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H.617

Introduced by   Committee on Appropriation

Date:

Subject:  Appropriations; budget adjustment act; fiscal year 2006

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to make adjustments in the fiscal year 2006 omnibus appropriations act.

AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL YEAR 2006 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a) This Act shall be known as and shall be cited as the "Budget Adjustment Act - Fiscal Year 2006."

Sec. 2.  Sec. 11 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 11.  Human resources - operations

        Personal services                                       1,606,082                    1,699,985

        Operating expenses                                      314,842                       314,842

             Total                                                    1,920,924                    2,014,827

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,281,126                    1,354,370

        Transportation fund                                      347,778                       368,437


        Interdepartmental transfer                             292,020                       292,020

             Total                                                    1,920,924                    2,014,827

Sec. 3.  Sec. 12 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 12.     Human resources - HR workforce planning & employment services

        Personal services                                          841,435                       789,435

        Operating expenses                                      301,357                       301,357

             Total                                                    1,142,792                    1,090,792

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                708,084                       667,524

        Transportation fund                                      199,708                       188,268

        Special funds                                                235,000                       235,000

             Total                                                    1,142,792                    1,090,792

Sec. 4.  Sec. 16 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 16.       Tax - administration/collection

        Personal services                                     11,477,404                  11,502,404

        Operating expenses                                   2,684,071                    2,684,071

             Total                                                  14,161,475                  14,186,475

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           13,167,874                  13,192,874

        Transportation fund                                      213,601                       213,601

        Tobacco fund                                                 58,000                         58,000

        Special funds                                                542,000                       542,000

        Interdepartmental transfer                             180,000                       180,000

             Total                                                  14,161,475                  14,186,475

Sec. 5.  Sec. 44 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 44.  Legislature

        Personal services                                       2,925,702                    2,948,202

        Operating expenses                                   2,191,219                    2,213,719

             Total                                                    5,116,921                    5,161,921

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             4,414,316                    4,459,316

        Transportation fund                                      702,605                       702,605

             Total                                                    5,116,921                    5,161,921

Sec. 6.  Sec. 53 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 53.       Total general government           125,912,602                126,024,505

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           39,130,842                  39,233,526

        Transportation fund                                 10,040,473                  10,049,692

        Special funds                                             5,148,680                    5,148,680

        Tobacco fund                                                 58,000                         58,000

        Federal funds                                            2,835,018                    2,835,018

        Enterprise funds                                        2,470,807                    2,470,807

        Internal service funds                               40,039,703                  40,039,703

        Pension trust funds                                  22,818,733                  22,818,733

        Private purpose trust funds                           879,236                       879,236

        Interdepartmental transfer                          2,491,110                    2,491,110

             Total                                                125,912,602                126,024,505

Sec. 7.  Sec. 56 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 56.       Center for crime victim services

        Personal services                                       1,035,455                    1,055,100

        Operating expenses                                      220,612                       238,467

        Grants                                                      7,425,277                    8,125,277

             Total                                                    8,681,344                    9,418,844

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,018,644                    1,043,644

        Special funds                                             3,541,155                    4,253,655

        Federal funds                                            4,058,345                    4,058,345

        Interdepartmental  transfer                              63,200                         63,200

             Total                                                    8,681,344                    9,418,844

* * *

Sec. 8.  Sec. 62 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 62.  Military - air service contract

        Personal services                                       3,838,895                    3,838,895

        Operating expenses                                      837,681                    1,018,225

             Total                                                    4,676,576                    4,857,120

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                322,658                       367,794

        Federal funds                                            4,353,918                    4,489,326

             Total                                                    4,676,576                    4,857,120

Sec. 9.  Sec. 64 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 64.       Military - building maintenance

        Personal services                                          883,960                       919,878

        Operating expenses                                      383,512                       408,351

             Total                                                    1,267,472                    1,328,229

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,267,472                    1,312,165

        Federal funds                                                                                     16,064

             Total                                                                                        1,328,229

Sec. 10.       Sec. 65 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 65.       Military - veterans' affairs

        Personal services                                          246,316                       259,331

        Operating expenses                                      108,740                       108,740

        Grants                                                         121,165                       121,165

             Total                                                       476,221                       489,236

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                476,221                       489,236

* * *


Sec. 10a.  Sec. 77 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:                       

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

        Personal services                                       3,609,269                    3,609,269

        Operating expenses                                      358,002                       358,002

             Total                                                    3,967,271                    3,967,271

   Source of funds                                                                                                 

        General fund                                                469,832                                  0

        Special funds                                             3,397,439                    2,736,599

        Global commitment fund                                                                1,130,672

        Interdepartmental transfer                             100,000                       100,000

             Total                                                    3,967,271                    3,967,271

* * *

Sec. 11.       Sec. 83 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 83.  Public safety - emergency management

        Personal services                                       1,495,775                    1,331,241

        Operating expenses                                      532,443                       439,850

        Grants                                                         630,012                       630,012

             Total                                                    2,658,230                    2,401,103

   Source of funds

        Transportation fund                                        63,969                         63,969

        Special funds                                                367,903                       110,776

        Federal funds                                            2,223,858                    2,223,858

        Interdepartmental transfer                                 2,500                           2,500

             Total                                                    2,658,230                    2,401,103

Sec. 12.       Sec. 85 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 85.  Public safety - fire safety

        Personal services                                       3,356,644                    3,521,178

        Operating expenses                                   1,099,628                    1,192,221

             Total                                                    4,456,272                    4,713,399

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                582,688                       582,688

        Transportation fund                                        80,964                         80,964

        Special funds                                             3,481,236                    3,738,363

        Federal funds                                                 92,384                         92,384

        Interdepartmental transfer                             219,000                       219,000

             Total                                                    4,456,272                    4,713,399

* * *

Sec. 13.  Sec. 96 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 96.       Judiciary

        Personal services                                     24,276,133                  24,276,133

        Operating expenses                                   6,576,667                    6,591,667

             Total                                                  30,852,800                  30,867,800

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           24,803,705                  24,818,705

        Transportation fund                                   3,028,595                    3,028,595

        Special funds                                                622,500                       622,500

        Tobacco fund                                                 40,000                         40,000

        Federal funds                                               333,000                       333,000

        Interdepartmental transfer                          2,025,000                    2,025,000

             Total                                                  30,852,800                  30,867,800

* * *

Sec. 14.       Sec.  99 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 99.       Total protection to persons and property 219,880,467   220,887,283

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           78,248,797                  77,921,809

        Transportation fund                                 28,038,314                  28,038,314

        Special funds                                           51,738,826                  51,790,486

        Tobacco fund                                               619,768                       619,768

        Global commitment fund                                                                1,130,672

        Federal funds                                          50,101,089                  50,252,561

        Enterprise funds                                        3,908,080                    3,908,080

        Interdepartmental transfer                          7,225,593                    7,225,593

             Total                                                219,880,467                220,887,283


Sec. 15.       Sec. 100a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is added to read:

Sec. 100a.  Global commitment

        Grants                                                                                       541,354,651

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                                             102,133,582

        Special funds                                                                             136,562,159

        Tobacco fund                                                                                1,050,208

        Federal funds                                                                            301,608,702

             Total                                                                                    541,354,651

Sec. 16.       33 V.S.A. § 1972a is added to read:

Sec. 1972a.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT FUND ESTABLISHED

(a)  The global commitment fund is hereby established in the state treasury for the purpose of establishing a special fund to be the single source to finance health care coverage for beneficiaries of all state health care assistance programs pertinent to the global commitment to health care waiver under the United States department of Health and Human Services, centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved section 1115 demonstration waiver.

