2004 Regular Session
By: Representative Green, McBride, Frierson, Gadd, Middleton, Pierce
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, FISHERIES AND PARKS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2005.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, for the support and maintenance of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending June 30, 2005
............................................ $ 9,519,764.00.
SECTION 2. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in any special fund in the State Treasury to the credit of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks which is comprised of special source funds collected by or otherwise available to the department for the support and maintenance of the department, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending June 30, 2005..................................................
............................................ $ 45,166,533.00.
The following sum, which is included in the sum appropriated above in this section, is hereby appropriated out of the state excise taxes upon gasoline, oil and other petroleum products to the Fisheries and Wildlife Fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending June 30, 2005$ 5,750,000.00.
The State Tax Commission is hereby directed to set aside the amount of this appropriation or any part thereof at any time it sees fit, out of any collections of taxes upon gasoline, oil and other petroleum products, and to deduct the amounts so set aside from such funds before making distribution thereof. However, provisions shall first be made for the Highway Bonds Sinking Fund, as required under the provisions of Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and any amendments thereto, and Section 27-5-101, Mississippi Code of 1972.
Any funds available in the Wildlife Heritage Fund may be expended by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks as authorized by law. The department shall make a detailed report to the Legislature regarding the spending of the Wildlife Heritage funds by September 1 for the preceding fiscal year.
SECTION 3. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 2 to the Bureau of Wildlife and Fisheries, funds in the amount of One Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-five Dollars ($125,335.00) shall be derived from the Education Enhancement Fund deposited pursuant to Sections 27-65-75 and 27-67-31, Mississippi Code of 1972, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of Project WILD for Fiscal Year 2005.
SECTION 4. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall have the authority to receive, budget and expend funds from the Gulf and Wildlife Protection Fund, not to exceed Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000.00) for the purpose of preservation, protection, conservation, and acquisition of waters, land and wildlife of this state.
SECTION 5. With the funds appropriated under the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, the following positions are authorized:
Permanent: Full Time........... 825
Part Time........... 209
Time-Limited:Full Time........... 49
Part Time........... 0
Each conservation officer and supervisor shall be furnished an allowance for uniforms not to exceed Five Hundred Fifty Dollars ($550.00) per annum.
Provided further, when any personnel of the Bureau of Wildlife and Fisheries are transferred from one county to another on a permanent assignment, the expense monies now paid on out-of-county duty shall not be applicable.
SECTION 6. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall maintain complete accounting and personnel records related to the expenditure of all funds appropriated under this act and that such records shall be in the same format and level of detail as maintained for Fiscal Year 2004. It is further the intention of the Legislature that the agency's budget request for Fiscal Year 2006 shall be submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in a format and level of detail comparable to the format and level of detail provided during the Fiscal Year 2005 budget request process.
SECTION 7. In compliance with the "Mississippi Performance Budget and Strategic Planning Act of 1994," it is the intent of the Legislature that the funds provided herein shall be utilized in the most efficient and effective manner possible to achieve the intended mission of this agency. Based on the funding authorized, this agency shall make every effort to attain the targeted performance measures provided below:
Performance Measures Target
Hunting & Fishing Licenses Sold (Licenses) 526,000
Registration of Boats (Boats) 21,550
Freshwater Fisheries Mgmt
Fish Stock for Public Water (Fish) 3,650,000
Users of DWFP Lakes (Man-days) 65,000
DMAP Cooperators 720
DWFP Management for Hunters (Man-days) 175,650
Hunter Education (Persons) 18,673
Parks & Recreation
Overnight Accommodations (Persons) 674,280
Water Related Services (Persons) 95,000
Day Use Services (Persons) 3,620,515
Facilities Repair Projects (Projects) 3,980
Historical & Nature Services (Persons) 86,220
Museum of Natural Science
Information Provided (Participants) 240,000
Participants in Museum Projects (Persons) 430,000
A reporting of the degree to which the performance targets set above have been or are being achieved shall be provided in the agency's budget request submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for Fiscal Year 2006.
