7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill provides grants to replace school buses and to create infrastructure for
10 alternative fuel vehicles.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . allows the State Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter
14 school to:
15 . replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a new school bus that uses
16 CNG, propane, or clean diesel fuel;
17 . install an alternative fuel fueling station for a school bus that uses alternative
18 fuel and that may be accessed by a governmental entity or the public to fuel an
19 alternative fuel vehicle; or
20 . retrofit a bus shop to service and maintain a school bus that uses alternative
22 . requires the State Board of Education to make rules related to the awarding of a
23 grant, including rules that:
24 . specify criteria for selecting a grant recipient; and
25 . require a grant recipient to provide funding matches in an amount that is greater
26 than or equal to the amount of a grant received; and
27 . requires the State Board of Education to:
28 . facilitate training for bus shop technicians and bus drivers on the operation and
29 maintenance of a school bus that uses alternative fuel; and
30 . make a report to the Legislature.
31 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
32 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2015:
33 . to the State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative
34 Programs as a one-time appropriation:
35 . from the Education Fund, One-time, $20,000,000.
36 Other Special Clauses:
37 This bill provides an effective date.
38 Utah Code Sections Affected:
40 53A-17a-127.5 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 53A-17a-127.5 is enacted to read:
44 53A-17a-127.5. Grants for school buses and alternative fuel infrastructure.
45 (1) As used in this section:
46 (a) "Alternative fuel" means CNG or propane.
47 (b) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
48 (c) "Clean diesel fuel" means diesel fuel with a sulfur content of no more than 15 parts
49 per million (ppm).
50 (d) "CNG" means compressed natural gas.
51 (2) The board may award a grant to a school district or charter school to:
52 (a) replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a new school bus that uses
53 CNG, propane, or clean diesel fuel;
54 (b) install an alternative fuel fueling station:
55 (i) for a school bus that uses alternative fuel; and
56 (ii) that may be accessed by a governmental entity or the public to fuel an alternative
57 fuel vehicle; or
58 (c) retrofit a bus shop to service and maintain a school bus that uses alternative fuel.
59 (3) The board shall make rules:
60 (a) establishing procedures for applying for and awarding a grant;
61 (b) specifying criteria for selecting a grant recipient;
62 (c) requiring reporting of grant money expenditures and evidence that a new school bus
63 purchased with grant money has replaced a school bus manufactured before 2002; and
64 (d) requiring a grant recipient to provide matching funds in an amount that is greater
65 than or equal to the amount of a grant received under this section.
66 (4) The board shall appoint a committee that includes representatives of school
67 districts, charter schools, and the board to review grant applications and make
68 recommendations to the board for the award of grants that meet the requirements of this section
69 and rules adopted under Subsection (3).
70 (5) Through the state superintendent of public instruction, the board shall facilitate
71 training for bus shop technicians and bus drivers on the operation and maintenance of a school
72 bus that uses alternative fuel.
73 (6) On or before November 1, 2014, the board shall submit a report to the Public
74 Education Appropriations Subcommittee that:
75 (a) describes the grants awarded under this section; and
76 (b) includes recommendations regarding continuation of the grant program.
77 Section 2. Appropriation.
78 Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
79 the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, the following sums of money
80 are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
81 previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
82 addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2015.
83 To State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative Programs
84 From Education Fund, One-time
85 Schedule of Programs:
86 Contracts and Grants $20,000,000
87 The Legislature intends that of the $20,000,000 appropriated for the Contracts and
88 Grants Program, the State Board of Education may expend:
89 (1) up to $13,000,000 for grants for new school buses pursuant to Section
90 53A-17a-127.5 ; and
91 (2) up to $7,000,000 for grants for alternative fuel fueling stations and bus shop
92 retrofits pursuant to Section 53A-17a-127.5 .
93 Section 3. Effective date.
94 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 13, 2014.
95 (2) Section 2, Appropriations, takes effect on July 1, 2014.
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as of 12-23-13 1:32 PM