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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to trust lands.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . provides that certain amounts deposited into the Interest and Dividends Account and
13 appropriated from that account shall be used to provide funding for specified
14 purposes related to trust lands;
15 . defines terms;
16 . establishes the School Children's Trust Section within the State Office of Education
17 to perform certain duties related to trust lands;
18 . modifies the process for determining the membership of the School and Institutional
19 Trust Lands Board of Trustees nominating committee;
20 . modifies the duties of the chief executive officer of the School and Institutional
21 Trust Lands Administration; and
22 . makes technical and conforming changes.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 53A-16-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 278
30 53A-16-101.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 293
31 53C-1-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 39
32 53C-1-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 247
33 53C-1-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 247
35 53A-16-101.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
37 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
38 Section 1. Section 53A-16-101 is amended to read:
39 53A-16-101. Uniform School Fund -- Contents -- Interest and Dividends Account.
40 (1) The Uniform School Fund, a special revenue fund within the Education Fund,
41 established by Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 5, consists of:
42 (a) interest and dividends derived from the investment of money in the permanent State
43 School Fund established by Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 5;
44 (b) money transferred to the fund pursuant to Title 67, Chapter 4a, Unclaimed Property
45 Act; and
46 (c) all other constitutional or legislative allocations to the fund, including revenues
47 received by donation.
48 (2) (a) There is created within the Uniform School Fund a restricted account known as
49 the Interest and Dividends Account.
50 (b) The Interest and Dividends Account consists of:
51 (i) interest and dividends derived from the investment of money in the permanent State
52 School Fund referred to in Subsection (1)(a); and
53 (ii) interest on account money.
54 (3) (a) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, money from the Interest and Dividends
55 Account shall be used for:
56 (i) the administration of the School LAND Trust Program as provided in Section
57 53A-16-101.5 [
58 (ii) the performance of duties described in Section 53A-16-101.6 .
59 (b) The Legislature may appropriate any remaining balance for the support of the
60 public education system.
61 Section 2. Section 53A-16-101.5 is amended to read:
62 53A-16-101.5. School LAND Trust Program -- Purpose -- Distribution of funds --
63 School plans for use of funds.
64 (1) There is established the School LAND (Learning And Nurturing Development)
65 Trust Program for the state's public schools to provide financial resources to enhance or
66 improve student academic achievement and implement a component of the school
67 improvement plan.
68 (2) (a) The program shall be funded each fiscal year:
69 (i) from the Interest and Dividends Account created in Section 53A-16-101 ; and
70 (ii) in the amount of the sum of the following:
71 (A) the interest and dividends from the investment of money in the permanent State
72 School Fund deposited to the Interest and Dividends Account in the immediately preceding
73 year; and
74 (B) interest accrued on money in the Interest and Dividends Account in the
75 immediately preceding fiscal year.
76 (b) On and after July 1, 2003, the program shall be funded as provided in Subsection
77 (2)(a) up to an amount equal to 2% of the funds provided for the Minimum School Program,
78 pursuant to Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act, each fiscal year.
79 (c) (i) The Legislature shall annually allocate, through an appropriation to the State
80 Board of Education, a portion of [
83 (A) the administration of the School LAND Trust Program; and
84 (B) the performance of duties described in Section 53A-16-101.6 .
85 (ii) Any unused balance remaining from an amount appropriated under Subsection
86 (2)(c)(i) shall be deposited in the Interest and Dividends Account for distribution to schools in
87 the School LAND Trust Program.
88 (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall allocate the money referred to in Subsection
89 (2) annually for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000, and for each fiscal year thereafter as
91 (i) school districts and the charter schools combined shall receive 10% of the funds on
92 an equal basis; and
93 (ii) the remaining 90% of the funds shall be distributed on a per student basis, with
94 each school district and charter school receiving its allocation based on the number of students
95 in the school district and charter school as compared to the state total.
96 (b) A school district shall distribute its allocation under Subsection (3)(a) to each school
97 within the district on an equal per student basis.
98 (c) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
99 State Board of Education may make rules regarding the time and manner in which the student
100 count shall be made for allocation of the money.
101 (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (7), in order to receive its allocation under
102 Subsection (3):
103 (i) a school shall have established a school community council in accordance with
104 Section 53A-1a-108 ; and
105 (ii) the school's principal shall provide a signed, written assurance in accordance with
106 rules of the State Board of Education that:
107 (A) the membership of the school community council is consistent with the
108 membership requirements specified in Section 53A-1a-108 ; and
109 (B) the members were elected or appointed consistent with selection requirements
110 specified in 53A-1a-108 .
