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Journal of the House

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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2007

At eleven o'clock and forty minutes in the forenoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Speaker Gaye Symington of Jericho, VT.

Message from the Senate No. 80

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

     I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has considered the reports of the Committees of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon Senate bills of the following titles:

S. 6.  An act relating to preventing conviction of innocent persons.

S. 7.  An act relating to the compassionate use of marijuana for medical purposes.

S. 77.  An act relating to transferring title to a motor vehicle to a surviving spouse.

S. 143.  An act relating to authorizing the use of racing fuel containing the additive MTBE or other gasoline ethers.

And has accepted and adopted the same on its part.

The Senate has considered the report of the Committee of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon House bill of the following title:

H. 521.  An act relating to miscellaneous substantive tax amendments.

And has accepted and adopted the same on its part.

     The Senate has on its part adopted Senate concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

S.C.R. 23.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Morgan Lilly and Ethan Verberg for their prize-winning performances at the Vermont State Skills U.S.A. Diesel Competition.

S.C.R. 24.  Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the role of former commissioner of banking and insurance George Chaffee in helping to establish the captive insurance industry in Vermont.

     The Senate has on its part adopted concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 142.  House concurrent resolution thanking the utility crews, municipal employees, community organizations, and volunteers who assisted Rutland County in its storm-recovery effort.

     H.C.R. 143.  House concurrent resolution honoring girl scouting in Vermont on the 95th anniversary of Girl Scouts U.S.A.

     H.C.R. 144.  House concurrent resolution in memory of John Dostal of Bennington.

     H.C.R. 145.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Southern Vermont College on its 80th anniversary.

     H.C.R. 146.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Destination Imagination teams from Randolph.

     H.C.R. 147.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Nathaniel Alexander Soares on being named the Vermont state winner of the 2007 AXA Achievement Scholarship.

     H.C.R. 148.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Gary Rosen.

     H.C.R. 149.  House concurrent resolution honoring John and Joyce Miner for their devoted service on behalf of Vermont’s veterans.

     H.C.R. 150.  House concurrent resolution honoring retiring town manager Jerome Mann Remillard for his many years of public service in the town of Brattleboro.

     H.C.R. 151.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Hannah McMeekin and Garrett Bauman on their commendable service as United States Senate pages.

     H.C.R. 152.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Lamoille Union High School Lady Lancers Division II championship girls’ basketball team.

     H.C.R. 153.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the American Cancer Society on the construction of the outstanding new Hope Lodge in Burlington.

     H.C.R. 154.  House concurrent resolution honoring Brattleboro Fire Chief David J. Emery.

     H.C.R. 155.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Dorothy McGuire of Shaftsbury on her 100th birthday.

     H.C.R. 156.  House concurrent resolution honoring Jane Altobell for her outstanding 35-year career as the Shaftsbury School nurse.

     H.C.R. 157.  House concurrent resolution honoring Richford assistant town clerk Joyce Wetherby.

     H.C.R. 158.  House concurrent resolution honoring Roger Gendron for his public service on behalf of the citizens of Richford.

     H.C.R. 159.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Gordon DeLong on the completion of his exemplary career as Pittsford town clerk-treasurer.

     H.C.R. 160.  House concurrent resolution in memory of William H. Leach.

     H.C.R. 161.  House concurrent resolution honoring Margaret Larivee for her dedicated public service on behalf of the town of Richford.

     H.C.R. 162.  House concurrent resolution commemorating the proud history of the Catamount Elementary School in Bennington.

Rules Suspended; Report of Committee of Conference Adopted

H. 521

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to miscellaneous substantive tax amendments;

Appearing on the Calendar for notice, was taken up for immediate consideration. 

The Speaker placed before the House the following Committee of Conference report:

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

     The Committee of Conference to which were referred the disagreeing votes of the two Houses the bill respectfully reports that it has met and considered the same and recommends that the Senate recede from its  Second (grandfathering), Fifth (Act 185/proration rules), Eighth (local option taxes) and Ninth (tax increment financing) proposals of amendment and that the House accede to the First (affordable housing valuation), Third (VEGI), Fourth ("Downtown" credits), Sixth (aircraft parts), Seventh (affordable housing land gains exemption), and Tenth (effective dates) proposals of amendment;

and that the bill be further amended as follows:

* * *Appraisal of Affordable Housing Rental Property

Limitation to the Portion of the Property which is Subsidized Housing***

   First:   By adding Sec. 1a to read:

Sec. 1a.  EFFECTIVE DATE

     Sec. 1 of this act (grand list valuation of affordable rental housing) shall apply to grand lists of April 1, 2007, and after.

* * *Grandfathering Limited to § 3483 Properties;

Exemption Study* * *

Second:  By adding Sec. 11 to read:

Sec. 11.  EXEMPTION FROM EDUCATION PROPERTY TAX THROUGH

             JUNE 30, 2008

Property tax exemptions authorized under the provisions of 32 V.S.A.

§ 3843 before July 1, 1997, and still in effect on June 30, 2007, shall be deemed to be exemptions affecting the education property tax grand list through June 30, 2008.

* * *Act 185/Real Estate Closing Adjustments* * *

     Third:  By adding Sec. 24 to read:

Sec. 24.  CASH PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENTS FOR

      2007 REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

For 2007 only, notwithstanding any other provision of law, for a residence transferred after March 31 and before June 21, 2007, if the transferor notifies the commissioner of taxes of the transfer, in writing, no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 20, 2007, and includes with the notice a copy of the property transfer tax return and proof of payment of the property transfer tax, the transferor's Social Security number, the property's school parcel account number, and any additional information which the commissioner may request the commissioner shall not notify the municipality of a property tax adjustment amount for the property, and the commissioner shall pay the property tax adjustment amount to the transferor by July 15, 2007.

* * *Aircraft Parts/Education, Sunset, Study; Sales Tax Included* * *

    Fourth:  In Sec. 7, in the last line of 32 V.S.A. § 9741(29), by striking the word "an" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "any"

and by adding Secs. 7a and 7b to read:

Sec. 7a.  32 V.S.A. § 9741(29) is amended to read:

(29)  Aircraft sold to a person which holds itself out to the general public as engaging in air commerce, for use primarily in the carriage of persons or property for compensation or hire; and parts, machinery, and equipment to be installed in any such aircraft.

Sec. 7b.  EFFECTIVE DATE

     Sec. 7a of this act (amendment of sales tax exemption for aircraft parts) shall take effect July 1, 2011.

* * *Affordable Housing Land Gains/

Limited to Affordable Housing* * *

Fifth:  In Sec. 26, in the first paragraph of subsection §10002(o), after the words "within 12 months of the transfer to the organization to a buyer", by inserting  ", qualified under an affordable housing program," and in subdivisions (o)(1) and (o)(2), before the first instance of the word "buyer" in each subdivision, by inserting "qualified"

    Sixth:  In Sec. 9, by adding a (3) to read: (3) As provided in Secs. 1a, 7b, and 22"

Sen. Ann Cummings                                       Rep. Mary Peterson

Sen. James Condos                                        Rep. Michael Obuchowski

                                                                      Rep. Harvey Otterman

Committee on the part of the Senate    Committee on the part of the House

Which was considered and adopted on the part of the House.

Remarks Journalized

On motion of Rep. McCullough of Williston, the following remarks by Rep. Adams of Hartland were ordered printed in the Journal:

“Madam Speaker:

“Madame Speaker:

     When we return here in January, there will be one less State House reporter amongst us.  In the seven years that I have been here, I have come to respect Ross Sneyd of the Associated Press for his fair and balanced reporting.  I ask that everyone would join with me in wishing Ross good luck in his new endeavor.  Ross will be missed in this building.”

Recess

At twelve o’clock and five minutes in the afternoon, the Speaker declared a recess until two o’clock in the afternoon.

At three o’clock and thirty  minutes in the afternoon, the Speaker called the House to order.

Message from the Senate No. 81

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has considered House proposal of amendment to Senate bill of the following title:

S. 53.  An act relating to motor vehicle.

And has concurred therein.

The Senate has considered a joint resolution originating in the House of the following title:

J.R.H. 42.  Joint resolution recognizing the importance of Farmers’ Markets in Vermont.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

The Senate has considered the report of the Committee of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon a House bill of the following title:

H. 537.  An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government.

And has accepted and adopted the same on its part.

Message from the Senate No. 82

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the President announced a change by the Committee on Committees in the members on the part of the Senate of the Committee of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on house bill of the following title

H. 405.  An act relating to capital construction and state bonding.

          Senator Scott

          Senator Mazza

          Senator Bartlett

Rules Suspended; Report of Committee of Conference Adopted

H. 537

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and  House bill, entitled

An act making appropriations for the support of government;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

The Speaker placed before the House the following Committee of Conference report:

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

The Committee of Conference to which were referred the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon the bill respectfully reports that it has met and considered the same and recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

     (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                                           792,281

                   Operating expenses                                         46,494

                   Grants                                                           150,000

                        Total                                                        988,775

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  769,743

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              219,032

                        Total                                                        988,775

     (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.

     (d)  The establishment of one (1) new full-time exempt position – program director – is authorized in fiscal year 2008.  This position shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.  

Sec. 5a.  PROCTOR CANNON

     (a)  This section is intended to clarify the status of the historic Proctor Cannon.  The cannon is owned by the state of Vermont, and has been used, maintained, and stored by the 2nd Battery Vermont Light Artillery since 1977.  The commissioner of the department of housing and community affairs in consultation with the Vermont historical society shall obtain an independent assessment as to the current value and condition of the cannon and whether it can be safely used.  A copy of the assessment report shall be provided to the house and senate committees on appropriations.  The commissioner or designee on behalf of the state shall enter into an agreement with the 2nd Battery Vermont Light Artillery that allows the organization to continue to safely use, maintain, and store the cannon.  The 2nd Battery Vermont Light Artillery shall be required to maintain the cannon at its currently assessed condition level and shall maintain adequate and appropriate levels of insurance for use, maintenance, and storage of the cannon.  The agreement shall last for a period of five years and shall be extended for additional periods of five years as long as conditions in this section are met.  Should the 2nd Battery Vermont Light Artillery organization disband or decline to extend the agreement, the commissioner shall take possession of the cannon and make a recommendation to the general assembly as to the future home of the cannon.

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 assembly 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.  EXEMPT POSITION REDUCTION AND VACANCY SAVINGS

     (a)  The secretary of administration shall reduce general fund appropriations by $250,000 in the executive branch of state government in fiscal year 2008 through the elimination of exempt positions, or leaving exempt positions vacant.

     (b)  No exempt positions may be created or transferred and converted from the position pool within the executive branch of government during fiscal year  2008 unless said positions have been approved by the general assembly or, when the general assembly is not in session, by the legislative joint fiscal committee at a scheduled meeting.

     (c)  The commissioner of human resources shall submit reports to the joint fiscal committee on the total positions available in the position pool ten days prior to its July and September meetings and any recommendations for reducing the total authorized positions in state government.  The committee may recommend a cap on pool positions for fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 8.  PAY ACT FUNDING

     (a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall submit a preliminary plan to the joint fiscal committee at its September/October 2007 meeting on levels of funding for the pay act for fiscal year 2008 funding.  The report shall outline the funds available and any additional offsets the commissioner is planning to offer to meet pay act requirements.

     (b)  At the November meeting of the joint fiscal committee, the commissioner shall submit the following report:

          (1)  The allocation by department and section from the fiscal year 2008 pay act appropriation and the appropriation for pay act needs in Sec. 277 of this act and any other offsets to meet pay act needs;

          (2)  The source of funds and the specific percentage of need being met in each department from the allocation;

          (3)  Any proposed transfers between departments to meet pay act needs;

          (4)  A summary of fiscal impacts by department in fiscal year 2008 due to shortfalls in pay act funds and added assessments of internal service funds;

          (5)  A preliminary assessment of the administration’s intention to meet departmental pay act expense roll-outs for fiscal year 2009.

Sec. 8a.  PAY ACT STUDY COMMITTEE

     (a)  The house and senate committees on government operations may meet up to three times to study the following: 

          (1)  the reasonableness of differentiating compensation for employees whose salaries are established in statute based on years of service;

          (2)  the impact on state services and policies when the pay act is not fully funded;

          (3)  the effects of increasing exempt positions;

          (4)  the reasonableness of providing cost of living adjustments as well as step increases to higher salaried employees; and

          (5)  the feasibility and desirability of negotiating contracts that are longer in length. 

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 created by H.248 of 2007.

Sec. 9a.  Information and innovation – Vermont information technology leaders (VITL)

                   Personal services                                            726,664

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   395,000

                   Special funds                                                  226,664

                   Global commitment fund                                 105,000

                        Total                                                         726,664

     (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 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 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. 9b.  22 V.S.A. Sec. 901(4) is amended to read:

          (4) to review all information technology requests for proposal with a value of over $10,000.00 in accordance with agency of administration policies;

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                                        3,101,539

                   Operating expenses                                    1,244,265

                        Total                                                     4,345,804

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   70,903

                   Internal service funds                                  4,274,901

                        Total                                                     4,345,804

     (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 payroll function. 

Sec. 12.  Human resources - operations

                   Personal services                                        1,812,341

                   Operating expenses                                       234,848

                        Total                                                     2,047,189

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,619,098

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              428,091

                        Total                                                     2,047,189

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

     (a)  In fiscal year 2008, the commissioner of taxes shall not send the taxpayer notices pursuant to  32 V.S.A. § 6066a(e) until the required notification and any materials the commissioner intends to send with it have been reviewed and approved by the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the president pro tempore of the senate.

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 and the house committee on general, housing and military affairs and the senate committee on economic development, housing and general affairs 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 $22,024,634, 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 cities of Newport, Rutland, and Springfield.  The analysis shall take into account the actual cost incurred by the state of operating the building, utilities, maintenance, and any other relevant costs.  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 and employee incentives 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                                        3,904,123

                   Operating expenses                                    2,899,885

                        Total                                                     6,804,008

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,804,008

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $450,000 shall be available for fiscal year 2008 expenditures of the health care reform commission created pursuant to
2 V.S.A. § 901.  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.

     (b)  It is the intent of the general assembly that funding for the legislature in fiscal year 2009 and beyond be included at a level sufficient to support an 18 week legislative session.

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                                        1,176,259

                   Operating expenses                                         94,509

                        Total                                                     1,270,768

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,270,768

     (a)  The establishment of one (1) new full-time exempt position – Fiscal Analyst - is authorized in fiscal year 2008.  This position shall be converted from the temporary research assistant position. 

     (b)  Effective June 24, 2007, the interim Medicaid Analyst position
(# 117017) shall be transferred to the Health Care Reform Commission as a full-time exempt position. 

Sec. 40.  Sergeant at arms

                   Personal services                                           530,079

                   Operating expenses                                         68,292

                        Total                                                        598,371

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  598,371

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                                        2,951,103

                   Operating expenses                                       142,030

                        Total                                                     3,093,133

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  524,568

                   Special funds                                                   54,431

                   Internal service funds                                  2,514,134

                        Total                                                     3,093,133

     (a)  By February 15 of each calendar year, the state auditor of accounts shall report to the house and senate committees on appropriations any findings, issues, and recommendations arising from audit reports.  Also by February 15, those agencies and departments that have outstanding audit recommendations shall submit plans to the house and senate committees on appropriations for addressing these issues.

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

     (a)  Notwithstanding 3 V.S.A. § 473(d), in fiscal year 2008, investment fees shall be paid from the corpus of the fund.

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. 50a.  Tax department - municipal tax - homeowner rebate  

                   Grants                                                         6,506,140

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                6,506,140

     (a)  The appropriation in fiscal year 2008 from the general fund for municipal homeowner rebates shall be added to the funds advanced to towns on July 1, 2007 under Sec. 176(a)  of this act.

Sec. 50b.  32 V.S.A. § 6066a(g) is added to read:

     (g)  Annually, on August 1 and on September 15, the commissioner of taxes shall pay to each municipality the amount of property tax adjustment of which the municipality was notified on July 1 for the August 1 transfer, or September 15 for the September 15 transfer, related to municipal property tax on homesteads within that municipality, as determined by the commissioner of taxes.

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                                                        3,450,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,000

                    Special funds                                              3,400,000

                        Total                                                     3,450,000

     (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                             150,453,836

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             60,834,990

                   Special funds                                              7,313,681

                   Tobacco fund                                                  58,000

                   Global Commitment fund                                105,000

                   Federal funds                                             2,496,325

                   Enterprise funds                                          2,674,518

                   Internal service funds                                46,386,483

                   Pension trust funds                                    25,912,834

                   Private purpose trust funds                             997,598

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           3,674,407

                        Total                                                 150,453,836

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.

     (b)  The attorney general and the commissioner of the department of human resources shall report to the senate and house committees on appropriations and judiciary by January 15, 2008 on the number of attorneys serving in legal capacities employed in the executive branch of state government by the state of Vermont and the nature of each attorney position identified.  The report shall:

          (1)  identify the agency of state government for which each attorney works and provides services;

          (2)  describe for each position whether the attorney is a staff attorney employed by the agency, an assistant attorney general employed by the attorney general while providing services to the agency, a contract attorney, or an attorney of some other status;

          (3)  identify and recommend cost savings that could be realized through changing the status of some or all of the identified attorney positions to staff attorneys, assistant attorneys general, contract attorneys, or some other status.  

     (c)  Sums payable to the state of Vermont, as a consequence of settlement of a dispute with Purdue Pharma L.P. and related companies due to marketing practices shall be deposited into the Fees and Reimbursements Court Order special fund (#21638).  The secretary of administration is authorized and directed to approve the expenditure of excess receipts from the fund due to these or other fees and reimbursements, with the receipts to be used as follows:

          (1)  Up to $500,000 as necessary to supplement funds reserved under subsection (d) of this section for payment of legal costs and charges arising from settlements of completed legal actions.

          (2)  Up to $1,700,000 as necessary to the department of buildings and general services which shall be used in addition to funds provided in the fiscal year 2008 capital construction bill to renovate space at the Pavilion Office Building at 109 State Street for the office of the attorney general.

     (d)  In fiscal year 2007, $1,000,000 in general funds shall be reserved and to the extent needed is hereby appropriated to the attorney general as necessary for payment of legal costs and charges arising from settlements of completed legal actions. 

Sec. 57.  Vermont court diversion

                   Grants                                                        1,604,534

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,204,534

                   Special funds                                                 400,000

                        Total                                                     1,604,534

     (a)  Court diversion programs may use funds allocated in the appropriation above for increased wages and to maintain salaries and benefits.

Sec. 58.  Defender general - public defense

                   Personal services                                        6,270,658

                   Operating expenses                                       768,028

                        Total                                                     7,038,686

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,531,219

                   Special funds                                                 502,467

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  5,000

                        Total                                                     7,038,686

Sec. 59.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                   Personal services                                        2,889,376

                   Operating expenses                                         77,909

                        Total                                                     2,967,285

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,842,021

                   Special funds                                                 125,264

                        Total                                                     2,967,285

Sec. 60.  Judiciary

                   Personal services                                      26,882,091

                   Operating expenses                                    8,048,252

                   Grants                                                             70,000

                        Total                                                   35,000,343

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             30,267,034

                   Special funds                                              2,335,772

                   Tobacco fund                                                  40,000

                   Federal funds                                                414,327

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,943,210

                        Total                                                   35,000,343

     (a)  The judiciary shall report to the joint fiscal committee at its November 2007 meeting on the status of collections of 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 2006 as amended in Sec. 272 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 shall be deposited into the court technology special fund established in 4 V.S.A. § 27.

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                                        9,018,830

                   Operating expenses                                    1,214,714

                        Total                                                   10,233,544

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,975,299

                   Special funds                                                 151,097

                   Federal funds                                                  25,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,082,148

                        Total                                                   10,233,544

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

     (a)  Of the funds appropriated to the department of public safety, $26,000 shall be used to make a grant to the Essex County sheriff’s department.  The commissioner may transfer this amount from line items in this appropriation or other department of public safety appropriations to implement this directive.

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                                               8,320,468

                   Transportation fund                                  30,385,796

                   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.

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                                                           705,985

                        Total                                                     1,696,435

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,696,435

     (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. 71a.  20 V.S.A. § 38(a)(3) is amended to read:

(3)  The annual budget shall include anticipated expenditures to municipalities, county or state agencies, or other organizations necessary to support the radiological emergency response plan.  The annual budget shall also include an annual base payment of no less than $5,000.00 for each town within the emergency planning zone for radiological emergency response-related expenditures and $4,500 for each town for pager stipends.  Additional expenditures by the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality or emergency planning zone entity defined by the state as required to support the plan shall be determined during the budget development process established by this section.  The annual budget so prepared shall include all costs for evacuation notification systems.

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, $200,000 shall be transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the purposes of 16 V.S.A. §. 2856.  It is the intent of the general assembly that each year hereafter, the funding level shall be sufficient make a $200,000 transfer unless carryforward funds are available within the scholarship program at a level of $350,000 when funds at the Vermont student assistance corporation are combined with this annual transfer.

     (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. 73a.  Sec. 1(a) of No. 98 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

     (a) There is appropriated in fiscal year 2006 from the general fund the amount of $250,000.00 to the Vermont National Guard to fund family support and counseling services to Vermont National Guard members and their families through June 30, 2007. These funds shall be available until expended. The funds shall be expended for:

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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

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000 shall be for a grant to certified batterer intervention programs. 

Sec. 78a.  MEMORIAL GARDEN; LOAN

     (a)  The executive director of the center for crime victims services may lend up to $100,000, without interest, from the crime victims’ restitution special fund, created pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 5363, to the memorial garden special account which can be used to provide funding to the department of buildings and general services for the purpose of constructing the courage-in-bloom memorial garden at the designated site between 10-12 Baldwin Street.  The center for crime victims services shall repay the loan in annual installments made over a period not to exceed five years.  The repayment of the loan is anticipated to come from fundraising by the center for crime victims services.  The center shall report annually to the state treasurer on the payments and receivables related to the loan.

Sec. 78b.  APPROPRIATION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION

     (a)  There is appropriated the amount of $190,000 from the general fund to the center for crime victims services.  The center shall use the funds to present grants to organizations that provide services to victims of domestic violence.  These funds shall be used for programs that are designed to prevent domestic violence and are targeted at the needs of children in families affected by domestic violence.  At the end of fiscal year 2008, any unexpended portion of this appropriation shall be carried forward and used for the same purpose.

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                                                        1,777,500

                        Total                                                     3,012,216

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  743,958

                   Special funds                                              1,759,258

                   Federal funds                                                209,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               300,000

                        Total                                                     3,012,216

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

     (b)  Of the above appropriation, $85,000 shall be used to support the farm-to-school program.

     (c)  Of the above appropriation, $40,000 shall be provided to the Food Education Every Day Program to enable the organization to provide farm-to-school education and teacher training services to more school districts and to assist the secretary of agriculture, food and markets and the commissioner of education to carry out farmer and food service worker training pursuant to Secs. 3(a) and 4 of No. 145 of the Acts of  2006.

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

                   Personal services                                        2,779,046

                   Operating expenses                                       566,529

                   Grants                                                        1,195,000

                        Total                                                     4,540,575

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,890,910

                   Special funds                                              1,760,226

                   Federal funds                                                627,389

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              262,050

                        Total                                                     4,540,575

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $145,000 shall be used for a grant to the Farmers Watershed Alliance.

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                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 204,750

     (a)  Any 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                                        4,913,775

                   Operating expenses                                       389,314

                        Total                                                     5,303,089

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  316,000

                   Special funds                                              2,512,092

                   Global commitment fund                             1,404,997

                   Federal funds                                             1,000,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                70,000

                        Total                                                     5,303,089

Sec. 91a.  NONGROUP MARKET SECURITY TRUST

     (a)  The funds appropriated in Sec. 277(e)(2) of this act to the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration for the nongroup market security trust shall not be expended until the commission on health care reform has approved the department’s plan for operating the trust in a manner consistent with the purpose of 8 V.S.A. § 4062d. No later than December 1, 2007, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration shall provide the commission with a description of how the department would like to operate the trust, a description of how the plan conforms to the federal grant requirements from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the statutory changes necessary to conform 8  V.S.A. § 4062d to the plan recommended by the department, and any other information requested by the commission.

