Representative Melissa G. Ballard proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Melissa G. Ballard

Senate Sponsor: ____________


8     General Description:
9          This bill requires the State Board of Education to establish a working group to study
10     and make recommendations related to unsafe or hazardous routes for students who walk
11     to school.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     requires the State Board of Education to establish a working group to study and
15     make recommendations related to unsafe or hazardous routes for students who walk
16     to school;
17          ▸     provides requirements related to membership and study components of the working
18     group;
19          ▸     requires the State Board of Education and the Department of Transportation to
20     report to the Legislature; and
21          ▸     makes technical changes.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None

26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:
28          53F-2-403, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2

30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 53F-2-403 is amended to read:
32          53F-2-403. Eligibility for state-supported transportation -- Approved bus routes
33     -- Study and recommendations for unsafe or hazardous routes.
34          (1) A student eligible for state-supported transportation means:
35          (a) a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade [six] 6 who lives at least 1-1/2
36     miles from school;
37          (b) a student enrolled in grades [seven] 7 through 12 who lives at least two miles from
38     school; and
39          (c) a student enrolled in a special program offered by a school district and approved by
40     the State Board of Education for trainable, motor, multiple-disability, or other students with
41     severe disabilities who are incapable of walking to school or where it is unsafe for students to
42     walk because of their disabling condition, without reference to distance from school.
43          (2) If a school district implements double sessions as an alternative to new building
44     construction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, those affected elementary
45     school students residing less than 1-1/2 miles from school may be transported one way to or
46     from school because of safety factors relating to darkness or other hazardous conditions as
47     determined by the local school board.
48          (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall distribute transportation money to school
49     districts based on:
50          (i) an allowance per mile for approved bus routes;
51          (ii) an allowance per hour for approved bus routes; and
52          (iii) a minimum allocation for each school district eligible for transportation funding.
53          (b) The State Board of Education shall distribute appropriated transportation funds
54     based on the prior year's eligible transportation costs as legally reported under Subsection
55     53F-2-402(3).
56          (c) The State Board of Education shall annually review the allowance per mile and the

57     allowance per hour and adjust the allowances to reflect current economic conditions.
58          (4) (a) Approved bus routes for funding purposes shall be determined on fall data
59     collected by October 1.
60          (b) Approved route funding shall be determined on the basis of the most efficient and
61     economic routes.
62          (5) A [Transportation Advisory Committee] transportation advisory committee with
63     representation from school district superintendents, business officials, school district
64     transportation supervisors, and State Board of Education employees shall serve as a review
65     committee for addressing school transportation needs, including recommended approved bus
66     routes.
67          (6) A local school board may provide for the transportation of students regardless of the
68     distance from school, from general funds of the school district.
69          (7) (a) (i) If a local school board expends an amount of revenue equal to at least .0002
70     per dollar of taxable value of the school district's board local levy imposed under Section
71     53F-8-302 to pay for transporting students and for the replacement of school buses, the state
72     may contribute an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile, contingent
73     upon the Legislature appropriating funds for a state contribution.
74          (ii) The State Board of Education's employees shall distribute the state contribution
75     according to rules enacted by the State Board of Education.
76          (b) (i) The amount of state guarantee money that a school district would otherwise be
77     entitled to receive under Subsection (7)(a) may not be reduced for the sole reason that the
78     school district's levy is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under
79     Section 59-2-924 due to changes in property valuation.
80          (ii) Subsection (7)(b)(i) applies for a period of two years following the change in the
81     certified tax rate.
82          (8) (a) The state board shall establish a working group to study and make
83     recommendations related to improving unsafe or hazardous routes for students who walk to
84     school.
85          (b) The working group shall include representatives of:
86          (i) the state board;
87          (ii) school district superintendents;

88          (iii) school district business administrators;
89          (iv) the transportation advisory committee described in Subsection (5); and
90          (v) the Department of Transportation.
91          (c) (i) The working group shall study, based on information provided by each school
92     district:
93          (A) the number of unsafe or hazardous routes for students to walk to school;
94          (B) information that supports a determination that a route is unsafe or hazardous; and
95          (C) plans that a school district develops under Subsection (8)(c)(ii).
96          (ii) A school district shall develop a plan to address unsafe or hazardous routes within
97     the school district that includes:
98          (A) how the Department of Transportation, a city, or a county will provide resources to
99     help address the unsafe or hazardous routes; and
100          (B) the estimated time and cost to address each unsafe or hazardous route.
101          (iii) The working group shall study the components described in Subsection (8)(c)(i)
102     based on measuring a distance described in Subsection (1) or (2):
103          (A) in the way in which the distance is currently measured; and
104          (B) from where a student lives to the main entrance of the school.
105          (d) (i) The state board shall report to the Education Interim Committee the
106     recommendations described in Subsection (8)(a) on or before the committee's November
107     interim meeting.
108          (ii) The report shall include recommendations related to the differences in measuring
109     distance described in Subsection (8)(c)(iii).
110          (iii) The Department of Transportation shall report to the Education Interim
111     Committee, in coordination with the state board's report, on how the Department of
112     Transportation will help address unsafe or hazardous routes for students who walk to school.