JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

 

      Sen. Richard W. Rosen, Senate Chair

      Rep. Patrick S. A. Flood, House Chair

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Monday, January 24th through Wednesday, January 26th 2011

            Room 228 State House

 

The Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the policy committees of the Legislature will be holding public hearings in Room 228 of the State House on LD 100: "An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year June 30, 2011”.   The proposed budget initiatives may be viewed on the Bureau of the Budget’s website:

 

http://www.maine.gov/budget/budgetinfo/2010supplemental2.htm

 

There is a separate document for each policy committee.  The documents have been posted on OFPR’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/materials/index.htm

 

The schedule has been modified to include the page numbers of the policy committee documents where each listed program can be found and to correct some errors in program order and location.

 

The audio portions of public hearings and work sessions held in Room 228 of the State House may be monitored over the Internet by addressing:

http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm

 

The committee, in conjunction with the associated policy committee, will hear testimony regarding the General Fund and Fund for a Healthy Maine portions of Part A of the bill and all language portions (Parts C through FF).

 

The following is the schedule of the public hearings by policy committee date and department or agency. 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife):

 

Monday

10:00 a.m.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of

 

1/24/11

 

·         Office of the Commissioner – IF&W

IFW-1

 

 

·         Search and Rescue

IFW-1

 

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources)   

 

Monday

continued

Marine Resources, Department of

 

1/24/11

 

·         Resource Management, Bureau of

MAR-1

 

 

·         Marine Patrol, Bureau of

MAR-1

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources):

 

Monday

continued

Environmental Protection, Department of

 

1/24/11

 

·         Air Quality

ENR-1

 

 

·         Land and Water Quality

ENR-1

 

 

·         Language (Part “I” – lapses unexpended funds in the Land and Water Quality Control program GF carrying account to GF unappropriated surplus )

ENR-6

 

 

·         Language (Part “J” – replaces legislation transferring funds from the Maine Solid Waste Management Fund, Other Special Revenue Funds account in DAFS with a transfer from the Ground Water Oil Cleanup Fund account.)

ENR-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

 

 

 

·         Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee

ENR-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saco River Corridor Commission

ENR-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Croix International Waterway Commission

ENR-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry):

 

Monday

continued

Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Department of

 

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner

ACF-2

1/24/11

 

·         Language (Part “F” – renames position and program)

ACF-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation, Department of

 

 

 

·         Forest Health and Monitoring

ACF-4

 

 

·         Forest Policy and Management, Division of

ACF-4

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner

ACF-5

 

 

·         Parks – General Operations

ACF-5

 

 

·         Language (Part “H” – transfers unexpended funds from the Division of Forest Protection, Other Special Revenue to the General Fund)

ACF-9

 

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs):

 

Monday

1:00 p.m.

Arts Commission, Maine

 

1/24/11

 

·         Arts – Administration

EDU-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Affairs Council, Maine State

 

 

 

·         New Century Program Fund

EDU-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Commission, Maine

 

 

 

·         Historic Preservation Commission

EDU-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Society, Maine

EDU-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities Council, Maine

EDU-12

 

 

·         Humanities Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library, Maine State

EDU-13

 

 

·         Maine State Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum, Maine State

EDU-14

 

 

·         Maine State Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation

EDU-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

 

 

·         Doctors for Maine’s Future School Fund

EDU-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education, Department of

 

 

 

·         Child Development Services

EDU-4

 

 

·         General Purpose Aid for Local Schools (GPA)

EDU-5

 

 

·         Leadership Team

EDU-5

 

 

·         Language (Part “C” – aligns budget appropriation categories with the services provided by CDS by local schools.  Adjusts the Total Cost of Education K-12 for FY11, the state contribution and the annual target state share percentage)

EDU-21

 

 

·         Language (Part “D” – affects school administrative units currently members of vocational centers and career and technical regions.  Renames a DOE program)

EDU-24

 

 

·         Language (Part “E” –debt service limits for school construction projects)

EDU-25

 

 

·         Language (Part “K” – requires the Commissioner to identify savings in the Child Development Services program)

EDU-27

 

 

·         Language (Part “W” – eliminates provision allowing certain children to receive CDS services for an additional year rather than be enrolled in kindergarten and authorizes the department to amend the rules regarding evaluations)

EDU-30

 

 

·         Language (Part “S” as pertaining to Education in the Unorganized Territories  – exempts the account from lapsing unexpended Personal Services appropriations to the Salary Plan)

EDU-28

 

 

·         Language (Part “Z” lapses unexpended funds from the Management Information Systems program to the General Fund

EDU-31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education, State Board of

 

 

 

·         State Board of Education

EDU-8

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

Tuesday

1:00 p.m.