(b)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1) revenue as may be specified by the Vermont general assembly;

(2)  appropriations and transfers from other funds, authorized by the general assembly; and

(3)  the proceeds from grants, donations, and contributions, and any other sources of revenue as may be provided by statute or by rule.

(c)  The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.  The agency shall maintain records indicating the amount of money in the fund at any time.

(d)  All monies received by or generated to the fund shall be used only for the administration and delivery of health care covered through state health care assistance programs administered by the agency in furtherance of the section 1115 waiver identified in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 17.  Sec. 104 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 104.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

        Personal services                                     27,263,444                  27,263,444

        Operating expenses                                      681,014                       681,014

             Total                                                  27,944,458                  27,944,458

   Source of funds

        Special funds                                           13,585,633                    3,397,783

        Global commitment fund                                                              20,958,343

        Federal funds                                          14,358,825                    3,588,332

             Total                                                  27,944,458                  27,944,458

* * *

(c)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $1,500,000 is to be used for increased administration expenses for actuarial needs required by the federal government, increased cost associated with conversion of existing pharmacy to wrap around services of the Medicare Part D benefit and for direct support of the coverage and services management and for global clinical record systems.  These funds shall be matched with federal funds.  The office may add at least ten (10) new positions which shall be transferred and converted from vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

* * *

Sec. 18.       Sec. 104a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 104a.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program /global commitment

        Grants                                                   589,599,773                679,592,119

   Source of funds

        Special funds                                         243,284,425                  66,372,991

        Global commitment fund                                                            520,500,556

        Federal funds                                        346,315,348                  92,718,572

             Total                                                589,599,773                679,592,119

(a)  The office of Vermont health access shall implement the following provisions relating to provider payments from the appropriations in this section.

(1)  The office of Vermont health access shall reduce base Medicaid spending for hospital services by $16,500,000 $16,094,403.  In fiscal year 2006, the reduction in spending may be accomplished through a reduction in hospital reimbursement, an offset with payments from the hospitals made to the office in anticipation of the final settlement of outpatient costs for prior years, or a combination of both.  The offset shall be the payment amount above the anticipated settlement of $1,900,000, which the office has already included in its fiscal year 2006 outpatient projection, but the offset shall not offset spending reductions by more than $5,000,000.  Payments by hospitals shall be considered provisional and shall be adjusted as necessary based on final outpatient cost settlements.  In fiscal year 2006, Vermont hospitals shall be allowed to increase charges to the extent necessary to offset the reduction in reimbursement that results from this section.  Psychiatric hospitals licensed by the state of Vermont shall be exempt from this reduction.

(2)  Home health agency fees shall be reduced by $500,000.

(3)  Dentists’ fees shall be amended, and other strategies, including a reduction to the cap on adult services, may be employed to reduce spending by $243,309 reduced by six percent to lower spending by $105,000To the extent possible, the reduction shall be targeted to health services received by adults to minimize the impact on dental services for children.

(4)  The amount of $2,400,000 in reductions shall be made in reimbursement rates to providers who use Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes, but shall be implemented to minimize impact on primary care services.

Sec. 19.     Sec. 104c of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 104c.  OTHER MEDICAID APPROPRIATIONS; TRANSFER;                                                           REPORT

(a)  In Effective until October 1, 2005, in addition to the appropriations in this act, all other appropriations of state, federal and special fund amounts for Medicaid programs and purposes made in the fiscal year 2006 general appropriations act, or any other act appropriating funds in fiscal year 2006, shall be transferred to the health access trust fund established by section 1972 of Title 33 for use in fiscal year 2006 by the agency of human services for purposes of the trust fund.  The agency shall submit reports on any transfers made in accordance with this section to the joint fiscal committee on July 1, September 1, and November 1 for committee review and consideration at its July, September, and November 2005 committee meetings.

Sec. 20.       Sec. 104d of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is added to read:

Sec. 104d.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program/nonglobal commitment

        Grants                                                                                       154,036,661

   Source of funds

        Special funds                                                                               62,967,846

        Federal funds                                                                              91,068,815

             Total                                                                                    154,036,661

Sec. 21.  Sec. 104e of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is added to read:

Sec. 104e.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program state only

        Grants                                                                                         13,012,157

   Source of funds

        Special funds                                                                               13,012,157

Sec. 22.       Sec. 105 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 105.  Health - administration and support

        Personal services                                       5,606,480                    5,605,480

        Operating expenses                                   1,477,930                    2,294,658

             Total                                                    7,084,410                    7,900,138

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,864,184                    1,759,279

        Special funds                                                    1,701                         20,701

        Global commitment fund                                                                   358,763

        Federal funds                                            5,214,525                    5,757,395

        Interdepartmental transfer                                 4,000                           4,000

             Total                                                    7,084,410                    7,900,138

Sec. 23.       Sec. 106 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 106.  Health - health protection

        Personal services                                       3,561,696                    2,662,996

        Operating expenses                                      680,062                       770,120

        Grants                                                      1,574,400                    1,574,400

             Total                                                    5,816,158                    5,007,516

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,165,201                       159,468

        Special funds                                                942,000                       948,000

        Global commitment fund                                                                     41,320

        Federal funds                                            3,321,732                    3,471,503

        Interdepartmental transfer                             387,225                       387,225

             Total                                                    5,816,158                    5,007,516

Sec. 24.       Sec. 107 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 107.  Health - health surveillance

        Personal services                                       7,258,188                    8,135,888

        Operating expenses                                   1,900,115                    2,947,941

        Grants                                                      2,461,560                    2,461,560

             Total                                                  11,619,863                  13,545,389

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             3,562,198                    3,820,584

        Special funds                                             1,254,750                    1,273,750

        Global commitment fund                                                                   648,025

        Federal funds                                            6,672,515                    7,672,630

        Permanent trust funds                                     10,000                         10,000


        Interdepartmental transfer                             120,400                       120,400

             Total                                                  11,619,863                  13,545,389

(a)  The amount of $250,000 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 Vermont AIDS service organizations for client-based support services.  The grants in this section shall be awarded equitably on a per-client basis and shall be used for services. No more than 15 percent may be used for the administration of such services by the Vermont AIDS service organizations.  The method by which AIDS service organizations' clients are counted shall be determined by mutual agreement of the department of health, the AIDS service organizations, and the HIV/AIDS service advisory council (HASAC).  The department of health AIDS program shall be guided and advised by HASAC on an ongoing basis in prioritizing service needs in the disbursement of these funds.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with HASAC and shall provide HASAC with current information and data relating to service initiatives.

