(1) The Nebraska Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Cash Fund is created. The fund shall consist of money received from assessments pursuant to this section which shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the fund. Transfers may be made from the fund to the General Fund at the direction of the Legislature through June 30, 2010. The Nebraska Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Cash Fund shall be used for purposes of administering the Nebraska Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1969. The fund shall be administered by the State Fire Marshal. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.
(2) To defray the cost of administering the Nebraska Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1969, the State Fire Marshal shall on March 1 of each year make an assessment against persons having pipeline facilities in this state subject to the act, which assessment shall be paid within thirty days thereafter.
(3) The assessment against each such person shall be based on the number of meters such person has in service for the retail sale of gas in this state at the end of the calendar year next preceding such assessment. The amount of such assessment shall be set by the State Fire Marshal in an amount not to exceed twenty cents multiplied by the number of such meters for each such person.
(4) It shall be the duty of the State Fire Marshal to make timely application each year to the United States Government for the maximum funds to which this state may be entitled from the United States Government for the administration of the act.