H0330.....................................................by APPROPRIATIONS APPROPRIATIONS - States findings of the Legislature regarding certain economic issues; states findings regarding certain correctional populations; states findings regarding the federal Craig-Wyden bill; authorizes the transfer of $60,000,000 to the Economic Recovery Reserve Fund; appropriates an additional $15,000,000 to the Department of Commerce for July 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007, and provides for expenditure of the funds; appropriates an additional $3,500,000 to the Educational Support Program/Division of Operations for fiscal year 2008 and directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the expenditure of the funds. 03/28 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg 03/29 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 52-12-6 AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew, Clark, Collins, Crane, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren, Labrador, Lake, LeFavour(Herzfeld), Loertscher, Marriott, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Raybould, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Shively, Smith(30), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Wood(27), Mr. Speaker NAYS -- Barrett, Bayer, Bock, Durst, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer, Smith(24), Vander Woude Absent and excused -- Bedke, Bradford, Luker, Moyle, Thayn, Wood(35) Floor Sponsor - Bolz Title apvd - to Senate 03/29 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Fin 03/30 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg Rls susp - PASSED - 25-7-3 AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Broadsword, Cameron, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Keough, Lodge, McGee, McKague, McKenzie, Richardson, Schroeder, Siddoway, Stegner NAYS -- Burkett, Kelly, Langhorst, Little, Malepeai, Stennett, Werk(Douglas) Absent and excused -- Bilyeu, Coiner, Pearce Floor Sponsor - Cameron Title apvd - to House 03/30 To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed 04/02 To Governor Law without signature Session Law Chapter 359 Effective: 07/01/07
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-ninth Legislature First Regular Session - 2007 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 330 BY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS FOR STATE GOVERNMENT; STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEG- 3 ISLATURE REGARDING ECONOMIC ISSUES; STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE 4 REGARDING CORRECTIONAL ISSUES; STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE REGARD- 5 ING THE PASSAGE OF THE FEDERAL CRAIG-WYDEN BILL; DIRECTING THE TRANSFER OF 6 MONEYS TO THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY RESERVE FUND; APPROPRIATING ADDITIONAL 7 MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; PROVIDING CONTINGENT SPENDING 8 AUTHORITY OF THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; APPRO- 9 PRIATING ADDITIONAL MONEYS TO THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM/DIVISION OF 10 OPERATIONS TO REPLACE FEDERAL SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF- 11 DETERMINATION ACT FUNDS; AND DIRECTING THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC 12 INSTRUCTION TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDS WHEN CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET. 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 14 SECTION 1. It is the finding of the Legislature that it is prudent to 15 earmark resources for immediate access to address any economic issues that may 16 arise before the Legislature convenes in January 2008. 17 SECTION 2. It is the finding of the Legislature that as a result of 18 offender population growth there is not sufficient capacity for current hous- 19 ing and programmatic needs of inmates without resorting to out-of-state place- 20 ments. In addition, it is a recommendation of the Legislative Mental Health 21 and Substance Abuse Interim Committee to endorse state planning for a secure 22 mental health facility under the jurisdiction of the Board of Correction. In 23 consideration of these circumstances the Legislature is setting aside funds 24 that may be available in the next budget cycle for the Governor and the Legis- 25 lature to address the needs of targeted correctional populations. 26 SECTION 3. It is the finding of the Legislature that there remains uncer- 27 tainty in the reauthorization of the federal Secure Rural Schools and Commu- 28 nity Self-Determination Act, or the Craig-Wyden bill, by the Congress of the 29 United States. If the Craig-Wyden bill is not reauthorized, it will have a 30 devastating effect on Idaho school districts and in this case the Legislature 31 is prepared to mitigate the impact on Idaho's school districts for state fis- 32 cal year 2008. 33 SECTION 4. On July 1, 2007, or as soon thereafter as possible, the State 34 Controller shall transfer the sum of $60,000,000 from the General Fund to the 35 Economic Recovery Reserve Fund. 36 SECTION 5. In addition to any other appropriation provided by law, there 37 is hereby appropriated $15,000,000 from the Economic Recovery Reserve Fund to 38 the Department of Commerce for the period July 1, 2007, through December 31, 39 2007. 2 1 SECTION 6. Funds appropriated in Section 5 of this act shall be available 2 contingent upon a joint request from the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 3 the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the Senate 4 Finance Committee, and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to 5 the Governor of the State of Idaho, and upon the Governor's concurrence 6 therein that an expenditure of funds is essential to maintain the economic 7 stability of the state or the delivery of necessary state services. 8 SECTION 7. In addition to any other appropriation provided by law, and 9 notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the uses of the Public 10 Education Stabilization Fund, there is hereby appropriated $3,500,000 to the 11 Educational Support Program/Division of Operations from the Public Education 12 Stabilization Fund to offset the loss of federal funds previously authorized 13 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act for the 14 period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. 15 SECTION 8. If the Superintendent of Public Instruction determines that 16 the federal government has reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools and Community 17 Self-Determination Act, or substantially similar legislation, by February 10, 18 2008, then the appropriation made in Section 7 of this act shall be null and 19 void, and of no further force and effect. Otherwise, the Superintendent of 20 Public Instruction shall distribute such moneys to school districts as part of 21 the February 15, 2008, distribution of state moneys, based on the same propor- 22 tion of the total that each school district received during state fiscal year 23 2007, pursuant to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination 24 Act. If the Superintendent of Public Instruction determines that the federal 25 government has reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- 26 Determination Act, or substantially similar legislation, after February 10, 27 2008, and that the first payment to school districts shall take place on or 28 prior to July 15, 2008, then each school district shall return all state 29 moneys distributed pursuant to this section to the Public Education Stabili- 30 zation Fund, up to a maximum of the amount of federal money so received.
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SECTIONS 1, 2 and 3 state findings of the Legislature concerning earmarking resources to address economic issues before the next legislative session; acknowledging that the inmate population growth is greater than state capacity and that there is a probability of addressing prison space needs in the near future; and confirming the devastating effect on Idaho school districts if the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is not reauthorized for school year 2007-2008.
SECTION 4 transfers $60 million from the General Fund to the Economic Recovery Reserve Fund at the beginning of fiscal year 2008. The Economic Recovery Reserve Fund is authorized in §67-3520, Idaho Code. Of that amount SECTION 5 appropriates $15 million (of the $60 million transferred in Section 4) on a contingency basis for a six-month period before the Legislature returns for the 2008 session.
SECTION 6 provides that the funding authorized in Section 5 may be spent upon a joint request from the Pro Tem of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the Senate Finance, and the Chairman of the House Appropriations to the Governor, and the Governor's concurrence that an expenditure of funds is essential to maintain the economic stability of the state or the delivery of necessary state services during that six-month period.
SECTION 7 appropriates $3.5 million from the Public Education Stabilization Fund to Public Schools to offset the impact of the loss of Craig-Wyden funds to Idaho school districts. SECTION 8 provides that the funding authorized in Section 7 may distributed to school districts in the same proportion that federal funds were distributed in school year 2006-2007. If the federal act is reauthorized then the appropriation is null and void, and if the federal act is reauthorized after the distribution has taken place but before July 15, 2008, then the funding will be returned to the Public Education Stabilization Fund. If the federal distribution is less than the 2007 distribution, then the school districts may keep state funds to make up the difference - up to the total amount of funding received in 2007.
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