343,527

                        Total                                                      1,215,816

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                           1,215,816

Sec. 99.  Total protection to persons and property      232,110,943

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              73,257,400

                   Transportation fund                                   38,221,563

                   Special funds                                             51,854,074

                   Tobacco fund                                                 619,768

                   Global Commitment funds                            1,737,181

                   Federal funds                                            54,311,303

                   Enterprise funds                                           4,552,233

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            7,557,421

                        Total                                                  232,110,943

Sec. 100.  Human services - agency of human services - secretary’s office

                   Personal services                                         6,522,771

                    Operating expenses                                     2,220,100

                   Grants                                                         4,528,108

                        Total                                                    13,270,979

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,726,910

                   Special funds                                                      7,517

                   Tobacco fund                                                 564,021

                   Federal funds                                              4,770,606

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            4,201,925

                        Total                                                    13,270,979

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services or who utilize a qualified intermediary service organization providing services on behalf of the state shall not be considered state employees, except for purposes of 21 V.S.A. chapter 17.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the state may provide workers’ compensation coverage to workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services, and the state shall not be considered their employer.  The state may also either permit a qualified intermediary service organization to purchase group insurance policies for persons served by their organization or deem such persons to be members of an association and eligible for self‑insurance under 21 V.S.A. § 687a for purposes of providing workers’ compensation.  This provision is intended solely to reduce costs of providing workers’ compensation and shall not be considered for any other purpose.

(c)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the secretary may transfer funds allocated for the “high risk pool” and costs related to juvenile justice as outlined in this section to the departments in the agency of human services designated to provide these services.

(d)  Of the above tobacco settlement funds, $49,000 shall be used to provide a grant to the project against violent encounters for a statewide program for substance abuse prevention and mentoring program for youth.

(e)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000 shall be used for a grant to Lamoille County people in partnership for wrap-around services for at‑risk youth.

(f)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000 with any corresponding federal matching funds shall be for comprehensive treatment services and $15,000 for safe housing provisions for at-risk youth.

(g)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $200,000 along with available matching federal funds shall be available for services required for petitions filed by the agency under 33 V.S.A. § 5517(e).

(h)  The administration and the Vermont council of developmental and mental health services have agreed that in state fiscal year 2008, a 7.5‑percent state funding increase will be recommended for the designated agencies.  The agency of human services and Vermont council of developmental and mental health services will work collaboratively with consumers, families, and advocates to make a recommendation as to how this increase will be allocated.

Sec. 101.  Secretary’s office - Global Commitment

                   Grants                                                     788,357,850

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                            116,951,586

                   Special funds                                             13,011,162

                   Tobacco fund                                            19,299,711

                   Global Commitment fund                                           0

                   State health care resources fund               151,803,088

                   Federal funds                                          485,013,100

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,279,203

                        Total                                                  788,357,850

(a)  The agency of human services shall use the funds appropriated in this section for payment of the actuarially certified premium required under the intergovernmental agreement between the agency of human services and the managed care organization in the office of Vermont health access as provided for in the Global Commitment to health waiver (“Global Commitment”) approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

(b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $35,594,773 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

(1)  $19,536,735 certified state match available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $27,665,633 of federal funds appropriated in this section equals a total estimated expenditure of $47,202,368 for eligible special education schoolbased Medicaid services under the Global Commitment.

(2)  $1,497,110 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

(3)  $7,459,137 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students through school‑based health services, including school nurses.

(4)  $4,215,210 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services provided to students in the success beyond six programs.

(5)  $1,847,186 certified state match available from local designated mental health agencies for eligible mental health services provided under the Global Commitment.

(6)  $1,039,395 certified state match available from local designated developmental services agencies for eligible developmental services provided under the Global Commitment.

Sec. 102.  Rate setting

                   Personal services                                            685,795

                   Operating expenses                                          92,395

                        Total                                                         778,190

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               778,190

Sec. 103.  Developmental disabilities council

                   Personal services                                            139,974

                   Operating expenses                                          33,310

                   Grants                                                            315,000

                        Total                                                         488,284

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                 488,284

Sec. 104.  Human services board

                   Personal services                                            290,456

                   Operating expenses                                          50,457

                        Total                                                         340,913

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     50,247

                   Federal funds                                                   11,280

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               279,386

                        Total                                                         340,913

Sec. 105.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

                   Personal services                                       26,611,976

                   Operating expenses                                        918,014

                        Total                                                    27,529,990

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                           27,167,196

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               362,794

                        Total                                                    27,529,990

Sec. 106.  MEDICAID TRANSPORTATION SPECIAL CONTRACTS

(a)  The agency of human services may contract with a public or private entity to provide transportation related to school-based health or dental clinic services for children enrolled in Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur.

Sec. 107.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - Global                                                   Commitment

                   Grants                                                     384,724,569

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                         384,724,569

Sec. 108.  DENTAL CAP ON ADULT SERVICES

(a)  The dental cap on adult services in the Medicaid program shall be $475 in fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 109.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program – long‑term                                         care waiver

                   Grants                                                     172,317,361

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              70,960,289

                   Federal funds                                          101,357,072

                        Total                                                  172,317,361

Sec. 110.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid matched nonwaiver                                           expenses

                   Grants                                                       61,194,552

               Source of funds                                                               

                    General fund                                              24,589,781

                   Federal funds                                            36,604,771

                        Total                                                    61,194,552

Sec. 111.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - state                                                             only

                   Grants                                                       29,621,923

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              28,437,916

                   Global Commitment fund                             1,184,007

                        Total                                                    29,621,923

Sec. 112.  MEDICAID DEFICIT AND REIMBURSEMENT STUDY

(a)  The health access oversight committee shall study options for and develop a plan to eliminate the Medicaid deficit.  The committee may appoint a subcommittee from its members to collect information, hear testimony, and make recommendations to the full committee.  The committee shall consider:

(1)  opportunities in the Global Commitment waiver;

(2)  methods to streamline administration and regulation in Medicaid, the Vermont health access plan, and Dr. Dynasaur;

(3)  the fastest growing expenses in the programs and determine whether there are efficiencies or other methods available to control costs; and

(4)  other strategies for reducing the deficit.

(b)  The health access oversight committee or the subcommittee appointed under subsection (a) of this section shall study the reimbursement rates paid by Medicaid, the Vermont health access plan, and Dr. Dynasaur and the effects of the rates on Vermont’s health care system.

(c)  The office of Vermont health access shall present analysis and information as requested by the committee or subcommittee.  The committee and subcommittee shall have staff support from the legislative council and the joint fiscal office.

(d)  The committee shall report on the studies under this section to the general assembly no later than January 15, 2007.

Sec. 113.  TRANSFERS FROM THE CATAMOUNT FUND

(a)  Notwithstanding any transfers authorized by H.861 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) [An Act Relating to Health Care Affordability for Vermonters] or by this act, no monies shall be transferred from the catamount fund established in section 2027 of Title 33 to the state health care resources fund established in section 1901d of Title 33 until after the Medicaid deficit report required by Sec. 112 of this act has been received by the general assembly.

Sec. 114.  Sec. 21(b) of H.861 of 2006 is amended to read:

(b)  For fiscal year 2007, the sum of $82,360.00 general funds and $117,640.00 federal funds is appropriated to the secretary of human services for Global Commitment and the sum of $200,000.00 is appropriated from the general Global Commitment fund to the office of Vermont health access for the incentive grants for the hospital service area payment pilot projects under Sec. 9 of this act.

Sec. 115.  Health - administration and support

                   Personal services                                         8,309,240

                   Operating expenses                                     2,729,245

                   Grants                                                            721,000

                        Total                                                    11,759,485

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,537,984

                   Special funds                                                    24,525

                   Global Commitment fund                             4,675,158

                   Federal funds                                              5,517,818

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                   4,000

                        Total                                                    11,759,485

Sec. 116.  18 V.S.A. § 117 is added to read:

§ 117.  CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

(a)  The commissioner of health shall establish a statewide network of resources to provide education through the distribution of information regarding persons with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), to persons with chronic fatigue syndrome, health care providers, and the public.

(b)  The department shall work in collaboration with the Vermont CFIDS Association, Inc. and health care providers with expertise in chronic fatigue syndrome to prepare an informational packet about the clinical significance, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.  The informational packet shall be based upon the publication “A Consensus Manual for the Primary Care and Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” published by the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, to the extent allowable under federal copyright protections.  The department shall distribute the informational packet to all primary care physicians in the state, and it shall be available on the department of health’s website.  The informational packet may contain any other information that the commissioner of health deems necessary and shall be revised by the department when new information about chronic fatigue syndrome becomes available.  The department shall publicize the informational packet and make it widely available to the public.

Sec. 117.  Health - health protection

                   Personal services                                         3,282,307

                   Operating expenses                                        768,200

                   Grants                                                         1,689,500

                        Total                                                      5,740,007

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   238,513

                   Special funds                                                  904,000

                   Global Commitment fund                                  55,093

                   Federal funds                                              4,239,401

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               303,000

                        Total                                                      5,740,007

Sec. 118.  Health - health surveillance

                   Personal services                                         9,523,745

                    Operating expenses                                     2,845,354

                   Grants                                                         2,606,982

                        Total                                                    14,976,081

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,601,147

                   Special funds                                               1,307,500

                   Global Commitment fund                             1,183,573

                   Federal funds                                              8,809,317

                   Permanent trust funds                                       10,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 64,544

                        Total                                                    14,976,081

(a)  The amount of $285,000 of the above general fund/Global Commitment fund appropriation and at least $50,000 of the above federal fund appropriation shall be appropriated to the following Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services.  The federal fund appropriation of at least $50,000 shall be in addition to other Ryan White Title II federal funding that the department shall distribute to the organizations listed below.  It is the intent of the general assembly that if Global Commitment fund monies in this subsection are unavailable, the total funding for Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with the HIV/AIDS service advisory committee (HASAC) and shall provide HASAC with current information and data relating to service initiatives.  The funds shall be allocated as follows:

(1)  AIDS Project of Southern Vermont - $72,000

(2)  ACORN - $30,000

(3)  IMANI - $21,000

(4)  VT CARES - $147,000

(5)  Twin States Network - $30,000

(6)  People with AIDS Coalition - $35,000

(b)  Of the above federal funds, Ryan White Title II funds for AIDS services and the AIDS Medication Assistance Program shall be distributed in accordance with federal guidelines.  These guidelines shall not apply to programming funded by state general funds.

