1996 Session

Budget Bill - HB30 (Chapter 912)

Department of General Services

Item 67

Item 67

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Laboratory Services (72600)$11,059,863$11,059,863
Laboratory Customer and Planning Services (72602)FY1997 $3,239,886FY1998 $3,239,886
Analytical Laboratory Services (72604)FY1997 $7,819,977FY1998 $7,819,977
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1997 $8,581,586FY1998 $8,581,586
SpecialFY1997 $57,000FY1998 $57,000
EnterpriseFY1997 $2,421,277FY1998 $2,421,277

Authority: Title 2.1, Chapter 32, Article 2, Code of Virginia.

A. General fund amounts are included in the program Laboratory Services to support the total cost of chemical and microbiological drinking water testing required by regulations of the Department of Health.

B. The provisions of § 2.1-429, Code of Virginia notwithstanding, the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services shall ensure that no individual is denied the benefits of laboratory tests mandated by the State Health Department for reason of inability to pay for such services.

C. The Laboratory Services program includes an internal service fund which shall be paid from revenues derived from charges to the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The estimated internal service fund cost is $1,678,971 the first year and $1,678,971 the second year.

D.1. The provisions of §2.1-429 (B), Code of Virginia, notwithstanding, the Division of Consolidated Laboratories may charge a fee for the limited and specific purpose of analyses of water samples, where:

a. testing is required by Department of Health regulations pursuant to Phase II and Phase V regulations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and

b. funding to support such testing is not otherwise provided for in this act.

2. The Director of the Department of Planning and Budget is authorized to increase nongeneral fund employment in the Division of Consolidated Laboratories, consistent with the provisions of this section.

E. Included in the appropriations in this act are funds to support regional microbiology laboratories of the Division of Consolidated Laboratories. The Department of General Services is hereby specifically prohibited from reducing the level of support for these laboratories below 1992-93 levels during the 1996-98 biennium.