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H.B. 290





Chief Sponsor: Carl Wimmer

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the distance between a residence and a public school that qualifies a
             10      student for state-sponsored transportation.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    for an elementary school student, decreases the milage between a residence and a
             14      public school in order for the student to qualify for state-sponsored transportation;
             15          .    directs a school district to use state-sponsored transportation money to fully fund
             16      transportation for elementary students first, and use any remaining money for junior
             17      high and high school student transportation; and
             18          .    makes technical amendments.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-17a-127, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 305
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 53A-17a-127 is amended to read:
             29           53A-17a-127. Eligibility for state-supported transportation -- Approved bus
             30      routes -- Additional local tax.
             31          (1) A student eligible for state-supported transportation means:
             32          (a) a student enrolled in [kindergarten through grade six] an elementary school who
             33      lives at least [1-1/2 miles] one mile from school;
             34          (b) a student enrolled in [grades seven through 12] a middle or junior high school who
             35      lives at least two miles from school; [and]
             36          (c) a student enrolled in a high school who lives at least two miles from school; and
             37          [(c)] (d) a student enrolled in a special program offered by a school district and
             38      approved by the State Board of Education for trainable, motor, multiple-disabled, or other
             39      students with severe disabilities who are incapable of walking to school or where it is unsafe
             40      for students to walk because of their disabling condition, without reference to distance from
             41      school.
             42          (2) If a school district implements double sessions as an alternative to new building
             43      construction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, those affected elementary
             44      school students residing less than [1-1/2 miles] one mile from school may be transported one
             45      way to or from school because of safety factors relating to darkness or other hazardous
             46      conditions as determined by the local school board.
             47          (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall distribute transportation money to school
             48      districts based on:
             49          (i) an allowance per mile for approved bus routes;
             50          (ii) an allowance per hour for approved bus routes; and
             51          (iii) a minimum allocation for each school district eligible for transportation funding.
             52          (b) The State Board of Education shall distribute appropriated transportation funds
             53      based on the prior year's eligible transportation costs as legally reported under Subsection
             54      53A-17a-126 (3).
             55          (c) The State Board of Education shall annually review the allowance per mile and the
             56      allowance per hour and adjust the allowances to reflect current economic conditions.
             57          (4) (a) Approved bus routes for funding purposes shall be determined on fall data
             58      collected by October 1.

             59          (b) Approved route funding shall be determined on the basis of the most efficient and
             60      economic routes.
             61          (5) (a) A school district shall use the state transportation money described in
             62      Subsection (3) to fully fund the transportation of the school district's elementary students first.
             63          (b) A school district shall use any money remaining after the allocation required in
             64      Subsection (5)(a) to fund the transportation of the school district's junior high and high school
             65      students.
             66          [(5)] (6) A Transportation Advisory Committee with representation from local school
             67      superintendents, business officials, school district transportation supervisors, and the state
             68      superintendent's staff shall serve as a review committee for addressing school transportation
             69      needs, including recommended approved bus routes.
             70          [(6)] (7) (a) A local school board may provide for the transportation of students
             71      regardless of the distance from school, from:
             72          (i) general funds of the district; and
             73          (ii) a tax rate not to exceed .0003 per dollar of taxable value imposed on the district.
             74          (b) A local school board may use revenue from the tax described in Subsection [(6)]
             75      (7)(a)(ii) to pay for transporting students and for the replacement of school buses.
             76          (c) (i) If a local school board levies a tax under Subsection [(6)] (7)(a)(ii) of at least
             77      .0002, the state may contribute an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile,
             78      contingent upon the Legislature appropriating funds for a state contribution.
             79          (ii) The state superintendent's staff shall distribute the state contribution according to
             80      rules enacted by the State Board of Education.
             81          (d) (i) The amount of state guarantee money which a school district would otherwise be
             82      entitled to receive under Subsection [(6)] (7)(c) may not be reduced for the sole reason that the
             83      district's levy is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under Section
             84      59-2-924 due to changes in property valuation.
             85          (ii) Subsection [(6)] (7)(d)(i) applies for a period of two years following the change in
             86      the certified tax rate.

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