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SENATE BILL NO. 13
INTRODUCED BY B. KEENAN, WATERMAN, BARNHART, BERRY, DEPRATU, FRANKLIN, MAHLUM, MCNUTT, NELSON
AN ACT SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XII OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION REQUIRING THE DEDICATION OF PART OF THE TOBACCO LITIGATION SETTLEMENT MONEY TO A TRUST FUND; ALLOWING THE APPROPRIATION OF PART OF THE INCOME FROM THE TRUST FUND FOR PURPOSES OF TOBACCO DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND PROGRAMS RELATED TO HEALTH CARE NEEDS; PROHIBITING THE APPROPRIATION OF THE INCOME FOR THE PURPOSES OF REPLACING MONEY USED FOR TOBACCO DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND PROGRAMS THAT EXISTED ON DECEMBER 31, 1999, PROVIDING BENEFITS FOR HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF MONTANANS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Article XII of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended by adding a new section 4 that reads:
Section 4. Montana tobacco settlement trust fund. (1) The legislature shall dedicate not less than two-fifths of any tobacco settlement proceeds received on or after January 1, 2001, to a trust fund, nine-tenths of the interest and income of which may be appropriated. One-tenth of the interest and income derived from the trust fund on or after January 1, 2001, shall be deposited in the trust fund. The principal of the trust fund and one-tenth of the interest and income deposited in the trust fund shall remain forever inviolate unless appropriated by a vote of two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature.
(2) Appropriations of the interest, income, or principal from the trust fund shall be used only for tobacco disease prevention programs and state programs providing benefits, services, or coverage that are related to the health care needs of the people of Montana and may not be used for other purposes.
(3) Appropriations of the interest, income, or principal from the trust fund shall not be used to replace state or federal money used to fund tobacco disease prevention programs and state programs that existed on December 31, 1999, providing benefits, services, or coverage of the health care needs of the people of Montana.
Section 2. Effective date. This act is effective upon approval by the electorate.
Section 3. Submission to electorate. This amendment shall be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana at the general election to be held in November 2000 by printing on the ballot the full title of this act and the following:
[ ] FOR dedicating not less than 40% of the tobacco settlement to a trust fund for health care benefits, services, or coverage and tobacco disease prevention.
[ ] AGAINST dedicating not less than 40% of the tobacco settlement to a trust fund for health care benefits, services, or coverage and tobacco disease prevention.
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