Bill Text - HB296 (2009)

(New Title) transferring funds related to oil discharge prevention and cleanup, and an oil fund performance audit.


Revision: April 14, 2009, midnight

HB 296-FN-A – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

24Mar2009… 0901h

2009 SESSION

09-0284

08/09

HOUSE BILL 296-FN-A

AN ACT transferring funds related to oil discharge prevention and cleanup, and an oil fund performance audit.

SPONSORS: Rep. C. Christensen, Hills 19; Rep. Vachon, Straf 3

COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill transfers funds from the oil pollution control fund to the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund and authorizes a performance audit of oil funds administered by the oil fund disbursement board and the related programs of the department of environmental services for clean up of petroleum contamination.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

24Mar2009… 0901h

09-0284

08/09

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

AN ACT transferring funds related to oil discharge prevention and cleanup, and an oil fund performance audit.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Oil Fund Performance Audit. The legislative budget assistant shall conduct by December 2009 a performance audit of the oil funds administered by the oil fund disbursement board and the related programs of the department of environmental services for clean up of petroleum contamination.

2 Funds Transferred from the Oil Pollution Control Fund to the Fuel Oil Discharge Cleanup Fund. Within 15 days after the effective date of this section, the department of environmental services shall transfer $400,000 from the New Hampshire oil pollution control fund established by RSA 146-A:11-a to the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund established by RSA 146-E:3, I.

3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

LBAO

09-0284

Amended 04/08/09

HB 296 FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT transferring funds related to oil discharge prevention and cleanup, and an oil fund performance audit.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Department of Environmental Services states this bill, as amended by the House (Amendment #2009-0901h), will increase state restricted revenues and expenditures by $400,000 in FY 2009. There will be no fiscal impact on county and local revenues or expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) states this bill requires the Department to transfer $400,000 from the New Hampshire oil pollution control fund to the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund and requires the Legislative Budget Assistant to perform a performance audit of the oil funds administered by the oil fund disbursement board and related programs of the DES for petroleum contamination cleanup. The Department states it will transfer the $400,000 within 15 days of the passage of the bill, increasing oil pollution control fund expenditures and fuel oil discharge cleanup fund revenue by $400,000 in FY 2009. To meet immediate need, the Department states if the bill is passed soon enough in FY 2009, it will expend $200,000 from the fuel oil discharge fund in FY 2009 and another $200,000 in FY 2010. However, if the bill is passed later, the Department states all $400,000 will be expended from the fuel oil discharge fund in FY 2010.

The Legislative Budget Assistant (LBA) states historically only financial audits, and not performance audits, of entities or programs funded by self-sustaining or special funds will be a charge against said funds. The LBA states the cost to conduct a performance audit of the oil funds administered by the Oil Fund Disbursement Board and related programs of the DES can be absorbed by the LBA Audit Division.

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