Citations Affected: IC 4-13.6; IC 14-8; IC 14-10; IC 14-13; IC 14-20; IC 14-24; IC 14-37.
Synopsis: Natural resource matters. Changes the procedures for the
Wabash River heritage commission to pay claims. Increases the cost of
projects that the department of natural resources may perform without
awarding a public works contract from $50,000 to $75,000. Makes
changes to the organization and duties of the division of state museums
and historic sites. Authorizes the division of state museums and historic
sites to donate, exchange, or sell artifacts. Establishes the historic site
fund and requires fees to be deposited in the fund. Provides that at least
51% of the fees collected from a particular historic site must be used
for the benefit of the historic site. Caps admissions fees charged to
children and senior citizens. Adopts the pest control compact.
Establishes procedures to obtain funds from the pest control insurance
fund. Increases penalties for violation of certain oil and gas well laws.
Makes technical corrections. (The introduced version of this bill was
prepared by the natural resources study committee.)
Effective: April 1, 2004; July 1, 2004.
January 6, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
January 13, 2004, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 20, 2004, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
January 21, 2004, engrossed.
January 22, 2004, read third time, passed. Yeas 40, nays 6.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
natural and cultural resources.
SECTION 1. IC 14-13-6-22 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 22. (a) The commission
is authorized to do the following:
(1) Hold public hearings.
(2) Request the presence and participation at a commission meeting of representatives of any governmental or private entity that has an interest in natural resources, tourism, historic preservation, archaeology, or environmental issues.
(3) Enter into contracts, within the limit of available funds, with individuals, organizations, and institutions for services that further the purposes of this chapter.
(4) Enter into contracts, within the limit of available funds, with local and regional nonprofit corporations and associations for cooperative endeavors that further the purposes of this chapter.
(5) Enter with governmental and private entities into cooperative agreements that further the purposes of this chapter.
(6) Receive appropriations of federal funds.
leased by it; and
(2) the division of engineering of the department of natural resources estimates the cost of the public works project will be less than
fifty seventy-five thousand dollars ($50,000). ($75,000).
(c) If a public works project involves a structure, improvement, or facility under the control of the department of correction, the department of correction may purchase materials for the project in the manner provided by law and use inmates in the custody of the department of correction to perform the labor and use its own employees for supervisory purposes, without awarding a contract, if:
(1) the department of correction uses equipment owned or leased by it; and
(2) the estimated cost of the public works project using employee or inmate labor is less than the greater of:
(A) fifty thousand dollars ($50,000); or
(B) the project cost limitation set by IC 4-13-2-11.1.
All public works projects covered by this subsection must comply with the remaining provisions of this article and all plans and specifications for the public works project must be approved by a licensed architect or engineer.
SECTION 3. IC 14-8-2-49.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 49.2. "Compact", for purposes of IC 14-24-4.5, has the meaning set forth in IC 14-24-4.5-2(8).
SECTION 4. IC 14-8-2-77, AS AMENDED BY P.L.145-2002, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 77. "Division" has the following meaning:
(1) For purposes of IC 14-9-8, the meaning set forth in IC 14-9-8-2.
(2) For purposes of IC 14-20-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-20-1-2.
(3) For purposes of IC 14-20-1.1 and IC 14-21-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-21-1-6.
(4) For purposes of IC 14-22, the division of fish and wildlife.
(5) For purposes of IC 14-24, the division of entomology and plant pathology.
(6) For purposes of IC 14-25.5, the division of water.
(7) For purposes of IC 14-31-2, the meaning set forth in IC 14-31-2-4.
(8) For purposes of IC 14-37, the division of oil and gas.
SECTION 5. IC 14-8-2-86.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2004]: Sec. 86.5. "Executive committee", for purposes of
IC 14-24-4.5, has the meaning set forth in IC 14-24-4.5-2(7).
SECTION 6. IC 14-8-2-107, AS AMENDED BY P.L.186-2003, SECTION 30, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 107. "Fund" has the following meaning:
(1) For purposes of IC 14-9-5, the meaning set forth in IC 14-9-5-1.
(2) For purposes of IC 14-9-8-21, the meaning set forth in IC 14-9-8-21.
(3) For purposes of IC 14-9-8-21.5, the meaning set forth in IC 14-9-8-21.5.
