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HF 2958

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/19/2018 01:27pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 03/19/2018

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; increasing districts' safe schools levy authority;
authorizing school districts to use safe schools levy proceeds to enhance
cybersecurity; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.44.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, 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 deleted text begin$36deleted text endnew text begin $ text end multiplied by the district's adjusted pupil
units for the school year. 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

(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;

(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 problems;

(7) to pay for facility security enhancements including laminated glass, public
announcement systems, emergency communications devices, and equipment and facility
modifications related to violence prevention and facility security;

(8) to pay for costs associated with improving the school climate; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(9) to pay costs for colocating and collaborating with mental health professionals who
are not district employees or contractorsnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (10) to pay the costs of enhancing cybersecurity in the district's information systemsnew text end.

(b) For expenditures under paragraph (a), clause (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

(c) 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
deleted text begin $15deleted text endnew text begin $ text end times the adjusted 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 levies payable in 2019 and later.
new text end