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H.537

AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1.  (a)  This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL - Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 2.  PURPOSE

     (a)  The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2008.  It is the express intent of the general assembly that activities of the various agencies, departments, divisions, boards, and commissions be limited to those which can be supported by funds appropriated in this act or other acts passed prior to June 30, 2007.  Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2008 so as to meet this condition unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act or other acts of the general assembly.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATIONS

     (a)  It is the intent of the general assembly that this act serve as the primary source and reference for appropriations for fiscal year 2008.

     (b)  The sums herein stated are appropriated for the purposes specified in the following sections of this act.  When no time is expressly stated during which any of the appropriations are to continue, the appropriations are

single-year appropriations, and only for the purpose indicated, and shall be paid from funds shown as the source of funds.  If, in this act, there is an error in either addition or subtraction, the totals shall be adjusted accordingly.  Apparent errors in referring to section numbers of statutory titles within this act may be disregarded by the commissioner of finance and management.

     (c)  Unless codified or otherwise specified, all narrative portions of this act apply only to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. 

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

Sec. 4.  DEFINITIONS

     (a)  For the purposes of this act:

          (1)  "Encumbrances" means a portion of an appropriation reserved for the subsequent payment of existing purchase orders or contracts.  The commissioner of finance and management shall make final decisions on the appropriateness of encumbrances.

          (2)  "Grants" means subsidies, aid or payments to local governments, to community and quasi-public agencies for providing local services, and to persons who are not wards of the state for services or supplies, and cash or other direct assistance, including pension contributions.

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

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

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

                   Personal services                                           592,281

                   Operating expenses                                         46,494

                   Grants                                                           150,000

                        Total                                                        788,775

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  639,743

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              149,032

                        Total                                                        788,775

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $150,000 is made available for grants to be awarded on a competitive basis among the 11 existing regional marketing programs (RMP).  In addition to these funds, the portion of the fiscal year 2007 RMP grant appropriation that was allocated to those RMPs which had not had their fiscal year 2007 grant plans approved by March 1, 2007 shall be carried forward to fiscal year 2008 to be added to the amount available for the fiscal year 2008 competitive grants.

     (b)  The number of grants and the amount of the grants shall be established by the secretary of administration.  Review of the grant applications and award of the grants shall be carried out by the chief marketing officer in conjunction with the secretary of administration.

     (c)  Following award of the fiscal year 2008 grants, RMPs shall submit appropriately documented expenses, consistent with the approved grants, to the state for reimbursement. 

Sec. 6.  GENERAL FUND REDUCTION

     (a)  The secretary of administration is directed to reduce operating expense appropriations by $155,814 in general funds throughout the executive branch of state government. It is the intent of the general assesmbly that all or a majority of this funding reduction shall result from lower in-state travel expenses. The administration shall continue to encourage departments and agencies to utilize Vermont interactive television for meetings.  The secretary shall report to the joint fiscal committee in November of 2007 on the in-state travel or other operating expense reductions made as a result of this provision.


Sec. 7.  MEDIA AND INFORMATION STAFF REDUCTION

     (a)  The following exempt positions related to communications and media relations shall be eliminated. The secretary of administration shall reduce appropriations in the following agencies and department for the salary and benefit costs of these positions by a total of $418,343 in general fund, $50,436 in federal funds $165,000 in transportation funds, and $108,023 in special funds.

          (1)  Agency of agriculture, food and markets, the exempt principal assistant position; a reduction of $60,785 in general funds;

          (2)  Agency of human services, department of disabilities, aging and independent living, the exempt principal assistant position assigned to central office; reductions of $33,685 in general funds and $50,436 in federal funds;   

          (3)  Agency of natural resources, the exempt executive assistant position, a reduction of $82,212 in general funds;

          (4)  Agency of natural resources, department of environmental conservation, the exempt executive assistant position, a reduction of $79,859 in general funds;

          (5)  Agency of commerce and community development, the two exempt principal assistant positions, a reduction of $147,616 in general funds;

          (6)  Agency of transportation, one exempt executive assistant position and one exempt principal assistant position, reduction of $165,308 in transportation funds;

          (7)  Department of public service, one exempt executive assistant position, reduction of $108,023 in special funds.

Sec. 8.  PAY ACT FUNDING

     (a)  The secretary of administration shall submit a report to the joint fiscal committee at its September/October 2007 meeting on pay act (H. XXX of 2007) funding.  The report shall include, by section number, for each personnel services appropriation in this act, the total amount by which the personnel services appropriation will be increased as a result of the impact of the fiscal year 2008 pay act.  The report shall allocate this total between exempt and classified employees.  For each class of employees, the report shall allocate how much of the total is be funded by federal funds, and how much will be funded by state funds.  For the amount funded by state funds the report shall indicate the amount for each specific state-funding source by fund name.  Where internal service funds are identified as a source of funding, the report shall indicate if this will result in increased service charges to state agencies in the current or future fiscal years.  The report shall indicate how the appropriation in Sec. 252(a)(12) is to be disbursed to agencies.

Sec. 9.  Information and innovation - communications and information technology

                   Personal services                                        4,560,326

                   Operating expenses                                       864,490

                   Grants                                                           450,000

                        Total                                                     5,874,816

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  115,000

                   Internal service funds                                  5,759,816

                        Total                                                     5,874,816

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $450,000 is for a grant to the Vermont telecommunications authority.

Sec. 10  Finance and management - budget and management

                   Personal services                                           996,256

                   Operating expenses                                       222,509

                        Total                                                     1,218,765

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  980,379

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              238,386

                        Total                                                     1,218,765


Sec. 11.  Finance and management - financial operations

                   Personal services                                        2,591,225

                   Operating expenses                                    1,161,363

                        Total                                                     3,752,588

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   70,903

                   Internal service funds                                  3,681,685

                        Total                                                     3,752,588

     (a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), financial management fund charges not to exceed $5,325,761, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.  Of this amount, $1,050,860, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, will be used to support the HCM system that is operated by the department of human resources information technology division and $593,216, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, will be used to support the human resources payroll division. 

Sec. 12.  Human resources - operations

                   Personal services                                        2,322,655

                   Operating expenses                                       317,750

                        Total                                                     2,640,405

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,619,098

                   Internal service funds                                     593,216

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              428,091

                        Total                                                     2,640,405

Sec. 13.  Human resources - HR workforce planning & employment services

                   Personal services                                           777,332

                   Operating expenses                                       391,800

                        Total                                                     1,169,132

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  871,371

                   Special funds                                                 297,761

                        Total                                                     1,169,132

Sec. 14.  Human resources - information technology

                   Personal services                                           555,946

                   Operating expenses                                       494,914

                        Total                                                     1,050,860

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,050,860

Sec. 15.  Human resources - employee benefits & wellness

                   Personal services                                        1,554,782

                   Operating expenses                                       372,323

                        Total                                                     1,927,105

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,927,105

Sec. 16.  Libraries

                   Personal services                                        2,039,226

                   Operating expenses                                    1,645,315

                   Grants                                                             70,000

                        Total                                                     3,754,541

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,506,583

                   Special funds                                                 298,584

                    Federal funds                                                860,814

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                88,560

                        Total                                                     3,754,541

Sec. 17.  Tax - administration/collection

                   Personal services                                      12,058,379

                   Operating expenses                                    2,887,532

                        Total                                                   14,945,911

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             14,060,178

                   Special funds                                                 625,733

                   Tobacco fund                                                  58,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              202,000

                        Total                                                   14,945,911

Sec. 18.  Buildings and general services - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,936,700

                   Operating expenses                                       333,161

                        Total                                                     2,269,861

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,269,861

     (a)  The commissioner of the department of buildings and general services and the commissioner of the department of health in collaboration with the Vermont state employees' association shall develop a protocol for identifying and addressing current and potential health hazards in state office buildings. This protocol shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on institutions for their review by January 15, 2008.  As part of this protocol, a method shall be devised to keep the general assembly informed about sick building complaints.

Sec. 19.  Buildings and general services - engineering

                   Personal services                                        1,926,241

                   Operating expenses                                       440,200

                        Total                                                     2,366,441

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,321,441

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                45,000

                        Total                                                     2,366,441

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                   Personal services                                        3,507,600

                   Operating expenses                                    1,452,188

                   Grants                                                             47,300

                        Total                                                     5,007,088

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,957,088

                   Special fund                                                    50,000

                        Total                                                     5,007,088

     (a)  Of the above appropriation $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to the friends of the state house to facilitate private fundraising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006. No naming opportunities shall be offered in connection with fundraising efforts.  These funds may not be used to supplant any existing personal service or operating expenses in state government.


Sec. 21.  Buildings and general services - purchasing

                   Personal services                                           673,400

                   Operating expenses                                       202,657

                        Total                                                        876,057

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  876,057

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - public records

                   Personal services                                           847,200

                   Operating expenses                                       638,143

                        Total                                                     1,485,343

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,174,083

                   Special funds                                                 311,260

                        Total                                                     1,485,343

Sec. 23.  Buildings and general services - postal services

                   Personal services                                           645,800

                   Operating expenses                                       205,155

                        Total                                                        850,955

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    20,000

                   Internal service funds                                     830,955

                        Total                                                        850,955

Sec. 24.  Buildings and general services - copy center

                   Personal services                                           722,315

                   Operating expenses                                       237,800

                        Total                                                        960,115

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     960,115

Sec. 25.  Buildings and general services - fleet management services

                   Personal services                                           468,000

                   Operating expenses                                       188,820

                        Total                                                        656,820

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     656,820

Sec. 26.  Buildings and general services - federal surplus property

                   Personal services                                             62,327

                   Operating expenses                                         83,919

                        Total                                                        146,246

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                             146,246

Sec. 27.  Buildings and general services - state surplus property

                   Personal services                                             60,341

                   Operating expenses                                         74,196

                        Total                                                        134,537

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     134,537

Sec. 28.  Buildings and general services - property management

                   Personal services                                        1,244,300

                   Operating expenses                                    2,917,817

                        Total                                                     4,162,117

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  4,162,117

Sec. 29.  Buildings and general services - workers' compensation insurance

                   Personal services                                        1,199,838

                   Operating expenses                                       421,200

                        Total                                                     1,621,038

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,621,038

     (a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), workers' compensation fund charges not to exceed $8,554,885 are hereby approved.


Sec. 30.  Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

                   Personal services                                           269,723

                   Operating expenses                                         83,800

                         Total                                                        353,523

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     353,523

Sec. 31.  Buildings and general services - all other insurance

                   Personal services                                             81,300

                   Operating expenses                                         34,628

                        Total                                                        115,928

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     115,928

Sec. 32.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

                   Personal services                                      11,047,932

                   Operating expenses                                  10,976,702

                        Total                                                   22,024,634

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                22,024,634

     (a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $22,077,634, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

     (b)  The commissioner shall prepare an analysis of the fee-for-space program with the objective of determining appropriate rates to charge departments that use state-owned buildings.  The department shall conduct a pilot project that will analyze the cost associated with operating state-owned, noncorrectional buildings in the city of Newport, Rutland, and Springfield.  The analysis shall take into account the actual cost incurred by the state of operating the building, including the carrying and replacement cost, utilities, maintenance, and any other relevant cost.  Local market rates for rental properties shall also be considered.  The analysis shall assess the energy usage at each site and identify any energy efficiency measures that could be accomplished, consistent with the state’s effort to operate energy efficient buildings and include any specific recommendations as to how fee-for-space charges could be designed to provide incentives for energy efficiency.  The analysis and any accompanying recommendations and proposed rates for fiscal year 2009 shall be presented to the joint fiscal committee at its September meeting for review.  

     (c)  The department shall charge the department of fish and wildlife no more than $15,000 for the use of the cold storage facility in Essex Junction during fiscal year 2008. 

Sec. 33.  Geographic information system

                   Grants                                                           430,210

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 430,210

Sec. 34.  Executive office - governor's office

                   Personal services                                        1,290,419

                   Operating expenses                                       363,028

                        Total                                                     1,653,447

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,469,970

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              183,477

                        Total                                                     1,653,447

Sec. 35.  Executive office - national and community service

                   Personal services                                           187,996

                   Operating expenses                                       126,191

                   Grants                                                        1,357,662

                        Total                                                     1,671,849

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    56,528

                   Federal funds                                             1,615,321

                        Total                                                     1,671,849

Sec. 36.  Legislative council

                   Personal services                                        1,924,939

                   Operating expenses                                       153,500

                        Total                                                     2,078,439

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,078,439

Sec. 37.  Legislature

                   Personal services                                        3,204,123

                   Operating expenses                                    2,899,885

                        Total                                                     6,104,008

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,104,008

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $450,000 shall be available for fiscal year 2008 expenditures of the health care reform commission.  The health care information technology consultant paid for within this appropriation shall be jointly selected and supervised by the health care reform commission and the chairs of the house and senate committees on appropriations.

Sec. 38.  Legislative information technology

                   Personal services                                           404,005

                   Operating expenses                                       217,253

                        Total                                                        621,258

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  621,258

Sec. 39.  Joint fiscal committee

                   Personal services                                        1,140,259

                   Operating expenses                                         94,509

                        Total                                                     1,234,768

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,234,768

Sec. 40.  Sergeant at arms

                   Personal services                                           509,251

                   Operating expenses                                         68,292

                        Total                                                        577,543

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  577,543

Sec. 41.  Lieutenant governor

                   Personal services                                           137,937

                   Operating expenses                                         16,775

                        Total                                                        154,712

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  154,712

Sec. 42.  Auditor of accounts

                   Personal services                                        2,248,767

                   Operating expenses                                       142,030

                        Total                                                     2,390,797

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  524,568

                   Special funds                                                   54,431

                   Internal service funds                                  1,811,798

                        Total                                                     2,390,797

Sec. 43.  State treasurer

                   Personal services                                        2,316,050

                   Operating expenses                                       354,787

                   Grants                                                           100,000

                        Total                                                     2,770,837

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,130,214

                   Special funds                                              1,542,265

                   Private purpose trust funds                               98,358

                        Total                                                     2,770,837

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000 shall be deposited into the armed services scholarship fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2541, and $50,000 shall be deposited into the emergency personnel survivors benefit special fund established in 20 V.S.A. § 3175. 


Sec. 44.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 FUND REVERSION

     (a)  Of the general funds appropriated to the state treasurer, $70,000 shall revert to the general fund.  This reversion shall be composed of $20,000 because there is an available balance in the armed services scholarship fund and $50,000 because there is an available balance in the emergency personnel survivors benefit special fund.