(c)  The amount of $140,000 of the above general fund appropriation shall be used for assistance to individuals in the HIV/AIDS medication assistance program (AMAP), including the costs of prescribed medications, related laboratory testing, and nutritional supplements.  These funds may not be used for any administrative purposes by the department of health or any other state agency or department.  Any remaining AMAP general funds at the end of the fiscal year shall be distributed to Vermont AIDS service organizations in the same proportions as those outlined under subsection (a) of this section.

(d)  The amount of $100,000 of the above general fund appropriation shall be appropriated to the Vermont AIDS service organizations and other Vermont HIV/AIDS prevention providers for community-based HIV prevention programming which is currently not supported by federal funds due to federal restrictions.  These funds shall be used for HIV/AIDS prevention purposes, including, but not limited to, improving the availability of confidential and anonymous HIV testing; prevention work with at-risk groups such as women, intravenous drug users, and people of color; anti-stigma campaigns; and promotion of needle exchange programs.  No more than 15 percent of the funds may be used for the administration of such services by the recipients of these funds.  The method by which these prevention funds shall be distributed shall be determined by mutual agreement of the department of health, AIDS service organizations, HASAC, and the community planning group (CPG). The department of health AIDS program shall be guided and advised by HASAC and CPG on an ongoing basis in prioritizing prevention service needs in the disbursement of these funds.

(e)  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 persons living with HIV/AIDS to develop a plan to continue access to AMAP medications until such time as the general assembly can take action.

(f)  The secretary of human services shall work in conjunction with the AMAP advisory committee, which shall be comprised of no less than 50 percent of members who are living with HIV/AIDS.  The committee shall make recommendations regarding the program’s formulary of approved medication, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements, and eligibility for the program.

Sec. 119.  Health - health improvement

                   Personal services                                         7,659,905

                   Operating expenses                                     1,051,300

                   Grants                                                         9,152,449

                        Total                                                    17,863,654

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   221,875

                   Special funds                                                  392,500

                   Tobacco fund                                              3,185,982

                   Global Commitment fund                             6,233,751

                   Federal funds                                              7,822,546

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                   7,000

                        Total                                                    17,863,654

(a)  The department of health may carry forward any unspent portion of funds designated for health professional 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, dentists, licensed nurses, and dental hygienists who agree to practice for a prescribed period of time in the state or at an accredited hospital within 10 miles of the Vermont border 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 above tobacco fund appropriation and $543,696 in Global Commitment funds in this section shall be utilized according to the provisions of 18 V.S.A. chapter 225 as follows:

(1)  community‑based programs - $1,023,624;

(2)  media and public education - $1,007,799;

(3)  tobacco cessation programs - $1,290,255; these funds may also be used to provide tobacco cessation counseling services to persons incarcerated in Vermont correctional facilities, and $80,000 shall be used to make nicotine replacement therapies available to all persons enrolled in tobacco cessation counseling;

(4)  surveillance and evaluation activities - $333,000;

(5)  statewide provider education - $75,000.

(c)  Of the above general fund/Global Commitment appropriation, $250,000 shall be granted to the area health education center (AHEC) to support the work and infrastructure of the statewide AHEC network to ensure an adequate and appropriate health care workforce, to bring quality improvement programs to health care professionals, and to create partnerships across community-based health care services to improve health care access and integration.

(d)  Any funds not expended by the AHEC during fiscal years 2006 and 2007 shall be carried forward to be available for use in subsequent fiscal years.  The AHEC will provide the department of health with a final progress report and financial report detailing the unexpended funds to be carried forward at the close of each fiscal year.

Sec. 120.  Health - community public health

                   Personal services                                       12,543,385

                   Operating expenses                                     2,145,389

                   Grants                                                       19,948,030

                        Total                                                    34,636,804

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,122,308

                   Special funds                                               3,231,400

                   Global Commitment fund                           15,032,280

                   Federal funds                                            14,135,816

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               115,000

                        Total                                                    34,636,804

Sec. 121.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

                   Personal services                                         9,228,703

                   Operating expenses                                     1,130,648

                   Grants                                                       20,900,145

                        Total                                                    31,259,496

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,370,025

                   Special funds                                                  195,500

                   Tobacco fund                                              2,382,834

                   Global Commitment fund                           15,235,609

                   Federal funds                                              9,945,528

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               130,000

                        Total                                                    31,259,496

(a)  For the purpose of meeting the need for outpatient substance abuse services when the preferred provider system has a waiting list of five days or more or there is a lack of qualified clinicians to provide services in a region of the state, a state-qualified alcohol and drug abuse counselor may apply to the department of health, division of alcohol and drug abuse programs, for time‑limited authorization to participate as a Medicaid provider to deliver clinical and case coordination services, as authorized.

(b)(1)  In accordance with federal law, the division of alcohol and drug abuse programs may use the following interim criteria to determine whether to enroll a state-supported Medicaid and uninsured population substance abuse program in the division’s network of designated providers, as described in the state plan:

(A)  The program’s ability to provide the quality, quantity, and levels of care required under the division’s standards, licensure standards, and accreditation standards established by the commission of accreditation of rehabilitation facilities, the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations, or the commission on accreditation for family services.

(B)  Any program that is currently being funded in the existing network shall continue to be a designated program until further standards are developed, provided the standards identified in this subdivision (1) of this subsection are satisfied.

(C)  All programs shall continue to fulfill grant or contract agreements.

(2)  The provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not preclude the division’s “request for bids” process.

(c)  Of the above interdepartmental transfer, $130,000 shall be used to support the gambling addiction program.

(d)  Of the funds appropriated above, $110,000 shall be used for drug court programs in Bennington, Chittenden, and Rutland counties.  The sum of $35,000 is allocated for Chittenden County to be used for court coordination.  The sum of $25,000 is allocated for Rutland County to be used for treatment, case management, court coordination, and screening services as needed.  The sum of $25,000 is allocated for Bennington County for court coordination, and an additional $25,000 is allocated for Bennington County to be used for case management, treatment, and screening services as needed.

Sec. 122.  Health - mental health

                   Personal services                                         4,245,156

                   Operating expenses                                        645,735

                   Grants                                                     113,748,703

                        Total                                                  118,639,594

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   724,623

                   Global Commitment fund                         112,938,232

                   Federal funds                                              4,976,739

                        Total                                                  118,639,594

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $40,000 shall be used to maintain the Burlington downtown outreach program to develop a model program for expansion to other areas of the state.

Sec. 123.  Health - Vermont state hospital

                   Personal services                                       17,362,523

                   Operating expenses                                     1,342,956

                   Grants                                                                3,000

                        Total                                                    18,708,479

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              18,298,479

                   Special funds                                                  110,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               300,000

                        Total                                                    18,708,479

Sec. 124.  Sec. 113c of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 113c.  SUNSET

(a)  The amendments in Secs. 113a and 113b shall terminate on July 1, 2006 2007 and 13 V.S.A. § 4815(b) and (g) shall revert to the prior statutory text.

Sec. 125.  Health - medical practice board

                   Personal services                                            466,127

                   Operating expenses                                        316,700

                        Total                                                         782,827

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                  782,827

Sec. 126.  Department for children and families - administration & support                                            services

                   Personal services                                       27,880,515

                   Operating expenses                                     4,947,217

                   Grants                                                         1,461,998

                        Total                                                    34,289,730

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              11,021,492

                    Global Commitment fund                             8,842,574

                   Federal funds                                            13,515,108

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               910,556

                        Total                                                    34,289,730

Sec. 127.  INTERSTATE COMPACTS ON ADOPTION AND MEDICAL

                 ASSISTANCE

(a)  The commissioner of the department for children and families is authorized, on behalf of the state of Vermont, to enter Interstate Compacts on Adoption and Medical Assistance, and is authorized to negotiate and enter into interstate agreements with agencies of other states for the provision of medical assistance and other services for children with special needs on behalf of whom adoption assistance are being provided by the department.

(b)  The commissioner shall designate a compact administrator who shall have authority to develop rules to be adopted to effectuate the terms and provisions, maintain records, and perform other administrative actions relative to all compacts and related agreements entered into under this section.

Sec. 128.  Department for children and families - family services

                   Personal services                                       19,332,140

                   Operating expenses                                     2,932,379

                   Grants                                                       65,433,894

                        Total                                                    87,698,413

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              26,004,388

                   Special funds                                               1,306,152

                   Tobacco fund                                                   75,000

                   Global Commitment fund                           33,968,173

                   Federal funds                                            26,344,700

                        Total                                                    87,698,413

Sec. 129.  Department for children and families - child development

                   Personal services                                         2,793,150

                   Operating expenses                                        762,969

                   Grants                                                       46,918,030

                        Total                                                    50,474,149

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              20,049,881

                   Special funds                                               1,230,722

                   Global Commitment fund                             1,532,093

                   Federal funds                                            27,435,701

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               225,752

                        Total                                                    50,474,149

Sec. 130.  Department for children and families - office of child support

                   Personal services                                         8,778,807

                   Operating expenses                                     2,880,818

                        Total                                                    11,659,625

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,908,463

                   Special funds                                                  455,718

                   Federal  funds                                             9,188,344

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               107,100

                        Total                                                    11,659,625

Sec. 131.  15 V.S.A. § 658(f) is added to read:

(f)(1)  The court shall order either or both parents owing a duty of support to provide a cash contribution or medical coverage for a child, provided that medical coverage is available to the parent at a reasonable cost. Medical coverage is presumed to be available to a parent at a reasonable cost only if the amount payable for the individual’s contribution to the insurance or health benefit plan premium is five percent or less of the parent’s gross income.  The court, in its discretion, retains the right to order a parent to obtain medical coverage even if the cost exceeds five percent of the parent’s gross income if the cost is deemed reasonable under all the circumstances after considering the factors pursuant to section 659 of this title.

(2)  If private health insurance or an employer-sponsored health benefit plan is not available at a reasonable cost, the court may order one or both parents owing a duty of support to contribute a cash contribution of up to five percent of gross income toward the cost of health care coverage of a child under public or private health insurance or a health benefit plan.  A cash contribution under this section shall be considered child support for tax purposes.  When calculating the contribution of a parent whose child receives coverage under Medicaid, a Medicaid waiver program, or Dr. Dynasaur, the court shall not order a contribution greater than the premium amount charged by the agency of human services for the child’s coverage.

