Approp, DEQ, orig
APPROPRIATIONS – DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – Relates to the appropriation to the Department of Environmental Quality for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

RS30679 / S1183

It This is the fiscal year 2024 original appropriation bill for the Department of Environmental Quality. appropriates a total of $165,914,000 and caps the number of authorized full-time equivalent positions at 379.00. The bill funds twelve line items, which provides: $191,900 for pay increases for engineers; $98,200 for a wastewater reuse analyst; $148,600 for a water quality program enhancement; $98,400 for an air quality compliance officer; $98,200 for a permit writer within the IPDES program; $98,200 for a data analyst within the IPDES program; $385,000 for additional operating costs within the IPDES program; $12,600,000 for federal funding for infrastructure grants; $400,000 for INL oversight; $1,500,000 for the superfund cleanup project and transfers said funds from the Water Pollution Control Fund to the Environmental Remediation (Basin) Fund as part of federal match requirements; $4,895,400 for federal project implementation; $555,000 for the central treatment plant in Kellogg. The budget also includes a reduction of 2.00 FTP and increase of $52,000 for the OITS consolidation. The bill also includes language requiring reporting, cash transfers, reappropriation, and directing the use of previously appropriated funds from the ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Fund.

This bill also includes three fiscal year 2023 supplemental actions, including funding for the a new electronic data management system, maintenance costs at the central treatment plant in Kellogg, and to purchases air quality equipment with ARPA funds allocated to the department. These supplemental actions utilize onetime funding that is removed before calculating the fiscal year 2024 Base.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/17 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
03/20 Reported Printed; referred to Finance
Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/21 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/23 Read third time in full – PASSED - 24-10-1
AYES – Adams, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Cook, Den Hartog, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hartgen, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lent, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow
NAYS – Carlson, Foreman, Hart, Herndon, Lenney, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Toews, Trakel, Zuiderveld
Absent and excused – Anthon
Floor Sponsor - Burtenshaw
Title apvd - to House
03/24 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Filed for Second Reading
03/28 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
Rules Suspended: Ayes 70 Nays 0 Abs/Excd 0, read in full as required – PASSED - 35-34-1
AYES – Allgood, Berch, Blanksma, Bundy, Burns, Cheatum, Chew, Dixon(24), Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Horman, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mickelsen, Miller, Nash, Necochea, Nelsen, Petzke, Raybould, Raymond, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Yamamoto
NAYS – Alfieri, Andrus, Barbieri, Boyle, Cannon, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Gallagher, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Kingsley, Lambert, Mendive, Mitchell, Monks, Palmer, Price, Redman, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Wisniewski, Wroten, Young, Mr. Speaker
Absent – Pickett
Floor Sponsor - Petzke
Title apvd - to Senate
Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/29 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/30 Reported delivered to Governor at 4:25 p.m. on 03/29/23
03/31 Signed by Governor on 03/30/23
Session Law Chapter 213
Effective: 03/30/2023 SECTION 12-14;
07/01/2023 all other SECTIONS