Sec. 45.  State treasurer - unclaimed property

                   Personal services                                           627,773

                   Operating expenses                                       271,467

                        Total                                                        899,240

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Private purpose trust funds                             899,240

Sec. 46.  Vermont state retirement system

                   Personal services                                      23,139,549

                   Operating expenses                                       758,596

                        Total                                                   23,898,145

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                    23,898,145

Sec. 47.  Municipal employees' retirement system

                   Personal services                                        1,616,396


                   Operating expenses                                       398,293

                        Total                                                     2,014,689

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                      2,014,689

Sec. 48.  State labor relations board

                   Personal services                                           171,500

                   Operating expenses                                         38,718

                        Total                                                        210,218

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  204,348

                   Special funds                                                     5,870

                        Total                                                        210,218

Sec. 49.  VOSHA review board

                   Personal services                                             32,052

                   Operating expenses                                           8,330

                        Total                                                          40,382

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    20,192

                   Federal funds                                                  20,190

                        Total                                                          40,382


Sec. 50.  Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

                   Grants                                                        8,861,267

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               8,861,267

Sec. 51.  Lottery commission

                   Personal services                                        1,458,511

                   Operating expenses                                    1,069,761

                        Total                                                     2,528,272

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          2,528,272

     (a)  The lottery commission shall transfer $150,000 to the department of health, office of alcohol and drug abuse programs to support the gambling addiction program. 

     (b)  The Vermont state lottery shall provide assistance and work with the Vermont council on problem gambling on systems and program development. 

Sec. 52.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                   Grants                                                        3,350,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  150,000

                   Special funds                                              3,200,000

                        Total                                                     3,350,000

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

Sec. 53.  Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier

                    Grants                                                           184,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  184,000

Sec. 54.  Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

                   Grants                                                             40,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    40,000

Sec. 55.  Total general government                             141,135,066

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             52,978,679

                   Special funds                                              6,778,994

                   Tobacco fund                                                  58,000

                   Federal funds                                             2,445,889

                   Enterprise funds                                          2,674,518

                   Internal service funds                                45,684,147

                   Pension trust funds                                    25,912,834

                   Private purpose trust funds                             997,598

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           3,604,407

                        Total                                                 141,135,066

Sec. 56.  Protection to persons and property - attorney general

                   Personal services                                        7,094,267

                   Operating expenses                                    1,069,612

                        Total                                                     8,163,879

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,530,747

                   Special funds                                              1,100,000

                   Tobacco fund                                                290,000

                   Federal funds                                                763,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,480,132

                        Total                                                     8,163,879

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

Sec. 57.  Vermont court diversion

                   Grants                                                        1,604,534

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,194,473

                   Special funds                                                 410,061

                        Total                                                     1,604,534

Sec. 58.  Defender general - public defense

                   Personal services                                        6,251,658

                   Operating expenses                                       768,028

                        Total                                                     7,019,686

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,512,219

                   Special funds                                                 502,467

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  5,000

                        Total                                                     7,019,686

Sec. 59.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                   Personal services                                        2,889,376

                   Operating expenses                                         77,909

                        Total                                                     2,967,285

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,692,021

                   Special funds                                                 275,264

                        Total                                                     2,967,285

Sec. 60.  Judiciary

                   Personal services                                      26,882,091

                   Operating expenses                                    7,898,252

                   Grants                                                             70,000

                        Total                                                   34,850,343

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             30,267,034

                   Special funds                                              2,185,772

                   Tobacco fund                                                  40,000

                   Federal funds                                                414,327

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,943,210

                        Total                                                   34,850,343

     (a)  The judiciary shall report to the joint fiscal committee at its November 2007 meeting on the status of collections on fines and penalties.

     (b)  At the end of fiscal year 2007, any unexpended balance of the appropriation made in Sec.70(f )(4) of No. 93 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) as amended in Sec, 272 of No. 215 of 2006 shall be deposited into the court technology special fund.

     (c)   In the event that receipts in the court technology special fund exceed appropriations from the fund in fiscal year 2008, an appropriation of up to $150,000 is made from the fund to the judiciary for information technology equipment replacement. 

Sec. 61.  4 V.S.A. § 27 is added to read:

§ 27.  Court technology special fund

     There is established the court technology special fund which shall be managed in accordance with subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.  Administrative fees collected pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 7252 and revenue collected pursuant to fees established pursuant to sections 1105 and 1109 of this title shall be deposited and credited to this fund.  The fund shall be available to the judicial branch to pay for contractual and operating expenses not covered by the general fund related to the following: 

          (1)  The acquisition and maintenance of software and hardware needed for case management, electronic filing, a electronic document management system, and the expense of implementation, including training.  

          (2)  The acquisition and maintenance of electronic audio and video court recording and conferencing equipment.  

          (3)  The acquisition, maintenance, and support of the judiciary’s information technology network, including training.


Sec. 62.  13 V.S.A. § 7252 is amended to read:

§ 7252.  Fines and penalties payable to state

All fines collected in prosecutions for offenses or for the breach of a penal law, forfeitures, and penalties received by the district or superior court or by the judicial bureau, except as provided in section 7251 of this title, shall belong and be paid to the state, except for a $12.50 administrative charge for each offense or violation where a fine or penalty is assessed.  The administrative charge shall be deposited in the court technology special fund established pursuant to 4 V.S.A. § 27.

Sec. 63.  State's attorneys

                   Personal services                                        8,878,830

                   Operating expenses                                    1,214,714

                        Total                                                   10,093,544

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,835,299

                   Special funds                                                 151,097

                   Federal funds                                                  25,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,082,148

                        Total                                                   10,093,544

Sec. 64.  Special investigative unit

                   Grants                                                           496,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  406,000

                   Special funds                                                   90,000

                        Total                                                        496,000

Sec. 65.  Sheriffs

                   Personal services                                        2,848,849

                   Operating expenses                                       413,608

                         Total                                                     3,262,457

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,262,457

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

Sec. 66.  Public safety - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,837,909

                   Operating expenses                                       182,984

                        Total                                                     2,020,893

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,945,925

                   Federal funds                                                  74,968

                        Total                                                     2,020,893

Sec. 67.  Public safety - homeland security

                    Personal services                                        1,449,071

                   Operating expenses                                    6,730,040

                   Grants                                                        1,050,000

                        Total                                                     9,229,111

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  431,073

                   Federal funds                                             8,798,038

                        Total                                                     9,229,111

Sec. 68.  Public safety - state police

                    Personal services                                      38,085,058

                   Operating expenses                                    6,590,315

                   Grants                                                           975,634

                        Total                                                   45,651,007

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,955,468

                   Transportation fund                                  30,750,796

                   Special funds                                              2,825,423

                   Federal funds                                             3,558,334

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              560,986

                        Total                                                   45,651,007

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

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

     (d)  The department of finance and management, division of budget and management, in collaboration with the joint fiscal office, shall study the overtime expenditures of the department of public safety.  Specifically, the study shall focus on the method for allocating overtime, the determination of which staff members receive overtime, the method used to project overtime needs for budgetary purposes, the contractual issues surrounding the usage of overtime, the history of overtime expenditures, and a cost benefit analysis of continuing with the current practice of utilizing overtime versus the establishment of a third shift within each of the barracks within the department of public safety.  The secretary of administration and the department of public safety shall provide any cooperation and assistance that may be required.  The report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on appropriations by December 15, 2007.

Sec. 69.  Public safety - criminal justice services

                   Personal services                                        5,942,894

                   Operating expenses                                    3,199,016

                   Grants                                                        3,256,900

                        Total                                                   12,398,810

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  760,000

                   Transportation fund                                    4,429,971

                   Special funds                                              1,433,512

                   Federal funds                                             5,151,813

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              623,514

                        Total                                                   12,398,810

Sec. 70.  Public safety - emergency management

                   Personal services                                        1,629,045

                   Operating expenses                                       627,812

                   Grants                                                           819,400

                        Total                                                     3,076,257

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                         63,969

                   Special funds                                                 123,664

                   Federal funds                                             2,888,624

                        Total                                                     3,076,257

Sec. 71.  Public safety - emergency management - radiological emergency response plan

                   Personal services                                           768,470

                   Operating expenses                                       221,980

                   Grants                                                           655,693

                        Total                                                     1,646,143

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,646,143

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

     (b) Of the above appropriation, $354,245 is to be transferred to the Vermont department of health.


Sec. 72.  Public safety - fire safety

                   Personal services                                        4,194,040

                   Operating expenses                                    1,411,643

                   Grants                                                             50,000

                        Total                                                     5,655,683

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  713,652

                   Special funds                                              4,343,105

                   Federal funds                                                395,279

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              203,647

                        Total                                                     5,655,683

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

Sec. 73.  Military - administration

                   Personal services                                           532,542

                   Operating expenses                                       162,838

                   Grants                                                           200,000

                        Total                                                        895,380

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  895,380

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $200,000 shall be disbursed to the Vermont student assistance corporation to replenish the amount available for the national guard scholarship program established in 16 V.S.A. § 2856 to a level of $200,000. At the end of fiscal year 2008, any part of the $200,000 appropriation not transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation shall revert to the general fund.

     (b)  Total disbursements by the Vermont student assistance corporation under 16 V.S.A. § 2856 shall not exceed $200,000 in fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 74.  Military - air service contract

                   Personal services                                        4,153,098

                   Operating expenses                                       980,889

                        Total                                                     5,133,987

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  399,579

                   Federal funds                                             4,734,408

                        Total                                                     5,133,987

Sec. 75.  Military - army service contract

                   Personal services                                        3,300,460

                   Operating expenses                                    5,780,134

                        Total                                                     9,080,594

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  107,064

                   Federal funds                                             8,973,530

                        Total                                                     9,080,594

Sec. 76.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                           975,531

                   Operating expenses                                       441,925

                        Total                                                     1,417,456

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,417,456

Sec. 77.  Military - veterans' affairs

                   Personal services                                           356,622

                   Operating expenses                                         93,112

                   Grants                                                           177,815

                        Total                                                        627,549

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  569,430

                   Federal funds                                                  58,119

                        Total                                                        627,549

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

Sec. 78.  Center for crime victims services

                   Personal services                                        1,236,878

                   Operating expenses                                       303,478

                   Grants                                                        9,258,234

                        Total                                                   10,798,590

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,125,020

                   Special funds                                              5,652,450

                   Federal funds                                             4,021,120

                        Total                                                   10,798,590

Sec. 79.  Criminal justice training council

                   Personal services                                        1,032,090

                   Operating expenses                                       991,816

                        Total                                                     2,023,906

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,385,881

                   Special funds                                                 510,393

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              127,632

                        Total                                                     2,023,906

Sec. 80.  Agriculture, food and markets - administration

                   Personal services                                           907,195

                   Operating expenses                                       816,806

                   Grants                                                           353,081

                        Total                                                     2,077,082

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,297,384

                   Special funds                                                 611,632

                   Federal funds                                                125,386

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                42,680

                        Total                                                     2,077,082

Sec. 81.  Agriculture, food and markets - food safety and consumer protection

                   Personal services                                        2,620,156

                   Operating expenses                                       495,573

                   Grants                                                        2,600,000

                        Total                                                     5,715,729

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,732,864

                   Special funds                                              3,411,959

                   Federal funds                                                563,906

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,000

                        Total                                                     5,715,729

Sec. 82.  Agriculture, food and markets - agricultural development

                   Personal services                                           752,331

                   Operating expenses                                       482,385

                   Grants                                                        1,772,500

                        Total                                                     3,007,216

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  843,958

                   Special funds                                              1,954,258

                   Federal funds                                                209,000

                        Total                                                     3,007,216

     (a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $80,000 shall be used to support the mobile slaughter house.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $125,000 shall be used to support the

farm-to-school program.

Sec. 83.  Agriculture, food and markets - laboratories, agricultural resource management and environmental stewardship

                   Personal services                                        2,779,046

                   Operating expenses                                       566,529

                   Grants                                                        1,125,000

                        Total                                                     4,470,575

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,890,910

                   Special funds                                              1,690,226

                   Federal funds                                                627,389

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              262,050

                        Total                                                     4,470,575

Sec. 84.  Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

                   Grants                                                           175,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  175,000

Sec. 85.  Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

                   Personal services                                             20,000

                   Operating expenses                                       184,750

                        Total                                                        204,750

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  124,750

                   Special funds                                                   80,000

                        Total                                                        204,750

     (a)  Any general fund appropriation in this section remaining at the end of fiscal year 2008 shall carry forward to fiscal year 2009.

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

                   Personal services                                        1,241,297

                   Operating expenses                                       280,294

                        Total                                                     1,521,591

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,521,591

Sec. 87.  9 V.S.A. § 5613(e) is added to read:

     (e)  In any fiscal year in which revenues deposited in the banking supervision fund established by subsection 19(f) of Title 8 are insufficient to support the annual appropriation to the banking division, the commissioner may transfer no more than a sum necessary to meet the shortfall from the fund established by this section to the banking supervision fund.

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

                   Personal services                                        2,988,436

                   Operating expenses                                       535,850

                        Total                                                     3,524,286

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              3,524,286

Sec. 89.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - captive

                   Personal services                                        3,032,154

                   Operating expenses                                       502,100

                        Total                                                     3,534,254

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              3,534,254

Sec. 90.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - securities

                   Personal services                                           602,058

                   Operating expenses                                       136,750

                        Total                                                        738,808

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 738,808

Sec. 91.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health care administration

                   Personal services                                        7,140,439

                   Operating expenses                                       389,314

                        Total                                                     7,529,753

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  711,000

                   Special funds                                              2,738,756

                   Global commitment fund                             1,509,997

                   Catamount fund                                          1,500,000

                   Federal funds                                             1,000,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                70,000

                        Total                                                     7,529,753

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $726,664, consisting of $395,000 in general funds, $105,000 in Global Commitment funds, and $226,664 in special funds, is for a continuation of the project conducted by the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL), as referred to in Sec. 263(e)(3) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 74 of No. 93 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006).  Availability of the $726,664 funds is contingent on the secretary of administration's approval of an annual plan submitted by VITL to coordinate VITL's activities with "the Vermont blueprint for health chronic care initiative" and other health care- related statewide information technology projects.  Availability of the $726,664 shall also be contingent on the delivery by VITL of an update on a sustainable business plan to the secretary of administration and the general assembly; and a commitment by VITL to use "best efforts" to secure a nonstate match for the funds. If at any time VITL no longer demonstrates the ability to deliver the work described in 18 V.S.A.

§ 9417, the state shall have the right to assume ownership of all licenses, intellectual property, and work product of VITL developed for the state pursuant to section 9417 or otherwise. The $726,664 in this section shall not be available until the funding in Sec. 87(a) of No. 215 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) and in Sec. 263(e)(3) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 74 of No. 93 of the Acts of 2006, has been fully expended.

Sec. 92.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,099,435

                   Operating expenses                                         43,195

                        Total                                                     1,142,630

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,142,630

     (a)  The commissioner may transfer from the appropriation established for each division of the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration to the appropriation in this section, sums corresponding to the salary and associated personnel costs of legal counsel who are transferred to the division of administration.

Sec. 93.  Secretary of state

                   Personal services                                        4,407,205

                   Operating expenses                                    1,229,060

                   Grants                                                        1,000,000

                        Total                                                     6,636,265

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  468,801

                   Special funds                                              4,092,462

                   Federal funds                                             2,000,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                75,002

                        Total                                                     6,636,265

     (a)  The corporation division of the secretary of state's office represents $492,991 of the above special fund appropriation, and these funds shall be from the securities regulation and supervision fund in accordance with 9 V.S.A. § 5613.

