(a) There is hereby established a separate fund in the State Treasury, the "Alabama Bureau of Investigation Cost of Evidence Fund." Distributions may be made from this fund by the State Comptroller only to the Alabama Department of Public Safety and only upon presentation to the Comptroller by the Director of the Department of Public Safety of proper documentation that the requested distribution from the fund is for the use of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for the procurement of evidence to aid in the criminal enforcement of the laws of this state.
(b) Any funds withdrawn from the fund which are not expended for the purposes authorized in subsection (a) or which are, after expenditure for such purposes, recovered by or reimbursed to the Department of Public Safety, shall be returned to the state Comptroller for deposit to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Cost of Evidence Fund.
(c) Beginning with the 1997-1998 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, whenever the unexpended balance in the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Cost of Evidence Fund falls below a balance of $90,000, the additional sum required to maintain a balance of $100,000 in the fund is hereby appropriated from the State General Fund to the fund provided, however, that the amount deposited to the fund from the State General Fund shall not exceed a cumulative total of $200,000 during any single fiscal year. Any funds deposited by the Comptroller to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Cost of Evidence Fund pursuant to subsection (b) shall not be counted for purposes of the $200,000 per fiscal year limit imposed by this subsection.
(d) The Department of Public Safety shall include with the department's annual budget request to the Governor and the Legislature a statement of total expenditures from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Cost of Evidence Fund for the most recent complete fiscal year.