* * *

Sec. 25.       Sec. 108 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 108.  Health - health improvement

        Personal services                                       8,355,130                    8,349,130

        Operating expenses                                   1,155,320                    1,085,916

        Grants                                                      9,362,086                    8,984,086

             Total                                                  18,872,536                  18,419,132

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             3,545,034                       320,597

        Special funds                                                733,502                       733,502

        Global commitment fund                                                                4,930,543

        Tobacco fund                                            3,481,423                    3,481,423

        Federal funds                                          11,105,577                    8,946,067

        Interdepartmental transfer                                 7,000                           7,000

             Total                                                  18,872,536                  18,419,132

* * *

Sec. 26.       Sec. 110 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 110.  Health - community public health

        Personal services                                     11,727,467                  11,726,467

        Operating expenses                                   1,620,114                    2,109,748

        Grants                                                     11,782,520                  11,782,520

             Total                                                  25,130,101                  25,618,735

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             4,138,477                    2,674,760

        Special funds                                                477,110                       477,110

        Global commitment fund                                                                2,934,318

        Federal funds                                          20,362,014                  19,380,047

        Interdepartmental transfer                             152,500                       152,500

             Total                                                  25,130,101                  25,618,735

Sec. 27.  Sec. 111 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 111.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

        Personal services                                       2,391,227                    2,390,227

        Operating expenses                                      836,119                    1,042,315

        Grants                                                     18,725,833                  19,308,795

             Total                                                  21,953,179                  22,741,337

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             5,772,374                    1,588,112

        Special funds                                                157,000                       157,000

        Tobacco fund                                            3,171,266                    2,121,058

        Global commitment fund                                                              10,566,945

        Federal funds                                          12,394,539                    7,850,222

        Interdepartmental transfer                             458,000                       458,000

             Total                                                  21,953,179                  22,741,337

* * *

Sec. 28.       Sec. 112 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 112.  Health - mental health

        Personal services                                       3,404,696                    3,815,099

        Operating expenses                                      507,616                       677,476

        Grants                                                  106,674,609                102,978,459

             Total                                                110,586,921                107,471,034

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           44,492,587                    2,561,975

        Special funds                                             6,945,611                    2,618,692

        Global commitment fund                                                              84,813,096

        Federal funds                                          55,125,950                  13,454,498

        Interdepartmental transfer                          4,022,773                    4,022,773

             Total                                                110,586,921                107,471,034

* * *

Sec. 29.       Sec. 113 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 113.  Health - Vermont state hospital

        Personal services                                     16,580,497                  14,093,374

        Operating expenses                                   1,813,522                    1,813,522

        Grants                                                             3,000                           3,000

             Total                                                  18,397,019                  15,909,896

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             2,417,915                  15,499,896

        Special funds                                                110,000                       110,000

        Federal funds                                               572,426                                  0

        Interdepartmental transfer                        15,296,678                       300,000

             Total                                                  18,397,019                  15,909,896


Sec. 30.       Sec. 115 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 115.  Health - medical practice board

        Personal services                                          669,764                       669,764

        Operating expenses                                      130,309                       316,700

             Total                                                       800,073                       986,464

   Source of funds

        Special funds                                                800,073                       986,464

Sec. 31.  Sec. 116 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 116.  Department for children and families - administration & support services

        Personal services                                     26,563,475                  26,887,205

        Operating expenses                                   5,025,540                    5,025,540

        Grants                                                      1,414,675                    1,414,675

             Total                                                  33,003,690                  33,327,420

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           13,926,443                  11,480,244

        Special funds                                             1,401,422                       670,161

        Global commitment fund                                                                6,678,920

        Federal funds                                          17,675,825                  14,498,095

             Total                                                  33,003,690                  33,327,420


Sec. 32.       Sec. 118 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 118.  Department for children and families - child development

        Personal services                                       2,412,885                    2,787,885

        Operating expenses                                      468,401                       468,401

        Grants                                                    45,178,245                  45,556,245

             Total                                                  48,059,531                  48,812,531

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           19,269,419                  19,003,544

        Transportation fund                                        60,732                         60,732

        Special funds                                             1,230,722                    1,230,722

        Global commitment fund                                                                   740,249

        Federal funds                                          27,272,906                  27,551,532

        Interdepartmental transfer                             225,752                       225,752

             Total                                                  48,059,531                  48,812,531

* * *

Sec. 33.       Sec. 119 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 119.  Department for children and families - family services

        Personal services                                     18,261,673                  18,261,673

        Operating expenses                                   2,870,402                    2,870,402

        Grants                                                    62,032,908                  64,324,751

             Total                                                  83,164,983                  85,456,826

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           38,442,431                  28,487,311

        Special funds                                             1,306,152                    1,306,152

        Global commitment fund                                                              25,373,247

        Tobacco fund                                                 75,000                         75,000

        Federal funds                                          43,341,400                  30,215,116

             Total                                                  83,164,983                  85,456,826

* * *

Sec. 34.       Sec. 120 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 120.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

        Personal services                                       2,361,201                    2,469,201

        Operating expenses                                      432,306                       482,306

             Total                                                    2,793,507                    2,951,507

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             2,738,615                    2,896,615

        Interdepartmental transfer                               54,892                         54,892

             Total                                                    2,793,507                    2,951,507

* * *

Sec. 35.       Sec. 122 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 122.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

        Personal services                                       1,365,966                    1,418,063

        Grants                                                      9,336,901                    9,485,401

             Total                                                  10,702,867                  10,903,464

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           10,702,867                    5,350,601

        Global commitment fund                                                                5,552,863

             Total                                                                                      10,903,464

Sec. 36.     Sec. 123 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 123.   Department for children and families - general assistance

        Grants                                                      4,326,260                    4,326,260

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             3,214,939                    2,652,439

        Special funds                                                           1                                  1

        Global commitment fund                                                                   562,500

        Federal funds                                            1,111,320                    1,111,320

             Total                                                    4,326,260                    4,326,260

* * *

Sec. 37.       Sec. 124 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 124. Department for children and families - reach up

        Grants                                                    43,217,279                  42,772,967

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           14,290,063                  13,845,751

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

        Federal funds                                          26,727,216                  26,727,216

             Total                                                  43,217,279                  42,772,967

* * *

Sec. 38.       No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended by adding Secs. 126a - 126d to read as follows:

Sec. 126a.  33 V.S.A. § 2602(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The secretary shall engage in cost-effective purchasing practices to maximize the purchasing power of public funds used in connection with the home heating fuel assistance program.  Such practices shall include, but not be limited to, preseason purchases of fuel, fixed price agreements, automatic fuel delivery, and negotiations with fuel suppliers on behalf of program recipients beneficiaries for additional fuel price discounts.  The practices authorized by this subsection shall be used in connection with all applicable fuels purchased by program beneficiaries.  The secretary shall make available to program recipients the list of fuel suppliers who have agreed to provide fuel discounts.

