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H.B. 112 Enrolled

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PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Sheryl L. Allen

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Senate Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions of the State System of Public Education relating to the
             11      financial accountability of school district foundations.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires school district foundations to report certain financial information to schools;
             15          .    prohibits a school district foundation from engaging in certain political activities;
             16          .    requires a local school board that establishes a foundation to require the foundation
             17      to follow certain accounting, purchasing, and check issuance policies; and
             18          .    makes technical corrections.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-4-205, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 225
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             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 53A-4-205 is amended to read:
             29           53A-4-205. Establishment of public education foundations -- Powers and duties --


             30      Tax exempt status.
             31          (1) State and local school boards may establish foundations to:
             32          (a) assist in the development and implementation of the programs authorized under this
             33      part to promote educational excellence; and
             34          (b) assist in the accomplishment of other education-related objectives.
             35          (2) A foundation established under Subsection (1):
             36          (a) may solicit and receive contributions from private enterprises for the purpose of this
             37      part;
             38          (b) shall comply with Title 51, Chapter 7, State Money Management Act, and rules
             39      made under the act;
             40          (c) has no power or authority to incur contractual obligations or liabilities that
             41      constitute a claim against public funds except as provided in this section;
             42          (d) may not exercise executive, administrative, or rulemaking authority over the
             43      programs referred to in this part, except to the extent specifically authorized by the responsible
             44      school board;
             45          (e) is exempt from all taxes levied by the state or any of its political subdivisions with
             46      respect to activities conducted under this part; [and]
             47          (f) may participate in the Risk Management Fund under Section 63A-4-204 [.];
             48          (g) shall provide a school with information detailing transactions and balances of funds
             49      managed for that school;
             50          (h) shall, for foundation accounts from which monies are distributed to schools, provide
             51      all the schools within a school district information that:
             52          (i) details account transactions; and
             53          (ii) shows available balances in the accounts; and
             54          (i) may not:
             55          (i) engage in lobbying activities;
             56          (ii) attempt to influence legislation; or
             57          (iii) participate in any campaign activity for or against:


             58          (A) a political candidate; or
             59          (B) an initiative, referendum, proposed constitutional amendment, bond, or any other
             60      ballot proposition submitted to the voters.
             61          (3) A local school board that establishes a foundation under Subsection (1) shall:
             62          (a) require the foundation to:
             63          (i) use the school district's accounting system; or
             64          (ii) follow written accounting policies established by the board;
             65          (b) review and approve the foundation's accounting, purchasing, and check issuance
             66      policies to ensure that there is an adequate separation of responsibilities; and
             67          (c) approve procedures to verify that issued foundation payments have been properly
             68      approved.


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