(4) For purposes of IC 14-9-9, the meaning set forth in IC 14-9-9-3.
(5) For purposes of IC 14-12-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-12-1-1.
(6) For purposes of IC 14-12-2, the meaning set forth in IC 14-12-2-2.
(7) For purposes of IC 14-12-3, the meaning set forth in IC 14-12-3-2.
(8) For purposes of IC 14-13-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-13-1-2.
(9) For purposes of IC 14-13-2, the meaning set forth in IC 14-13-2-3.
(10) For purposes of IC 14-16-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-16-1-30.
(11) For purposes of IC 14-19-8, the meaning set forth in IC 14-19-8-1.
(12) For purposes of IC 14-20-1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-20-1-3.
(13) For purposes of IC 14-20-1.1, the meaning set forth in IC 14-20-1.1-1.
(14) For purposes of IC 14-20-11, the meaning set forth in IC 14-20-11-2.
(14) (15) For purposes of IC 14-22-3, the meaning set forth in
(15) (16) For purposes of IC 14-22-4, the meaning set forth in
(16) (17) For purposes of IC 14-22-5, the meaning set forth in
(17) (18) For purposes of IC 14-22-8, the meaning set forth in
(18) (19) For purposes of IC 14-22-34, the meaning set forth in
(19) (20) For purposes of IC 14-23-3, the meaning set forth in
(20) (21) For purposes of IC 14-23-8, IC 14-24-4.5, the meaning
set forth in IC 14-23-8-1. IC 14-24-4.5-2(5).
(21) (22) For purposes of IC 14-25-2-4, the meaning set forth in
(22) (23) For purposes of IC 14-25-10, the meaning set forth in
(23) (24) For purposes of IC 14-25-11-19, the meaning set forth
in IC 14-25-11-19.
(24) (25) For purposes of IC 14-25.5, the meaning set forth in
(25) (26) For purposes of IC 14-28-5, the meaning set forth in
(26) (27) For purposes of IC 14-31-2, the meaning set forth in
(27) (28) For purposes of IC 14-25-12, the meaning set forth in
(28) (29) For purposes of IC 14-33-14, the meaning set forth in
(29) (30) For purposes of IC 14-33-21, the meaning set forth in
(30) (31) For purposes of IC 14-34-6-15, the meaning set forth in
(31) (32) For purposes of IC 14-34-14, the meaning set forth in
(32) (33) For purposes of IC 14-37-10, the meaning set forth in
SECTION 7. IC 14-8-2-117 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 117. "Governing board" has the following meaning:
(1) For purposes of IC 14-24-4.5, the meaning set forth in IC 14-24-4.5-2(6).
(2) For purposes of IC 14-28-5,
has the meaning set forth in
SECTION 8. IC 14-8-2-203 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 203. "Pest or pathogen" has the following meaning:
(1) Except as provided in IC 14-24-4.5, for purposes of IC 14-24, means:
(1) (A) an arthropod;
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 8. (a) As used in this section, "nonresident"
means an individual who does not reside in Indiana.
(b) An admission fee to a historic site charged to a nonresident may be higher than the admission fee charged to a resident of Indiana.
SECTION 14. IC 14-20-1-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 8. (a) The division consists of the following two (2) sections:
(1) The section of museums.
(2) The section of historic sites.
(b) The division director may not serve as the head of a section of
(c) An individual may not serve as the head of more than one (1)
section of the division.
(d) (b) There must be a separate line item for each section of the
division in each bill appropriating money to the division.
SECTION 15. IC 14-20-1-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 9. The division may do the following:
(1) Undertake the action necessary to qualify the state for participation in sources of federal aid to preserve historic property, materials, items, sites, and memorials.
(2) Provide information on historic property, materials, items, sites, and memorials within Indiana to federal, state, and local governmental agencies, private individuals, and organizations.
(3) Advise and coordinate the activities of local historical associations, historic district commissions, historic commissions, and other interested groups or persons.
(4) Provide technical and financial assistance to local historical associations, historic district commissions, historic commissions, and other interested groups or persons.
(5) Develop a program of interpretation and publication of the state's historical, architectural, and archeological resources.
(6) Collect and preserve objects of scientific and cultural value representing past and present flora and fauna, the life and work of man, geological history, natural resources, the manufacturing arts, and fine arts.
