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H.B. 415





Chief Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Public-Private Partnership for Education Excellence Act by
             10      enabling the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind to establish a non-profit foundation.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    authorizes the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind to establish a non-profit
             14      foundation; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          53A-4-205, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 310
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 53A-4-205 is amended to read:
             26           53A-4-205. Establishment of public education foundations -- Powers and duties --
             27      Tax exempt status.

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

             59          (3) A local school board that establishes a foundation under Subsection (1) shall:
             60          (a) require the foundation to:
             61          (i) use the school district's accounting system; or
             62          (ii) follow written accounting policies established by the board;
             63          (b) review and approve the foundation's accounting, purchasing, and check issuance
             64      policies to ensure that there is an adequate separation of responsibilities; and
             65          (c) approve procedures to verify that issued foundation payments have been properly
             66      approved.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-11-11 2:55 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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