2003 Regular Session
By: Representative Brown, Ellington
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-407, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE LEGISLATURE SHALL REPAY TO THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND, IN FIFTEEN EQUAL ANNUAL INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS BEGINNING ON JULY 1, 2005, THE FUNDS THAT WERE TRANSFERRED INTO THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDABLE FUND DURING THE YEAR 2002; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 43-13-407, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
43-13-407. (1) In accordance with the purposes of this article, there is established in the State Treasury the Health Care Expendable Fund, into which shall be transferred from the Health Care Trust Fund the following sums:
(a) In fiscal year 2000, Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00);
(b) In fiscal year 2001, Fifty-five Million Dollars ($55,000,000.00);
(c) In fiscal year 2002, Sixty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($60,500,000.00);
(d) In fiscal year 2003, Sixty-six Million Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($66,550,000.00);
(e) In fiscal year 2004 and each subsequent fiscal year, a sum equal to the average annual amount of the income from the investment of the funds in the Health Care Trust Fund since July 1, 1999.
(2) In any fiscal year in which interest and dividends from the investment of the funds in the Health Care Trust Fund are not sufficient to fund the full amount of the annual transfer into the Health Care Expendable Fund as required in subsection (1) of this section, the State Treasurer shall transfer from tobacco settlement installment payments an amount that is sufficient to fully fund the amount of the annual transfer.
(3) (a) On March 6, 2002, the State Treasurer shall transfer the sum of Eighty-seven Million Dollars ($87,000,000.00) from the Health Care Trust Fund into the Health Care Expendable Fund. In addition, at the time the State of Mississippi receives the 2002 calendar year tobacco settlement installment payment, the State Treasurer shall deposit the full amount of that installment payment into the Health Care Expendable Fund.
(b) * * * The Legislature shall repay to the Health Care Trust Fund * * * the full amount of the funds that were transferred and deposited into the Health Care Expendable Fund under the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection in fifteen (15) equal annual installment payments. The installment payments shall be made on July 1 of each year, beginning on July 1, 2005, and ending on July 1, 2019. No interest shall be due or paid on the funds that are repaid to the Health Care Trust Fund. (4) All income from the investment of the funds in the Health Care Expendable Fund shall be credited to the account of the Health Care Expendable Fund. Any funds in the Health Care Expendable Fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not lapse into the State General Fund.
(5) The funds in the Health Care Expendable Fund shall be available for expenditure under specific appropriation by the Legislature beginning in fiscal year 2000, and shall be expended exclusively for health care purposes.
(6) Subsections (1), (2), (4) and (5) of this section shall stand repealed on July 1, 2004.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2003.