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H.617

     An act relating to fiscal year budget adjustments

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

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

Sec. 1a.  GIRLS’ STATE; BOYS’ STATE FUNDING

     (a)  The sum of $10,000 in general funds is appropriated to the secretary of administration to be granted to the American Legion Department of Vermont, of which $5,000 shall be to support Girls’ State and $5,000 shall be used to support Boys’ State.

Sec. 1b.  EMERGENCY RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE FUND;

               APPROPRIATION

     (a)  The sum of $100,000 in general funds shall be appropriated and transferred to the emergency relief and assistance fund, established in 20 V.S.A. § 45.

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                    1,746,652


          Operating expenses                                      314,842                       314,842

               Total                                                    1,920,924                    2,061,494

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,281,126                    1,401,037

          Transportation fund                                      347,778                       368,437

          Interdepartmental transfer                             292,020                       292,020

               Total                                                    1,920,924                    2,061,494

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                    3,308,202

          Operating expenses                                   2,191,219                    2,453,719

               Total                                                    5,116,921                    5,761,921

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             4,414,316                    5,059,316

          Transportation fund                                      702,605                       702,605

               Total                                                    5,116,921                    5,761,921

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

Sec. 53.  Total general government                 125,912,602                126,781,172


     Source of funds

          General fund                                           39,130,842                  39,990,193

          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                126,781,172

Sec. 6a.  GRAND LIST APPEALS; FUNDING

     (a)  The sum of $7,000 in general funds shall be appropriated to the office of the attorney general for costs incurred by the Town of Williamstown for litigation regarding the Washington electric cooperative grand list appeals. 

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                           3,666

          Special funds                                             3,397,439                    2,732,933

          Global commitment fund                                                                1,130,672

          Interdepartmental transfer                             100,000                       100,000

               Total                                                    3,967,271                    3,967,271

Sec. 10b.  18 V.S.A. § 9415(a) is amended to read:

     (a)  Expenses incurred to obtain information and to analyze expenditures, review hospital budgets and for any other related contracts authorized by the commissioner shall be borne as follows:  40 percent by the state from general fund state monies, 15 percent by the hospitals, 15 percent by nonprofit hospital and medical service corporations licensed under chapter 123 or 125 of Title 8, 15 percent by health insurance companies licensed under chapter 101 of Title 8, and 15 percent by health maintenance organizations licensed under chapter 139 of Title 8.

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         220,894,283

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           78,248,797                  77,932,475

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

          Special funds                                           51,738,826                  51,786,820

          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                220,894,283

Sec. 14a.  Sec. 100 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

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

          Personal services                                       3,746,236                    3,746,236

          Operating expenses                                   1,245,070                    1,245,070

          Grants                                                      7,633,936                    7,633,936

               Total                                                  12,625,242                  12,625,242

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             4,507,196                    3,826,168

          Tobacco fund                                            1,375,845                    1,375,845

          Federal funds                                            5,742,201                    4,990,616

          Interdepartmental transfer                          1,000,000                    2,432,613

               Total                                                  12,625,242                  12,625,242

***

(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.

* * *

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

Sec. 100a.  Global commitment

          Grants                                                                                       581,266,091

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                                             107,472,271

          Special funds                                                                             121,812,584

          Tobacco fund                                                                                1,050,208


          Federal funds                                                                            350,931,028

               Total                                                                                    581,266,091

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

      (b)  The agency of human services may transfer funds appropriated in this section to fund other appropriations for Medicaid administration and program expenditures within the agency, as long as these other appropriations are allowable under the global commitment terms and conditions and not included in the services contracted for in the intergovernmental agreement between the agency of human services and the managed care organization in the office of Vermont health access.

      (c)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, the estimated sum of $16,254,932 is expected to be certified as state funds available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $22,810,034 of federal funds appropriated in this section equal a total estimated expenditure of $39,064,966 for eligible special education school based Medicaid services under the global commitment.

      (d)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, the estimated sum of $439,509 is expected to be certified as state funds available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $629,855 of federal funds appropriated in this section equal a total estimated expenditure of $1,069,364 for eligible services under the global commitment provided to students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

     (e)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, the estimated sum of $2,189,790 is expected to be certified as state funds available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $3,138,165 of federal funds appropriated in this section equal a total estimated expenditure of $5,327,955 for eligible services under the global commitment provided to students through school based health services.

Sec. 16.  REPEAL

     (a)  33 V.S.A. § 1972 (Vermont health access trust fund established) shall be repealed effective July 1, 2006.