(7) Notwithstanding IC 5-22-22, the division may, under policies adopted in accordance with the code of ethics of the American Association of Museums, do the following:
(A) Donate or exchange artifacts in the division's collection
to or with a public or nonprofit museum, a historical
society, a university, or a similar institution.
(B) Sell items in the division's collection at auction or public sale.
SECTION 16. IC 14-20-1-16 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 16. (a) The board of trustees for the division of state museums and historic sites is established.
(b) The trustees consist of thirteen (13) members as follows:
(1) The director of the department, who shall serve as chairman.
(2) Twelve (12) members appointed by the governor as follows:
One (1) member Three (3) members of the Indiana State
Museum Society Foundation who are nominated by the
(B) One (1) member of the Indiana State Museum Volunteers
nominated by the volunteers.
(C) (B) Two (2) members must be recognized supporters of
historic sites who are nominated by a recognized supporter
of historic sites.
(D) (C) Not more than seven (7) members may be members of
the same political party.
(E) Not more than two (2) members may be from the same
(F) Each congressional district in Indiana must be represented
by at least one (1) member.
(c) The terms of the appointed members shall be staggered.
(d) The governor shall make appointments under subsection (b) in a manner to achieve diversity and geographic balance among the trustees.
SECTION 17. IC 14-20-1-22 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]: Sec. 22. The trustees shall do the following:
(1) Nominate, when the position of division director is vacant, a person to be appointed by the director to that position. If the director rejects a nominee's appointment, the trustees shall nominate another person.
(2) Recommend, when appropriate, the dismissal of a division director.
(3) Make recommendations concerning the salary ranges of the
administrative, professional, and technical staff of the division.
(4) (3) Review the budget needs and requests of the division and
make recommendations concerning the needs and requests to the
governor through the director.
(5) (4) Recommend that the department accept or reject, hold, or
dispose of grants of property to be administered by the division
for the purpose of preservation, research, or interpretation of
significant areas, events, or grants to citizens of Indiana for the
purpose of preserving, studying, and interpreting archeological
and natural phenomena, cultural trends, and accomplishments.
(6) (5) Review, guide, and assist in the development of statewide
(7) (6) Review, guide, and assist in the development of
professionalism of the staff and operations.
(8) (7) Review, recommend, and devise methods to enable the
division to do the following:
(1) (A) Increase the division's physical plant.
(2) (B) Expand the educational areas.
(3) (C) Meet storage needs.
(9) (8) Develop a plan of growth to meet physical, program, and
financial needs for both the immediate and long range future,
monitor the plan at regular intervals, and ensure that the
institution stays within the developed plan.
(10) (9) Recommend policies, procedures, and practices that the
commission, the director, and the secretary shall consider.
(11) (10) Give advice or make recommendations to the governor
and the general assembly when requested or on the initiative of
(12) (11) Review the conduct of the work of the division. To
implement this duty, the trustees have access at any reasonable
time to copies of all records pertaining to the work of the division.
(13) (12) Adopt bylaws consistent with this chapter for the
division's internal control and management and file a copy of the
bylaws with the director.
(14) (13) Hold meetings at the times and places in Indiana that are
prescribed by the bylaws, but at least quarterly.
(15) (14) Keep minutes of the transactions of each regular and
special meeting and file the minutes with the director. The
minutes are public records.
(16) (15) Promote the welfare of the division.
(17) (16) Make recommendations concerning the administration
of the fund established by section 24 of this chapter.
SECTION 18. IC 14-20-1.1 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2004]:
Chapter 1.1. Historic Site Fund
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "fund" refers to the historic site fund established as a dedicated fund by section 2 of this chapter.
Sec. 2. (a) The historic site fund is established to assist in providing funding for educational programs and the operation and maintenance of historic sites. The fund shall be administered by the division.
(b) The expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from money in the fund.
(c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public money may be invested.
(d) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.
(e) Money in the fund is annually appropriated to the division for purposes established in this section.
Sec. 3. (a) The fund consists of proceeds from sales and leases under IC 14-20-1-23(b) and other proceeds generated by the historic sites.
(b) At least fifty-one percent (51%) of the funds collected from a particular historic site must be used to benefit that site.
SECTION 19. IC 14-24-4.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]:
Chapter 4.5. Pest Control Compact
Sec. 1. (a) The pest control compact is enacted and entered into with all other jurisdictions legally joining the compact in the form substantially as follows in this chapter.