Disability Rights Center

HHS-1

1/25/11

 

 

 

 

 

Hospice Council, Maine

HHS-28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Administration and Financial Services

 

 

 

·         Fund for a Healthy Maine

FHM-1

 

 

·         Language (Part “G” – changes the methodology used to insure allocations stay within existing resources for fiscal year 2010-11)

FHM-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services (Formerly DHS)

 

 

 

·         Bureau of Medical Services

HHS-13

 

 

·         Medical Care – Payments to Providers (MaineCare/Medicaid)

HHS-19

 

 

·         Low-Cost Drugs to Maine’s Elderly

HHS-16

 

 

·         Departmentwide

HHS-14

 

 

·         Language (Part “T” – changes the disability determination cut-off and directs DHS to pursue any legal actions to insure implementation)

HHS-35

 

 

·         Language (Part “U” – authorizes transfer from specified Other Special Revenue Funds accounts to the General Fund)

HHS-36

 

 

·         Language (Part “V” –lapses unexpended funds in specified DHHS carrying accounts to the General Fund unappropriated surplus)

HHS-38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services (Formerly DHS)

 

 

 

·         Long Term Care – Human Services

HHS-16

 

 

·         Nursing Facilities

HHS-24

 

 

·         Independent Housing With Services

HHS-15

 

 

·         Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Match

HHS-17

 

 

·         Bureau of Child and Family Services – Central

HHS-12

 

 

·         Bureau of Child and Family Services – Regional

HHS-12

 

 

·         IV-E Foster Care/Adoption Assistance

HHS-16

 

 

·         State Funded Foster Care/Adoption Assistance

HHS-26

 

 

·         Purchased Social Services

HHS-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services (Formerly BDS)

 

 

 

·         Developmental  Services – Community

HHS-2

 

 

·         Developmental Services Waiver – Supports

HHS-2

 

 

·         Developmental Services Waiver – MaineCare

HHS-2

 

 

·         Medicaid Services –Developmental Services

HHS-3

 

 

·         Traumatic Brain Injury Seed

HHS-11

 

 

·         Office of Substance Abuse – Medicaid Seed

HHS-8

 

 

·         Riverview Psychiatric Center

HHS-10

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Child Medicaid

HHS-4

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Community

HHS-6

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Community Medicaid

HHS-7

 

 

·         Language (Part “O” authorizes any balance remaining in the Traumatic Brain Injury Seed Account to carry at the end of any fiscal year)

HHS-32

 

 

·         Language (Part “S’ as pertaining to Disproportionate Share – Riverview and Disproportionate Share Dorothea Dix  – exempts the account from lapsing unexpended Personal Services appropriations to the Salary Plan)

HHS-33

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committees on Insurance and Financial Services: 

 

Wednesday

10:00 a.m.

Professional and Financial Regulation, Department of

 

1/26/11

 

·         Language (Part “AA” –eliminates the provision that requires the Governor to appoint one of a specified list of  superintendents or directors as commissioner )

IFS-2

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committees on Insurance and Financial Services and State and Local Government: 

 

Wednesday

continued

 

 

1/26/11

 

·         Language (Part “FF” – clarifies intent of previously enacted statute regarding the state share of health insurance premiums for certain employees)

IFS-4

SLG-13

 

 

To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government):

 

Wednesday

continued

Audit, Department of

 

1/26/11

 

·         Audit – Departmental Bureau 

SLG-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Department

 

 

 

·         Planning Office

SLG-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Municipal Bond Bank, Maine

SLG-4

 

 

·         Maine Municipal Bond Bank – Maine Rural Water Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer of the State, Office of

 

 

 

·         Administration – Treasury

SLG-5

 

 

·         Debt Service – Treasury

SLG-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Administrative and Financial Services

 

 

 

·         Departments and Agencies – Statewide

SLG-1

 

 

·         Statewide Radio Network System

SLG-1

 

 

·         Language (Part “L” – transfers funds from the defunct Fund for Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services – Administration program to the GF and authorizes transfer of Personal Services appropriations between General Fund accounts to cover separation and other personnel-related costs)

