The Vermont Statutes Online
§ 5. Acceptance of grants
(a) No original of any grant, gift, loan, or any sum of money or thing of value may be accepted by any agency, department, commission, board, or other part of State government except as follows:
(1) All such items must be submitted to the Governor who shall send a copy of the approval or rejection to the Joint Fiscal Committee through the Joint Fiscal Office together with the following information with respect to said items:
(A) the source of the grant, gift, or loan;
(B) the legal and referenced titles of the grant;
(C) the costs, direct and indirect, for the present and future years related to such a grant;
(D) the department and/or program which will utilize the grant;
(E) a brief statement of purpose;
(F) impact on existing programs if grant is not accepted.
(2) The Governor's approval shall be final unless within 30 days of receipt of such information a member of the Joint Fiscal Committee requests such grant be placed on the agenda of the Joint Fiscal Committee, or, when the General Assembly is in session, be held for legislative approval. In the event of such request, the grant shall not be accepted until approved by the Joint Fiscal Committee or the Legislature. The 30-day period may be reduced where expedited consideration is warranted in accordance with adopted Joint Fiscal Committee policies. During the legislative session, the Joint Fiscal Committee shall file a notice with the House and Senate Clerks for publication in the respective calendars of any grant approval requests that are submitted by the administration.
(3)(A) This section shall not apply to the following items, if the acceptance of those items will not incur additional expense to the State or create an ongoing requirement for funds, services, or facilities:
(i) the acceptance of grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other things of value with a value of $5,000.00 or less;
(ii) the acceptance by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife of grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other things of value with a value of $15,000.00 or less; or
(iii) the acceptance by the Vermont Veterans' Home of grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other things of value with a value of $10,000.00 or less.
(B) The Secretary of Administration and Joint Fiscal Office shall be promptly notified of the source, value, and purpose of any items received under this subdivision. The Joint Fiscal Office shall report all such items to the Joint Fiscal Committee quarterly. The provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d) (expiration of required reports) shall not apply to the report to be made under this subdivision.
(4) With respect to acceptance of the original of a federal transportation earmark or of a discretionary federal grant for a transportation project, the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection shall apply, except that in addition:
(A) notification of the Governor's approval or rejection shall also be made to the Chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Transportation; and
(B) such grant or earmark shall be placed on the agenda, and shall be subject to the approval, of a committee comprising the Joint Fiscal Committee and the Chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Transportation, if one of the Chairs or a member of the Joint Fiscal Committee so requests.
(b) In accordance with subsection (a) of this section, in conjunction with a grant, a limited service position request for a position explicitly stated for a specific purpose in the grant, may be authorized. The position shall terminate with the expiration of the grant funding unless otherwise funded by an act of the General Assembly. Such authorized limited service positions shall not be created until the appointing authority has certified to the Joint Fiscal Committee that there exists equipment and housing for the positions or that funds are available to purchase equipment and housing for the positions. (Added 1971, No. 260 (Adj. Sess.), § 29(a); amended 1977, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 186, eff. April 17, 1978; 1983, No. 253 (Adj. Sess.), § 248; 1995, No. 46, § 52; 1995, No. 63, § 277, eff. May 4, 1995; 1995, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 416, eff. May 22, 1996; 1997, No. 2, § 72, eff. Feb. 12, 1997; 1997, No. 66 (Adj. Sess.), § 60, eff. Feb. 20, 1998; 2007, No. 65, § 394; 2009, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § B15; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § E.127.2, eff. June 3, 2010; 2013, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 54; 2013, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 17; 2013, No. 179 (Adj. Sess.), § E.342.7; 2017, No. 85, § E.700.)