General Assembly: 76 (1996 Regular GA) - Chapter 1208 - Appropriations — energy conservation — petroleum overcharge funds


Published: 1996-04-15

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CH. 1207 LAWS OF THE SEVENTY-SIXTH GA, 1996 SESSION 560

refunds to certain federal retirees. This action would supersede the state's statute of limi- tations for filing claims, thereby setting a precedent that could create untold future finan- cial exposure. It is unfortunate that these claims were not filed timely. However, there is no compelling reason why they should be treated different than claims filed by any other group or individual. Allowing the filing of claims after the statute of limitations has run out is bad public policy.

For the above reasons, I hereby respectfully disapprove these items in accordance with Amendment N of the Amendments of 1968 to the Constitution of the State of Iowa. All other items in House File 2114 are hereby approved as of this date.

Sincerely, TERRY E. BRANSTAD, Governor

CHAPTER 1208 APPROPRIATIONS - ENERGY CONSERVATION - PETROLEUM

OVERCHARGE FUNDS H.F.2444

AN ACT relating to energy conservation including making appropriations of petroleum overcharge funds.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. There is appropriated from those funds designated within the energy con- servation trust created in section 473.11, for disbursement pursuant to section 473.11, to the following named agencies for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996, and ending June 30, 1997, the following amounts, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purposes designated:

1. To the division of community action agencies of the department of human rights for qualifying energy conservation programs for low-income persons, including but not lim- ited to energy weatherization projects, which target the highest energy users, and may include the low-income home energy assistance program, and including administrative costs, to be expended first from the available balances in the Warner/ Imperial, the office of hearings and appeals second-stage settlement (OHA), and Amoco funds and then the Stripper Well fund for a total appropriation not to exceed:

From the Wamer/Imperial, the office of hearings and appeals second-stage settlement (OHA), Amoco, and Stripper Well funds: ......................................................................................................................... $ 700,000

2. To the department of natural resources for the following purposes: a. For the state energy conservation program from the Exxon fund:

......................................................................................................................... $ 115,000 b. For administration of petroleum overcharge programs from the Stripper Well fund,

not to exceed the following amount: ......................................................................................................................... $ 300,000

Notwithstanding section 8.33, the unencumbered or unobligated moneys remaining at the end of the fiscal year from the appropriations made in subsections 1 and 2 shall not revert but shall be available for expenditure during subsequent fiscal years until expended for the purposes for which originally appropriated.

Approved April 15, 1996