     (b)  Notwithstanding 8 V.S.A. § 4062d(b), the commissioner may operate the trust in the manner approved by the commission on health care reform until such time as the statute is modified to reflect the approved plan.

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                                                  588,801

                   Special funds                                              3,972,462

                   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.

     (b)  In fiscal year 2008, in addition to the funds appropriated above, $120,000 is appropriated from the Vermont campaign finance fund for the costs of the 2008 presidential primary.

Sec. 94.  Public service - regulation and energy

                   Personal services                                        4,873,384

                   Operating expenses                                       687,463

                   Grants                                                        5,770,007

                        Total                                                   11,330,854

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                             10,138,054

                   Federal funds                                             1,157,800

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                35,000

                        Total                                                   11,330,854

Sec. 94a.  10 V.S.A. §6523 (3) is amended as follows:

          (3) During fiscal years after FY 2006 up to five percent of amounts appropriated to the public service department from the fund may be used for administrative costs related to the clean energy development fund and after FY 2007 another five percent of amounts appropriated to the public service department from the fund not to exceed $300,000.00 in any fiscal year shall be transferred to the secretary of the agency of agriculture, food, and markets for agricultural and farm based energy project development activities.

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

     (a)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the general assembly authorizes the establishment of one (1) new full-time exempt position.  The position shall be entitled “Chief Economist” and shall be converted from the permanent classified position of Chief Economist (#370002) within the public service board.

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                                                                    239,896,137

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             82,338,006

                   Transportation fund                                  34,879,736

                   Special funds                                            62,437,620

                   Tobacco fund                                                619,645

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,404,997

                   Federal funds                                           45,710,780

                   Enterprise funds                                          4,687,352

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           7,818,001

                        Total                                                 239,896,137

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 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. 104a.  COMMUNITY-BASED ALTERNATIVES FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

     (a) There is a variety of community-based programs in Vermont that are alternatives to traditional criminal justice and correctional services.  These include court diversion, restorative probation and street checker programs and community  justice centers.  The secretary of human services and the attorney general shall identify the various programs that provide these services and shall issue a report to the general assembly by December 15, 2007.  The report shall include but not be limited to:

          (1)  A listing and a description of the various programs, annual caseload, and available information on cases by county, offenses, age, gender, and case outcomes;

          (2)  The amount and sources of funding for these programs.  This shall include local, state, and federal funding support available to these programs;

          (3)  The relationship of these programs to other human services and criminal justice entities;

          (4)  Recommendations as to continuation, expansion, elimination, or consolidation of these programs or other changes that will result in more efficient and effective use of available resources;

          (5)  Information about models, practices, or programs of alternative justice from other states or localities.

Sec. 105.  Secretary's office - Global Commitment

                   Grants                                                    871,278,097

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           119,412,816

                   Special fund                                             15,270,557

                   Tobacco fund                                           29,609,240

                   State health care resources fund              157,186,147

                   Catamount fund                                          7,168,430

                   Federal funds                                         540,351,704

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,279,203

                        Total                                                 871,278,097

     (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 for 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 and social service agencies for eligible services provided to eligible persons through children’s collaborative services 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.

     (c)  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.  Of this amount $7,300,000 is general funds that are available on a one-time basis. In the event the fiscal year 2008 general fund revenue forecast adopted at the July 2007 emergency board meeting exceeds the January 2007 forecast by at least $20,000,000, then $5,000,000 shall be considered fiscal year 2008 base funding.

Sec. 106.  CATAMOUNT HEALTH ASSISTANCE; GLOBAL COMMITMENT WAIVER

     (a)  If the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 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 created pursuant to 2 V.S.A. § 901 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 subsection 1974(e) or 1983(d) of Title 33.

     (b)  After receiving a recommendation by the health care commission, the emergency board shall consider the commission’s recommendation and shall make a determination no later than August 30, 2007 on whether to proceed with implementation, delay implementation, or exercise its authority under subsection 1974(e) or 1983(d) 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                                                            980,000

                        Total                                                   31,393,906

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,000

                   Global Commitment fund                          30,281,112

                   Federal funds                                                700,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              362,794

                        Total                                                   31,393,906

     (a)  In order to implement S.115 of 2007, the director may utilize resources provided in the appropriation above until the funding resources in S.115 are available.

Sec. 110a.  33 V.S.A. § 1904(5) is amended to read:

          (5)  “Insurer” means any insurance company, prepaid health care delivery plan, self‑funded employee benefit plan, pension fund, hospital or medical service corporation, managed care organization, pharmacy benefit manager, prescription drug plan, retirement system, or similar entity that is under an obligation to make payments for medical services as a result of an injury, illness, or disease suffered by an individual.

Sec. 110b.  33 V.S.A. § 1907 is amended to read:

§ 1907.  SUBROGATION

To the extent that payment for covered expenses has been made under the state Medicaid program or through any state agency administering health benefits or a health benefit plan for which Medicaid is a source of funding for health care items or services furnished to an individual, in any case where a third party has a legal liability to make payments, the state is considered to have acquired the rights of the individual to payment by any other party for those health care items or services.  An insurer shall accept the agency’s right to recovery and the assignment to the agency of any right of a person to payment from the third party for medical services for which the agency has made payment under this chapter.

Sec. 110c.  33 V.S.A. § 1908 is amended to read:

§ 1908.  MEDICAID; PAYER OF LAST RESORT; RELEASE OF   INFORMATION

(a)  Any clause in an insurance contract, plan or agreement which limits or excludes payments to a recipient is void.

(b)  Medicaid shall be the payer of last resort to any insurer which contracts to pay health care costs for a recipient.

(c)  Every applicant for or recipient of Medicaid under this subchapter is deemed to have authorized all third parties to release to the agency all information needed by the agency to secure or enforce its rights under this subchapter.  The agency shall inform an applicant or recipient of the provisions of this subsection at the time of application for Medicaid benefits.

(d)  At the agency’s request, an insurer shall provide the agency with the information necessary to determine whether an applicant or recipient of Medicaid under this subchapter is or was covered by the insurer and the nature of the coverage, including the member, subscriber, or policyholder information necessary to determine third party liability and other information required under subsection 9410(h) of Title 18.  The agency may require the insurer to provide the information electronically.

(e)  From funds recovered pursuant to this subchapter, the federal government shall be paid a portion equal to the proportionate share originally provided by the federal government to pay for medical assistance to a recipient or minor.

Sec. 110d.  33 V.S.A. § 1909 is amended to read:

§ 1909.  DIRECT PAYMENTS TO AGENCY; DISCHARGE OF  INSURER’S OBLIGATION

(a)  When a recipient who is covered by the recipient’s or a legally liable representative’s insurer receives medical benefits under this subchapter, payment for covered services or notice of denial shall be issued directly to the provider.

(b)  A provider shall indicate on any claim form submitted to an insurer for covered services whether or not the person receiving treatment is a recipient.

(c)(1)  An insurer which receives notice that the agency has made payments to the provider shall pay benefits or send notice of denial directly to the agency.  Receipt of an agency claim form by an insurer constitutes notice that payment of the claim was made by the agency to the provider and that form supersedes any contract requirements of the insurer relating to the form of submission.

(2)  An insurer shall respond to any request made by the agency regarding a claim for payment for any health care item or service that is submitted not later than three years after the date of the provision of such health care item or service.

(3)  An insurer shall not deny a claim submitted by the agency solely on the basis of the date of submission of the claim, the type or format of the claim form, or a failure to present proper documentation at the point‑of‑sale that is the basis of the claim, if the claim is submitted by the agency within the three‑year period beginning on the date on which the item or service was furnished; and any action by the agency to enforce its rights with respect to a claim is commenced within six years of the agency’s submission of the claim.

(d)  An insurer which has been notified of a claim by the agency under this section and proceeds to pay the claim to a person other than the agency is not discharged from payment of the agency’s claim.

(e)  Payment to the agency by an insurer under this section discharges the insurer’s obligation for further payment on the claim to the extent of the amount paid.

Sec. 110e.  8 V.S.A. § 4062e is added to read:

§ 4062e.  COMPLIANCE WITH MEDICAID RECOVERY PROVISIONS

A health insurer as defined in section 1904 of Title 33 that issues, sells, renews, or offers health insurance coverage in Vermont or who is required to be licensed or registered with the department shall comply with the requirements of sections 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1910 of Title 33.  The commissioner shall enforce such requirements pursuant to his or her authority under this title.

Sec. 110f.  OFFICE OF VERMONT HEALTH ACCESS; FEE SCHEDULE REVIEW

     (a)  The office of Vermont health access shall review the fee schedule for those Vermont Medicaid provider types that rely on the procedure codes other than the evaluation and management codes.  A report shall be prepared that compares, where possible, the Medicaid fee to the Medicare fee and includes the estimated cost to close the gap between the two.  The report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on appropriations on or before June 30, 2008.

Sec. 110g.  Medicaid Pharmacy Reimbursement

(a)  The office of Vermont health access shall conduct an analysis of the impact of the federal final rule revising the federal upper limits for prescription drug reimbursement under the Medicaid program after it is implemented by the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The analysis shall include recommended reimbursement levels and dispensing fees, any appropriation amount necessary to increase or maintain the reimbursements and fees to the recommended levels, the revenue impact on the office, and specific information on the impact on pharmacies.  The office shall request pharmacies in Vermont to provide actual acquisition cost data in the form and format necessary to conduct the analysis.  A pharmacy that does not provide the requested information for the analysis may be excluded from receiving any recommended increase in reimbursement or dispensing fees.

(b)  The office shall provide an interim report on its analysis and recommendations to the health access oversight committee at its September 2007 meeting and a final report no later than November 15, 2007.

(c)  As part of its annual report, the health access oversight committee shall provide a recommendation on the issues relating to the changes to reimbursement contained in the deficit reduction act to the house and senate committees on appropriations for inclusion in the budget adjustment bill and include a recommendation that any suggested changes be retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year.

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

                   Grants                                                    442,025,956

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                        442,025,956

     (a)  In fiscal year 2008, the office of Vermont health access shall increase the supplemental dental payment program by at least $50,000 over the level budgeted for fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 111a.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT; GRIEVANCE AND APPEAL

RULES

     (a)  Beginning January 1, 2008 and every six months thereafter, the secretary of 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 submitted to the house committees on human services and on health  care and the senate committee on health and welfare.  During the interim, the report shall be submitted to the health access oversight committee created pursuant to chapter 24 of title 2.

Sec. 111b.  CHIROPRACTIC COVERAGE UNDER MEDICAID AND VHAP

     (a)  Effective on July 1, 2008, the agency of human services is directed to reinstate chiropractic coverage for adults in the Medicaid and VHAP programs  consistent with section 4088a of Title 8 and at rates comparable to payments for care or services by other health care providers.  The fiscal year 2009 Medicaid expenditure forecast adopted by the emergency board shall include the reinstatement of chiropractic coverage.

Sec. 112.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - long-term care waiver

                   Grants                                                    187,675,107

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             76,928,027

                   Federal funds                                         110,747,080

                        Total                                                 187,675,107

Sec. 112a.  Sec. 1 of No. 56 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

Sec. 1.  LONG-TERM CARE MEDICAID 1115 WAIVER; CHOICES FOR CARE

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(b)(1)  Outside the legislative session, the health access oversight committee shall have oversight for the development, implementation, and ongoing operation of any long-term care Medicaid waivers applied for and received by the agency of human services. 

(2)(A)  The secretary of human services shall report to the committee upon its request and annually to the general assembly by January 15.

(B)  The department shall submit quarterly reports to the general assembly or the health access oversight committee about the utilization of services and expenses under Choices for Care.  The reports shall also include a comparison of actual expenditures to estimated expenditures and projected expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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(g)(1)  Any savings realized due to the implementation of the long-term care Medicaid 1115 waiver shall be retained by the department and reinvested into providing home- and community‑based services under the waiver.  If at any time the agency reapplies for a Medicaid waiver to provide these services, it shall include a provision in the waiver that any savings shall be reinvested.

(2)  In its annual budget presentation, the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall include the amount of savings generated from individuals receiving home- and community-based care services instead of services in a nursing home through the Choices for Care waiver and a plan with details on the recommended use of the appropriation.  The plan shall include the base appropriation; the method for determining savings; how the savings will be reinvested in home- and community-based services, including the allocation between increases in caseloads and increases in provider reimbursements; and a breakdown of how many individuals are receiving services by type of service.

(h) Any funds appropriated for long-term care under the long-term care waiver authorized under this act shall be used for long-term care services to recipients.  In using these funds, the department shall give priority to services to individuals assessed as high and highest needs and meeting the terms and conditions of the waiver as approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Any remaining funds from the long-term care appropriation may be used for other long-term care services as defined in subsection (i) of this section.  The remaining funds shall be allocated and spent in ways that are sustainable into the future and do not create an unsustainable base budget.  Any funds that are not spent in the year for which they were appropriated shall be carried over to the next fiscal year.

(h)(i)  “Long-term care” means care or services received by an individual in a nursing home, or through home- and community‑based services designed to assist older Vermonters and people with disabilities to remain independent and avoid inappropriate institutionalization.  “Home- and community‑based services” include:

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Sec. 112b.  REPEAL; SPECIAL RATE CHANGE

     (a)  Sec. 128(c) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is hereby repealed.

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. 115a.  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

     (a)  The secretary of the agency of human services and the commissioner of finance and management shall present to the joint fiscal committee for approval a plan to realign the structure of the department of health.  The plan shall include changes required as a result of Act No. 15 of 2007, establishing a department of mental health.  If approved, the commissioner of finance is authorized to adjust the fiscal year 2008 appropriations of the department of health and the department of mental health, but may not alter the total amount appropriated from any funding source. 

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                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,933,398

                   Catamount fund                                          1,846,713

                   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 fiscal year 2009, monies appropriated for the blueprint for health from the Catamount fund established in 33 V.S.A. § 1986 shall not exceed $1,850,000. 

Sec. 118.  Health - health protection

                   Personal services                                        3,974,089

                   Operating expenses                                       757,012

                   Grants                                                        1,789,500

                        Total                                                     6,520,601

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  445,730

                   Special funds                                              1,313,121

                   Global Commitment fund                               147,502

                   Federal funds                                             4,210,313

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              403,935

                        Total                                                     6,520,601

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 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 CAG on an ongoing basis in 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                                                      12,101,405

                        Total                                                   21,191,541

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,432,640

                   Special funds                                                 729,800

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,780,225

                   Global Commitment fund                            7,990,718

                   Federal funds                                             8,251,158

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,000

                        Total                                                   21,191,541

     (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 $1,059,409 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, $1,400,000 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 to be allocated as follows:

          (1)  $700,000 to primary care physicians and health care professionals;

          (2)  $175,000 for dentists;

          (3)  $400,000 for nurses;

          (4)  $75,000 for nurse educators;

          (5)  $50,000 for disciplines based on emerging health care needs and workforce shortages.

     (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)  In the event payment of strategic tobacco payments made to the state under the master tobacco settlement exceed $13,000,000 in fiscal year 2008, then, up to $500,000 of the excess amount shall be appropriated from the tobacco litigation settlement fund to the department of health to be spent based on the recommendation of the Vermont tobacco control board.  These funds shall be in addition to funds appropriated above.

     (j)  Of the above Global Commitment funds, $440,000 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.

     (k)  Of the above Global Commitment funds, $200,000 shall be used for federally qualified health center (FQHC) look-alike uncompensated care pool funds.  All or a portion of these funds shall be reallocated to support the Vermont coalition of clinics for the uninsured health care and dental services provided by clinics for uninsured individuals and families, if federal Section 330 grant funds awards are received by Vermont look-alike FQHCs before June 30, 2007.  Any reallocation of these funds shall be pro-rated, fairly based on federal awards received.

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                                                      20,712,146

                        Total                                                   31,170,337

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,229,571

                   Special funds                                                 235,499

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,382,834

                   Global Commitment fund                          16,461,136

                   Federal funds                                             8,711,297

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              150,000

                        Total                                                   31,170,337

     (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 a board member of each recovery center.  The executive council will hire a network coordinator with the appropriation in subsection (f) of this section.  The network coordinator will work for the executive council and provide technical assistance and training to recovery centers.  The executive council, working with the department of health, will have oversight of the recovery centers.

     (f)  Of the above appropriation, $45,000 shall be granted to the Vermont recovery center network. 

Sec. 122a.  PUBLIC INEBRIATE PROGRAM STUDY

     (a)  There are questions about the continuing relevance and applicability of the existing inebriate statutes, as well as concerns about the funding, program policies, and availability of services to individuals classified as “public inebriates.”  This complex public health issue transcends medical, criminal, and public policy arenas and has significant economic impact across several state agencies.  As a result of the complexity of this public health problem, the department of health is directed to convene a study committee to evaluate the current practice and policy in this area and make recommendations for improvements.

     (b)  The study committee shall include representatives from:

          (1)  the office of the defender general; 

          (2)  public safety and local law enforcement;

          (3)  hospitals;

          (4)  public treatment programs;

          (5)  emergency services workers, including emergency medical technicians;

          (6)  transportation services;

          (7)  department of corrections personnel;

          (8)  peer recovery staff.

     (c)  Recommendations included in the study shall include but not be limited to changes in statutes, program protocols, and resources used to address this important issue.  The department shall report on the results of this review to the house and senate committees on appropriations, the house committee on human services, and the senate committee on health and welfare no later than January 15, 2008. 

Sec. 122b.  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SYSTEM; REPORT AND PLAN

     (a)  While over the past four years systematic efforts have been made to enhance prevention and treatment services in communities across Vermont, and partnerships have been engaged between the agency of human services, courts, community providers, and schools, substance abuse presents a major health challenge to Vermonters and their families: 

          (1)  Early use by youth results in a high number of teens and preteens using alcohol and drugs regularly. 

          (2)  Untreated problems develop into serious addictive disorders in the adult population. 

          (3)  The growing number of individuals incarcerated due to their drug/alcohol use presents a challenge to the criminal justice system. 

          (4)  Crises resulting from severe alcoholism and drug dependence stress our emergency rooms and corrections facilities.

     (b)  The department of health shall convene a high level task force to include representation and participation from members of the preferred provider treatment system, to review the treatment services currently in place and to identify how to integrate them into a more systematic response to addictive problems. 

          (1)  The task force will work with staff to analyze the population projected to be in need of treatment services, and will create a design for the services needed in communities by level of care, and to support long-term recovery.  This plan should be based on the Blueprint for Health chronic care approach.

               (A)  Agency of human services field directors and district health directors shall map local services across the continuum of care and across the sectors from health to criminal justice.  These maps will inform the task force’s analysis of the services and supports that are currently available.

          (2)  The analysis shall be evidence-based and project numbers of people that can be diverted from more expensive and crisis-oriented services if we build a more continuous, recovery-based system of supports.  Of particular interest is savings that can be realized in the department of corrections.

          (3)  The analysis shall also look at workforce preparation and what needs to be done to develop a mechanism for clinicians to be certified to treat co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. 

     (c)  The department shall prepare and submit a report and plan by January 15, 2008 to the house and senate committees on appropriations. 

Sec. 123.  Mental 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, $110,000 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 community rehabilitation and treatment (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.

     (c)  Success Beyond Six is a fiscal mechanism that allows local schools and local designated agencies for community mental health services to enter into contractual relationships for school-based service provision supported in part through state-approved Medicaid billing in the department of health – mental health division.  This fiscal mechanism has reduced the schools’ cost in providing these services by up to 60 percent.  To date, however, these contracts have been approved conditioned on compliance with Medicaid rules and general fiscal management, not specifically on best practice, efficiency or outcome models.  Under Vermont’s Global Commitment for Health Waiver, Medicaid is no longer an unlimited funding stream; rather it must be managed to a fixed capped amount.  The secretary of the agency of human services and the commissioner of education shall convene a summer study group to ensure that expenditures in this area utilize best practices, yield positive outcomes, and are managed to a predictable rate of growth. 

          (1)  This study will result in recommendations regarding:

               (A)  Mechanisms for managing Success Beyond Six services in a capped Medicaid environment to ensure the effective delivery of services to school-age children and controlled growth;

               (B)  Prioritizing Success Beyond Six populations and/or services for growth within the constraints of the waiver cap.  This will include exploring whether prevention and mental health wellness programs can or should be funded within this model;

               (C)  Decreasing administrative burdens of service provision wherever possible.

          (2)  A report on the recommendations and a plan for implementation by the agency of human services and department of education will be presented to the house committees on education and on human services and the senate committees on education and on health and welfare no later than January 15, 2008.

Sec. 124.  Mental 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. 124a.  COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH; VERMONT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

     (a)  The commissioner of mental health shall be responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for the delivery of services currently provided by the Vermont state hospital developed as part of long-range planning for a comprehensive continuum of care for mental health services.

     (b)  The principles guiding implementation of the comprehensive strategic plan for the delivery of services including those currently provided by the Vermont state hospital shall include the following:

          (1)  an understanding of the role of active treatment within the goal of recovery;

          (2)  an understanding of the role of trauma in the lives of individuals;

          (3)  accessible general medical care;

          (4)  minimal use of involuntary interventions such as seclusion, restraint, and involuntary medication;

          (5)  staff training in the use of safe and appropriate alternatives to involuntary interventions;

          (6)  consumers’ participation in the development and implementation of their treatment plans;

          (7)  consumers’ right to privacy and the right to have information regarding their care remain confidential, unless disclosure is authorized by the consumer or required under the law;

          (8)  ongoing consumer and community input with regard to program oversight and development; and

          (9)  accountability for all components of the mental health care system.

Sec. 124b.  Sec. 141c of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 (creating the mental health oversight committee), as amended by Sec. 293a of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 (extending sunset to July 1, 2009; requiring progress report), is amended as follows:

Sec. 141c.  THE MENTAL HEALTH OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

     (a)  The mental health oversight committee is created to oversee the development and implementation of the secretary of human services’ strategic plan to develop alternatives for services currently provided by the Vermont state hospital and to ensure that consumers have access to a comprehensive and adequate continuum of care and Vermont has a financially sustainable department of developmental and mental health services designated agency provider system mental health services.  The committee shall be composed of one member from each of the house committees on human services, institutions, and appropriations and a member-at-large to be appointed by the speaker of the house, not all from the same party, and one member from each of the senate committees on health and welfare, institutions, and appropriations and one member-at-large to be appointed by the committee on committees, not all from the same party. Initial appointments shall be made upon passage.

     (b)  The committee shall review whether the secretary’s study on the department of developmental and mental health services designated agency provider system required in Sec. 141 of this act, the strategic plan for developing alternatives to the Vermont state hospital required in Sec. 141a of this act, and the department of corrections mental health services plan achieve the goals and principles stated herein effectively, efficiently, and satisfactorily, including that the findings and recommendations of the reports are coordinated and complementary.  The committee shall specifically: Members of the committee shall serve as the liaison to their respective legislative standing committees with primary jurisdiction over the various components of Vermont’s mental health system.  The committee shall work with, assist, and advise the other committees of the general assembly, members of the executive branch, and the public on matters related to Vermont’s mental health system.

          (1)  solicit input from individuals and their families served by the mental health system;

          (2)  monitor the study and planning processes and time lines;

          (3)  measure the efforts of the agency of human services against the goals and principles described in this act; and

          (4)  review and approve, modify, or disapprove the recommendations contained in the reports required by Secs. 141 and 141a of this act and authorize preliminary implementation steps for developing alternatives to the services currently provided by the Vermont state hospital developed within the context of long-range planning for a comprehensive continuum of care for mental health services.