Sec. 126b.  33 V.S.A. § 2607(e) is amended to read:

(e)  Certified fuel suppliers shall also agree to enter into budget agreements with beneficiaries for annualized monthly payments for fuel supplies provided the beneficiary meets accepted industry credit standards, and shall grant program beneficiaries such cash discounts, preseason delivery savings, automatic fuel delivery agreements, and any other discounts granted to any other heating fuel customer.

Sec. 126c.  33 V.S.A. § 2607(h) is amended to read:

(h)  The director may shall negotiate with one or more certified fuel suppliers to obtain the most advantageous pricing and, payment terms, and delivery methods possible for eligible households.

Sec. 126d.  REPORT

(a)  The director of the office of home heating fuel assistance shall report to the house and senate committees on appropriations by September 15, 2006 on the results of the efforts undertaken to engage in cost-effective purchasing practices.

Sec. 39.  Sec. 127 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 127.  Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

        Grants                                                      6,141,229                    7,875,615

   Source of funds

        Federal funds                                            6,141,229                    7,875,615

Sec. 40.  Sec. 132 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 132.  Aging and independent living - administration & support

        Personal services                                     20,691,990                  20,691,990

        Operating expenses                                   3,450,004                    3,450,004

             Total                                                  24,141,994                  24,141,994


   Source of funds

        General fund                                             8,005,169                    5,682,494

        Special funds                                                823,719                       823,719

        Global commitment fund                                                                4,892,982

        Federal funds                                          14,045,169                  11,474,862

        Interdepartmental transfer                          1,267,937                    1,267,937

             Total                                                  24,141,994                  24,141,994

* * *

Sec. 41.       Sec. 133 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 133.  Aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living

        Grants                                                    20,577,895                  20,747,895

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             9,162,065                    7,667,471

        Transportation fund                                      422,692                       422,692

        Special funds                                                851,981                       851,981

        Global commitment fund                                                                3,446,481

        Federal funds                                          10,064,157                    8,282,270

        Interdepartmental transfer                               77,000                         77,000

             Total                                                  20,577,895                  20,747,895

Sec. 42.       Sec. 134 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 134.  Aging and independent living - blind and visually impaired

        Grants                                                      1,359,000                    1,359,000

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                564,064                       374,689

        Special funds                                                145,000                       145,000

        Global commitment fund                                                                   189,375

        Federal funds                                               649,936                       649,936

             Total                                                    1,359,000                    1,359,000

Sec. 43.       Sec. 137 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 137.   Aging and independent living - TBI home and community based waiver

        Grants                                                      2,749,010                    2,801,876

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             1,129,843                       282,461

        Global commitment fund                                                                2,114,624

        Federal funds                                            1,619,167                       404,791

             Total                                                    2,749,010                    2,801,876

Sec. 44.       Sec. 138 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 138.   Aging and independent living - developmental services

        Grants                                                  103,600,138                106,139,962

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           41,434,699                    9,495,172

        Special funds                                                841,980                       841,980

        Global commitment fund                                                              79,215,222

        Federal funds                                          60,262,628                  15,526,757

        Interdepartmental transfer                          1,060,831                    1,060,831

             Total                                                103,600,138                106,139,962

* * *

Sec. 45.       Sec. 140 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 140.   Corrections - parole board

        Personal services                                          232,722                       347,267

        Operating expenses                                        65,555                         65,555

             Total                                                       298,277                       412,822

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                298,277                       412,822

Sec. 46.       Sec. 142 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 142.   Corrections - correctional services

        Personal services                                     68,370,252                  75,923,781

        Operating expenses                                 30,657,454                  30,657,454

        Grants                                                      2,054,500                    2,054,500

             Total                                                101,082,206                108,635,735

   Source of Funds

        General fund                                           97,380,792                102,871,713

        Transportation fund                                   1,153,658                    1,153,658

        Special funds                                                549,500                       549,500

        Global commitment fund                                                                2,062,608

        Tobacco fund                                                 87,500                         87,500

        Federal funds                                            1,829,710                    1,829,710

        Interdepartmental transfer                               81,046                         81,046

             Total                                                101,082,206                108,635,735

* * *

(d)  The establishment of seven (7) new classified community supervision and support positions - four (4) caseworkers, two (2) community corrections officers, and one (1) administrative position - is authorized as of October 1, 2005, contingent upon the out-of-state bed census being, on average, at or below 400 during the months of May, June, and July, excluding the impact of the renovations at the St. Albans correctional facility.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government. Of the above appropriation, $318,750 shall be used to support these new positions.

(e)  All other funds associated with a reduction of 45 out-of-state beds from the total included in the submitted budget in this appropriation shall be used for correctional services needs as directed by the commissioner of corrections which may include hiring up to four (4) mental health counselors.

Sec. 47.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 142a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 (Intent For Funds From Additional Out-Of-State Bed Savings) is repealed.


Sec. 47a.  Sec. 150 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:               

Sec. 150  Vermont veterans’ home - care and support services                            

   Personal services                                         12,833,472                  12,833,472

        Operating expenses                                   3,128,718                    3,128,718

             Total                                                  15,962,190                  15,962,190

   Source of funds                                                                                                 

        General fund                                                912,495                       165,495

        Special funds                                           10,239,126                  10,239,126

        Global commitment fund                                                                   747,000

        Federal funds                                            4,810,569                    4,810,569

              Total                                                 15,962,190                  15,962,190

* * *

(c)  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. 48.     Sec. 151 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 151.  Total   human services                1,502,442,843             2,313,626,047

   Source of funds

        General fund                                         421,074,741                433,831,665

        Transportation fund                                   1,637,082                    1,637,082

        Special funds                                         305,954,266                326,569,355

        Global commitment fund                                                            777,327,980

        Tobacco fund                                          25,441,034                  25,441,034

        Federal funds                                        718,911,145                734,391,034

        Permanent trust funds                                     10,000                         10,000

        Internal service funds                                 3,123,012                    3,123,012

