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AN ACT RELATING TO CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION AND STATE BONDING

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

* * * Capital Appropriations * * *

Sec. 1.  STATE BUILDINGS

The sum of $11,374,354 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services, and the commissioner is authorized to direct funds appropriated in this section to the projects contained in this section; however, no project shall be canceled unless the chairs of the house and senate committees on institutions are notified before that action is taken.  The individual appropriations in this section are estimates only.

(1)  Montpelier, 109 State Street, attorney general renovations:                                                                                                                             (100,000)

(2)  Montpelier, design and construction of a facility for the state archives at the Redstone building:                                           (1,500,000)

(3)  Montpelier, DMV relocation, site assessment, investigation:                                                                                                                            (25,000)

(4)  Montpelier, 120 State street, exterior caulking:                                                                                                                                                            (350,000)


(5)  Statewide major maintenance:                                                (7,000,000)

(6)  Burlington, 32 Cherry Street, design and repairs:                                                                                                                                             (150,000)

(7)  Statewide, building reuse:                                                         (150,000)

(8)  Statewide, contingency fund:                                                    (499,354)

(9)  Statewide, planning:                                                                   (25,000)

(10)  Statewide, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

(A)  Robert H. Wood, Jr. Academy and Lee Emerson Courthouse:                                                                                                                 (175,000)

(B)  Women’s shelters, phase II:                                                  (50,000)

(11)  Waterbury State Complex, fire alarm system:                                                                                                                                                            (200,000)

(12)  Springfield state office building, retaining wall, phase II:                                                                                                                                   (75,000)

(13)  State House flag conservation, phase II:                                    (20,000)

(14)  Renewable energy, wind project, Ed Weed fish culture station:                                                                                                                                   (25,000)

(15)  Middlesex, renewable energy, solar project:                            (30,000)

(16)  Bennington courthouse and state office building to be used either for work that will enable state employees and the public to reoccupy the building, or to seek a new site for the facility.  Funds shall not be expended until diagnostic tests have been completed and a full report of the tests, with a plan for spending the funds, has been submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on institutions, house committee on human services, and senate committee on health and welfare and approved by the joint fiscal committee.                                                                                                         (1,000,000)

(Total appropriation – Section 1                                                         $11,374,354)

Sec. 2.  TAXES

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the department of taxes as the fourth appropriation in an ongoing project to update statewide quadrangle maps through digital orthophotographic quadrangle mapping.

(Total appropriation – Section 2                                                             $100,000)

Sec. 3.  HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY LABORATORIES/BUILDING

              617 IN ESSEX

The sum of $7,500,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for construction and renovation of building 617 in Essex, including co-location of the department of health and department of public safety forensics laboratories.

(Total appropriation - Section 3                                                          7,500,000)

Sec. 4.  HUMAN SERVICES

The sum of $1,115,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of human services for the projects described in this section.

(1)  Site acquisition for corrections work camps:              (100,000)

(2)  Vermont state hospital, renovations:                          (100,000)

(3)  St. Albans, Northwest state correctional facility, sewage treatment:                                                                                                    (200,000)

(4)  Windsor, Southeast state correctional facility:

(A)  dam inspection and repair:                                               (100,000)

(B)  access road repairs:                                                         (315,000)

(5)  Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center to convert the underused racquetball court into classrooms:                             (300,000)

(Total appropriation – Section 4                                                        $1,115,000)

Sec. 5.  JUDICIARY

The sum of $205,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for security and wall improvements at the Barre district court building. 

(Total appropriation – Section 5                                                              $205,000)

Sec. 6.  BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANTS

The following sums are appropriated for building community grants:

(1)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic preservation grant program established in Sec. 4(a) of No. 90 of the Acts of 1987:                                150,000

(2)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic barns preservation grant program established in Sec. 4(b)(2) of No. 93 of the Acts of 1991:                           150,000

(3)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the cultural facilities competitive grant program, to be administered by the Vermont Arts Council and made available on a one‑for-one matching basis with funds raised from nonstate sources.  No grant shall be available for a project receiving funding from any other appropriation of this act.  No portion of this appropriation shall be used to pay salaries.  The appropriation shall be awarded on a competitive basis.  In recommending grant awards, a review panel shall give priority consideration to applicants who demonstrate greater financial need or are in underserved areas of the state: 