Sec. 132.  PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

(a)  The department for children and families shall not include cash contributions for medical support under subsection 658(f) of Title 15 as income in determining eligibility or benefit levels for Reach Up, child support subsidies, or other public assistance programs allowed under federal law.

Sec. 133.  Department for children and families - office of economic                                                      opportunity

                   Personal services                                            202,462

                   Operating expenses                                          85,023

                   Grants                                                         5,129,551

                        Total                                                      5,417,036

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   985,725

                   Special funds                                                    57,340

                   Federal funds                                              4,122,898

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               251,073

                        Total                                                      5,417,036

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $485,000 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing 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. 134.  Department for children and families - OEO - weatherization                                                            assistance

                   Personal services                                            154,488

                   Operating expenses                                        129,950

                   Grants                                                         7,735,000

                        Total                                                      8,019,438

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                               6,741,517

                   Federal funds                                              1,277,921

                        Total                                                      8,019,438

(a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $400,000 is for the replacement and repair of home heating equipment.

(b)  On or before January 30 of each year, the office of economic opportunity shall make a report to the house and senate committees on appropriations utilizing existing resources within state government available in the office of economic opportunity’s weatherization data management system that compiles performance data available on households weatherized in the past year to include:  1) number of households weatherized; 2) average program expenditure per household for energy efficiency; 3) average percent energy savings; 4) energy and nonenergy benefits combined; 5) benefits saved for every dollar spent; 6) average savings per unit for heating fuels; 7) gallons of oil saved related to equivalent number of homes heated; 8) projected number of households to be weatherized in the current program year; and 9) projected program expenditures for the current program year ending March 31.

Sec. 135.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation                                              center

                   Personal services                                         2,598,093

                   Operating expenses                                        471,125

                        Total                                                      3,069,218

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,014,326

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 54,892

                        Total                                                      3,069,218

Sec. 136.  Department for children and families - disability determination                                               services

                   Personal services                                         3,587,857

                   Operating expenses                                        558,389

                        Total                                                      4,146,246

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                              3,899,729

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               246,517

                        Total                                                      4,146,246

Sec. 137.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and                                                             disabled

                   Personal services                                         1,365,966

                   Grants                                                         9,597,469

                        Total                                                    10,963,435

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,629,932

                   Global Commitment fund                             7,333,503

                        Total                                                    10,963,435

Sec. 138.  Department for children and families - general assistance

                   Grants                                                         4,376,259

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,514,939

                   Global Commitment fund                                750,000

                   Federal funds                                              1,111,320

                        Total                                                      4,376,259

Sec. 139.  DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES –

                 GENERAL ASSISTANCE

(a)  Of the appropriation in Sec. 138, $527,000 in federal TANF funds is allocated to the department for children and families to provide families with rental or mortgage arrearage assistance under section 2114 of Title 33 and under the current criteria until the rules implementing section 2114 of Title 33 are completed.  An additional $50,000 in general funds is allocated in fiscal year 2007 for assistance under category II of the current criteria.

(b)  Of the appropriation in Sec. 138, an amount not to exceed $150,000 ($75,000 in federal TANF and $75,000 in general funds) may be expended for temporary housing assistance to individuals and families that have reached the 28-day maximum allowed under department regulations and have a continued need for this type of emergency assistance.  Assistance shall be limited to an additional 56 cumulative days beyond the current 28-day maximum.

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

Sec. 140.  33 V.S.A. § 2114 is added to read:

§ 2114.  RENTAL OR MORTGAGE ARREARAGE PROGRAM

(a)  The department for children and families shall provide up to three months of rental or mortgage arrearage assistance to eligible families.  Assistance under this section is not an entitlement and shall be limited to the funds appropriated.

(b)  For the purposes of this section:

(1)  “Disability”:

(A)  shall have the same definition as Section 223 of the Social Security Act or Section 102(7) of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act; or

(B)  shall mean a physical, mental, or emotional impairment that is expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration and substantially impedes the individual’s ability to live independently.

(2)  “Emergency event” or “extraordinary event” means a serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate attention, including an unanticipated need for a work-related expense necessary to preserve employment or for housing expenses required to remove life-threatening hazards or to keep the home habitable.

(3)  “Extenuating event” means a serious situation or occurrence leading to additional expenses which could not have been prevented by the family, including a death or illness of a family member.

(4)  “Gross housing expenses” includes the family’s rent or mortgage, insurance that is required as part of the mortgage, property taxes, condominium fees, and utility costs, including fuel, electricity, water, and sewer, but excluding cable television service.

(5)  “Income” shall be calculated using the emergency assistance rules, excluding allowable deductions and exemptions under those rules.

(c)  A family is eligible if:

(1)  the family includes at least one dependent child under 18 years;

(2)(A)  the family is in imminent danger of losing its housing due to circumstances that could not reasonably have been avoided, including:

(i)  the rent or mortgage payments were not made because the family experienced an extenuating, emergency, or extraordinary event that appropriately required the use of the funds;

(ii)  a family member has a disability which contributed to the circumstances that could not reasonably have been avoided and resulted in the rent or mortgage payments not being made; or

(iii)  the family’s essential expenses exceeded the family’s income or the family’s gross housing expenses were equal to or greater than 60 percent of the family’s income; or

(B)  the family is likely to be eligible for temporary housing assistance, and payment under this section would be more cost-effective than providing temporary housing; 

(3)  the payment of all or a portion of that arrearage will prevent homelessness;

(4)  the family has received a notice of rental termination for nonpayment of rent or sworn statement of the amount of rent owed from the landlord, or a mortgage demand notice from the mortgage holder;

(5)  the landlord or mortgage holder agrees to terminate any action intended to evict or otherwise cause the family to relocate as a result of the payment and agrees not to reinstitute such action on the basis of obligations remaining as of the date of payment; and

(6)  the family meets all other criteria for emergency assistance, except that prior receipt of emergency assistance for another purpose shall not disqualify the family for assistance under this section.  Assistance under this section shall be available not more than once every 12 months.

(d)  Between February 1 and 15, 2007, the department shall file proposed rules necessary to administer this section with the joint legislative committee on administrative rules.  The department shall engage interested parties, including the Vermont coalition to end homelessness, the Vermont low income advocacy council, and the Vermont affordable housing coalition, prior to filing the proposed rules.

Sec. 141.  LEGISLATIVE INTENT

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly to provide temporary housing and rental or mortgage arrearage assistance to families having a genuine need that could not reasonably have been anticipated or avoided in a cost‑effective way that strives to prevent homelessness.  To further this goal, the rental or mortgage arrearage assistance program should be available to families when receipt of assistance is likely to prevent the family’s loss of housing and subsequent use of hotels as temporary housing, and available for families having individuals with disabilities who have challenges in accessing the program through current criteria. 

Sec. 142.  IMPLEMENTATION

(a)  The department for children and families shall continue to provide rental or mortgage arrearage assistance under the current rules until such time as the rules implementing Sec. 140 of this act are final.

Sec. 143.  Department for children and families - reach up

                   Grants                                                       41,996,096

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              12,808,023

                   Special funds                                               2,200,000

                   Global Commitment fund                                  25,500

                   Federal funds                                            26,962,573

                        Total                                                    41,996,096

Sec. 144.  Department for children and families - home heating fuel                                            assistance/LIHEAP

                   Personal services                                              20,000

                   Operating expenses                                          90,000

                   Grants                                                       10,146,117

                        Total                                                    10,256,117

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                             10,256,117

(a)  Of the funds appropriated for home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP in this act, no more than $350,000 shall be expended for crisis fuel direct service/administration exclusive of statewide after-hours crisis coverage.

Sec. 145.  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 program in fiscal year 2007 and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 2006 are hereby transferred to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund for the provision of home heating fuel assistance, including program administration, under 33 V.S.A. chapter 26.

(b)  For the purpose of a crisis set-aside, seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2006 and program administration, the commissioner of finance and management shall transfer $2,550,000 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 2006-2007 crisis set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2006, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 2006 for fiscal year 2007 do not exceed $2,550,000, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not precede January 30, 2007.  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, 2006, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

Sec. 146.  Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

                   Grants                                                         7,178,725

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                              7,178,725

Sec. 147.  TANF EXEMPTION

(a)  The commissioner may exempt all individuals domiciled in the state of Vermont from the implementation of Sec. 115(a) of Public Law 104-193 through June 30, 2007.

Sec. 148.  Department for children and families - children’s trust fund

                   Grants                                                            340,891

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   100,651

                   Special funds                                                    70,000

                   Federal funds                                                 170,240

                        Total                                                         340,891

Sec. 149.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - administration &

                 support

                   Personal services                                       22,413,228

                   Operating expenses                                     3,671,610

                        Total                                                    26,084,838

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                6,721,376

                   Special funds                                                  686,875

                   Global Commitment fund                             4,921,850

                   Federal funds                                            11,329,182

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,425,555

                        Total                                                    26,084,838

(a)  The commissioner of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall convene a task force to analyze Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes.  The task force shall include three representatives of the Vermont health care association, one each representing for-profit, not-for-profit, and independently owned facilities; and the director of the division of rate setting in the agency of human services.  This task force shall coordinate as necessary with the task force on the future sustainability of nursing homes.  The task force shall make recommendations on changes to the rules, methods, standards, and principles for establishing Medicaid payment rates for long-term care facilities in order to meet the protocols and objectives of the choices-for-care Section 1115 Medicaid waiver to the general assembly by January 15, 2007.

Sec. 150.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - advocacy and

                  independent living

                   Grants                                                       20,605,493

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                9,418,341

                   Special funds                                                    50,000

                   Global Commitment fund                             3,213,510

                   Federal funds                                              7,846,642

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 77,000

                        Total                                                    20,605,493

Sec. 151.  ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES; WAITING LIST

(a)  The department of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall assess what criteria would be most equitable for placing an individual on the waiting list for attendant care services.  In addition to the current first-come, first-served basis, the department shall consider alternative criteria for placing individuals on the waiting list.  No later than January 15, 2007, the department shall submit a report including the criteria considered, its analysis of the issues, and its recommendations for the criteria to be used to the house committee on human services and the senate committee on health and welfare.