Sec. 94.  Public service - regulation and energy

                   Personal services                                        4,873,384

                   Operating expenses                                       687,463

                   Grants                                                        5,470,007

                        Total                                                   11,030,854

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              9,838,054

                   Federal funds                                             1,157,800

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                35,000

                        Total                                                   11,030,854

Sec. 95.  Public service - purchase and sale of power

                   Personal services                                             11,886

                   Operating expenses                                           1,516

                        Total                                                          13,402

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   13,402

Sec. 96.  Public service board

                   Personal services                                        2,526,024

                   Operating expenses                                       300,000

                        Total                                                     2,826,024

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              2,826,024

Sec. 97.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

                   Personal services                                        2,003,841

                   Operating expenses                                    1,352,769

                        Total                                                     3,356,610

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              3,356,610

Sec. 98.  Vermont racing commission

                   Operating expenses                                           1,000

               Source of funds                                                               

 General fund                                                                         1,000

Sec. 99.  Human rights commission

                   Personal services                                           386,895

                   Operating expenses                                         95,694

                        Total                                                        482,589

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  311,850

                   Federal funds                                                170,739

                        Total                                                        482,589

Sec. 100.  Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

                    Personal services                                        1,677,769

                   Operating expenses                                       389,890

                        Total                                                     2,067,659

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                289,645

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,778,014

                        Total                                                     2,067,659

Sec. 101.  Liquor control - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,329,017

                   Operating expenses                                       407,719

                        Total                                                     1,736,736

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,736,736

Sec. 102.  Liquor control - warehousing and distribution

                   Personal services                                           757,159

                   Operating expenses                                       415,443

                        Total                                                     1,172,602

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,172,602

Sec. 103.  Total protection to persons and property 241,078,509

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             81,963,695

                   Transportation fund                                  35,244,736

                   Special funds                                            62,324,303

                    Tobacco fund                                                619,645

                   Global commitment fund                             1,509,997

                   Catamount fund                                          1,500,000

                   Federal funds                                           45,710,780

                   Enterprise funds                                          4,687,352

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           7,518,001

                        Total                                                 241,078,509

Sec. 104.  Human services - agency of human services - secretary's office

                   Personal services                                        6,890,677

                   Operating expenses                                    2,676,686

                   Grants                                                        4,487,973

                        Total                                                   14,055,336

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,940,516

                   Special funds                                                     7,517

                   Tobacco funds                                              612,021

                   Federal funds                                             4,954,088

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           4,541,194

                        Total                                                   14,055,336

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

     (b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the state may provide workers' compensation coverage to workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services, and the state shall not be considered their employer. The state may also either permit a qualified intermediary service organization to purchase group insurance policies for persons served by their organization, or deem such persons to be members of an association and eligible for

self-insurance under 21 V.S.A. § 687a for purposes of providing workers' compensation.  This provision is intended solely to reduce costs of providing workers' compensation and shall not be considered for any other purpose.

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

     (d)  Of the above tobacco settlement funds, $54,000 shall be used to provide a grant to the project against violent encounters for a statewide program for substance abuse prevention and mentoring program for youth.

     (e)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $143,000 shall be used for a grant to Lamoille County people in partnership for wrap-around services for

at-risk youth.

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

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

Sec. 105.  Secretary's office - global commitment

                   Grants                                                    866,633,199

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           115,712,335

                   Special fund                                             15,270,557

                   Tobacco Fund                                          29,609,240

                   State health care resources fund              156,976,345

                   Catamount fund                                          7,168,430

                   Federal funds                                         539,617,089

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,279,203

                        Total                                                 866,633,199

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

     (b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $34,539,006 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

          (1)  $17,283,434 certified state match available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $24,881,566 of federal funds appropriated in this section equals a total estimated expenditure of $42,165,000 for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under the Global Commitment.  An amount equal to the amount of the federal matching funds for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under Global Commitment shall be transferred from the Global Commitment fund to the Medicaid reimbursement special fund created in 16 V.S.A. § 2959a.

          (2)  $8,956,247 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students through school-based health services, including school nurses.

          (3)  $4,215,210 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services provided to students in the success beyond six programs.

          (4)  $1,859,703 certified state match available from local designated mental health agencies for eligible mental health services provided under the Global Commitment.

          (5)  $2,176,726 certified state match available from local designated developmental services agencies for eligible developmental services provided under the Global Commitment.

          (6)  It is estimated that at least $10,273,557 of state funds will be carried forward from fiscal year 2007 to fund the Global Commitment managed care premium and global commitment administration costs in fiscal year 2008.  

Sec.  106.  CATAMOUNT HEALTH ASSISTANCE; GLOBAL

                  COMMITMENT WAIVER

     (a)  If the Centers on Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has not responded to the Global Commitment for Health waiver amendment request to fund Catamount Health Assistance with Medicaid funds, does not approve the request, or approves a lower income eligibility limit for Catamount Health Assistance by July 31, 2007, the commission on health care reform shall consider whether to recommend to the emergency board:

          (1)  to proceed with the implementation of Catamount Health established under 4080f of Title 8, Catamount Health Assistance under subchapter 3a of chapter 19 of Title 33, employer-sponsored insurance program under section 1974 of Title 33, or a combination of the programs;

          (2)  to delay the implementation of some or all of the programs; or

          (3)  to exercise the option to suspend new enrollment or restrict enrollment to eligible lower income individuals under section 1974 or 1986 of Title 33.

     (b)  After receiving a recommendation by the health care commission, the emergency board shall consider the commission’s recommendation and may make a determination no later than August 30, 2007 on whether to proceed with implementation, delay implementation, or exercise its authority under section 1974 or 1986 of Title 33. 

Sec. 107.  Rate setting

                   Personal services                                           739,407

                   Operating expenses                                         69,762

                        Total                                                        809,169

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              809,169

Sec. 108.  Developmental disabilities council

                   Personal services                                           152,876

                   Operating expenses                                         40,817

                   Grants                                                           299,558

                        Total                                                        493,251

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                493,251

Sec. 109.  Human services board

                   Personal services                                           287,458

                   Operating expenses                                         54,622

                        Total                                                        342,080

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,063

                   Federal funds                                                  11,993

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              280,024

                        Total                                                        342,080

Sec. 110.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

                    Personal services                                      28,851,926

                   Operating expenses                                    1,561,980

                   Grants                                                           960,000

                        Total                                                   31,373,906

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,000

                   Global Commitment fund                          30,261,112

                   Federal funds                                                700,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              362,794

                        Total                                                   31,373,906

Sec. 111.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - Global Commitment

                   Grants                                                    440,804,834

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global commitment fund                         440,804,834

     (a)  It is intended that increases in payments to hospitals and physicians CPT codes totaling $4,000,000 annually shall be made effectively January 1, 2008.  The department shall make these increases in a manner consistent with goals of health care reform legislation and the Vermont blueprint for health.

Sec. 111a.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT; GRIEVANCE AND APPEAL

                   RULES

(a)  Beginning January 1, 2008 and every six months thereafter, the agency of human services or designee shall report on the implementation of the grievance and appeal rules for Global Commitment for Health and for Choices for Care, including the number and types of grievances, internal appeals, and appeals to the human services board, and the number of internal appeals that were reversed by the independent decision-maker.

(b)  During the legislative session, the report shall be to the house committees on human services and on health and the senate committee on health and welfare.  During the interim, the report shall be to the health access oversight committee.

(c)  This section shall sunset on January 31, 2009.

Sec. 112.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - non-global commitment Long-term care waiver

                   Grants                                                    187,658,246

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             76,991,140

                   Federal funds                                         110,667,106

                        Total                                                 187,658,246

Sec. 112a.  CHOICES FOR CARE; GRIEVANCE AND APPEAL RULES

The agency of human services and department of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall maintain the grievance and appeal rules in effect on January 1, 2007 for the Choices for Care waiver.  The agency and department shall not amend the grievance and appeal rules to conform to the rules applicable to Global Commitment for Health waiver programs, as the federal regulations applicable to Global Commitment do not apply to the Choices for Care waiver.

Sec. 113.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid non-waiver matched

                   Grants                                                      58,390,811

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General funds                                           21,845,389

                   Federal funds                                           36,545,422

                        Total                                                   58,390,811

Sec. 114.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - state only

                   Grants                                                      29,124,517

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General funds                                           28,869,330

                   Global Commitment fund                               255,187

                        Total                                                   29,124,517

Sec. 115.  Health - administration and support

                   Personal services                                        5,623,417

                   Operating expenses                                    2,268,996

                   Grants                                                             50,000

                        Total                                                     7,942,413

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   24,525

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,812,709

                   Federal funds                                             6,101,179

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  4,000

                        Total                                                     7,942,413


Sec. 116.  32 V.S.A. § 1003(e) is added to read:

     (e)  Notwithstanding the maximum salary established in subsection (b) of this section, the maximum salary for the commissioner of health may not exceed $150,000.00. 

Sec. 117.  Health - Blueprint for Health

                   Personal services                                        2,851,522

                   Operating expenses                                       385,783

                   Grants                                                        1,570,403

                        Total                                                     4,807,708

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                   665,000

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,933,398

                   Catamount fund                                          1,181,713

                   Federal funds                                                  27,597

                        Total                                                     4,807,708

     (a)  From the funds appropriated in this section, the department of health shall provide incentive grants and stipends to physician practices participating in the pilot projects developed under the Vermont blueprint for health established in section 702 of Title 18. 

     (b)  In the event that the appropriation in Sec. 277(a)(4) of this act (Blueprint waterfall appropriation) is available, the appropriation in this section from the Catamount fund is cancelled.

Sec. 118.  Health - health protection

                   Personal services                                        3,974,089

                   Operating expenses                                       757,012

                   Grants                                                        1,692,035

                        Total                                                     6,423,136

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  445,730

                   Special funds                                              1,215,656

                   Global commitment fund                                147,502

                   Federal funds                                             4,210,313

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              403,935

                        Total                                                     6,423,136

Sec. 119.  Health - health surveillance

                   Personal services                                        9,710,579

                   Operating expenses                                    2,471,432

                   Grants                                                        2,524,499

                        Total                                                   14,706,510

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,901,636

                   Special funds                                              1,307,500

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,498,893

                   Federal funds                                             8,923,937

                   Permanent trust funds                                      10,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                64,544

                        Total                                                   14,706,510

     (a)  The amount of $335,000 of the above general fund/Global Commitment fund appropriation shall be appropriated to the following Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services.  It is the intent of the general assembly that if Global Commitment fund monies in this subsection are unavailable, the total funding for Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services shall be maintained through the general fund or other

state-funding sources.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with the HIV/AIDS service advisory committee (HASAC), community advisory group (CAG) with current information and data relating to service initiatives.  The funds shall be allocated as follows: 

          (1)  AIDS Project of Southern Vermont - $63,529

          (2)  ACORN - $25,225

          (3)  IMANI - $40,173

          (4)  VT CARES - $141,073

          (5)  Twin States Network - $30,000

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

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

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

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

     (e)  The secretary of human services shall immediately notify the joint fiscal committee if, at any time, there are insufficient funds in AMAP to assist all eligible individuals.  The secretary shall work in cooperation with persons living with HIV/AIDS to develop a plan to continue access to AMAP medications until such time as the general assembly can take action. 

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


Sec. 120.  Health - health improvement

                   Personal services                                        8,051,727

                   Operating expenses                                    1,038,409

                   Grants                                                      11,681,405

                        Total                                                   20,771,541

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,532,640

                   Special funds                                                 729,800

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,780,225

                   Global Commitment fund                            7,470,718

                   Federal funds                                             8,251,158

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,000

                        Total                                                   20,771,541

     (a)  The department of health may carry forward any unspent portion of funds designated for health professional loan repayment.  These funds may be used either alone or to match federal National Health Service Corps loan repayment funds, local funds, or private funds and shall be deposited into the loan repayment fund established under 18 V.S.A. § 10a or for the Vermont student assistance corporation for loan forgiveness programs for health care providers through the dental hygienist incentive loan program and the nursing incentive loan program.

     (b)  The above tobacco fund appropriation and $543,696 in Global Commitment funds in this section shall be utilized according to the provisions of 18 V.S.A. chapter 225 as follows: 

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

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

          (3)  tobacco cessation programs - $1,400,211; these funds may also be used to provide tobacco cessation counseling services to persons incarcerated in Vermont correctional facilities, and $80,000 shall be used to make nicotine replacement therapies available to all persons enrolled in tobacco cessation counseling; and $15,000 shall be granted to Washington County Mental Health Agency, Inc. for a special cessation program;

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

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

     (c)  Of the above general fund/Global Commitment appropriation, $450,000 shall be granted to the area health education center (AHEC) to support the work and infrastructure of the statewide AHEC network to ensure an adequate and appropriate health care workforce, to bring quality improvement programs to health care professionals, and to create partnerships across community-based health care services to improve health care access and integration. 

     (d)  Any funds not expended by the AHEC during fiscal years 2006, 2007, and 2008 shall be carried forward to be available for use in subsequent fiscal years. The AHEC will provide the department of health with a final progress report and financial report detailing the unexpended funds to be carried forward at the close of each fiscal year. 

     (e)  Of the above appropriation, $160,000 is for development and implementation of a patient safety surveillance and improvement system established pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 1913.  In addition, the department of health, with assistance from the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration, shall collect and utilize for such purposes the sum of $40,000 to be contributed from hospitals licensed in Vermont.

     (f)  Of the above Global Commitment fund appropriation, $930,000 shall be deposited into the Vermont educational loan repayment fund and used for the purposes of loan repayment for health care providers and health care educators pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 10a.

     (g)  Of the above appropriation, $80,000 is allocated for the Vermont student assistance corporation for loan forgiveness programs for health care providers through the dental hygienist incentive loan program and nursing incentive loan program. 

     (h)  Of the above appropriation, $1,090,000, which includes $500,000 of federal substance abuse grant funds, is for the coordinated healthy activity, motivation, and prevention programs to be used for community wellness grants awarded pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 104b. 

     (i)  Of the global commitment funds appropriated to the Area Health Education Centers in this section and the funds appropriated in Sec. 7(c)(1) and 7(c)(2)(A) of H.433 of 2007 the total loan repayment program of $2,150,000 shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)  $950,000 to primary care physicians and health care professionals;

          (2)  $250,000 for dentists;

          (3)  $700,000 for nurses;

          (4)  $100,000 for nurse educators;

          (5)  $150,000 for new disciplines based on emerging health care needs and workforce shortages.

     (j)  It is the intent of the general assembly that beginning in fiscal year 2009, funding for the health professional loan repayment program shall be a combination of funds from the Global Commitment fund, the general fund, and the next generation fund to add up to $2,150,000 in total program funds.

     (k)  Of the above global commitment funds, $640,000 shall be used to support the Vermont coalition of clinics for the uninsured health care and dental services provided by clinics for uninsured individuals and families.

