We, the undersigned conferees, have had under consideration the amendments to the following entitled BILL:


S. B. No. 3017:  Appropriation; College of Veterinary Medicine.


  We, therefore, respectfully submit the following report and recommendation:


  1.  That the House recede from its Amendment No. 1.


  2.  That the Senate and House adopt the following amendment:


     Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:


SECTION 1.  That the following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any funds in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning to be used for the operation of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, and ending June 30, 2007  $    14,616,968.00.

SECTION 2.  The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby authorized for expenditure out of any special source funds which are collected by or otherwise become available for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, and ending June 30, 2007

............................................ $     8,382,475.00.

     SECTION 3.  Any transfer shall be made in accordance with the terms, conditions and procedures established by law.

     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and/or other special funds which are being used for salaries authorized under the provisions of this act and which are withdrawn and no longer available.

     SECTION 4.  It is the intention of the Legislature that the agency's budget request for Fiscal Year 2008 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 2007 budget request process.

     SECTION 5.  Of the funds appropriated in Section 2,  Six Hundred Three Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-five Dollars ($603,725.00) shall be derived from the Education Enhancement Fund from funds deposited pursuant to Sections 27-65-75 and 27-67-31, Mississippi Code of 1972.

     SECTION 6.  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


     Students Enrolled (Students)                            330

     FTE Committed to Teaching in DVM (Persons)               29

     State Cost per DVM Student ($)                       35,429


     Grants & Contracts Applied for (Grants)                  70

     Grants & Contracts Awarded (Grants)                      35

     Graduate Students Enrolled (Students)                    13

Public Svc - Animal Health Ctr

     AHC Caseload Managed (Cases)                          8,400

     Student Clinical Training (Hours)                   230,000

     Average Revenue per Clinical Case ($)                230.00

     Consultation Hours/Clinical Faculty (Hours)             250

Public Svc - Diagnostic Lab

     Lab Tests (Tests)                                    23,100

Vet Research & Diagnostic Lab

     Accessions (Cases)                                   61,836

Academic Support

     Events in Wise Center (Events)                        1,750

Operation & Maintenance

     Number Sq Ft O&M Services (Sq Ft)                   426,483

     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 2008.

     SECTION 7.  It is the intention of the Legislature that whenever two (2) or more bids are received by this agency for the purchase of commodities or equipment, and whenever all things stated in such received bids are equal with respect to price, quality and service, the Mississippi Industries for the Blind shall be given preference.  A similar preference shall be given to the Mississippi Industries for the Blind whenever purchases are made without competitive bids.

     SECTION 8.  It is legislative intent to ensure beneficial information reaches as many Mississippians as possible.  Further, it is legislative intent that the expenditure of public funds for this purpose be accomplished in an efficient and effective manner.

     Therefore, state agencies as standard procedure, will observe the following criteria:

     (1)  Develop goals and desired result for a campaign.

     (2)  Evaluate effectiveness through respected advertising standards, including market reach and cost effectiveness.

     (3)  Seek public service announcements, which would be aired by media without cost.

     (4)  Itemize and justify professional assistance and related expenses for creative and production costs outside of the actual media expenditures.

     (5)  Utilize Mississippi owned media companies when feasible.

     SECTION 9.  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 10.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.







Jack Gordon

Johnny W. Stringer





Mike Chaney

Blaine Eaton





Terry C. Burton

Bobby Shows