Sec. 152.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - blind and visually

                  impaired

                   Grants                                                         1,417,110

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   364,064

                   Special funds                                                  215,000

                   Global Commitment fund                                250,000

                   Federal funds                                                 588,046

                        Total                                                      1,417,110

Sec. 153.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

                    Grants                                                         5,736,907

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,599,195

                   Federal funds                                              3,688,325

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               449,387

                        Total                                                      5,736,907

Sec. 154.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - TBI home- and

                  community‑based waiver

                   Grants                                                         2,993,010

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                             2,993,010

Sec. 155.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living - developmental services

                   Grants                                                     117,407,715

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   216,366

                   Special funds                                                  113,963

                   Global Commitment fund                         116,770,393

                   Federal funds                                                 306,993

                        Total                                                  117,407,715

Sec. 156.  Corrections - administration

                   Personal services                                         2,065,241

                   Operating expenses                                        316,087

                        Total                                                      2,381,328

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,316,328

                   Federal funds                                                   65,000

                        Total                                                      2,381,328

Sec. 157.  Corrections - parole board

                   Personal services                                            299,753

                   Operating expenses                                          65,555

                        Total                                                         365,308

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   365,308

Sec. 158.  Corrections - correctional education

                   Personal services                                         3,263,380

                   Operating expenses                                        343,662

                        Total                                                      3,607,042

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,209,892

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               397,150

                        Total                                                      3,607,042

Sec. 159.  Corrections - correctional services

                   Personal services                                       70,834,459

                   Operating expenses                                   35,188,795

                   Grants                                                         2,064,500

                         Total                                                  108,087,754

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                            102,791,435

                   Special funds                                                  547,919

                   Tobacco fund                                                   87,500

                   Global Commitment fund                             2,750,144

                   Federal funds                                              1,829,710

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 81,046

                        Total                                                  108,087,754

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $97,000 shall be used as a grant to Dismas House of Vermont, Inc.

(b)  Sec. 16(a) of No. 63 of the Acts of 2005 stated the “intent of the general assembly that the department develop and sustain new models of supportive, transitional housing.”  Such a model is the Northern Lights Project, which was developed by a consortium of groups in Chittenden County to meet the needs of women offenders returning to the community.  Another such model is the Dismas II Project, also developed by a consortium of groups in Chittenden County to meet the needs of both men and women offenders returning to the community.

(c)  Of the above appropriation for transitional housing, no less than $225,000 shall be used for the purpose of operating the Northern Lights Project.  No less than $110,000 shall be used for the purpose of operating the Dismas II Project.  The department of corrections may carry forward any unused portion of these amounts into fiscal year 2008.

(d)  The department of corrections shall work with the members of both the Northern Lights and Dismas II Consortia to ensure that sufficient operating revenue for these projects shall be sustained and available throughout their existence.  The department of corrections shall develop a plan to provide full funding, starting in fiscal year 2008, for the operating expenses of both projects.  In developing its plan, the department shall consult with the consortium of agencies sponsoring the two projects.  The department shall submit a written report with its recommendations to the house and senate committees on appropriations and institutions by January 15, 2007.

(e)  Funds appropriated in this section for the cognitive self-change program shall be used to establish a two-year domestic violence pilot program in at least one correctional facility.  The pilot program would include tracking offenders for at least three years after release to record recidivism rates relative to violent crimes.  In addition, the department shall augment the content of the current cognitive self‑change programming by including a domestic violence component.

Sec. 160.  Sec. 142a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 47 of

                 No. 93 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006), is further amended

                 to read:

(a)  It is the intent of the legislature that should the projected need for out‑of‑state beds be reduced from the amount budgeted at any time during any fiscal year and this need is expected to remain at or below this new level for at least 12 months, the resources within the correctional services budget that would have been used for out-of-state bed capacity be reallocated first to community supervision to create and fill at least five community supervision positions, including caseworkers and community corrections officers for each 50 bed reduction in long term projected out-of-state bed need and second that the remainder of the savings be used to fund department of corrections priorities as determined by the commissioner of corrections.  Projections of out‑of‑state bed need for at least the subsequent 12 months shall be made by the department of corrections for presentation at each meeting to the legislative joint corrections oversight committee.

Sec. 161.  Corrections - correctional facilities - recreation

                   Personal services                                            603,012

                   Operating expenses                                        473,986

                        Total                                                      1,076,998

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     75,000

                   Special funds                                               1,001,998

                        Total                                                      1,076,998

Sec. 162.  Corrections - Vermont offender work program

                   Personal services                                         1,363,572

                   Operating expenses                                     1,959,040

                        Total                                                      3,322,612

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                   3,322,612

Sec. 163.  Vermont veterans’ home - care and support services

                   Personal services                                       12,927,871

                   Operating expenses                                     3,123,419

                        Total                                                    16,051,290

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                             10,193,494

                   Global Commitment fund                                913,047

                   Federal funds                                              4,944,749

                        Total                                                    16,051,290

(a)  It is the intent of the legislature that if Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total funding for the Vermont veterans’ home shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

Sec. 164.  Commission on women

                   Personal services                                            201,837

                   Operating expenses                                          59,650

                        Total                                                         261,487

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   256,487

                   Special funds                                                      5,000

                        Total                                                         261,487

Sec. 165.  Retired senior volunteer program

                   Grants                                                            131,096

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   131,096

Sec. 166.  Total human services                               2,322,386,404

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                            484,334,391

                   Special funds                                             55,098,747

                   Tobacco fund                                            25,595,048

                   Global Commitment fund                         752,693,265

                   State health care resource fund                151,803,088

                   Federal funds                                          835,498,184

                   Permanent trust funds                                       10,000

                   Internal service funds                                   3,322,612

                   Interdepartmental transfer                          14,031,070

                        Total                                               2,322,386,404

Sec. 167.  Labor - programs

                   Personal services                                       19,264,611

                   Operating expenses                                     4,136,325

                   Grants                                                         1,610,293

                        Total                                                    25,011,229

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,169,812

                   Special funds                                               2,529,209

                   Federal funds                                            18,315,506

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,996,702

                        Total                                                    25,011,229

Sec. 168.  Labor - administration

                   Personal services                                         2,603,442

                   Operating expenses                                        697,451

                        Total                                                      3,300,893

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   190,408

                   Special funds                                                  377,442

                   Federal funds                                              2,385,907

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               347,136

                        Total                                                      3,300,893

Sec. 169.  Labor - domestic and sexual violence survivors’ transitional                                                  employment program

                   Grants                                                              10,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                    10,000

(a)  Any funds appropriated in fiscal year 2006 for the domestic and sexual violence survivors’ transitional employment program shall be carried forward into fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 170.  Total labor                                                   28,322,122

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,360,220

                   Special funds                                               2,916,651

                   Federal funds                                            20,701,413

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,343,838

                        Total                                                    28,322,122

Sec. 171.  Education - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                         4,579,438

                   Operating expenses                                     1,623,008

                   Grants                                                       12,000,000

                        Total                                                    18,202,446

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,389,969

                   Special funds                                                    69,894

                   Federal funds                                              1,964,748

                   Interdepartmental transfer                          12,777,835

                        Total                                                    18,202,446

Sec. 172.  Education - education services

                   Personal services                                       13,445,907

                   Operating expenses                                     2,154,455

                   Grants                                                     112,160,397

                        Total                                                  127,760,759

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                7,735,593

                   Transportation fund                                        127,483

                   Special funds                                               1,256,914

                   Federal funds                                          117,452,874

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,187,895

                        Total                                                  127,760,759

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $20,000 shall be used to provide matching awards to a Vermont student or groups of students who have won the right to participate in a national level academic program or competition through outstanding performance or through winning of a statewide academic competition.  The award shall be for the purpose of assisting the student or students to participate in the national academic competition or program.  The commissioner shall establish basic criteria for the awards and shall have sole discretion in making the awards; however, no single award shall be greater than $5,000 for each school and the award shall be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Sec. 173.  Education - technical education

                   Grants                                                       10,598,329

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                          10,598,329

(a)  The appropriation in this section shall be authorized notwithstanding 16 V.S.A § 1564.

Sec. 174.  Education - special education: formula grants

                   Grants                                                     125,280,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                        125,280,000

(a)  Of the appropriation authorized in this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $3,075,559 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2007 as funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6).  In addition to funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6), up to $157,532 may be used by the department of education for its participation in the higher education partnership plan.

Sec. 175.  Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                       14,416,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                          14,416,000

(a)  The Independence Place program of the Lund family center shall be considered a 24-hour residential program for the purposes of reimbursement of education costs.

Sec. 176.  Education - adult education and literacy

                   Grants                                                         3,701,017

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,717,398

                   Federal funds                                                 983,619

                        Total                                                      3,701,017

Sec. 177.  Education - adjusted education payment

                   Grants                                                  1,018,388,625

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                     1,018,388,625

Sec. 178.  Education - essential early education grant

                   Grants                                                         4,838,045

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                            4,838,045

Sec. 179.  Education - transportation

                   Grants                                                       13,978,220

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                          13,978,220

Sec. 180.  Education - small school grants

                   Grants                                                         5,360,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                            5,360,000

Sec. 181.  Education - capital debt service aid

                   Grants                                                            380,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                               380,000

Sec. 182.  Education - tobacco litigation

                   Personal services                                            130,133

                   Operating expenses                                          17,752

                   Grants                                                            847,783

                        Total                                                         995,668

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                 995,668

Sec. 183.  Education - Act 117 cost containment

                   Personal services                                         1,013,923

                   Operating expenses                                        117,081

                   Grants                                                              91,000

                        Total                                                      1,222,004

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            1,222,004

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, expenditures made from this section shall be counted under 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b) as part of the state’s 60 percent of the statewide total special education expenditures of funds which are not derived from federal sources.

Sec. 184.  MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIAL

                  FUND - DEPOSIT

(a)  In addition to deposits into the Medicaid reimbursement administrative special fund in accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 2959a(b), in fiscal year 2007, $1,222,357 of federal Medicaid receipts received for reimbursement of medically related services provided to students who are Medicaid eligible shall be deposited in the administrative special fund.

Sec. 185.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(2), there is appropriated in fiscal year 2007 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of  $269,300,000.