Sec. 121.  Health -  community public health

                   Personal services                                      14,449,064

                   Operating expenses                                    2,127,292


                   Grants                                                      21,581,824

                        Total                                                   38,158,180

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  900,638

                   Special funds                                              3,231,400

                   Global commitment fund                           15,830,919

                   Catamount fund                                          4,000,000

                   Federal funds                                           14,080,223

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              115,000

                        Total                                                   38,158,180

Sec. 122.  Health -  alcohol and drug abuse programs

                   Personal services                                        9,360,208

                   Operating expenses                                    1,097,983

                   Grants                                                      20,667,146

                        Total                                                   31,125,337

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,184,571

                   Special funds                                                 235,499

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,382,834

                   Global commitment fund                           16,509,436

                   Federal funds                                             8,662,997

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              150,000

                        Total                                                   31,125,337

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

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

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

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

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

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

     (c)  Of the above interdepartmental transfer, $150,000 shall be used to support the gambling addiction program. 

     (d)  Of the funds appropriated above, $35,000 shall be used to support the drug court program in Chittenden county, $25,000 shall be used to support the drug court program in Rutland county, and $25,000 shall be used for court coordination in Bennington county.

     (e)  The department of health shall be advised by an executive council of Vermont’s recovery center network on an ongoing basis to prioritize service and funding needs for recovery centers, to assist with the review of recovery center funding proposals, and to provide recommendations for disbursement of funds to the recovery centers and their support needs.  This executive council will consist of the director of the Upper Valley Substance Abuse Foundation, a representative from the department of health, the director of FOR-VT, and four members elected by the recovery leadership network, which is comprised of a representative from each of the recovery centers. 

Sec. 123.  Health - mental health

                   Personal services                                        4,653,064

                   Operating expenses                                       640,626

                   Grants                                                    126,737,194

                        Total                                                 132,030,884

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  698,116

                   Global commitment fund                         127,296,709

                   Federal funds                                             4,036,059

                        Total                                                 132,030,884

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $70,000 shall be used to maintain the Burlington downtown outreach program to develop a model program for expansion to other areas of the state.

     (b)  The department shall ensure that the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs are fully funded for eligible children, adolescents, and CRT program beneficiaries with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The department shall work with the designated service provider agencies and report to the general assembly in January 2008 as to the funds expended to date and as to the adequacy of funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. 


Sec. 124.  Health - Vermont state hospital

                   Personal services                                      19,039,338

                   Operating expenses                                    1,819,499

                   Grants                                                               3,000

                        Total                                                   20,861,837

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             20,341,837

                   Special funds                                                 170,000

                   Federal funds                                                  50,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              300,000

                        Total                                                   20,861,837

Sec. 125.     Health - medical practice board

                   Personal services                                           617,224

                   Operating expenses                                       407,785

                        Total                                                     1,025,009

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 905,009

                   Global commitment fund                                120,000

                        Total                                                     1,025,009


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

                   Personal services                                      33,748,978

                   Operating expenses                                    6,094,778

                   Grants                                                        1,150,215

                        Total                                                   40,993,971

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,377,866

                   Global commitment fund                           12,890,508

                   Federal funds                                           14,815,041

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              910,556

                        Total                                                   40,993,971

     (a) Of the above appropriation, $14,000 in general funds shall be provided as a grant to the Vermont girl scouts for a program enabling girl scouts and their siblings to visit mothers in prison. 

Sec. 127.  Department for children and families - family services

                   Personal services                                      20,349,911

                   Operating expenses                                    3,118,322

                   Grants                                                      63,387,196

                        Total                                                   86,855,429

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             16,423,675

                   Special funds                                              1,756,152

                   Tobacco funds                                                75,000

                   Global commitment fund                           41,832,990

                   Federal funds                                           26,087,612

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              680,000

                        Total                                                   86,855,429

Sec. 128.  Department for children and families - child development

                   Personal services                                        2,943,906

                   Operating expenses                                       762,228

                   Grants                                                      48,629,569

                        Total                                                   52,335,703

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             21,585,001

                   Special funds                                                 865,000

                   Global commitment fund                             3,040,746

                   Federal funds                                           26,619,204

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              225,752

                        Total                                                   52,335,703

Sec. 129.  Department for children and families - office of child support

                   Personal services                                        9,027,353

                   Operating expenses                                    3,797,607

                        Total                                                   12,824,960

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,535,052

                   Special funds                                                 455,718

                   Federal  funds                                            9,446,590

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              387,600

                        Total                                                   12,824,960

Sec. 130.  Department for children and families - office of economic opportunity

                   Personal services                                           223,699

                   Operating expenses                                         80,705

                   Grants                                                        5,238,337

                        Total                                                     5,542,741

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,023,546

                   Special funds                                                   57,340

                   Federal funds                                             4,210,782

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              251,073

                        Total                                                     5,542,741

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $485,000 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing services or increasing resources available statewide.  These funds may be granted alone or in conjunction with federal McKinney emergency shelter funds.  Grant decisions shall be made with assistance from the coalition of homeless Vermonters.

Sec. 131.  Department for children and families - OEO - weatherization assistance

                   Personal services                                           159,531

                   Operating expenses                                       129,950

                   Grants                                                        7,310,000

                        Total                                                     7,599,481

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              6,320,753

                   Federal funds                                             1,278,728

                        Total                                                     7,599,481

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

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

Sec. 132.  33 V.S.A. § 2503(g) is amended to read:

     (g)  On or before August 7 of each year, the director of the state economic opportunity office shall set aside a sum of money equaling 12 and one-half  two and one half percent of the tax receipts of the fuel gross receipts tax for the preceding fiscal year in an escrow account.  The monies in the escrow account are to be used for rebate, as approved under subsections (e) and (f) of this section, of the gross receipts tax established in subsection (a) of this section. Upon approval of rebates, the director shall pay the approved rebates out of the escrow account. In the event that the approved rebates exceed the amount of money set aside in the escrow account, the director shall prorate each rebate. Any balance of rebate awards remaining unpaid as a result of proration may be carried forward for payment in a succeeding year. If monies set aside exceed approved rebates, then the balance shall be returned to the trust fund.  The director of the state economic opportunity office shall use the remainder of the tax receipts of the fuel gross receipts tax for the preceding fiscal year to assure the provision of weatherization services as described in subsections (a), (b) and (c) of section 2502 of this title.

Sec. 133.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

                   Personal services                                        2,632,506

                   Operating expenses                                       624,317

                        Total                                                     3,256,823

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,201,931

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                54,892

                        Total                                                     3,256,823

Sec. 134.  Department for children and families - disability determination services

                   Personal services                                        3,221,300

                   Operating expenses                                       574,946

                        Total                                                     3,796,246

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                             3,549,729

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              246,517

                        Total                                                     3,796,246

Sec. 135.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

                   Personal services                                        1,570,699

                   Grants                                                        9,791,580

                        Total                                                   11,362,279

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,612,279

                   Global commitment fund                             3,750,000

                        Total                                                   11,362,279

     (a)  The commissioner in collaboration with the joint fiscal office shall perform an analysis comparing the cost of having the federal government process the supplemental benefit checks versus having the state or a private contractor process the checks.  The analysis shall include the cost of switching the responsibility for the check processing from the federal government to the state, the most effective time frame to effectuate the switch, and the potential savings from having the state process the checks.  The results of the analysis shall be presented to the house and senate committees on appropriations by December 1, 2007. 


Sec. 136.  Department for children and families - general assistance

                   Grants                                                        4,376,259

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,854,939

                   Global commitment fund                                410,000

                   Federal funds                                             1,111,320

                        Total                                                     4,376,259

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $527,000 in federal TANF funds and $50,000 in general funds are allocated to the department for children and families to provide families with rental or mortgage arrearage assistance under section 2114 of Title 33.

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

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


Sec. 137.  GENERAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS; FLEXIBILITY PILOT PROGRAM

     (a)  Commencing with state fiscal year 2007 and for a period of up to three years, the agency of human services may establish a pilot assistance program within the general assistance program to create flexibility to provide these general assistance benefits.  The purpose of the pilot program is to mitigate poverty and serve applicants more effectively than currently served with the same amount of general assistance funds.  The pilot program shall operate consistent within existing statutes and rules except that it may grant exceptions to this program’s eligibility rules and may create programs and services as alternatives to these rules during the period of the pilot program.

     (b)  The agency shall engage interested parties in the design and implementation of the pilot program.  The interested parties involved may include both statewide groups and local agencies and groups in the districts where the pilot programs is expected to be implemented. 

     (c)  The pilot program may operate in up to three districts designated by the secretary of human services.  This program will be budget neutral.  For each district in which the agency operates the program, it shall establish procedures for evaluating the pilot and its effects.  The agency shall report annually to the general assembly on its findings from the programs, its recommendations for changes in the general assistance program, and a plan for further implementation of the program. 

     (d)  The department for children and families shall evaluate the general assistance pilot projects established pursuant to Sec. 137a of No. 215 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) to determine whether the pilot projects are meeting the objectives of serving applicants for general assistance more effectively and mitigating poverty without increasing the amount of funds for the program.  The evaluation shall include an analysis of the effect of the modifications to the general assistance program on the outcomes for applicants.

     (e)  The department shall report to the house committees on appropriations and human services and the senate committees on appropriations and health and welfare no later than January 1, 2008 with a summary of the evaluation of the pilots and recommended amendments to the general assistance program.

Sec. 138.  Department for children and families - reach up

                   Grants                                                      39,205,606

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,677,114

                   Special funds                                            19,403,000

                   Global commitment fund                                  45,685

                   Federal funds                                             7,079,807

                        Total                                                   39,205,606

Sec. 139.  MAINTENANCE-OF-EFFORT; FUNDING; EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

     (a)  The department for children and families shall analyze state-funded programs to determine whether the programs meet the federal requirements for TANF maintenance-of-effort in order to maximize the excess maintenance-of-effort available to the state, to increase state flexibility in operating the state’s TANF-funded, solely state-funded, and separate state-funded programs, and to avoid federal financial penalties.

     (b)  Beginning in state fiscal year 2007, the department of taxes shall certify the amount of earned income tax credit provided to families, which include a dependent child, to the department for children and families.  The department for children and families shall claim this amount as a use of federal temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) block grant funds.  The amount certified shall meet the requirements of federal law for purposes of reporting the TANF block grant funds. 

Sec. 140.  TANF EXEMPTION

     (a)  The commissioner may exempt all individuals domiciled in the state of Vermont from the implementation of Sec. 115(a) of Public Law 104-193 through June 30, 2008.

Sec. 141.  Department for children and families - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

                   Personal services                                             20,000

                   Operating expenses                                         90,000

                   Grants                                                      10,146,117

                        Total                                                   10,256,117

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            10,256,117

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

Sec. 142.  HOME HEATING FUEL ASSISTANCE/LIHEAP

     (a)  All federal funds granted to the state for home heating fuel assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other similar federal program in fiscal year 2008 and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 2007 are hereby transferred to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund for the provision of home heating fuel assistance, including program administration, under 33 V.S.A. chapter 26.

     (b)  For the purpose of a crisis set-aside, seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2007, and program administration, the commissioner of finance and management shall transfer $2,550,000 from the home weatherization assistance trust fund to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are not available.  An equivalent amount shall be returned to the home weatherization trust fund from the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are received.  Should a transfer of funds from the home weatherization assistance trust fund be necessary for the 2007-2008 crisis set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2007, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 2007 for fiscal year 2008 do not exceed $2,550.000, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not be made prior to January 30, 2008.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, payments authorized by the office of home heating fuel assistance shall not exceed funds available, except that for fuel assistance payments made through December 31, 2007, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

     (c)  The secretary of the agency of human services shall propose to the joint fiscal committee at the committee’s July, 2007 meeting a margin over rack pricing agreement and a fixed price agreement for the purchase of heating fuel.  The committee shall review the proposals and make a determination as to whether one of the proposals should be approved. The intent is to maximize the purchasing power of public funds used in connection with the home heating fuel assistance program.  The proposal required by this section shall include recommendations, where feasible, for all applicable fuels purchased by program beneficiaries.

Sec. 143.  33 V.S.A. § 2604(a) is amended to read:

§ 2604.  ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES; REQUIREMENTS

     (a)  Household income eligibility requirements.  The secretary, by rule, shall establish household income and asset eligibility requirements of beneficiaries in the seasonal fuel assistance program including the income and assets of all residents of the household. 

          (1)  The income eligibility requirements shall require that households have a net household income no greater than 125 percent of the federal poverty level in order to be potentially eligible for benefits.  Net income shall be derived by making the following deductions from gross income: 20 percent of household members’ gross earned income; 100 percent of federal or state earned income credits received by household members; dependent care expenses that are within an allowable maximum, paid by a household member, and necessary to support a household member’s employment or training for employment, according to criteria established by the secretary by rule; child support or alimony payments made by a household member on behalf of a nonhousehold member that meet criteria established by the secretary by rule; $150.00 for each household member who is 60 years of age or older or disabled according to criteria established by the secretary by rule; any deductions or exclusions required by federal law or regulations

     (2)  In order to be eligible, a household shall have net household assets no greater than $5,000.00.  The secretary shall establish exclusions from the asset limit by rule. 

Sec. 144.  Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

                   Grants                                                      11,288,833

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                           11,288,833

Sec. 145.  Department for children and families - children's trust fund

                   Grants                                                           340,891

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  100,651

                   Special funds                                                   70,000

                   Federal funds                                                170,240

                        Total                                                        340,891

Sec. 146.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - administration & support

                   Personal services                                      23,402,892

                   Operating expenses                                    3,702,406

                        Total                                                   27,105,298

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,467,588

                   Special Funds                                                952,910

                   Global Commitment fund                            5,900,176

                   Federal funds                                           11,352,141

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,432,483

                        Total                                                   27,105,298

Sec. 147.  [DELETED.]

Sec. 148.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living - grants

                   Grants                                                      21,224,486

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               9,988,299

                   Global commitment fund                             3,142,896

                   Federal funds                                             7,655,791

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              437,500

                        Total                                                   21,224,486

Sec. 149.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - blind and visually impaired

                   Grants                                                        1,486,457

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  364,064

                   Special funds                                                 223,450

                   Global commitment fund                                250,000

                   Federal funds                                                648,943

                        Total                                                     1,486,457

Sec. 150.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

                   Grants                                                        5,921,471

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,495,695

                   Federal funds                                             4,132,389

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              293,387

                        Total                                                     5,921,471

Sec. 151.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - TBI home and community based waiver

                   Grants                                                        3,415,448

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global commitment fund                             3,415,448

Sec. 152.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - developmental services

                   Grants                                                    128,033,070

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  162,964

                   Special funds                                                 185,463

                   Global commitment fund                         127,360,248

                   Federal funds                                                324,395

                        Total                                                 128,033,070

Sec. 153.  Corrections - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,041,100

                   Operating expenses                                       316,087

                        Total                                                     2,357,187

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,357,187

Sec. 154.  Corrections - parole board

                   Personal services                                           306,179

                   Operating expenses                                         65,555

                        Total                                                        371,734

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  371,734

Sec. 155.  Corrections - correctional education

                   Personal services                                        3,875,474

                   Operating expenses                                       343,662

                        Total                                                     4,219,136

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,321,986

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              897,150

                        Total                                                     4,219,136

Sec. 156.  Corrections - correctional services

                   Personal services                                      73,795,693

                   Operating expenses                                  31,461,582

                   Grants                                                        1,660,500

                        Total                                                 106,917,775

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           102,570,305

                   Special funds                                                 597,919

                   Tobacco fund                                                  87,500

                   Global commitment fund                             2,894,144

                   Federal funds                                                686,861

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                81,046

                        Total                                                 106,917,775

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $103,000 shall be used as a grant to Dismas House of Vermont, Inc. 