(b) The party states find the following:
(1) In the absence of the higher degree of cooperation among the party states possible under this compact, the annual loss of approximately one hundred thirty-seven billion dollars ($137,000,000,000) from the depredations of pests is virtually certain to continue, if not to increase.
(2) Because of the varying climatic, geographic, and economic factors, each state may be affected differently by particular species of pests. However, all states share the inability to protect themselves fully against the pests that present serious dangers.
(3) The migratory character of pest infestations makes it necessary for states to complement each other's activities when faced with conditions of infestation and reinfestation.
(4) While every state is seriously affected by a substantial number of pests, and every state is susceptible to infestation by many species of pests not causing damage to its crops, plant life, and products, the fact that relatively few species of pests present equal danger to, or are of interest to, all states makes the establishment and operation of a fund from which individual states may obtain financial support for pest control programs of benefit to them in other states and to which they may contribute in accordance with their relative interest, the most equitable means of financing cooperative pest eradication and control programs.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter:
(1) "State" means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(2) "Requesting state" means a state that invokes the procedures of the compact to secure the undertaking or intensification of measures to control or eradicate one (1) or more pests within one (1) or more other states.
(3) "Responding state" means a state requested to undertake or intensify the measures referred to in subdivision (2).
(4) "Pest or pathogen" means an invertebrate animal, a pathogen, a parasitic plant, or a similar or an allied organism that can cause disease or damage in any crop, tree, shrub, grass, or other plant of substantial value.
(5) "Fund" means the pest control insurance fund established by section 3 of this chapter.
(6) "Governing board" means the administrators of the compact representing all the party states when the administrators act as a body under authority vested in the administrators by the compact.
(7) "Executive committee" means the committee established under section 5(e) of this chapter.
(8) "Compact" refers to the pest control compact adopted under section 1(a) of this chapter.
Sec. 3. The pest control insurance fund is established to finance other than normal pest control operations that states may be called upon to engage in under the compact. The fund consists of money appropriated to it by the party states and any donations and grants accepted by it. All appropriations, except as conditioned by the rights and obligations of party states expressly set forth in the compact, must be unconditional and may not be restricted by the
appropriating state to use in the control of a specified pest or pests.
Donations and grants may be conditional or unconditional.
However, the fund may not accept any donation or grant whose
terms are inconsistent with the compact.
Sec. 4. (a) The fund shall be administered by the governing board and executive committee as provided in this chapter. The actions of the governing board and the executive committee under the compact are considered the actions of the fund.
(b) The members of the governing board are entitled to one (1) vote on the board. Action of the governing board is not binding unless taken at a meeting at which a majority of the total number of votes on the governing board is cast in favor of the proposed action. Action of the governing board may be only at a meeting at which a majority of the members is present.
(c) The fund shall have a seal that may be employed as an official symbol and that may be affixed to documents and used as the governing board provides.
(d) The governing board shall elect annually, from among its members, a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, and a treasurer. The chairperson may not serve consecutive terms. The governing board may appoint an executive director and fix the executive director's duties and compensation, if any. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the governing board. The governing board shall provide for the bonding of the officers and employees of the fund as is appropriate.
(e) Notwithstanding the civil service, personnel, or other merit system laws of any of the party states, the executive director, or if there is not an executive director, the chairperson, in accordance with the procedures the bylaws provide, shall appoint, remove, or discharge any personnel as is necessary to perform the functions of the fund and shall fix the duties and compensation of any personnel. The governing board in its bylaws shall provide for the personnel policies and programs of the fund.
(f) The fund may borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from any state, the United States, or any other governmental agency or from any person, firm, association, or corporation.
(g) The fund may accept for its purposes or functions under this compact donations, grants, equipment, supplies, materials, and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, the United States, or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association, or corporation and may receive, use, and dispose
of the same. A donation, gift, or grant accepted by the governing
board under this subsection or services borrowed under subsection
(f) shall be reported in the annual report of the fund. The annual
report must include the nature, amount, and conditions, if any, of
the donation, gift, or grant or services borrowed and the identity
of the donor or lender.
(h) The governing board shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of the business of the fund and may amend and rescind these bylaws. The fund shall publish its bylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy of the bylaws and a copy of any amendment to the bylaws with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party states.
