HB 2537 requires every new statutory state spending program to include an expiration date that is no more than 10 years from the effective date of the spending program. New statutory state spending program means a program that: After Jan. 1, 2017, establishes a new state expenditure program, establishes a new state agency department, expands a state entitlement program, or establishes a new or expanded distribution of state revenues to political subdivisions of the state or other entities; and is projected to result in increased state expenditures in excess of one million dollars in state funds in the program’s first full fiscal biennium of implementation, and is not self-supported by fees.
Additionally, the bill requires that a new statutory state spending program include a state spending performance statement. The statement must contain clear, relevant, and ascertainable metrics and data requirements that allow the joint legislative audit and review committee (JLARC) and the legislature to measure the effectiveness of the new program. The responsibility of JLARC is spelled out in the bill and identifies that if the new state spending program does not achieve the metrics specified in the performance statement JLARC shall recommend termination of the program.