2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Public Television- Conversion to Digital

Item 89 #4s

Item 89 #4s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Virginia Public Broadcasting Board FY2001 $2,520,688 FY2002 $2,520,688 GF

Page 59, line 32, strike "$4,553,366" and insert "$7,074,054".
Page 59, line 32, strike "$4,553,366" and insert "$7,074,054".
Page 60, following line 22, insert:
"The Virginia Public Broadcasting Board is authorized to lease, or otherwise finance, equipment for the conversion of Virginia's public television stations to the Federal Communications Commissions new digital standard.  The total value of such equipment shall not exceed $18,912,929.
The Virginia Public Broadcasting Board shall allocate such equipment to Blue Ridge Public Television, Incorporated, Central Virginia Educational Telecommunications Corporation (excluding WCVW-TV and WNVT-TV), Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Incorporated, and Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation, based upon a formula that, at a minimum, considers equity of station resources, the efficiency of public television coverage, and the level of public services provided to Virginia citizens.
The Secretary of Finance and the Treasurer shall develop a plan for the acquisition of the required equipment and the transfer, sublease, or loan of such equipment to the affected public television stations."

(This amendment provides funds to lease $18.9 million of equipment for the conversion of the Commonwealth's public television stations to the new digital standards.)