HOUSE BILL NO. 843

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H0843.....................................................by APPROPRIATIONS
APPROPRIATIONS - WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT/COMMERCE DEPARTMENT - Providing
legislative intent regarding development of a long-term solution to address
the declines in spring flows discharging from the Eastern Snake Plain
Aquifer; appropriating an additional $11,900 to the Department of Commerce
for fiscal year 2004; authorizing one additional full-time equivalent
position for the Department of Commerce for fiscal year 2004; appropriating
an additional $12,600 to the Department of Water Resources for fiscal year
2004; authorizing one additional full-time equivalent position for the
Department of Water Resources for fiscal year 2004; appropriating and
authorizing a transfer of $520,000 to the Water Management Fund for fiscal
year 2004; appropriating an additional $567,700 to the Department of
Commerce for fiscal year 2005; authorizing one full-time equivalent
position for the Department of Commerce for fiscal year 2005; appropriating
an additional $72,200 to the Department of Water Resources for fiscal year
2005; authorizing one full-time equivalent position for fiscal year 2005;
authorizing the redirection and transfer of certain moneys; appropriating
additional moneys to the Department of Water Resources; and appropriating
$500,000 to the Revolving Development Fund.
                                                                        
03/19    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
    Rls susp - PASSED - 66-0-4
      AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Black,
      Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow,
      Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge,
      Field(18), Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Henbest, Jaquet, Kellogg,
      Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague,
      Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart,
      Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Robison, Rydalch, Sali,
      Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24),
      Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bauer, Harwood, Jones, Trail
    Floor Sponsor - Bell
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/19    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Fin
03/20    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
    Rls susp - PASSED - 32-0-3
      AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Brandt, Bunderson, Burkett(Maxand),
      Calabretta, Cameron, Compton, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes,
      Goedde, Hill, Ingram, Kennedy, Keough, Little, Lodge, Marley,
      McKenzie, McWilliams, Noh, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen,
      Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Burtenshaw, Malepeai, Noble
    Floor Sponsor - Cameron
    Title apvd - to House
03/22    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed
    To Governor
03/26    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 351
         Effective: 03/26/04 Sections 1 through 6;
         07/01/04 All other sections

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                                                                        
                                                                        
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                        
                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 843
                                                                        
                                BY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                                        AN ACT
  2    RELATING TO WATER AND MONEYS FOR REMEDIATION;  PROVIDING  LEGISLATIVE  INTENT;
  3        APPROPRIATING  ADDITIONAL  MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR FISCAL
  4        YEAR 2004; AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT POSITION FOR THE
  5        DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR  FISCAL  YEAR  2004;  APPROPRIATING  ADDITIONAL
  6        MONEYS  TO  THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004; AUTHO-
  7        RIZING AN ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT POSITION FOR THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
  8        WATER  RESOURCES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004; APPROPRIATING AND TRANSFERRING GEN-
  9        ERAL FUND MONEYS TO THE WATER MANAGEMENT FUND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004; APPRO-
 10        PRIATING ADDITIONAL MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR  FISCAL  YEAR
 11        2005;  AUTHORIZING  AN  ADDITIONAL  FULL-TIME  EQUIVALENT POSITION FOR THE
 12        DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR  FISCAL  YEAR  2005;  APPROPRIATING  ADDITIONAL
 13        MONEYS  TO  THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005; AUTHO-
 14        RIZING AN ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT POSITION FOR THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
 15        WATER  RESOURCES  FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005; APPROPRIATING ADDITIONAL DEDICATED
 16        FUND MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES  FOR  FISCAL  YEAR  2005;
 17        APPROPRIATING AND TRANSFERRING GENERAL FUND MONEYS TO THE REVOLVING DEVEL-
 18        OPMENT  FUND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY FOR SECTIONS
 19        1 THROUGH 6 OF THIS ACT.
                                                                        
 20    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
                                                                        
 21        SECTION 1.  The state of Idaho is committed to participating as an  active
 22    partner  with  affected water users to develop a long-term solution to address
 23    the declines in spring flows discharging from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
                                                                        
 24        SECTION 2.  In addition to the appropriation made in  Section  1,  Chapter
 25    229,  Laws of 2003, there is hereby appropriated to the Department of Commerce
 26    the following amount to be expended for the designated  program  according  to
 27    the  designated  expense  classes  from the listed fund for the period July 1,
 28    2003, through June 30, 2004:
 29    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE:
 30    FOR:
 31    Personnel Costs                                                        $10,300
 32    Operating Expenditures                                                   1,600
 33      TOTAL                                                                $11,900
 34    FROM:
 35    General Fund                                                           $11,900
                                                                        
 36        SECTION 3.  In addition to the full-time equivalent  positions  authorized
 37    in  Section  3,  Chapter 229, Laws of 2003, there is hereby authorized one (1)
 38    full-time equivalent position for the Department of Commerce  for  the  period
 39    July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.
                                                                        
 40        SECTION  4.  In  addition  to the appropriation made in Section 1, Chapter
 41    324, Laws of 2003, there is hereby appropriated to  the  Department  of  Water
                                                                        
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  1    Resources  the  following  amount  to  be  expended for the designated program
  2    according to the designated expense classes  from  the  listed  fund  for  the
  3    period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004:
  4    WATER MANAGEMENT:
  5    FOR:
  6    Personnel Costs                                                        $10,900
  7    Operating Expenditures                                                   1,700
  8      TOTAL                                                                $12,600
  9    FROM:
 10    General Fund                                                           $12,600
                                                                        
 11        SECTION  5.  In  addition to the full-time equivalent positions authorized
 12    in Section 2, Chapter 324, Laws of 2003, there is hereby  authorized  one  (1)
 13    full-time  equivalent  position  for the Department of Water Resources for the
 14    period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.
                                                                        
