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HOUSE BILL NO. 120
INTRODUCED BY R. BROWN
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
AN ACT REVISING THE RESTRICTION ON USING PRIORITY RECLAMATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUNDS FOR PERSONNEL COSTS OR OPERATING EXPENSES INCURRED WHILE PERFORMING OIL AND GAS RECLAMATION PROJECTS; AMENDING SECTION 90-2-1113, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 90-2-1113, MCA, is amended to read:
"90-2-1113. Evaluation criteria -- priority. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the department shall consider the following criteria in evaluating eligible applications and in selecting projects to be recommended to the governor for funding:
(a) the degree to which the project will provide benefits in its eligibility category or categories;
(b) the degree to which the project will provide public benefits;
(c) the degree to which the project will promote, enhance, or advance the policies and purposes of the reclamation and development grants program;
(d) the degree to which the project will provide for the conservation of natural resources;
(e) the degree of need and urgency for the project;
(f) the extent to which the project sponsor or local entity is contributing to the costs of the project or is generating additional nonstate funds;
(g) the degree to which jobs are created for persons who need job training, receive public assistance, or are chronically unemployed; and
(h) any other criteria that the department considers necessary to carry out the policies and purposes of the reclamation and development grants program.
(2) (a) Subject to the conditions of this part, the department shall give priority to grant requests, not to exceed $600,000
in total for the biennium, from the board of oil and gas conservation. The board of oil and gas conservation shall use a grant
that received priority under this subsection (2)(a)
only for oil and gas reclamation projects. A grant may not be used for
personnel costs or general operating expenses of the board of oil and gas conservation. The board may use a maximum of
2.5% of the amount of a grant for administrative costs associated with implementing the projects covered in the grant.
(b) Any unobligated fund balance of a grant that received priority under subsection (2)(a) remaining at the end of the current biennium must be included as part of the $600,000 limitation for the next biennium.
(c) The priority given to the board of oil and gas conservation under subsection (2)(a) does not preclude the board of oil and gas conservation from submitting additional grant requests. The department shall evaluate additional grant requests from the board of oil and gas conservation in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1)."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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