Sec. 186.  State teachers’ retirement system

                   Personal services                                       19,745,437

                   Operating expenses                                        798,923

                   Grants                                                       24,446,729

                        Total                                                    44,991,089

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              24,446,729

                   Pension trust funds                                     20,544,360

                        Total                                                    44,991,089

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1944(g)(2), the amount of the annual contribution to the Vermont state teachers’ retirement system shall be $24,446,729 in fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 187.  TAX DEPARTMENT - REAPPRAISAL AND LISTING

                 PAYMENTS

(a)  The amount of $3,213,378 in education funds is appropriated in fiscal year 2007 to implement the provisions of 32 V.S.A. §§ 4041a(a), relating to payments to municipalities for reappraisal costs, and 5405(f), relating to payments of $1.00 per grand list parcel.

Sec. 188.  Tax department - property tax assistance

                   Grants                                                     101,155,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,250,000

                   Education fund                                          98,905,000

                        Total                                                  101,155,000

Sec. 189.  Total general education and property

                   tax assistance                                       1,763,780,580

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                            309,839,689

                   Transportation fund                                        127,483

                   Education fund                                     1,295,357,597

                   Special funds                                               1,326,808

                   Tobacco fund                                                 995,668

                   Federal funds                                          120,401,241

                   Pension trust funds                                     20,544,360

                   Interdepartmental transfer                          15,187,734

                        Total                                               1,763,780,580

Sec. 190.  University of Vermont

                   Grants                                                       40,842,201

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              36,971,519

                   Global Commitment fund                             3,870,682

                        Total                                                    40,842,201

(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.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $382,719 shall be transferred to EPSCoR for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

(c)  It is the intent of the legislature that if Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total grant funding for the University of Vermont shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

Sec. 191.  University of Vermont - Morgan horse farm

                   Grants                                                                5,200

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                       5,200

Sec. 192.  Vermont public television

                   Grants                                                            596,785

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   596,785

Sec. 193.  Vermont state colleges

                   Grants                                                       23,330,193

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              23,330,193

(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, $431,548 shall be transferred to the Vermont manufacturing extension center for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

Sec. 194.  Vermont state colleges - allied health

                   Grants                                                         1,033,268

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   641,570

                   Global Commitment fund                                391,698

                        Total                                                      1,033,268

(a)  It is the intent of the legislature that if Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total grant funding for the Vermont State Colleges shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

Sec. 195.  Vermont interactive television

                   Grants                                                            847,944

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   847,944

Sec. 196.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                   Grants                                                       18,481,892

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              18,481,892

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000 shall be deposited into the trust fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2845.

(b)  Except as provided in subsection (a) of this section, not less than 100 percent of grants shall be used for direct student aid.

Sec. 197.  New England higher education compact

                   Grants                                                              80,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     80,000

Sec. 198.  Total higher education and other                   85,217,483

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              80,955,103

                   Global Commitment fund                             4,262,380

                        Total                                                    85,217,483

Sec. 199.  Natural resources - agency of natural resources - administration

                   Personal services                                         4,620,324

                   Operating expenses                                     1,801,469

                   Grants                                                              31,500

                        Total                                                      6,453,293

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                4,773,336

                   Special funds                                               1,069,206

                   Federal funds                                                 434,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               176,751

                        Total                                                      6,453,293

Sec. 200.  Connecticut River watershed advisory commission

                   Grants                                                              38,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                     38,000

Sec. 201.  Citizens’ advisory committee on Lake Champlain’s future

                   Personal services                                                3,600

                   Operating expenses                                            3,900

                        Total                                                             7,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                       7,500

Sec. 202.  Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

                   Operating expenses                                     1,574,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,312,500

                    Interdepartmental transfer                               261,500

                        Total                                                      1,574,000

Sec. 203.  Green up

                   Grants                                                                6,948

                   Operating expenses                                          10,550

                        Total                                                           17,498

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                       6,948

                   Special funds                                                    10,550

                        Total                                                           17,498

Sec. 204.  Fish and wildlife - support and field services

                   Personal services                                         9,847,289

                   Operating expenses                                     4,229,867

                   Grants                                                            441,140

                        Total                                                    14,518,296

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,094,779

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                 12,406,014

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 17,503

                        Total                                                    14,518,296

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $5,000 shall be used to provide scholarships for children wishing to attend one of the conservation camps administered by the department of fish and wildlife.  No portion of any general fund appropriation, tuition payments, donations made, or interest earned on endowment funds for the camps program within the department of fish and wildlife for the purposes of supporting the conservation camps shall be reallocated or used for any other purpose.

Sec. 205.  Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

                   Grants                                                              75,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                        75,000

Sec. 206.  Forests, parks and recreation - administration

                   Personal services                                            873,790

                   Operating expenses                                        604,341

                   Grants                                                         2,216,100

                        Total                                                      3,694,231

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,023,231

                   Special funds                                               1,466,000

                   Federal funds                                              1,205,000

                        Total                                                      3,694,231

Sec. 207.  Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

                   Personal services                                         4,533,422

                   Operating expenses                                        641,312

                   Grants                                                            288,000

                        Total                                                      5,462,734

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,669,935

                   Special funds                                                  360,000

                   Federal funds                                              1,200,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               232,799

                        Total                                                      5,462,734

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000 shall be used to replace a culvert and reestablish the causeway in the Glenn Lake Block property at Glenn Lake in Castleton, and any future projects shall ensure access for people with impaired mobility issues.

Sec. 208.  Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

                   Personal services                                         4,870,037

                   Operating expenses                                     2,199,350

                   Grants                                                                5,000

                        Total                                                      7,074,387

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   993,987

                   Special funds                                               6,080,400

                        Total                                                      7,074,387

Sec. 209.  Forests, parks and recreation - lands administration

                   Personal services                                            533,420

                   Operating expenses                                        231,111

                        Total                                                         764,531

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   539,531

                   Special fund                                                   145,000

                   Federal funds                                                   50,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 30,000

                        Total                                                         764,531

Sec. 210.  Forests, parks and recreation - youth conservation corps

                   Personal services                                            388,775

                   Operating expenses                                            9,593

                   Grants                                                            400,000

                        Total                                                         798,368

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                  454,368

                   Federal funds                                                   94,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               250,000

                        Total                                                         798,368

Sec. 211.  Forests, parks and recreation - forest highway maintenance

                   Personal services                                            222,978

                   Operating expenses                                        301,000

                        Total                                                         523,978

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   523,978

Sec. 212.  Environmental conservation - management and support services

                   Personal services                                         2,931,319

                   Operating expenses                                        887,118

                   Grants                                                              84,000

                        Total                                                      3,902,437

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,310,330

                   Special funds                                                  679,476

                   Federal funds                                                 993,471

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               919,160

                        Total                                                      3,902,437

Sec. 213.  Environmental conservation - air and waste management

                   Personal services                                         7,056,543

                   Operating expenses                                     6,176,683

                   Grants                                                         1,709,000

                        Total                                                    14,942,226

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   815,555

                   Special funds                                             11,137,141

                   Federal funds                                              2,815,544

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               173,986

                        Total                                                    14,942,226

Sec. 214.  10 V.S.A. § 6603i(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The secretary is authorized to award grants to municipalities and solid waste management districts for the portion of the cost of closure of unlined landfills receiving municipal solid waste located within the municipality or district.  These grants shall be available to assist in the closure of any existing unlined landfills, accepting solid waste as of the effective date of this act, which are required to close in accordance with subsection 6605a(c) of this title or section 6605c of this title, or to assist in the closure of unlined landfills which ceased accepting solid waste prior to the effective date of this act, as defined by rule of the secretary.

Sec. 215.  Environmental conservation - office of water programs

                   Personal services                                       12,629,486

                   Operating expenses                                     2,235,066

                   Grants                                                         2,891,036

                        Total                                                    17,755,588

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                6,848,890

                   Special funds                                               3,916,462

                   Federal funds                                              6,523,436

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               466,800

                        Total                                                    17,755,588

(a)  Notwithstanding 3 V.S.A. § 2805, in fiscal year 2006, $260,000 shall be transferred from the environmental permit fund to the general fund while $350,000 is maintained in the fund at the close of the fiscal year.

Sec. 216.  Environmental conservation - tax-loss-Connecticut River flood                                                          control

                   Operating expenses                                          40,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                    Special funds                                                    40,000

Sec. 217.  Natural resources board

                   Personal services                                         2,304,259

                   Operating expenses                                        444,350

                        Total                                                      2,748,609

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,058,883

                   Special funds                                               1,689,726

                        Total                                                      2,748,609

Sec. 218.  Total natural resources                                 80,390,676

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              25,017,383

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                 12,481,014

                   Special funds                                             27,048,329

                   Federal funds                                            13,315,451

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,528,499

                        Total                                                    80,390,676

Sec. 219.  Commerce and community development - agency of commerce                                            and community development - administration

                   Personal services                                         1,369,681

                   Operating expenses                                        524,064

                   Grants                                                            300,000

                        Total                                                      2,193,745

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                2,193,745

Sec. 220.  Housing and community affairs

                   Personal services                                         2,479,313

                   Operating expenses                                        347,147

                   Grants                                                         4,207,227

                        Total                                                      7,033,687

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,509,648

                   Special funds                                               3,844,469

                   Federal funds                                              1,614,570

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 65,000

                        Total                                                      7,033,687

Sec. 221.  Historic sites - operations

                   Personal services                                            615,472

                   Operating expenses                                        284,540

                        Total                                                         900,012

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   483,919

                   Special funds                                                  372,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 44,093

                        Total                                                         900,012

Sec. 222.  Historic sites - special improvements

                   Personal services                                            129,160

                   Operating expenses                                     1,025,614

                        Total                                                      1,154,774

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                    50,000

                   Federal funds                                                 396,220

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               708,554

                        Total                                                      1,154,774

Sec. 223.  Community development block grants

                   Grants                                                         7,446,530

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                              7,446,530

(a)  Community development block grants will carry forward until expended.

Sec. 224.  Downtown transportation and capital improvement fund

                   Personal services                                              40,000

                   Grants                                                            760,000

                        Total                                                         800,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                  800,000

Sec. 225.  Economic development

                   Personal services                                         1,936,584

                   Operating expenses                                        650,206

                   Grants                                                         1,675,349

                        Total                                                      4,262,139

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                3,573,344

                   Special funds                                                  490,325

                   Federal funds                                                 198,470

                        Total                                                      4,262,139

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000 shall be used to support the employee ownership center.

