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HF 553

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/13/2013 02:11pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/13/2013

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; allowing school districts to use safe schools levy proceeds
for mental health services and facility modifications designed to enhance student
and staff safety; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 126C.44.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 126C.44, is amended to read:


(a) Each district may make a levy on all taxable property located within the district
for the purposes specified in this section. The maximum amount which may be levied
for all costs under this section shall be equal to $30 multiplied by the district's adjusted
marginal cost pupil units for the school year.

new text begin (b)new text end The proceeds of the levy must be reserved and used for directly funding the
following purposes or for reimbursing the cities and counties who contract with the district
for the following purposes: (1) to pay the costs incurred for the salaries, benefits, and
transportation costs of peace officers and sheriffs for liaison in services in the district's
schools; (2) to pay the costs for a drug abuse prevention program as defined in section
609.101, subdivision 3, paragraph (e), in the elementary schools; (3) to pay the costs for a
gang resistance education training curriculum in the district's schools; (4) to pay the costs
for security in the district's schools and on school property; (5) to pay the costs for other
crime prevention, drug abuse, student and staff safety, voluntary opt-in suicide prevention
tools, and violence prevention measures taken by the school district; deleted text beginordeleted text end (6) to pay costs
for licensed school counselors, licensed school nurses, licensed school social workers,
licensed school psychologists, and licensed alcohol and chemical dependency counselors
to help provide early responses to problemsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; (7) to pay the costs of mental health services,
including services provided by professionals who are not district employees; or (8)
to pay for building security enhancements, including equipment purchases and facility
new text end

new text begin (c)new text end For expenditures under new text beginparagraph (b), new text endclause (1), the district must initially
attempt to contract for services to be provided by peace officers or sheriffs with the
police department of each city or the sheriff's department of the county within the district
containing the school receiving the services. If a local police department or a county
sheriff's department does not wish to provide the necessary services, the district may
contract for these services with any other police or sheriff's department located entirely or
partially within the school district's boundaries.

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end A school district that is a member of an intermediate school district may
include in its authority under this section the costs associated with safe schools activities
authorized under paragraph (a) for intermediate school district programs. This authority
must not exceed $10 times the adjusted marginal cost pupil units of the member districts.
This authority is in addition to any other authority authorized under this section. Revenue
raised under this paragraph must be transferred to the intermediate school district.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxes payable in 2013 and later.
new text end