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Article - Economic Development




§5–1501.

    (a)    There is a Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses Account under the authority of the Department.

    (b)    (1)    (i)    The Account shall receive money as required under § 9–1A–27 of the State Government Article.

            (ii)    The Account shall receive money from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund as required under § 9–20B–05 of the State Government Article.

        (2)    Money in the Account shall be invested and reinvested by the Treasurer and interest and earnings shall accrue to the Account.

        (3)    The Comptroller shall:

            (i)    account for the Account; and

            (ii)    on a properly approved transmittal prepared by the Department, issue a warrant to pay out money from the Account in the manner provided under this section.

        (4)    The Account is a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to § 7–302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article.

        (5)    Expenditures from the Account shall only be made on a properly approved transmittal prepared by the Department as provided under subsection (c) of this section.

    (c)    (1)    In this subsection, “eligible fund manager”:

            (i)    means an entity that has significant financial or investment experience, under criteria developed by the Department; and

            (ii)    includes an entity that the Department designates to manage funds received under subsection (b)(1)(i) of this section.

        (2)    Subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) of this subsection, the Department shall make grants to eligible fund managers to provide investment capital and loans to small, minority, and women–owned businesses in the State.

        (3)    Except for money received from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, the Department shall ensure that eligible fund managers allocate at least 50% of the funds from this Account to small, minority, and women–owned businesses in the jurisdictions and communities surrounding a video lottery facility.

    (d)    (1)    Any money received from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund shall be used to benefit small, minority, women–owned, and veteran–owned businesses in the clean energy industry in the State.

        (2)    The Department shall make grants to eligible fund managers to provide investment capital, including direct equity investments and similar investments and loans to small, minority, women–owned, and veteran–owned businesses in the clean energy industry in the State.

    (e)    Fund managers receiving grants under this section shall:

        (1)    keep proper records of funds and accounts;

        (2)    provide an annual report to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2–1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly on investment capital and loans made pursuant to subsection (c) of this section; and

        (3)    be subject to audit by the Office of Legislative Audits of the Department of Legislative Services.

    (f)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, an eligible fund manager may use money from grants received under this section to pay expenses for administrative, actuarial, legal, and technical services.

        (2)    The Department shall set the maximum amount of grant money that each eligible fund manager may use under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

    (g)    (1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) through (4) of this subsection, an eligible fund manager may use money from a grant received under subsection (d)(1) of this section to pay ordinary and reasonable expenses for administrative, actuarial, legal, marketing, and technical services and management fees.

        (2)    The Department shall:

            (i)    maintain all money received from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund in a single account; and

            (ii)    make grant allocations to an eligible fund manager as the manager advises the Department that the manager has approved and prepared to fund an investment or a loan.

        (3)    Any allocation that the Department makes to an eligible fund manager from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund shall include:

            (i)    the amount of the investment or loan; and

            (ii)    up to an additional 3% of the total investment or loan commitment amount as a management fee for the benefit and compensation of the eligible fund manager.

        (4)    An eligible fund manager that receives an allocation from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund shall retain for the manager’s benefit:

            (i)    all management fees paid by the Department; and

            (ii)    all interest earned from a loan made by the eligible fund manager under this subsection.

    (h)    The Legislative Auditor shall audit the utilization of the funds that are allocated to small, minority, and women–owned businesses by eligible fund managers under subsection (c)(3) of this section during an audit of the applicable State unit as provided in § 2–1220 of the State Government Article.

    (i)    (1)    On or before October 1 each year, the Department shall submit a report on the status of money received from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund under subsection (d) of this section to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee, in accordance with § 2–1257 of the State Government Article.

        (2)    With respect to the preceding fiscal year and each relevant prior fiscal year, the report shall include:

            (i)    the amounts received from the Fund;

            (ii)    the amounts placed as grants with eligible fund managers; and

            (iii)    with respect to each eligible fund manager:

                1.    the identity of the manager;

                2.    the money provided to the manager;

                3.    the investments made by the manager;

                4.    the amounts retained by the manager as expenses and management fees;

                5.    the small, minority, women–owned, and veteran–owned businesses receiving the investments; and

                6.    the status of the investments listed under item 5 of this item, along with any return made on each investment.



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