Sec. 16a.  33 V.S.A. § 1901d is added to read:

§ 1901d.  STATE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES FUND

(a)  The state health care resources fund is established in the treasury as a special fund to be a source of financing health care coverage for beneficiaries of the state health care assistance programs under the global commitment to health care waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

(b)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  revenue from the cigarette and tobacco products tax established in chapter 205 of Title 32;

(2)  revenue from health care provider assessments pursuant to subchapter 2 of chapter 19 of this title; and

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

(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 as allowed by appropriation of the general assembly for the administration and delivery of health care covered through state health care assistance programs administered by the agency under the global commitment waiver.


Sec. 16b.  HEALTH ACCESS TRUST FUND TRANSFER AND CLOSE OUT

     (a)  The sum of $15,000,000 shall be reserved in the health access trust fund and transferred to the state health care resources fund established by § 1901d of Title 33 upon it creation on July 1, 2006.

     (b)  Any balance remaining at the close of fiscal year 2006 in the health access trust fund after the transfer in Sec. 16b(a) of this act shall be transferred to the state health care resources fund established by § 1901d of Title 33.  A detailed account of the health access trust for fiscal year 2006 shall be provided to the joint fiscal committee at the September 2006 meeting.

Sec. 16c.  33 V.S.A § 1901e is added to read: 

§1901e.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT FUND

     (a)  The global commitment fund is created in the treasury as a special fund. The fund shall consist of the revenues received by the treasurer as payment of the actuarially certified premium from the agency of human services to the managed care organization within the office of Vermont health access for the purpose of providing services under the global commitment to health care waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

     (b)  The monies in the fund shall be disbursed as allowed by appropriation of the general assembly, and shall be disbursed by the treasurer on warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management, when authorized by the director of the office of Vermont health access and approved by the commissioner consistent with the interdepartmental agreements between the managed care organization within the office of Vermont health access and departments delivering eligible services under the waiver.

Sec. 16d.  Sec. 102 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 102.  Human services board

          Personal services                                          278,443                       278,443

          Operating expenses                                        40,298                         40,298

               Total                                                       318,741                       318,741

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                129,693                         32,423

          Federal funds                                               134,679                         37,409

          Interdepartmental transfer                               54,369                       248,909

               Total                                                       318,741                       318,741

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                                                              20,686,247

          Interdepartmental transfer                                                                 272,096

          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                390,373,943


     Source of funds

          Special funds                                         243,284,425                  40,236,201

          Global commitment fund                                                            292,780,457

          Federal funds                                        346,315,348                  57,357,285

               Total                                                589,599,773                390,373,943

(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 $105,000.  To 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 GLOBAL COMMITMENT

                   APPROPRIATIONS; TRANSFER; REPORT

     (a)  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.  In order to account for the October 1, 2005 start date of the global commitment waiver, the secretary of the agency of human services, with approval from the secretary of administration, may make transfers among the appropriations authorized in this act for Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver program expenses under the global commitment waiver for fiscal year 2006.  At least three business days prior to any transfer, the agency shall submit a proposal of transfers to be made pursuant to this section to the joint fiscal office.  A final report on all transfers made under this section shall be made to the joint fiscal committee for review at the September 2006 meeting.  The purpose of this section is to provide the agency with limited authority to modify the appropriations to comply with the terms and conditions of the global commitment for health waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

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

Sec. 104d.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid - long term care

                    waiver programs

          Grants                                                                                       164,580,529


     Source of funds

          Special funds                                                                               67,230,914

          Federal funds                                                                              97,349,615

               Total                                                                                    164,580,529

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

Sec. 104e.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid - non waiver programs

          Grants                                                                                         40,801,686

     Source of funds

          Special funds                                                                               16,254,090

          Federal funds                                                                              24,547,596

               Total                                                                                      40,801,686

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

Sec. 104f.  Office of Vermont health access - programs - state-only funded

          Grants                                                                                         15,784,183

     Source of funds

          Special funds                                                                               13,696,013

          Global commitment fund                                                                2,088,170

               Total                                                                                      15,784,183

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. 25a.  MENS HEALTH RESOURCES

     (a)  Findings.  The department of health has concluded that:

          (1)  A website is an appropriate and effective vehicle for reaching the target audience (sexually active young men age 18-24).

          (2)  The current “themanphone.org” website is text heavy and should be streamlined to make it easier for a person to quickly find health information.

          (3)  The current website “themanphone.org” has limited information on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and should be expanded in these areas.

          (4)  In 2004, a male dating site “manphone.com” was licensed and appeared on the internet.  The two web addresses are easily confused, sending the wrong message to our target audience.  To address this, the site should be renamed.

     (b)  Consistent with the memorandum from the commissioner of the department of health to the Senate appropriations committee on February 2, 2006, the General Assembly agrees with the department’s recommendation and hereby directs the department of health to activate a website dealing with young men’s health risk issues by March 1, 2006.