111 (b) At the direction of the Legislative Audit Subcommittee, the legislative auditor
112 general shall:
113 (i) audit a sample of schools to determine compliance with requirements specified in
114 Section 53A-1a-108 for school community council membership and the election or
115 appointment of school community council members; and
116 (ii) submit an audit report to the Legislative Audit Subcommittee.
117 (c) The Legislative Audit Subcommittee shall forward the audit report to the Public
118 Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the State Board of Education.
119 (d) (i) The State Board of Education may recommend that all or a portion of a school's
120 allocation of School LAND Trust Program money under Subsection (3) be reduced or
121 eliminated for a fiscal year if the school has failed to comply with requirements specified in
122 Section 53A-1a-108 for school community council membership or the election or appointment
123 of school community council members.
124 (ii) The State Board of Education shall report to the Public Education Appropriations
125 Subcommittee on the board's action or decision regarding a school identified in an audit report
126 as being not in compliance with requirements specified in Section 53A-1a-108 for school
127 community council membership or the election or appointment of school community council
129 (5) (a) The school community council or its subcommittee shall create a program to use
130 its allocation under Subsection (3) to implement a component of the school's improvement
131 plan, including:
132 (i) the school's identified most critical academic needs;
133 (ii) a recommended course of action to meet the identified academic needs;
134 (iii) a specific listing of any programs, practices, materials, or equipment which the
135 school will need to implement a component of its school improvement plan to have a direct
136 impact on the instruction of students and result in measurable increased student performance;
138 (iv) how the school intends to spend its allocation of funds under this section to
139 enhance or improve academic excellence at the school.
140 (b) The school may develop a multiyear program, but the program shall be approved by
141 the school community council and the local school board of the district in which the school is
142 located annually and as a prerequisite to receiving program funds allocated under this section.
143 (c) (i) A school community council shall consider the approval of a plan for the use of
144 School LAND Trust Program money in a meeting of the school community council at which a
145 quorum is present.
146 (ii) If a majority of the quorum votes to approve a plan for the use of School LAND
147 Trust Program money, the plan is approved.
148 (d) A school community council shall:
149 (i) submit a plan for the use of School LAND Trust Program money that is approved in
150 accordance with Subsection (5)(c) to the local school board for the local school board's
151 approval; and
152 (ii) include with the plan a report noting the number of school community council
153 members who voted for or against the approval of the plan and the number of members who
154 were absent for the vote.
155 (e) (i) A local school board may approve or disapprove a plan for the use of School
156 LAND Trust Program money.
157 (ii) If a local school board disapproves a plan for the use of School LAND Trust
158 Program money, the local school board shall provide a written explanation of why the plan was
159 disapproved and request the school community council who submitted the plan to revise the
161 (iii) The school community council shall submit a revised plan to the local school
162 board for approval.
163 (6) (a) Each school shall:
164 (i) implement the program as approved by the school community council and approved
165 by the local school board;
166 (ii) provide ongoing support for the council's or its subcommittee's program; and
167 (iii) meet school board reporting requirements regarding financial and performance
168 accountability of the program.
169 (b) (i) Each school through its council or its subcommittee shall prepare and present an
170 annual report of the program to its local school board at the end of the school year.
171 (ii) The report shall detail the use of program funds received by the school under this
172 section and an assessment of the results obtained from the use of the funds.
173 (iii) A summary of the report shall be sent to households in accordance with the
174 provisions under Subsection 53A-1a-108 (7).
175 (7) (a) The governing board of a charter school shall prepare a plan for the use of
176 School LAND Trust Program money that includes the elements listed in Subsection (5).
177 (b) The plan shall be subject to approval by the entity that authorized the establishment
178 of the charter school.
179 (8) (a) A school community council and a governing board of a charter school may not
180 be required to:
181 (i) send a letter to legislators or other elected officials on the school's use of School
182 LAND Trust Program money as a condition of receiving the money; or
183 (ii) report to the State Board of Education or any local school board on whether any
184 letters were sent to legislators or other elected officials on the school's use of School LAND
185 Trust Program money.
186 (b) Subsection (8)(a)(i) does not apply to the annual report to the local school board
187 required by Subsection (6)(b).
188 Section 3. Section 53A-16-101.6 is enacted to read:
189 53A-16-101.6. Creation of School Children's Trust Section -- Duties.
190 (1) As used in this section:
191 (a) "School and institutional trust lands" is as defined in Section 53C-1-103 .
192 (b) "Section" means the School Children's Trust Section created in this section.
193 (c) "Trust" means:
194 (i) the School LAND Trust Program created in Section 53A-16-101.5 ; and
195 (ii) the lands and funds associated with the trusts described in Subsection
196 53C-1-103 (7).