     (c)  Based on the reports required by Secs. 141, 141a, and 141b of this act, the committee shall recommend areas of further study needed to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for mental health services.

     (d)  The committee is authorized to meet up to six times per year while the general assembly is not in session to perform its functions under this section.

     (e)(d)  The secretary of the agency of human services commissioner of mental health shall report to the committee as required by the committee and Secs. 141 and 141a of this act and this section.

     (f)(e)  Members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for expenses under section 406 of Title 2.

     (g)(f)  The secretary of administration, the legislative council, and the joint fiscal office shall provide staff support requested by the committee.

     (h)(g)  The mental health oversight committee shall provide a progress report to each of the committees represented thereon no later than January 15 of each year. 

     (i)  The committee shall cease to exist on July 1, 2009.

Sec. 124c.  REPEAL

     (a)  Sec. 141a of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 (creating the VSH future planning advisory group), as amended by Sec. 293 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 (extending sunset to July 1, 2009), is repealed. 

Sec. 124d.  ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TRANSFORMATION

     (a)  It is the intent of the general assembly that all mental health programs, services, and supports, including inpatient psychiatric services, be provided to individuals with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses or emotional disorders in a holistic, comprehensive continuum of care, that consumers be treated at all times with dignity and respect, that public resources be allocated efficiently and produce the best positive outcomes, and that direct services overseen and provided by the agency of human services and its community partners be client- and family-centered and ‑driven, accessible, and culturally competent.

     (b)  There is created an advisory council for mental health services transformation.  Members of the council shall be appointed by the commissioner of mental health and shall include consumers and their family members.

     (c)  Members of the council not receiving compensation for service on the council from another source are entitled to compensation under section 1010 of Title 32.

     (d)  The commissioner of mental health shall coordinate and staff the council for the purpose of seeking input on  mental health program options and policies and ensuring that such programs and policies are consistent with the legislative intent stated in subsection (a) of this section.

     (e)  For purposes of this section, the council shall cease to exist on July 1, 2009.

Sec. 124e.  Sec. 1(c) of No. 9 of the Acts of 2007, is amended to read:

     (c)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the remaining balance of the $1 million appropriated in Sec. 271(a)(3) of No. 215 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) shall remain not be subject to the requirements as directed in Sec. 4 of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006), subdivisions (a)(2)(A)(ii) (a)(2)(A) (work necessary to complete a conceptual certificate of need application and a certificate of need application in connection with the Futures Plan) and (a)(2)(B) (itemization approved by MHOC and JFC), and shall be available for use by the department of buildings and general services for the agency of human services to continue planning, designing, and permitting associated with the creation of a new inpatient facility to replace the current Vermont state hospital as authorized by the conceptual certificate of need and necessary to complete an application for a certificate of need under subchapter 5 of chapter 221 of Title 18, except such funds expended for consulting services described in subsection (d) of this section.  During the legislative interim, however, the agency regularly shall inform the mental health oversight committee of expenditures made under this subsection.

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                                      20,267,158

                   Operating expenses                                    3,118,322

                   Grants                                                      63,287,929

                        Total                                                   86,673,409

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             16,270,209

                   Special funds                                              1,756,152

                   Tobacco funds                                                75,000

                   Global Commitment fund                          41,832,990

                   Federal funds                                           26,059,058

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              680,000

                        Total                                                   86,673,409

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, up to $100,000 may be allocated for teen parent education programs.

Sec. 127a.  15A V.S.A. § 1-113 is amended to read:

§ 1-113.  CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS

(a)  Criminal record checks required under this title shall be obtained as provided in this section.

(b)  The commissioner of the department of social and rehabilitation services for children and families or any judge of the probate court shall obtain from the Vermont criminal information center the record of Vermont convictions and pending criminal charges for any person being evaluated to be an adoptive parent.

(c)  The commissioner or probate judge, through the Vermont criminal information center shall request the record of convictions and pending criminal charges of the appropriate criminal repositories in all states in which there is reason to believe the applicant has resided or been employed.

(d)  If no disqualifying record is identified at the state level, the The commissioner or probate judge through the Vermont criminal information center shall request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a national criminal history record check of the applicant’s convictions and pending criminal charges.  The request to the FBI shall be accompanied by a set of the applicant’s fingerprints and a fee established by the Vermont criminal information center which shall be paid by the applicant and shall reflect the cost of obtaining the record from the FBI.

(e)  The Vermont criminal information center shall send to the requester any record received pursuant to this section or inform the requester that no record exists.

(f)  The requester shall promptly provide a copy of any record of convictions and pending criminal charges to the applicant and shall inform the applicant of the right to appeal the accuracy and completeness of the record pursuant to rules adopted by the Vermont criminal information center.

(g)  Upon completion of the applicant process under this section, the applicant’s fingerprint card and any copies thereof shall be destroyed.

Sec. 127b.  33 V.S.A. § 309 is amended to read:

§ 309.  ACCESS TO RECORDS

(a)(1)  The commissioner may obtain from the Vermont crime information center the record of convictions of any person to the extent the commissioner has determined by rule that such information is necessary to regulate a facility or individual subject to regulation by the department.

(2)  In cases involving the prospective placement of a child in foster care, the commissioner shall for any prospective foster parent:

(A)  Obtain from the Vermont criminal information center the record of Vermont convictions and pending criminal charges.

(B)  Request, through the Vermont criminal information center, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a national criminal history record check of the prospective foster parent.  The request to the FBI shall be accompanied by a set of the applicant’s fingerprints, and a fee established by the Vermont criminal information center shall reflect the cost of obtaining the record from the FBI.

          (3)  The department shall bear all costs for obtaining criminal records for prospective foster parents licensed by the department.

(4)  The commissioner shall first notify  receive written authorization from the person  whose record is being requested before requesting the record from the Vermont crime information center.

(b)(1)  The owner or operator of a facility or program licensed or, registered, or otherwise regulated by the department may ask the commissioner for the record of convictions criminal record and the record of substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect registry record of the following individuals:

(A)  a current employee or;

(B)  a person to whom the owner or operator has given a conditional offer of employment; or

(C)  any other person to the extent the commissioner has determined by rule that such information is necessary to regulate a facility or program.

(2)  The request shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by a release signed by the current or prospective employee person whose record is sought. The owner or operator release form shall inform the current or prospective employee person that he or she has the right to appeal the accuracy and completeness of the record.  Upon receiving a request under this subsection, the commissioner shall ask the Vermont crime information center for the record of convictions of the current or prospective employee and shall promptly search the child abuse and neglect registry.

(c)  If the person has a record of convictions, the commissioner shall provide the owner or operator of the facility or program that is licensed, registered, or otherwise regulated by the department with a copy of the record. If the person has a record of substantiated reports of child abuse in the child abuse and neglect registry, the commissioner shall inform the requesting owner or operator that such record exists.

(d)  Information released to an owner or operator under this section shall not be released or disclosed by the owner or operator to any other person except as authorized by law.  Release or disclosure of such information by an owner or operator may result in loss of license or, registration, or certification.

(e)  As used in this section,:

(1)  “Commissioner” means the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee.

(2)  “Employee” shall include volunteers.

(3)  “Substantiated reports of child abuse” “Child abuse and neglect registry record” means reports of child abuse substantiated under section 4915 of this title and entered into the child abuse and neglect registry maintained by the department pursuant to chapter 49 of this title.

(4)  “Volunteer” means an individual who without compensation provides services through a public or private organization.

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                                                        5,253,337

                        Total                                                     5,557,741

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,038,546

                   Special funds                                                   57,340

                   Federal funds                                             4,210,782

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              251,073

                        Total                                                     5,557,741

     (a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $692,000 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services, 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                                                        7,735,000

                        Total                                                     8,024,481

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              6,745,753

                   Federal funds                                             1,278,728

                        Total                                                     8,024,481

     (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) the 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 they are 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 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 any recommended changes 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 record and report 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 reported 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. 142a.  FUEL ASSISTANCE; ASSET LEVEL REPORT

     (a)  The commissioners of the department for children and families and the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall assess the asset eligibility levels for Vermont’s seasonal home heating assistance program, including but not limited to how any increase in such levels would increase caseloads and impact benefits.  In preparing the assessment, the commissioners shall consult with the Home Energy Assistance  Task Force established pursuant to 33 V.S.A. § 2501a(c).  The commissioners shall report their findings to the house and senate committees on appropriations on or before January 15, 2008.

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

     (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; and any other deduction or exclusion established by the secretary by rule.

          (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                                      23,442,892

                   Operating expenses                                    3,702,406

                        Total                                                   27,145,298

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,467,588

                   Special Funds                                                952,910

                   Global Commitment fund                            5,940,176

                   Federal funds                                           11,352,141

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,432,483

                        Total                                                   27,145,298

     (a)  The department of disabilities, aging, and independent living, in cooperation with the Vermont center for independent living, shall investigate how many people with physical disabilities are at significant risk of, or living in, nursing homes and other inappropriate settings, and the degree to which additional funding to the home access program will allow individuals to live in the most integrated setting possible.  The department shall report its findings to the house and senate committees on appropriations, the house committee on human services, and the senate committee on health and welfare by January 15, 2008. 

Sec. 147.  [DELETED]

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

                   Grants                                                      21,295,486

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                              10,059,299

                   Global Commitment fund                            3,142,896

                   Federal funds                                             7,655,791

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              437,500

                        Total                                                   21,295,486

     (a)  Certification of adult day providers shall require a demonstration that the new program is filling an unmet need for adult day services in a given geographic region, and does not have an adverse impact on existing adult day services.

     (b)  Reimbursement for adult day services shall be at least $13.00 per hour. 

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                                                    127,545,146

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  162,964

                   Special funds                                                 185,463

                   Global Commitment fund                        126,872,324

                   Federal funds                                                324,395

                        Total                                                 127,545,146

Sec. 152a.  TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY STUDY COMMITTEE

(a)  A committee of the following members is created:  one member of the house committee on human services, appointed by the speaker of the house; one member of the senate committee on health and welfare, appointed by the committee on committees; four representatives of the agency of human services from the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living, the department of mental health, the division of developmental services, and the traumatic brain injury program, appointed by the secretary of human services; and one physician and one member of the psychiatric or mental health treatment community, appointed by the governor.

(b)  The committee shall evaluate the nature and scope of the need of Vermonters for help in performing activities of daily living as a result of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and substance-induced brain injury.  The committee shall also analyze insurance coverage for these conditions.

(c)  The committee may meet up to four times and file a report of its recommendations by December 15, 2007.

(d)  Members of the general assembly shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for necessary expenses as those provided to members of standing committees under section 406 of Title 2.

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. 153a.  CORRECTIONS; CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES

     (a)  The general assembly finds that spending on corrections facilities and services is increasing at an unsustainable rate.  Therefore, the department of corrections shall develop a plan to decrease the cost of incarcerating offenders. 

(b)  The plan shall consider and recommend a variety of options to reduce facility costs, including but not limited to:

          (1)  Closing the Dale women’s facility and changing the use of the southeast state correctional facility in Windsor from a women’s correctional facility to either a work camp or a minimum security prison for men.

          (2)  Renovating the Chittenden regional correctional facility in South Burlington in order to make it into a women's correctional facility.

          (3)  Using one or more correctional facilities as detention facilities.

          (4)  Seeking contracts with public and private correctional services at out-of-state facilities that are as close to this state as possible.

(5)  Using existing facilities more efficiently by closing some facilities and replacing lost capacity by expanding others.

(6)  Establishing a dedicated substance abuse treatment facility.

(c)  The plan shall also consider and recommend a variety of options to reduce incarceration costs by $4,000,000, one-half of which shall be reinvested in reentry services.  Options considered shall include at a minimum: 

          (1)  Recommending changes to department policies and practices that will result in a reduction of at least 10 percent in the number of inmates incarcerated for nonviolent offenses by June 30, 2008.

          (2)  Using less costly community-based alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders.

          (3)  Amending the eligibility criteria in order to expand the use of electronic monitoring through a global positioning system as means of reducing the nonviolent incarcerated population.

(4)  Providing in communities a continuum of treatment approaches for substance abuse, ranging from intensive outpatient services to secure treatment, for nonviolent offenders with mental health and substance abuse problems.

(d)  As the department develops the plan, it shall:

(1)  track the progress of the justice reinvestment initiative conducted by the Council of State Governments and use the information gathered to inform its work; and

(2)  consult with the police chiefs, sheriff, and state’s attorney of Chittenden County regarding the impacts of having no facility for incarcerating or detaining the male population in Chittenden County, and include a proposal to address these impacts. 

(e)  The department of corrections shall report the plan to the joint fiscal committee and the joint corrections oversight committee no later than November 1, 2007.

Sec. 153b.  JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE WORKING GROUP; CREATION

(a)  There is created a bipartisan, multi-branch justice reinvestment initiative working group to work with the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments to:

(1)  Analyze the corrections inmate population and spending to gain an understanding of why our corrections population is growing and why Vermont has very high recidivism rates.

(2)  Develop options that will result in decreased spending on corrections and increased public safety.

(b)  The justice reinvestment initiative working group shall consist of two members of the administration appointed by the governor, two members of the judiciary appointed by the chief justice, two members of the house appointed by the speaker, two members of the senate appointed by the committee on committees, and one member of the chief justice's task force on mental health and criminal justice appointed by the chief justice.  The working group may meet as necessary.  Legislative members shall receive a per diem and expenses pursuant to 2 V.S.A. § 406.

(c)  On or before December 15, 2007, the justice reinvestment initiative working group shall report on the data collected, options developed and analyzed, and recommendations for policy change.

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                                      69,445,693

                   Operating expenses                                  31,361,582

                   Grants                                                        1,660,500

                        Total                                                 102,467,775

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             98,170,305

                   Special funds                                                 547,919

                   Tobacco fund                                                  87,500

                   Global commitment fund                             2,894,144

                   Federal funds                                                686,861

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                81,046

                        Total                                                 102,467,775

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

     (b)  The commissioner of corrections and the commissioner of buildings and general services shall eliminate the projected $129,000 increase in fleet-related expenses.  The $129,000 shall be redirected to offender reentry programs of which $50,000 shall be granted to Return House in Barre.

     (c)  The commissioner of corrections shall present a proposal to the legislative joint corrections oversight committee regarding the implementation of an offender sliding scale medical co-payment for health care services.  The proposal shall include the experience of other states in this regard.

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                                       523,986

                        Total                                                     1,126,998

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  125,000

                   Special funds                                               1,001,998

                        Total                                                     1,126,998

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 from fiscal year 2007 to fiscal year 2008 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. 162a.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 HUMAN SERVICES; ONE-TIME FUNDING INITIATIVES

     (a) The funds appropriated in Sec. 381a(a)(9) of this act shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)  $100,000 to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living for a state center on aging.

          (2)  $100,000 to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living for a grant to the area agencies on aging.

          (3)  $50,000 to the department of health for a grant to the Serenity house program.

          (4)  $35,000 to the department for children and families-office of economic opportunity for a grant to the micro business development program.

          (5)  $35,000 to the department for children and families-office of economic opportunity for a grant to community action programs for the individual development accounts (IDA) program.

          (6)  $856,000  to the department for children and families-family services for grants to programs and services to enhance the well-being of Vermont children as follows:

               (A)  $250,000 for grants to mentoring programs statewide;

               (B)  $75,000 to the Vermont coalition of teen centers;

               (C) $100,000 for post-adoption services;

               (D)  $100,000 for flexible funding needs of the department’s field offices;

               (E)  $100,000 for grants to teen parent education programs;

               (F)  $75,000 for the building bright futures facilities fund;

               (G)  $39,000 for equal grants to each of the thirteen “learning together” programs;

               (H)  $20,000 for the “Voices” film project of Kingdom County Productions, a collaborative program for Vermont youth;

               (I)  $15,000 to the Vermont coalition for homeless and runaway youth;

               (J)  $6,000 to the kids on the block program;

               (K)  $6,000 to the  kid safe collaborative program;

               (L)  $70,000 to prevent child abuse Vermont.  Prevent child abuse Vermont shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on appropriations by December 15, 2007 on their statewide curriculum for child protection.

Sec. 163.  Total human services                               2,531,416,112

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           493,209,047

                   Special funds                                            76,187,668

                   Tobacco fund                                           35,546,820

                   Global Commitment fund                        853,052,203

                   State health care resources fund              157,186,147

                   Catamount fund                                        13,015,143

                   Federal funds                                         883,671,653

                   Permanent trust funds                                      10,000

                   Internal service funds                                  3,322,612

                   Interdepartmental transfer                         16,214,819

                        Total                                              2,531,416,112

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

     (a)  Any foster care payments excluded from the definition of gross income under the Internal Revenue Code Title 26, Section 131 shall not be considered wages under 21 V.S.A. § 1301 (12).

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 executive director of the center for crime victims services shall lend up to $300,000, without interest, from the crime victims’ restitution special fund, created pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 5363, 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 installments made over a period not to exceed five years.  The center shall report annually to the state treasurer on the payments and receivables related to the loan.

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                                                      11,633,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         11,633,000

     (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

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, the amount from the education fund shall be distributed to school districts for reimbursement of high school completion services pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 1049a(c). 

Sec. 176.  Education - adjusted education payment

                   Grants                                                 1,063,700,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                    1,063,700,000

     (a)  Up to $140,000,000 of the fund appropriated shall be transferred to the department of taxes for the tax commissioner's transfer to municipalities of the education fund portion of property tax adjustment amounts as required under 32 V.S.A. §§ 6066 and 6066a.  The amount sent to each municipality shall be transferred to the school district treasurer in accordance with Sec. 290 of this act.

     (b)  By March 15, 2008, the department of taxes shall transfer back to the education fund any amounts received by the department under subsection (a) of this section which have not been transferred to a municipality.  Any property tax adjustment amount related to a claim filed between January 1 and September 1, 2007, which has not been transferred to a municipality by March 15, 2008, shall not be transferred to a municipality; but the commissioner of taxes shall instead notify the municipality of that adjustment amount, as provided in 32  V.S.A. § 6066a, as in effect at that time.

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                                                        6,093,552

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           6,093,552

Sec. 180.  Education - capital debt service aid

                   Grants                                                           280,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                              280,000

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.

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 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.  ONE-TIME FUNDS; TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT

     (a)  $7,000,000 in general funds shall be reserved in fiscal year 2007 and appropriated to the state teachers’ retirement system in fiscal year 2008.

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 revenues of $7,000,000 appropriated in Sec. 185 of this act 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 subsection 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       1,754,540,454

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           335,912,914

                   Transportation fund                                       127,483

                   Education fund                                    1,259,249,933

                   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                                              1,754,540,454

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, $396,115 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, $446,652 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. § 2856.  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.

     (c)  $350,000 of state funding available to the Vermont student assistance corporation, including funds transferred from the military department shall be used to support the purposes of 16 V.S.A. § 2856.  Any unexpended funds from this allocation shall carry forward for this purpose.

Sec. 196a.  Sec. 2 of No. 72 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATION; SUNSET

(a)  The amount of $25,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation for deposit into the trust fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2845.  It is the intent of the general assembly to appropriate another $25,000.00 for this purpose in each of the next four fiscal years.

(b)  This act shall be repealed on July 1, 2008.  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 2845(a), in fiscal year 2008, the board of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation may withdraw up to 100 percent of the assets in the trust fund established in Sec. 1 of this act.  If any funds remain in the trust fund upon repeal of this act, the funds shall be used by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to provide incentive grants under 16 V.S.A. § 2844.

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. 204a. 10 V.S.A. § 4502(b) is amended to read:

(b)  A person violating provisions of this part shall receive points for convictions in accordance with the following schedule (all sections are in Title 10 of Vermont Statutes Annotated):

(1)  Five points shall be assessed for any violation of statutes or rules adopted under this part except those listed in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection.

(2)  Ten points shall be assessed for:

* * *

(3)  Twenty points shall be assessed for:

(A)  § 4192.  General powers and duties-failure to obey warden

(B)  § 4278.  Falconry license

(C)  Subchapter 2 of chapter 105.  Eel fishing

(D)  § 4606.  Taking fish by unlawful means, except for violations of subsection 4606(g) of this title

(E)  § 4702.  Use of light (firearm or bow involved)

* * *

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

     (a)  In order to mitigate the threat buckthorn poses to the forest products industry in Vermont, the commissioner of the department of forests, parks and recreation shall examine the potential for eradication and control of buckthorn and the estimated cost of an eradication program.

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

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                                                        1,071,200

                        Total                                                     3,967,409

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,899,982

                   Federal funds                                                800,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              267,427

                        Total                                                     3,967,409

     (a)  The agency and the department shall present a report to the joint fiscal committee at its November 2007 meeting.  This report shall include recommendations for potential changes to the current funding and structure of the state’s regional economic development system.  These may include expansion, elimination, or consolidation of regional development corporations.

     (b)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $246,200 shall be granted to the sustainable jobs fund program.

     (c)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000 shall be granted to the Vermont council on rural development.

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.

     (b)  The division and programs funded by grants from this appropriation shall seek to reduce mailing expenses by using e-mail for notifications wherever appropriate.

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 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.  Of this amount, the agency of commerce and community development may commit such amounts it deems necessary and appropriate to the regional revolving loan fund for the purpose of assisting income eligible homeowners to replace failed wastewater or potable water supply systems.  Funds not expended for this assistance in any grant round shall be made available for applications that address the priorities in subdivisions (1)-(5) of subsection (b) of this section.  By January 15, 2008, the agency shall report to the house and senate committees on appropriations and on natural resources and energy on the amounts expended to replace failed systems, including the number of homeowners assisted and the counties in which such assistance was provided.

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.

     (b)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000 shall be granted to the Vermont employee ownership center.

Sec. 224a.  10 V.S.A. § 1(a) is amended to read:

(a)  There is established a commission on the future of economic development.  The commission shall consist of 12 voting members.  The governor shall appoint five members, including a chair of the commission; the speaker of the house shall appoint one member, who shall be a member of the house of representatives; and the committee on committees shall appoint one member , who shall be a member of the senate.  The speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate shall jointly appoint two members who are not legislators. The Vermont labor council shall appoint one

 member representing labor; the Vermont association of nonprofit organizations shall appoint one member representing nonprofit organizations, and the governor shall appoint a self-employed person.  In addition, the secretary of commerce and community development and the executive director of the economic incentive review board shall serve as ex officio nonvoting members.

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, in collaboration with the secretary of commerce and community development, 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 all 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                                                           545,618

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  545,618

Sec. 230.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                           122,343

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  122,343

Sec. 231.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                           828,342

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  828,342

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(b), 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.  Notwithstanding the limitations in 10 V.S.A. § 321(b) and this subsection, the housing and conservation board may expend up to $200,000 of HOME funds in fiscal year 2008 to assist Vermont owners of affordable housing to replace failed wastewater or potable water supply systems, provided that 1) priority will be given to homes that are perpetually affordable;, 2) HOME funds shall be highly leveraged by other public and private funds; and 3) HOME funds shall be secured by due on sale mortgages.

Sec. 232a.  10 V.S.A. § 6093(b) is amended to read:

     (b)  Easements required for protected lands.  All primary agricultural soils preserved for commercial or economic agricultural use by the Vermont housing and conservation board pursuant to this section shall be protected by permanent conservation easements (grant of development rights and conservation restrictions) conveyed to a qualified holder, as defined in section 821 of this title, with the ability to monitor and enforce easements in perpetuity.  Off-site mitigation fees may be used by the Vermont housing and conservation board to pay reasonable staff or transaction costs, or both, of the board and agency of agriculture, food, and markets to preserve primary agricultural soils or to implement section 6086(a)(9)(B) or 6093 of this title.

Sec. 233.  Vermont humanities council

                   Grants                                                           185,599

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  185,599

Sec. 233a.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

     (a)  To the extent funds are available through Sec. 277(c)(1) of this act, the funds shall be distributed for economic development initiatives as follows:

          (1)  $975,000 to the department of tourism and marketing, at least $100,000 shall be for cooperative marketing activities, and the remainder for general marketing activities.

