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S1495......................................by LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TAXATION APPROPRIATIONS - Appropriating $500,000 to the Idaho State Historical Society for fiscal years 2001, 2002 and 2003, for the state cemetery records preservation program; to provide legislative intent regarding the program, contracts and grants; to provide that unexpended moneys need not be encumbered and are reappropriated at the end of certain fiscal years. 02/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/22 Rpt prt - to Fin
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1495 BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TAXATION COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO CEMETERY RECORDS PRESERVATION; APPROPRIATING MONEYS TO THE IDAHO 3 STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR FISCAL YEARS 2001, 2002 AND 2003 FOR THE 4 STATE CEMETERY RECORDS PRESERVATION PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE INTENT 5 REGARDING THE PROGRAM AND CONTRACTS AND GRANTS; TO PROVIDE THAT UNEXPENDED 6 MONEYS NEED NOT BE ENCUMBERED AND ARE REAPPROPRIATED AT THE END OF CERTAIN 7 FISCAL YEARS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 9 SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education 10 for the Idaho State Historical Society the sum of $500,000 to be deposited in 11 the Historical Society Account created in Section 67-4129A, Idaho Code, for 12 the period July 1, 2000, through June 30, 2003, to be expended pursuant to 13 this act. Moneys in this act shall be used for the State Cemetery Records 14 Preservation Program within the State Historical Society. Many cemeteries, 15 especially the older, smaller cemeteries, keep records on cards or ledger 16 books. This paper form of recordkeeping is susceptible to loss from fire, 17 flood and vandalism. These records contain the history of our forefathers, our 18 communities and our society. Because they exist in a vulnerable state, there 19 is a tremendous need to preserve these valuable records. 20 The Idaho State Cemetery Records Preservation Program shall consist of two 21 phases: Phase One - the Cemetery Survey Program, and Phase Two - the Cemetery 22 Grant Program. The purpose of Phase One is to inventory cemeteries throughout 23 the state of Idaho, old and new, small and large, active and inactive, public 24 and private for planning and historical site identification purposes. The 25 State Historical Society should enter into a contract to conduct this inven- 26 tory and accumulate and display the results in a computer geographic informa- 27 tion system (GIS). With the data in a GIS, a map can be printed of the state 28 of Idaho showing the approximate location of each cemetery inventoried and 29 will allow important information on each cemetery to be recorded. Information 30 such as burial data, the size of the cemetery, historical significance of the 31 cemetery itself or of interred individuals. Once completed this information is 32 intended to be turned over to state agencies and the public for planning and 33 research purposes. 34 Phase Two of the Idaho State Cemetery Records Preservation Program shall 35 consist of the establishment of a grant program, by the state, to assist indi- 36 vidual cemeteries to preserve their maps and records. It is intended that cit- 37 ies, counties, cemetery districts, private cemeteries and others with an 38 interest in cemeteries may apply for grant moneys. It is intended that grant 39 moneys be utilized by individual cemeteries to develop a computerized database 40 of all burials in the cemetery and a computerized GIS map of the cemetery 41 showing each grave location. It is intended that the grants be a matching 42 grant program with the State Historical Society providing fifty percent and 43 the local entity matching the fifty percent. Grant amounts shall be limited to 44 a maximum of $10,000 per cemetery. 2 1 SECTION 2. Unexpended moneys in the State Historical Society Account 2 appropriated by this act on June 30, 2001, and June 30, 2002, need not be 3 encumbered as they are deemed encumbered and are appropriated for the follow- 4 ing fiscal year. 5 SECTION 3. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July 6 1, 2000.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 09633 The Idaho State Cemetery Records Preservation Program is a two-phase program that will provide the means for gathering and preserving valuable cemetery records, records that will contain the history of Idaho's communities. Governmental agencies and the public will benefit from the information that will be gathered, both in long range planning (as in routing decisions for transportation planning decisions) and as a research tool for students, historians and genealogists. Phase One requires that cemeteries throughout the state be inventoried so that historical site information including burial data, cemetery size and historical significance can be gathered and then made available for use. Phase Two provides for the establishment of a grant program, to be administered by the State Historical Society, that will assist individual cemeteries to develop both a computerized database of all burials in a particular cemetery and a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) map showing grave locations. Cities, counties, cemetery districts, private cemeteries and others will entitled to apply for the grant money. The legislation will provide for an appropriation to the Idaho State Historical Society for purposes of implementing the Idaho State Cemetery Records Preservation Program in Fiscal Years 2001, 2002 and 2003. It will provide the legislative intent regarding the program and contracts and grants and will provide that unexpended moneys need not be encumbered and that those funds will be reappropriated at the end of certain fiscal years. FISCAL IMPACT The total amount requested is $500,000. First year expense is expected to be $60,000 or less with the balance of the requested amount to be used in the form of matching grants with local cemeteries. Cemeteries who desire to participate in the program may apply for matching grants for the purpose of plot identification and mapping. Any remaining balance will be returned to the general fund. Contact Name: Steve Guerber Phone: (208) 334-2682 Name: Senator Grant lpsen Phone: (208) 332-1326 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1495