Senate Bill No. 88
Introduced By beck
By Request of the Department of Commerce
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act establishing an annual funding cycle for the treasure state endowment program; transferring project approval authority from the legislature to the governor; revising the criteria and priorities for awarding funding; amending section
90-6-710, MCA; and providing a delayed effective date AND A CONTINGENT VOIDNESS PROVISION."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 90-6-710, MCA, is amended to read:
"90-6-710. Priorities for projects -- procedure -- rulemaking. (1)
The department of commerce must receive proposals
Proposals for projects from local governments, as defined in 90-6-701(3)(b), must be accepted each year by the department
of commerce. The department shall work with a local government in preparing cost estimates for a project. In reviewing
project proposals, the department may consult with other state agencies with expertise pertinent to the proposal. The
department shall annually prepare and submit a list containing the of recommended projects and to the governor and shall
inform the legislative finance committee of the department's recommendations. The list must contain the recommended
form and amount of financial assistance for each project. to the governor, In recommending financial assistance, the
department shall consider whether the applicant's proposed level of financial participation in the project is the maximum
amount that can be reasonably expected. The list of recommended projects must be prioritized pursuant to subsection (2).
The governor shall review the projects recommended by the department and shall submit a list of recommended projects
and the recommended financial assistance to the legislature shall either approve the department's recommendations or,
based on the criteria contained in this section, approve the recommendations with modifications.
(2) In preparing recommendations under subsection (1), the department shall give preference
must be given to
infrastructure projects based on the following order of priority:
(a) projects that solve urgent and serious public health or safety problems
; or (b) projects that enable local governments to meet state or federal health or safety standards;
(b) projects that reflect greater need for financial assistance than other projects;
(c) projects that incorporate appropriate, cost-effective technical design and that provide thorough, long-term solutions to community public facility needs;
(d) projects that
result in a benefit to the public commensurate with the amount of financial assistance. However, the
benefit to the public may not be measured by population alone. reflect substantial past efforts to ensure sound, effective,
long-term planning and management of the facility and attempt to resolve the infrastructure problem with local resources; (e) projects that reflect greater need for financial assistance than other projects; (f)(e) projects that enable local governments to obtain funds from sources other than the funds provided under this part;
that would result in SPONSORED BY NONPROFIT OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES FOR the
construction of INFRASTRUCTURE FOR housing for low- or moderate-income families and that are sponsored by
nonprofit or local government entities;
(g) projects that provide long-term, full-time job opportunities for Montanans
;, (h) projects that provide public facilities necessary for the expansion of a business that has a high potential for financial
success ;, or (i) projects that maintain the tax base or that do not discourage encourage expansion of the tax base; and (j)(h) projects that are high local priorities and have strong community support. (3) After the review required by subsection (1), the projects must be approved by the legislature. (4)(3) The department shall adopt rules necessary to implement the treasure state endowment program."
NEW SECTION. SECTION 2. COORDINATION INSTRUCTION -- CONTINGENT VOIDNESS. IF SENATE BILL NO. 75 IS PASSED AND APPROVED AND IF MONTANA CITIZENS VOTE IN FAVOR OF ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS IN THE SUBSEQUENT ELECTION, THEN [THIS ACT] IS VOID ON THE DATE THAT SENATE BILL NO. 75 BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1998.