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1264Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000321Primary Sponsor: MooreAll Sponsors: MooreDrafted Document Number: l:\s-res\tlm\003vete.kad.docCompanion Bill Number: 4801Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 27 H3MSubject: Veterans' Trust Fund, Board of Trustees for; to decide how monies to be disbursed; Veterans' and Military AffairsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20000425 Introduced, read first time, 27 H3M referred to Committee Senate 20000420 Read third time, sent to House Senate 20000419 Read second time ------ 20000414 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20000413 Committee report: Favorable 08 SG ------ 20000322 Companion Bill No. 4801 Senate 20000321 Introduced, read first time, 08 SG referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on April 13, 2000 - Word format Revised on April 14, 2000 - Word format
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April 13, 2000
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Read the first time March 21, 2000.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 1264), to amend Section 25-21-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Board of Trustees for the Veterans' Trust Fund, so as to eliminate their function of serving as an advisory committee, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:
ADDISON G. WILSON, for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
Since the bill only changes the role of the board of trustees, there will be no additional cost to the General Fund of the State nor on federal and/or other funds. The section of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, creating the board of trustees currently provides that members may be reimbursed for per diem and travel incurred for attending meetings of the board.
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TO AMEND SECTION 25-21-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE VETERANS' TRUST FUND, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THEIR FUNCTION OF SERVING AS AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS DIVISION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 25-21-30, RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND SECTION 25-21-40, RELATING TO THE DISBURSEMENT FUNDS FROM THE VETERANS' TRUST FUND, BOTH SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS AUTHORIZED TO DECIDE HOW MONIES IN THE FUND MUST BE DISBURSED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 25-21-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 25-21-20. There is created the board of trustees for the Veterans' Trust Fund of South Carolina composed of eleven members. The board shall
serve as an advisory committee to the Veterans' Affairs Division and utilize the staff of the Veterans' Affairs Division in order to carry out its duties, as provided in Section 25-21-30. One member of the board of trustees must be the Director of the Veterans' Affairs Division or his designee. The Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint individuals to fill the remaining positions on the board of trustees. Of the positions filled by gubernatorial appointment, four must be county veterans' affairs officers, five must represent veterans' service organizations, and one member must be selected at large. All members of the board of trustees must be United States armed forces veterans who were honorably discharged. The members of the board shall elect officers from among themselves as necessary. Individuals appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and may be removed by the Governor at any time. No member may serve more than eight continuous years.
Members of the board who are not full-time employees of the State of South Carolina or any of its political subdivisions may be paid per diem, mileage, and subsistence at rates established by the board, not to exceed standards provided by law for state boards, commissions, and committees. Per diem, mileage, and subsistence may be paid to members of the board only for travel and costs incurred due to meetings of the board.
A complete report of the activities of the Veterans' Trust Fund must be made to the General Assembly and State Auditor annually."
SECTION 2. Section 25-21-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 25-21-30. To fulfill its duties and functions, the board is authorized, but not limited to:
(1) assess the needs of veterans, establish priorities, and develop goals and objectives for the Veterans' Trust Fund;
make recommendations to the Veterans' Affairs Division as to decide how the monies in the fund must be disbursed;
(3) accept gifts, grants, and bequests from any person, entity, or foundation, either public or private;
(4) accept appropriations, loans, or grants from any governmental or quasigovernmental source;
(5) acquire and hold property;
(6) invest trust monies, including pooled investment funds maintained by the State;
(7) solicit proposals for programs aimed at meeting identified needs;
(8) establish rules of procedure for board meetings and any other function of the fund necessary for the orderly conduct of its business;
(9) enter into contracts for the awarding of grants to public or private, nonprofit organizations; and
(10) establish criteria for awarding of grants which shall include the consideration of at least:
(a) the priority of the service need that the proposal addresses;
(b) the quality and soundness of the proposal and its probable effectiveness in accomplishing its objectives;
(c) a cost-benefit analysis of the project;
(d) the degree of community support for the proposal;
(e) the utilization of local resources, including volunteers, when appropriate, and matching or in-kind contributions which may be, but are not, required;
(f) the qualifications of employees to be hired under the grant;
(g) the experience of the proposed project administrators in providing ongoing accountability for the program."
SECTION 3. Section 25-21-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 25-21-40. Until the assets of the Veterans' Trust Fund exceed one million dollars, not more than fifty percent of the amount deposited in the fund each year from contributions plus all earnings from the investment of monies of the fund credited during the previous fiscal year is available for disbursement upon authorization of the
Veterans' Affairs Division Board of Trustees for the Veterans' Trust Fund.
When assets in the trust fund exceed one million dollars, all credited earnings plus all future annual deposits to the trust fund from contributions are available for disbursement upon the authorization of the
Veterans' Affairs Division Board of Trustees for the Veterans' Trust Fund."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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