92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB2358
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LOCAL LEGACY ACT                                                           

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates the Local Legacy Act.  Creates the Local Legacy Board and      
   establishes its membership, powers, and  duties.   Provides  that  the      
   Board  must  choose  a chairperson, adopt rules necessary to implement      
   the Act, and submit a report to the General Assembly and the  Governor      
   by  January  1,  2003 and every 2 years thereafter.  Creates the Local      
   Legacy Program to fund county-municipal partnerships for  the  purpose      
   of  inventorying  and protecting natural areas, farmland, and cultural      
   resources.  Requires counties interested in program funds  to  form  a      
   Local  Steering  Committee composed of county board members, municipal      
   officers, and local residents and provides  procedures  for  Committee      
   oversight  of  grant  requests.   Requires  any  committee  to develop      
   criteria and a Resource Protection Plan for prioritizing resources and      
   the use of grant moneys under the Act.  Allows a local municipality to      
   object in writing to all or some of the Resource Protection  Plan  and      
   provides  that only those counties, municipalities, and units of local      
   government that have adopted a Resource Protection Plan  are  eligible      
   for  grant  moneys  under the Act.  Creates the Local Legacy Fund as a      
   special fund in the State treasury  and  specifies  the  purposes  for      
   which the Fund moneys may be used. Amends the State Finance Act to          
   create the Local Legacy Fund in the State treasury.                         
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
        Deletes provisions that authorize or refer to the  use  of  grant      
   moneys   for   the   purchase   of  land,  buildings,  structures,  or      
   conservation easements.  Deletes provisions requiring the adoption  of      
   a  Resource  Protection  Plan in order to be eligible for grants under      
   the Act. Provides that in approving grant awards under  the  Act,  the      
   Local  Legacy  Board   or   the  appropriate  State agency  shall give      
   preferential consideration to counties and  municipalities  that  have      
   adopted a Resource Protection Plan.                                         
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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