          (2)  $50,000 to the department of tourism and marketing to send a Vermont holiday tree to the nation’s capital.

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

          (4)  $140,000 to the agency of commerce and community development for grants as follows:

               (A)  $25,000 to the software developers alliance;

               (B)  $75,000 to regional development corporations, these grants shall be distributed in addition to and consistent with the method of distribution in Sec. 224 of this act for the same purpose;

               (C)  $40,000 for a grant to the Vermont environmental consortium.

          (5)  $212,000 to the agency of commerce and community development as follows:

               (A)  $12,000 for the international trade commission;

               (B)  $50,000 for the environmental engineering initiative.

               (C)  $150,000 for the commission on the future of economic development.  The commission on the future of economic development shall utilize $4,000 of this appropriation to contract for video recording commission meetings and distributing DVDs to all community access television stations in Vermont that are willing to broadcast the meetings.

          (6)  $95,000 to the department of housing and community affairs for grants as follows:

               (A)  $20,000 to the Ethan Allen homestead;

               (B)  $75,000 for grants to communities related to ancient roads and unidentified corridors requirements.

          (7)  $165,000 to the Vermont economic development authority to reduce agricultural dairy loan interest by one percent for six months.

          (8)  $500,000 is to the department of information and innovation for a grant to Northern Enterprises, Inc. (North-Link) to be used to construct infrastructure that support provision of broadband or cellular services in areas of the state now unserved.  Prior to any such grant, the department shall require a submission of an expenditure and business plan with benchmarks and measurable outcomes to evaluate the activities funded.  It is further the intention of the general assembly to appropriate the amount of $500,000 in each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010 for further construction of the North-Link project.

          (9)  $40,000 for a grant to the crossroads regional marketing program.

Sec. 234.  Total commerce and community

development                                                                 59,113,306

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             15,865,504

                   Special funds                                            21,153,075

                   Federal funds                                           20,268,872

                   Enterprise funds                                             789,893

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,035,962

                        Total                                                   59,113,306

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                                     1,372,421

                        Total                                                     1,449,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    1,449,000

Sec. 239.  Transportation - program development

                   Personal services                                      35,867,267

                   Operating expenses                                112,896,085

                   Grants                                                      26,116,926

                        Total                                                 174,880,278

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  34,355,234

                   Local match                                               1,788,677

                   Federal funds                                         133,566,367

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           5,170,000

                        Total                                                 174,880,278

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                                  30,508,345

                   Grants                                                           206,500

                        Total                                                   63,648,148

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  59,824,213

                   Federal funds                                             3,723,935

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              100,000

                        Total                                                   63,648,148

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                                           948,669

                   Operating expenses                                         77,517

                   Grants                                                       18,125,383

                        Total                                                   19,151,569

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    6,642,668

                   Special funds                                                  610,500

                   Federal funds                                           11,898,401

                        Total                                                   19,151,569

Sec. 246.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                        3,245,502

                   Operating expenses                                  11,366,120

                        Total                                                   14,611,622

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                14,611,622

Sec. 247.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                      17,147,046

                   Operating expenses                                    7,629,667

                   Grants                                                           339,000

                        Total                                                   25,115,713

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  23,341,574

                   Federal funds                                             1,774,139

                        Total                                                   25,115,713

Sec. 248.  Transportation - town highway structures

                   Grants                                                        3,494,500

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,494,500

Sec. 249.  Transportation - town highway emergency fund

                   Grants                                                           750,000

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       750,000

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                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    5,748,750

Sec. 252.  Transportation - town highway bridges

                   Personal services                                        3,650,000

                   Operating expenses                                  19,325,019

                   Grants                                                           382,200

                        Total                                                   23,357,219

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,792,636

                   Local match                                               1,162,726

                   Federal funds                                           18,401,857

                        Total                                                   23,357,219

Sec. 253.  Transportation - town highway aid program

                   Grants                                                      24,982,744

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  24,982,744

     (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                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       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                                    420,875,874

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                192,667,968

                   Special funds                                                  610,500

                   Local match                                               2,951,403

                   Federal funds                                         204,264,381

                   Internal service funds                                14,611,622

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           5,770,000

                        Total                                                 420,875,874

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.

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

     (b)  To the extent that the July, 2007 fiscal year 2008 general fund revenue forecast exceeds $1,157,700,000, enabling the appropriation in Sec. 269 of this act, any of this excess attributable to forecast property transfer tax revenues above $34,800,000, not to exceed $2,000,000, 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.  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 12 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 $1,152,700,000:

          (1)  Up to $4,300,000 is appropriated to the department of corrections for correctional services as an additional base fiscal year 2008 appropriation.

          (2)  Up to $700,000 is appropriated to the legislature as an additional base fiscal year 2008 expenditure.

Sec. 270.  [DELETED]

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

§ 11a.  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 $35,440,855 $35,007,219.

Sec. 272.  [DELETED]

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 fiscal year 2008, the following amounts are appropriated from the general fund:

          (1)   $820,000 to the agency of natural resources for the following:

               (A)  $335,000 to the department of environmental conservation for groundwater mapping;

               (B)  $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;

               (C)  $60,000 for the Vermont youth conservation corps of which $10,000 is for the shortfall due to the cemetery maintenance contract from fiscal year 2007;

               (D)  $50,000 to the department of fish and wildlife for nonmotorized boat access at state owned water access areas;

               (E)  $25,000 to the department of fish and wildlife for a grant to the nature conservancy for their Bald Mountain project.

          (2)  $150,000 to the legislature for the legislative documents and process office automation project.

          (3)  $25,000 in general funds and $35,000 in federal funds appropriated to the agency of human services for global commitment. This gives $60,000 in funds appropriated from the Global Commitment fund to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living for the caregiver registry.

          (4)  $700,000 to the department of education:

               (A)  $300,000 for science assessment;

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

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.  [DELETED] 

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 and management on July 31, 2007, shall to the extent funds are available 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.

     (b)  To the extent additional funds are available the following $23,664,000 in property tax relief expenditures shall be made: 

          (1) First, $13,664,000 shall be transferred to the education fund, consisting of $7,064,000 of repayment of funds which should have been contributed in prior years and $6,600,000 as an additional one-time general fund transfer.

          (2)  Second, up to $6,500,000 shall be transferred to the transportation fund for the following purpose:

               (A)  An estimated $3,000,000 to offset a potential revenue shortfall of available fiscal year 2007 revenues in the transportation fund as compared to the January 2007 forecast; and

               (B)  An estimated $3,500,000 to offset a potential fiscal year 2008 revenue difference between the July 2007 and the January 2007 fiscal 2008 available transportation fund revenue forecast. 

               (C)  The $6,500,000 in total is available to offset the shortfall and downgrade.  In the event that the shortfall and downgrade in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 can be offset with  less than $6,500,000, that lesser amount shall be the amount of the transfer.

          (3)  Third, $1,500,000 shall be appropriated  as follows:

               (A)  $1,000,000 to the agency of transportation for the town highway class # 2 program.

               (B)  $400,000 to the agency of transportation for the public transit capital equipment program.

               (C)  $100,000 to the agency of administration for the following town grants:

                   (i)  $42,500 each to the towns of Johnson and Cambridge;

                   (ii)  $15,000 to the city of St. Albans.

          (4)  Fourth, $2,000,000 shall be transferred and appropriated to the department of education for school construction aid.

     (c)  To the extent additional funds are available, the following $6,650,685 in expenditures shall be made: 

          (1)  First, $2,277,000 shall be appropriated for initiatives to strengthen Vermont’s economy as described in Sec. 233a of this act.

          (2)  Second, $2,467,685 for fiscal year 2008 pay act.  Of this appropriation, $133,570 shall be transferred to the office of the defender general to allow for an increase for attorneys up to level IV-7 in fiscal year 2008.  The remaining funds shall be allocated for fiscal year 2008 general fund pay act obligations.  

          (3)  Third, $1,806,000 shall be transferred to the department of buildings and general services facilities operation fund for the costs of the Bennington state office building.

     (d)  If, after subsections (a)-(c) of this section, $8,500,000 or more unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis remains to be allocated, then $8,500,000 shall be appropriated and transferred to the education fund.  If less than this amount remains, no such transfer shall take place.  

     (e)  In the event that the transfer in subsection (d) of this section does not occur or there are funds remaining after the transfer in subsection (d) of this section occurs, to the extent that funds are available, the following appropriations and transfers shall occur: 

          (1)  First, $1,500,000 shall be transferred to the department of finance and management and shall be used to reduce internal service fund deficits.  The commissioner shall submit a report to the joint fiscal committee as to the specific deficits that these funds are applied to.

          (2)  Second, $2,500,000 is appropriated to the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration for an individual nongroup market supplement initiative.  Such funds shall be spent under the terms and conditions of Sec. 91a of this act.

          (3)  Third, up to $2,000,000 shall be transferred to the transportation fund, if necessary, in the event that the funds transferred in Sec. 277(b)(3) of this act were not sufficient to offset any fiscal year 2007 or fiscal year  2008 revenue shortfall from the official forecast made in January of 2007.

          (4)  Fourth, any remaining funds shall be transferred and appropriated to the department of education for school construction aid.

Sec. 278.  [DELETED]

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 created pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 2887(a).

(b)  In accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), the amount of $900,000 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 up to $7,800,000 to the department of taxes for the purposes described in subdivision (a)(2) of this section.  The commissioner shall anticipate receipts in accordance with 32 V.S.A. § 588(4)(C). 

(c)  Fund to terminate.

(1)  This fund shall terminate on July 1, 2011 and 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.  [DELETED]

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. 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 education 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 education funds paid to the municipality under section 6066a of Title 32 on September 15, 2007.  The commissioner shall include any education fund 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 education 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 of education, whichever is later.  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 shall refund the excess to the taxpayer, without interest, within 60 days of receipt by the municipality within 20 days of the first date upon which taxes become due and payable or 20 days after notification by the commissioner of education, whichever is later.  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. 293a.  INDEPENDENT STUDY OF USE VALUE APPRAISAL PROGRAM

     (a)  Appropriation and duties and powers.  The legislative council shall hire one or more consultants to conduct a thorough and independent review and analysis of the use value appraisal program.  The consultants shall have the assistance of the department of taxes, the joint fiscal office and the legislative council.  Funds for this purpose are appropriated in Sec. 381a(a)(1) of this act.

(b)  Goals; issues.  The goals of the use value appraisal program are found in 32 V.S.A. § 3751, as follows:

§ 3751.  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The purpose of this subchapter is to encourage and assist the maintenance of Vermont's productive agricultural and forest land; to encourage and assist in their conservation and preservation for future productive use and for the protection of natural ecological systems; to prevent the accelerated conversion of these lands to more intensive use by the pressure of property taxation at values incompatible with the productive capacity of the land; to achieve more equitable taxation for undeveloped lands; to encourage and assist in the preservation and enhancement of Vermont's scenic natural resources; and to enable the citizens of Vermont to plan its orderly growth in the face of increasing development pressures in the interests of the public health, safety and welfare. (Added 1977, No. 236 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)

The consultant shall articulate the current statutory goals of the program, and analyze whether the program is achieving those goals.  The consultant shall investigate and make findings regarding the following: 

(1)  Has the current use program achieved its statutory goals?  If not, what were the barriers to achieving any particular goal?  Are there barriers to enrollment?

(2)  Does the administration of the program meet one of the stated goals, vis-à-vis of protecting natural ecological systems on enrolled forest land (wetlands, riparian areas, rare forest conditions, etc.)?  If not, what are the barriers to protection of these ecosystems?

(3)  How are use values determined (in answering this question, the consultant shall confer with the current use advisory board)?  How might use values be affected if parcel location were taken into account?  Would the establishment of new categories with varying use values for eligible land, based for example upon parcel size, public access for outdoor recreation, conservation easements, protection of natural ecological systems, or other criteria, aid in achieving the statutory goals of the program?  Are the goals of the program furthered by allowing enrollment of a parcel that has deed restrictions but is otherwise eligible for the program?

(4)  What activities does the program require of listers and what changes, if any, would local officials like to see in the program?  How is land appraised after deed restrictions are placed on the land and should the division of property valuation and review develop a guidance for listers?  Can computer technology reduce the administrative burden on local listers, allow landowners and consulting foresters to file documents and reports electronically, and improve monitoring and compliance? 

(5)  Is there sufficient personnel to administer the program adequately within the department of taxes and the department of forests, parks and recreation?  Is the monitoring of parcels manageable, and are the county foresters able to supervise and provide sufficient technical assistance? 

(6)  How would annual reporting by forest land owners affect the program? Should annual reporting be reinstated?

(7)  Does the land use change tax provide an adequate disincentive for temporary enrollment of land, especially where the landowner intends to develop in the future?

(8)  Would the addition of a “means” test for enrollment hamper or enhance, or otherwise affect, achievement of the program goals?

(9)  Are the goals of open land and farmer assistance mutually exclusive or compatible goals for the program?

(10)  How many parcels are exempt from municipal or education property tax, or both? What is the cost to the general fund for reimbursing the municipalities for the loss of municipal property tax revenue on enrolled properties and to the education fund in reduced revenue to the education fund? What would be the cost developing enrolled properties to the municipal and education budgets?

(c)  The consultant shall report to the legislative council and the use value appraisal task force on the findings on or before October 1, 2007.

(d)  Use value appraisal task force.

(1)  Membership.  A use value appraisal task force is created to consist of two members of the house of representatives; two members of the senate; the director of the division of property valuation and review or designee; the secretary of the agency of natural resources or designee; the secretary of agriculture, food and markets or designee; a member representing forestry interests; a member representing agricultural interests; a member representing land-use or conservation interests; a member representing assessors and listers; a member representing fish and wildlife interests; a member representing outdoor recreational interests; one owner of enrolled forest land or agricultural land, or both; one owner of nonenrolled forest land or agricultural land, or both; two members at large.  The speaker of the house and the senate president pro tempore shall appoint members of the use value appraisal task force that are not members ex officio, and the governor shall appoint the two members at large.  Members shall be appointed by June 1, 2007.

(2)  Powers and duties.  The use value appraisal task force shall determine whether the program needs to be modified to accomplish its stated goals, and whether the goals ought to be modified in light of the available resources and all the findings of the task force.  In making these determinations, the task force shall confer with the consultant during the study of the use value appraisal program; review the consultant’s written report; conduct public hearings at convenient times and in convenient places throughout the state, with sufficient notice to the public; and consult with identifiable affected and interested parties. 

(3)  The task force shall provide the house committees on agriculture, on natural

resources and energy, and on ways and means, and the senate committees on agriculture, on natural resources and energy, and on finance with a copy of the consultant’s study and a report of task force recommendations and legislative proposals by January 15, 2008.

(4)  The task force shall meet no more than three times when the general assembly is not in session.  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, legislative members of the task force shall be entitled to per diem compensation and reimbursement of expenses as provided in 2 V.S.A. § 406(a).  

Sec. 293b.  REPORT; SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES WORKING GROUP

     (a)  The agency of natural resources shall report to the committees on natural resources and energy by no later than January 15, 2008 with regard to:

(1)  how the agency’s reorganization will necessitate changes with regard to the way the state regulates and manages solid waste;

(2)  the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s existing solid waste management system;

(3) information that is necessary in assessing the extent to which the state’s regulatory process succeeds in implementing the waste management priorities established in 10 V.S.A. § 6604;

(4)  the direction in which the agency proposes that the solid waste management system should evolve over the next ten years, including those steps the agency can take on matters within its existing jurisdiction.

(b)  The agency of natural resources shall convene a solid waste working group by no later than February 15, 2008.  The working group shall include:  one member of the senate to be appointed by the committee on committees; one member of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house; the secretary of natural resources or his or her designee; two representatives of solid waste management districts; two representatives of citizens groups involved with solid waste issues; a member of the Vermont league of cities and towns to be recommended by the league; a representative of an environmental group; two representatives of the private solid waste industry in Vermont, one a landfill owner and one a solid waste hauler; a representative from the business sector; and a third party consultant skilled in solid waste facility design or risk assessment; together with representatives of other interests as added to the group by the secretary.  The working group shall examine the report required by this section and develop proposals and recommendations to implement and improve upon the report, including best management practices.  The group shall not be limited to matters recommended by the secretary.  The group shall report to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy by no later than January 15, 2009.

Sec. 293c.  STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDY COMMITTEE

     (a)  A state law enforcement study committee is created with the following members:  the chairs of the house and senate committees on government operations; one member of the house committee on appropriations and one member of the house committee on judiciary appointed by the speaker of the house; one member of the senate committee on appropriations and one member of the senate committee on judiciary appointed by the committee on committees; the commissioner of public safety; the director of the Vermont state employees’ association or his or her designee; the director of the Vermont state police or his or her designee; the commissioner of fish and wildlife or his or her designee; the chief warden; the commissioner of motor vehicles or his or her designee; the director of the enforcement and safety division of the department of motor vehicles; the commissioner of liquor control or his or her designee; and the director of the enforcement division of the department of liquor control.  The chairs of the house and senate committees on government operations shall serve as co-chairs of the committee.

     (b)  The committee shall:

          (1)  review and evaluate options for making state policing and enforcement services more effective;

          (2)  identify the various state policing and enforcement services, their respective core missions and priorities, areas of specialized training and expertise, and the operational and fiscal relationships among these services;

          (3)  focus its recommendations on:  the need for a higher volume of police and enforcement services; lowering response times; eliminating duplication of effort; lowering overall operating expenses; enhancing training opportunities; tightening coordination, strengthening communications, and sharing information; and enhancing the overall quality of state policing and enforcement services.

          (4)  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.

          (5)  consider a demonstration pilot program in up to three Vermont communities to utilize sheriffs, constables and municipal police officers to answer complaints and undertake follow-up investigations in these communities in lieu of state troopers.  The communities considered shall be ones which the department of state police has consistently been paying overtime costs to troopers on duty over the course of the past three years.

          (6)  submit a report to the house and senate committees on appropriations by December 15, 2007.

     (c)  The committee may meet up to four times.  Members of the general assembly shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for necessary expenses as those provided to members of standing committees under section 406 of Title 2.

     (d)  The secretary of administration and the department of public safety shall provide any cooperation and assistance that may be required. 

     (e)  The staff of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office shall provide professional and administrative support to the committee.

Sec. 293d.  PLAN FOR ADDRESSING PUBLIC DEFENSE AND DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S ATTORNEYS CASELOAD AND STAFFING LEVELS

     (a)  The defender general and the executive director of the department of state’s attorneys, in consultation with the chief justice of the judiciary or his or designee, and the commissioner of corrections, shall work to develop a five year plan to address existing caseload and staffing levels in the Chittenden County public defense office and the department of state’s attorneys.  The plan shall identify appropriate staffing levels and a process for achieving them over a five year period.  The plan shall also consider the impact that additional staff in the Chittenden County public defense office and the department of state’s attorneys would have on the judiciary and department of corrections.  The plan shall be completed by November 1, 2007 so the governor may include funding recommendations in the 2009 budget submission to the general assembly.  The plan shall be presented to the joint fiscal committee at the November, 2007 meeting.

Sec. 294.  RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE 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 racially and ethnically diverse 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; including the feasibility of establishing a student loan repayment program; and a plan for implementing those strategies deemed to be effective in recruiting and retaining racially and ethnically diverse 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 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 the 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.  Subdivision (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.  AUTHORIZATION FOR EXPENDITURES AT POWNAL TANNERY SUPERFUND SITE

     (a)  Notwithstanding the $100,000 limitation on the expenditure of funds from the environmental contingency fund established pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 1283, the secretary of the agency of natural resources may expend funds to accomplish activities authorized under 10 V.S.A. § 1283(b)(9) at the Pownal Tannery Superfund Site to accomplish the state activities agreed upon in the July 2003 State Superfund Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sec. 298a.  32  V.S.A. § 8665 is added to read:

§ 8665.  VERMONT ENERGY AFFORDABILITY INVESTMENT FUND

     (a)  There is established the Vermont energy affordability investment fund as a special fund to be managed pursuant to the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of this Title.   This fund shall be created only if section  8661 of this title  is amended by H.520 of 2007.

     (b)  The fund shall contain monies transferred by act of the general assembly.

     (c)  Interest and revenues in the fund shall not revert at the conclusion of any fiscal year, but shall remain in the fund for future fiscal years.

     (d)  Monies in the fund may be expended only upon appropriation by the general assembly for purposes, including public transportation, consistent with the energy policy of the state set forth in section 202a of Title 30. 

Sec. 298b.  TRANSFERS TO VERMONT ENERGY AFFORDABILITY INVESTMENT FUND

     (a)  In fiscal year 2009, 55 percent of the revenue received pursuant to 32  V.S.A. § 8661(e)(2) shall be transferred into the fund established under 32  V.S.A. § 8665.

     (b)  In fiscal year 2010, 60 percent of the revenue received pursuant to 32  V.S.A. § 8661(e)(2) shall be transferred into the fund established under 32  V.S.A. § 8665.

     (c)  In fiscal year 2011 and subsequent years, 66 percent of the revenue received pursuant to 32  V.S.A. § 8661(e)(2) shall be transferred into the fund established under 32  V.S.A. § 8665.

Sec. 299.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This section and Secs. 5(a), 5a, 56(d), 60(b), 61, 73a, 110a, 110b, 110c, 110d, 110e, 139, 160(b), 170,185, 275, 277, 288a, 290, 293a, 293b, 295, and 298 of this act shall take effect on passage.

     (b)  Sec. 50b of this act (payment to municipalities of municipal tax portion of property tax adjustments) shall take effect January 1, 2008.

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

(d)  Sec. 111a shall sunset on January 31, 2009.

     (e)  Secs. 127a and 127b of this act shall be repealed on July 1, 2009 and 15A V.S.A. § 1-113 and 33 V.S.A. § 309 shall revert to the prior statutory language.

(f)  Sec. 169 shall take effect retroactively on July 1, 2006 and shall apply to budgets approved for the 2006–2007 academic year.

(g)  Secs. 289, 291, 292, and 293 of 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. 

     (h)  Sec. 298 shall be repealed on January 16, 2011.

* * * Further Amended Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Adjustment * * *

Sec. 300.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  These sections 300 through 406 shall be known as and shall be cited as the “Further Amended Budget Adjustment Act - Fiscal Year 2007.”

Sec. 301.  PURPOSE

     (a)  It is the purpose of these sections 300 through 406 to amend No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 and further amend Act 16 of 2007, thereby amending the appropriation amounts for fiscal year 2007. 

Sec. 302.  Sec. 5 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

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

          Personal services                                          471,572                       543,510

          Operating expenses                                        43,505                         43,505

          Grants                                                          400,000                       400,000

               Total                                                       915,077                       987,015

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                915,077                       987,015

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Sec. 303.  Sec. 30 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 30.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

          Personal services 10,529,817                   10,529,817

          Operating expenses                                 10,548,400                  16,063,035

               Total                                                  21,078,217                  26,592,852

     Source of funds

          Internal service funds                               21,078,217                  26,592,852

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(b)  The department shall increase the facilities operations charges to the agency of human services in fiscal year 2007 by $1,470,718 for the costs associated with the Bennington state office building. 

Sec. 303a.  FISCAL YEAR 2007 DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS – BENNINGTON STATE OFFICE BUILDING

     (a)  In fiscal year 2007, $1,470,717 is appropriated, $650,000 from federal funds and $820,717 in general funds.  These appropriations shall be for increased costs related to the Bennington state office building and shall be allocated as follows:

          (1)  agency of human services, $61,895 general funds and $20,631 federal funds;

          (2)  department for children and families – administration and support, $374,309 general funds and $275,533 federal funds;

          (3)  department for children and families - office of child support, $49,069 general funds and $95,252 federal funds;

          (4)  department for children and families - family services, $335,444 general funds and $258,584 federal funds.