        Interdepartmental transfer                        26,291,563                  11,294,885

             Total                                             1,502,442,843             2,313,626,047

Sec. 49.       Sec. 154 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 154.   Education - finance and administration

        Personal services                                       4,533,633                    4,533,633

        Operating expenses                                   1,377,940                    1,377,940

        Grants                                                    10,620,000                  12,020,000

             Total                                                  16,531,573                  17,931,573

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             3,166,006                    3,126,523

        Special funds                                                  63,697                         63,697

        Federal funds                                            1,968,752                    2,008,235

        Interdepartmental transfer                        11,333,118                  12,733,118

             Total                                                  16,531,573                  17,931,573

* * *

Sec. 50.       Sec. 155 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 155.   Education - education programs

        Personal services                                     12,107,019                  12,107,019

        Operating expenses                                   1,981,112                    1,981,112

        Grants                                                  108,322,608                108,322,608

             Total                                                122,410,739                122,410,739

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             7,132,600                    7,172,083

        Transportation fund                                      524,846                       524,846

        Special funds                                             1,139,188                    1,139,188

        Federal funds                                        112,461,461                112,421,978

        Interdepartmental transfer                          1,152,644                    1,152,644

             Total                                                122,410,739                122,410,739

Sec. 51.  Sec. 158 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 158.   Education - state-placed students

        Grants                                                    12,500,000                  14,400,000

   Source of funds

        Education fund                                        12,500,000                  14,400,000

* * *

Sec. 52.       Sec. 173 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 173.   Tax department property tax assistance

   Grants                                                       118,966,276                119,316,276

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             7,988,056                    7,988,056

        Transportation fund                                   2,378,220                    2,728,220

        Education fund                                      108,600,000                108,600,000

             Total                                                118,966,276                119,316,276

Sec. 53.       Sec. 174 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 174.   Total  general education and property tax        

assistance                                                   1,696,950,426            1,700,600,426

   Source of funds

        General fund                                         304,750,342                304,750,342

        Transportation fund                                   2,903,066                    3,253,066

        Education fund                                   1,240,167,487             1,242,067,487

        Special funds                                             1,202,885                    1,202,885

        Tobacco fund                                               984,007                       984,007

        Federal funds                                        115,413,832                115,413,832

        Pension trust fund                                    17,903,869                  17,903,869

        Interdepartmental transfer                        13,624,938                  15,024,938

             Total                                             1,696,950,426             1,700,600,426

Sec. 53a.  Sec. 175 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:               

Sec. 175.  University of Vermont                                                                         

        Grants                                                    39,271,166                  39,271,166

   Source of funds                                                                                                 

        General fund                                           39,271,166                  36,473,096

        Global commitment fund                                                                2,798,070

             Total                                                  39,271,166                  39,271,166

* * *

(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. 53b.  Sec. 179 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:               

Sec. 179.  Vermont state colleges - allied health                                                   

   Grants                                                              993,527                       993,527

Source of funds                                                                

        General fund                                                993,527                       710,372

     Global commitment fund                                                                      283,155

             Total                                                       993,527                       993,527

(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. 53c.  Sec. 183 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:               

Sec. 183.  Total higher education and other     82,042,784                  82,042,784

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           82,042,784                  78,961,559

        Global commitment fund                                                                3,081,225

             Total                                                                                      82,042,784


Sec. 54.  Sec. 184 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 184.   Natural resources - agency of natural resources - administration

        Personal services                                       4,138,173                    4,388,173

        Operating expenses                                   1,651,001                    1,651,001

        Grants                                                           90,180                         90,180

             Total                                                    5,879,354                    6,129,354

   Source of funds

        General fund                                             4,324,943                    4,574,943

        Special funds                                             1,042,150                    1,042,150

        Federal funds                                               338,355                       338,355

        Interdepartmental transfer                             173,906                       173,906

             Total                                                    5,879,354                    6,129,354

* * *

Sec. 55.  Sec. 187 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 187.   Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

        Operating expenses                                   1,449,000                    1,541,864

   Source of funds

        General fund                                                974,684                    1,067,548

        Transportation fund                                      212,816                       212,816

        Interdepartmental transfer                             261,500                       261,500

             Total                                                    1,449,000                    1,541,864


Sec. 56.  Sec. 204 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 204.  Total   natural resources                 78,325,806                  78,668,670

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           21,840,505                  22,183,369

        Transportation fund                                   1,274,482                    1,274,482

        Fish and wildlife fund                               12,188,720                  12,188,720

        Special funds                                           26,851,153                  26,851,153

        Federal funds                                          13,616,796                  13,616,796

        Interdepartmental transfer                          2,554,150                    2,554,150

             Total                                                  78,325,806                  78,668,670

Sec. 57.       Sec. 226 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 226.   Transportation - program development

        Personal services                                     37,671,918                  37,671,918

        Operating expenses                                 72,436,634                  97,139,480

        Grants                                                    37,115,246                  37,115,246

             Total                                                147,223,798                171,926,644

   Source of funds

        Transportation fund                                 28,453,772                  29,020,110

        Local match 1,898,426                             2,160,664

        Federal funds                                        116,871,600                140,745,870

             Total                                                147,223,798                171,926,644


(a)  This section adjusts the amounts appropriated in Sec. 226 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 to reflect contingent spending authorized in Sec. 65 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005 and to reflect discretionary spending authorized in Sec. 64 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005 and Sec. 244b of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005.  Of the above amounts, $22,615,540 in federal funds and $262,238 in local funds, along with $4,830,000 in transportation funds appropriated in Sec. 257 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, shall be expended in accordance with Sec. 65 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005 and Sec. 257 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005; and $566,338 in transportation funds and $1,258,730 in federal funds shall be expended in accordance with Sec. 64 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005.

Sec. 58.       Sec. 234 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 234.  Transportation - central garage

        Personal services                                       3,183,942                    3,183,942

        Operating expenses                                   9,959,952                  10,955,008

             Total                                                  13,143,894                  14,138,950

   Source of funds

        Internal service funds                               13,143,894                  14,138,950

* * *

Sec. 59.       Sec. 240 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 240.   Transportation - town highway - bridges

        Personal services                                       3,650,000                    3,650,000

        Operating expenses                                 16,862,175                  18,392,175

        Grants                                                           43,000                         43,000

             Total                                                  20,555,175                  22,085,175

   Source of funds

        Transportation fund                                   3,892,314                    3,892,314

        Local match 1,563,678                             1,733,678

        Federal funds                                          15,099,183                  16,459,183

             Total                                                  20,555,175                  22,085,175

(a)  This section adjusts the amounts appropriated in Sec. 240 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 to reflect contingent spending authorized in Sec. 65 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005.  Of the above amounts, $1,360,000 in federal funds and $170,000 in local funds, along with $170,000 in transportation funds appropriated in Sec. 257 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, shall be expended in accordance with Sec. 65 of No. 80 of the Acts of 2005 and Sec. 257 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005.