SLG-9

 

 

·         Language (Part “M” – clarifies and corrects previously authorized transfer into the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund)

SLG-10

 

 

·         Language (Part “Q” – transfers portion of unexpended Personal Services savings that would otherwise lapse to the Salary Plan or transfers from existing balance if savings not achieved)

SLG-11

 

 

·         Language (Part “R” – requires DAFS to review vacant positions and recommend eliminations)

SLG-12

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs):

 

Wednesday

continued

Ethics and Election Practices, Commission on Governmental

 

1/26/11

 

·         Governmental Ethics and Election Practices - Commission on

VLA-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Department of

 

 

 

·         Military Training & Operations

VLA-1

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation:

 

Wednesday

1:00 p.m.

Public Safety, Department of

 

1/26/11

 

·         State Police

TRA-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation, Department of

 

 

 

·         Railroad Assistance Program

TRA-5

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety):

 

Wednesday

continued

State Board of Corrections

 

1/26/11

 

·         State Board of Corrections Investment Fund

CRJPS-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corrections, Department of

 

 

 

·         Adult Community Corrections

CRJPS-1

 

 

·         Correctional Center

CRJPS-1

 

 

·         Correctional Medical Services Fund

CRJPS-1

 

 

·         Juvenile Community Corrections

CRJPS-2

 

 

·         Long Creek Youth Development Center

CRJPS-2

 

 

·         Mountain View Youth Development Center

CRJPS-3

 

 

·         State Prison

CRJPS-3

 

 

 

 

 

.

Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Department of

 

 

 

·         Administration – Maine Emergency Management Agency

CRJPS-6

 

 

·         Disaster Assistance

CRJPS-6

 

 

·         Stream Gaging Cooperative Program

CRJPS-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Public Safety

 

 

 

·         Background Checks – Certified Nursing Assistants

CRJPS-8

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary):

 

Wednesday

continued

Attorney General, Department of

 

1/26/11

 

·         Administration – Attorney General

JUD-1

 

 

·         Chief Medical Examiner – Office of

JUD-1

 

 

·         Civil Rights

JUD-1

 

 

·         District Attorneys Salaries

JUD-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Rights Commission, Maine

 

 

 

·         Human Rights Commission – Regulation

JUD-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial Department

 

 

 

·         Courts – Supreme, Superior, District and Administrative

JUD-6

 

 

·         Language (Part “X” – sets conditions under which the judicial branch may transfer fee revenue to support its capital expenses)

JUD-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

JUD-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pine Tree Legal

 

 

 

·         Legal Assistance

JUD-7

 


 

 (To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation): 

 

Wednesday

continued

Property Tax Review, State Board of

 

1/26/11

 

 

TAX-2

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

 

·         Revenue Services – Bureau of

TAX-1

 

 

·         Language (Part “N”  -increases the revenue sharing transfer to the

General Fund in FY11 proportional to the number of months remaining and requires revenue collections exceeding a specified amount also be transferred to the GF)

TAX-6

 

 

·         Language (Part “P” – updates references to the United States Internal Revenue Code contained in the Maine Revised Statutes)

TAX-8

 

 

·         Language (Part “BB” – increases the period for providing certain information required for requesting a hearing before a creditor agency)

TAX-9

 

 

·         Language (Part “CC”- increases the period allowed for filing an amended Maine income tax return)

TAX-10

 

 

·         Language (Part “DD”- extends the period during which certain tax refunds may be required)

TAX-13

 

 

·         Language (Part “EE”- reduces the period during which the State may not pay interest on certain tax refunds)

TAX-16

 

 

 (To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development:

 

Wednesday

continued

 

 

1/26/11

 

Economic and Community Development, Department of

 

 

 

·            Office of Innovation

LCED-3

 

 

 

 


 

 

Foundation for Blood Research

 

 

 

·         Scienceworks for ME

LCED-4


 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Authority, Maine State

 

 

 

·         Shelter Operating Subsidy

LCED-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Development Foundation

LCED-2

 

 

·         Development Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centers for Innovation

LCED-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor, Department of

 

 

 

·         Employment Services Activity

LCED-8

 

 

·         Governor’s Training Initiative Program

LCED-8

 

 

·         Language (Part “Y” – transfers a portion of unencumbered balance forward from the Governor’s Training Initiative program to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund )

LCED-16