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H.405

Introduced by   Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Deen of Westminster and Seibert of Norwich

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Finance; budget preparation and reports; legislative and judicial branches

Statement of purpose:  This bill would provide that the legislative and judicial branches of state government prepare and submit an annual budget report and funding request directly to the general assembly, and that the budget reports and requests of those branches not be included in the annual budget reports, requests, and recommendations provided to the general assembly by the governor for the executive branch of government.

AN ACT RELATING TO BUDGET REPORTING AND REQUESTS BY THE JUDICIAL AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES OF STATE GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1.  32 V.S.A. § 301(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The Except for officials in the legislative or judicial branch, the head of every department of state, board, or commission, and any officer or individual having in charge any state activity for which funds are appropriated by the general assembly, on or before September 1 preceding each biennium, shall file with the commissioner of finance and management, upon forms prepared and furnished by the commissioner of finance and management, statements showing in detail the amount appropriated and expended for the current and next preceding fiscal years and the amount estimated for such activity to be necessary for the ensuing two fiscal years, properly arranged in detail by classification and summaries.  Requests for items for any activity, purpose, or program not previously authorized by legislation shall not be included in those statements but shall be clearly stated on separate accompanying forms.

Sec. 2.  32 V.S.A. § 306 is amended to read:

§ 306.  Budget report REPORTS; EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND

            JUDICIAL BRANCHES

(a)  The governor shall submit to the general assembly, not later than the third Tuesday of every annual session, a budget for the executive branch of state government and for all other agencies of state government not within the legislative or judicial branch which shall embody his or her estimates, requests, and recommendations for appropriations or other authorizations for expenditures from the state treasury.  In the first year of the biennium, the budget shall relate to the two succeeding fiscal years.  In the second year of the biennium, it shall relate to the succeeding fiscal year.

(b)  The chief justice shall submit to the general assembly not later than the third Tuesday of every annual session a budget for the judicial branch of state government which shall embody his or her estimates, requests, and recommendations for appropriations or other authorizations for expenditures from the state treasury.  The estimates, requests, and recommendations shall be in such format as directed by the general assembly.  In the first year of the biennium, the budget shall relate to the two succeeding fiscal years.  In the second year of the biennium, it shall relate to the succeeding fiscal year.  

(c)  The speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate shall jointly submit to the general assembly not later than the third Tuesday of every annual session a budget for the legislative branch of state government which shall embody their estimates, requests, and recommendations for appropriations or other authorizations for expenditures from the state treasury.  The estimates, requests, and recommendations shall be in such format as directed by the general assembly.  In the first year of the biennium, the budget shall relate to the two succeeding fiscal years.  In the second year of the biennium, it shall relate to the succeeding fiscal year.  



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