     (b)  Of the funds appropriated in Sec. 157 corrections - out-of-state beds, $50,000 shall be transferred to this appropriation to support a grant to Return House in Barre in fiscal year 2008.


Sec. 157.  Corrections - correctional services - out-of-state beds

                   Operating expenses                                    9,621,342

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               9,621,342

Sec. 158.  Corrections - correctional facilities - recreation

                   Personal services                                           603,012

                   Operating expenses                                       473,986

                        Total                                                     1,076,998

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  125,000

                   Special funds                                                 951,998

                        Total                                                     1,076,998

Sec. 159.  Corrections - Vermont offender work program

                   Personal services                                        1,412,977

                   Operating expenses                                    1,909,635

                        Total                                                     3,322,612

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  3,322,612

Sec. 160.  Vermont veterans' home - care and support services

                   Personal services                                      13,342,317

                   Operating expenses                                    3,084,150

                        Total                                                   16,426,467

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            10,466,920

                   Global commitment fund                                913,047

                   Federal funds                                             5,046,500

                        Total                                                   16,426,467

     (a)  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.

     (b)  The veterans' home is authorized to spend up to $200,000 of carry forward funds on building maintenance and improvement projects.

Sec. 161.  Commission on women

                   Personal services                                           207,262

                   Operating expenses                                         58,628

                        Total                                                        265,890

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  260,890

                   Special funds                                                     5,000

                        Total                                                        265,890

Sec. 162.  Retired senior volunteer program

                   Grants                                                           131,096

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  131,096

Sec. 163.  Total human services                               2,529,469,710

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           494,759,145

                   Special funds                                            75,665,203

                   Tobacco fund                                           35,546,820

                   Global commitment fund                         851,787,305

                   State health care resources fund              156,976,345

                   Catamount fund                                        12,350,143

                   Federal funds                                         882,837,318

                   Permanent trust funds                                      10,000

                   Internal service funds                                  3,322,612

                   Interdepartmental transfer                         16,214,819

                        Total                                              2,529,469,710

Sec. 164.  Labor - programs

                   Personal services                                      19,476,718

                   Operating expenses                                    4,317,857

                   Grants                                                        1,665,000

                        Total                                                   25,459,575

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,135,711

                   Special funds                                              2,581,586

                   Catamount fund                                             315,258

                   Federal funds                                           18,326,794

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,100,226

                        Total                                                   25,459,575

Sec. 165.  Labor - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,463,105

                   Operating expenses                                       764,672

                        Total                                                     3,227,777

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  222,484

                   Special funds                                                 315,633

                   Catamount fund                                               78,814

                   Federal funds                                             2,307,234

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              303,612

                        Total                                                     3,227,777

Sec. 166.  Labor - domestic and sexual violence survivors' transitional employment program

                   Grants                                                             30,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special fund                                                     30,000

Sec. 167.  Total labor                                                   28,717,352

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,358,195

                   Special funds                                              2,927,219

                   Catamount fund                                             394,072

                   Federal funds                                           20,634,028

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,403,838

                        Total                                                   28,717,352

Sec. 168.  Education - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                        4,930,371

                   Operating expenses                                    1,671,659

                   Grants                                                      14,505,600

                        Total                                                   21,107,630

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,435,105

                   Special funds                                            14,983,034

                   Global commitment fund                                822,999

                   Federal funds                                             1,859,375

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,117

                        Total                                                   21,107,630

Sec. 169.  EDUCATION; EXCESS SPENDING; EXCEPTION

     (a)  Notwithstanding any provision of 32 V.S.A. § 5401(12) and upon approval of the commissioner of education, excess spending shall not include any deficit repayment that arose solely from the unexpected cost of paying for additional personnel who were needed after the budget was passed due to extraordinary circumstances resulting in the loss of life of school personnel on school grounds.

Sec. 170.  UNEXPECTED COST OF PERSONNEL; LOAN

     (a)  The treasurer may lend up to $300,000, without interest, from the crime victims restitution special fund to a school district to pay for a budget deficit that arose solely from the unexpected cost of paying for additional personnel, who were needed purely because of extraordinary circumstances resulting in the loss of life of school personnel on school grounds, if the district’s loan request is approved by the commissioner of education.  The district shall fully repay the loan in equal installments made over a period not to exceed five years.

Sec. 171.  Education - education services

                   Personal services                                      12,540,453

                   Operating expenses                                    1,962,260

                   Grants                                                    109,779,876

                        Total                                                 124,282,589

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,734,165

                   Transportation fund                                       127,483

                   Special funds                                              1,971,782

                   Federal funds                                         114,200,027

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              249,132

                        Total                                                 124,282,589

Sec. 172.  Education - technical education

                   Grants                                                      11,612,818

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         11,612,818

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

Sec. 173.  Education - special education: formula grants

                   Grants                                                    133,794,159

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                       133,564,159

                   Global commitment fund                                230,000

                        Total                                                 133,794,159

     (a)  Of the appropriation authorized in this section and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $3,170,820 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2008 as funding for 16 V.S.A.

§ 2967(b)(2)-(6). In addition to funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6), up to $162,872 may be used by the department of education for its participation in the higher education partnership plan.

Sec. 174.  Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                      14,750,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         14,750,000

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

Sec. 175.  Education - adult education and literacy

                   Grants                                                        4,593,059

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,717,398

                   Education fund                                           1,000,000

                   Federal funds                                                875,661

                        Total                                                     4,593,059


Sec. 176.  Education - adjusted education payment

                   Grants                                                 1,069,705,050

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                    1,069,705,050

Sec. 177.  Education - essential early education grant

                   Grants                                                        5,199,124

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           5,199,124

Sec. 178.  Education - transportation

                   Grants                                                      14,453,479

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         14,453,479

Sec. 179.  Education - small school grants

                   Grants                                                        5,925,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           5,925,000

Sec. 180.  Education - capital debt service aid

                   Grants                                                           281,774

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                              281,774


Sec. 181.  Education - tobacco litigation

                   Personal services                                           145,112

                   Operating expenses                                         18,119

                   Grants                                                           832,437

                        Total                                                        995,668

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                995,668

Sec. 182.  Education - Act 117 Cost Containment

                   Personal services                                        1,070,190

                   Operating expenses                                       121,515

                   Grants                                                             91,000

                        Total                                                     1,282,705

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,282,705

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

Sec. 183.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

     (a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2008 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of $280,200,000.

     (b)  There is transferred in fiscal year 2008 from the general fund to the education fund the amount of $6,506,140 for the general fund share of the homeowner rebate.  These funds shall not be considered in meeting the requirements of 16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(2).

Sec. 184.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(2) is amended to read:

          (2)  Funds appropriated or transferred by the general assembly, and in fiscal year 2006 and thereafter there is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the education fund the amount appropriated and transferred in the prior fiscal year adjusted by the percentage change in general fund base spending in the current fiscal year For each fiscal year, the governor shall present a budget to the legislature providing for a general fund appropriation and transfer to the education fund in this amount, and the legislature shall appropriate and transfer this amount adjusted as necessary to reflect the actual amount of general fund base spending enacted by the legislature for that fiscal year.  For each fiscal year, the amount of the general funds appropriated or transferred to the education fund shall be $280,200,000.00 increased by the most recent New England economic project cumulative price index, as of November 15, for state and local government purchases of goods and services from fiscal year 2008 through the fiscal year for which the payment is being determined, plus an additional one-tenth of one percent.


Sec. 185.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(a) is amended by adding new subdivision 2(B)

(a)  An education fund is established to be comprised of the following:

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(2)(A)  Funds appropriated or transferred by the general assembly, and in fiscal year 2006 and thereafter there is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the education fund the amount appropriated and transferred in the prior fiscal year adjusted by the percentage change in general fund base spending in the current fiscal year.  For each fiscal year, the governor shall present a budget to the legislature providing for a general fund appropriation and transfer to the education fund in this amount, and the legislature shall appropriate and transfer this amount adjusted as necessary to reflect the actual amount of general fund base spending enacted by the legislature for that fiscal year.

(B)  For each fiscal year, the governor shall present a budget to the legislature that transfers thirty percent of the cost of the homeowner rebate program under 32 V.S.A. § 6066(a)(3) from the general fund to the education fund.  These funds shall not be considered in meeting the requirements of 16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(2).

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Sec. 186.  State teachers' retirement system

                   Personal services                                      20,887,841

                   Operating expenses                                       884,783

                   Grants                                                      32,549,097

                        Total                                                   54,321,721

               Source of funds                                                               

          General fund                                                       32,549,097

                   Pension trust funds                                    21,772,624

                         Total                                                   54,321,721

     (a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1944(g)(2), the amount of annual contribution to the Vermont state teachers' retirement system shall be $32,549,097 in fiscal year 2008.

     (b)  In accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 1944(c)(2), of the above grant appropriation $26,567,961 is appropriated as the "normal contribution," and $5,981,136 is appropriated as the "accrued liability contribution."  The state teachers' retirement system will be fully funded for the actuarial recommendation for fiscal year 2008 by using one-time general fund surplus revenues of $7,000,000 combined with an estimated $1,200,000 of Medicare Part D reimbursement funds.

Sec. 187.  TAX DEPARTMENT - REAPPRAISAL AND LISTING PAYMENTS

     (a)  The amount of $3,228,945 in education funds is appropriated in fiscal year 2008 to implement the provisions of 32 V.S.A. § 4041a(a) relating to payments to municipalities for reappraisal costs, and  5405(f) relating to payments of $1.00 per grand list parcel.

Sec. 188.  Renter rebate

Grants                                                                            7,624,823

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,277,149

                   Education fund                                           5,347,674

                        Total                                                     7,624,823

Sec. 189.  Total general education and property tax assistance 1,753,358,544

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           328,912,914

                   Transportation fund                                       127,483

                   Education fund                                    1,265,068,023

                   Special funds                                            18,237,521

                   Tobacco fund                                                995,668

                   Global commitment fund                             1,052,999

                   Federal funds                                         116,935,063

                   Pension trust funds                                    21,772,624

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              256,249

                        Total                                              1,753,358,544


Sec. 190.  University of Vermont

                   Grants                                                      42,271,844

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             38,265,688

                   Global commitment fund                             4,006,156

                        Total                                                   42,271,844

     (a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the University of Vermont on or about the fifteenth day of each calendar month of the year.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $393,807 shall be transferred to EPSCoR for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

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

Sec. 191.  University of Vermont- Morgan horse farm

                   Grants                                                               5,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                      5,500

Sec. 192.  Vermont public television

                   Grants                                                           605,737

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  605,737

Sec. 193.  Vermont state colleges

                   Grants                                                      24,146,750

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             24,146,750

     (a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the Vermont state colleges on or about the fifteenth day of each calendar month of the year.

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $445,358 shall be transferred to the Vermont manufacturing extension center for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds or both.

Sec. 194.  Vermont state colleges - allied health

                   Grants                                                        1,069,432

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  664,025

                   Global Commitment fund                               405,407

                        Total                                                     1,069,432

     (a)  If Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total grant funding for the Vermont state colleges shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

Sec. 195.  Vermont interactive television

                   Grants                                                           858,163

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  858,163

Sec. 196.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                   Grants                                                      19,153,758

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             19,153,758

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the Vermont student assistance corporation to be deposited into the trust fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2845.  It is the intent of the general assembly that the amount of $25,000 continue to be appropriated from the general fund on an ongoing, annually recurring basis for this purpose.

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

Sec. 197.  New England higher education compact

Grants                                                                                 84,000


               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    84,000

Sec. 198.  Total higher education and other                  88,195,184

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             83,783,621

                   Global commitment fund                             4,411,563

                        Total                                                   88,195,184

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

                   Personal services                                        4,759,758

                   Operating expenses                                    1,828,960

                   Grants                                                             31,500

                        Total                                                     6,620,218

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,906,556

                   Special funds                                              1,095,911

                   Federal funds                                                441,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              176,751

                        Total                                                     6,620,218

Sec. 200.  Connecticut river watershed advisory commission

                   Grants                                                             60,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    60,000

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

                   Personal services                                               3,600

                   Operating expenses                                           3,900

                        Total                                                            7,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                      7,500

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

                   Operating expenses                                    1,574,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,312,500

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              261,500

                        Total                                                     1,574,000

Sec. 203.  Green up

                   Operating expenses                                           5,057

                   Grants                                                             10,550

                        Total                                                          15,607

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                      5,057

                   Special funds                                                   10,550

                        Total                                                          15,607

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

                   Personal services                                      10,890,281

                   Operating expenses                                    4,316,728

                   Grants                                                           717,875

                        Total                                                   15,924,884

               Source of funds                                                               

 General fund                                                                  2,131,687

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                13,775,694

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                17,503

                        Total                                                   15,924,884

Sec. 205.  Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

                   Grants                                                             75,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                       75,000

Sec. 206.  Forests, parks and recreation - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,002,905

                   Operating expenses                                       703,107

                   Grants                                                        1,830,100

                        Total                                                     3,536,112

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,225,112

                   Special funds                                              1,406,000

                   Federal funds                                                905,000

                        Total                                                     3,536,112

Sec. 207.  Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

                   Personal services                                        4,638,283

                   Operating expenses                                       668,116

                   Grants                                                           313,000

                        Total                                                     5,619,399

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,932,399

                   Special funds                                                 360,000

                   Federal funds                                             1,300,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                27,000

                        Total                                                     5,619,399

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

                   Personal services                                        5,131,552

                   Operating expenses                                    2,230,611

                        Total                                                     7,362,163

               Source of funds                                                               

                    General fund                                                  956,226

                   Special funds                                              6,405,937

                        Total                                                     7,362,163

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

                   Personal services                                           486,557

                   Operating expenses                                       230,261

                        Total                                                        716,818

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  486,818

                   Special fund                                                  145,000

                   Federal funds                                                  50,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                35,000

                        Total                                                        716,818

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

                   Personal services                                           292,523

                   Operating expenses                                           9,593

                   Grants                                                           450,000

                        Total                                                        752,116

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,000

                   Special funds                                                 358,116

                   Federal funds                                                  94,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              250,000

                        Total                                                        752,116

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

                   Personal services                                           222,978

                   Operating expenses                                       101,000

                        Total                                                        323,978

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  323,978

Sec. 212.  Environmental conservation - management and support services

                   Personal services                                        3,024,560

                   Operating expenses                                       890,844

                   Grants                                                             79,024

                        Total                                                     3,994,428

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,181,587

                   Special funds                                                 790,540

                   Federal funds                                             1,111,505

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              910,796

                        Total                                                     3,994,428

Sec. 213.  Environmental conservation - air and waste management

                   Personal services                                        7,788,764

                   Operating expenses                                    6,123,303

                   Grants                                                        1,704,585

                        Total                                                   15,616,652

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,107,695

                   Special funds                                            11,180,272

                   Federal funds                                             3,154,700

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              173,985

                        Total                                                   15,616,652

Sec. 214.  Environmental conservation - office of water programs

                   Personal services                                      13,398,869

                   Operating expenses                                    2,169,397

                   Grants                                                        2,948,623

                        Total                                                   18,516,889

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,917,948

                   Special funds                                              4,530,176

                   Federal funds                                             6,603,765

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              465,000

                        Total                                                   18,516,889


Sec. 215.  Environmental conservation - tax-loss-Connecticut river flood control

                   Operating expenses                                         40,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   40,000

Sec. 216.  Natural resources board 

                   Personal services                                        2,400,747

                   Operating expenses                                       431,292

                        Total                                                     2,832,039

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,057,827

                   Special funds                                              1,774,212

                        Total                                                     2,832,039

In fiscal year 2008, $200,000 shall be applied to the general fund from the Act 250 permit Fund Acct #21260.