Sec. 60.       Sec. 244b of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 244b.  Transportation - discretionary spending

        Operating expenses                                   1,825,068                                  0

   Source of funds

        Transportation fund                                      566,338                                  0

        Federal funds                                            1,258,730                                  0

             Total                                                    1,825,068                                  0


Sec. 61.       Sec. 245 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 245.  Total transportation                      354,117,882                384,520,716

   Source of funds

        Transportation fund                               173,108,618                178,108,618

        Local match 3,523,466                             3,955,704

        Federal funds                                        164,341,904                188,317,444

        Internal service funds                               13,143,894                  14,138,950

             Total                                                354,117,882                384,520,716

Sec. 62.       Sec. 246 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 246.  Debt service

        Debt service                                            67,461,234                  67,522,044

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           62,968,427                  63,001,208

        Transportation fund                                   2,109,547                    2,137,576

        Special funds                                             2,383,260                    2,383,260

             Total                                                  67,461,234                  67,522,044

Sec. 63.       Sec. 247 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 247.  Total   debt service                         67,461,234                  67,522,044

   Source of funds

        General fund                                           62,968,427                  63,001,208

        Transportation fund                                   2,109,547                    2,137,576


        Special funds                                             2,383,260                    2,383,260

             Total                                                  67,461,234                  67,522,044

Sec. 64.       APPROPRIATION REDUCTIONS DUE TO MEDICAL PLAN                                   PREMIUM SAVINGS

(a)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to medical plan premium savings, personal service appropriations are reduced for general and transportation funds in accordance with the attached schedule, entitled "FY 2006 Appropriation Reductions Due to Medical Plan Premium Savings."

Sec. 65.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2006:

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

   Fidelity interest earnings                                    950,000                       Approx.

   Amortization of W.R. Grace                                  9,316                       Approx.

   Caledonia Fair                                                      5,000

   Liquor Control  263,305                                    Approx.

21510   Use Tax Reimbursement                            46,515

21065   Financial Institution Supervision               188,735

21340   Out-Of-State Power Sales Fund                 3,819

21629   Treas-Concert Escrow Acct                        3,651

21637   AG-GRA Furniture Settlement                       266

21645   Sheriffs-Conference Fees                               100

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $3,943,923 shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2006, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances, or any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner, will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2007 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services, or maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

(3)  The following amount shall be transferred to the transportation fund from the fund indicated:

10000   General Fund                                       5,018,030

(4)  The following amount shall be transferred from the transportation fund to the fund indicated:

57100   Central Garage Fund                               995,056

Sec. 66.       TRANSFER BETWEEN ACCOUNTS

(a)  The sum of $750,000 is transferred from the motor fuel account to the heating fuel account in the petroleum cleanup fund created in 10 V.S.A.

§ 1941.

Sec. 67.       REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2006 the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

1100010000   Secretary of Administration              12,903

1110003000   Budget and Management                   1,918

1240001000   Lieutenant Governor's Office            22,684

2100880001   Hydroelectric Appraisals                  20,903

2100880401   Hydroelectric Appraisal Appeals      65,649

2130100000   State's Attorneys                             58,514

2150010000   Military - administration                   77,947

2200880105   NE Interstate Dairy Comp FY01          341

2270001000   Vermont Racing Commission             5,634

3480880401   SSCF Equip & Population Management 33,237

3480889901   VCI Building                                     1,379

6100010000   Admin Management & Planning       54,423

6215000000   Natural Resources Board                 19,095

7100890401   Market Consolidation/Contract Report 7,000

Also reverted in 2005 Act 71:

1210001000   Legislative Council                           30,000

1210006400   Legislative Information Technology   20,000

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2006 the following amounts shall revert to the transportation fund from the accounts indicated:

1100010000   Secretary of Administration                1,921

1110003000   Budget and Management                 10,154

2130100000   State's Attorneys                             49,472

2200040000   Agriculture - Plant Industry, Labs & Consumer Assurance         753

5100030000   Education - Education Services      200,000

Also reverted in 2005 Act 71:

8100001100   Transportation - Program Development  2,600,000

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2006, the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

5100030000   Education Services                        123,523

5100060000   Adult Basic Education                      65,568

5100090000   Education Grant                             529,455

5100110000   Small School Grant                               317

5100890501   Capital Construction Aid                932,000


Sec. 68.       USE AND APPROPRIATION OF THE GENERAL FUND                                           SURPLUS RESERVE

(a)  Funds held in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 VSA  § 308c(a) are hereby made available for fiscal year 2006 appropriation in the fiscal year 2007 appropriations bill.

Sec. 69.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD                                           AUTHORITY

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation and education fund appropriations, and fish and wildlife fund appropriations for land acquisition remaining unexpended at June 30, 2006 shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

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 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;

(2)  Second, any remaining funds shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(a).

Sec. 71.  FISCAL YEAR 2006 DESIGNATED TRANSPORTATION FUND                       BALANCE (WATERFALL)

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2006, the fiscal year 2006 unreserved and undesignated transportation fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2006, shall to the extent funds are available:

(1)  First, be reserved in the transportation fund budget stabilization reserve to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum;

(2)  Second, any remaining funds shall be reserved in the transportation fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(b).

Sec. 72.       Sec. 6(a) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(a)  The secretary of administration is directed to reduce in-state travel budgets, thereby reducing operating expense appropriations by $300,000 in general funds throughout the executive branch and the judicial branch of state government and in place of this funding, encourage departments and agencies to utilize Vermont interactive television for meetings.  The secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on appropriations by the end of December 2006 on the use of Vermont interactive television by state agencies and departments during fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 73.       Sec. 100(i) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(i)  Of the above appropriation, a total of $4,004,547 $4,004,538 consisting of $1,838,720 in general funds, $811,845 in tobacco funds, and $1,353,973 in federal funds shall be used for the comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment component of the drug education treatment enforcement and rehabilitation program (DETER).

(1)  The amount of $1,440,660 $1,440,651, of which $619,677 $619,647 is from general funds and $141,682 $141,703 is tobacco funds, shall be used to support the outpatient treatment, case management, and drug court component of the program.  Of the general and tobacco funds, $189,831 shall be allocated to the Rutland County drug court and shall be reserved to provide appropriate drug testing, case management, and other outpatient and inpatient treatment consistent with the design  of the Rutland County drug court.  These are the state funds the agency of human services shall use as match for year 2 federal funds from the 2003 Department of Justice drug court implementation grant award.

