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2000 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

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Virginia Public Broadcasting Board

Item 89

Item 89

First Year - FY2001Second Year - FY2002
Financial Assistance for Cultural and Artistic Affairs (14300)$4,553,366$4,553,366
Financial Assistance for Public Broadcasting (14303)FY2001 $4,553,366FY2002 $4,553,366
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2001 $4,553,366FY2002 $4,553,366

Authority: Title 2.1, Chapter 35.2, Article 6.1, Code of Virginia.


A. Out of this appropriation shall be expended $3,799,602 the first year and $3,799,602 the second year for community service grants to public television stations and $753,764 the first year and $753,764 the second year for community service grants to public radio stations. Grants to public television stations shall be used to develop, acquire, produce and deliver programs and services which support preschool and adult education, disseminate information on governmental and public affairs issues, promote tourism and economic development within the Commonwealth, and inform, educate, and entertain families with program content which offers alternatives to commercialized television programming.


B. Out of this appropriation, $10,000 shall be set aside for the expenses of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, with 75 percent of this amount to be taken from community service grants for public television and 25 percent of this amount to be taken from community service grants for public radio.


C. The funds herein appropriated are to be administered by the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board in accordance with such rules and regulations as it may prescribe provided that: (1) the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board shall certify that recipients of the community service grants provided for in paragraph A of this Item are noncommercial radio and television stations that are owned and operated by entities which qualified to receive community service grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and whose offices, studios and transmitters are located in the Commonwealth and (2) it shall carry out its purposes and functions and engage in its activities in ways that will most effectively assure the maximum freedom of the aforesaid noncommercial radio and television entities and systems from interference with, or control of, program content or other activities.


D. Community service grants to public television and public radio stations shall be paid in equal quarterly installments.