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2003 Session

Budget Bill - HB1400 (Chapter 1042)

Legislative Department Reversion Clearing Account

Item 23

Item 23

First Year - FY2003Second Year - FY2004
Across the Board Reductions (71400)$544,000
$44,000
-$113,000
-$547,000
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2003 $544,000
$44,000
FY2004 -$113,000
-$547,000

Authority: Discretionary Inclusion


A. The Joint Rules Committee shall review the purpose and effectiveness of existing legislative commissions with fewer than five staff positions to identify potential opportunities for consolidation and elimination. As part of its review, the Committee shall identify savings estimated at $591,000 the second year from commission efficiencies, consolidation of staff into a centralized support unit within the Division of Legislative Services, and consolidation and/or elimination of existing commissions. In determining the need for legislative commissions, the committee shall take into account the responsibilities and activities of standing committees of the House of Delegates and Senate with the objective of avoiding duplication.


B. Upon approval by the Joint Rules Committee, out of this appropriation, $75,000 each year from the general fund shall be transferred to the Chesapeake Bay Commission for the Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee.


C. Upon approval by the Joint Rules Committee, out of this appropriation, $13,200 in the first year shall be provided to fund the continuation of the Virginia Rural Prosperity Commission for the purpose of establishing the Center for Rural Virginia.


D.1. Included in this appropriation is $500,000 the first year and $434,000 the second year from the general fund and 10 positions for the Capitol Police for enhanced security at the seat of government. Prior to allocating these funds, the Committee on Joint Rules shall examine the staffing requirements necessary to ensure sufficient security measures are in place.


2. Included in this appropriation is $44,000 each year for increased Workers' Compensation costs for the Division of Capitol Police.


E. On or before June 30, 2003, the House Committee on Rules shall authorize the reversion to the general fund of $800,000 from the Clerk of the House, and the Senate Committee on Rules shall authorize the reversion to the general fund of $735,000 from the Clerk of the Senate. On or before June 30, 2004, the House Committee on Rules shall authorize the reversion to the general fund of $900,000 from the Clerk of the House, and the Senate Committee on Rules shall authorize the reversion of $910,000 from the Clerk of the Senate, representing savings generated by the respective bodies in each year.


F. On or before June 30, 2003, the Joint Rules Committee shall authorize the reversion of $1,663,373 to the general fund, representing savings generated by the legislative agencies. On or before June 30, 2004, the Joint Rules Committee shall authorize the reversion of $1,790,839 to the general fund, representing savings generated by the legislative agencies in the second year.


G. Balances from legislative accounts as of June 30, 2002, estimated to total $1,388,598, are hereby transferred to this account for reversion to the general fund.


H. On or before June 30, 2004, the Joint Rules Committee shall authorize a reversion of $1,500,000 from the reversion clearing account to the general fund.


I. Out of this appropriation, the Joint Rules Committee shall release $10,000 from the balances of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission in the second year to coordinate and fund the statewide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in the Commonwealth.