Sec. 226.  Vermont training program

                   Personal services                                            134,375

                   Operating expenses                                          20,636

                   Grants                                                         1,486,789

                        Total                                                      1,641,800

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                1,606,800

                   Special funds                                                    35,000

                        Total                                                      1,641,800

Sec. 227.  Tourism and marketing

                    Personal services                                         1,717,814

                   Operating expenses                                     2,486,686

                   Grants                                                            142,000

                        Total                                                      4,346,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                4,346,500

Sec. 228.  Vermont life

                   Personal services                                            736,256

                   Operating expenses                                        113,300

                        Total                                                         849,556

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                              849,556

Sec. 229.  Vermont council on the arts

                   Grants                                                            529,618

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   529,618

Sec. 230.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                            118,780

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   118,780

Sec. 231.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                            733,393

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   733,393

Sec. 232.  Vermont housing and conservation board

                   Grants                                                       24,551,195

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                             14,630,883

                   Federal funds                                              9,920,312

                        Total                                                    24,551,195

Sec. 233.  10 V.S.A. § 321(a)(5) is added to read:

(5)  grant funds to the agency of agriculture, food and markets to carry out and effectuate the Vermont farm viability enhancement program authorized by section 4710 of Title 6, provided that grants to the agency of agriculture, food and markets from the general fund under this subdivision shall not exceed $300,000.00 annually.

Sec. 234.  Vermont humanities council

                   Grants                                                            180,599

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   180,599

Sec. 235.  Total commerce and community

                   development                                              56,742,328

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              15,276,346

                   Special funds                                             20,222,677

                   Federal funds                                            19,576,102

                   Enterprise funds                                              849,556

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               817,647

                        Total                                                    56,742,328

Sec. 236.  TRANSPORTATION

(a)  Transportation fund and town 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. 237.  Transportation - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                         8,879,959

                   Operating expenses                                     2,127,950

                        Total                                                    11,007,909

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                   10,573,406

                   Federal funds                                                 434,503

                        Total                                                    11,007,909

Sec. 238.  Transportation - aviation

                   Personal services                                         1,115,720

                   Operating expenses                                   10,274,880

                   Grants                                                            160,000

                        Total                                                    11,550,600

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     2,395,350

                   Federal funds                                              9,155,250

                        Total                                                    11,550,600

Sec. 239.  Transportation - buildings

                   Personal services                                            133,000

                   Operating expenses                                        368,000

                        Total                                                         501,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                        437,000

                   Federal funds                                                   64,000

                        Total                                                         501,000

Sec. 240.  Transportation - program development

                   Personal services                                       35,463,202

                   Operating expenses                                 133,737,679

                   Grants                                                       35,727,282

                        Total                                                  204,928,163

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                   39,689,101

                   Local match                                                   668,978

                   Federal funds                                          162,170,034

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,400,050

                        Total                                                  204,928,163

Sec. 241.  Transportation - rest areas

                   Personal services                                            100,000

                   Operating expenses                                     3,341,146

                        Total                                                      3,441,146

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                        383,117

                   Federal funds                                              3,058,029

                        Total                                                      3,441,146

Sec. 242.  Transportation - maintenance state system

                   Personal services                                       32,216,294

                   Operating expenses                                   27,589,800

                   Grants                                                            672,000

                        Total                                                    60,478,094

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                   57,596,094

                   Federal funds                                              2,882,000

                        Total                                                    60,478,094

Sec. 243.  Transportation - policy and planning

                   Personal services                                         4,969,906

                   Operating expenses                                        964,875

                   Grants                                                         4,690,227

                        Total                                                    10,625,008

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     2,597,643

                   Federal funds                                              7,887,365

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               140,000

                        Total                                                    10,625,008

Sec. 244.  Transportation - rail

                   Personal services                                         4,911,881

                   Operating expenses                                   12,466,427

                   Grants                                                         4,720,000

                        Total                                                    22,098,308

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     8,979,308

                   Federal funds                                            13,119,000

                        Total                                                    22,098,308

Sec. 245.  Transportation - bridge maintenance

                   Operating expenses                                     9,123,373

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     2,811,653

                   Local match                                                     50,000

                   Federal funds                                              6,261,720

                        Total                                                      9,123,373

Sec. 246.  Transportation - public transit

                   Personal services                                            516,238

                   Operating expenses                                          69,450

                   Grants                                                       17,037,070

                        Total                                                    17,622,758

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     6,016,646

                   Federal funds                                            11,606,112

                        Total                                                    17,622,758

Sec. 247.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                         3,198,783

                   Operating expenses                                   11,411,786

                        Total                                                    14,610,569

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                 14,610,569

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $1,502,400 is appropriated from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund in accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 13(c) for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b).

Sec. 248.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                       16,580,740

                   Operating expenses                                     8,050,064

                   Grants                                                            311,300

                        Total                                                    24,942,104

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                   23,617,251

                   Federal funds                                              1,324,853

                        Total                                                    24,942,104

Sec. 249.  Transportation - town highway structures

                   Grants                                                         3,674,002

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                   3,674,002

Sec. 250.  Transportation - town highway emergency fund

                   Grants                                                         1,500,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     1,500,000

Sec. 251.  Transportation - town highway Vermont local roads

                   Grants                                                            375,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                        235,000

                   Federal funds                                                 140,000

                        Total                                                         375,000

Sec. 252.  Transportation - town highway class 2 roadway

                   Grants                                                         5,018,002

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                   5,018,002

Sec. 253.  Transportation - town highway bridges

                   Personal services                                         3,650,000

                   Operating expenses                                   24,388,552

                   Grants                                                            525,000

                        Total                                                    28,563,552

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                     4,090,045

                   Local match                                                2,269,131

                   Federal funds                                            22,204,376

                        Total                                                    28,563,552

Sec. 254.  Transportation - town highway aid program

                   Grants                                                       26,311,056

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                 26,311,056

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

Sec. 255.  Transportation - town highway class 1 supplemental grants

                   Grants                                                            146,700

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                      146,700

Sec. 256.  Transportation - municipal mitigation grant program

                   Grants                                                         2,000,700

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                        196,707

                   Federal funds                                              1,803,993

                        Total                                                      2,000,700

Sec. 257.  Transportation - public assistance grant program

                   Grants                                                            200,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                 200,000

Sec. 258.  Transportation board

                   Personal services                                              70,800

                   Operating expenses                                          13,800

                        Total                                                           84,600

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                          84,600

Sec. 259.  Discretionary spending

                   Operating expenses                                        475,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation funds                                       475,000

(a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the secretary of transportation, with the approval of the secretary of administration, may transfer amounts appropriated under this section to another appropriation of the agency of transportation authorized by this act as needed to advance projects in program development or in rail for the Bellows Falls tunnel project.

Sec. 260.  Total transportation                                    459,277,644

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                 161,677,921

                   Local match                                                2,988,109

                   Town fund                                                 35,149,760

                   Federal funds                                          242,311,235

                   Internal service funds                                 14,610,569

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,540,050

                        Total                                                  459,277,644

Sec. 261.  Debt service

                   Debt service                                              69,130,821

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              64,549,851

                   Transportation fund                                     2,086,135

                   Special funds                                               2,494,835

                        Total                                                    69,130,821

Sec. 262.  Total debt service                                        69,130,821

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              64,549,851

                   Transportation fund                                     2,086,135

                   Special funds                                               2,494,835

                        Total                                                    69,130,821

Sec. 263.  RELATIONSHIP TO EXISTING LAWS

(a)  Except as specifically provided, this act shall not be construed in any way to negate or impair the full force and effect of existing laws.

Sec. 264.  OFFSETTING APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  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. 265.  FEDERAL FUNDS

(a)  In fiscal year 2007 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 2007, federal funds available to the state of Vermont and designated as federal in this and other acts of the 2006 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. 266.  DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS

(a)  All receipts shall be credited to the general fund except as otherwise provided and except for 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

Department of taxes ‑ unorganized towns and gores

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision 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. 267.  NEW POSITIONS

(a)  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 2007, except for new positions authorized by the 2006 session.  Limited service positions approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5 shall not be subject to this restriction.

Sec. 268.  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:

(1)  The sum of  $300,960 is appropriated from the property valuation and review administration special fund to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program.  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 9610(c), amounts above $300,960 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the property valuation and review administration special fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(2)  The sum of  $13,763,883 is appropriated from the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund to the Vermont housing and conservation trust board.  Notwithstanding 10 V.S.A. § 312, amounts above $13,763,883 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(3)  The sum of  $4,116,847 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund.  Notwithstanding 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a), amounts above $4,116,847 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the municipal and regional planning fund shall be transferred into the general fund.  The $4,116,847 shall be allocated as follows:

(A)  $2,881,792 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(B)  $823,369 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(C)  $411,685 to the Vermont center for geographic information.

(b)  Property transfer tax revenues in fiscal year 2007 shall be distributed pursuant to 32 V.S.A §§ 435(b)(10) and 9610(c), 10 V.S.A. § 312, and 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a) and transferred into the general fund consistent with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, except that any property transfer tax revenues above $40,200,000, not to exceed $3,500,000, shall be deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund and appropriated to the Vermont housing and conservation trust board of which 70 percent shall be used for housing and 30 percent for land conservation activities.

(c)  In fiscal year 2008, the appropriations in subdivisions (a)(1)-(3) of this section shall increase by at least 4.5 percent.

Sec. 269.  TRANSPORTATION FUND TRANSFER

(a)  The amount of $800,000 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. 270.  Sec. 10(a)(2)(A) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(A)  From the general fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005, $4,019,782.00 and for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, $7,581,008.00 $3,800,000.00.

Sec. 271.  FY 2006 GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS AND  

                 TRANSFERS

(a)  In FY 2006, the following amounts are appropriated or transferred from the general fund:

(1)  $1,325,800 in general funds and $1,454,200 in Global Commitment funds to the department of health - administration for implementation of “The Vermont Blueprint for Health Chronic Care Initiative,” and $1,124,200 in general funds to the agency of human services for Global Commitment.

(2)  $610,000 to the department of education for transfer to the department of corrections as needed for special education program expenses.

(3)  $7,000,000 to the department of education for state aid for school construction projects pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448.

(4)  $650,000 to the department of health for continued planning, design, and permitting associated with the creation of a new inpatient facility to replace the current Vermont state hospital.  In addition, the department shall allocate $350,000 of the funds appropriated in fiscal year 2006 for state hospital alternatives for this same purpose.

