House Bill No. 504
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act creating a biomedical research endowment fund within the coal severance tax trust fund; funding biomedical research grants from the earnings on the trust fund; statutorily appropriating the earnings; amending sections 17-5-703, 17-6-305, 17-6-308, and 17-7-502, MCA; and providing an effective date."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 17-5-703, MCA, is amended to read:
"17-5-703. Coal severance tax trust funds. (1) The trust established under Article IX, section 5, of the Montana constitution is composed of the following funds:
(a) a coal severance tax bond fund into which the constitutionally dedicated receipts from the coal severance tax must be deposited;
(b) a treasure state endowment fund;
(c) a coal severance tax permanent fund;
(d) a coal severance tax income fund;
(e) a coal severance tax school bond contingency loan fund; and
(f) a biomedical research endowment fund.
(2) (a) The state treasurer shall determine, on July 1 of each year, the amount necessary to meet all principal and interest payments on bonds payable from the coal severance tax bond fund during the next 12 months and retain that amount in the coal severance tax bond fund.
(b) The amount in the coal severance tax bond fund in excess of the amount required in subsection (2)(a) must be transferred from that fund as provided in subsections (3) through (5).
On January 21, 1992, and continuing as As long as any school district bonds secured by state loans under 20-9-466
are outstanding, the state treasurer shall from time to time and as provided in subsection (3)(b) transfer from the coal
severance tax bond fund to the coal severance tax school bond contingency loan fund any amount in the coal severance tax
bond fund in excess of the amount that is specified in subsection (2) to be retained in the fund.
(b) The state treasurer shall transfer the amount referred to in subsection (3)(a) until and unless the balance in the coal severance tax school bond contingency loan fund is equal to the amount due as principal of and interest on the school district bonds secured by state loans under 20-9-466 during the next following 12 months.
(4) (a) Beginning July 1, 1993, and ending June 30, 2013, the state treasurer shall quarterly transfer to the treasure state endowment fund 50% of the amount in the coal severance tax bond fund in excess of the amount that is specified in subsection (2) to be retained in the fund and in excess of amounts that are transferred pursuant to subsection (3).
(b) The state treasurer shall monthly transfer from the treasure state endowment fund to the treasure state endowment special revenue account the amount of earnings required to meet the obligations of the state that are payable from the account in accordance with 90-6-710. Earnings not transferred to the treasure state endowment special revenue account must be retained in the treasure state endowment fund.
(5) Any amount in the coal severance tax bond fund in excess of the amount that is specified in subsection (2)(a) to be retained in the fund and that is not otherwise allocated under this section must be deposited in the coal severance tax permanent fund."
Section 2. Section 17-6-305, MCA, is amended to read:
"17-6-305. Investment of up to twenty-five percent of coal tax trust fund in Montana economy -- report by board.
(1) Subject to the provisions of 17-6-201(1), the board shall endeavor to invest up to 25% of the permanent coal tax trust
fund established in 17-6-203(6) in the Montana economy, with special emphasis on investments in new or expanding
locally owned enterprises. Investments made pursuant to this section do not include investments made pursuant to
17-6-309(2). For purposes of calculating the 25% of the permanent coal tax trust fund, the board shall include all funds
listed in 17-5-703(1). The
portion of the permanent coal tax biomedical research endowment trust fund administered by the
Montana board of science and technology development pursuant to 17-6-308(3) may not be included in the 25% of the trust
fund allocated to the board for in-state investment under this section.
(2) In determining the probable income to be derived from investment of this revenue, the long-term benefit to the Montana economy must be considered.
(3) The legislature may provide additional procedures to implement this section.
(4) The board shall include a report on the investments made under this section as a part of the information required by 17-7-111."
Section 3. Section 17-6-308, MCA, is amended to read:
"17-6-308. Authorized investments. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) and subject to the provisions of 17-6-201, the Montana permanent coal tax trust fund must be invested as authorized by rules adopted by the board.
(2) The board may make loans from the permanent coal tax trust fund to the capital reserve account created pursuant to 17-5-1515 to establish balances or restore deficiencies in the account. The board may agree in connection with the issuance of bonds or notes secured by the account or fund to make the loans. Loans must be on terms and conditions determined by the board and must be repaid from revenue realized from the exercise of the board's powers under 17-5-1501 through 17-5-1518 and 17-5-1521 through 17-5-1529, subject to the prior pledge of the revenue to the bonds and notes.