                                                                                                   200,000

(4)  To the department of buildings and general services for the recreational and educational facilities grant program established in Sec. 34 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005:                                                                            200,000

(5)  To the department of information and innovation for the broadband development grant program:                                             200,000

(6)  To the department of buildings and general services for the human services grant program established in Sec. 36 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005:                                                                                                                                            200,000

(Total appropriation – Section 6                                                        $1,100,000)

Sec. 7.  COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

(a)  The sum of $250,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of commerce and community development for major maintenance at historic sites statewide; provided the maintenance shall be under the supervision of the department of buildings and general services.

(b)  The sum of $25,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of commerce and community development for the design for an addition to the visitor’s center at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.

(c)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development for underwater preserves. 

(d)  The sum of $15,000 is appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development for roadside historic site markers.

(e)  The sum of $25,000 is appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development for protecting, preserving, moving, or re-interring human remains discovered in unmarked burial sites.

(Total appropriation – Section 7                                                             $365,000)

Sec. 8.  EDUCATION

(a)  The sum of $9,420,765 is appropriated to the department of education for state aid for school construction projects pursuant to section 3448 of Title 16.  Of this amount:

(1)  $1,800,000 shall be used to fund emergency projects under

16  V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(A), with any unexpended portion to be used as an additional partial payment of the final award to Brattleboro Union High School and Brattleboro Area Middle School.

(2)  $2,800,000 shall be used to fund projects to extend the life of the building pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B), excluding aid for eligible biomass heating systems. 

(3)  $1,550,000 shall be used to fund purchase of biomass heating systems pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B).  These funds shall be prorated among those projects completed prior to April 1, 2007. 

(4)  $2,113,843 shall be for partial payment of the final award to Brattleboro Union High School and Brattleboro Area Middle School pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448.

(5)  $1,056,922 shall be for partial payment of the final award to the Dresden Interstate school district pursuant to section 16 V.S.A. § 3448.

 

(6)  $100,000 shall be used to fund the state share of energy performance contracts pursuant to section 3448f of Title 16.

(b)  The sum of $1,000,000 is appropriated to the department of education for construction at regional technical centers as follows: 

(1)  For completion of construction at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury up to the amount of $48,610. 

(2)  The remainder shall be used for construction at the Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro.

(c)  The sum of $200,000 is appropriated to the department of education for regional technical education centers and comprehensive high schools to assist with the purchase of educational program equipment, to be distributed in equal amounts to each center and high school with no local matching funds required.

(d)  The sum of $20,000 is appropriated to the department of education to reimburse school districts for costs incurred to install wiring harnesses capable of being connected to emergency electrical power generators during emergencies when schools are used as community shelters or operation centers, or both.

(Total appropriation – Section 8                                                 $10,640,765)

Sec. 8a.  AUSTINE SCHOOL

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the Austine School for renovation of Holton Hall.

(Total appropriation – Section 8a                                                     $ 100,000

Sec. 9.  UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The sum of $1,750,000 is appropriated to the University of Vermont for construction, renovation or maintenance projects. The university shall file with the general assembly an annual report, on or before January 15, that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations.

(Total appropriation – Section 9                                                          $1,750,000)

Sec. 10.  VERMONT STATE COLLEGES

The sum of $1,750,000 is appropriated to the Vermont State Colleges for major facility maintenance.  The state colleges shall file with the general assembly an annual report, on or before January 15, that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations.

(Total appropriation – Section 10                                                         $1,750,000)

Sec. 11.  NATURAL RESOURCES  

(a)  The sum of $3,950,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for water pollution control projects.  Of this amount:

(1)  $1,700,000 shall be for the state match for the pollution control and clean water state revolving fund administered in accordance with chapter 55 of Title 10 and chapter 120 of Title 24;

(2)  $300,000 shall be for completion of pollution control projects on a list prepared by the agency of natural resources, dated May 20, 2003 entitled “Wastewater Project Phase-In List from the Capital Bill Conference Committee 2003; Legislative Session” and referenced in Sec. 55 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2003; and

(3)  $1,950,000 shall be for construction of the wastewater facilities project in Pownal and interest paid on funds borrowed for the project.