Sec. 304.     Sec. 37 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 37.  Joint fiscal committee

          Personal services                                       1,143,796                    1,174,796

          Operating expenses                                        87,831                         87,831

               Total                                                    1,231,627                    1,262,627

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,231,627                    1,262,627

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $16,600 shall be used to fund additional research during the 2007 session as follows:

(1)  The amount of $9,600 shall be used to study what drives the cost of education spending.  The department of education shall cooperate with and provide assistance to the joint fiscal office.

(2)  The amount of $7,000 shall be used to study the demographic changes impacting state revenues and budgets.  The department of taxes shall cooperate with and provide assistance to the joint fiscal office.

Sec. 305.     Sec. 49 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 49.  Payments in lieu of taxes

          Grants                                                       3,100,000                    3,300,000

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                600,000                       400,000

          Special funds                                             2,500,000                    2,900,000

               Total                                                    3,100,000                    3,300,000

* * *

Sec. 306.     Sec. 53 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 4 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 53.  Total general government                  136,909,534                142,727,107

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           54,456,101                  54,359,039

          Special funds                                             5,756,487                    6,156,487

          Tobacco fund                                                 58,000                         58,000

          Federal funds                                            2,846,298                    2,846,298

          Enterprise funds                                        2,542,778                    2,542,778

          Internal service funds                               42,738,303                  48,252,938

          Pension trust funds                                  24,439,124                  24,439,124

          Private purpose trust funds                        1,027,123                    1,027,123

          Interdepartmental transfer                          3,045,320                    3,045,320

               Total                                                136,909,534                142,727,107

Sec. 307.  Sec. 56 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 56.  Vermont court diversion

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     (a)  Court diversion programs may use funds allocated in the appropriation above for increased wages.

Sec. 308.  Sec. 59 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 59.  Judiciary

          Personal services                                     25,836,112                  25,836,112

          Operating expenses                                   7,150,842                    7,150,842

          Grants                                                            70,000                         70,000

               Total                                                  33,056,954                  33,056,954

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           29,691,689                  29,691,689

          Special funds                                                782,335                       925,335

          Tobacco fund                                                 40,000                         40,000

          Federal funds                                               421,930                       421,930

          Interdepartmental transfer                          2,121,000                    1,978,000

               Total                                                  33,056,954                  33,056,954

* * *

Sec. 309.  Sec. 63 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 63.  Public safety – administration

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     (b)  Of the funds appropriated to the department of public safety, $26,000 shall be used to make a grant to the Essex county sheriff department.  The commissioner may transfer this amount from line items in this appropriation or other department of public safety appropriations to implement this directive forthwith.

Sec. 310.  Sec. 64 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 64.  Public safety - homeland security

          Personal services                                       1,517,922                    1,517,922

          Operating expenses                                   4,504,102                    4,504,102

          Grants                                                     14,838,700                  14,838,700

               Total                                                  20,860,724                  20,860,724

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                435,157                       435,157

          Special funds                                                    7,400                           3,900

          Federal funds                                          20,417,717                  20,421,217

          Interdepartmental transfer                                    450                              450

               Total                                                  20,860,724                  20,860,724

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Sec. 311.  Sec. 65 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 65.  Public safety - state police

          Personal services                                     37,651,431                  38,734,009

          Operating expenses                                   5,707,781                    7,116,763

          Grants                                                       1,635,950                    1,635,950

               Total                                                  44,995,162                  47,486,722

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             5,938,091                    8,223,651

          Transportation fund                                 31,053,847                  30,953,847

          Special funds                                             3,293,766                    3,102,246

          Federal funds                                            4,156,802                    4,654,322

          Interdepartmental transfer                             552,656                       552,656

               Total                                                  44,995,162                  47,486,722

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Sec. 312.  Sec. 66 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 66.  Public safety - criminal justice services

          Personal services                                       5,925,379                    5,925,379

          Operating expenses                                   2,404,337                    2,404,337

          Grants                                                       2,182,500                    2,182,500

               Total                                                  10,512,216                  10,512,216

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                760,000                       811,594

          Transportation fund                                   4,323,039                    4,323,039

          Special funds                                             1,322,337                    1,322,337

          Federal funds                                            3,678,817                    3,678,817

          Interdepartmental transfer                             428,023                       376,429

               Total                                                  10,512,216                  10,512,216

Sec. 313.     Sec. 69 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 69.  Public safety - fire safety

          Personal services                                       3,743,689                    3,908,689

          Operating expenses                                      929,794                    1,329,794

          Grants                                                            48,000                         48,000

               Total                                                    4,721,483                    5,286,483

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                713,652                       713,652

          Special funds                                             3,738,363                    4,303,363

          Federal funds                                                 91,068                         91,068

          Interdepartmental transfer                             178,400                       178,400

               Total                                                    4,721,483                    5,286,483

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Sec. 314.  Sec. 71 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 71.  Military - air service contract

 

          Personal services                                       4,015,783                    4,168,247

          Operating expenses                                      875,237                    1,133,053

               Total                                                    4,891,020                    5,301,300

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                339,579                       442,149

          Federal funds                                            4,551,441                    4,859,151

               Total                                                    4,891,020                    5,301,300

Sec. 315.  Sec. 74 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 74.  Military - veterans’ affairs

          Personal services                                          265,466                       307,466

          Operating expenses                                      107,315                       107,315

          Grants                                                          172,815                       172,815

               Total                                                       545,596                       587,596

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                545,596                       545,596

          Federal funds                                                                                     42,000

               Total                                                                                           587,596

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Sec. 316.  Sec. 76 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 76.  Criminal justice training council

          Personal services                                       1,007,217                    1,007,217

          Operating expenses                                      800,611                       970,611

               Total                                                    1,807,828                    1,977,828

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,171,978                    1,341,978

          Special funds                                                505,452                       505,452

          Interdepartmental transfer                             130,398                       130,398

               Total                                                    1,807,828                    1,977,828

Sec. 317.  Sec. 89 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 89.  Secretary of state

          Personal services                                       4,040,135                    4,085,135

          Operating expenses                                   1,341,443                    1,386,443

          Grants                                                       1,200,000                    1,200,000

               Total                                                    6,581,578                    6,671,578

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                586,693                       676,693

          Special funds                                             3,919,885                    3,919,885

          Federal funds                                            2,000,000                    2,000,000

          Interdepartmental transfer                               75,000                         75,000

               Total                                                    6,581,578                    6,671,578

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Sec. 318.  Sec. 93 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 93.  Enhanced 9-1-1 board

          Personal services                                       2,106,208                    1,683,779

          Operating expenses                                      371,986                    2,247,822

               Total                                                    2,478,194                    3,931,601

     Source of funds

          Special funds                                             2,478,194                    3,931,601

Sec. 319.  Sec. 99 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 20 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 99.  Total protection to persons

and property                                                   237,548,140                242,770,387

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           76,875,765                  79,575,489

          Transportation fund                                 35,440,855                  35,340,855

          Special funds                                           57,135,074                  59,101,461

          Tobacco fund                                               619,768                       619,768

          Global commitment funds                          1,716,181                    1,716,181

          Federal funds                                          54,096,303                  54,947,033

          Enterprise funds                                        4,469,973                    4,469,973

          Interdepartmental transfer                          7,194,221                    6,999,627

               Total                                                237,548,140                242,770,387

Sec. 320.  Sec. 100 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 100.     Secretary’s office

          Personal services                                       6,522,771                    6,522,771

          Operating expenses                                   2,220,100                    2,220,100

          Grants                                                       4,576,108                    4,988,852

               Total                                                  13,318,979                  13,731,723

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             3,726,910                    3,726,910

          Special funds                                                    7,517                           7,517

          Tobacco fund                                               612,021                       612,021

          Federal funds                                            4,770,606                    4,770,606

          Interdepartmental transfer                          4,201,925                    4,614,669

               Total                                                  13,318,979                  13,731,723

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Sec. 321.  Sec. 101 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 101.  Secretary’s office-Global Commitment

          Grants                                                  792,294,238                 809,595,892

     Source of funds

          General fund                                         116,901,768                 124,205,456

          Special funds                                          12,939,662                   14,671,205

    

          Tobacco fund                                         19,299,711                   19,815,424

          State health care resource fund              153,832,688    153,832,688

          Catamount fund                                                                             1,657,678

          Federal funds                                        487,041,206                 493,134,238

          Interdepartmental transfer                         2,279,203                     2,279,203

               Total                                               792,294,238                 809,595,892

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(b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $35,594,773 $33,133,325 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

(1)  $19,536,735 $17,075,287 certified state match available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $27,665,633 $24,379,713 of federal funds appropriated in this section equals a total estimated expenditure of $47,202,367 $41,455,000 for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under the Global Commitment.  An amount equal to the

actual 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)  $1,497,110 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

(3)(2)  $7,459,137 $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.

(4)(3)  $4,215,210 certified state match available from local education and social service agencies for eligible services provided to students in the success beyond six programs eligible persons through the children’s collaborative services program.

(5)(4)  $1,847,186 certified state match available from local designated mental health agencies for eligible mental health services provided under the Global Commitment.

(6)(5)  $1,039,395 certified state match available from local designated developmental services agencies for eligible developmental services provided under the Global Commitment.

* * *

Sec. 322.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT APPROPRIATIONS; TRANSFER; REPORT

(a)  In order to facilitate the end-of-year closeout for fiscal year 2007, the secretary of the agency of human services, with approval from the secretary of administration, may make transfers among the appropriations authorized for Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver program expenses.  At least three business days prior to any transfer, the agency shall

 

submit a proposal of transfers to be made pursuant to this section to the joint fiscal office.  A final report on all transfers made under this section shall be made to the joint fiscal committee for review at the September 2007 meeting.  The purpose of this section is to provide the agency with limited authority to modify the appropriations to comply with the terms and conditions of the global commitment for health waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

Sec. 323.  Sec. 105 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 105.     Office of Vermont health access - administration

          Personal services                                     26,611,976                  34,307,943

          Operating expenses                                   1,918,014                    1,918,014

          Grants                                                                                           1,000,000

               Total                                                  28,529,990                  37,225,957

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                                                    386,295

          Global Commitment fund                         28,167,196                  32,750,213

          Federal funds                                                                                3,726,655

          Interdepartmental transfer                             362,794                       362,794

               Total                                                  28,529,990                  37,225,957

* * *

Sec. 324.  Sec. 107 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 107.     Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - Global Commitment

          Grants                                                   389,504,923                389,025,944

     Source of funds

          Global Commitment fund                       389,504,923                389,025,944

* * *

Sec. 325.  Sec. 109 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 109.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program – non-Global Commitment long-term care waiver

     Grants                                                       172,317 361                167,782,587

Source of funds

     General fund                                                70,960,289                  69,092,869

     Federal funds                                             101,357,071                  98,689,718

          Total                                                     172,317,361                167,782,587

Sec. 326.  Sec. 110 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 110.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid matched nonwaiver expenses

          Grants                                                     61,194,552                  63,351,422

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           24,589,781                  24,496,854

          Federal funds                                          36,604,771                  38,854,568

         

               Total                                                  61,194,552                  63,351,422

Sec. 327.  Sec. 111 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 111.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - state only

          Grants                                                     29,621,923                  27,465,572

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           28,437,916                  27,249,932

          Global Commitment fund                           1,184,007                       215,640

               Total                                                  29,621,923                  27,465,572

Sec. 328.  Sec. 115 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 115.     Health - administration and support

          Personal services                                       5,760,189                    5,760,189

          Operating expenses                                   2,397,801                    2,397,801

          Grants                                                          150,000                       150,000

               Total                                                    8,307,990                    8,307,990

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                114,453                       409,453

          Special funds                                                  24,525                         24,525

          Global Commitment fund                           2,547,194                    1,787,194

          State health care resource fund                     100,000                       100,000

          Federal funds                                            5,517,818                    5,982,818

          Interdepartmental transfer                                 4,000                           4,000

               Total                                                    8,307,990                    8,307,990

Sec. 329.  Sec. 115a of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 115a.   Health - blueprint for health

          Personal services                                       2,549,049                    2,256,163

          Operating expenses                                      331,443                       331,443

          Grants                                                          366,000                       366,000

               Total                                                    3,246,492                    2,953,606

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,234,431                       941,545

          Global Commitment fund                           2,012,061                    2,012,061

               Total                                                    3,246,492                    2,953,606

* * *

Sec. 330.  Sec. 117 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 117.     Health - health protection

          Personal services                                       3,282,307                    3,282,307

          Operating expenses                                      768,200                       803,200

          Grants                                                       1,689,500                    1,721,500

               Total                                                    5,740,007                    5,807,007

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                238,513                       183,513

          Special funds                                                904,000                       939,000

          Global Commitment fund                                55,093                       142,093

          Federal funds                                            4,239,401                    4,239,401

          Interdepartmental transfer                             303,000                       303,000

               Total                                                    5,740,007                    5,807,007

Sec. 331.  Sec. 118 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 118.     Health - health surveillance

          Personal services                                       9,523,745                    9,523,745

          Operating expenses                                   2,845,354                    2,495,354

          Grants                                                       2,606,982                    3,568,982

               Total                                                  14,976,081                  15,588,081

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             3,601,147                    2,496,088

          Special funds                                             1,307,500                    1,707,100

          Global Commitment fund                           1,183,573                    2,451,032

          Federal funds                                            8,809,317                    8,859,317

          Permanent trust funds                                     10,000                         10,000

          Interdepartmental transfer                               64,544                         64,544

               Total                                                  14,976,081                  15,588,081

* * *

Sec. 332.  Sec. 119 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 119.     Health - health improvement

          Personal services                                       7,659,905                    7,907,682

          Operating expenses                                   1,051,300                    1,051,300

          Grants                                                     11,012,449                  11,101,449

               Total                                                  19,723,654                  20,060,431

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                571,675                    2,447,952

          Special funds                                                392,500                       351,500

          Tobacco fund                                            3,185,982                    2,670,269

          Global Commitment fund                           7,243,951                    7,189,489

          Federal funds                                            8,322,546                    7,394,221

          Interdepartmental transfer                                 7,000                           7,000

               Total                                                  19,723,654                  20,060,431

* * *

     (b)  The above tobacco fund appropriation and $543,696 $1,059,409 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 - $1,290,255; 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 the Washington county mental health agency for a special cessation program.

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

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

* * *

Sec. 333.  Sec. 120 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 120.     Health -  community public health

          Personal services                                     12,543,385                  12,543,385

          Operating expenses                                   2,145,389                    2,145,389

          Grants                                                     19,948,030                  20,115,801

               Total                                                  34,636,804                  34,804,575

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             2,122,308                    1,133,264

          Special funds                                             3,231,400                    3,231,400

          Global Commitment fund                         15,032,280                  16,287,359

          Federal funds                                          14,135,816                  14,037,552

          Interdepartmental transfer                             115,000                       115,000

               Total                                                  34,636,804                  34,804,575

Sec. 334.  Sec. 121 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 121.  Health – alcohol and drug abuse programs

     Personal services                                          9,228,703                    9,216,203

     Operating expenses                                       1,130,648                    1,130,648

     Grants                                                         20,255,145                  20,267,645

          Total                                                       30,779,496                  30,614,496

Source of funds

     General fund                                                  3,370,025                    3,294,765

     Special funds                                                    195,500                       195,500

     Tobacco fund                                                2,382,834                    2,382,834

     Global Commitment fund                              15,235,609                  15,777,640

     Federal funds                                                 9,445,528                    8,813,757

     Interdepartmental transfer                                 150,000                       150,000

          Total                                                       30,779,496                  30,614,496

* * *

     (g)  In addition to the $345,000 of funds allocated for grants to recovery centers in the above appropriation, $12,500 of funds shall be granted to the Vermont recovery center network.

* * *

Sec. 335.  Sec. 122 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

 

Sec. 122.     Health - mental health

          Personal services                                       4,245,156                    4,465,152

          Operating expenses                                      645,735                       653,235

          Grants                                                   113,908,703                116,626,879

               Total                                                118,799,594                121,745,266

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                884,623                       705,137

          Global Commitment fund                       112,938,232                117,002,169

          Federal funds                                            4,976,739                    4,037,960

               Total                                                118,799,594                121,745,266

* * *

Sec. 336.  Sec. 123 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 123.     Health - Vermont state hospital

          Personal services                                     17,362,523                  17,607,967

          Operating expenses                                   1,342,956                    1,596,585

          Grants                                                              3,000                           3,000

               Total                                                  18,708,479                  19,207,552

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           18,298,479                  18,687,552

          Special funds                                                110,000                       170,000

          Federal funds                                                                                     50,000

          Interdepartmental transfer                             300,000                       300,000

               Total                                                  18,708,479                  19,207,552

Sec. 337.  Sec. 125 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 125.     Health - medical practice board

          Personal services                                          466,127                       574,627

          Operating expenses                                      316,700                       316,700

               Total                                                       782,827                       891,327

     Source of funds

          Special funds                                                782,827                       771,327

          Global Commitment fund                                                                  120,000

               Total                                                                                           891,327

Sec. 338.  Sec. 126 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 7 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

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

          Personal services                                     29,680,515                  30,512,177

          Operating expenses                                   4,947,217                    5,653,792

          Grants                                                       1,506,998                    1,884,124

               Total                                                  36,134,730                  38,050,093

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           11,066,492                  11,523,232

          Global Commitment fund                         10,642,574                  11,358,954

          Federal funds                                          13,515,108                  13,748,368

          Interdepartmental transfer                             910,556                    1,419,539

               Total                                                  36,134,730                  38,050,093

* * *

Sec. 339.  Sec. 128 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 128.     Department for children and families - family services

          Personal services                                     19,332,140                  19,332,140

          Operating expenses                                   2,932,379                    2,542,379

          Grants                                                     65,473,894                  61,229,368

               Total                                                  87,738,413                  83,103,887

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           26,044,388                  14,829,862

          Special funds                                             1,306,152                    1,756,152

          Tobacco fund                                                 75,000                         75,000

          Global Commitment fund                         33,968,173                  40,548,173

          Federal funds                                          26,344,700                  25,214,700

          Interdepartmental transfer                                                                 680,000

               Total                                                  87,738,413                  83,103,887

Sec. 340.  Sec. 129 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 129.     Department for children and families - child development

          Personal services                                       2,793,150                    2,793,150

          Operating expenses                                      762,969                       762,969

          Grants                                                     46,918,030                  47,191,980

               Total                                                  50,474,149                  50,748,099

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           20,049,881                  20,337,589

          Special funds                                             1,230,722                       978,000

          Global Commitment fund                           1,532,093                    2,469,015

          Federal funds                                          27,435,701                  26,737,743

          Interdepartmental transfer                             225,752                       225,752

               Total                                                  50,474,149                  50,748,099

Sec. 341.  Sec. 133 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 133.     Department for children and families - office of economic opportunity

          Personal services                                          202,462                       202,462

          Operating expenses                                        85,023                         85,023

          Grants                                                       5,129,551                    5,103,337

               Total                                                    5,417,036                    5,390,822

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                985,725                       892,771

          Special funds                                                  57,340                         57,340

          Federal funds                                            4,122,898                    4,189,638

          Interdepartmental transfer                             251,073                       251,073

    

          Total            5,417,036                             5,390,822

* * *

Sec. 342.  Sec. 136 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 136.     Department for children and families - disability determination services

          Personal services                                       3,587,857                    3,587,857

          Operating expenses                                      558,389                       208,389

               Total                                                    4,146,246                    3,796,246

     Source of funds

          Federal funds                                            3,899,729                    3,549,729

          Interdepartmental transfer                             246,517                       246,517

               Total                                                    4,146,246                    3,796,246

Sec. 343.  Sec. 138 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 138.     Department for children and families - general assistance

          Grants                                                       4,376,259                    4,376,259

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             2,514,939                    2,854,939

          Global Commitment fund                              750,000                       410,000

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

               Total                                                    4,376,259                    4,376,259

Sec. 344.  Sec. 143 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 143.     Department for children and families - reach up

          Grants                                                     41,996,096                  41,306,780

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           12,808,023                  12,827,710

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

          Global Commitment fund                                25,500                         27,447

          Federal funds                                          26,962,573                  26,251,623

               Total                                                  41,996,096                  41,306,780

     (a)  In fiscal year 2007, the department for children and families may provide financial assistance and support services to families through solely state funded programs in order to maintain the separate state programs and segregated funds program established in subchapter 3 of chapter 11 of Title 33 and to assist the department in complying with the requirements relating to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families contained in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 pending further action by the general assembly.  This section shall not be interpreted to modify the requirements for families receiving services or the programs established in subchapter 3 of chapter 11 of Title 33, but is intended to permit the department flexibility in reporting maintenance-of-effort funds.