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Sec. 74.       Sec. 263(e)(3) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(3)  Third, $700,000 to the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration to carry out the purposes of Sec. 277 of this act, adding 18 V.S.A. § 9417, of which $500,000 is for dollar-for-dollar matching funds to leverage resources necessary to fund the pilot program authorized under subsection 9417(e) of Title 18 and to contract for the development of the health information technology plan and other duties in 18 V.S.A. § 9417.  Availability of the $500,000 matching funds is contingent on the secretary of administration's approval of a plan submitted by the Vermont information technology leaders to coordinate VITL's activities with "The Vermont Blueprint for Health Chronic Care Initiative," and other health   care-related statewide information technology projects, with consideration given to incorporation of individualized health screening technology and other factors to insure that VITL's work is patient-centered.  Furthermore, upon written application from VITL, the secretary may suspend the matching fund requirement to no later than September 30, 2006.  The secretary may also reduce the match requirement to no less than 20 percent or $100,000.

Sec. 75.       Sec. 9(b) of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(b)  The sum of $2,200,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the clean and clear program to accelerate the reduction of phosphorous discharges into Lake Champlain and other waters of the state; provided that this appropriation shall include a grant of up to $300,000 to assist the town of Chester to pay for the cost overrun associated with its wastewater treatment facility upgrade; and that $120,000 of this appropriation shall be transferred to the state treasurer for deposit in the local community implementation fund created in 10 V.S.A. § 1264c, for the administrative and management needs of municipalities in developing total maximum daily load plans and water quality remediation plans for stormwater-impaired waters of the state.


Sec. 76.  Sec. 80(c) of No. 68 of the Acts of 2003 is amended to read:

(c)  The secretary of administration shall pay a grant awarded under this section upon a warrant issued by approval of the commissioner of education. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 4025(d) of Title 16, funds from this grant shall be drawn from the education fund amounts appropriated to pay for the base education grant and shall not result in the repeal of chapter 135 of Title 32.  The secretary of administration shall submit a request for funds in the annual budget adjustment act to pay for any grants that may have been awarded under this section.

Sec. 77.  Sec. 69b of No. 6 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 69b.  EARLY EXPENDITURE OF FISCAL YEAR 2006                                                            APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  $2,600,000.00 is hereby transferred from the highway central garage fund to the transportation fund, and is appropriated from the highway central garage transportation fund to initiate the following paving and bridge projects in the spring of 2005:

   Program    Project name                                 Route                    Project number

   Paving       Marshfield – Cabot                       US 2                              NH 2104

   Paving       Barton – Irasburg                          US 5 & VT 58             STP 2107

   Paving       HartfordRoyalton                   VT 14 & VT 132   STP 2121 (1)S

   Paving       Hardwick – Greensboro                VT 16                          STP 2112

   Paving       ArlingtonSunderland                 VT 313                         STP 2223

   Town Bridge     Clarendon                                                          BHO 1443(29)

   State Bridge Fairfield                                                                        ST 0298(6)

   Town Bridge         Johnson                                                         BHO 1448(18)

   Town Bridge     Mendon                                                             BRO 1443(35)

   Town Bridge     Montpelier                                                         BHM 6400(25)

   State Bridge Woodford                                                              BRF 010-1(29)

   State Bridge Cambridge                                                           BHF 030-2(19)S

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(c )  The In fiscal year 2006, the agency of transportation shall revert and deposit in the highway central garage fund in fiscal year 2006 $2,600,000 from the appropriation of state transportation funds for paving and bridge projects an amount equal to the amount transferred and appropriated from the highway central garage fund in accordance with subsection (a) of this section  and transfer that amount to the highway central garage fund.

Sec. 78.       ACCEPTANCE OF FEDERAL EARMARKS; NEW PROJECTS

(a)  The agency of transportation is authorized to accept federal earmarks authorized for projects in the state of Vermont under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users, Pub. L. No. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144 (2005) (SAFETEA-LU).

(b)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 10g(h), the agency of transportation is authorized to establish the following new projects for the purpose of undertaking work for which funding is provided under SAFETEA-LU earmarks:

   1.  Alburg, streetscape improvements in Grand Isle county

   2.  Barre Town, improvements to Vermont small bridges

   3.  Berlin, Vermont Transportation Coordinated Use Facility

   4.  Burlington Church Street Improvements

   5.  Burlington Waterfront Transportation Improvements

   6.  Cambridge/Johnson, road improvements in Lamoille County

   7.  Cedar Creek Vt monument, property acquisition and improvements for public access and viewshed protection for the monument at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Virginia

   8.  Champlain Water District, Vt Statewide Transportation and Stormwater projects

   9.  Charlotte, rehab Quinlan Covered Br on Spear St.

   10.  Colchester, Vt Local Roads Program, Vt Statewide Transportation and Stormwater projects

   11.  Cross Vermont Trail, construction and rehabilitation for the Cross Vermont Trail Association

   12.  Derby, I-91 Reconstruction, Vt Port of Entry

   13.  East Alburg, Improvements to the E. Alburg Railroad Trestle Swing Span

   14.  Enosburg Falls, streetscape and road improvements in the village

   15.  Green Mountain Rail line, improvements between Rutland and Bellows Falls

   16.  Hardwick, trail improvements in Caledonia County

   17.  Hartford, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) turning lane on US Rte 4

   18.  Jericho, road improvements in Chittenden County

   19.  Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, construction for the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

   20.  Middlebury/Weybridge, rehab Pulp Mill Covered Br

   21.  Morrisville, new sidewalk, streetscape improvements in Lamoille County

   22.  Randolph, rehab Gifford Covered Br, Hyde Rd

   23.  Randolph, rehab Kingsbury Covered Br, Kingsbury Rd

   24.  Rockingham, rehab Worrall Covered Bridge, Williams Riv

   25.  Smuggler's Notch, construction and engineering for the Scenic Highway Corridor Southern Gateway and Notch Proper Facilities

   26.  South Burlington, US Rte 2/I-89 interchange improvements

   27.  South Burlington, Vermont I-89 Exit 14 Upgrades

   28.  South Hero, improvements to the Island Line at South Street

   29.  Springfield, Community Center Bridge, replacement and reconstruction of state-maintained bridges in the State of Vermont

   30.  St. Albans, construction of the intermodal connector roadway with I-89                                                             for the City of St. Albans

   31.  St. Albans, improve Federal St.

   32.  St. Lawrence/Atlantic RR upgrades in Northeastern Vermont

   33.  Stowe, streetscape improvements in Lamoille County

   34.  Swanton, design and construction of dry span bridge

   35.  West Windsor, rehab Bowers Covered Bridge

   36.  Woodstock, rehab Taftsville Covered Bridge

Sec. 79.  BUILDINGS AND GENERAL SERVICES; ENERGY AUDITS

(a)  Pursuant to and consistent with the department of buildings and general services' “State Agency Energy Plan”, the department shall make information centers a priority in conducting energy audits and shall meet state energy efficient building codes in all new information centers and rest areas.

