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SENATE BILL NO. 48
INTRODUCED BY C. SWYSGOOD
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE FUNDING OF THE TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION FROM ALL SOURCES OF REVENUE GENERATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF TRUST LANDS AND FROM A PORTION OF THE INTEREST INCOME OF THE PERMANENT LAND GRANT FUNDS; CREATING AN ACCOUNT TO RECORD AND ADMINISTER RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS; AMENDING SECTIONS 17-3-1003, 18-2-107, 20-9-341, 20-9-601, AND 20-25-422, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Trust land administration account. (1) There is a trust land administration account in the state special revenue fund. Money in the account is available to the department by appropriation and must be used to pay the costs of administering state trust lands.
(2) Appropriations from the account for each fiscal year may not exceed the sum of 1 1/8% of the book value balance in the nine nonexpendable trust funds administered by the department on the first day of January preceding the new biennium and 10% of the revenue deposited in the capitol building land grant trust fund in the last completed fiscal year prior to the new biennium.
(3) Unreserved funds remaining in the account at the end of a fiscal year must be transferred to each of the nonexpendable trust funds in proportionate shares to each trust's contribution to the account as calculated in [section 2(3)].
Section 2. Deposits of proceeds in trust land administration account. (1) The department shall, until the deposit equals the amount appropriated for the fiscal year pursuant to [section 1], deposit into the trust land administration account created by [section 1], the following:
(a) mineral royalties;
(b) the proceeds or income from the sale of easements and timber, except timber from public school lands; and
(c) 5% of the interest and income annually credited to the public school fund in accordance with 20-9-341.
(2) After the deposits in subsection (1) have been made, the remainder of the proceeds must be deposited in the permanent fund for the appropriate trust and the capitol building land grant trust fund.
(3) The amount of money that is deposited into the trust land administration account may not exceed 1 1/8% of the book value balance in each of the nine nonexpendable trust funds administered by the department on the first day of January preceding the new biennium and 10% of the previous fiscal year revenue deposited into the capitol building land grant trust fund.
Section 3. Section 17-3-1003, MCA, is amended to read:
"17-3-1003. Support of state institutions. (1) For the support and endowment of each state institution, there is
annually and perpetually appropriated, after any deductions made under [section 2] and Title 77, chapter 1, part 6, the
income from all permanent endowments for the institution and from all land grants as provided by law. All money received
or collected in connection with permanent endowments by all higher educational institutions, reformatory, custodial and
penal institutions, state hospitals, and sanitariums, for any purpose whatever, except
revenues revenue pledged to secure the
payment of principal and interest of obligations incurred for the purchase, construction, equipment, or improvement of
facilities at units of the Montana university system and for the refunding of obligations or money that constitutes temporary
deposits, all or part of which may be subject to withdrawal or repayment, must be paid over to the state treasurer who shall
deposit the money to the credit of the proper fund.
(2) Except as provided in
subsection subsections (1) and (3), all money received from the investment of grants of a state
institution and all money received from the leasing of lands granted to a state institution must be deposited with the state
treasurer of Montana for each institution, to the credit of the state special revenue fund.
All Except as provided in [section 2], all money received from the sale of timber from lands granted to a state
institution must be deposited to the credit of the permanent trust fund for the support of the institution."
Section 4. Section 18-2-107, MCA, is amended to read:
"18-2-107. Deposit of capitol building grant
revenues revenue. (1) The state treasurer shall deposit in a capital
projects fund all revenue from the capitol building land grant after any deductions made under [section 2] and Title 77,
chapter 1, part 6.
(2) The funds must be held and dedicated for the purpose of constructing capitol buildings or additions to buildings in accordance with the provisions of section 12 of The Enabling Act."
Section 5. Section 20-9-341, MCA, is amended to read:
"20-9-341. Definition of interest and income money. (1) As used in this title, the term "interest and income money" means the total of the following revenue, as provided for by Article X, section 5, of the 1972 Montana constitution:
(a) 95% of the interest received from the investment of the public school fund;
(b) 95% of the interest received from the investment of any other school funds held in trust by the state board of land commissioners;
(c) 95% of the income received from the leasing of or sale of timber from state school lands after any deductions that may be made under the provisions of Title 77, chapter 1, part 6; and
(d) 95% of any other income derived from any other covenant affecting the use of state school lands.
(2) The remaining 5% of the revenue described in subsections (1)(a) through (1)(d) must be annually credited to the public school fund after any deductions made under [section 2]."
Section 6. Section 20-9-601, MCA, is amended to read:
"20-9-601. Public school fund. The public school fund
shall must be maintained by the state treasurer as a fund in the
nonexpendable trust fund type, and the principal amount of such the fund shall be is irreducible and permanent. The
following moneys shall money must be credited to such the fund as an addition to the irreducible and permanent principal
(1) appropriations and donations by the state;
(2) donations and bequests by individuals to the state or schools;
(3) the proceeds of land and other property
which that revert to the state by escheat and forfeiture;
(4) the proceeds of all property granted to the state, when the purpose of the grant is not specified or is uncertain;
(5) funds accumulated in the treasury of the state for the disbursement of which provision has not been made by law;
(6) except as provided in [section 2], the proceeds of the sale of stone, materials, or other property from school lands
other than those granted for specific purposes and all
moneys money other than rental recovered from persons trespassing
on such the lands;
(7) the principal of all
moneys money arising from the sale of lands and other property which have that has been and may
be hereafter granted to the state for the support of common schools;
(8) except as provided in [section 2], the amount earmarked for deposit in this fund under the provisions of 20-9-341; and
such other moneys money as may be provided by the legislature."
Section 7. Section 20-25-422, MCA, is amended to read:
"20-25-422. Support of university of Montana-Missoula. (1) For the support and endowment of the university, there is annually and perpetually appropriated:
(a) the university fund income, the proceeds and revenue from the grant of any estate or interest disposed of pursuant to 20-25-307, and all other sums of money appropriated by law to the university fund after any deductions made under [section 2] and Title 77, chapter 1, part 6;
(b) all tuition and matriculation fees; and
(c) all contributions derived from public or private bounty.
(2) The entire income of all the funds must be placed at the disposal of the board of regents by transfer to its treasurer and must be kept separate and distinct from all other funds. The income must be used solely for the support of the colleges and departments of the university or those connected with the colleges and departments.
(3) All means derived from other public or private bounty must be exclusively devoted to the specific objects designated by the donor."
Section 8. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 and 2] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 77, chapter 1, part 1, and the provisions of Title 77, chapter 1, part 1, apply to [sections 1 and 2].
Section 9. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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