 15        SECTION 6.  There is hereby appropriated $520,000 from  the  General  Fund
 16    for the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004. The State Controller shall
 17    immediately  transfer  that amount to the Water Management Fund established in
 18    Section 42-1760, Idaho Code. Such moneys shall be used to rent storage water.
                                                                        
 19        SECTION 7.  In addition to the appropriation made in Section 1  of  Senate
 20    Bill  No.  1405, as enacted by the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh
 21    Idaho Legislature, there is hereby appropriated to the Department of  Commerce
 22    the  following  amount  to be expended for the designated program according to
 23    the designated expense classes from the listed fund for  the  period  July  1,
 24    2004, through June 30, 2005:
 25    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE:
 26    FOR:
 27    Personnel Costs                                                       $ 61,500
 28    Operating Expenditures                                                   6,200
 29    Trustee and Benefit Payments                                           500,000
 30      TOTAL                                                               $567,700
 31    FROM:
 32    General Fund                                                          $567,700
                                                                        
 33        SECTION  8.  In  addition to the full-time equivalent positions authorized
 34    in Section 2 of Senate Bill No. 1405, as enacted by the Second Regular Session
 35    of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, there is  hereby  authorized  one  (1)
 36    full-time  equivalent  position  for the Department of Commerce for the period
 37    July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005.
                                                                        
 38        SECTION 9.  In addition to the appropriation made in Section 1  of  Senate
 39    Bill  No.  1415, as enacted by the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh
 40    Idaho Legislature, there is hereby appropriated to  the  Department  of  Water
 41    Resources  the  following  amount  to  be  expended for the designated program
 42    according to the designated expense classes  from  the  listed  fund  for  the
 43    period July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005:
 44    WATER MANAGEMENT:
 45    FOR:
 46    Personnel Costs                                                        $65,600
 47    Operating Expenditures                                                   6,600
 48      TOTAL                                                                $72,200
 49    FROM:
 50    General Fund                                                           $72,200
                                                                        
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  1        SECTION  10.  In addition to the full-time equivalent positions authorized
  2    in Section 2 of Senate Bill No. 1415, as enacted by the Second Regular Session
  3    of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, there is  hereby  authorized  one  (1)
  4    full-time  equivalent  position  for the Department of Water Resources for the
  5    period July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005.
                                                                        
  6        SECTION 11.  The Idaho Water Resource Board is authorized to  redirect  up
  7    to  $300,000 in encumbered moneys originally appropriated for aquifer recharge
  8    in Section 1, Chapter 200, Laws of 1995. The Board shall transfer such  moneys
  9    to  the  Miscellaneous Revenue Fund in the Department of Water Resources to be
 10    used to develop and implement a long-term aquifer management plan. In addition
 11    to the appropriation provided in Section 1 of Senate Bill No. 1415, as enacted
 12    by the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, there is
 13    hereby appropriated to the Department of Water  Resources  $300,000  from  the
 14    Miscellaneous  Revenue Fund to be expended for the Planning and Technical Ser-
 15    vices Program for the period July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005.
                                                                        
 16        SECTION 12.  There is hereby appropriated $500,000 from the  General  Fund
 17    for the period July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005. The State Controller shall
 18    transfer that amount on July 1, 2004, to the Revolving Development Fund estab-
 19    lished  in Section 42-1752, Idaho Code. Such moneys shall be used for loans to
 20    ground water districts.
                                                                        
 21        SECTION 13.  An emergency existing therefor,  which  emergency  is  hereby
 22    declared to exist, Sections 1 through 6 of this act shall be in full force and
 23    effect on and after passage and approval.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


Statement of Purpose
RS14288

This bill funds the legislative commitment to a stipulated settlement to develop a long-term solution to address the declines in spring flows discharging from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The bill is composed of two parts. The first part, sections 1 though 6, addresses fiscal year 2004 and includes one additional position for the Department of Commerce and one additional position for the Department of Water Resources for the remaining three months of the current fiscal year. The position in the Department of Commerce will assist water users affected by the decline in flows from springs below the Eastern Snake River Plain. The position in the Department of Water Resources will assist water masters for water districts and will assist with the identification of alternatives to improve the management and use of available spring flows. It also contains the transfer of $520,000 from the General Fund to the Water Management Fund for the Water Board to rent 40,000 acre feet of water on a one-time basis.

The second part, sections 7 through 12, provides full-year funding for the same one position for the Department of Commerce and the same one position for the Department of Water Resources totaling $139,900, ongoing. Then it includes $500,000, one-time, for the Department of Commerce for grants to affected spring users to implement infrastructure improvements. Next, the bill includes $500,000, one-time, to be transferred to the Revolving Development Fund for the Water Board to make loans to the North Snake and Magic Valley ground water districts. These loans are to be used to pay for out of priority diversions. Finally, the bill includes $300,000 in one-time dedicated spending authority to develop and implement a long-term aquifer management plan.

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Fiscal Note

The total FY 2004 impact is $544,500 to the General Fund. The FY 2005 impact is $1,139,900 from the General Fund and $300,000 from the Miscellaneous Revenue Fund for a total of $1,439,900. The combined FY 2004 and FY 2005 impact is $1,684,400 to the General Fund and $300,000 impact on dedicated funds for a total of $1,984,400. The source of the dedicated funds is from the cancellation of encumbrances made on legislative appropriations authorized for aquifer recharge in 1995. All of the funding is one-time except the $139,900 for the two ongoing positions.

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Contact: Ray Houston 334-4741
Legislative Services Office, Budget & Policy Analysis
Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Note Bill No. H843