Sec. 217.  Total natural resources                                 83,587,803

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             25,662,890

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                13,850,694

                   Special funds                                            28,096,714

                   Federal funds                                           13,659,970

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,317,535

                        Total                                                   83,587,803

Sec. 218.  Commerce and community development - agency of commerce and community development - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,113,879

                   Operating expenses                                       782,330

                   Grants                                                        1,046,200

                        Total                                                     3,942,409

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,874,982

                   Federal funds                                                800,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              267,427

                        Total                                                     3,942,409

Sec. 219.  Housing and community affairs

                   Personal services                                        2,307,833

                   Operating expenses                                       361,339

                   Grants                                                        4,415,137

                        Total                                                     7,084,309

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,390,297

                   Special funds                                              3,991,815

                   Federal funds                                             1,646,697

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                55,500

                        Total                                                     7,084,309

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, no less than $60,000 in general funds shall be granted to the Champlain Valley office of economic opportunity's mobile home project for the "First Stop" program, which provides assistance to mobile home residents statewide.

Sec. 220.  Historic sites - operations

                   Personal services                                           636,402

                   Operating expenses                                       305,208

                        Total                                                        941,610

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  542,327

                   Special funds                                                 369,652

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                29,631

                        Total                                                        941,610

Sec. 221.  Historic sites - special improvements

                   Personal services                                           427,660

                   Operating expenses                                       778,705

                        Total                                                     1,206,365

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   50,000

                   Federal funds                                                472,961

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              683,404

                        Total                                                     1,206,365

Sec. 222.  Community development block grants

                   Grants                                                        7,446,530

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                             7,446,530

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

     (b)  Community development block grant (CDBG) funds shall be expended in accordance with and in the order of the following priorities:

          (1)  The greatest priority for the use of CDBG funds will be the creation and retention of affordable housing and jobs.

          (2)  The overarching priority and fundamental objective in the use of funds for all affordable housing is to achieve perpetual affordability through the use of mechanisms that produce housing resources that will continue to remain affordable over time. It is the goal of the state to maintain at least 45 to 55 percent of CDBG funds for affordable housing applications.

          (3)  Among affordable housing applications, the highest priorities are to preserve and increase the supply of affordable family housing, to reduce and strive to eliminate childhood homelessness, and to serve families and individuals at or below 30 percent of HUD Area Median Income and people with special needs as described in the Consolidated Plan.  Housing for seniors should be considered a priority when it meets clear unmet needs in the region for the lowest income seniors.

          (4)  Projects which address the ongoing deterioration of the existing housing stock through acquisition, preservation, and rehabilitation of units shall comply with housing quality standards with priority given to lead hazard reduction and energy efficiency.

          (5)  Preference shall be given to projects that maintain the historic settlement pattern of compact village and downtown centers separated by a rural working landscape. Funds generally should not be awarded to projects that promote or constitute sprawl, defined as dispersed development outside of compact urban and village centers, along highways, and in rural countryside.

     (c)  Up to $750,000 may be set aside for brownfield sites after submission of a plan to the joint fiscal committee.

Sec. 223.  Downtown transportation and capital improvement fund

                   Personal services                                             40,000

                   Grants                                                           760,000

                        Total                                                        800,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 800,000

Sec. 224.  Economic development

                   Personal services                                        1,934,901

                   Operating expenses                                       639,216

                   Grants                                                        1,716,378

                        Total                                                     4,290,495

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,574,675

                   Special funds                                                 517,350

                   Federal funds                                                198,470

                        Total                                                     4,290,495

(a)  Included in the above appropriation is a $72,000 increase over fiscal year 2007 for the regional development corporations.  These additional funds shall be distributed only to the regional development corporations that are fulfilling their contractual obligations in a timely and proper manner.

Sec. 225.  UNIFIED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUDGET (UEDB)

     (a)  For purposes of evaluating the effect on economic development in this state, the commissioner of finance and management shall submit a unified economic development budget as part of the annual budget report to the legislature under 32 V.S.A. § 306.

     (b)  The unified economic development budget shall include appropriations or expenditures for all of the types of development assistance, workforce training and education, and the development-related research granted or managed by the state during the prior two fiscal years by al agencies and departments of the state, including but not limited to the agencies of commerce and community development and agriculture, food and markets; the departments of labor and taxes; and the Vermont economic development authority.

     (c)  The unified development budget shall specifically include:

          (1)  the aggregate amount and program- specific amounts of all state economic development assistance, including grants, loans, and tax expenditures.

          (2)  The aggregate amount and program-specific amounts of uncollected or diverted state tax revenues resulting from each type of development assistance provided in the tax statutes, as reported in the annual tax expenditure report (32 V.S.A. § 312).  If current data is not available, the report may use the average of the three most recent years reported.

          (3)  Performance measurements including estimated jobs created, payroll increases or decreases, and other measures of economic advancement, with clear descriptions of data sources and methodologies.

     (d)  The data presented shall be organized by categories such as administration, workforce education and training, tax expenditures, agriculture, tourism, technical assistance, planning, housing, transportation, technology, and research, among others deemed appropriate.

Sec. 226.  Vermont training program

                   Personal services                                           136,477

                   Operating expenses                                         19,928

                   Grants                                                        1,486,789

                        Total                                                     1,643,194

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,608,194

                   Special funds                                                   35,000

                        Total                                                     1,643,194

Sec. 227.  Tourism and marketing

                   Personal services                                        1,635,474

                   Operating expenses                                    2,171,653

                   Grants                                                           367,000

                        Total                                                     4,174,127

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,168,127

                   Special funds                                                     6,000

                        Total                                                     4,174,127

Sec. 228.  Vermont life

                   Personal services                                           693,124

                   Operating expenses                                         96,769

                        Total                                                        789,893

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                             789,893

Sec. 229.  Vermont council on the arts

                   Grants                                                           545,507

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  545,507

Sec. 230.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                           122,343

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  122,343

Sec. 231.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                           807,012

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  807,012

Sec. 232.  Vermont housing and conservation board

                   Grants                                                      25,087,472

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            15,383,258

                   Federal funds                                             9,704,214

                        Total                                                   25,087,472

     (a)  As required by 10 V.S.A. § 321(6), the housing and conservation board shall expend HOME funds solely for the development of perpetually affordable housing and to leverage additional funds for such purpose.

Sec. 233.  Vermont humanities council

                   Grants                                                           185,599

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  185,599

Sec. 234.  Total commerce and

community development                                                59,066,865

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             15,819,063

                   Special funds                                            21,153,075

                   Federal funds                                           20,268,872

                   Enterprise funds                                             789,893

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,035,962

                         Total                                                   59,066,865


Sec. 235.  TRANSPORTATION

     (a)  Transportation fund appropriations made available for the agency of transportation in cooperation with the federal government shall be available until expended and shall not revert.

     (b)  The commissioner of finance and management shall maintain and control transportation appropriations in separate state and federal appropriations, as needed, and may incur overdrafts in personal services and operating expenses pending distribution of payroll and employee charges to other appropriations.

Sec. 236.  Transportation - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                        8,878,609

                   Operating expenses                                    2,475,584

                        Total                                                   11,354,193

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  10,903,302

                   Federal funds                                                450,891

                        Total                                                   11,354,193

Sec. 237.  Transportation - aviation 

                   Personal services                                        1,761,751

                   Operating expenses                                    5,295,449

                   Grants                                                           160,000

                        Total                                                     7,217,200

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    2,123,200

                    Federal funds                                             5,094,000

                        Total                                                     7,217,200

Sec. 238.  Transportation - buildings

                   Personal services                                             76,579

                   Operating expenses                                       945,842

                        Total                                                     1,022,421

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    1,022,421

Sec. 239.  Transportation - program development

                   Personal services                                      35,867,267

                   Operating expenses                                112,911,761

                   Grants                                                      26,116,926

                        Total                                                 174,895,954

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  34,466,355

                   Local match                                               1,823,677

                   Federal funds                                         133,435,922

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           5,170,000

                        Total                                                 174,895,954

Sec. 240.  Transportation - rest areas

                   Personal services                                           100,000

                   Operating expenses                                    3,550,000

                        Total                                                     3,650,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       391,760

                   Federal funds                                             3,258,240

                        Total                                                     3,650,000

Sec. 241.  Transportation - maintenance state system

                   Personal services                                      32,933,303

                   Operating expenses                                  30,058,345

                   Grants                                                           206,500

                        Total                                                   63,198,148

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  59,374,213

                   Federal funds                                             3,723,935

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              100,000

                        Total                                                   63,198,148

Sec. 242.  Transportation - policy and planning

                   Personal services                                        4,751,662

                   Operating expenses                                    1,023,485

                   Grants                                                        5,253,815

                        Total                                                   11,028,962

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    2,380,861

                   Federal funds                                             8,148,101

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              500,000

                        Total                                                   11,028,962

Sec. 243.  Transportation - rail 

                   Personal services                                        5,102,227

                   Operating expenses                                  14,243,260

                   Grants                                                        3,320,000

                        Total                                                   22,665,487

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  10,053,487

                   Federal funds                                           12,612,000

                        Total                                                   22,665,487

Sec. 244.  Transportation - bridge maintenance

                   Operating expenses                                    4,865,945

          Source of funds                                                                    

                   Transportation fund                                    1,734,495

                   Federal funds                                             3,131,450

                        Total                                                     4,865,945

Sec. 245.  Transportation - public transit

                   Personal services                                                      0

                   Operating expenses                                                  0

                   Grants                                                                      0

                        Total                                                                   0

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                           0

                        Total                                                                   0

Sec. 246.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                        3,245,502

                   Operating expenses                                  11,586,120

                        Total                                                   14,831,622

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                14,831,622

Sec. 247.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                      17,097,046

                   Operating expenses                                    7,629,667

                   Grants                                                           339,000

                        Total                                                   25,065,713

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  23,291,574

                   Federal funds                                             1,774,139

                        Total                                                   25,065,713

Sec. 248.  Transportation - town highway structures

                   Grants                                                        3,494,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                  3,494,500

Sec. 249.  Transportation - town highway emergency fund

                   Grants                                                           500,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       500,000

Sec. 250.  Transportation - town highway Vermont local roads 

                   Grants                                                           375,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       235,000

                   Federal funds                                                140,000

                        Total                                                        375,000

Sec. 251.  Transportation - town highway class 2 roadway

                   Grants                                                        5,748,750

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                  5,748,750

                        Total                                                     5,748,750

Sec. 252.  Transportation - town highway bridges

                   Personal services                                        3,650,000

                   Operating expenses                                  19,675,019

                   Grants                                                           382,200

                        Total                                                   23,707,219

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,827,636

                   Local match                                               1,197,726

                   Federal funds                                           18,681,857

                        Total                                                   23,707,219

Sec. 253.  Transportation - town highway aid program

                   Grants                                                      26,188,197

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                26,188,197

                        Total                                                   26,188,197

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

§ 306(a).

Sec. 254.  Transportation - town highway class 1 supplemental grants

                   Grants                                                           128,750

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Town fund                                                     128,750

                        Total                                                        128,750

Sec. 255.  Transportation - municipal mitigation grant program

                   Grants                                                        2,112,998

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       247,998

                   Federal funds                                             1,865,000

                        Total                                                     2,112,998

Sec. 256.  Transportation - public assistance grant program

                   Grants                                                           200,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                200,000

Sec. 257.  Transportation board

                   Personal services                                             74,976

                   Operating expenses                                         12,820

                        Total                                                          87,796

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                         87,796

Sec. 258.  Total transportation                                    402,338,855

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                150,640,098

                   Local match                                               3,021,403

                   Town fund                                                35,560,197

                   Federal funds                                         192,515,535

                   Internal service funds                                14,831,622

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           5,770,000

                        Total                                                 402,338,855

Sec. 259.  Debt service

                   Debt service                                             69,420,026

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             64,929,281

                   Transportation fund                                    1,994,895

                   Special funds                                              2,495,850

                        Total                                                   69,420,026

Sec. 260.  Total debt service                                        69,420,026

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             64,929,281

                   Transportation fund                                    1,994,895

                   Special funds                                              2,495,850

                        Total                                                   69,420,026


Sec. 261.  RELATIONSHIP TO EXISTING LAWS

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

Sec. 262.  OFFSETTING APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  In the absence of specific provisions to the contrary in this act, when total appropriations are offset by estimated receipts, the state appropriations shall control, notwithstanding receipts being greater or less than anticipated. 

Sec. 263.  FEDERAL FUNDS

(a)  In fiscal year 2008 the governor, with the approval of the general assembly or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature is not in session, may accept federal funds available to the state of Vermont including block grants in lieu of or in addition to funds herein designated as federal.  The governor, with the approval of the legislature or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature is not in session, may allocate all or any portion of such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the basic appropriations in this act have been made.

(b)  If during fiscal year 2008, federal funds available to the state of Vermont and designated as federal in this and other acts of the 2007 session of the Vermont general assembly are converted into block grants or are abolished under their current title in federal law and reestablished under a new title in federal law, the governor may continue to accept such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the federal funds were appropriated.  The governor may spend such funds for such purposes for no more than 45 days prior to legislative or joint fiscal committee approval.  Notice shall be given to the joint fiscal committee without delay if the governor intends to use the authority granted by this section, and the joint fiscal committee shall meet in an expedited manner to review the governor's request for approval.

Sec. 264.  DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS

(a) All receipts shall be credited to the general fund except as otherwise provided and except the following receipts, for which this subsection shall constitute authority to credit to special funds:

          Connecticut river flood control

          Public service department ‑ sale of power

          Tax department ‑ unorganized towns and gores

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, departmental indirect cost recoveries (32 V.S.A. § 6) receipts are authorized, subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, to be retained by the department.  All recoveries not so authorized shall be covered into the general fund, or, for agency of transportation recoveries, the transportation fund.

Sec. 265.  NEW POSITIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the total number of authorized state positions, both classified and exempt, excluding temporary positions as defined in 3 V.S.A. § 311(11), shall not be increased during fiscal year 2008 except for new positions authorized by the 2007 session. Limited service positions approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5 shall not be subject to this restriction.