197 (2) There is established a School Children's Trust Section within the State Office of
199 (3) (a) The section shall have a director.
200 (b) The director shall have professional qualifications and expertise in the areas
201 generating revenue to the trust, including:
202 (i) economics;
203 (ii) energy development;
204 (iii) finance;
205 (iv) public education;
206 (v) real estate;
207 (vi) renewable resources; and
208 (vii) trust law.
209 (c) The director shall be appointed as provided in this Subsection (3).
210 (d) The School and Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees nominating committee
211 shall submit to the State Board of Education the name of one person to serve as director.
212 (e) The State Board of Education may:
213 (i) appoint the person described in Subsection (3)(d) to serve as director; or
214 (ii) deny the appointment of the person described in Subsection (3)(d) to serve as
216 (f) If the State Board of Education denies an appointment under this Subsection (3):
217 (i) the State Board of Education shall provide in writing one or more reasons for the
218 denial to the School and Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees nominating committee;
220 (ii) the School and Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees nominating committee
221 and the State Board of Education shall follow the procedures and requirements of this
222 Subsection (3) until the State Board of Education appoints a director.
223 (4) The director shall report to the state superintendent or the state superintendent's
225 (5) The section shall have a staff.
226 (6) The section shall protect current and future beneficiary rights and interests in the
227 trust consistent with the state's perpetual obligations under:
228 (a) the Utah Enabling Act;
229 (b) the Utah Constitution;
230 (c) state statute; and
231 (d) standard trust principles described in Section 53C-1-102 .
232 (7) The section shall promote productive use of school and institutional trust lands.
233 (8) The section shall provide representation, advocacy, and input:
234 (a) on behalf of current and future beneficiaries of the trust, school community
235 councils, schools, and school districts;
236 (b) on federal, state, and local land decisions and policies that affect the trust; and
237 (c) to:
238 (i) the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration;
239 (ii) the School and Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees;
240 (iii) the Legislature;
241 (iv) the state treasurer;
242 (v) the attorney general;
243 (vi) the public; and
244 (vii) other entities as determined by the section.
245 (9) The section shall provide independent oversight on the prudent and profitable
246 management of the trust and report annually to the State Board of Education and the
248 (10) The section shall provide information requested by a person or entity described in
249 Subsections (8)(c)(i) through (v).
250 Section 4. Section 53C-1-103 is amended to read:
251 53C-1-103. Definitions.
252 As used in this title:
253 (1) "Administration" means the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
254 (2) "Board" or "board of trustees" means the School and Institutional Trust Lands
255 Board of Trustees.
256 (3) "Director" or "director of school and institutional trust lands" means the chief
257 executive officer of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
258 (4) "Mineral" includes oil, gas, and hydrocarbons.
259 (5) "Nominating committee" means the committee that nominates candidates for
260 positions and vacancies on the board.
261 (6) "Policies" means statements applying to the administration that broadly prescribe a
262 future course of action and guiding principles.
263 (7) "Primary beneficiary representative" means the State Board of Education acting as
264 representative on behalf of the following trusts:
265 (a) the trust established for common schools;
266 (b) the trust established for schools for the blind; and
267 (c) the trust established for schools for the deaf.
269 granted by the United States in the Utah Enabling Act to the state in trust, and other lands
270 transferred to the trust, which must be managed for the benefit of:
271 (a) the state's public education system; or
272 (b) the institutions of the state which are designated by the Utah Enabling Act as
273 beneficiaries of trust lands.
274 Section 5. Section 53C-1-203 is amended to read:
275 53C-1-203. Board of trustees nominating committee -- Composition --
276 Responsibilities -- Per diem and expenses.
277 (1) There is established an 11 member board of trustees nominating committee.
278 (2) (a) The State Board of Education shall appoint five members to the nominating
279 committee from different geographical areas of the state.
280 (b) The governor shall appoint five members to the nominating committee on or before
281 the December 1 of the year preceding the vacancy on the nominating committee as follows:
282 (i) one individual from a nomination list of at least two names of individuals
283 knowledgeable about institutional trust lands submitted on or before the October 1 of the year
284 preceding the vacancy on the nominating committee by the University of Utah and Utah State
285 University on an alternating basis every four years;
286 (ii) one individual from a nomination list of at least two names submitted by the
288 and the Utah Wool Growers' Association on or before the October 1 of the year preceding the
289 vacancy on the nominating committee;
290 (iii) one individual from a nomination list of at least two names submitted by the Utah
291 Petroleum Association on or before the October 1 of the year preceding the vacancy on the
292 nominating committee;
293 (iv) one individual from a nomination list of at least two names submitted by the Utah
294 Mining Association on or before the October 1 of the year preceding the vacancy on the
295 nominating committee; and
296 (v) one individual from a nomination list of at least two names submitted by the
297 executive director of the Department of Natural Resources after consultation with statewide
298 wildlife and conservation organizations on or before the October 1 of the year preceding the
299 vacancy on the nominating committee.