(5)  $375,000 to the secretary of state for costs of the 2006 biennial elections.

(6)  $3,000,000 for “The Next Generation Initiative”; in order to ensure that Vermont’s youth can obtain a college education that provides them the technical skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic global economy and that the technology based professions for which they have trained will be available in Vermont upon their entrance into the workforce, the following appropriations are hereby made:

(A)  $1,000,000 to the University of Vermont for investment in the research and development of innovative and sustainable technologies that will expand the university’s role in statewide economic development.

(B)  $1,000,000 to the Vermont State Colleges to invest in workforce development programs centered upon the innovative and sustainable technologies sector.

(C)  $1,000,000 to the Vermont student assistance corporation to invest in programs and other initiatives that encourage Vermont K-12 students to attend a Vermont college.

(7)  $350,000 is transferred to the environmental contingency fund, established in 10 V.S.A. § 1283.

(8)  $35,000 to the department of forests, parks and recreation for a Parks as Destinations study.

(9)  $200,000 to the department of environmental conservation for two clean and clear initiatives:  $100,000 for research on improving the accounting system for phosphorous reduction from nonpoint source controls and $100,000 for a feasibility study on the treatment of sediments in St. Albans bay to reduce internal loading of phosphorous.

(10)  $100,000 to be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2007 contribution toward the growth of the 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 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 upon between the state colleges and the commissioner of finance and management.  Transfers to the state colleges’ endowment fund shall be 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.  By June 30, 2008, 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.

(11)  $40,000 to the Vermont council on the arts for a grant to the Vermont museum and gallery alliance to encourage professional practices, foster cooperation, and promote appreciation of the programs and resources of Vermont’s museums, galleries, and historic places.

(12)  $65,000 to the judiciary of which $15,000 shall be used to upgrade video conferencing equipment in the Bennington courthouse and $50,000 shall be used to complete the licensing of network devices.

(13)  $70,000 to the judiciary for a collections manager position.

(14)  $400,000 to the judiciary to be used to upgrade the automated case management system.  The intent is that the fiscal year 2007 appropriation will be the first of four or five annual appropriations necessary to complete the upgrade of the automated case management system.

(15)  $75,000 to the department of economic development for grants to the regional development corporations.

(16)  $10,000 to the department of economic development for the north link broadband project.

(17)  $400,000 to the department of economic development for the Vermont training program.

(18)  $225,000 to the department of tourism and marketing, of which $100,000 shall be used for the Lake Champlain quadricentennial commission and $125,000 for marketing activities.

(19)  $350,000 to the department of fish and wildlife to complete phase two of the Edward F. Kehoe camp building.  This phase will finish the building so that the children’s program will have use of the kitchen and dining hall.  Major work will include work on the wastewater system, elevator, site (drainage), interior finishing on the dining hall area, and kitchen equipment.

(20)  $50,000 general funds and associated federal funds to the department for children and families, office of economic opportunity, for a grant to the community action agencies for individual development accounts.

(21)  $7,600 to the criminal justice training council for the purchase of mattresses.

(22)  $75,000 to the department for children and families for a grant to the Vermont coalition of teen centers.

(23)  $100,000 to the department for children and families for a grant to the Vermont adoption consortium.

(24)  $75,000 to the department for children and families for the building bright spaces for bright futures fund.

(25)  $11,000 to the department for children and families, family services for the Vermont coalition for homeless and runaway youth program.

(26)  $26,767 in general funds and $38,233 in federal funds to the secretary of human services for Global Commitment, and $65,000 in Global Commitment funds is appropriated to the office of Vermont health access to be granted to Vermont legal aid to support a health care ombudsman position.  The office of the health care ombudsman shall report to the house and senate committees on appropriations by December 15, 2006 on the activities and caseload of this additional ombudsman position.

(27)  $155,000 in general funds and $95,000 in Global Commitment funds to the department of health for area health education center activities.  The language in Sec. 119(c) and (d) of this act applies to this appropriation.

(28)  $39,121 in general funds and $55,879 in federal funds to the secretary of human services for Global Commitment.

(29)  $132,500 to the department of corrections for prisoner uniforms.

(30)  $40,000 to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living for a needs assessment regarding present and future workforce issues related to the delivery of long‑term care services consistent with Sec. 2 of H.723 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006).

(31)  $100,000 to the agency of agriculture, food and markets for a farm agronomic practices pilot program.  This pilot program shall provide the farms of Vermont with state financial assistance through a grant program for the implementation of soil-based practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges.  The secretary of the agency shall establish grant criteria, performance goals, evaluation measures, and other criteria necessary to implement the program.

(32)  $270,000 to the department of taxes to complete the installation of the corporate tax collections system.

(33)  $110,000 is transferred to the waste management assistance fund created in 10 V.S.A. § 6618.

(34)  $20,000 to the secretary of state for community development grants, of which $10,000 shall be made available to the Vermont council on rural development to support the capacity of two rural Vermont communities and $10,000 shall be made available to the Vermont alliance of nonprofit organizations (VANPO) to support the training and development of nonprofit and community leaders, managers, and executives.  This funding will provide resources to VANPO’s existing technical assistance program for skill-building workshops in Vermont.

(35)  $50,000 to the Vermont human rights commission to monitor affirmatively Vermont’s schools’ compliance with the provisions of No. 91 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) relating to harassment.

(36)  $50,000 to the Vermont economic development authority to recapitalize the job start fund.

Sec. 272.  Sec. 70 of H.617 of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 70.  FISCAL YEAR 2006 DESIGNATED GENERAL FUND

               BALANCE (WATERFALL)

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2006, the fiscal year 2006 unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2006, shall to be reserved in the general fund stabilization reserve to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum.  To the extent funds are available:

(1)  First, be reserved in the general fund budget stabilization reserve to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum; $9,930,000 shall be reserved in the general fund surplus for fiscal year 2007 spending.

(2)  Second, any remaining funds shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(a) $12,800,000 shall be appropriated to the state teachers’ retirement fund.  This appropriation shall be made only to the extent necessary to make up the difference from the above amount and the amount appropriated under Sec. 273(a) of this act [fiscal year 2007 contingent appropriation]. 

(3)  Third, $250,000 shall be appropriated and transferred to the emergency relief and assistance fund, established in 20 V.S.A. § 45.

(4)  Fourth, $3,000,000 shall be appropriated and transferred to the Global Commitment fund, established in 33 V.S.A. § 1901e.

(5)  Fifth, $1,000,000 shall be appropriated and transferred to the housing and conservation trust board for housing.

(6)  Sixth, $1,500,000 shall be appropriated for transfer to various internal service funds to reduce deficits in those funds.

(7)  Seventh, any remaining funds shall be appropriated to school construction.

Sec. 273.  FISCAL YEAR 2007 CONTINGENT APPROPRIATIONS AND

                 TRANSFERS

(a)  In the event the official fiscal year 2007 revenue forecast for the available general fund adopted by the emergency board at its July 2006 meeting exceeds $1,377,000,000, not including the first $3,500,000 of any increase attributable to the property transfer tax revenue growth, in excess of the official forecast of January 11, 2006, to the extent the forecast is exceeded, up to $5,000,000 is appropriated to the state teachers’ retirement system as an additional base fiscal year 2007 appropriation.

(b)  If there are any remaining funds after disbursements are made in subsection (a) of this section, they shall be reserved for appropriations during the fiscal year 2007 budget adjustment process.

Sec. 274.  FISCAL YEAR 2007 TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND

                 BALANCE

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(b), in fiscal year 2007, the balance in the tobacco litigation settlement fund shall remain in the tobacco litigation settlement fund.

Sec. 275.  TRANSFER OF TOBACCO TRUST FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(a)(3), at the close of fiscal year 2007, the secretary of administration may transfer funds from the tobacco trust fund to the tobacco litigation settlement fund established in 32 V.S.A. § 435a, in the amount needed to bring the ending balance of the tobacco litigation settlement fund to $0.00 for fiscal year 2007, but the amount transferred may not exceed the amount withheld from the payment to Vermont by participating manufacturers due in April 2007 under the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.  Upon release and deposit of the withheld funds into the tobacco litigation settlement fund, an equal amount shall be returned to the tobacco trust fund.

Sec. 276.  18 V.S.A. § 9504(b) is amended to read:

§ 9504.  Creation of the Vermont tobacco evaluation and

              review board

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(b)  The board shall consist of 1314 members, including ex officio the commissioner of health and the commissioner of education, or their designees; the commissioner of the department of liquor control or designee, the attorney general or designee; a member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; a member of the senate appointed by the committee on committees; a member representing a nonprofit organization qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and dedicated to anti-tobacco activities appointed by the speaker of the house; a member representing the low income community appointed by the senate committee on committees; two persons under the age of 21 30, one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the senate committee on committees; and four members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, including: one K-12 educator involved in prevention education; one tobacco use researcher; one member representing the health care community; and one tobacco industry countermarketing expert.  The public members shall serve for three-year terms, beginning on February 1 of the year in which the appointment is made, except that the first members appointed by the governor to the board shall be appointed, two for a term of two years, one for a term of three years and one for a term of four years.  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired portion of the term vacated.

Sec. 277.  16 V.S.A. § 1944(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Pension accumulation fund.

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(2)  Beginning with the actuarial valuation as of June 30, 1982 2005, the contributions to be made to the pension accumulation fund by the state shall be determined on the basis of the actuarial cost method known as “entry age normal cost with frozen initial liability.”  On account of each member, there shall be paid annually by the state into the pension accumulation fund a percentage of the earnable compensation of each member to be known as the “normal contribution” and an additional percentage of his the member’s earnable compensation to be known as the “accrued liability contribution.”  The rates percent percentage rate of such contributions shall be fixed on the basis of the liabilities of the system as shown by actuarial valuation.  “Normal contributions” and “accrued liability contributions” shall be by separate appropriation in the annual budget enacted by the general assembly.

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(4)  The unfunded accrued liability determined by actuarial valuation as of June 30, 1988 shall be amortized over a period of 30 years beginning July 1, 1988 in accordance with the provisions of this section.  Subject to the approval of the retirement board, the amount of unfunded accrued liability may be adjusted after 1988 to take account of changes in the actuarial assumptions used in annual valuations.