(b)  The sum of $1,900,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the drinking water program.  Of this amount:

(1)  $1,650,000 shall be used for the state match for the federal FY07 capitalization grant; and

(2)  $250,000 shall be for the drinking water state revolving fund loan program.

(c)  The sum of $2,000,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the clean and clear program to accelerate the reduction of phosphorus discharges into Lake Champlain and other waters of the state, as follows:

(1)  Wetlands restoration and protection:  $250,000

(2)  Stream stabilization grants:  $1,150,000

(3)  $600,000 for wastewater phosphorus treatment at municipal wastewater treatment plants as follows:

(A)  Hardwick                                                                       100,000

(B)  Proctor                                                                             50,000

(C)  Ludlow                                                                             30,000

(D)  Milton                                                                             270,000

(E)  Richmond                                                                        50,000

(F)  Springfield                                                                       100,000

(d)  The sum of $300,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for maintenance and repair of state-owned dams.

(e)  The sum of $800,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the department of forests, parks and recreation for rehabilitation of aging state park infrastructure.

(f)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the Green Mountain Club, Inc. for the procurement, in fee simple or by easement, of properties along the Long Trail; provided that any easement acquired shall be recorded in a deed from the landowner to the state of Vermont and may not be assigned or changed without the agreement of both parties.

(g)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the Lake Champlain Walleye Association, Inc as follows:

(1)  To purchase weed mats for three ponds in Franklin County:

                                                                                                    21,150

(2)  To build an advanced fry system at the Bald Hill hatchery.  The Walleye association shall give the fry system to the department of fish and wildlife:                                                                                                                  28,850

(h)  The sum of $300,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the department of fish and wildlife to carry out phase II of renovations to the Bennington fish culture station.

(Total appropriation – Section 11                                                        $9,350,000)

Sec. 12.  MILITARY

The sum of $200,000 is appropriated to the department of the military for major maintenance, to investigate the cost-effectiveness of potential energy efficiency upgrades, and to design improvements to make the armories ADA compliant.

(Total appropriation – Section 11                                                           $200,000)

Sec. 13.  PUBLIC SAFETY AND FIRE SERVICE TRAINING COUNCILS

(a)  The sum of $30,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the department of public safety to install monitoring equipment on underground storage tanks at various state police offices.

(b)  The sum of $75,000 is appropriated to the legislative council to contract, in consultation with the chairs of the senate and house committees on institutions, with an independent consultant to analyze and compare the advantages, disadvantages, and costs of locating a new emergency operations center on AOT land in Berlin or locating the services in building 617 in Essex.

(c)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the department of public safety for a feasibility study for a new public safety field station to serve southeastern Vermont.

(d)  The sum of $40,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services to make improvements to the existing parking lot and loading dock at the Vermont fire service training council facility in Pittsford.

(Total appropriation – Section 13                                                       $195,000)

Sec. 14.  CRIMINAL JUSTICE

(a)  The sum of $125,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services to improve the firing range at the Vermont criminal justice training council in Pittsford. 

(b)  The sum of $42,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services to construct new kennel facilities at the Vermont criminal justice training council in Pittsford. 

(Total appropriation – Section 14                                                      $167,000)

Sec. 15.  AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND MARKETS

(a)  The sum of $1,800,000 is appropriated to the agency of agriculture, food and markets, best management practice implementation cost share program, for agricultural nonpoint source pollution reduction.  Farmers participating in this program may receive a maximum of 80 percent of state aid when no federal dollars are available.

(b)  The sum of $150,000 is appropriated to the agency of agriculture, food and markets, for the competitive grants program for agricultural fair capital projects.  No single entity shall be awarded more than ten percent of this appropriation.

(Total appropriation – Section 15                                                       $1,950,000)

Sec. 16.  VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION

The sum of $250,000 is appropriated to Vermont Public Television for continued work on the federally mandated conversion of Vermont Public Television’s transmission sites to digital broadcasting format. 