Sec. 345.  Sec. 144 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 144.     Department for children and families - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

          Personal services                                            20,000                         20,000

          Operating expenses                                        90,000                         90,000

          Grants                                                     10,146,117                  10,736,886

               Total                                                  10,256,117                  10,846,886

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                                                    590,769

          Special funds                                           10,256,117                  10,256,117

               Total                                                                                      10,846,886

* * *

(c)  Unexpended funds in this appropriation shall carry forward to fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 346.     Sec. 146 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 146.     Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

          Grants                                                       7,178,725                  11,055,733

     Source of funds

          Federal funds                                            7,178,725                  11,055,733

Sec. 347.     Sec. 150 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 150.     Aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living

          Grants                                                     21,632,428                  21,544,928

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           10,520,276                  10,357,776

          Special funds                                                  50,000                         50,000

          Global Commitment fund                           3,063,510                    3,063,510

          Federal funds                                            7,921,642                    7,846,642

          Interdepartmental transfer                               77,000                       227,000

               Total                                                  21,632,428                  21,544,928

* * *

Sec. 348.  Sec. 153 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 153.     Aging and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

          Grants                                                       5,736,907                    5,623,407

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,599,195                    1,485,695

          Federal funds                                            3,688,325                    3,688,325

          Interdepartmental transfer                             449,387                       449,387

               Total                                                    5,736,907                    5,623,407

Sec. 349.     Sec. 155 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 155.     Aging and independent living - developmental services

          Grants                                                   117,490,715                117,371,715

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                281,964                       162,964

          Special funds                                                185,463                       185,463

          Global Commitment fund                       116,698,893                116,698,893

          Federal funds                                               324,395                       324,395

               Total                                                117,490,715                117,371,715

Sec. 350.  Sec. 159 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 159.     Corrections - correctional services

          Personal services                                     70,894,459                  70,903,285

          Operating expenses                                 26,853,973                  28,064,307

          Grants                                                       2,064,500                    1,984,500

               Total                                                  99,812,932                100,952,092

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           94,516,613                  95,655,773

          Special funds                                                547,919                       547,919

          Tobacco fund                                                 87,500                         87,500

          Global Commitment fund                           2,750,144                    2,750,144

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

          Interdepartmental transfer                               81,046                         81,046

               Total                                                  99,812,932                100,952,092

* * *

Sec. 351.  Sec. 159a of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 159a.   Corrections - out-of-state beds

          Operating expenses                                   8,020,247                    8,314,136

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             8,020,247                    8,314,136

Sec. 352.  Sec. 166 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 9 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 166.  Total human services                     2,336,453,159           2,364,199,280

     Source of funds

          General fund                                            488,801,860              484,632,600

          Special funds                                             55,098,746                57,469,667

          Tobacco fund                                            25,643,048                25,643,048

          Global Commitment fund                         758,016,032              775,567,996

          State health care resource fund      153,932,688                        153,932,688

          Catamount fund                                                                             1,657,678

          Federal funds                                           837,650,659              846,233,750

          Permanent trust funds                                        10,000                       10,000

          Internal service funds                                   3,322,612                  3,322,612

          Interdepartmental transfer                          13,977,514                15,729,241

               Total                                               2,336,453,159           2,364,199,280

Sec. 353.  Sec. 167 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 167.     Labor - programs

         

Personal services   19,264,611                         19,264,611

          Operating expenses                                   4,136,325                    4,333,411

          Grants                                                       1,560,293                    1,560,293

               Total                                                  24,961,229                  25,158,315

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             2,119,812                    2,119,812

          Special funds                                             2,529,209                    2,529,209

          Catamount fund                                                                                197,086

          Federal funds                                          18,315,506                  18,315,506

          Interdepartmental transfer                          1,996,702                    1,996,702

               Total                                                  24,961,229                  25,158,315

Sec. 354.  Sec. 168 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 168.     Labor - administration

          Personal services                                       2,603,442                    2,603,442

          Operating expenses                                      697,451                       746,722

               Total                                                    3,300,893                    3,350,164

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                190,408                       190,408

          Special funds                                                377,442                       377,442

          Catamount fund                                                                                  49,271

          Federal funds                                            2,385,907                    2,385,907

          Interdepartmental transfer                             347,136                       347,136

               Total                                                    3,300,893                    3,350,164

Sec. 355.  Sec. 170 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 170.     Total labor                                    28,272,122                  28,518,479

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             2,310,220                    2,310,220

          Special funds                                             2,916,651                    2,916,651

          Catamount fund                                                                                246,357

          Federal funds                                          20,701,413                  20,701,413

          Interdepartmental transfer                          2,343,838                    2,343,838

               Total                                                  28,272,122                  28,518,479

Sec. 356.  Sec. 172 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 172.     Education - education programs

          Personal services                                     13,438,400                  13,417,239

          Operating expenses                                   2,026,972                    2,026,972

          Grants                                                   112,160,397                112,160,397

               Total                                                127,625,769                127,604,608

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             7,735,593                    7,735,593

          Transportation fund                                      127,483                       127,483

          Special funds                                             2,128,058                    2,128,058

          Federal funds                                        117,452,874                117,431,713

          Interdepartmental transfer                             181,761                       181,761

               Total                                                127,625,769                127,604,608

* * *

Sec. 357.  Sec. 177 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 177.  Education – adjusted education payment

     Grants                                            1,018,388,625            1,017,888,625

Source of funds

     Education fund                  1,018,388,625 1,017,888,625

* * *

Sec. 358.  Sec. 180 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 180.  Education – small school grants

          Grants                                                       5,360,000                    5,618,935

     Source of funds

          Education fund                                          5,360,000                    5,618,935

Sec. 359.  Sec. 188 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 188.     Tax department - property tax assistance

          Grants                                                   118,450,000                113,250,000

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             2,250,000                    2,250,000

          Education fund                                      116,200,000                111,000,000

               Total                                                118,450,000                113,250,000

Sec. 360.  Sec. 189 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 11 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 189.     Total general education and property

tax assistance                                               1,783,360,096             1,777,897,870

     Source of funds

          General fund                                         309,697,015                309,697,015

          Transportation fund                                      127,483                       127,483

          Education fund                                   1,312,422,597             1,306,981,532

          Special funds                                           18,291,045                  18,291,045

          Tobacco fund                                               995,668                       995,668

          Global Commitment fund                           1,041,775                    1,041,775

          Federal funds                                        120,051,275                120,030,114

          Pension trust funds                                  20,544,360                  20,544,360

          Interdepartmental transfer                             188,878                       188,878

               Total                                             1,783,360,096             1,777,897,870

Sec. 361.  Sec. 220 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 220.     Housing and community affairs

          Personal services                                       2,479,313                    2,479,313

          Operating expenses                                      347,147                       347,147

          Grants                                                       4,207,227                    4,407,227

               Total                                                    7,033,687                    7,233,687

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             1,509,648                    1,709,648

          Special funds                                             3,844,469                    3,844,469

          Federal funds                                            1,614,570                    1,614,570

          Interdepartmental transfer                               65,000                         65,000

               Total                                                    7,033,687                    7,233,687

* * *

Sec. 362.  Sec. 221 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 221.     Historic sites - operations

          Personal services                                          615,472                       616,591

          Operating expenses                                      284,540                       284,540

               Total                                                       900,012                       901,131

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                483,919                       514,519

          Special funds                                                372,000                       357,018

          Interdepartmental transfer                               44,093                         29,594

               Total                                                       900,012                       901,131

Sec. 363.  Sec. 225 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 225.     Economic development

          Personal services                                       1,936,584                    1,937,784

          Operating expenses                                      650,206                       651,806

          Grants                                                       1,675,349                    1,675,349

               Total                                                    4,262,139                    4,264,939

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             3,573,344                    3,576,144

          Special funds                                                490,325                       490,325

          Federal funds                                               198,470                       198,470

               Total                                                    4,262,139                    4,264,939

* * *

Sec. 364.  Sec. 227 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 227.     Tourism and marketing

          Personal services                                       1,717,814                    1,717,814

          Operating expenses                                   2,486,686                    2,261,686

          Grants                                                          142,000                       367,000

               Total                                                    4,346,500                    4,346,500

     Source of funds

          General fund                                             4,346,500                    4,346,500

Sec. 365.     Sec. 235 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 235.     Total commerce and community

development                                                     56,742,328                  56,946,247

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           15,276,346                  15,509,746

          Special funds                                           20,222,677                  20,207,695

          Federal funds                                          19,576,102                  19,576,102

          Enterprise funds                                           849,556                       849,556

          Interdepartmental transfer                             817,647                       803,148

               Total                                                  56,742,328                  56,946,247

Sec. 366.  Sec. 238 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 238.     Transportation - aviation

          Personal services                                       1,115,720                    1,115,720

          Operating expenses                                 10,074,880                    9,874,880

          Grants                                                          160,000                       160,000

               Total                                                  11,350,600                  11,150,600

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   2,195,350                    1,995,350

          Federal funds                                            9,155,250                    9,155,250

               Total                                                  11,350,600                  11,150,600

Sec. 367.  Sec. 240 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 14 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 240.     Transportation - program development

          Personal services                                     35,463,202                  35,463,202

          Operating expenses                               130,462,679                118,859,250

          Grants                                                     35,727,282                  35,727,282

               Total                                                201,653,163                190,049,734

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                 37,893,711                  34,876,382

          Local match 732,978                                   732,978

          Federal funds                                        160,626,424                152,040,324

          Interdepartmental transfer                          2,400,050                    2,400,050

               Total                                                201,653,163                190,049,734

Sec. 368.  Sec. 241 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 241.     Transportation - rest areas

          Personal services                                          100,000                       100,000

          Operating expenses                                   3,341,146                    3,041,146

               Total                                                    3,441,146                    3,141,146

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                      383,117                         83,117

          Federal funds                                            3,058,029                    3,058,029

               Total                                                    3,441,146                    3,141,146

Sec. 369.  Sec. 242 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 242.     Transportation - maintenance state system

          Personal services                                     32,043,294                  32,043,294

          Operating expenses                                 27,941,800                  27,941,800

          Grants                                                          368,000                       368,000

               Total                                                  60,353,094                  60,353,094

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                 57,446,094                  56,671,094

          Federal funds                                            2,907,000                    3,682,000

               Total                                                  60,353,094                  60,353,094

Sec. 370.  Sec. 244 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 244.     Transportation - rail

          Personal services                                       4,911,881                    4,911,881

          Operating expenses                                 12,466,427                  12,091,427

          Grants                                                       4,720,000                    4,720,000

               Total                                                  22,098,308                  21,723,308

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   8,979,308                    8,604,308

          Federal funds                                          13,119,000                  13,119,000

               Total                                                  22,098,308                  21,723,308

Sec. 371.  Sec. 245 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 245.     Transportation - bridge maintenance

          Operating expenses                                   8,340,679                    7,260,679

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   2,028,959                    1,748,959

          Local match 50,000                                       50,000

          Federal funds                                            6,261,720                    5,461,720

               Total                                                    8,340,679                    7,260,679

Sec. 372.  Sec. 247 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 247.     Transportation - central garage

          Personal services                                       3,198,783                    3,198,783

          Operating expenses                                 11,309,386                  10,759,386

               Total                                                  14,508,169                  13,958,169

     Source of funds

          Internal service funds                               14,508,169                  13,958,169

(a)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. Sec. § 13(c), $1,400,000 $4,928,834 of the above appropriation is appropriated from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. Sec. § 13(b).

Sec. 373.  Sec. 248 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 248.     Department of motor vehicles

          Personal services                                     13,580,740                  13,468,195

          Operating expenses                                   7,050,064                    7,050,064

          Grants                                                          311,300                       311,300

               Total                                                  20,942,104                  20,829,559

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                 19,617,251                  19,504,706

          Federal funds                                            1,324,853                    1,324,853

               Total                                                  20,942,104                  20,829,559

Sec. 374.     Sec. 250 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 250.     Transportation - town highway emergency fund

          Grants                                                       1,250,000                    2,461,220

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   1,250,000                    2,461,220

(a)  Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 306(d), repair costs incurred by the town of Athens for work on Walker Road TH6 stemming from a storm incident on June 29, 2006 is authorized for reimbursement under the eligibility rules of the town highway emergency fund program with the understanding that the town of Athens upgrade the Walker Road to Class III on the February 10, 2008 AOT map, or the money will have to be repaid by the town of Athens.

Sec. 375.  Sec. 259 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 259.     Transportation - discretionary spending

          Operating expenses                                   5,215,534                                  0

     Source of funds

          Transportation fund                                   3,569,924                                  0

          Federal funds                                            1,645,610                                  0

               Total                                                    5,215,534                                  0

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Sec. 376.  Sec. 260 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 16 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 260.     Total transportation                     454,228,007                436,002,719

     Source of funds

          General fund                                                  69,000                         69,000

          Transportation fund                               191,592,630                184,174,052

          Local match 3,044,123                             3,044,123

          Federal funds                                        242,474,035                232,217,325

          Internal service funds                               14,508,169                  13,958,169

          Interdepartmental transfer                          2,540,050                    2,540,050

               Total                                                454,228,007                436,002,719

Sec. 377.  Sec. 261 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 261.     Debt service

          Debt service                                            69,130,821                  69,129,965

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           64,549,851                  64,547,179

          Transportation fund                                   2,086,135                    2,087,951

          Special funds                                             2,494,835                    2,494,835

               Total                                                  69,130,821                  69,129,965

Sec. 378.  Sec. 262 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 262.     Total debt service                          69,130,821                  69,129,965

     Source of funds

          General fund                                           64,549,851                  64,547,179

          Transportation fund                                   2,086,135                    2,087,951

          Special funds                                             2,494,835                    2,494,835

               Total                                                  69,130,821                  69,129,965

Sec. 379.  APPROPRIATION REDUCTIONS DUE TO MEDICAL PLAN PREMIUM SAVINGS

(a)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to medical plan premium savings, personal service appropriations are reduced by $1,743,646 in general funds and $1,249,444 in transportation funds in accordance with the schedule, entitled “FY 2007 Appropriation Reductions Due to Medical Plan Premium Savings” filed with the joint fiscal committee.

Sec. 380.  Sec. 17 of No. 16 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 17.  REESTABLISH APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATIONS DUE TO JULY 18, 2006 EMERGENCY BOARD TRANSFER TRANSFERS

(a)  There is hereby appropriated $4,500,000 $8,900,000 in general funds in fiscal year 2007 to corrections - correctional services, to reestablish spending authority transferred for the emergency assistance for farms program, authorized by the emergency board on July 18, 2006.

(b)  There is hereby appropriated $1,500,000 in transportation funds in fiscal year 2007 to the department of motor vehicles to reestablish spending authority transferred to the town highway emergency fund, authorized by the emergency board on July 18, 2006.

Sec. 381.  Sec. 10(a)(2)(B) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

(B)  From the transportation fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005, $1,248,449.00, and for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, $2,405,219.00 $2,005,219.00;

Sec. 381a.  FISCAL YEAR 2007 FUNDS RESERVED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 APPROPRIATIONS

     (a)  The following specific items and general fund amounts shall be reserved in fiscal year 2007 and appropriated in fiscal year 2008:

          (1)  $50,000 to the legislative council for the current use tax study required by Sec. 293a of this act.

          (2)  $10,000 to the legislature for the justice reinvestment initiative working group to be used to pay the Council of State Governments for its help in gathering data, analyzing options, and making recommendations as required by Sec. 153b of this act. 

          (3)  $50,000 for the PILOT program to supplement fiscal year  2008 PILOT payments.

          (4)  $25,000 to the military department – veterans’ affairs for the Vermont Disabled American Veterans transportation network toward the purchase of a van.

          (5)  $15,000 to the human rights commission for public accommodations related work.

          (6)  $16,000 to the agency of agriculture, food, and markets for the 2+2 agricultural scholarship program.

          (7)  $300,000 to the department of public safety for purchase of cruisers.

          (8)  $280,000 to be split evenly between the office of the defender general and the department of states attorneys to meet caseload needs in Chittenden County.  Additional funds shall be based on the recommendations included in the five year plan required pursuant to Sec. 293d of this act.

          (9)  $1,176,000 to the agency of human services to fund items in Sec. 162a of this act. 

          (10)  $100,000 to the department of corrections for electronic monitoring.

          (11)  $ 50,000 to the department of corrections to offset offender co-pay revenue that will not be received.

          (12)  $500,000 to the department of education for adult basic education and literacy. 

          (13)  $100,000 to the Vermont state colleges to be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2008 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, 2009, 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.

Sec. 382.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2007:

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

               Interest earnings                                                                       1,250,000

62100     Abandoned property                                                                1,731,405

               Amortization of W.R. Grace                                                            9,316

               Caledonia Fair                                                                                5,000

50300     Liquor Control                                                                            663,305

21155     Secretary of State - Rulemaking Advertising Fund 102,000

21235     Home Weatherization Assistance Fund                                        400,000

21260     Act 250 Permit Fund                                                                   500,000

21747     CORR-Windsor School Special Fund                                           87,529

21812     Secretary of State - Corporations                                                    1,845

21886     Treasurer - Refunding Bond Issue                                                    9,201

21888     Treasurer - Citizens Bond                                                              24,940

21520     Treasurer’s Retirement Administration Fund                                 239,791

21993     VT Film Production Incentive                                                   1,000,000

21638     Attorney General - Fees and Reimbursements Court

               Order Special Fund                                                                     600,000

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $14,029,517, shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2007, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances, or any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner, will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2008 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services, or maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

(3)  The administration shall recognize $500,000 vendor incentive payments as a direct application in fiscal year 2007, and the secretary of administration shall transfer $300,000 to the general fund from available federal receipt funds in the agency of human services for the costs of the Bennington state office building at the close of fiscal year 2007.

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

31100     General Government Projects Fund                                                 1,347

58800     Facilities Operations Fund                                                        2,957,455

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

10000     General Fund                                                                           1,500,000

(6)  Notwithstanding the amount specified in 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), the following amount shall be transferred from the transportation fund to the fund indicated:

57100     Central Garage Fund                                                                   850,000

Sec. 383.  REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2007 the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

1105001000    GOVnet                                                                                   244

1110003000    Budget and Management                                                     94,447

1115001000    Finance & Management                                                       37,882

1120060000    Workforce Planning & Development                                      8,000

1210890504    Economic Development Study Committee 7,987

2150010000    Military - administration                                                       31,809

2200040000    Agriculture - Laboratories, agricultural

resource management and environmental stewardship                                   29,310

2230890602    Community Development Grants                                          10,000

2250000000    Public Service Board                                                                134

2270001000    Vermont Racing Commission                                                 4,332

2310010000    Lottery Commission                                                                  112

3480880401    SSCF Equip & Population Management                              15,354

5100890505    Education GF Transfer to Corrections Sp Ed                       43,103

6100010000    ANR Admin Management & Planning                                  48,000

7100000000    ACCD - Advertising Matching Grant                                     5,000

7130880402    Tourism and Marketing Initiatives 66/03                                 4,633

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2007 the following amounts shall revert to the transportation fund from the accounts indicated:

Estimated end-of-fiscal year closing entries                                                 250,000

2130100000    State’s Attorneys                                                                 25,500

2200020000    Agriculture - Food Safety, Consumer Assurance                    2,115

5100030000    Education - Education Services                                                 449

8100001700    Transportation - Interstate Rest Areas                                274,933

8100002800    Transportation - Town Highway Bridge                              430,000

8100005400    Transportation - Bridge Maintenance Program                   150,000

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2007 the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

1140050000    Homestead Property Tax Assistance                                  405,076

5100050000    State-Placed Students                                                        787,432

5100090000    Education Grant                                                                 777,637

5100100000    Transportation                                                                       5,130

5100110000    Small School Grant                                                            203,566

5100120000    Capital Debt Service Aid                                                     30,147

5100190000    Essential Early Education Grant                                            65,841

5100200000    Technical Education                                                           188,753

(d)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2007 the following amount shall revert to the fish and wildlife fund from the account indicated:

6120170000    Land Acquisition - Other                                                     67,139

Sec. 384.  Subsection (l) of Sec. 70 of No. 93 of the Acts of 2006, as amended by Sec. 272 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is added to read:

(l)  Any unreserved and undesignated general fund surplus at the end of fiscal year 2006 shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(a).

Sec. 385.  USE AND APPROPRIATION OF THE GENERAL FUND SURPLUS RESERVE

(a)  Funds held in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(a) are hereby made available for fiscal year 2007 appropriations in this act.

Sec. 386.  CARRY FORWARD AUTHORITY

     (a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation and education fund appropriations remaining unexpended at June 30, 2007 in the executive branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

     (b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, general and transportation fund appropriations remaining unexpended at June 30, 2007 in the legislative and judicial branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

Sec. 387.  33 V.S.A. § 1901d(b)(1) is amended to read:

(1)  all revenue from the tobacco products tax and 82.5 84.5 percent of the revenue from the cigarette tax levied pursuant to chapter 205 of Title 32;

Sec. 388.  33 V.S.A. § 1986(b)(2) is amended to read:

(2)  17.5 15.5 percent of the revenue from the cigarette tax levied pursuant to chapter 205 of Title 32;

Sec. 388a.  ONE-TIME ALLOCATION DUE TO CHRONIC CARE TIME FRAME

     (a)  Notwithstanding 33 V.S.A. § 1901d(b)(1) and 33 V.S.A. § 1986(b)(2),  in fiscal year 2007, 91.1 percent of the revenue from the cigarette tax levied pursuant to chapter 205 of Title 32 shall be deposited into the state health care resource funds established in 33 V.S.A. § 1901d.

Sec. 389.  TRANSITIONAL FUNDING

(a)  The balance of the $30,000 general fund appropriation to the Vermont economic progress council for planning activities in Sec. 288(a)(5)(P) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 may be used by the Vermont economic progress council for implementation of the Vermont employment growth incentive and tax increment financing programs as defined in No. 184 of the Acts of 2006.

Sec. 390.  EXEMPTIONS FROM BUDGET STABILIZATION RESERVES

(a)  The $11,000,000 in general funds appropriated in Sec. 2 of No. 91 of the Acts of 2006 (amending Sec. 3 of No. 84 of the Acts of 2006) is exempt from the fiscal year 2006 general fund appropriation total used to calculate the five percent budget stabilization requirement for fiscal year 2007 in 32 V.S.A. § 308.

(b)(1)  Transportation fund amounts totaling $5,801,347, reverted under the secretary of administration’s carry forward authority in Sec. 69 of No. 93 of the Acts of 2006, are exempt from the fiscal year 2006 transportation fund appropriation total used to calculate the five percent budget stabilization requirement for fiscal year 2007 in 32 V.S.A. § 308a.

(2)  The fiscal year  2007 agency of transportation fund reversions in Sec. 383 of this act totaling $854,933, based on carry forward spending authority from fiscal year 2006, are exempt from the fiscal year 2006 transportation fund appropriation total used to calculate the 5 percent budget stabilization requirement for fiscal year 2007 in 32 V.S.A. § 308a.

(c)  The funds appropriated in Sec. 5 of H.213 of 2007 are exempt from the fiscal year 2007 general fund appropriation total used to calculate the 5 percent budget stabilization requirement for fiscal year 2008 in 32 V.S.A. § 308.

Sec. 391.  32 V.S.A. § 182(a) is amended to read:

(a)  In addition to the duties expressly set forth elsewhere by law, the commissioner of finance and management shall:

* * *

(8)  Prepare monthly financial revenue reports for the governor, secretary of administration, and other officials and for release to the general public, and an a comprehensive annual financial report in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles which shall be distributed to the chairs of the house committees on appropriations, on institutions, and on ways and means and to the senate committees on appropriations, on finance, and on institutions on or before December 31 of each year;

(9)  Prepare Make available monthly reports of appropriations, expenditures, encumbrances and balances for all operating departments;

(10)  Maintain a standard accounting classifications chart of accounts structure pertaining to appropriation accounts, object code, and receipts

, revenue, and expenditure codes;

(11)  Supervise the reconciliation of checks and bank statements;

* * *

Sec. 392.  32 V.S.A. § 588(6)(A) is amended to read:

(A)  Each special fund shall be accounted for under the direction of the commissioner, and the balance at the end of the prior fiscal year shall be reported upon in the annual financial report of the department of finance and management required by section 182(8) of this title to the joint fiscal committee on or before December 1 of each year.

Sec. 393.  32 V.S.A. § 5412(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The commissioner shall allow the municipality a credit for any reduction in education tax liability, to the extent that the municipality has paid that liability, To the extent that the municipality has paid that liability, the commissioner shall allow a credit for any reduction in education tax liability against the next ensuing year’s education tax liability or, at the request of the municipality, may refund to the municipality an amount equal to the reduction in education tax liability.

Sec. 394.  32 V.S.A. § 5(a)(3) is amended to read:

(3)  This section shall not apply to the acceptance of grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other thing things of value by the division for historic preservation for use in establishing and maintaining displays and exhibits at any historic site or restoring any historic site maintained and developed under section 723 of Title 22; nor to grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other things of value with a value of $1,000.00 $5,000.00 or less, provided that such acceptance will not incur additional expense to the state or create an ongoing requirement for funds, services, of facilities.  The secretary of administration and joint fiscal office shall be promptly notified of the source, value and purpose of any items received under this subdivision.  The joint fiscal office shall report all such items to the joint fiscal committee quarterly.

Sec. 395.  32 V.S.A. § 706 is amended to read:

§ 706.  Transfer of appropriations

Notwithstanding any authority granted elsewhere, all transfers of appropriations shall be made pursuant to this section upon the initiative of the governor, or upon the request of a secretary or commissioner.

(1)  With the approval of the governor, the secretary of administration may:

(A)  Transfer transfer balances of appropriations not to exceed $50,000.00 made under any appropriation act for the support of the government from one component of an agency, department or other unit of state government, to any component of the same agency, department, or unit;

(B)  Transfer balances of code classifications, as defined in any appropriation act for the support of government, of all departments and agencies when deemed necessary;

(C)  Advance $1,000.00 to the central surplus commodity revolving fund.

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Sec. 396.  Sec. 225a(c)(1) of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

(1)  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 on the tax returns filed during the fiscal year to the department of taxes and on the expenditure report required by 32 V.S.A. § 302 312.

