2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Trumbo
VA Land Conservation Foundation

Item 410 #1s

Item 410 #1s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2001 $40,000,000 FY2002 $40,000,000 GF

Page 293, line 23, strike "$26,727,998" and insert "$66,727,998".
Page 293, line 23, strike "$22,402,998" and insert "$62,402,998".
Page 295, after line 20, insert:
"L.1.  This Item includes $40,000,000 the first year and $40,000,000 the second year from the general fund to carry out the purposes of Chapter 900, 1999 Session.  These funds shall be deposited in the Virginia Land Conservation Fund pursuant to § 10.1-1020,
Code of Virginia
2.  Of the amount deposited to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund, 25 percent shall be transferred each year to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund authorized under § 10.1-1801.1,
Code of Virginia
The remaining 75 percent shall be expended by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation in accordance with the requirements of § 10.1-1020,
Code of Virginia
, provided that at least one-third of the moneys shall be used to secure open space easements, with an authorized public body serving as holder or co-holder of all such easements."

(This amendment provides $40.0 million of general fund support each year to preserve Virginia's agricultural lands, forests, natural areas, and historic sites through conservation easements and other mechanisms. Budget language requires that 25 percent of the appropriation be transferred to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund. Language also requires that at least another $10.0 million be reserved for an easement program to secure open space. Such easements would be held, in whole or in part, by public bodies.)