(3) The board shall
allow the Montana board of science and technology development, provided for in 2-15-1818, to
administer $12.5 million of the permanent coal tax trust fund for seed capital project loans or mezzanine financing loans
and $11.1 million of the permanent coal tax trust fund for research and development project matching funds for projects at
Montana public universities. This authority does not extend beyond June 30, 1997, for seed capital project loans and
beyond June 30, 1997, for research and development projects transfer $23.5 million from the coal severance tax permanent
trust fund to the biomedical research endowment fund. Until the Montana board of science and technology development
makes a loan grant pursuant to the provisions of Title 90, chapter 3 [section 4], the funds under its administration must be
invested by the board pursuant to the provisions of 17-6-201. As seed capital and mezzanine financing loans made pursuant
to this subsection are repaid, the Montana board of science and technology development may reinvest the principal in new
(4) The board shall adopt rules to allow a nonprofit corporation to apply for economic assistance. The rules must recognize that different criteria may be needed for nonprofit corporations than for for-profit corporations."
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Biomedical research account -- grants. (1) There is a biomedical research account in the state special revenue fund. All earnings of the biomedical research endowment fund must be deposited in the account. The account must be used to fund biomedical research grants and for administrative expenses associated with the grants. The account is statutorily appropriated, as provided in 17-7-502, to the board.
(2) The board may accept applications for grants from all nonprofit entities located in Montana that engage in biomedical research. The board shall refer grant applications to external peer review groups. The board shall compile a list of persons willing to serve on peer review groups for purposes of this section. The peer review group shall review the application and make a recommendation to the board as to whether the application for a grant should be approved.
(3) The board shall review the recommendation of the peer review group and either approve or deny a grant application. If the board approves a grant application, the board shall enter into an agreement with the grant recipient. The agreement must provide that if the grant results in the receipt of royalties, the grant recipient shall return 5% of the royalties to the board for deposit in the biomedical research endowment fund.
Section 5. Section 17-7-502, MCA, is amended to read:
"17-7-502. Statutory appropriations -- definition -- requisites for validity. (1) A statutory appropriation is an appropriation made by permanent law that authorizes spending by a state agency without the need for a biennial legislative appropriation or budget amendment.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (4), to be effective, a statutory appropriation must comply with both of the following provisions:
(a) The law containing the statutory authority must be listed in subsection (3).
(b) The law or portion of the law making a statutory appropriation must specifically state that a statutory appropriation is made as provided in this section.
(3) The following laws are the only laws containing statutory appropriations: 2-9-202; 2-17-105; 2-18-812; 3-5-901; 5-13-403; 10-3-203; 10-3-310; 10-3-312; 10-3-314; 10-4-301; 15-1-111; 15-23-706; 15-30-195; 15-31-702; 15-37-117; 15-38-202; 15-65-121; 15-70-101; 16-1-404; 16-1-410; 16-1-411; 16-11-308; 17-3-106; 17-3-212; 17-5-404; 17-5-424; 17-5-804; 17-6-101; 17-6-201; 17-7-304; 18-11-112; 19-2-502; 19-6-709; 19-9-1007; 19-17-301; 19-18-512; 19-18-513; 19-18-606; 19-19-205; 19-19-305; 19-19-506; 20-8-107; 20-8-111; 20-9-361; 20-26-1503; 23-5-136; 23-5-306; 23-5-409; 23-5-610; 23-5-612; 23-5-631; 23-7-301; 23-7-402; 32-1-537; 37-43-204; 37-51-501; 39-71-503; 39-71-907; 39-71-2321; 39-71-2504; 44-12-206; 44-13-102; 50-4-623; 50-5-232; 50-40-206; 53-6-150; 53-6-703; 53-24-206; 60-2-220; 67-3-205; 75-1-1101; 75-5-1108; 75-6-214; 75-11-313; 76-12-123; 80-2-103; 80-2-222; 80-4-416; 81-5-111; 82-11-136; 82-11-161; 85-1-220; 85-20-402; 90-3-301; [section 4]; 90-4-215; 90-6-331; 90-7-220; 90-7-221; and 90-9-306.
(4) There is a statutory appropriation to pay the principal, interest, premiums, and costs of issuing, paying, and securing all bonds, notes, or other obligations, as due, that have been authorized and issued pursuant to the laws of Montana. Agencies that have entered into agreements authorized by the laws of Montana to pay the state treasurer, for deposit in accordance with 17-2-101 through 17-2-107, as determined by the state treasurer, an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest as due on the bonds or notes have statutory appropriation authority for the payments. (In subsection (3): pursuant to sec. 7, Ch. 567, L. 1991, the inclusion of 19-6-709 terminates upon death of last recipient eligible for supplemental benefit; and pursuant to sec. 7(2), Ch. 29, L. 1995, the inclusion of 15-30-195 terminates July 1, 2001.)"
NEW SECTION. Section 6. Codification instruction. [Section 4] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 90, chapter 3, and the provisions of Title 90, chapter 3, apply to [section 4].
NEW SECTION. Section 7. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1997.