SECTION 8. With the funds appropriated herein, it is the intention of the Legislature that a reasonable number of Conservation Officers, Conservation Officer Supervisors, District Managers, Area Managers, and Lake Managers shall be employed and/or detailed to both temporary and permanent job assignments in areas other than their county of residence.
SECTION 9. With the funds appropriated herein, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall adopt rules and regulations to permit the building, equipment and facilities of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, or any portion thereof, to be used by individuals, organizations, associations or other groups or entities for special events, occasions or activities. Such rules and regulations may authorize the commission to establish and collect reasonable fees and charges for the use of such building, equipment and facilities, shall authorize such building, equipment and facilities to be used for such purposes during the regular operating hours of the museum as well as after regular operating hours or at other times when such use will not unreasonably interfere with access to the museum by the general public, may require users to provide security in the form of cash deposits, bond and/or insurance for the care and safekeeping of the building, equipment and facilities, may require users to enter into indemnity agreements to protect the state, its agencies and its officers and employees from liability and may authorize the commission to establish such other terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations from time to time as the commission deems advisable with regard to the use of the museum and its building, equipment and facilities.
SECTION 10. With the funds herein appropriated, it is the intention of the Legislature that it shall be the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for "Personal Services" for Fiscal Year 2006 do not exceed Fiscal Year 2005 funds appropriated for that purpose, unless programs or positions are added to the agency's Fiscal Year 2006 budget by the Mississippi Legislature. Based on data provided by the Legislative Budget Office, the State Personnel Board shall determine and publish the projected annual cost to fully fund all appropriated positions in compliance with the provisions of this act. It shall be the responsibility of the agency head to insure that no single personnel action increases this projected annual cost and/or the Fiscal Year 2005 appropriation for "Personal Services" when annualized, with the exception of escalated funds. If, at the time the agency takes any action to change "Personal Services," the State Personnel Board determines that the agency has taken an action which would cause the agency to exceed this projected annual cost or the Fiscal Year 2005 "Personal Services" appropriated level, when annualized, then only those actions which reduce the projected annual cost and/or the appropriation requirement will be processed by the State Personnel Board until such time as the requirements of this provision are met.
Any transfers or escalations shall be made in accordance with the terms, conditions and procedures established by law or allowable under the terms set forth within this act. The State Personnel Board shall not escalate positions without written approval from the Department of Finance and Administration. The Department of Finance and Administration shall not provide written approval to escalate any funds for salaries and/or positions without proof of availability of new or additional funds above the appropriated level.
No general funds authorized to be expended herein shall be used to replace federal funds and/or other special funds which are being used for salaries authorized under the provisions of this act and which are withdrawn and no longer available.
The agency shall not take any action to award salary increases through reallocation, reclassification, realignment, education benchmark or career ladder.
SECTION 11. Of the funds appropriated in Section 2, the following amount shall come from the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Special Pearl River Timber Fund No. 3465, for the purpose of making improvements to the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area.................................. $ 150,000.00.
SECTION 12. The board of supervisors of any county or any group or combination of counties are hereby authorized and empowered to enter into cooperative agreements with each other and with the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the purpose of creating, improving or restoring parks, public game and fish habitat lying or to be situated wholly or partially within such county or in an adjoining county; and each county is empowered and authorized, in its discretion, to expend a sum not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) from the general county fund for such purposes from which fund they shall reimburse to the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks the actual cost of all surveying and engineering projects incurred by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks incidental thereto. Such boards of supervisors are further authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to enter into agreements necessary to carry out the purposes of this act with any other county, the United States Forest Service or any other agency if same should be necessary for the acquisition of land by lease or otherwise for such purposes.
