2003 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Conference Report)

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Item 59.15 #1c

Item 59.15 #1c

Administration, Secretary of

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"2.A.  No later than June 15, 2003 the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board and the Secretary of Administration shall develop an appropriate and equitable formula for distributing the Community Service Grants in the second year. To assist in this effort, the Auditor of Public Accounts shall develop a comparative revenue and financial report covering the Greater Washington Educational Television Association (WETA), the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation, Blue Ridge Public Television, Inc., and Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, and provide such information to the Secretary and the Board so the findings of such report can be used to assist the Board and the Secretary of Administration in their work.  The report shall include a review of any Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or related federal agency, audits or assessments of the Virginia public broadcasting organizations.
B.  The Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, with the assistance of the Secretary of Administration, shall develop a plan for the distribution of state support for public television in future biennial budgets.  Such plan shall include: 1) a pool of funds designated for support of the basic operating needs of Virginia's public television stations, which shall be based primarily on the stations' costs and ability to raise local funds, but which should result in a grant of not less than $200,000 for any public broadcasting corporation, and 2) a separate pool of funds, to be distributed on a competitive basis, designated to support the costs of developing original programming on Virginia's people, communities, economy, history, government or geography.  The Board shall make its recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee no later than October 1, 2003."

(This amendment directs the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, based in part on the results of a study to be conducted by the Auditor of Public Accounts, to revise the formulas for the community service grants.