S1475............................................................by FINANCE APPROPRIATIONS - WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT - Appropriates an additional $1,325,000 to the Department of Water Resources for fiscal year 2007 for Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication; authorizes an additional 11 full-time equivalent positions; appropriates an additional $10,000 to the Supreme Court for Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication; provides legislative intent regarding use of the moneys; and amends existing law to provide that the State Controller may establish multiple fund details in the Water Resources Adjudication Fund. 03/27 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/28 Rpt prt - to Fin Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/29 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 31-3-1 AYES -- Andreason, Bunderson, Burkett(Clark), Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McGee, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams NAYS -- Brandt, Broadsword, Schroeder Absent and excused -- Geddes Floor Sponsor - Keough Title apvd - to House 03/30 House intro - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 60-1-9 AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bayer, Bilbao, Block, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon, Clark, Collins, Deal, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Kemp, LeFavour, Loertscher, Martinez, Mathews, McKague, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Raybould, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills NAYS -- Wood Absent and excused -- Bedke, Bell, Black, Crow, Field(23), Lake, McGeachin, Smylie, Mr. Speaker Floor Sponsor - Henderson Title apvd - to Senate 03/31 To enrol 04/03 Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed 04/04 To Governor 04/07 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 400 Effective: 07/01/06
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1475 BY FINANCE COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS; APPROPRIATING ADDITIONAL MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT 3 OF WATER RESOURCES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007, TO COMMENCE A NORTHERN IDAHO 4 WATER RIGHTS ADJUDICATION; AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES 5 ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT POSITIONS; APPROPRIATING ADDITIONAL MONEYS 6 TO THE SUPREME COURT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007; PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE INTENT 7 WITH REGARD TO THE USE OF THE MONEYS AND UNEXPENDED MONEYS; AND AMENDING 8 SECTION 42-1777, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE WATER 9 RESOURCES ADJUDICATION ACCOUNT, TO PROVIDE CORRECT TERMINOLOGY AND TO AU- 10 THORIZE THE STATE CONTROLLER TO ESTABLISH MULTIPLE FUND DETAILS WITHIN THE 11 FUND. 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 13 SECTION 1. In addition to any other appropriation provided by law, there 14 is hereby appropriated to the Department of Water Resources, to commence a 15 Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication, $1,325,000 from the General Fund for 16 the period July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. 17 SECTION 2. In addition to any other authorization provided by law, the 18 Department of Water Resources is authorized eleven (11) full-time equivalent 19 positions during the period July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, for the pur- 20 pose specified in Section 1 of this act. 21 SECTION 3. In addition to any other appropriation provided by law, there 22 is hereby appropriated to the Supreme Court, $10,000 from the General Fund to 23 be used for a Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication for the period July 1, 24 2006, through June 30, 2007. 25 SECTION 4. It is legislative intent that all moneys appropriated in this 26 act be used exclusively to commence a Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication 27 and that all unexpended and unencumbered General Fund moneys remaining at the 28 end of fiscal year 2007 be reverted to the General Fund. 29 SECTION 5. That Section 42-1777, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 30 amended to read as follows: 31 42-1777. WATER RESOURCES ADJUDICATION ACCOUNTFUND. (1) A water resource 32 adjudication accountfund is hereby created and established in the agency33 asset fundstate treasury. The state controller may establish multiple fund 34 details within the fund to account for fees collected from different adjudica- 35 tions. Fee moneys in the accountfund are to be utilized by the department of 36 water resources, upon appropriation by the legislature, to pay the costs of 37 the department attributable to general water rights adjudications conducted 38 pursuant to chapter 14, title 42, Idaho Code. 39 The state treasurer is directed to invest all moneys in the accountfund. 2 1 All interest or other income accruing from such investment shall accrue to the 2 accountappropriate fund detail. 3 (2) Fee moneys in the accountfund may also be utilized by the judiciary, 4 upon appropriation by the legislature, to pay for judicial expenses directly 5 relating to the Snake rivereach adjudication including, but not limited to, 6 compensation and expenses of special masters appointed by the Idaho supreme 7 court or by the district court, compensation and expenses of clerical staff of 8 the district court, and publication, notice and mailing costs incurred by the 9 district court.
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This is a Fiscal Year 2007 trailer appropriation bill to HB545 which authorized a general water rights adjudication for those portions of Northern Idaho that are not included in the Snake River Basin. These are the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin, the Palouse River Basin, and the Kootenai and Clark Fork-Pend Oreille River Basins. This appropriation is to commence the adjudication of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin only. The Idaho Department of Water Resources estimates the total fiscal impact for the adjudication of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin to be about $8.1 million over six years and the adjudication of all the northern basins to be about $16.2 million over nine years.
The bill authorizes an additional 11 full-time equivalent positions to the Idaho Department of Water Resources and includes $10,000 for the Supreme Court to pay startup costs for a Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin Adjudication. The legislation includes the amendment of section 42-1777, Idaho Code, to permit the creation of fund details within the Water Resources Adjudication Fund to allow the department to account separately for fees collected for each adjudication.
This Fiscal Year 2007 trailer bill appropriates $1,335,000 lump-sum from the General Fund to begin a Northern Idaho water rights adjudication as follows: $1,325,000 and 11 additional full-time equivalent positions to the Idaho Department of Water Resources and $10,000 to the Idaho Supreme Court. The bill includes legislative intent that all moneys appropriated in this act be used exclusively for a Northern Idaho Water Rights Adjudication and that at end of fiscal year 2007, all unexpended and unencumbered general fund moneys be reverted to the General Fund. Realize however, the appropriation is ongoing and will be built into the base budgets of the Department of Water Resources and the Supreme Court for fiscal year 2008.
Contact: Ray Houston 334-4741
Legislative Services Office, Budget & Policy Analysis
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