Sec. 397.  3 V.S.A. § 2805 is amended to read:

§ 2805  Environmental Permit Fund

There is hereby established a special fund to be known as the environmental permit fund for the purpose of implementing the programs specified under the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 2822(i) and (j).  Revenues to the fund shall be those fees collected in accordance with 3 V.S.A. § 2822(i) and (j), and 10 V.S.A. § 2625 and gifts and appropriations.  The secretary of natural resources shall be responsible for the fund and shall account for the revenues and expenditures of the agency of natural resources.  Any fee required to be collected under 3 V.S.A. § 2822(j)(1) shall be utilized solely to cover all reasonable (direct or indirect) costs required to support the operating permit program authorized under 10 V.S.A. chapter 23.  Any fee required to be collected under 3 V.S.A. § 2822(k), (l), or (m) for air pollution control permits or registrations or motor vehicle registrations shall be utilized solely to cover all reasonable (direct or indirect) costs required to support the programs authorized under 10 V.S.A. chapter 23.  Fees collected pursuant to subsections 2822(k), (l), and (m) of this title shall be used by the secretary to fund activities related to the secretary’s hazardous or toxic contaminant monitoring programs and motor vehicle‑related programs.  The environmental permit fund shall be subject to the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that any unencumbered environmental permit fund balance in excess of those fees collected under subdivision 2822(j)(1) and subsections (k), (l), and (m) of this title, and in excess of $350,000.00 from those fees collected from environmental permit fund sources other than subdivision 2822(j)(1) and subsections (k), (l), and (m) at the close of a fiscal year shall revert to the general fund.  The environmental permit fund shall be used to cover a portion of the costs of administering the environmental court established under chapter 27 of Title 4.  The amount of $143,000.00 per fiscal year shall be disbursed for this purpose.

Sec. 398.  9 V.S.A. § 5613 is added to read:

§ 5613.  Collection and disposition of fees

(a)  The fees provided for in this chapter shall be collected by the commissioner and covered into the state treasury except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b)  There is hereby created a fund to be known as the securities regulation and supervision fund.  The fund shall be used for the purpose of providing the commissioner the means to administer the provisions of this chapter, and for the support of the corporate records division and other corporate regulatory activities of the office of the secretary of state and the activities of the department of economic development.  All agent and investment adviser representative fees received pursuant to subsections 5410(b) and (d) of this title and all examination fees and investigation expenses received pursuant to section 5614 of this title shall be transmitted to the state treasurer and credited to this fund.  All payments from the securities regulatory and supervision fund for the maintenance of staff and associated expenses, including contractual services as necessary, shall be disbursed from the state treasury only upon warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management, after receipt of proper documentation regarding services rendered and expenses incurred. The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.

(c)  At the end of each fiscal year, the balance in the securities regulatory and supervision fund shall be transferred to the general fund.

(d)  The commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts to the securities regulatory and supervision fund and issue warrants based thereon.

Sec. 399.  Sec. 345 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 345.  TRANSFERS APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE INSURANCE RESERVE FUND

(a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 135, the following amounts are transferred appropriated from the insurance reserve fund, established in 32 V.S.A. § 134:

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Sec. 400.  19 V.S.A. § 11a is amended to read:

§ 11a.  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, for fiscal year 2006 shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations and for fiscal year 2007 and thereafter shall not exceed $35,440,855.00 $35,568,338.00.

Sec. 401.  Sec. 64 of No. 175 of the Acts of 2006 is added to read:

Sec. 64.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  This section and Sec. 52 shall take effect from passage.

Sec. 402.  Sec. 6 of No. 154 of the Acts of 2006 is amended to read:

Sec. 6.  Appropriations

(a)  In FY 2006, the amount of $600,000.00 is appropriated or transferred from the general fund to the local community implementation fund created under 10 V.S.A. § 1264c for the purpose of implementing a two-year orphan stormwater system pilot program within the agency of natural resources for the purpose of awarding municipalities grants for the costs associated with the construction, renovation, or repair of an orphan stormwater system.

(b)  In FY 2006, $50,000.00 is appropriated or transferred from the general fund to the agency of natural resources for implementation and administration of the orphan stormwater system program under 10 V.S.A. § 1264c.

Sec. 403.  Sec. 8 of No. 101 of the Acts of 2004, as amended by Sec. 58b of No. 93 of the Acts of 2006 is further amended to read:

Sec. 8.  APPROPRIATION AND ALLOCATION OF FUNDS

There is appropriated in fiscal year 2005 the amount of $5,000 from the transportation fund to the department of motor vehicles for the purposes of this act.  The department of motor vehicles is authorized to expend up to $8,000.00 in fiscal year 2006 from appropriated funds for the purposes of this act 23 V.S.A. § 2158.

Sec. 404.  REPEAL

(a)  3 V.S.A. § 2281(5)(special fund report requirement) is repealed.

(b)  Sec. 315 of No. 215 of the Acts of 2006 (amendment to official state revenue estimate requirement) is repealed, and Sec. 46 of No. 191 of 2006 is retained.

(c)  Chapter 77 of Title 33 (Vermont adaptive equipment revolving fund) is repealed.

Sec. 405.  3 V.S.A. § 23(f) is amended to read:

(f)  Per diem.  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, legislative members of the commission shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses as provided members of standing committees under 2 V.S.A. § 406.  Except for members employed by the state, members of the commission shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation as provided under 32 V.S.A. § 1010(a) and mileage reimbursement as provided under 32 V.S.A. § 1267.

Sec. 406.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This section and Secs. 300-406 shall take effect from passage.

(b)  Secs. 387, 388, and 398 shall apply as of July 1, 2006.

(c)  Sec. 394 shall sunset on June 30, 2009 and revert to prior legislative language, unless otherwise recommended by joint fiscal committee vote and subsequent legislative action.

                                                                 SUSAN J. BARTLETT

                                                                 RICHARD W. SEARS, JR.

                                                                 DIANE B. SNELLING

                                                      Committee on the part of the Senate

                                                                 MARTHA P. HEATH

                                                                 ROBERT G. HELM

                                                                 MARK LARSON

                                                      Committee on the part of the House

Which was considered.

Thereupon, Rep. Donahue of Northfield raised a Point of Order that Sec. 124(a) 124 (b) (c), 124(d) and 141 were in volition of Sec. 771(2) of Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure in that these sections were not in the area of disagreement between the two Houses.  Which Point of Order the Speaker ruled not well taken.

Thereupon, the report of the Committee of Conference was adopted o the part of the House.

Message from the Senate No. 83

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

     I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has considered the report of the Committee of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon House bill of the following title:

H. 405.  An act relating to capital construction and state bonding.

And has accepted and adopted the same on its part.

Rules Suspended; Report of Committee of Conference Adopted

H. 405

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to capital construction and a state bonding;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

The Speaker placed before the House the following Committee of Conference report:

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

The Committee of Conference to which were referred the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon the bill respectfully reports that it has met and considered the same and recommends that the Senate recede from its proposal of amendment and that the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

* * * Capital Appropriations * * *

Sec. 1.  STATE BUILDINGS

The sum of $11,585,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services, and the commissioner is authorized to direct funds appropriated in this section to the projects contained in this section; however, no project shall be canceled unless the chairs of the house and senate committees on institutions are notified before that action is taken.  The individual appropriations in this section are estimates only.

(1)  Montpelier, design and construction of a state office and parking facility at the so‑called triangle site adjacent to the Dog River Road.  The funds shall be used to remove the ledges on the site, begin construction of facilities to house the state archives, build a parking lot, and develop plans for the location of the department of motor vehicles and the emergency operations center on the site.  However, if a problem arises in developing the site pursuant to this subdivision, the commissioner of buildings and general services shall meet with the senate and house committees on institutions to consider alternatives and may proceed with an alternate plan if one is approved by majority vote of those committee members voting at a meeting called by the chairs of the committees:                                                                                            (1,700,000)

(2)  Montpelier, 120 State Street, exterior caulking:                                                                                                                                                          (350,000)

(3)  Statewide major maintenance:                                                (7,065,000)

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

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

(6)  Statewide, contingency fund:                                                    (500,000)

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

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

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

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

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

(10)  Springfield state office building, retaining wall, phase II, design and construction of a garage:                                                  (145,000)

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

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

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

(14)  Bennington courthouse and state office building, either for work that will enable state employees and the public to reoccupy the building or to seek a new site for the facility.  Funds shall not be expended until the house and senate committees on institutions have reviewed diagnostic tests and approved a plan for spending the funds by majority vote of those present and voting at a joint meeting called by the chairs of the two committees for the purpose:                                                                                       (1,000,000)

(15)  Montpelier, State House, reconstruction of the fire escape leading from the 2nd and 3rd floor annex:                                         (60,000)

(16)  Montpelier, State House, renovation of the Robert H. Gibson Senate Cloak Room:                                                           (5,000)

(Total appropriation – Section 1                                                         $11,650,000)

Sec. 2.  TAXES

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

(Total appropriation – Section 2                     $100,000)

Sec. 3.  HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY LABORATORIES/BUILDING

             617 IN ESSEX

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

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

Sec. 4.  HUMAN SERVICES

The sum of $1,100,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of human services for the projects described in this section.

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

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

(3)  St. Albans, Northwest state correctional facility, sewage treatment:                                                                                                              (150,000)

(4)  Windsor, Southeast state correctional facility:

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

(B)  access road repairs:                                                         (300,000)

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

(6)  Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, installation of cameras, replacing security windows in the “F” unit, providing four new security doors in the “A2” unit, painting, and carpet replacements:                             (50,000)

(Total appropriation – Section 4                                                        $1,100,000)

Sec. 5.  JUDICIARY

The sum of $270,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for security and wall improvements at the Barre district court building, including security cameras to be mounted on the outside of the building.  The commissioner of buildings and general services and the district court administrator shall work with the Barre City Council to determine placement of the cameras.

(Total appropriation – Section 5                                                            $270,000)

Sec. 6.  BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANTS

The following sums are appropriated for building community grants:

(1)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic preservation grant program established in Sec. 4(a) of No. 90 of the Acts of 1987:                                180,000

(2)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic barns preservation grant program established in Sec. 4(b)(2) of No. 93 of the Acts of 1991:                           180,000

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

                                                                                                   200,000

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

(5)  To the Vermont telecommunications authority established by the general assembly in 2007 for broadband development grants.  However, if no Vermont telecommunications authority is created by the general assembly in the 2007 legislative session, these funds shall be appropriated to the department of information and innovation for a broadband development grant program established in Sec. 35 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005:          200,000

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

(7)  To the department of agriculture, food and markets for emergency funding for farm capital needs resulting from the February 2007 blizzard.  The funds shall be used according to a plan determined by the secretary of the agency of agriculture, food and markets.                                                 100,000

(Total appropriation – Section 6                                                       $1,260,000)

Sec. 7.  COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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

(b)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of commerce and community development for the design for an addition to the visitors’ center at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.

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

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

(e)  The sum of $40,000 is appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development for protecting, preserving, moving, or re-interring human remains discovered in unmarked burial sites.

(Total appropriation – Section 7                                                             $405,000)

Sec. 8.  EDUCATION

(a)  The sum of at least $9,567,598 shall be expended by the department of education for state aid for school construction projects pursuant to section 3448 of Title 16.  Of this amount, $9,567,598 shall be from capital funds and is appropriated by this act.  The remaining amount shall be from general funds pursuant to Sec. 277(b)(4) of the Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Act.  Of this amount:

(1)  $1,800,000 shall be used to fund emergency projects under 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(A).

(2)  $1,000,000 shall be used to fund projects to extend the life of the building pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B), excluding aid for an eligible biomass heating system.

(3)  $1,395,529 shall be used to fund purchase of biomass heating systems pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B).  These funds shall be prorated among the following:

(A)  Mt. Abraham Union High School District

(B)  Burlington School District

(C)  Mount Anthony Union High School District

(D)  Williamstown School District

(4)  $5,216,378 shall be for partial payment of the final school construction awards pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448.  These funds shall be prorated among the following:

(A)  Brattleboro Union High School District                           

(B)  Dresden School District                                      

(C)  Williamstown School District                                          

(D)  Rockingham School District for Saxtons River Elementary School                                                                                        

(E)  Rockingham School District for Bellows Falls Central Elementary School

(F)  Waterbury-Duxbury Union School District                      

(5)  $155,691 shall be for the state share of energy performance contracts entered into pursuant to section 3448f of Title 16.

(6)  Of the amount appropriated from general funds pursuant to Sec. 277(b)(4) of the Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Act, the first $400,000 shall be for projects to extend the life of a building pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection, the next $45,000 shall be used to pay for an energy performance contract pursuant to subdivision (5) of this subsection, 25 percent of the remainder shall be prorated among those projects listed in subdivision (3) of this subsection, and 75 percent of the remainder shall be prorated among those projects listed in subdivision (4) of this subsection.

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

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

(2)  The remainder shall be appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for construction at the Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro.

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

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

(e)  The sum of $22,521 is appropriated to the department of education to pay the Williamstown school district for 25 percent of the approved costs of   replacement of a roof at the Williamstown elementary school. 

(Total appropriation – Section 8                                                         $10,810,119)

Sec. 8a.  AUSTINE SCHOOL          

The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for renovation of Holton Hall at the Austine School.  The commissioner of buildings and services and the commissioner of education shall gather information about past state funding of the Austine School, legal obligations of the state to the school, and legal interest of the state in the school.  The commissioners shall present this information to the senate and house committees on institutions on or before January 15, 2008.

(Total appropriation - Section 8a                                                          $50,000)

Sec. 9.  UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The sum of $1,600,000 is appropriated to the University of Vermont for construction, renovation, or maintenance projects.  The university shall file with the general assembly an annual report, on or before January 15, that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations.

(Total appropriation – Section 9                                                          $ 1,600,000)

Sec. 10.  VERMONT STATE COLLEGES

The sum of $1,600,000 is appropriated to the Vermont State Colleges for major facility maintenance.  The state colleges shall file with the general assembly an annual report, on or before January 15, that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations.

(Total appropriation – Section 10                                                         $1,600,000)

Sec. 11.  NATURAL RESOURCES 

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

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

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

(3)  $1,950,000 shall be for construction of the wastewater facilities project in Pownal and interest paid on funds borrowed for the project.  Up to $900,000 of this amount, as determined by the secretary, may be used as an interim replacement of any special federal grants for construction of Contract 2B undertaken in 2008.

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

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

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

(c)  The sum of $2,050,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the clean and clear program to accelerate the reduction of phosphorus discharges into Lake Champlain and other waters of the state, as follows:

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

(2)  Stream stabilization grants:  $1,200,000.  Of this amount, $100,000 shall be used for long‑term flood mitigation along the Dog River in Roxbury.

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

(A)  Hardwick                                                                       100,000

(B)  Proctor                                                                             50,000

(C)  Ludlow                                                                             30,000

(D)  Milton                                                                             270,000

(E)  Richmond                                                                          50,000

(F)  Springfield                                                                       100,000

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

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

(f)  The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the Green Mountain Club, Inc. for the procurement, in fee simple or by easement, of properties along the Long Trail. 

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

(1)  To purchase weed mats for three ponds in Franklin County:    21,150

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

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

(Total appropriation – Section 11                                                        $9,400,000)

Sec. 12.  MILITARY

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

(Total appropriation – Section 12                                                           $200,000)

Sec. 13.  PUBLIC SAFETY AND FIRE SERVICE TRAINING COUNCILS

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

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

(c)  The sum of $70,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services to make improvements to the existing parking lot and loading dock at the Vermont fire service training council facility in Pittsford.

(Total appropriation – Section 13                                                          $150,000)

Sec. 14.  CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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

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

(Total appropriation – Section 14                                                      $167,000)

Sec. 15.  AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND MARKETS

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

(b)  The sum of $180,000 is appropriated to the agency of agriculture, food and markets for the competitive grants program for agricultural fair capital projects.  No single entity shall be awarded more than ten percent of this appropriation.

(c)  The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the agency of agriculture, food and markets to assist with the construction of an underground cattle pass on Vermont Route 100 to serve the Turner farm in Waitsfield.  In fiscal year 2008, the agency shall use the funds to design, permit, and install the pass and associated highway traffic safety features.  The associated work is contingent upon the Turner estate donating any necessary right-of-way outside the existing highway right-of-way and entering into an agreement binding the Turner estate and its successors-in-interest to a maintenance and liability agreement satisfactory to the agency of transportation.  However, if  another $100,000 is not appropriated for this project in the fiscal year 2008 transportation bill, the $100,000 shall be appropriated to the department of agriculture, food and markets for emergency funding for farm capital needs resulting from the February 2007 blizzard pursuant to Sec. 6(7) of this act.

(Total appropriation – Section 15                                                         $2,080,000)

Sec. 16.  VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION

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

(Total appropriation – Section 16                                                            $250,000)

Sec. 17.  VERMONT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to Vermont Interactive Television for audio upgrade of the system, and purchase of new cameras. 

(Total appropriation – Section 17                                                           $100,000)

Sec. 18.  VERMONT RURAL FIRE PROTECTION

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

(Total appropriation – Section 18                                                            $100,000)

Sec. 19.  VERMONT VETERANS HOME

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

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

* * * Financing This Act * * *

Sec. 20.  REALLOCATION OF FUNDS

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

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

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

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

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

(5)  $105 of the amount appropriated by Sec. 14 of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) (firefighter equipment).

(6)  of the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2007 for state aid for emergency construction projects pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(A):

(A)  $200,000 shall be appropriated to the department of education for technical equipment aid pursuant to Sec. 8(c) of this act; and

(B)  $300,000 shall be appropriated to the department of education to pay for projects to extend the life of a school building pursuant to Sec. 8(a)(2) of this act.

(Total reallocation– Section 20                                                                $562,119)

Sec. 21.  GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

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

(Total bonding – Section 21                                                               $49,200,000)

Sec. 22.  FUNDS FROM SALE OF LAND

Proceeds from the sale of a portion of state land located on Swift Street at the Chittenden regional correctional facility to the city of South Burlington shall be used to defray expenditures authorized in Sec. 1 of this act.            

(Total funds from sale of land - Section 22                                            $30,000)

* * * Managing This Act * * *

Sec. 23.  REALLOCATION; TRANSFER OF FUNDS

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

Sec. 24.  ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS AND OTHER FUNDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sec. 25.  PROJECTS FUNDED IN PRIOR YEARS

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

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

Sec. 26.  PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS; MISCELLANEOUS

The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized, with the approval of the secretary of administration, to sell the properties listed in this section pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166.  $50,000 of proceeds from the sales is appropriated to the Friends of the State House for renovations to the state house.  The remainder is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for construction and renovation of building 617 in Essex to house the department of health and department of public safety forensics laboratories. 

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

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

(3)  Duxbury.  The 37-acre parcel of state land on route 100 next to Crossett Brook Middle School. 

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

(a)  The commissioner shall:

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

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

§ 45.  DUTIES OF CONTRACTING AGENCY

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

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

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

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

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

§ 48.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF COUNCIL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(30)  Provide services to the traveling public, lease space, sell products, and conduct any other activities within limits set forth in the federal Surface Transportation Act and Randolph-Sheppard Act and rules promulgated thereunder, to administer the information and welcome centers; and use funds generated in the centers to supplement funds for maintaining and operating the centers.

Sec. 32.  RELOCATION OF WILLISTON PUBLIC SAFETY BARRACKS

The department of buildings and general services shall continue its planning to relocate the Williston public safety barracks and E911 to building 617 in Essex.

* * * Education * * *

Sec. 33.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3)(B) is amended to read:

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

Sec. 34.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(4)(C) is amended to read:

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

Sec. 35.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(7) is amended to read:

(7)  Award of construction aid.

(A)  The Except as provided in other subdivisions of this subdivision (7) and elsewhere in law, the amount of an award shall be 30 percent of the approved cost of the project.

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(C)  The amount of an award shall be 50 percent of the approved cost of a project or applicable portion of a project which results in consolidation of two or more school buildings and which will serve the educational needs of students in a more cost-effective and educationally appropriate manner as compared to individual projects constructed separately.  A decision of the commissioner as to eligibility for aid under this subdivision (C) shall be final.  This subdivision (C) shall apply only to a project which has received preliminary approval by June 30, 2010.

Sec. 36.  STATE AID FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION; SUSPENSION

The commissioner of education shall not accept, review, or act on any applications for state aid under chapter 123 of Title 16 submitted after

March 7, 2007 unless, prior to March 7, 2007, the electorate voted funds or authorized bonds, and thereafter all periods for reconsideration of the vote have expired, except for those projects which are:

(1)  eligible to be assigned first priority under 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(3);

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

(3)  school consolidation projects eligible for 50 percent aid under 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(7)(C).

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to use the time that state aid for school construction is suspended to review the recommendations of the commissioner of education and the commissioner of finance and management reported under Sec. 38 of this act and, based on those recommendations, develop a sustainable plan for state aid to school construction.  If no plan is in place by July 1, 2008, the general assembly will extend the period of suspension until a plan is in place.

Sec. 37.  STATE AID FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION; ANALYSIS

The joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall analyze:

(1)  the effects of lowering the percentage amount of school construction projects to be paid from funds raised through state bonding;

(2)  state aid for school construction systems in other states;

(3)  the effect of authorizing 30-year bonding;

(4)  the effect of paying for school construction aid over the life of the state bond instead of in two payments;

(5)  whether paying operating costs and property taxes are lowered as a result of entering into a performance contract pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448f;

(6)  the effect of providing state aid for construction of technical centers at the same rate as and through the same process that is used by other school construction projects;

(7)  the pros and cons of using the education fund to pay for the state share of school construction;

(8)  the pros and cons of paying for emergency projects, biomass projects, performance contracts, and technical center equipment using

state-bonded funds versus considering these to be operating costs and paying for them from the education fund; 

(9)  a fair percentage for the state to pay for biomass projects based on savings that are actually realized by the school district.

Sec. 38.  COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; COMMISSIONER OF

               FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT; REPORT

On or before January 1, 2008, the commissioner of education and the commissioner of finance and management shall report to the general assembly on options considered and specific recommendations to address the needs and pressures of school construction, including recommendations for a funding mechanism for state school construction aid and revisions to criteria for school construction project approval.  The commissioners shall also consider whether technical center equipment should be paid for from capital obligations or from the education fund.

Sec. 39.  REPEAL

Sec. 49 of No. 68 of the Acts of 2003 as amended by Sec. 54 of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004), relating to construction aid for school consolidation, is repealed.

* * * State Colleges * * *

Sec. 40.  SPENDING AND BONDING AUTHORIZATION; VERMONT

               STATE COLLEGES

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

Sec. 41.  16 V.S.A. § 2171(e) is amended to read:

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

* * * Agency of Natural Resources * * *

Sec. 42.  10 V.S.A. § 1626a(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Additional state assistance eligibility.

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

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Sec. 43.  24 V.S.A. § 4753(d) is amended to read:

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

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

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Sec. 44.  Sec. 8(a)(2) of No. 52 of the Acts of 1989, as amended by Sec. 18 of No. 276 of the Acts of the 1989 Adj. Sess. (1990) and Sec. 32 of No. 29 of the Acts of 1999, is amended to read:

(2)  That this conveyance shall be completed within 20 30 years of the effective date of this act.

Sec. 45.  24 V.S.A. § 4751 is amended to read:

§ 4751.  DECLARATION OF POLICY

It is hereby declared to be in the public interest to foster and promote timely expenditures by municipalities for water supply, water pollution control and solid waste management, each of which is declared to be an essential governmental function when undertaken and implemented by a municipality.  It is also declared to be in the public interest to promote expenditures for certain existing privately-owned public water systems and certain

privately-owned wastewater and potable water supply systems to bring those systems into compliance with federal and state standards and to protect public health.

Sec. 46.  24 V.S.A. § 4753(a) is amended to read:

(a)  There is hereby established a series of special funds to be known as:

(1)  The Vermont environmental protection agency (EPA) pollution control revolving fund which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities, state agencies, and the Vermont housing finance agency, for planning sewage systems and sewage treatment or disposal plants as defined in sections 3501(6) and 3601 of this title, for constructing publicly-owned sewage systems and sewage treatment or disposal plants as defined in sections 3501(6) and 3601 of this title, for planning or construction of certain privately-owned wastewater systems, and for implementing related management programs.

(2)  The Vermont pollution control revolving fund which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities, state agencies, and the Vermont housing finance agency, for planning pollution control facilities and, for constructing publicly-owned pollution control facilities, and for constructing certain privately-owned wastewater systems and potable water supply systems.