(i) The fund annually shall make to the governor and legislature of each party state a report covering the fund's activities for the preceding year. The fund may make additional reports it considers desirable.
(j) The fund may do other things as are necessary and incidental to the conduct of its affairs under the compact.
Sec. 5. (a) Each party state must have a compact administrator who shall be selected and serve in a manner as the laws of the party state may provide and who shall:
(1) assist in the coordination of activities under the compact in the compact administrator's state; and
(2) represent the compact administrator's state on the governing board of the fund.
(b) If the laws of the United States specifically provide, or if an administrative provision is made within the federal government, the United States may be represented on the governing board by not more than three (3) representatives. A representative of the United States shall be appointed and serve in a manner as provided by federal law, but the representative may vote on the governing board or the executive committee.
(c) The governing board shall meet at least once each year to determine policies and procedures in the administration of the fund and, consistent with the compact, supervise and give direction to the expenditure of money from the fund. Additional meetings of the governing board shall be held on call of the chairperson, the executive committee, or a majority of the governing board.
(d) When the governing board meets, it shall act upon applications for assistance from the fund and authorize disbursements from the fund. When the governing board is not meeting, the executive committee shall act as agent of the governing board, with full authority to act for the governing board
in acting upon the applications for assistance.
(e) The executive committee consists of the chairperson of the governing board and four (4) additional members of the governing board chosen by the governing board so that one (1) member represents each of four (4) geographic groupings of party states. The governing board shall make the geographic groupings. If there is representation of the United States on the governing board, one (1) United States representative may meet with the executive committee. The chairperson of the governing board shall be chairperson of the executive committee. No action of the executive committee is binding unless taken at a meeting at which at least four (4) members of the committee are present and vote in favor of the action. Necessary expenses of each of the five (5) members of the executive committee incurred in attending meetings of the committee, when not held at the same time and place as a meeting of the governing board, are charges against the fund.
Sec. 6. (a) Each party state pledges to each other party state that it will employ its best efforts to eradicate, or control within the strictest practicable limits, all pests or pathogens. The performance of this responsibility involves the following:
(1) The maintenance of pest control and eradication activities of interstate significance by a party state at a level that would be reasonable for the party state's own protection in the absence of the compact.
(2) The meeting of emergency outbreaks or infestations of interstate significance to not less an extent than would have been done in the absence of the compact.
(b) Whenever a party state is threatened by a pest or pathogen not present within its borders but present within another party state, or whenever a party state is undertaking or engaged in activities for the control or eradication of a pest or pathogen, and finds that control or eradication activities are or would be impracticable or substantially more difficult to accomplish because of failure of another party state to cope with infestation or threatened infestation, that state may request the governing board to authorize expenditures from the fund for eradication or control measures to be taken by one (1) or more of the other party states at a level sufficient to prevent, or to reduce to the greatest practicable extent, infestation or reinfestation of the requesting state. Upon the governing board's authorization, the responding state or states shall take or increase any eradication or control measures warranted. A responding state shall use money available
from the fund expeditiously and efficiently to assist in providing
the protection requested.
(c) To apply for expenditures from the fund, a requesting state shall submit the following in writing:
(1) A detailed statement of the circumstances that occasion the request to invoke the compact.
(2) Evidence that the pest or pathogen on account of whose eradication or control assistance is requested constitutes a danger to an agricultural or a forest crop, product, tree, shrub, grass, or other plant having a substantial value to the requesting state.
(3) A statement of the extent of the present and projected program of the requesting state and its subdivisions, including full information as to the legal authority for the conduct of the program or programs and the expenditures being made or budgeted for the program or programs, in connection with the eradication, control, or prevention of introduction of the pest or pathogen concerned.
(4) Proof that the expenditures being made or budgeted as detailed in subdivision (3) do not constitute a reduction of the effort for the control or eradication of the pest or pathogen concerned or, if there is a reduction, the reasons why the level of program detailed in subdivision (3) constitutes a normal level of pest control activity.
(5) A declaration as to whether, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the conditions that the requesting state believes require the invoking of the compact in the particular instance can be abated by a program undertaken with the aid of money from the fund in one (1) year or less, or whether the request is for an installment in a program that is likely to continue for a longer period.
(6) Other information the governing board requires consistent with the compact.