SECTION 13. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is hereby directed to keep an exact accounting of the funds received during each fiscal year by fund and source and an exact accounting of how these funds were expended by fund and program/division. Such information shall be provided to the House and Senate Appropriations Chairmen, Chairman of the House Game and Fish Committee and Chairman of the Senate Wildlife and Fisheries Committee no later than October 1 following the end of the fiscal year.
SECTION 14. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is authorized to enter into an agreement with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to provide for financial support of an additional conservation officer on and around the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
The Department of Finance and Administration is authorized to escalate the budget of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for this purpose.
SECTION 15. It shall be unlawful for any officer, employee or other person whatsoever to use or permit or authorize the use of any automobile or any other motor vehicle owned by the State of Mississippi or any department, agency or institution thereof for any purpose other than upon the official business of the State of Mississippi or any agency, department or institution thereof.
It is the intent of the Legislature that motor vehicles authorized to be owned and operated by this agency shall comply with Sections 25-1-77 through 25-1-93, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 16. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall have the authority to receive, budget and expend funds from any source, not to exceed One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00), that may become available to the department in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Department of Finance and Administration.
SECTION 17. In order to be in compliance with Sections 63-1-74 through 63-1-79, funds are herein provided and may be expended by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to pay the costs of commercial driver's licenses for specific employees and/or to reimburse such costs for specific employees who, in the course of their duties and responsibilities, are required to hold a valid Mississippi Commercial Driver's License.
SECTION 18. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall have the authority to receive, budget and expend funds from the Mississippi Development Authority in the amount of Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000.00) as authorized in Section 57-61-32 (1), Mississippi Code of 1972. Such funds are to be used to defray the cost of constructing a North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.
SECTION 19. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is authorized to provide financial support of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) and to enter into an agreement with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service for a biology specialist and related supportive cost.
The Department of Finance and Administration is authorized to escalate the budget of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for this purpose.
SECTION 20. Of the funds in Section 2, the Department shall be authorized to purchase and implement a satellite communications system in an amount not to exceed Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,200,000.00).
SECTION 21. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Commission of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall have the authority to close, transfer, lease or sell properties under the department's jurisdiction.
Pursuant to the above mentioned authority, the Legislature hereby identifies the following state parks as properties to be promptly disposed of by the Commission through closure, transfer, lease or sale:
Casey Jones Museum and State Park,
Vaughn, Yazoo County, Mississippi
Florewood Plantation State Park
Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi
Sam Dale State Park
Daleville, Lauderdale County, Mississippi
Nanih Wayia State Park
Neshoba County, Mississippi
Legion State Park
Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
SECTION 22. The department is authorized to spend up to twenty-five percent (25%) of revenue in the State Park Timber Endowment Fund, as needed, to operate and maintain the state parks.
SECTION 23. It is the intention of the Legislature that a DWFP-Conservation Officer I position shall be established and shall be filled and assigned to manage the Mason Creek Game Management Area. Furthermore, it is the intention of the Legislature that a Statewide Coordinator for the Recruitment and Retention of Hunting and Fishing shall be established and shall be filled and assigned to the Central Office.
SECTION 24. It is the intention of the Legislature that the District Office located at Florewood Plantation State Park shall cease operations at that location as soon as practicable.
SECTION 25. As funds become available to the department, an amount equal to One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00) may be used for completion of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and any repair of levies or dams as deemed necessary by the department.
SECTION 26. It is the intention of the Legislature that no more than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) be spent from the Motor Vehicle Fund for the purchase of motor vehicles.
SECTION 27. Notwithstanding any other provision in this act, the career ladder shall be available to any Conservation Officer I hired after December 31, 2003.
SECTION 28. It is the intention of the Legislature that a joint study committee made up of the House and Senate Wildlife Committees study the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency's district offices.
SECTION 29. The money herein appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the proper fund or funds as set forth in this act, upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer; and the State Fiscal Officer shall issue his warrants upon requisitions signed by the proper person, officer or officers, in the manner provided by law.
SECTION 30. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.