Sec. G-1. Working capital advance. The State Controller is authorized to immediately advance $108,000 from the General Fund unappropriated surplus to the Maine National Guard Education Assistance Pilot Program, Other Special Revenue Funds account within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to provide cash necessary for current expenditures of the tuition assistance program. These funds may be allotted by financial order upon recommendation of the State Budget Officer and approval by the Governor. These funds must be returned to the General Fund unappropriated surplus on or before June 30, 2006. The State Controller shall report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs within 30 days of making any working capital advance for this purpose.
Sec. G-2. Transfer of buildings and property located at the former Loring Air Force Base. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is authorized to acquire up to 10 buildings, appurtenant real estate and other interests in real property at the Loring Air Force Base in Limestone from the Loring Development Authority on such terms and conditions considered to be in the best interest of the State of Maine by the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services. The land, rights and buildings so acquired must be sufficient to support the current and future operations of the Maine Military Authority and other tenants of the property.
Oversight and management of the facilities must be delegated to the Bureau of General Services, which has authority to negotiate and enter into leases that are most conducive to operations of the Maine Military Authority and other tenants considered suitable by the Bureau of General Services. Current leases and contracts relating to the facilities or services rendered at the facilities must be assigned to the Bureau of General Services.
The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services shall report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs by January 30, 2006 on the terms of transfer and the terms and conditions of the Bureau of General Services' oversight and management of the facility.
Sec. G-3. Unexpended funds. The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management is authorized to expend $337,949 of unencumbered funds in the state matching Disaster Assistance - MEMA account from closeouts of previous federally funded disaster relief and to make those funds available to be used as state matching funds to eligible municipalities as required under the federal-state agreement to administer relief for the current disaster identified as "FEMA-1508-DR." These funds may be allotted by financial order upon recommendation of the State Budget Officer and approval by the Governor.
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