(d) The governing board or executive committee shall give due notice of any meeting at which an application for assistance from the fund is to be considered. The notice shall be given to the compact administrator of each party state and to the other officers and agencies as may be designated by the laws of the party states. The requesting state and any other party state are entitled to be represented and present evidence and argument at the meeting.
(e) Upon the submission as required by subsection (c) and any other information that the governing board has or acquires, and
upon determining that an expenditure of funds is within the
purposes of and justified by the compact, the governing board or
executive committee shall authorize support of the program. The
governing board or executive committee may meet at any time or
place to receive and consider an application. All determinations of
the governing board or executive committee, with respect to an
application, together with the reasons for the determination shall
be recorded and subscribed in a manner that shows and preserves
the votes of the individual members of the board or committee.
(f) A requesting state that is dissatisfied with a determination of the executive committee, upon notice in writing given within twenty (20) days of the determination with which it is dissatisfied, is entitled to receive a review of the determination at the next meeting of the governing board. Determinations of the executive committee are reviewable only by the governing board at one (1) of its regular meetings or at a special meeting held in a manner the governing board authorizes.
(g) Responding states required to undertake or increase measures under the compact may receive money from the fund, either at the time or times when the state incurs expenditures because of the measures, or as reimbursement for expenses incurred and chargeable to the fund. The governing board shall adopt and may amend or revise procedures for submission and payment of claims from the fund.
(h) Before authorizing the expenditure of money from the fund under an application of a requesting state, the fund shall ascertain the extent and nature of any timely assistance or participation that is available from the federal government and shall request the appropriate agency or agencies of the federal government for any available assistance and participation.
(i) The fund may negotiate and execute a memorandum of understanding or other appropriate instrument defining the extent and degree of assistance or participation between and among the fund, cooperating federal agencies, states, and any other entities concerned.
Sec. 7. The governing board may establish advisory and technical committees composed of state, local, and federal officials and private persons to advise the governing board concerning any of its functions. An advisory or technical committee or a member or members of the committee may meet with and participate in the governing board's deliberations upon request of the governing board or executive committee. An advisory or a technical
committee may furnish information and recommendations
concerning any application for assistance from the fund being
considered by the governing board or committee, and the
governing board or committee may receive and consider the same.
However, a participant in a meeting of the governing board or
executive committee held under section 6(d) of this chapter is
entitled to know the substance of the advisory or technical
committee's information and recommendations at the time of the
meeting if made before the meeting or as a part of the meeting, or,
if made after the meeting, not later than the time at which the
governing board or executive committee makes its disposition of
Sec. 8. (a) A party state may make an application for assistance from the fund concerning a pest in a nonparty state. The application shall be considered and disposed of by the governing board or executive committee in the same manner as an application with respect to a pest within a party state, except as provided in this section.
(b) At or in connection with any meeting of the governing board or executive committee held under section 6(d) of this chapter, a nonparty state is entitled to appear, participate, and receive information only to the extent as the governing board or executive committee may provide. A nonparty state is not entitled to review of a determination made by the executive committee.
(c) The governing board or executive committee shall authorize expenditures from the fund to be made in a nonparty state only after determining that the conditions in the nonparty state and the value of the expenditures to the party states as a whole justify the expenditures. The governing board or executive committee may set any conditions it considers appropriate concerning the expenditure of money from the fund in a nonparty state and may enter into an agreement or agreements with nonparty states and other jurisdictions or entities as it considers necessary or appropriate to protect the interests of the fund with respect to expenditures and activities outside party states.
Sec. 9. (a) The fund shall submit to the executive head or designated officer or officers of each party state a budget for the fund for a period as may be required by the laws of that party state for a presentation to the party state's legislature.
(b) Each of the budgets must contain specific recommendations of the amount or amounts to be appropriated by each of the party states. The request for appropriations shall be apportioned among
the party states as follows:
(1) One-tenth (0.1) of the total budget in equal shares.
(2) The remainder in proportion to the value of agricultural and forest crops and products, excluding animals and animal products, produced in each party state.
In determining the value of the party states' crops and products, the fund may employ any source of information it believes presents the most equitable and accurate comparisons among the party states. Each of the budgets and requests for appropriations must indicate the source or sources used in obtaining information concerning value of products.