Sec. 266.  APPROPRIATIONS; PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX

(a)  This act contains the following amounts appropriated from special funds that receive revenue from the property transfer tax.  Expenditures from these appropriations shall not exceed available revenues:

(1)  The sum of $314,503 is appropriated from the property valuation and review administration special fund to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program. Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 9610(c), amounts above $314,503 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the property valuation and review administration special fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(2)  The sum of $14,383,258 is appropriated from the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund to the Vermont housing and conservation trust board. Notwithstanding 10 V.S.A. § 312, amounts above $14,383,258 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(3)  The sum of $4,302,105 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund. Notwithstanding 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a), amounts above $4,302,105 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the municipal and regional planning fund shall be transferred into the general fund. The $4,302,105 shall be allocated as follows:

(A)  $3,011,473 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(B)  $860,421 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(C)  $430,210 to the Vermont center for geographic information.

(D)  In fiscal year 2009, the appropriations in this subsection shall increase by at least 4.5 percent. 

(E)  To the extent that the appropriation in Sec. 269(a) can be made without using revenue from an upgrade to the property transfer tax forecast, then up to $2,000,000 of the amount that the property transfer tax forecast exceeds $34,800,000 shall be deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund and appropriated to the Vermont housing and conservation board.

Sec. 267.  REVENUE COMMITTEE

(a)  A committee is established to review management of the various revenues paid to the judiciary, the department of corrections, the department of motor vehicles, the department of labor, the office of child support, and the office of the secretary of state among other members.  The committee shall be comprised of four members.  The commissioner of taxes, the commissioner of finance and management, and the state treasurer or their designees shall be permanent members. The fourth member shall be a designee from the entity currently managing the revenue stream under review.  The committee shall systematically review each revenue stream to determine whether its management should remain substantially as is, be transferred to the treasurer’s lockbox services contract, or be transferred to the tax department.  The current administrator of the revenue stream, the lockbox service provider, and the tax department shall each provide the committee with a proposal to manage the revenue stream under review. The proposals shall be evaluated in accordance with measures of effectiveness established by the committee in advance of receipt of any proposals.  It is anticipated that this review process will occur over the three years following enactment of this section and that where changes in the management of a particular revenue stream are deemed appropriate, the committee shall propose any legislation necessary to accomplish such change in the current or following legislative session.

(b)  The committee shall also identify collection tools currently used with respect to receivables related to the various revenue streams reviewed and develop a relational matrix that profiles optimal use of these tools with respect to the receivables. The committee will make a recommendation to the legislature with respect to how these tools will be applied and whether the collection of receivables should be centralized in the tax department.

(c)  The revenue committee shall report to the joint fiscal committee at the September joint fiscal committee meeting in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  Said report shall include possible proposals for the upcoming session, potential financial impacts of proposals, and the work plan for the committee over the following twelve months. 

Sec. 268.  32 V.S.A § 305a is amended to read:

§ 305a.  Official state revenue estimate

(a)  On or about January 15 and on or about again by July 15 31 of each year, and at such other times as the emergency board or the governor deems proper, the joint fiscal office and the secretary of administration shall provide to the emergency board their respective estimates of state revenues in the general, transportation, education, Catamount, state health care resources, and Global Commitment funds.  The January revenue estimate shall be for the current and next two succeeding fiscal years, and the July revenue estimate shall be for the current and immediately succeeding fiscal years.  Federal fund estimates shall be provided at the same times for the current fiscal year.

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Sec. 269.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 CONTINGENT APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  To the extent that the official fiscal year 2008 revenue forecast for the available general fund adopted by the emergency board at its July 2007 meeting exceeds $1,152,700, up to $3,000,000 is appropriated to the agency of human services for Global Commitment as an additional base fiscal year 2008 appropriation.

(b)  If, after the July 2007 emergency board adopted forecast, there is a projected a deficit in the state funds appropriated and certified to the agency of human services in fiscal year 2008 for the actuarial set rate to be paid to the managed care organization under the global commitment waiver, the Administration shall submit to the joint fiscal committee a plan for addressing this deficit at its September 2007 meeting. 

Sec. 270.  [Deleted.]

Sec. 271.  19 V.S.A. § 11a is amended to read:

§ 1a.  Transportation funds appropriated for support of

           government

The maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the agency of transportation, the transportation board, transportation pay act funds, construction of transportation capital facilities used by the agency of transportation, and transportation debt service shall not exceed $35,568,338 $35,007,219 $35,207,219.

Sec. 272.  LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE COMMISSION ON

                 TRANSPORTATION REVENUES

(a)  Legislative findings.  The general assembly finds that:

(1)  A modern, efficient transportation system consisting of highways, rail, aviation, and public transit is an essential component of a vibrant state economy.

(2)  The growth rate of transportation fund revenue has slowed significantly in recent years, and the growth potential of the revenue sources is expected to remain subdued in the future due to a number of demographic, economic, and technological factors.  At the same time, transportation system construction costs have accelerated sharply and are expected to remain under pressure in the future given current trends in global demand for oil, steel, and other key commodities.

(3)  The state's transportation revenue stream systematically lags behind the rate of inflation, and therefore it is impossible to maintain the infrastructure in a serviceable condition and complete all of the transportation projects in the current state transportation program within a reasonable period of time.

(4)  Cost-effective life cycle maintenance of the existing infrastructure is being deferred, and to the extent that continues to occur, the serviceability of the transportation system will deteriorate, the infrastructure’s useful life will be shortened, and eventual, repair costs will escalate putting further pressure on future resources.

(5)  In contrast to prior decades, an outsized proportion of the state’s highways and bridges are either reaching the end of their useful lives and need to be totally reconstructed (such as the bridges built after the flood of 1927) or are reaching the mid-life point where significant rehabilitation is required in order to maximize the structure’s useful life (such as the highways and bridges built in the interstate-related boom of the 1950s and 1960s).

(6)  Difficult decisions lie ahead in balancing the allocation of scarce resources between infrastructure maintenance and construction of "large projects."  Large projects mitigate congestion problems; and at the same time, it is necessary to maintain the existing infrastructure to enable other parts of the transportation system to fulfill their purpose.

(b)  Transportation infrastructure commission.  A commission, consisting of the secretary of administration, who shall serve as chair, the secretary of transportation, the members of the joint transportation oversight committee or their designees, and a member from the Vermont league of cities and towns, shall be convened.  The commission shall consult with the construction and paving industries.  Additionally, the commission shall review the report of November 1, 2001, which was issued by the legislative and executive study group on transportation revenues and programs.  The commission shall analyze and make recommendations regarding the following:

(1)  The aggregate resources which are needed to maintain the existing transportation infrastructure in a serviceable condition on a cost-effective basis.

(2)  The economic and public policy rationales of the user fee model of the transportation fund and the current and prospective integrity and viability of  the model to meet the resource needs of the state’s transportations system, including the transportation-system needs of municipalities in the context of municipal resource constraints;

(3)  The policy alternatives which would establish the funding of the transportation system on a long-term sustainable basis that maximizes the infrastructure’s useful life at least cost to current and future Vermonters; and

(4)  The policy, budgetary, and procedural measures for defining and managing the state transportation program which will establish the inclusion of credible new projects.

(c)  2007 Report.  The commission shall issue a report which shall contain its analysis, findings, and recommendations to the members of the joint transportation oversight committee, the members of the house and senate committees on transportation and appropriations, the house committee on ways and means, and the senate committee on finance no later than December 15, 2007.

(d)  2008 Report.  The commission shall reconvene after the legislative session of 2008 to reassess its findings and conclusions in light of the changes which have occurred in the economy, and in state and federal law subsequent to the issuance of its 2007 report.   The commission shall report on the results of its reassessment to the members of the joint transportation oversight committee, the members of the house and senate committees on transportation and appropriations, the house committee on ways and means, and the senate committee on finance, no later than December 15, 2008.

(e)  Staffing.  The agency of transportation, office of finance and management, joint fiscal office, and legislative council shall provide support staff for the study group.

(f)  Legislative members attending meetings shall be entitled to per diem and expenses as provided for in 2 V.S.A. § 406.

Sec. 273.  Sec. 114 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 114.  HUMAN SERVICES CASELOAD RESERVE TRANSFER/LOAN

(a)  From the human services caseload reserve, $1,300,000 shall be transferred to the general fund to offset caseload and transition expenditures for services at the Vermont state hospital. The secretary of administration and the secretary of human services shall ensure that these funds are repaid to the caseload reserve on or before July 1, 2008 2009.

Sec. 274.  FY 2008 GENERAL FUND ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS    

(a)  In FY 2008, the following amounts are appropriated from the general fund:

(1)  $25,000 to the department of buildings and general services to contract for transportation of a Vermont holiday tree to the nation’s capital;

(2)  $25,000 to the military department – veterans’ affairs for the Vermont Disabled American Veteran transportation network towards the purchase of a van;

(3)  $100,000 to the department of tourism and marketing to be used for the Lake Champlain quadricentennial commission;

(4)  $125,000 to the department of tourism and marketing for marketing activities;

(5)  $100,000 to the department of tourism and marketing for cooperative marketing matching grants;

(6)  $300,000 to the department of education for the science assessment;

(7)  $125,000 to the secretary of state for the 2008 presidential primary;

(8)  $75,000 to the department of economic development for grants to the regional development corporations;

(9)  $400,000 to the department of education to transfer to the department of corrections for the special education program;

(10)  $7,000,000 to the state teachers’ retirement fund;

(11)  $2,467,685 for fiscal year 2008 pay act;

(12)  $350,000 to the department of environmental conservation to develop an electronic permitting capacity beginning with wastewater on-site permits, underground storage tank permit renewals, and the forests, parks and recreation use value appraisal program;

(13)  $100,000 appropriated to the Vermont state colleges to be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2007 contribution toward the growth of the endowment fund for the Vermont state colleges.  The state’s funds are to serve as a challenge match to enhance the state colleges’ ability to secure endowment contributions from alumni and other interested parties.  The conditions of this challenge match are that the state colleges are required to raise three dollars for each dollar appropriated by the state.  A method for accounting for the state colleges’ share has been agreed upon between the state colleges and the commissioner of finance and management.  Transfers to the state colleges’ endowment fund shall be under the condition that only the interest accruing to the fund will be available for purposes as designated by the board of trustees of the state colleges.  By June 30, 2008, any remaining state appropriations designated for the state colleges’ endowment fund that have not been matched by the state colleges shall revert to the general fund.  The funds appropriated for this purpose shall be retained by the state.

(14)  $60,000 for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp of which $10,000 is for the shortfall due to cemetery maintenance contract from in fiscal year 2007.

(15)  $25,000 to the department of fish and wildlife for the Bald Mountain project.

(16)  $50,000 to the department or fish and wildlife for non motorized board access at state owned water access areas.

(17)  $203,000 to the department of children and families family services division.  These funds shall be used as follows:  $75,000 to the Vermont coalition of teen centers, $75,000 are for post adoption services, $26,000 are for grant to be equally distributed to the Learning Together programs statewide, $11,000 for a grant to the Vermont Coalition for Homeless and Runaway Youth, $10,000 for the Kids on the Block Program and $6,000 for the Kid Safe Collaborative Program.

(18)  $42,000 to the department of children child development division for the Building Bright Futures facilities fund.

(19)  $75,000 to the department of housing and community affairs for grants to communities related to ancient roads and unidentified corridors requirements.

(20)  $5,000 to the division of historic sites for the Ethan Allen homestead.

(21)  $11,704 to the agency of commerce and community affairs for the International Trade Commission.

(22)  $15,000 to the agency of commerce and community affairs for a grant to the Vermont Environmental Consortium.

(23)  $35,000 to the department of children and families economic opportunity division for Individual Development Accounts.

(24)  $16,000 to the department of agriculture for the 2+2 agricultural scholarship program.

(25)  $50,000 to the department of taxes for the Current Use Tax Study required by H.526 of 2007.

(26)  $100,000 to the department of disabilities, aging and independent living for a care giver registry.

(27)  $15,000 to the human rights commission for public accommodations related work.

(28)  $10,000 to the department of fish and wildlife to provide scholarships for children wishing to attend one of the conservation camps administered by the department of fish and wildlife.


Sec. 275.  32 V.S.A. § 308c is amended to read:

§ 308c.   General fund and transportation fund surplus

                reserves

(a)  There is hereby created within the general fund a general fund surplus reserve. After satisfying the requirements of section 308 of this title, and after other reserve requirements have been met, any remaining unreserved and undesignated end of fiscal year general fund surplus shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve. Monies from this reserve shall not be expended except by specific available for appropriation of by the general assembly.

(b)  There is hereby created within the transportation fund a transportation fund surplus reserve. After satisfying the requirements of section 308a of this title, and after other reserve requirements have been met, any remaining unreserved and undesignated end of fiscal year transportation fund surplus shall be reserved in the transportation fund surplus reserve.  Monies from this reserve shall not be expended except by specific available for appropriation of by the general assembly.

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Sec. 276.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 90 of H.302 of the 2007 session (fiscal year 2007 general fund balance) is hereby repealed.


Sec. 277.  FISCAL YEAR 2007 GENERAL FUND BALANCE

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2007, the fiscal year 2007 unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance on July 31, 2007, shall to the extent funds are available:

(1)  first, be reserved in the general fund budget stabilization reserve, established in 32 V.S.A. § 308, to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum;

(2)  second, $10,516,405 shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c (a);

(3)  third, $7,064,000 shall be transferred to the education fund, and

(4)  fourth, $1,181,713 shall be appropriated to the Vermont Department of Health for the Vermont Blueprint for Health activities in fiscal year 2008.

(5) fifth, $700,000 to the department of buildings and general services for the costs of Bennington state office building.

(6)  sixth, any remaining funds shall be deposited into the general fund surplus reserve.

Sec. 278.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 GENERAL FUND BALANCE

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2008, the fiscal year 2008 unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2008, shall to the extent funds are available:

(1)  First, be reserved in the general fund budget stabilization reserve, established in 32 V.S.A. § 308, to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum;

(2)  Second, any portion of the amount allowed under Sec. 277 of this act which was not transferred at the end of fiscal year 2007, shall be transferred to the education fund.

Sec. 279.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  The amount of $450,000 is transferred from the general fund to the communications and information technology internal service fund created in 22 V.S.A. § 903, and the amount of $7,000,000 shall be transferred from the general fund to the next generation initiative fund.

(b)  In accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), the amount of $1,120,000 is transferred from the transportation fund to the central garage fund created in 19 V.S.A. § 13.

(c)  The amount of $800,000 is transferred from the transportation fund to the downtown transportation and related capital improvement fund established


by 24 V.S.A. § 2796 to be used by the Vermont downtown development board for the purposes of the fund.

Sec. 280.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND BALANCE

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(b), in fiscal year 2008 the balance in the tobacco litigation settlement fund shall remain in the tobacco litigation settlement fund.

Sec. 281.  TRANSFER OF TOBACCO TRUST FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(a)(3), at the close of fiscal year 2008, the secretary of administration may transfer funds from the tobacco trust fund to the tobacco litigation settlement fund established in 32 V.S.A. § 435a, in the amount needed to bring the ending balance of the tobacco litigation settlement fund to $0.00 for fiscal year 2008, but the amount transferred may not exceed the amount withheld from the payment to Vermont by participating manufacturers due in April 2008 under the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.  Upon release and deposit of the withheld funds into the tobacco litigation settlement fund, an equal amount shall be returned to the tobacco trust fund.

