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HOUSE BILL NO. 667<br /> – Approp, Environmntal Quality, add’l


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H0667.....................................................by APPROPRIATIONS
APPROPRIATIONS - Appropriating an additional $606,400 to the Department of
Environmental Quality for fiscal year 2009; and provides for two additional
full-time equivalent positions.

03/18    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/19    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/20    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - PASSED - 64-5-1
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block,
      Bock, Boe, Bolz, Bowers, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez,
      Chew, Clark, Collins, Crane, Durst, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart,
      Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, King, Labrador,
      LeFavour, Loertscher, Luker, Mathews, McGeachin, Nielsen, Nonini,
      Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Raybould, Ringo, Roberts, Ruchti,
      Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(02), Shepherd(08), Shirley,
      Shively, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Thayn, Thomas,
      Trail, Vander Woude, Wills, Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Barrett, Lake, Marriott, Mortimer, Moyle
      Absent and excused -- Kren
    Floor Sponsor - Eskridge
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/24    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Fin
03/25    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/26    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - PASSED - 35-0-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett,
      Cameron, Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon(Gannon),
      Geddes, Goedde, Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough,
      Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai(Sagness), McGee, McKague,
      McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Siddoway, Stegner, Stennett,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor - Bair
    Title apvd - to House
03/26    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/27    Pres signed
03/28    To Governor
04/01    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 361
         Effective: 07/01/08

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2008


                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 667

                                BY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

  1                                        AN ACT
  4        POSITIONS.

  5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

  6        SECTION  1.  In addition to any other appropriation provided by law, there
  7    is hereby appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality the  follow-
  8    ing  amount  to  be expended for the designated program for agricultural smoke
  9    management and crop residue  disposal  according  to  the  designated  expense
 10    classes  from  the  listed  fund for the period July 1, 2008, through June 30,
 11    2009:
 13    FOR:
 14    Personnel Costs                                                       $296,000
 15    Operating Expenditures                                                 190,200
 16    Capital Outlay                                                         120,200
 17      TOTAL                                                               $606,400
 18    FROM:
 19    General Fund                                                          $606,400

 20        SECTION 2.  In addition to any other authorization provided  by  law,  the
 21    Department  of  Environmental  Quality is hereby authorized two (2) additional
 22    full-time equivalent positions for the period July 1, 2008, through  June  30,
 23    2009.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

Statement of Purpose

This is a trailer appropriation bill to the Department of Environmental Quality in the amount of $606,400 from the General Fund. This bill trails H557 which repealed the Smoke Management and Crop Residue Disposal Act administered by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and created a new statute providing the Department of Environmental Quality with the authority to administer a statewide program for the open burning of crop residue.



Fiscal Note

The appropriation provides $606,400 from the General Fund as follows: $296,000 for two new full-time positions, nine seasonal staff, and additional hours for meteorological and technical air monitoring staff; $190,200 in operating expenditures for media outreach, weather forecasting services, vehicle leases, and contract moneys to develop a web-based information system; and $120,200 for seven air quality monitors, laptop computers, and office equipment. Of the total, $419,700 is ongoing and $186,700 is one-time.

H557 directs the Department of Agriculture to transfer all moneys remaining in the Smoke Management Fund to the General fund effective June 30, 2008. That balance is about $209,000. H557 sets a $2 per acre fee for burning agricultural fields and directs those receipts to the General Fund. The one-time transfer of $209,000 will be used to offset first year costs and, in the future, it is estimated that it will take approximately 210,000 registered and paid acres to offset the annual program costs.

Contact: Ray Houston 334-4741

Legislative Services Office, Budget & Policy Analysis

Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Note Bill No. H667