(Total appropriation – Section 16                                                            $250,000)

Sec. 17.  VERMONT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION

The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to Vermont Interactive Television for audio upgrade of the system. 

(Total appropriation – Section 17                                                             $50,000)

Sec. 18.  VERMONT RURAL FIRE PROTECTION

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to Vermont rural fire protection for the Vermont rural fire protection task force to continue the dry hydrant program.

(Total appropriation – Section 18                                                            $100,000)


Sec. 19.  VERMONT VETERANS HOME

The sum of $1,000,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the Vermont Veterans Home for phase II of geothermal HVAC renovations.

(Total appropriation – Section 19                                                                $1,000,000)

Sec. 20.  [DELETED.]

* * * Financing this Act * * *

Sec. 21.  REALLOCATION OF FUNDS

The following are reallocated to the department of buildings and general services to defray expenditures authorized in Sec.1 of this act:

(1)  $2,404 of the amount appropriated in Sec. 8 of No. 29 of the Acts of 1999 (Battle of the Wilderness Civil War monument).

(2)  $50,000 of the amount appropriated in Sec. 4 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (Rutland courthouse).

(3)  $1,350 of the amount appropriated by Sec. 14 of No. 63 of the Acts of 2003 (Heat project at 116 State St.).

(4)  $8,260 of the amount appropriated by Sec. 3 of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) (renovations to the Dale Correctional facility).

(4)  $105 of the amount appropriated by Sec. 14 of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) (firefighter equipment).

(Total reallocation– Section 21                                                                 $62,119)

Sec. 22.  GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

The state treasurer is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $49,200,000 for the purpose of funding the appropriations of this act.  The state treasurer, with the approval of the governor, shall determine the appropriate form and maturity of the bonds authorized by this section consistent with the underlying nature of the appropriation to be funded.  The state treasurer shall allocate the estimated cost of bond issuance, or issuances, to the entities to which funds are appropriated pursuant to this section and for which bonding is required as the source of funds, pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 954.

(Total bonding – Section 22                                                             $49,200,000)

* * * Managing this Act * * *

Sec. 23.  REALLOCATION; TRANSFER OF FUNDS

The secretary of natural resources, with the approval of the secretary of administration, may transfer any unexpended project balances among projects authorized in Sec. 11 of this act.

Sec. 24.  ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS AND OTHER FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding section 5 of Title 32 (acceptance of grants):

(1)  The commissioner of environmental conservation, with the approval of the secretary of natural resources, may accept federal grants made available through the federal Clean Water Act and the federal Drinking Water Act in accordance with chapter 120 of Title 24.  Acceptance of this grant money is hereby approved, provided all notifications are made under subsection 4760(a) of Title 24.

(2)  The commissioner of corrections, with the approval of the secretary of human services, may accept federal grants made available through federal crime bill legislation. 

(3)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may accept grants of funds, equipment, and services from any source, including federal appropriations, for the installation, operation, implementation, or maintenance of energy conservation measures or improvements at state buildings.

(4)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may accept federal grant funds in connection with the state health and forensic laboratories.  These funds may be used to defray or supplement costs in
Sec. 3 of this act.

(b)  Each receipt of a grant or gift authorized by this section shall be reported by the commissioner of the department receiving the funds to the chairs of the house and senate committees on institutions and to the joint fiscal committee. 

* * * Buildings and General Services; State Buildings * * *

Sec. 25.  PROJECTS FUNDED IN PRIOR YEARS

(a)  Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to use funds appropriated under this act for capital projects requiring additional support that were funded with capital or general appropriations made in prior years.

(b)  Funds appropriated in Sec. 5(c) No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) shall be used only for improvements to the Bennington District and Family Court as directed by that act.         

Sec. 26.  PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS; MISCELLANEOUS

The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized, with the approval of the secretary of administration, to sell the properties listed in this section pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166.  Proceeds from the sales, net of sale costs, shall be reserved by the department of buildings and general services for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006. 

(1)  Brandon.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Sec. 1(b) of No. 59 of the Acts of 1993, all remaining parcels of land and buildings owned by the state of Vermont that once constituted the Brandon training school may be sold without approval from the emergency board. 

(2)  Newport.  All remaining condominium units in the Hebard state office building. 