Sec. 282.  TAX COMPUTER SYSTEM MODERNIZATION FUND

(a)  Creation of fund.

(1)  There is established the tax computer system modernization special fund to consist of:

(A)  Eighty percent of tax receipts received as a direct result of the Massachusetts-sponsored data sharing project relative to non-state resident filers; and

(B)  Eighty percent of tax receipts received as a direct result of the data sharing and comparison project between the Vermont department of labor and the department of taxes relative to entity and employee filings at both departments and/or lack thereof.

(2)  Balances in the fund shall be administered by the department of taxes and used for the exclusive purpose of funding phase 3 of the tax department’s computer system modernization project supporting: A) corporate tax; B) business income tax; C) property transfer tax; D)  fuel gross receipts tax; and E) individual use tax.  All balances in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain part of the fund.  Interest earned by the fund shall be deposited into the fund.  This fund is established in the state treasury pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.

(b)  Appropriation.

(1)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2008 from the special fund the sum of $2,400,000 to the department of taxes for the purposes described in subdivision (a)(2) of this section.

(c)  Fund to terminate.

(1)  This fund shall terminate on July 1, 2010 2011and any unexpended unencumbered balance in the fund shall be transferred to the general fund.

(d)  The tax commissioner shall report to the joint fiscal committee on receipts through the first four months of fiscal year 2008 at or prior to the November joint fiscal committee meeting.

Sec. 283.  22 V.S.A. § 903 is added to read:

§ 903.  Information technology internal service fund

(a)  An information technology internal service fund is created to support activities of the department of information and innovation.

(b)  An agency, department, or division or other state or nonstate entity which receives services of the department of information and innovation shall be charged for those services on a basis established by the commissioner of information and innovation with the approval of the secretary of administration.

Sec. 284.  TRANSITION

(a)  All assets and liabilities residing in the data processing revolving fund established in 29 V.S.A. § 1702 and the GOVNet internal service fund shall be transferred to the information technology internal service fund created in 22 V.S.A. § 903(a).


Sec. 285.  REPEALS; BUILDINGS AND GENERAL SERVICES

(a)  Chapter 63 of Title 29 (buildings and general services – data processing) is repealed.

(b)  29 V.S.A. § 906(d) (buildings and general services – telecommunications services) is repealed.

Sec. 286.  REPEAL OF SUNSET FOR RESTITUTION UNIT AND CRIME

                 VICTIMS’ RESTITUTION SPECIAL FUND

Sec. 16 of No. 57 of the Acts of 2003 (sunset for restitution unit and crime victims’ restitution special fund) is repealed.

Sec. 286a.  13 V.S.A. § 7282 is amended to read:

§ 7282.  ASSESSMENT

(a)  In addition to any penalty or fine imposed by the court or judicial bureau for a criminal offense or any civil penalty imposed for a traffic violation, including any violation of a fish and wildlife statute or regulation, violation of a motor vehicle statute, or violation of any local ordinance relating to the operation of a motor vehicle, except violations relating to seat belts and child restraints and ordinances relating to parking violations, the clerk of the court or judicial bureau shall levy an additional fee of:

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(9)  For any offense or violation committed after June 30, 2003, an amount equal to 15 percent of the fine imposed for the offense, rounded upward to the nearest whole dollar, which shall be deposited into the crime victims' restitution special fund established by section 5363 of this title.

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Sec. 286b.  EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 286a of this act shall take effect on July 1, 2009.

Sec. 287.  32 V.S.A. § 133 is amended to read:

§ 133.  Duties

(a)  The board shall have authority to make any expenditures necessitated by unforeseen emergencies, and may borrow draw on the credit of the state for the same state’s general fund for that purpose.

(b)  Pursuant to section 706 of this Title, the board shall also have authority to transfer appropriations made to other agencies, and to use the transferred amounts to make expenditures necessitated by unforeseen emergencies.

(c)  In a fiscal year, the sum of the board’s expenditures under subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall not exceed two percent of the total general fund appropriation for the year of the expenditures.

Sec. 288.  20 V.S.A. § 3175 is amended to read:

§ 3175.  Emergency personnel survivors benefit

               expendable trust special fund

(a)  The emergency personnel survivors benefit expendable trust special fund is established in the office of the state treasurer for the purpose of the payment of claims distributed pursuant to this chapter. The trust fund shall comprise appropriations made by the general assembly and contributions or donations from any other source. All balances in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried forward. Interest earned shall remain in the fund.

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Sec. 288a.  CLARIFICATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2008 ADVANCE

                   EDUCATION PAYMENT TO MUNICIPALITIES

(a)  Of the grant funds appropriated in Sec. 176 of this bill (Education - adjusted education payments)  $136,000,000 education funds shall be advanced by the tax commissioner to each municipality as required by 32 V.S.A. § 6066a(a).  The amount to be advanced to each municipality shall be transferred to the school district treasurer no later than 20 days after the date when the municipality's school taxes become due and payable.

Sec. 289.  32 V.S.A. § 5402(c) is amended to read:                                                 

(c)  The treasurer of each municipality shall by December 1 of the year in which the tax is levied and on June 1 of the following year pay to the state treasurer for deposit in the education fund one-half of the municipality's statewide nonresidential tax and one-half of the municipality's homestead education tax, as determined under subdivision (b)(1) of this section.  The commissioner of education shall determine the municipality's net nonresidential education tax payment, and its net homestead education tax payment to the state, and payment shall be accompanied by a return prescribed by the commissioner of education.  The municipality may retain one-eighth 0.225 of one percent of the total education tax collected, only upon timely remittance of net payment to the state treasurer.  

Sec. 290.  2007 MUNICIPAL NET EDUCATION FUND PAYMENTS                  

(a)  In determining net education tax payments of a municipality under sections 4011 and 4028 of Title 16 for September 10, 2007, the commissioner of education shall include in the accounting of the net amount all funds paid to the municipality under section 6066a of Title 32 on July 1, 2007; and in determining net education tax payments of a municipality under sections 4011 and 4028 of Title 16 for December 10, 2007, the commissioner of education shall include in the accounting of the net amount all funds paid to the municipality under section 6066a of Title 32 on September 15, 2007.  The commissioner shall include any payments made to a municipality under subsection 6066a(c) after September 15, 2007, in the first accounting of a net amount thereafter.  In a manner consistent with section 426 of Title 16, the municipality shall transfer to its school district or districts or shall return to the state all funds received by the municipality from the state under section 6066a of Title 32 within 20 days of the first date upon which taxes become due and payable or 20 days after notification by the commissioner.  The commissioner shall notify the town of the amounts due to the school district and the state.

Sec. 291.  32 V.S.A. § 6066a is amended to read:

§ 6066a.  PAYMENT DETERMINATION OF PROPERTY TAX

                ADJUSTMENTS                                                                                     

(a)  Annually, the commissioner shall pay determine the property tax adjustment amount determined under section 6066 of this title, related to a homestead owned by the claimant.  The payment shall be made to commissioner shall notify the municipality in which the housesite is located, for the credit to of the amount of the property tax adjustment for the claimant for homestead property tax liabilities, on July 1 for timely-filed claims and on September 15 for late claims filed by September 1.  The tax adjustment of a claimant who was assessed property tax by a town which revised the dates of its fiscal year, however, is the excess of the property tax which was assessed in the last 12 months of the revised fiscal year, over the adjusted property tax of the claimant for the revised fiscal year as determined under section 6066 of this title, related to a homestead owned by the claimant.

(b)  The commissioner shall also pay to the municipality include in the total property tax adjustment amount determined under subsection (a) of this section, for credit to the taxpayer for homestead property tax liabilities, any income tax overpayment remaining after allocation under section 3112 of this title and setoff under section 5934 of this title, which the taxpayer has directed to be used for payment of property taxes.

(c)  Claim The commissioner shall notify the municipality of any claim and refund amounts unresolved by September 15 shall be paid to the municipality at the time of final resolution, including adjudication if any.

(d)  For late claims, filed after April 15, the property tax adjustment amount shall be reduced by $15.00, which shall be paid by the commissioner to the municipality for the cost of issuing a new property tax bill to the claimant.

(e)  At the time of payment notice to the municipality, the commissioner shall notify the taxpayer of the property tax adjustment amount determined under subdivision 6066(a)(1) of this title; the amount determined under subdivision 6066(a)(3) of this title; any additional adjustment amounts due the homestead owner under section 6066 of this title; the amount of income tax refund, if any, paid to the town for allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities; and any late-claim reduction amount.

(f)  Property tax bills.

(1)  For amounts paid to municipalities stated in the notice to towns on July 1, municipalities shall include on the homestead property tax bill notice to the taxpayer of the total amount allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities and notice of the balance due. By a majority of those voting at an annual or special meeting called for that purpose, the voters of a municipality may elect to apply the amount allocated under this chapter to current-year property taxes to the taxpayers' property tax installments in order or pro rata.

(2)  For property tax adjustment amounts paid to for which municipalities receive notice on or after September 15, municipalities shall issue a new homestead property tax bill with notice to the taxpayer of the total a mount allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities and notice of the balance due.

(3)  The payment received by the municipality from the state for credit to property tax adjustment amount determined for the taxpayer shall be credited allocated first to current-year property tax on the homestead parcel, next to current-year homestead parcel penalties and interest, next to any prior year homestead parcel penalties and interest, and last to any prior year property tax on the homestead parcel. No payment adjustment shall be allocated to a property tax liability for any year after the year for which the claim or refund allocation was filed. If the payment received by the municipality property tax adjustment amount exceeds the amount allocated under this subsection, the municipality commissioner shall refund the excess to the taxpayer, without interest, within 60 days of receipt notice of the refund to the commissioner by the municipality.  No municipal tax-reduction incentive for early payment of taxes shall apply to any payment made to a municipality by the state amount allocated to the property tax bill under this chapter.

Sec. 292.  32 V.S.A. § 6061(15) and (16) are amended to read:

(15)  "Adjusted property tax" means the amount of education and municipal property taxes on the homestead parcel after reduction for any property tax payment adjustment under section 6066a of this chapter.

(16) "Unadjusted property tax" means the amount of education and municipal property taxes on the homestead parcel before any reduction for a property tax payment adjustment under section 6066a of this chapter.

Sec. 293.  32 V.S.A. § 6063 is amended to read:

§ 6063.  Claim as personal; escheat

The right to file a claim under this chapter is personal to the claimant and shall not survive his or her death, but the right may be exercised on behalf of a claimant by his or her legal guardian or attorney‑in‑fact.  When a claimant dies after having filed a timely claim, the reduction payment may be issued to another member of the household as determined by the commissioner.  If the claimant was the only member of the household, the claim shall be paid to the executor or administrator, but if neither is appointed within two years of the filing of the claim, the amount thereof shall escheat to the state property tax adjustment amount shall be credited to the homestead property tax liability of the claimant’s estate, as provided in section 6066a of this title.

Sec. 294.  MINORITY TEACHERS; RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

(a)  The commissioner of education shall consult with the Vermont teacher diversity program and other interested parties to develop strategies to increase recruitment and retention of minority teachers in Vermont public schools.  On or before January 15, 2008, the commissioner shall report to the senate and house committees on education concerning the parties consulted, the strategies considered, and a plan for implementing those strategies deemed to be effective in recruiting and retaining minority teachers.

Sec. 295.  Sec. 2 of No. 52 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 295b of No. 215 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. sess. (2006) is further amended to read::

Sec. 2.  RESTRUCTURING PROCESS

(a)  A statewide advisory group, the natural resources reorganization committee (NRRC), is created to advise the secretary on the design of a restructured agency.  It shall consist of no more than 13 members, who shall be appointed as follows:  two members of the house appointed by the speaker of the house, two members of the senate appointed by the president pro tem; nine members appointed by the secretary of natural resources, in consultation with the speaker of the house and the president pro tem, as follows:  one representing regulated business and development interests; one representing environmental organizations; one representing fish and wildlife interests; one representing the interests of forests and parks; one representing recreational interests; one representing local government; one representing the regional planning commissions; one representing the Vermont state employees’ association; and one representing citizens’ groups.  Appointments shall be made no later than June 15, 2005, and shall be for terms of two three years.

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(b)  The secretary shall engage in the following process as preliminary steps in a potential restructuring of the agency:

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(3)  On or before January 15, 2007 2008, the secretary shall prepare a draft report on restructuring, provide the draft report to the NRRC for review and comments, make any appropriate revisions to the draft report, and submit a final report to the legislative committees on natural resources and energy and on government operations and to the house committee on fish, wildlife and water resources.

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Sec. 296.  31 V.S.A. § 654a is amended to read:

Sec. 654a.  Multijurisdictional lottery gamE

(a)  In addition to the Tri-State Lotto Compact provided for in subchapter 2 of this chapter, and the other authority to operate lotteries contained in this chapter, the commission is authorized to negotiate and contract with a up to four multijurisdictional lottery lotteries to offer and provide a multijurisdictional lottery game, starting July 1, 2003, or as soon thereafter as practicable games.  The commission may join any multijurisdictional lottery that provides indemnification for its standing committee members, officers, directors, employees, and agents.  The commission shall adopt rules under chapter 25 of Title 3 to govern the establishment and operation of a any multijurisdictional lottery game authorized by this section.

(b)  In each fiscal year, the revenues received from the operation of a any multijurisdictional lottery game authorized by this section, after payment of prizes and costs of administration, shall be deposited in the education fund established in section 4025 of Title 16.

(c)  The provisions of subdivisions 674L.1.1A through 674L.1.1I of this title shall apply to he payment of prizes to a person other than a winner for prizes awarded under the any multijurisdictional lottery authorized by this section, except that the Vermont lottery commission shall be responsible for implementing such provisions under this section, rather than the Tri-State Lotto Commission.

Sec. 297.  Subsection A of 31 V.S.A. § 673 is amended as follows:

(A)  Statement of policy and purpose.  This compact is enacted to implement the operation of Tri-State Lotto, for the purpose of raising additional revenue for each of the party states.  Tri-State Lotto is not intended to replace any existing lottery game in the party states, but, rather, to be run in addition to these games.  Tri-State Lotto tickets will be sold in each of the party states and processed in a central area to be determined by the commission.  Fifty No less than 50 percent of the gross sales from each state will be aggregated in a common prize pool, and operating costs will be charged proportionally to the party states. The remaining revenues generated within each state will remain in that particular state.

Sec. 298.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This section and Sec. 295 of this act shall take effect on passage.

(b)  Sec. 87 shall take effect on passage and shall apply as of July 1, 2006.

(c)  Sec. 171 shall take effect retroactively on July 1, 2006 and begin to apply to budgets approved for the 2006–2007 academic year.

(d)  Secs. 289, 291, 292, 293, and 185of this act (property tax adjustment notification to towns) shall apply to fiscal years 2009 and after; and Sec. 293 shall take precedence over any other amendment to 32 V.S.A. § 6063 in any other act of the general assembly of 2007.  Sec. 290 (net education fund payments) shall take effect upon passage.



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