Bill Text: MS HB1645 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Appropriation; Educational Television, Authority for.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 16-7)

Status: (Passed) 2019-04-16 - Approved by Governor [HB1645 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2019-HB1645-Enrolled.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2019 Regular Session

To: Appropriations

By: Representatives Read, Bennett, Arnold, Banks, Barton, Beckett, Bounds, Boyd, Brown, Busby, Clarke, Cockerham, DeLano, Eure, Holland, Ladner, Massengill, Mettetal, Sullivan, Turner, Watson, Willis, Sykes

House Bill 1645

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF THE MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2020.

     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 appropriated out of any money in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020...... $     4,135,578.00.

SECTION 2.  The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated out of any money in the special fund in the State Treasury to the credit of the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television which is comprised of special source funds collected by or otherwise available to the Authority, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Authority for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020..................................................

............................................ $     8,734,701.00.

SECTION 3.  Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 1 and Section 2, the following positions are authorized:

  AUTHORIZED POSITIONS:

Permanent:    Full Time...........      110

Part Time...........        0

Time-Limited: Full Time...........       11

Part Time...........        0

     With the funds herein appropriated, it shall be the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for "Personal Services" for Fiscal Year 2021 do not exceed Fiscal Year 2020 funds appropriated for that purpose, unless programs or positions are added to the agency's Fiscal Year 2020 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 ensure that no single personnel action increases this projected annual cost and/or the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations for "Personal Services" when annualized, with the exception of escalated funds and the award of benchmarks.  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 2020 "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.

     Funds are provided herein for all full-time employees to receive up to a Three Percent (3%) pay increase to the realignment component of the Variable Compensation Plan, excluding head of agencies, board members and commission members.

     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.

     None of the funds herein appropriated shall be used in violation of Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 15-A relating to the reporting of income paid to contract employees, as interpreted by the Office of the State Auditor.

     Funds appropriated herein shall first be used for the continuation of a full and complete broadcast schedule of educational and instructional, professional growth, and public service programs, with the production of new films and programs to be secondary thereto.

     SECTION 4.  It is the intention of the Legislature that the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television 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 2019.  It is further the intention of the Legislature that the agency's budget request for Fiscal Year 2021 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 2020 budget request process.

     SECTION 5.  Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 2, Two Million One Hundred Eighteen Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty-six Dollars ($2,118,966.00) shall be derived from the Education Enhancement Fund deposited pursuant to Sections 27-65-75 and 27-67-31, Mississippi Code of 1972.

     SECTION 6.  No part of the funds appropriated herein shall be transferred to, expended by, or used, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of any public relations, publicity or publication activities of any other state agency, department or officer, nor shall any personnel paid or equipment purchased with funds appropriated hereby be transferred or assigned to any other state agency, department or officer for public relations, publicity or publication activities of such office.

     SECTION 7.  It is the intention of the Legislature that the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television shall have the authority to expend funds in the Capital Equipment Replacement Revolving Fund, in accordance with Section 37-63-17, Mississippi Code of 1972, for the purpose of purchasing technical equipment for operating the educational radio and television facilities.

     SECTION 8.  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:

                                                          FY2020

Performance Measures                                      Target

Content Operations

     Locally produced TV programs (Number of)             130.00

     Locally produced radio programs (Number of)        1,092.00

     Weekly average number of web site users

          (Number of)                                   7,900.00

     Prior promotion of all storms/disasters (%)          100.00

     Students & schools participating in MPB

          Arts in Education Programming (Number

          of)                                              15.00

     New programs produced and broadcast

          related to Fit to Eat programming

          (Number of)                                      10.00

Education Services

     Teachers using MS Interactive Video

          network (MIVN) Classroom (Number of)          2,500.00

     Increase in parents/teachers using MPB

          online Resources for Pre-K children (%)           3.00

     Increase in high school students using

          the Learning Network (%)                          5.00

     Rotary clubs sponsoring with MPB (Number of)          22.00

     Childcare centers using Between the

          Lions Initiative (Number of)                     26.00

     Children using Between the Lions

          Preschool Literacy (Number of)                  300.00

Technical Services

     Increase visitors viewing the Healthy

          Living related items on MPB Site (%)             30.00

     Radio and TV coverage during times of

          emergency (%)                                   100.00

     Prior promotion of all storms/disasters (%)          100.00

Administration

     Community engagements/outreach events

          (Number of)                                      50.00

     Increase state agencies partnered with

          (Number of)                                      32.00

     New grant dollars acquired ($)                   250,000.00

     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 2021.

     SECTION 9.  Of the funds appropriated in Section 2, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00), or so much thereof, shall be derived out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Capital Expense Fund, as created in Section 27-103-303, Mississippi Code of 1972, and allocated in a manner as determined by the Treasurer's Office.  These funds are provided to the agency for the limited purpose of defraying expenses related to the repair and maintenance of the agency’s towers.

     SECTION 10.  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 11.  It is the intention of the Legislature that an amount equal to One Dollar and Fifty Cents ($1.50) per square foot shall be paid to the Executive Office of the State Board of Institutions of Higher Learning to defray utility costs.

     SECTION 12.  It is the intention of the Legislature that the Authority for Educational Television may fund a program to focus on the manufacturing industry in Mississippi.

     SECTION 13.  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 14.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.

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