(c) The financial assets of the fund shall be maintained in two (2) accounts to be designated respectively as the "operating account" and the "claims account". The operating account consists only of those assets necessary for the administration of the fund during the ensuing two (2) year period. The claims account must contain all money not included in the operating account and may not exceed the amount reasonably estimated to be sufficient to pay all legitimate claims on the fund for three (3) years. If the claims account has reached its maximum limit or would reach its maximum limit by the addition of money requested for appropriation by the party states, the governing board shall reduce the budget requests on a pro rata basis in a manner that keeps the claims account within its maximum limit. Any money in the claims account by virtue of conditional donations, grants, or gifts shall be included in calculations made under this subsection only to the extent that the money is available to meet demands arising out of the claims.
(d) The fund shall not pledge the credit of any party state. The fund may meet any of its obligations in whole or in part with money available to it under section 4(g) of this chapter. However, the governing board takes specific action setting aside the money before incurring any obligation to be met in whole or in part. Except where the fund makes use of money available to it under section 4(g) of this chapter, the fund shall not incur any obligation before the allotment of money by the party states adequate to meet the obligation.
(e) The fund shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements. The receipts and disbursements of the fund are subject to the audit and accounting procedures established under its bylaws. However, all receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the fund shall be audited yearly by a certified or
licensed public accountant and report of the audit must be included
in and become part of the annual report of the fund.
(f) The accounts of the fund must be open at any reasonable time for inspection by authorized officers of the party states and by any persons authorized by the fund.
Sec. 10. (a) The compact becomes effective when enacted into law by any five (5) or more states. After the compact becomes effective, the compact becomes effective as to any other state upon the state's enactment of the compact.
(b) A party state may withdraw from the compact by enacting a statute repealing the law enacting the compact, but a withdrawal does not take effect until two (2) years after the executive head of the withdrawing state gives notice in writing of the withdrawal to the executive heads of all other party states. A withdrawal does not affect any liability incurred by or chargeable to a party state before the time of the withdrawal.
Sec. 11. This compact shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes of the compact. The provisions of the compact are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States or the applicability of the compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of the compact and its applicability to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is not affected thereby. If this compact is held contrary to the constitution of any party state, the compact remains in full force and effect as to the remaining party states and in full force and effect as to the party state affected as to all severable matters.
Sec. 12. Consistent with law and within available appropriations, the departments, agencies, and officers of Indiana may cooperate with the fund.
Sec. 13. (a) The commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's designee shall serve as compact administrator for Indiana. The duties of the compact administrator are considered a regular part of the duties of the commissioner of agriculture.
(b) Copies of bylaws and amendments to the compact adopted under section 4(h) of this chapter must be filed with the compact administrator.
Sec. 14. Within the meaning of sections 6(b) and 8(a) of this chapter, a request or application for assistance from the fund may be made by the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's designee whenever the commissioner or commissioner's designee
believes the conditions qualifying Indiana for assistance exist and
it would be in the best interest of Indiana to make a request.
Sec. 15. The compact administrator is designated to receive notices under section 6(d) of this chapter.
Sec. 16. The department, agency, or officer expending or becoming liable for an expenditure on account of a control or eradication program undertaken or intensified under the compact shall have credited to the department's, agency's, or officer's account, in the state treasury, the amount or amounts of any payments made to Indiana to defray the cost of the program or any part of the program, or as reimbursement from the program.
Sec. 17. When the compact refers to the executive head, with reference to Indiana, the executive head is the governor.
SECTION 20. IC 14-37-13-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 3. The commission may assess against a person who violates:
(1) this article or IC 13-8 (before its repeal); or
(2) a rule adopted under this article (or IC 13-8 before its repeal);
a civil penalty of not more than
ten twenty thousand dollars ($10,000)
($20,000) for each day the violation occurs. The penalty may be
recovered and the violator may be enjoined from continuing the
violation in a civil action.
SECTION 21. IC 14-37-13-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 6. (a) Except as provided in
subsection subsections (b) and (c), a person who
knowingly violates this article commits a Class B misdemeanor. Each
day a violation occurs is a separate offense.
(b) A person who knowingly violates this article with respect to the operation of a Class II well commits a Class D felony. Each day a violation occurs is a separate offense.
(c) A person who knowingly falsifies any written certification or verification required under this article commits a Class D felony. Each falsified certification or verification is a separate offense.
SECTION 22. An emergency is declared for this act.