(5)  Until the unfunded accrued liability is liquidated, the accrued liability contribution shall be the annual payment required to liquidate the unfunded accrued liability over a period of 30 years from July 1, 1982 1988, provided that the amount of each annual accrued liability contribution after June 30, 1982 1988 shall be five percent greater than the preceding annual accrued liability contribution.  Any variation in the contribution of normal or unfunded accrued liability contributions from those recommended by the actuary and any actuarial gains and losses shall be added or subtracted to the unfunded accrued liability and amortized over the remaining 30-year period.

Sec. 278.  STATE EMPLOYEES’ POSTEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

                 RESERVE ACCOUNT

(a)  An irrevocable “state employees’ postemployment benefits reserve account” is hereby created for the purpose of accumulating and providing reserves to fund retiree postemployment benefits for members of the Vermont state employees’ retirement system, excluding pensions and benefits otherwise appropriated by statute. 

(b)  Into the account shall be deposited:

(1)  All funds remitted to the state as a subsidy on behalf of the members of the Vermont state employees’ retirement system for employer-sponsored qualified prescription drug plans pursuant to the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.

(2)  Any appropriations by the general assembly to fund retiree postemployment benefits for members of the Vermont state employees’ retirement system.

(c)  The trust fund shall be administered by the state treasurer.  The treasurer may invest monies in the fund in accordance with the provisions of section 434 of Title 32.  All balances in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried forward.  Interest earned shall remain in the fund.  The treasurer’s annual financial report to the governor and the general assembly shall contain an accounting of receipts, disbursements and earnings of the fund.

Sec. 279.  32 V.S.A. § 4465 is amended to read:

§ 4465.  APPOINTMENT OF APPRAISER; OATH; PAY

When an appeal to the director is not withdrawn, the director shall refer the appeal in writing to a person not employed by the director, appointed by the director as an appraiser.  The director shall have the right to remove an appraiser for inefficiency, malfeasance in office, or other cause.  In like manner, the director shall appoint an appraiser to fill any vacancy created by resignation, removal or other cause.  Before entering into their duties, persons appointed as appraisers shall take and subscribe the oath of the office prescribed in the constitution, which oath shall be filed with the director.  The director shall pay each appraiser a sum not to exceed $80.00 $120.00 per diem for each day wherein hearings are held, together with reasonable expenses as the director may determine.  An appraiser may subpoena witnesses, records, and documents in the manner provided by law for serving subpoenas in civil actions and may administer oaths to witnesses.

Sec. 280.  10 V.S.A. § 6523(d)(4) is amended to read:

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(D)  renewable energy projects on farms, which shall include the costs incurred to upgrade to a three-phase line to serve a system on a farm;

(E)  small scale renewable energy in Vermont residences and businesses; and

(F)  super efficient buildings;

(G)  projects under the agricultural economic development special account established under 6 V.S.A. § 4710(g) to harvest biomass, convert biomass to energy, or produce biofuel; and

(F)(H)  effective projects that are not likely to be established in absence of funding under the program.

Sec. 281.  23 V.S.A. § 3214 is amended to read:

§ 3214.  Appropriation Allocation of fees and penalties;

              liability insurance; authority to contract for

              law enforcement services

(a)  The amount of 85 percent of the fees and penalties collected under this subchapter, except interest, is are hereby appropriated allocated to the agency of natural resources for use by VAST for development and maintenance of the statewide snowmobile trail program (SSTP), for trails’ liability insurance, and to contract for law enforcement services with any constable, sheriff’s department, municipal police department, the department of public safety, and the department of fish and wildlife for purposes of trail compliance pursuant to this chapter.  The departments of public safety and fish and wildlife are authorized to contract with VAST to provide these law enforcement services.  The agency of natural resources may retain for its use up to $11,500.00 during each fiscal year to be used for the oversight of the state snowmobile trail program.

(b)  All fees and penalties, except interest, collected under this subchapter and not appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be used to purchase trails’ liability and other related insurance.  The department of buildings and general services shall assist VAST with the procurement of trails liability and other related insurance.  The balance shall be deposited, together with interest accrued, in the transportation fund.

(c)(b)  VAST shall purchase a trails’ liability insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000.00.  The state of Vermont shall be named an additional insured.  The policy shall extend to all VAST affiliated snowmobile clubs and their respective employees and agents to provide for trails’ liability coverage for development and maintenance of the statewide snowmobile trails program including groomer use and operation.  The department of buildings and general services shall assist VAST with the procurement of trails liability and other related insurance.

(d)(c)  Nothing contained in this section shall authorize or create any cause of action to accrue or to be maintained against the state of Vermont.

(e)(d)  Any fees and penalties appropriated allocated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall not revert but shall be available until spent.  Any accrued interest shall be deposited in the transportation fund.

Sec. 282.  20 V.S.A. § 45 is amended 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 may expend from the emergency relief and assistance fund 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)  The emergency board established by section 131 of Title 32 may authorize the secretary of administration to expend from the emergency relief and assistance fund an amount not to exceed $1,000,000.00 to avert an emergency natural or otherwise as identified by the board, and to expend from the emergency relief and assistance fund 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 subsection 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 subsection.

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

(d)(c)  There is created an emergency relief and assistance fund to be administered by the secretary of administration as a special fund under the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.  The fund shall contain any amounts transferred to it under this section or appropriated to it by the general assembly.

(d)  Funds utilized under this section shall be distributed in accordance with criteria and procedures established by rule by the secretary of administration.

(e)  Annually, by September 30, the secretary of administration shall submit to the general assembly a report detailing any expenditures during the prior fiscal year for disaster relief and assistance under this section to the general assembly, and the balance in the emergency relief and assistance fund at the end of that fiscal year.  The status of the fund shall be considered in the development of proposed adjustments to current year appropriations for submission to the next session of the general assembly.

Sec. 283.  32 V.S.A. § 585(c) is added to read:

(c)  The commissioner shall fully utilize the fund and account structure in the state finance system to manage efficiently dedicated revenues, with the intended result of reducing and limiting the number of separate special funds, while maintaining accountability and segregation of revenues dedicated by statute for specific purposes.

Sec. 284.  32 V.S.A. § 4041a(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A municipality shall be paid $8.80 $8.50 per grand list parcel per year, from the equalization and reappraisal account within the education fund and $8.50 per parcel of this amount shall be paid to the town, to be used only for reappraisal and costs related to reappraisal of its grand list properties and for maintenance of the grand list; and $0.30 per parcel of this amount shall be paid to the lister training subaccount, to the credit of the town in which the parcel is locatedAdditionally, a municipality shall be paid $3.65 per grand list parcel for the first 100 parcels, $0.20 for the next 100 parcels, and $0.01 for all parcels in excess of 200 from the equalization and reappraisal account within the education fund, to be used only for costs to acquire assessment education provided under section 3436 of this title.

Sec. 285.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(c) is amended to read:

(c)  An equalization and reappraisal account is established within the education fund.  Moneys from this account are to be used by the division of property valuation and review to assist towns with maintenance or reappraisal on a case-by-case basis; and for reappraisal payments pursuant to section 4041a of Title 32.  A lister training subaccount within the equalization and reappraisal account is established.  Each municipality is authorized to draw from its own portion of the subaccount such amounts as it determines necessary for lister training, and shall pay this amount to the director of property valuation and review for lister training services provided.  A municipality may withdraw funds from this subaccount upon warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management.  Unused funds in the subaccount at the end of the fiscal year shall revert to the education fund.

Sec. 286.  24 V.S.A. § 138(d) is amended to read:

(d)  Of the taxes reported under this section, 80 percent shall be paid to the municipality in which they were reported for calendar year 1999, 70 percent shall be paid to the municipality in which they were reported for calendar years thereafter.  Such revenues may be expended by the municipality for municipal services only and not for educational expenditures.  The remaining amount of the taxes reported shall be remitted monthly to the state treasurer for deposit in the PILOT special fund established in Sec. 89 of No. 60 of the Acts of 1997.  Amounts to be paid to a municipality under this section shall be reduced by five percent to reflect the difference between the amounts reported and collected.  Taxes due to a municipality under this section, less the costs of administration and collection, shall be paid on a quarterly basis.  70 percent shall be paid on a quarterly basis to the municipality in which they were reported, after reduction by three percent, to reflect the difference between the amounts reported and collected.  In any year in which the difference between amounts reported and collected is less than three percent, the excess withheld from each municipality shall be refunded to each municipality after the close of the fiscal year.  Revenues to be paid to a municipality shall also be reduced by the costs of administration and collection.  Revenues received by a municipality may be expended for municipal services only, and not for educational expenditures.  Any remaining revenue shall be deposited into the PILOT special fund established by 32 V.S.A. § 3709.

Sec. 287.  32 V.S.A. chapter 123, subchapter 4B is added to read:

Subchapter 4B.  Pilot Special Fund

§ 3709.  PILOT SPECIAL FUND

(a)  There is hereby established a PILOT special fund consisting of local option tax revenues paid to the treasurer pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 138.  This fund shall be managed by the commissioner of taxes pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of this title.  Notwithstanding subdivision 588(3) of this title, all interest earned on the fund shall be retained in the fund for use in meeting future obligations.  The fund shall be exclusively for payments required under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of this title, state payment in lieu of property taxes.  The commissioner of finance and management may draw warrants for disbursements from this fund in anticipation of receipts.

(b)  If the PILOT special fund is insufficient to pay the full amount of all payments in lieu of taxes under subchapter 4 of this chapter, payments, after application of the cap in subsection 3703(c) of this title, shall be reduced proportionately.

Sec. 288.  32 V.S.A. § 168 is amended to read:

§ 168.  Single audit revolving fund

(a)  A single audit revolving fund is established within the state treasury, to be administered by the auditor of accounts, from which payments may be made for the costs of audits performed pursuant to section 163(11) subdivisions 163(1) and (11) of this title.  All monies received from charges made for audit services under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section and sums which may be appropriated to the fund shall be deposited in the fund.  Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain a part of the fund.

(b)  The auditor of accounts shall charge the state department, agency, commission or state-created authority audited for the direct and indirect costs of an audit performed pursuant to section 163(11) subdivisions 163(1) and (11) of this title.  Costs shall be determined by the auditor of accounts and approved by the secretary of administration.

Sec. 289.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This section and Secs. 215(a), 271, and 272 of this act shall take effect on passage.



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