Sec. 80.  32 V.S.A. § 311(b) is amended to read:

(b)  Within 30 days of the filing of At the request of the house or senate committees on government operations or appropriations, the state treasurer and the commissioner of finance and management shall present to the requesting committees the recommendations submitted under subsections 471(n) of Title 3 and 1942(r) of Title 16, the state treasurer and the commissioner of finance and management shall present the recommendations to a joint meeting of the house and senate committees on government operations and appropriations.

Sec. 81.  23 V.S.A. § 3215 is amended to read:

§ 3215.  EXPENDITURE PLAN

VAST shall prepare a plan for the expenditure of funds for the SSTP that are appropriated allocated in section 3214 of this title and shall submit this plan to the governor's snowmobile council for its review, advice, and consent. The plan shall include provisions for:

(1)  Administration of the program;

(2)  Trail development and maintenance including contractual arrangements where appropriate; and

(3)  Periodic audits if requested by the council or auditor of accounts.

Sec. 82.       23 V.S.A. § 3513 is amended to read:

§ 3513.  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 hereby appropriated allocated to the agency of natural resources for use by the Vermont ATV sportsman's association (VASA) for development and maintenance of a statewide ATV trail program on private property, for trail 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 VASA to provide these law enforcement services.  The agency of natural resources may retain for its use up to $7,000.00 during each fiscal year to be used for administration of the state grant that supports this program.

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(e)  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. 83.       32 V.S.A. § 469 is amended to read:

§ 469.  Requisition for court expenses

From time to time, as required, the county clerk shall apply to the commissioner of finance and management for money to pay the grand and petit jurors, witness fees in state causes and the disbursements of an assistant judge for witness fees in inquests, and the commissioner of finance and management shall issue a warrant therefor.  The county clerk shall pay such jurors their respective debentures and shall pay the debentures of witnesses in state causes after the same have been certified by the state's attorney.  Upon the requisition of an assistant judge, the county clerk shall furnish him with sufficient money to pay the witnesses at an inquest and forthwith, after the settlement of his accounts with the commissioner of finance and management for such inquest, the judge shall return to the county clerk the whole amount so requisitioned.  With the approval of the court administrator, the supreme court, the environmental court, the judicial bureau, the probate court, the superior court, the district court and the family court may requisition money from the state to pay fees and expenses related to grand and petit jurors, fees and expenses of witnesses approved by the judge, expenses of guardians ad litem, expenses of elections and other expenses of court operations.  The cash advances shall be administered under the provisions of section 466 of this title.

Sec. 84.       Sec. 3(2) of No. 49 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(2)  The amount of money paid from the Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors' Transition Fund established pursuant to 21 V.S.A. § 1253 general fund appropriation in section 4 of this act, and the remaining balance in the fund as of December 1, 2006.

Sec. 85.       REPEALS

(a)  32 V.S.A. §§ 470 (Refund of balances), 472 (Certificate of court expenses), and 473 (Expenses of inquests and criminal proceedings before magistrates) are repealed.

Sec. 86.       10 V.S.A. § 4049a is amended to read:

§ 4049a.  GREEN MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION CAMP ENDOWMENT

                FUND

(a)  There is established in the agency of natural resources a fund to be known as the green mountain conservation camp endowment fund, to be managed by the secretary and from which expenditures may be made by the commissioner of fish and wildlife, after consultation with the green mountain conservation camp fund committee, for the purpose of supporting the maintenance of and minor improvements enhancements to the green mountain conservation camps in Castleton and Woodbury and for the camps’ ongoing expenses such as the purchase of recreation equipment.  There shall be deposited into the fund monies received by the agency and designated for this purpose, including appropriations of the general assembly, grants, and donations.

(b)  Interest from the fund shall be credited annually to the fund, and the amount in the account shall carry forward from year to year.

Sec. 87.  10 V.S.A. § 4049b is amended to read:

§ 4049b.  GREEN MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION CAMP ENDOWMENT                        FUND COMMITTEE

(a)  There is created a Green Mountain Conservation Camp green mountain conservation camp endowment fund committee comprised of five members who shall serve for concurrent terms of four years.  Members of the committee shall be appointed by the commissioner of fish and wildlife as follows:  two members shall be chosen from the employees of the department; the three other members shall be chosen on the basis of fundraising experience.

(b)  The committee shall promote and seek contributions to the green mountain conservation camp endowment fund established by section 4049a of this title.  The committee may use any technique, method, or service that is legal to promote contributions to the fund and may use a portion of the endowment fund for the purpose.

(c)  Quarterly, the commissioner shall report to the committee on fund activities, including all expenditures from the fund and the balance in the fund.

Sec. 88.  GRANT ACCEPTANCE

Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 5, the following grants are hereby accepted and appropriated to the departments indicated for the purpose specified by the grantor:

(1)  JFO #2224 – $1,331,250 landowner’s incentive program grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to the department of fish and wildlife.  These grant funds will be used to provide technical assistance and financial incentives to landowners to protect, conserve, and enhance rare, threatened, or endangered wildlife, plants and wildlife habitat.  The establishment of three (3) new sponsored limited service positions ‑ Fish and Wildlife Specialist I ‑ for the duration of the grant ‑ is authorized in fiscal year 2006 for the duration of the grant.

(2)  JFO #2237 – $3,340,290 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the department of health.  These funds will be used to develop integrated treatment services for individuals with co-occurring substance and mental health disorders.  The establishment of seven (7) new sponsored limited service positions ‑ one (1) Integrated Treatment Project Chief, one (1) Mental Health Quality Management Coordinator, two (2) Mental Health Community Services Coordinator, one (1) Public Health Analyst II, one (1) Systems Developer III, and one (1) Administrative Assistant B ‑ is authorized in fiscal year 2006 for the duration of the grant.

(3)  JFO #2241 – $999,751 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the Department of Health.  These grant funds will be used to enhance and improve the coordination of services to adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  The establishment of two (2) new sponsored limited service positions ‑ one (1) Substance Abuse Program Coordinator and one (1) Administrative Assistant ‑ is authorized in fiscal year 2006 for the duration of the grant.

(4)  JFO #2243 – $2,332,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the department of health.  These grant funds will be used to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse including childhood and underage drinking, reduce substance abuse–related problems in communities, and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at state and community levels.  The establishment of three (3) new sponsored limited service positions ‑ one (1) New Directions Coordinator, one (1) Administrative Assistant, and one (1) Research and Policy Analyst ‑ is authorized in fiscal year 2006 for the duration of the grant.

Sec. 89.       EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  This act shall take effect from passage.

(b)  Sec. 16 of this act shall apply as of October 1, 2005.



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