General Appropriations Bill H. 4600 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996
SECTION 1. The following sums are appropriated from the general fund of the State, to supplement appropriations made for the expenses of State government in the annual general appropriation act for fiscal year 1996-97, to the extent there are fiscal year 1995-96 unobligated surplus revenues available in addition to those appropriated pursuant to Part V of this act:
(1) Budget & Control Board - Div. of Operations State House Renovations 15,614,488 (2) Department of Commerce Advisory Coordinating Council Economic Development 15,201,631 (3) Department of Juvenile Justice 8,450,997 (4) Department of Corrections 16,713,445 (5) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education Special Schools and Equipment 6,800,000 (6) Budget & Control Board - Div. of Operations Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund 6,000,000 (7) Department of Archives & History 5,500,000 (8) Governor's Office - OEPP School for the Arts 9,000,000 (8.1) Funds appropriated for this purpose shall be retained and not expended until an equal amount in private sector match funds has been pledged or is available for expenditure. When the governing board of the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities certifies that four and one-half million dollars in private sector match funds is available for expenditure, the agency shall disburse four and one-half million dollars of the state appropriations for this project. When the governing board of the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities certifies that the remaining four and one-half million dollars in private sector match funds is available for expenditure, the agency shall disburse the remaining four and one-half million dollars of the state appropriations for this project. (9) Department of Education Governor's School for Science & Math 5,000,000 (10) Judicial Department New Judges/Equipment 231,605 (11) Department of Social Services Camp Happy Days 77,000 (12) Department of Health & Environmental Control One Stop Permitting 729,266 (13) Governor's Office - SLED Vehicles/DNA Equipment 1,866,000 (14) Educational Television Commission Base Restoration 500,000 (15) University of South Carolina Columbia-Graduate Science Research Center 10,000,000 (16) Clemson University Central Energy Facility 8,000,000 (17) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education Piedmont Tec Ed. Tech/Student Svcs/ Admin. Bldg. 4,750,000 (18) College of Charleston New Library 9,000,000 (19) Department of Commerce Viola Street Revitalization 200,000 (20) Lander University Science Hall Renovation & Equipment 1,325,000 (21) Department of Mental Health Gateway House 79,000 (22) State Library Ware Shoals Library 50,000 (23) University of South Carolina Spartanburg-Renovation of G.B. Hodge Center 1,500,000 (24) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education Chesterfield Marlboro Tech-Instructional/ Library Facility 4,000,000 (25) Winthrop University Sims Math Science Building 3,000,000 (26) Clemson University - PSA Greenhouses 2,400,000 (27) Budget & Control Board - Div. of Operations Office of Local Government- Calhoun Falls Water Project 500,000 (28) Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services Clarendon Facility 350,000 (29) S.C. State University Business School 1,000,000 (30) Budget & Control Board - Div. of Executive Director Statewide Performance Audit 2,000,000 (31) Coastal Carolina University Humanities Building 7,000,000 (32) University of South Carolina Aiken-New Nursing Building 1,500,000 (33) The Citadel Thompson Hall Replacement 5,000,000 (34) University of South Carolina Columbia Arena 2,500,000 (35) Forestry Commission Pine Beetle Eradication 60,000 (36) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education Lowcountry Tech-New Health Sciences Building 1,000,000 (37) State Library Williamsburg County Library 840,000 (38) Department of Health & Environmental Control Coastal Initiative 150,000 (39) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Lake Murray Facility 150,000 (40) Francis Marion University Energy Facility Upgrade 500,000 (41) S.C. State University Fine Arts Building 2,000,000 (42) Department of Commerce Airport Improvements 3,000,000 (43) Department of Mental Health Paying Patient Account 3,800,000 (44) Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Weed 200,000 (45) Adjutant General Emergency Preparedness 1,000,000 (46) Clemson University - PSA Camp Long 600,000 (47) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education York Tech-Arts/Science Building 2,500,000 (48) State Bd. for Technical & Comprehensive Education Midlands Tech-Phase II Classroom Building Airport Campus 5,000,000 (49) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism City of Columbia-Columbia Museum of Art 1,000,000 (50) S.C. State University 500,000 (51) S.C. State University Camp Daniel Renovation 600,000 (52) Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Vehicles 340,000 (53) Election Commission Motor Voter 375,000 (54) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Discovery Centers 1,000,000 (55) Department of Agriculture Blackville Farmers Market 75,000 (56) Department of Health and Environmental Control EMS & Computer 500,000 (57) University of South Carolina Columbia Museum of Art Land Purchase 1,000,000 (58) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Cayce Museum 10,000 (59) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Chester War Memorial Amphitheater Project 250,000 (60) Department of Disabilities & Special Needs Florence Building Renovation 250,000 (61) Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Historic Camden Commission-Property Purchase 30,000 (62) Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation State Fire Marshal-Saluda Fire Service Communication Upgrade 35,000 (63) Department of Commerce Sumter Industrial Development Project 250,000 (64) Department of Natural Resources Walhalla Fish Hatchery 250,000 (65) Department of Public Safety 800 Megahertz System 2,000,000 ------------ Total $185,103,432
SECTION 2. TO ESTABLISH A PERFORMANCE AUDIT STEERING COMMITTEE; TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS; AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTIES OF AND FUNDING FOR THE COMMITTEE.