(3)  Duxbury.  The 37-acre parcel of state land on route 100 next to Harwood Union High School.  Notwithstanding the provisions of No.102 of  the Acts of the 1995 Adj. Sess. (1996), the land may be sold without approval by the joint fiscal committee.

Sec. 27.  29 V.S.A. § 44a(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The commissioner shall:

* * *

(7)  Ensure that early in the building design phase, the architect will discuss the placement and form of artwork with the selected artist, and that bid specifications will inform potential contractors of the artwork to be installed in the building or facility.

Sec. 28.  29 V.S.A. § 45 is amended to read:

§ 45.  DUTIES OF CONTRACTING AGENCY

Upon selection of an architect for any project, the contracting agency shall:

(1)  notify the architect of the provisions of this chapter; and

(2)  notify the commissioner and the council of the selection of the architect and the details of the project; and

(3)  ensure that the architect discusses the form and placement of the artwork with the artist early in the planning and design phase of the building.

Sec. 29.  29 V.S.A. § 48 is amended to read:

§ 48.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF COUNCIL

(a)  The council shall facilitate a process which will result in a recommendation of an artist or artist team for each project selected for installation of artwork.  The artist or artist team shall collaborate with the project architect or design team during the initial design phase of the project.

(b)  Following design of the project, the council shall:

(1)  appoint persons to serve on the art selection panel;

(2)  establish contract procedures for contracting with artists for works of art and with architects for services related to the planning for the acquisition of works of art;

(3)  on the advice of the art selection panel, arrange contracts with artists and order payments from the art acquisition fund for such works of art;

(4)  review the final installation and placement of works of art.  In the case of works to be commissioned, the art selection panel shall review the design, the final execution and the placement of the commissioned work;

(5)  assist occupant and contracting agencies in locating insurance when it deems such insurance is necessary for the protection of the works of art which are purchased.

(b)(c)  Without further appropriation, the council may expend funds transferred to it for administration of this chapter. 

Sec. 30.  29 V.S.A. § 152(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to:

(1)  Implement a "Motorist Aid Refreshment Program" at state rest areas and information centers.  The commissioner is authorized to accept, without active solicitation, donations for the services and associated supplies, and may use surplus funds to pay for the information center program.

(2)  Permit nonprofit organizations and contracted information center operators to provide free refreshments to motorists.  Nonprofits and contracted information center operators may accept voluntary donations, without active solicitation, from motorists.

(3)  Adopt rules governing the provision of refreshments in accordance with this subsection.

Sec. 31.  29 V.S.A. § 152(a)(30) is added to read:

(30)  provide services to the traveling public, lease space, sell products, and conduct any other activities authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to implement and administer the information and welcome centers; and use funds generated in the centers to supplement funds for maintaining and operating the centers.

* * * Education * * *

Sec. 32.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B) is amended to read:

(B)  Second priority is given to construction projects in excess of $10,000.00 which address a need occasioned by deterioration of an existing building or equipment pursuant to subdivision (2)(A) of this subsection, and which extend the useful life of the building but which do not make extensive additions or extensive alterations to existing school facilities in which students are provided services.  Examples of projects given priority under this subdivision are replacement, addition, or repair to utilities,; projects which address environmental quality issues,; repair of a roof,; replacement of an existing space-heating, water-heating space-heating, water-heating, cooling, or refrigeration system that uses fossil fuels with a system for the same purpose that uses, or primarily relies upon, biomass, a geothermal/ground source, wind, or solar energy, or replacement of a system with a more efficient fossil fuel system that reduces fuel use by 10 percent or more or utilizes new technologies such as microturbines, cogeneration, fuel cells, or distributed generation, or; and replacement or upgrading of mechanical equipment.

Sec. 33.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(4)(C) is amended to read:

(C)  the cost of projects to extend the life of a building which the board has approved but not yet reimbursed due to insufficient funds, as well as the estimated cost of those which might be approved by the state board in the coming fiscal year under subdivision (3)(B) of this subsection.  The legislature shall not approve an amount for this line item which exceeds more than five percent of the annual capital budget approved under subdivisions (A) and (B) of this subdivision (4).


Sec. 34.  [DELETED.]

