SENATE BILL NO. 1278

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S1278.................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE
WASTEWATER/DRINKING WATER LOANS - Amends existing law to provide that the
Department of Environmental Quality may use a limited portion of interest
revenues from wastewater and drinking water loans for operation of the loan
programs, subject to annual appropriation.
                                                                        
02/05    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/06    Rpt prt - to Health/Wel
02/13    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/20    3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1
      AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Brandt, Bunderson, Burkett, Burtenshaw,
      Calabretta, Cameron, Compton, Davis, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill,
      Ingram, Kennedy, Keough, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McKenzie,
      McWilliams, Noble, Noh, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen,
      Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Darrington
    Floor Sponsor - Compton
    Title apvd - to House
02/23    House intro - 1st rdg - to Env Aff
02/27    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/01    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/04    3rd rdg - PASSED - 65-0-5
      AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bauer, Bayer, Bedke, Bell,
      Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Cuddy,
      Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23),
      Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, 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, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass,
      Stevenson, Trail(Bennett), Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bradford, Crow, Deal, Edmunson, Skippen
    Floor Sponsor - Sayler
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/05    To enrol
03/08    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/09    Sp signed
03/10    To Governor
03/16    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 61
         Effective: 07/01/04

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                                                                        
                                                                        
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                                                        
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1278
                                                                        
                              BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                                        AN ACT
  2    RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; AMENDING SECTION 39-3626,
  3        IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY USE A  LIMITED  PORTION  OF
  4        INTEREST  REVENUES  FROM WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER LOANS FOR OPERATION
  5        OF THE LOAN PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO ANNUAL APPROPRIATION.
                                                                        
  6    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
                                                                        
  7        SECTION 1.  That Section 39-3626, Idaho Code, be, and the same  is  hereby
  8    amended to read as follows:
                                                                        
  9        39-3626.  AUTHORIZATION  OF GRANTS AND LOANS -- DESIGNATION OF ADMINISTER-
 10    ING AGENCY -- RESERVATION OF FUNDS FOR  OPERATIONS  --  CRITERIA  --  PRIORITY
 11    PROJECTS  -- ELIGIBLE PROJECTS. (1) The state of Idaho is hereby authorized to
 12    make grants and loans at or below market interest rates, as funds  are  avail-
 13    able,  to  any municipality to assist said municipality in the construction of
 14    sewage treatment works,  to  community  public  water  systems  and  nonprofit
 15    noncommunity  public  water  systems. The state of Idaho is hereby also autho-
 16    rized to make loans at or below market interest rates for  the  implementation
 17    of  a  management  program  established under section 319 of the federal water
 18    pollution control act, as amended.
 19        (2)  The department of environmental quality may  use  a  portion  of  the
 20    interest  revenues  from wastewater and drinking water loans, in an amount not
 21    to exceed one percent (1%) of loans outstanding, subject to annual  appropria-
 22    tion, for operation of the wastewater and drinking water loan programs.
 23        (3)  The  Idaho  board  of environmental quality through the department of
 24    environmental quality shall be the agency for administration of  funds  autho-
 25    rized  for grants or loans under this chapter, and may reserve up to four per-
 26    cent (4%) of the moneys accruing annually to the water pollution  control  and
 27    wastewater  facility loan funds to be appropriated annually for the purpose of
 28    operating the water quality programs established pursuant to this chapter. The
 29    board may also reserve up to six percent (6%) of the moneys accruing  annually
 30    to  the  water pollution control fund to be appropriated annually for the pur-
 31    pose of conducting water quality studies including monitoring.
 32        (34)  In allocating state construction grants and loans under  this  chap-
 33    ter,  the  Idaho  board  of  environmental quality shall give consideration to
 34    water pollution control needs, protection of public health  and  provision  of
 35    safe drinking water.
 36        (45)  Pursuant  to  subsection  (34)  of  this section, the Idaho board of
 37    environmental quality shall establish an integrated list of priority municipal
 38    sewage facility and nonpoint source pollution control projects and a  list  of
 39    priority community and nonprofit noncommunity public water systems.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                                        
                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 13677
The proposed legislation allows the Department of Environmental
Quality (DEQ) to use a portion of the interest revenues from
wastewater (CWSRF) and drinking water (DWSRF) loans for operating
the programs.  
       
Currently, the programs are funded by 4% of the annual federal
contributions (approximately $13.8 million per year). This level
of federal contribution is expected to decrease and will not
provide sufficient resources for DEQ to manage the programs as
the total funds managed have increased to over $150 million. This
funding mechanism will allow the programs to be self supporting.



                    FISCAL IMPACT

There is no fiscal impact to the general fund.  

A reduction in the SRF funds available for future loans would be
in the amount of the funds used to administer the program. 

DEQ envisions no increased cost to borrowers. The current "at or
below" market interest rate will continue.

CONTACT
Name:     Jess Byrne
Agency:   Department of Environmental Quality
Phone:    208-373-0114                              S 1278