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S.B. 151





Sponsor: Thomas V. Hatch

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill modifies the State System of Public Education by amending provisions related
             9      to driver education funding.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    repeals a provision that allows a school district to exclude certain costs in
             13      determining the cost of driver education for funding purposes; and
             14          .    makes technical changes.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          53A-13-202, as last amended by Chapter 23, Laws of Utah 2003
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 53A-13-202 is amended to read:
             25           53A-13-202. Driver education funding -- Reimbursement of school districts for
             26      driver education class expenses -- Limitations -- Excess funds -- Student fees.
             27          (1) (a) [Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a] A school district that provides

             28      driver education shall fund the program solely through:
             29          (i) funds provided from the Automobile Driver Education Tax Account in the Uniform
             30      School Fund as created under Section 41-1a-1205 ; and
             31          (ii) student fees collected by each school.
             32          [(b) In determining the cost of driver education, a school district may exclude:]
             33          [(i) the full-time equivalent cost of a teacher for a driver education class taught during
             34      regular school hours; and]
             35          [(ii) classroom space and classroom maintenance.]
             36          [(c)] (b) A school district may not use any additional school funds [beyond those
             37      allowed under Subsection (1)(b)] to subsidize driver education.
             38          (2) (a) The state superintendent of public instruction shall, prior to September 2nd
             39      following the school year during which it was expended, or may at earlier intervals during that
             40      school year, reimburse each school district that applied for reimbursement in accordance with
             41      this section.
             42          (b) A school district that maintains driver education classes that conform to this part
             43      and the rules prescribed by the board may apply for reimbursement for the actual cost of
             44      providing the behind-the-wheel and observation training incidental to those classes.
             45          (3) Under the state board's supervision for driver education, a school district may:
             46          (a) employ personnel who are not licensed by the board under Section 53A-6-104; or
             47          (b) contract with private parties or agencies licensed under Section 53-3-504 for the
             48      behind-the-wheel phase of the driver education program.
             49          (4) The reimbursement amount shall be paid out of the Automobile Driver Education
             50      Tax Account in the Uniform School Fund and may not exceed:
             51          (a) $100 per student who has completed driver education during the school year;
             52          (b) $30 per student who has only completed the classroom portion in the school or
             53      through the electronic high school during the school year; or
             54          (c) $70 per student who has only completed the behind-the-wheel and observation
             55      portion in the school during the school year.
             56          (5) If the amount of money in the account at the end of a school year is less than the
             57      total of the reimbursable costs, the state superintendent of public instruction shall allocate the
             58      money to each school district in the same proportion that its reimbursable costs bear to the total

             59      reimbursable costs of all school districts.
             60          (6) If the amount of money in the account at the end of any school year is more than the
             61      total of the reimbursement costs provided under Subsection (4), the superintendent may
             62      allocate the excess funds to school districts:
             63          (a) to reimburse each school district that applies for reimbursement of the cost of a fee
             64      waived under Section 53A-12-103 for driver education; and
             65          (b) to aid in the procurement of equipment and facilities which reduce the cost of
             66      behind-the-wheel instruction.
             67          (7) A local school board shall establish the student fee for driver education for the
             68      school district. Student fees shall be reasonably associated with the costs of driver education
             69      that are not otherwise covered by reimbursements and allocations made under this section.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-27-05 8:56 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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