Rainy Day Funding (HB 1565)


The Legislature appropriated $148.6 million from the Rainy Day Fund for FY'00. HB 1565 makes the following appropriations:

  • Department of Transportation received $92,550,000 for the State Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund. This continues the $1 billion road program initiated by the Legislature in 1997.

  • $4 million was provided for state emergencies and expenses to provide relief to victims of the May 3 tornadoes.

  • The State Department of Vocational and Technical Education received $4.1 million to provide rapid response disaster training programs.

  • Higher Education received $23.5 million for the general operating budgets of higher education institutions.

  • The State Board of Education received $17.5 million to support public schools.

  • The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission received $5,665,410 to match and continue the Welfare to Work program.

  • The State Department of Agriculture received $571,000 to repay the United States Forest Service for emergency fire suppression efforts during the 1998 drought in southeast Oklahoma.

  • The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services received $1.4 million to build the community mental health infrastructure to prepare for the downsizing of Eastern State Hospital.

  • The Board of Medicolegal Investigations received $500,000 for repairing and renovating their Tulsa office.

  • The Oklahoma Historical Society received $285,000 for the operation of the Oklahoma Capitol Complex and Centennial Commemoration Commission.

  • The Department of Public Safety received $500,000 to fund regional headquarters construction and repair.

  • The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department received $150,000 for Foss Lake State Park.

  • $1 million was provided to the Charter Schools Incentive Fund to help support charter school applicants and charter schools.

HB 1565 also reappropriated and redesignated $3.5 million of rainy day funds appropriated for the FY'99 year for the following purposes:

  • $500,000 to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for Weather Modification.

  • $2 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for the Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Loan Account.

  • $500,000 to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission for the Cost-Share Program.

  • $500,000 to the Water Resources Board for the Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP).

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