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                                                                5,996,003

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

          Interdepartmental transfer                                                                 682,917

               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 April 1, 2006 on the following:

          (1)  Results of the efforts undertaken since 2003 to engage in cost-effective purchasing practices as required pursuant to 33 V.S.A. 2602(c), including efforts to inform recipients of best available prices.

          (2)  A description of cost effective purchasing practices utilized by fuel assistance programs in other cold weather states.

          (3)  An analysis of any differences in the pre buy program as they apply to and are utilized by LIHEAP recipients as compared to non LIHEAP households.

          (4)  An analysis of the adequacy of state resources and staff being devoted to cost effective purchasing practices and whether there has been any change in this level of resources and staff in recent years.

          (5)  Recommendations that can improve the purchasing power of the significant state and federal appropriations to Vermont’s fuel assistance program.  Such recommendations shall be made after consultation with interested parties, including but not limited to representatives of fuel oil and other suppliers of home heating fuels and program recipients.  The recommendations should include proposals which can be implemented in the 2006–2007 heating season as well as longer term proposals, and shall further consider the potential of leveraging other funds expended by the state of Vermont for heating fuels.

Sec. 38a.  FISCAL YEAR 2006 GENERAL FUND SUPPORT OF LIHEAP

     (a)  Notwithstanding the actions of the emergency board of November 1, 2005 any federal LIHEAP contingency funds received after January 31, 2006 in fiscal year 2006 shall be expended by the program in fiscal year 2006.  Any corresponding amounts of general funds that would otherwise have been transferred from the LIHEAP program as required by the emergency board action shall remain in the LIHEAP program and be carried forward and available for use in fiscal year 2007.

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                                                                4,130,682

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

          Interdepartmental transfer                          1,267,937                    2,030,237

               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.

     (d)  The department shall not expand the use of uniforms in fiscal year 2006 beyond the southern state and northwest correctional facilities.

Sec. 47.  Sec. 142a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 142a.  INTENT FOR FUNDS FROM ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-STATE                                       BED SAVINGS

     (a)  To the extent the number of out-of-state beds funded in Sec. 142 of this act falls from the budgeted level of 399, the savings of allocated funds associated with the first 50 out-of-state bed reduction shall be used first to fund  five (5) new community supervision positions:  three (3) caseworkers and two (2) community corrections officers, and the remaining funds shall be used for corrections services.

     (b)  For every additional increment of 50 beds that the out-of-state bed need is reduced, the savings associated with the reduction shall be used equally to fund additional community supports or supervision and other correctional services needs which may include hiring up to four (4) mental health counselors if they were not hired pursuant to Sec. 142(e) of this act.

(a)  It is the intent of the legislature that should the projected need for

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

Sec. 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             2,118,436,891

     Source of funds

          General fund                                         421,074,741                438,392,056

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

          Special funds                                         305,954,266                306,884,004

          Global commitment fund                                                            549,978,738

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

          Federal funds                                        718,911,145                778,331,614

          Permanent trust funds                                     10,000                         10,000

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

          Interdepartmental transfer                        26,291,563                  14,639,351

               Total                                             1,502,442,843             2,118,436,891


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                119,516,276

     Source of funds

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

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

          Education fund                                      108,600,000                108,800,000

               Total                                                118,966,276                119,516,276


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            1,700,800,426

     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             1,242,267,487

          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             1,700,800,426

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

* * *

(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

(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

* * *

     (b)  The secretary shall use at least $54,000 of general funds available within the agency from previous years appropriations for the purposes of No. 52 of the Acts of 2005.

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                  36,920,046

               Total                                                147,223,798                171,731,444

     Source of funds

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

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

          Federal funds                                        116,871,600                140,550,670

               Total                                                147,223,798                171,731,444

(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. 57a.  Sec. 233 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 233.  Transportation - public transit

          Personal services                                          470,313                       470,313

          Operating expenses                                      130,240                       130,240

          Grants                                                     14,288,340                  14,483,540

               Total                                                  14,888,893                  15,084,093

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   5,796,599                    5,796,599

          Federal funds                                            9,092,294                    9,287,494

               Total                                                  14,888,893                  15,084,093

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. 58a.  Sec. 235 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 235.  Department of motor vehicles

          Personal services                                     16,324,559                  14,624,559

          Operating expenses                                   6,438,943                    6,438,943

          Grants                                                          156,250                       156,250

               Total                                                  22,919,752                  21,219,752

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                 22,286,370                  20,586,370

          Federal funds                                               633,382                       633,382

               Total                                                  22,919,752                  21,219,752

* * *

Sec. 58b.  23 V.S.A. § 2158 is added to read:

§ 2158.  FEES FOR TOWING; PUBLIC PROPERTY; APPROPRIATION

(a)  A towing service may charge a fee of up to $40.00 for towing an abandoned motor vehicle from public property under the provisions of sections 2151 – 2157 of this title.  This fee shall be paid to the towing service upon the issuance by the department of motor vehicles of a certificate of abandoned motor vehicles under section 2156 of this title.  The commissioner of motor vehicles shall notify the commissioner of finance and management who shall issue payment to the towing service for vehicles removed from public property.  Payments under this section shall terminate upon the payment of a total of $16,000.00 for towing abandoned motor vehicles from public property in any fiscal year.

