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Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Beehive Grant Fund

Item 90 #2h

Item 90 #2h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services FY2019 $125,000 FY2020 $125,000 GF

Language
Page 76, line 14, strike "$3,388,746" and insert "$3,513,746".
Page 76, line 14, strike "$3,388,746" and insert "$3,513,746".

Page 76, after the beginning of line 22, insert "A."

Page 76, after line 25, insert:

"B.  Out of the amounts in this item, $125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year from the general fund shall be deposited to the Beehive Grant Fund established pursuant to § 3.2-4415, Code of Virginia."



Explanation

(This amendment provides $125,000 to the Beehive Grant Fund in each year of the biennium. The General Assembly established the program in 2012 to increase the honey bee population in Virginia. Since that time, VDACS has issued 730 grants across the Commonwealth. Budget reductions in fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2017 resulted in transfers out of the Fund. The balance available for grants is now $17,500. VDACS has 660 pending applications that are eligible for reimbursement despite the lack of funding. This amendment restores the initial annual appropriation of $125,000.)