Sec. 35.  SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION; STATE AID; MORATORIUM

(a)  The commissioner of education shall not accept any final applications for state aid under chapter 123 of Title 16 unless prior to March 7, 2007, the electorate has voted funds or authorized bonds, and thereafter all periods for reconsideration of the vote have expired, except for those projects which:

(1)  are eligible to be assigned first or second priority under 16 V.S.A.

§ 3448(a)(3); or

(2)  are necessary to ensure the health and safety, as determined by the commissioner, of students and employees using the building.

(b)  This moratorium on state aid for school construction shall continue until all eligible applications have received all obligated state aid, and until the general assembly has adopted a plan to address the needs and pressures of school construction.

Sec. 36.  COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION REPORT

On or before January 1, 2008, the commissioner of education shall report to the general assembly on options considered and specific recommendations to address the needs and pressures of school construction, including recommendations for a funding mechanism for state school construction aid and revisions to criteria for school construction project approval.


Sec. 37.  SCHOOL BUILDING PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS;

               TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

With respect to energy performance contracts entered into under 16 V.S.A. § 3448f, the moratorium on state aid for school construction under Sec. 35 of this act shall take effect as of February 22, 2007, except for eligible applicants who submitted a written application pursuant to subdivision (f)(1) of that section to the commissioner of education prior to February 22, 2007.

Sec. 38.  REPEAL

16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(7)(B), relating to 75-percent state construction aid for school projects to build renewable energy facilities, is repealed.

* * * State Colleges * * *

Sec. 39.  SPENDING AND BONDING AUTHORIZATION; VERMONT

               STATE COLLEGES

Pursuant to subsection 2171(e) of Title 16, the Vermont State Colleges is authorized to expend up to $1,000,000 of its self-generated revenues established for the purpose of capital improvements on housing, dining, and general purpose facilities.


Sec. 40.  16 V.S.A. § 2171(e) is amended to read:

(e)  The corporation may make expenditures for capital improvements provided those capital improvements receive the specific prior approval of the general assembly. Upon receiving approval, the.  The corporation is authorized to borrow money for building purposes, to give security therefor as may be required, to execute necessary or proper instruments in connection therewith, and is also authorized to accept, use and administer such funds as may be made available to it for any of its corporate purposes by the United States or any of its agencies, and to agree to any terms and conditions with reference thereto which may be required thereby not inconsistent with its corporate purposes.

* * * Agency of Natural Resources * * *

Sec. 41.  10 V.S.A. § 1626a(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Additional state assistance eligibility.

(1)  Grants.  A proposed wastewater treatment plant which is eligible for a loan under subsection (b) of this section, and a wastewater treatment plant with a design hydraulic capacity of 250,000 or more gallons per day which is being refurbished, shall in addition be eligible for a grant of up to 50 percent of the cost of that portion of the plant to be used to treat septage, or septage and sludge in combination, if the commissioner of environmental conservation finds that the proposed plant capacity will be sufficient to receive, treat and dispose of septage alone in a quantity equivalent to the ratio of 4,000 gallons or more of such septage per day for each 1,000,000 gallons per day of plant design hydraulic capacity.  The portion of the plant used for processing septage, or septage and sludge in combination, shall include facilities for receiving septage and for the storage, treatment, transfer, and disposal of both septage and sludge.

* * *

Sec. 42.  24 V.S.A. § 4753(d) is amended to read:

(d)  Funds from the Vermont environmental protection agency pollution control fund and the Vermont pollution control revolving fund, established by subdivisions (a)(1) and (2) of subsection (a) of this section, may be awarded for:

(1)  the refurbishment or construction of a new or an enlarged wastewater treatment plant with a resulting total capacity of 250,000 gallons or more per day in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and section 1626a of Title 10; or

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Sec. 43.  STATEHOUSE IMPROVEMENTS

The Friends of the State House is authorized to engage in private fundraising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006.  No state funding shall be used for salaries or fees of fundraisers.  No naming opportunities shall be offered in connection with fundraising efforts. 

Sec. 44.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.  The sums appropriated and the spending authority authorized by this act shall be continuing and shall not revert at the end of the fiscal year.



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