A. There is established effective July 1, 1996, the Performance Audit Steering Committee consisting of twelve members. The Speaker of the House and President of the Senate each shall appoint two members, and each must appoint one from the private sector. The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee each shall appoint two members, and each must appoint one from the private sector. The Executive Directors of the Budget and Control Board, the Legislative Audit Council, and the State Reorganization Commission, shall serve as non-voting, ex-officio members. The Governor shall appoint an additional member to serve as chairman of the committee. Members serve for the duration of the existence of the committee and vacancies must be filled in the manner of original appointment. Members receive the mileage, subsistence, and per diem allowed by law for members of state boards, committees, and commissions. The committee shall elect officers as it considers necessary. The committee terminates on December 31, 1997.
B. The Performance Audit Steering Committee shall retain independent contractors to conduct a performance audit in all aspects of state government. The performance audit must focus on:
(1) determination of duplicate programs and services and recommending those which should be eliminated;
(2) recommendations for streamlining of programs, policies, and procedures;
(3) evaluation of instances where out-of-date technologies detract from efficient program performance;
(4) recommendations for reallocating resources for increased effectiveness in the employment of governmental revenues.
C. The committee shall supervise and coordinate the work of the contractor and produce an audit report which must be submitted to the General Assembly and the Governor no later than the committee's termination date. The committee shall utilize the staff of the House and the Senate as directed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore. The committee may also utilize the staffs of the ex-offico members listed in subsection A to coordinate work as directed by the committee.
D. There is created the "Taxpayer's Dividend From Good Government Fund." Any demonstrated savings resulting from the decrease of appropriations or expenditures which occur as a result of the implementation of the recommendations in the report must be placed in the fund. The General Assembly shall determine the amount of savings. Each fiscal year, the General Assembly shall appropriate the amount saved as a direct result of the performance audit of state government activities in the immediately previous fiscal year.
E. Every state agency that receives state appropriations is subject to this section, except that a state agency which is subject to a performance audit mandated by an act of the General Assembly is not subject to the provisions of this section as long as the audit is substantially similar in nature to the audit prescribed by this section and the audit report is to be completed between 1996 and 1998. Each agency must cooperate fully with the committee and comply with reasonable requests for information necessary to complete the audit. Any statute, policy, or regulation requiring an agency to maintain confidential records does not bar the committee from access to any information maintained by the agency but the committee, its staff, and contractor may not disseminate any information in violation of a state or federal statute.
F. The amount appropriated by the General Assembly for the Performance Audit must transferred to and placed in an account titled "Statewide Performance Audit" and held by the Comptroller General to be used exclusively for and expended upon the direction of the Performance Audit Steering Committee.
SECTION 3. (A) The appropriations contained in Section 1 of this Part are listed in priority order beginning with Item (1) and to the extent that there are unobligated surplus revenues for the Fiscal Year 1995-96 after funding all appropriations in Part V of this act, each separate appropriation item or subitem in Section 1 must be funded before the next item or subitem in order is paid.
(B) Unexpended funds appropriated pursuant to this Part may be carried forward to succeeding fiscal years and expended for the same purposes.
SECTION 4. Except where otherwise provided, this Part takes effect upon approval by the Governor, but no appropriation in Section 1 may be paid until the Comptroller General closes the state's books on fiscal year 1995- 96.
All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with any of the provisions of Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part V or Part VI of this Act are hereby suspended for the Fiscal Year 1996-97.
All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with any of the provisions of Part II of this Act are hereby repealed.
Except as otherwise specifically provided herein this Act shall take effect immediately upon its approval by the Governor.