     (b)  The agency of transportation shall submit as part of its annual budget proposal for the department of motor vehicles in each fiscal year the amount of $16,000 from the transportation fund for the purposes of this section.  This amount may be adjusted by any carryforward funds available.

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. 60a.  MONTPELIER; ELM STREET ROCK SLIDE REPAIRS 

     (a)  The general assembly approves establishment of a new project by the agency of transportation to assist the city of Montpelier with emergency repairs to the federal-aid highway known as Elm Street (TH 15) (FAS 6412) following the December 26, 2005 rock slide.  The new project is authorized up to the amount approved by the federal highway administration as eligible under the 23 U.S.C. § 125 emergency relief program, currently estimated at $1,200,000.  If reimbursement under the 23 U.S.C. § 125 emergency relief program is not available prior to June 30, 2009, the secretary of transportation is authorized to advance funds from other available federal sources.

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

Sec. 245.  Total transportation                        354,117,882                377,820,716

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                               173,108,618                171,408,618

          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                377,820,716

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                  67,252,930

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           62,968,427                  62,723,384

          Transportation fund                                   2,109,547                    2,146,286

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

               Total                                                  67,461,234                  67,252,930

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

Sec. 247.  Total debt service                            67,461,234                  67,252,930

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           62,968,427                  62,723,384

          Transportation fund                                   2,109,547                    2,146,286

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

               Total                                                  67,461,234                  67,252,930

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                                 1,100,000                       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

6215000000    Natural Resources Board                 19,095

7100890401    Market Consolidation/Contract Report 7,000

6140030000    Environmental Conservation Air and Waste Management                                                                                     90,000

6140040000    Environmental Conservation Water Programs                     100,000

(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

(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.  [Deleted]

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

          (3)  Third, $700,000 general funds of which $266,000 shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2006 and $266,000 global commitment funds appropriated in fiscal year 2006 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.  for 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 funds is contingent on the secretary of administration’s approval of a plan submitted by the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL) to coordinate VITL’s activities with “the Vermont blueprint for health chronic care initiative” and other health‑care-related statewide information technology projects.  Availability of the $500,000 matching funds shall also be contingent on: a) the delivery by VITL of a sustainable business plan to the secretary of administration and the general assembly within 90 days of the passage of the fiscal year 2006 Budget Adjustment Act; b) a commitment by VITL to use “best efforts” to secure a non state match for the funds; and c) upon VITL’s agreement to add to its board, as soon as legally possible, one member of the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians.  If at any time VITL no longer demonstrates the ability to deliver the work described in 18 V.S.A. § 9417, the state shall have the right to assume ownership of all licenses, intellectual property and work product of VITL developed for the state pursuant to section 9417 or otherwise.

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. 78a.  VAST LEASE APPROVAL

     (a)  The lease which the agency of transportation is directed to enter into with the Vermont association of snow travelers (VAST) with respect to the use of the railbanked Lamoille valley rail corridor pursuant to Sec. 16 of No. 141 of the Acts of 2002 shall be approved by the general assembly prior to its execution.

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.

* * *

(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 otherwise authorized by law 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. 87a.  Sec. 3 of No. 84 of the Acts of 2006 (H.582) is amended to read:

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATION

     (a)  The sum of $7 million $7,000,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the Agency of Human Services to provide coverage of pharmaceuticals under this act.   Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 308b, the sum of $7,000,000 shall be reduced from the human services caseload reserve.  Any unused funds appropriated for this act shall revert to the general fund and be reserved in the human services caseload reserve and shall not be used for any other purpose.  Any funds received by the state as repayment for the pharmaceutical services provided in this act shall be deposited into the general fund and reserved in the human services caseload reserve.

     (b)  The sum of $400,000.00 is appropriated from the general global commitment fund to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living to increase funding for the area agencies on aging for assistance to individuals in addressing Medicare Part D enrollment and operational issues.

Sec. 88.  GRANT ACCEPTANCE

(a)  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 — 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)  Secs. 16 and 16a shall take effect July 1, 2006.

(c)  Sec. 16c shall apply as of October 1, 2005.



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