Enrolled House Bill (H)

DIGEST

President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust. Renames the Indiana heritage trust fund as the President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust fund (trust fund). Makes various changes to the purposes of the trust fund. Makes changes to the uses of the accounts within the trust fund. Repeals the Indiana heritage trust committee. Specifies the membership and purposes of the President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust project committee (project committee). Provides for the appointment of four members of the general assembly as nonvoting members of the project committee. Adds the chairperson of the board of directors of the natural resources foundation to the project committee. President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust. Renames the Indiana heritage trust fund as the President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust fund (trust fund). Makes various changes to the purposes of the trust fund. Makes changes to the uses of the accounts within the trust fund. Repeals the Indiana heritage trust committee. Specifies the membership and purposes of the President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust project committee (project committee). Provides for the appointment of four members of the general assembly as nonvoting members of the project committee. Adds the chairperson of the board of directors of the natural resources foundation to the project committee. Provides that the governor appoints the chair and vice chair of the project committee. Specifies that money in the trust fund may be used for a state or local project approved by the project committee. Specifies that the following procedure must be followed before the money from the trust fund may be used to acquire property for a project: (1) The project committee must review and approve the project. (2) The project committee must recommend the project to the governor for approval. (3) The governor must approve the project as recommended by the project committee and inform the director of the department of natural resources. Increases the amount of money that must be allotted to the stewardship account within the trust fund from 5% to 9% of the amount appropriated to the trust fund. Repeals a provision specifying minimum amounts of required matching funds for expenditures from the trust fund discretionary account. Provides that money from the discretionary account may not be used to acquire property for an approved project unless the approved project receives endorsement and participation from: (1) the appropriate division of the department; and (2) nonstate sources or the Indiana natural resources foundation. Limits the amount of money from the discretionary account that may be used to acquire property. Repeals the law establishing the fish and wildlife land acquisition stamp. Urges the legislative council to assign certain topics to an interim study committee. ... View more