300 (c) The president of the Utah Association of Counties shall designate the chair of the
301 Public Lands Steering Committee, who must be an elected county commissioner or councilor,
302 to serve as the eleventh member of the nominating committee.
303 (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), each member shall serve a four-year
305 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the state board and the
306 governor shall, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to
307 ensure that the terms of committee members are staggered so that approximately half of the
308 committee is appointed every two years.
309 (c) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
310 appointed for the unexpired term.
311 (4) The nominating committee shall select a chair and vice chair from its membership
312 by majority vote.
313 (5) (a) The nominating committee shall nominate at least two candidates for each
314 position or vacancy which occurs on the board of trustees except for the governor's appointee
315 under Subsection 53C-1-202 (5).
316 (b) The nominations shall be by majority vote of the committee.
317 (6) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
318 may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
319 (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
320 (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
321 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
322 63A-3-107 .
323 Section 6. Section 53C-1-303 is amended to read:
324 53C-1-303. Responsibilities of director -- Budget review -- Legal counsel --
325 Contract for services.
326 (1) In carrying out the policies of the board of trustees and in establishing procedures
327 and rules the director shall:
328 (a) take an oath of office before assuming any duties as the director;
329 (b) adopt procedures and rules necessary for the proper administration of matters
330 entrusted to the director by state law and board policy;
331 (c) submit to the board for its review and concurrence on any rules necessary for the
332 proper management of matters entrusted to the administration;
333 (d) faithfully manage the administration under the policies established by the board;
334 (e) submit to the board for public inspection an annual management budget and
335 financial plan for operations of the administration and, after approval by the board, submit the
336 budget to the governor;
337 (f) direct and control the budget expenditures as finally authorized and appropriated;
338 (g) establish job descriptions and employ, within the limitation of the budget, staff
339 necessary to accomplish the purposes of the office subject to Section 53C-1-201 ;
340 (h) establish, in accordance with generally accepted principles of fund accounting, a
341 system to identify and account for the assets and vested interests of each beneficiary;
342 (i) notify the primary beneficiary representative's designee regarding the trusts listed in
343 Subsection 53C-1-103 (7) on major items that the director knows may be useful to the primary
344 beneficiary representative's designee in protecting beneficiary rights;
345 (j) permit the primary beneficiary representative's designee regarding a trust listed in
346 Subsection 53C-1-103 (7) reasonable access to inspect records, documents, and other trust
347 property pertaining to that trust, provided that the primary beneficiary representative's designee
348 shall maintain confidentiality if confidentiality is required of the director;
350 appropriate state agencies or the board to conduct periodic audits of trust activities;
352 for review of compliance with applicable law and fiduciary duties prior to execution and utilize
353 the services of the attorney general as provided in Section 53C-1-305 ;
355 about the work of the director and administration by reporting to the board in a public meeting
356 at least once during each calendar quarter; and
358 primary beneficiary representative's designee regarding a trust listed in Subsection
359 53C-1-103 (7) for responses to questions on policies and practices affecting the management of
360 the trust.
361 (2) The administration shall be the named party in substitution of the Division of State
362 Lands and Forestry or its predecessor agencies, with respect to all documents affecting trust
363 lands from the effective date of this act.
364 (3) The director may:
365 (a) with the consent of the state risk manager and the board, manage lands or interests
366 in lands held by any other public or private party pursuant to policies established by the board
367 and may make rules to implement these board policies;
368 (b) sue or be sued as the director of school and institutional trust lands;
369 (c) contract with other public agencies for personnel management services;
370 (d) contract with any public or private entity to make improvements to or upon trust
371 lands and to carry out any of the responsibilities of the office, so long as the contract requires
372 strict adherence to trust management principles, applicable law and regulation, and is subject to
373 immediate suspension or termination for cause; and
374 (e) with the approval of the board enter into joint ventures and other business
375 arrangements consistent with the purposes of the trust.
376 (4) Any application or bid required for the lease, permitting, or sale of lands in a
377 competitive process or any request for review pursuant to Section 53C-1-304 shall be
378 considered filed or made on the date received by the appropriate administrative office, whether
379 transmitted by United States mail or in any other manner.
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