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Sec. 47.  24 V.S.A. § 4753a is amended to read:

§ 4753a.  AWARDS FROM REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS

(a)  Pollution control.  The general assembly shall approve all categories of awards made from the special funds established by section 4753 of this title for water pollution control facility construction, in order to assure that such awards conform with state policy on water quality and pollution abatement, and with the state policy that, except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, municipal entities shall receive first priority in the award of public monies for such construction, including monies returned to the revolving funds from previous awards.  To facilitate this legislative oversight, the secretary of natural resources shall annually no later than January 15 report to the house and senate committees on institutions and on natural resources and energy on all awards made from the relevant special funds during the prior and current fiscal years, and shall report on and seek legislative approval of all the types of projects for which awards are proposed to be made from the relevant special funds during the current or any subsequent fiscal year.  Where feasible, the specific projects shall be listed.

(b)  Water supply.  The secretary of natural resources shall no later than January 15, 2000 recommend to the house and senate committees on institutions and on natural resources and energy a procedure for reporting to and seeking the concurrence of the legislature with regard to the special funds established by section 4753 of this title for water supply facility construction.

(c)  Notwithstanding other priorities established in law, the secretary may award up to $500,000.00 of the funds from the Vermont environmental protection agency control fund and the Vermont pollution control revolving fund, combined, to a state agency, the Vermont housing finance agency, or a municipality for the administration of loans to households with income equal to or less than 200 percent of the state average median household income for the repair or replacement of failed wastewater systems and failed potable water supplies, as those terms are defined in section 1972 of Title 10.  Upon award of funds under this section, the state agency, Vermont housing finance agency, or municipality shall agree, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with the secretary of natural resources, to repay the funds awarded to the special fund from which they were drawn.

* * * State House Improvements * * *

Sec. 48.  STATEHOUSE IMPROVEMENTS

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

* * * County Courthouses * * *

Sec. 49.  CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTY COURTHOUSES; PRIORITY

               SYSTEM; COURT ADMINISTRATOR

(a)  The court administrator shall work with the commissioner of buildings and general services to develop a numerical rating system to create a priority list of county courthouse construction projects so that, when the general assembly has funds available to fund county courthouse construction projects, it may use the list to make funding decisions.

(b)  The court administrator and commissioner of buildings and general services shall present the system to the senate and house committees on institutions on or before January 15, 2008.

* * * Effective Date * * *

Sec. 50.  EFFECTIVE DATE

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

Sen. Phil Scott 

Sen. Richard Mazza

Sen. Susan Bartlett

Committee on the part of the Senate

Rep. Alice Emmons

Rep. Linda Myers

Rep. John Rodgers

Committee on the part of the House

Which was considered and adopted on the part of the House.

Remarks Journalized

On motion of Rep. Milkey of Brattleboro, the following remarks by Rep. Donahue of Northfield were ordered printed in the Journal:

“Madam Speaker:

     In the late 1990s, this legislature made Vermont the leader in the country in recognizing that there is, and should be, no distinction between mental health and the rest of health: it is an integral part of our health; mind and body do not function in isolation.

     We passed the strongest law in the nation on insurance parity -- not fully equal access or care, but a huge leap forward. We required that our community mental health centers boards have a majority of members with direct experience with the system, either themselves or their family members. This legislature responded to mental health advocates to call Fletcher Allen Health Care to task for its plans to move its inpatient psychiatric unit away from its medical campus, recognizing the essential nature of integrated care.

     Only since then has greater national leadership begun to take shape. The President's New Freedom Commission in 2004 identified the urgency of understanding that mental health is essential to health, and, I quote, "the need to include consumers and families in fully orienting the system towards recovery." This past fall, the Institute of Medicine echoed that call, declaring that a fundamental change was needed in the way we as a society think about and respond to mental illness, and that consumers must be involved in the “design, administration and delivery of services.”  The core philosophy of the federal Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration is now built on consumer-directed care.

     Over the course of the past four years, there have also been general sentiments expressed about the increasingly closed nature of our state government. I can vouch for the methodical and deliberate erosion of stakeholder access to involvement in policy decisions regarding the mental health system in Vermont.

     What I was not prepared for this year, however, was that this body, this legislature, would turn its back on more than 10 years of principles and policy, and support the destruction of participatory leadership in our mental health system.

     I suppose we are all becoming more and more immune to the last minute changes in law and policy that occur in final conference committees. I'm not speaking to ask anyone to vote against the budget. We all know, once items of policy have been allowed into the budget bill, it is too late in the process to change it; we cannot amend it.

     But I do want the body to know about just one item this budget includes. It reverses the action we took just last year to extend the stakeholder advisory committee for the planning for replacement services for the state hospital. Last year, we extended the advisory committee to 2009. This year, in this budget, we eliminate it.

     We abolish any required access for the administration to listen to consumers and families as it proceeds with the planning that will shape this system for the next 50 years. We insert a group that the administration can use, at its will, to discuss any mental health topic under the sun. There is no longer any requirement at all to have any consumer or family input into the Futures Plan. We declare our total trust that the administration - this administration - that has fought off input for the past four years - will do so on its own initiative.

     In 1997, we led the country in saying that discrimination in health care coverage for mental illness was unacceptable. In 1998, we said that leaving consumers and family members without a leading voice in the system was unacceptable.

     Today, in this budget, we reverse the principle of requiring accountability to the consumers of the system. We turn our backs on enforcing consumer and family member involvement and leadership in the building of a new hospital and the Futures plan for mental health care in Vermont.

     We turn our backs on our leadership in the nation on mental health.

     I just wanted you to know that.”

Recess

At four o’clock and ten minutes in the afternoon, the Speaker declared a recess until the fall of the gavel.

At six o’clock and thirty-five minutes in the evening, the Speaker called the House to order.

Message from the Senate No. 84

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has considered the reports of the Committees of Conference upon the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon House bills of the following titles:

H. 248.  An act relating to the establishment of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority to advance broadband and wireless communications infrastructure throughout the state.

H. 527.  An act relating to the state’s transportation program.

And has accepted and adopted the same on its part.

Rules Suspended; Action Ordered Messaged to Senate Forthwith

 and Bills Delivered to the Governor Forthwith

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and action on the following bills were ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith and the bills delivered to the Governor forthwith.

H. 405

House bill, entitled

An act relating to capital construction and a state bonding;

H. 537

House bill, entitled

An act making appropriations for the support of government;

Rules Suspended; Report of Committee of Conference Adopted

H. 248

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to establishing the Vermont telecommunications authority to advance broadband and wireless communications infrastructure throughout the state;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

The Speaker placed before the House the following Committee of Conference report:

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

The Committee of Conference to which were referred the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon the bill respectfully reports that it has met and considered the same and recommends that the House accede to the Senate proposal of amendment, and when further amended as follows:

First: In Sec. 1, in §8061, by striking subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read:

(b) The authority shall have a board of directors of 11 members selected as follows:

(1)  the state treasurer or his or her designee;

(2)  the secretary of administration or his or her designee;

(3)  the manager of the Vermont economic development authority or his or her designee;

(4) Two at-large members appointed by the speaker of the house, who may not be members of the general assembly at the time of appointment;

(5) Two at-large members appointed by the committee on committees of the senate, who may not be members of the general assembly at the time of appointment;

(6) Two at-large members appointed by the governor, who may not be employees or officers of the state at the time of appointment.

(7)  Two at-large members appointed jointly by the governor, the speaker of the house, and the president pro tem of the senate, who shall be chair and vice chair of the board of directors, and who may not be members of the general assembly or employees or officers of the state at the time of appointment.

Second:  In Sec. 1, in §8061, by striking subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read:

(c)  The authority’s powers are vested in the board of directors, and a quorum shall consist of six members.  No action of the authority shall be considered valid unless the action is supported by a majority vote of the members present and voting and then only if at least five members vote in favor of the action.

Third: In Sec. 1, in §8061 (d), in the second, third and fifth sentences, by striking the words “at-large members and the chair” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “at large members, the chair, and vice chair”.

Fourth: In Sec. 1, in §8062 (a)(9), by striking the words “promote utilization of” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “utilize”.

Fifth; In Sec. 1, in §8062 (b)(8), at the end thereof, by striking the following: “and provided further, that any agreement by the authority to sell or divest such infrastructure shall be subject to the approval of the emergency board of the state established in subchapter 2 of chapter 3 of title 32;

Sixth; In Sec. 1, in §8064 (a)(1), in the last sentence, by striking the words “and obtain the approval of the emergency board for the issuance”.

Seventh:  In Sec. 1, in §8072(3), by striking subdivision (C) [Assessment of land use impacts], and in Sec. 20 [Study of Effect on Land Use Law], in subsection (b), in the last sentence, before the period, by inserting the following: “including an assessment of the actual and foreseeable land use impacts associated with broadband service availability and mobile telecommunications service coverage in the state”.

Eighth: In Sec. 1, in §8072, by designating the existing provisions as subsection (a), and by inserting a new subsection (b) to read:

(b) The authority shall deliver its annual report of January 1, 2011 by electronic mail to the home “e-mail” address of all members of the general assembly in office on that date and members-elect on that date, with printed copies provided by regular mail to any member or member-elect lacking electronic mail services.

Ninth: In Sec. 1, in §8074 (c), by striking the words “Any property” and by inserting in lieu thereof the words “Buildings and structures

Tenth: In Sec. 1, in §8078 (b), in the first sentence, by striking the words “Cellular service” and by inserting in lieu thereof the following: ”Commercial mobile radio (Cellular) service

Eleventh:  By striking Sec. 3a, and by inserting a new Sec. 3a to read:

Sec. 3a.  TELECOMMUNICATIONS; PILOT PROJECT; NORTHEAST KINGDOM, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND CANADA

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the department of information and innovation, in consultation with the Lieutenant Governor, with input from interested economic development districts and public safety providers in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, western New Hampshire, and the Province of Quebec in Canada, is hereby authorized and directed to develop a pilot project to identify the cost, obstacles and effectiveness of developing next generation wireless and broadband services to rural communities, which may include a satellite enabled system, serving rural communities in northeastern Vermont, northwestern New Hampshire, and the southern portions of the Province of Quebec.  To accomplish this purpose, the department is authorized to accept in kind contributions and grants from providers capable of deploying this technology, to utilize federal funds from any source as authorized by the funding source, and to expend a portion of its budget to develop the necessary terrestrial infrastructure to support satellite enabled communications.

(b)  The Commissioner of the department of information and innovation shall report the status of the pilot project to the senate committee on economic development and the house committee on commerce on or before January 15, 2008, and annually thereafter until such time as the demonstration project is complete.

Twelfth: In Sec. 10, in §26a (b), by adding at the end of the subsection a sentence to read:

For the purpose of establishing rules to implement Chapter 91 of Title 30 by July 1, 2007, or as soon thereafter as possible, the authority is authorized to adopt initial rules under this section using emergency rule making procedures of Chapter 25 of title 3.  Any emergency rules initially adopted may remain in effect longer than 120 days, but in no event shall they remain in effect for more than six months.

Thirteenth:  By striking Sec. 15 and by inserting a new Sec. 15 to read:

Sec.15.   24 V.S.A. § 4412(6) is amended and (8) and (9) are added to read:

(6)  Heights of certain renewable energy resource structures.  The height of antenna structures, wind turbines with blades less than 20 feet in diameter, or rooftop solar collectors less than 10 feet high, any of which are mounted on complying structures, shall not be regulated unless the bylaws provide specific standards for regulation.  In addition, the regulation of antennae that are part of a telecommunications facility, as defined in 30 V.S.A. * 248a, may be exempt from review under this chapter according to the provisions of that section.  However, if an antenna structure is less than 20 feet in height and its primary function is to transmit or receive communication signals for commercial, industrial, municipal, county, or state purposes, it shall not be regulated under this chapter if it is located on a structure located within the boundaries of a downhill ski area and permitted under this chapter.  For the purposes of this subdivision, "downhill ski area" means an area with trails for downhill skiing served by one or more ski lifts and any other areas within the boundaries of the ski area and open to the public for winter sports.

(8) Communications Antennae and Facilities.

(A) Except to the extent by-laws protect historic landmarks and structures listed on the state or national register of historic places, no permit shall be required for placement of antennae used to transmit, receive, or transmit and receive communications signals on that property owner's premises if the aggregate area of the largest faces of the antennae is not more than eight square feet, and if the antennae and any mast support does not extend more than 12 feet above the roof of that portion of the building to which the mast is attached.

(B) If an antenna structure is less than 20 feet in height and its primary function is to transmit or receive communication signals for commercial, industrial, institutional, nonprofit or public purposes, it shall not be regulated under this chapter if it is located on a structure located within the boundaries of a downhill ski area and permitted under this chapter.  For the purposes of this subdivision, "downhill ski area" means an area with trails for downhill skiing served by one or more ski lifts and any other areas within the boundaries of the ski area and open to the public for winter sports.

(C) The regulation of antennae that are part of a telecommunications facility, as defined in 30 V.S.A. § 248a, shall be exempt from municipal bylaw review under this chapter when and to the extent jurisdiction is assumed by the public service board according to the provisions of that section.

(D) A municipality may regulate communications towers, antennae and related facilities in its bylaws provided that such regulations do not have the purpose or effect of being inconsistent with subdivisions (A) through (C) of this subdivision (8).

(9)  De minimis telecommunications impacts. 

An officer or entity designated by the municipality shall review telecommunications facilities applications, and upon determining that a particular application will impose no impact or de minimis impact upon any criteria established in the bylaws, shall approve the application.

Fourteenth: In Sec. 17, in §248a, by striking subsection (c), and by inserting a new subsection (c) to read:

(c)  Before the public service board issues a certificate of public good under this section, it shall find that, in the aggregate:

(1)  the proposed facilities will not have an undue adverse effect on aesthetics, historic sites, air and water purity, the natural environment, and the public health and safety, with due consideration having been given to the relevant criteria specified in subsection 1424a(d) and subdivisions 6086(a)(1) through (8) and (9)(K) of Title 10; and

(2) unless there is good cause to find otherwise, substantial deference has been given to the land conservation measures in the plans of the affected municipalities and the recommendations of the municipal and regional planning commissions regarding the municipal and regional plans, respectively.

Fifteenth: By striking Sec. 18a [Network evolution and modernization], and by inserting a new Sec.18a to read:

Sec.18a. Legislative Communication on Network Modernization Capabilities

     The Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, and the Chair of the House Committee on Commerce are authorized and directed to communicate to the Public Service Board and the Department of Public Service the strong recommendation of the General Assembly that any company seeking to acquire the assets and network of Verizon New England Inc. have the capabilities and intentions to furnish broadband services that are sufficient to meet the rapidly evolving needs of Vermont residents, businesses and  institutions.

Sixteenth: By striking Sec. 19, and in Sec 17, in §248a, by inserting a new subdivision (i) to read:

(i) Effective July 1, 2010, no new applications for certificates of public good under this section may be considered by the board.

and by renumbering the remaining sections to be numerically correct.

Sen. Vincent Illuzzi

Sen. Hinda Miller

Sen. William Carris

Committee on the part of the Senate

Rep. Warren Kitzmiller

Rep. Ernest Shand

Rep. Michael Marcotte

Committee on the part of the House

Which was considered and adopted on the part of the House.

Rules Suspended; Report of Committee of Conference Adopted

H. 527

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to the state’s transportation program;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

The Speaker placed before the House the following Committee of Conference report:

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

The Committee of Conference to which were referred the disagreeing votes of the two Houses upon the bill respectfully reports that it has met and considered the same and recommends that the Senate recede from its proposal of amendment and that the bill be further amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM; ADVANCEMENTS,

             CANCELLATIONS, AND DELAYS

(a)  The state’s proposed fiscal year 2008 transportation program appended to the agency of transportation’s proposed fiscal year 2008 budget, as amended by this act, is adopted to the extent federal, state, and local funds are available. 

(b)  As used in this act, unless otherwise indicated, the term “agency” means the agency of transportation, and the term “secretary” means the secretary of transportation.  As used in this act, the table heading “As Proposed” means the transportation program referenced in subsection (a) of this section; the table heading “As Amended” means the amendments as made by this act; the table heading “Change” means the difference obtained by subtracting the “As Proposed” figure from the “As Amended” figure; and the term “change” or “changes” in the text refers to the project‑ and

program‑specific amendments, the aggregate sum of which equals the net “Change” in the applicable table heading.

* * * Program Development – Paving * * *

Sec. 2.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – PAVING

The following modifications are made to the program development – paving program:

(1)  Authorized spending on district leveling is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     0   0   0

     ROW 0   0   0

     Construction     1,000,000 1,150,000        150,000

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  1,000,000               1,150,000        150,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  1,000,000               1,150,000        150,000

     Town fund   0   0               0

     Federal   0   0   0

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  1,000,000               1,150,000        150,000

* * * Program Development – Roadway * * *

Sec. 3.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – ROADWAY

The following modifications are made to the program development – roadway program:

(1)  Authorized spending on the Morristown VT100 project, STP F

029-1(2), is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     50,000   50,000      0

     ROW 150,000 550,000    400,000

     Construction     0               0            0

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  200,000 600,000    400,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  40,880   89,880      49,000

     Federal   159,120             479,120 320,000

     Toll credits   0   31,000      31,000

     Total  200,000 600,000    400,000

(2)  The agency is directed to advance the Springfield TH 3 project, STP 0136(1).  The scope of the project shall be determined in consultation between the agency and the town of Springfield. Upon agreement as to the scope of the project, the agency shall develop the project and be prepared to begin construction during state fiscal year 2009.  Authorized spending on the project is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     0   100,000             100,000

ROW 0   0   0

Construction                 0            0         0

Other 0   0   0

Total  0   100,000         100,000

Sources of funds                                 

State  0   100,000         100,000

Federal   0   0               0

Local 0   0   0

Total  0   100,000         100,000

(3)  The unspent funds authorized for expenditure for the Waterbury Main Street project, FEGC F‑013-4(13), in fiscal year 2007 shall be brought forward and used in fiscal year 2008 to advance the improvements at the intersection of Park Row and Main Street.

(4)  A new project is added to the SFY 2007 and SFY 2008 development and evaluation section:  Pittsford police academy has received an earmark for a project to provide a driver training pad at the criminal justice and fire service training center in Pittsford.  The pad will facilitate in the training of various protection agencies in the defensive operation of their vehicles, to conduct emergency vehicle operations, fire, rescue training, “stopping vehicle training,” and for motorcycle licensing.  The project consists of constructing a 350′ x 125′ bituminous concrete training pad with an 800′ long x 20′ wide bituminous concrete acceleration/approach road to the pad.  The amount of federal funds available from the earmark is $491,964 (100 percent - Federal).  The project shall appear as follows:  Pittsford STP SKID(1).

(5)  The Middlebury Cross Street project STP 5900( ), which was inadvertently omitted from the agency’s proposed FY08 transportation program as submitted to the general assembly, shall be included by the agency in its publication of the transportation program as enacted by the general assembly pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 10g(f).

(6)  The agency shall continue its commitment to the Bennington Bypass South project, NH F 019-1(4), as evidenced by the acquisition of right-of-way during state fiscal year 2007, for removal of material from the northern segment to the southern segment, for use as stage one sites for the Bennington Bypass North project, NH F 019-1(5).  At such time as construction funds are identified for the Bennington Bypass South project NH F 019-1(4), the agency shall advance this project on the development and evaluation (D & E) list. All unexpended funds for right-of-way authorized for the project in fiscal year 2007 shall be carried forward into fiscal year 2008 and used for that purpose.

(7)  Authorized spending on statewide ledge/slope projects is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     250,000 207,375    -42,625

     ROW 250,000 207,375    -42,625

     Construction     1,500,000 1,244,250        -255,750

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  2,000,000               1,659,000        -341,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  378,400 313,551    -64,849

     Town fund   0   0               0

     Federal   1,621,600          1,345,449        -276,151

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  2,000,000               1,659,000        -341,000

* * * Bridge Programs * * *

Sec. 4.  INTERSTATE, STATE, AND TOWN HIGHWAY BRIDGE

            PROGRAMS

To rectify an agency oversight while developing the proposed transportation capital program, notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 10g(n), the agency is authorized to expend development and evaluation funds identified for unnamed candidate projects in the interstate, state, and town highway bridge programs as amended in this act on listed candidate projects in each program according to the priority rating and status of such projects within the project development process.

Sec. 5.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – STATE BRIDGE

The following modifications are made to the program development – state bridge program:

(1)  Authorized spending on the Williamstown BRS 0204(4) project, replacement of BR10 over brook No. 2, is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     1,603 1,603             0

     ROW 48,716   48,716      0

     Construction     850,000    450,000 -400,000

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  900,319 500,319    -400,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  180,064 100,064    -80,000

     Federal   720,255             400,255 -320,000

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  900,319 500,319    -400,000

(2)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     492,717 436,131    -56,586

     ROW 288,737 245,323    -43,414

     Construction     0               0            0

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  781,454 681,454    -100,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  156,290 136,290    -20,000

     Town fund   0   0               0

     Federal   625,164             545,164 -80,000

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  781,454 681,454    -100,000

Sec. 6.  PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT – INTERSTATE BRIDGE

The following modifications are made to the program development – interstate bridge program:

(1) Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     237,500 137,500    -100,000

     ROW 0   0   0

     Construction     0               0            0

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  237,500 137,500    -100,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  23,750   3,750        -20,000

     Town fund   0   0               0

     Federal   213,750             133,750 -80,000

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  237,500 137,500    -100,000

* * * Rest Area Capital Construction * * *

Sec. 7.  REST AREAS

The following modifications are made to the rest areas program:

(1)  Authorized spending on the Hartford I-91 rest area sewer line project, IM BLDG(1), is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     PE     50,000   50,000      0

     ROW 0   0   0

     Construction     2,950,000 3,250,000        300,000

     Other 0   0   0

     Total  3,000,000               3,300,000        300,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  300,000 600,000    300,000

     Federal   2,700,000          2,700,000        0

     Local 0   0   0

     Total  3,000,000               3,300,000        300,000

* * * Maintenance * * *

Sec. 8.  MAINTENANCE

(a)  Total authorized spending in the maintenance program is modified as follows:

          FY08                             As Proposed    As Amended          Change

          Personal services          32,933,303      32,933,303      0

     Operating expenses           30,858,345      30,508,345      -350,000

     Grants     206,500             206,500 0

     Total  63,998,148             63,648,148      -350,000

     Sources of funds                                       

     State  60,174,213             59,824,213      -350,000

     Federal   3,723,935          3,723,935        0

     Local 100,000 100,000    0

     Total  63,998,148             63,648,148      -350,000

(b)  These changes are made:

(1)  To reduce funding for intelligent transportation system (ITS) projects by $500,000 of transportation funds.  The agency shall continue to operate the “511” traveler information service at not less than the same level of service as provided in fiscal year 2007.  Subject to this condition, the agency shall allocate the remaining authorized funds for ITS projects at its discretion.

(2)  To add $100,000 of transportation funds for a small improvement project to construct an underground cattle pass on Vermont Route 100 to serve the so-called Turner Farm.  In fiscal year 2008, the agency shall use the authorized funds for the sole purpose of designing, permitting, and installing an underground cattle pass and associated highway traffic safety features.  The associated work is contingent upon the Turner estate donating any necessary right-of-way outside the existing highway right-of-way.  Moreover, the Turner estate, for itself and its successors-in-interest, must agree to a maintenance and liability agreement satisfactory to the agency.  Once completed, the existing cattle crossing signs and warning signals will be removed by the agency.

(3)  To add $50,000 of transportation funds to be used for the acquisition of vehicle-mounted sweeper attachments to aid in the removal of debris from the roadway in support of bicycle and pedestrian activities.

* * * Policy and Planning * * *

Sec. 9.  POLICY AND PLANNING

Authorized spending in policy and planning is amended to read:

     FY08 As Proposed           As Amended    Change

     Personal services               4,969,906