SB 0299 Requires performance-based budgeting and creates the Sunset Act
Sponsor:Champion Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:0682S.11T Fiscal Note:0682-11
Committee:Governmental Accountability & Fiscal Oversight
Last Action:06/26/03 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Title:CCS SCS SBs 299 & 40
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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CCS/HS/SCS/SBs 299 & 40 This act provides that the Budget Director must develop and implement a performance-based budgeting system that establishes goals and objectives, provides detailed measures of program and fund performance against attainment of planned outcomes, and provides for program evaluation. The Governor may consider outcome measures used for each program and fund as compared with the attainment of the established goals and objectives of the program and fund over the past three fiscal years in preparing budget recommendations to the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall consider such outcome measures and attainment of goals and objectives for each program and fund in approving appropriation levels for each program and fund.

The Governor's budget recommendations, which are annually submitted to the General Assembly, shall include all outcome measures and attainment of established goals and objectives of each program and fund for the past three fiscal years and the projected outcome measures for each program and fund for the current fiscal year and the next two fiscal years, the most recent reports done by the State Auditor's office, and any evaluations done by the Oversight Division of the Committee on Legislative Research.

The act requires a performance based budgeting review of each Department and agency at least once every five years, beginning after January 1, 2005. The chairpersons of the House Budget Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee and the Director of the Division of Budget and Planning shall review the outcome measures used for programs and funds within the department, division or agency being reviewed.

This act creates the Missouri Sunset Act. Each new program enacted into law will sunset after a period of not more than six years. A program may be re-authorized for a period of up to twelve years. The Committee on Legislative Research may recommend to the general assembly that existing programs also be sunset.

Two years before a program is scheduled to sunset, the agency responsible for administering the program is required to submit certain information regarding the public need for the program to continue in existence to the Committee. The Committee shall then hold public hearings and issue a report to the general assembly with recommendations on whether the program should continue, be reorganized, sunset or consolidated within state agencies not under review. Any recommendations that do not require statutory change shall be presented to the state auditor and used by the auditor in its next scheduled audit of the program to see how the agency has implemented the recommendations.

Programs that have been inactive for the two-year period prior to the scheduled sunset may be exempted from reporting, hearing and evaluation requirements. During each legislative session, Committee staff shall monitor legislation affecting programs that have undergone review and periodically report to the Committee any proposed legislative changes that would modify prior recommendations. Nothing in this act precludes the general assembly from terminating a program at an earlier date.

A program that is sunset shall continue in existence until September first of the following year. Any moneys remaining after sunset shall be transferred to general revenue. Property and records shall either go to the office of administration or a designated state agency. Bond indebtedness and other written obligations shall remain in effect until the terms are completed and paid in full.

The Committee may inspect the records of any state agency and shall have the full cooperation of state agencies and officials. Any state employee displaced by the sunset of a program shall be assisted by the state in relocating the displaced employee.

This act is similar to SCS/SB 544 (2003).