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HF 4387

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/16/2018 04:47pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; creating a grant program for school resource officer
training; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.44.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.44, is amended to read:


126C.44 SAFE SCHOOLS LEVY REVENUE.

Subdivision 1.

Safe schools revenue.

(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 $36 times the
district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.

(b) 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 subdivision 2 for intermediate school district programs. This authority must not exceed
$15 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.

Subd. 2.

Revenue uses.

(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 $36 multiplied by the district's
adjusted pupil units for the school year. The proceeds of the levy
A school district's safe
schools revenue
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 school
resource officers and other
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;

(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; or

(9) to pay costs for colocating and collaborating with mental health professionals who
are not district employees or contractors.

Subd. 3.

School resource officers.

(a) For purposes of this section, "school resource
officer" means a peace officer licensed according to section 626.84 and having received
school resource officer training within the past five years. The commissioner of education
and the director of the Minnesota School Safety Center may develop school resource officer
training guidelines and provide a list of approved school resource officer training programs.

(b) For expenditures under paragraph (a), subdivision 2, 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 boundaries.

(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
$15 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.

Sec. 2. SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TRAINING GRANTS; APPROPRIATION.

Subdivision 1.

Appropriation; school resource officer training grants.

(a) $....... in
fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of education to
reimburse school districts and charter schools for up to one-half of the costs of school
resource officer training, but not to exceed $....... per officer. A district or charter school
must apply reimbursement in the form and manner specified by the commissioner of
education. The commissioner must prorate grant amounts if the appropriation is insufficient
to fully fund the state's share of the training.

(b) The annual budget base for this program for fiscal year 2020 and later is $.......

Subd. 2.

Matching funds.

A school district or charter school and the local law
enforcement agency must enter into an agreement to pay for the remaining training costs
for school resource officer training. The school district or charter school and the local law
enforcement agency may seek private funds to pay for the local share of the school resource
officer training costs.

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