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SF 627

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 10:07am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying the safe schools revenue program; appropriating
money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 126C.44.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 126C.44, is amended to read:


126C.44 SAFE SCHOOLS deleted text beginLEVYdeleted text endnew text begin REVENUEnew text end.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Safe schools revenue. new text end

deleted text begin(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
deleted text endnew text begin For fiscal year 2022 and later, safe schools revenue for a school district equals $37 timesnew text end
the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year. new text beginFor fiscal year 2022 and later, safe
schools revenue for a school district that is a member of a cooperative equals $16 times the
district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Safe schools levy. new text end

new text begin (a) For fiscal year 2022, a district's safe schools levy equals
$36 times the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year. For fiscal year 2023 and
later, a district's safe schools levy equals $37 times the district's adjusted pupil units for the
school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) To obtain safe schools revenue for fiscal year 2023 and later, a district may levy an
amount not more than the product of its safe schools revenue for the fiscal year times the
lesser of one or the ratio of its adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit to the safe
schools equalizing factor. The safe schools equalizing factor equals 60 percent of the state
average net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit for all school districts.
new text end

new text begin (c) A school district that is a member of a cooperative unit may include in its levy
authority under this section the costs associated with safe schools activities authorized under
subdivision 7, or cooperative unit programs. For fiscal year 2022, for a district that is a
member of an intermediate district, this authority must not exceed $15 times the adjusted
pupil units of the member districts. For fiscal year 2023 and later, for a district that is a
member of a cooperative unit, this authority must not exceed $16 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 cooperative
unit. For purposes of this paragraph, "cooperative unit" includes entities defined under
section 123A.24, subdivision 2, and other joint powers districts.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Safe schools aid. new text end

new text begin A district's safe schools aid equals its safe schools revenue
minus its safe schools levy times the ratio of the actual amount levied to the permitted levy.
A school district that is a member of a cooperative unit's aid equals its safe schools revenue
minus its safe schools levy times the ratio of the actual amount levied to the permitted levy,
except that for fiscal year 2022 only, the safe schools revenue for a school district that is a
member of a cooperative unit, other than an intermediate school district, must be all aid.
State aid under this subdivision for a cooperative unit must be transferred to the cooperative
unit.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Safe schools aid for charter schools. new text end

new text begin (a) For fiscal year 2022 and later, safe
schools aid for a charter school equals $37 times the adjusted pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Safe schools aid must be reserved and used only for costs associated with safe schools
activities authorized under subdivision 7.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Safe schools aid for nonpublic schools. new text end

new text begin (a) For fiscal year 2022 and later, safe
schools aid for a nonpublic school equals $37 times enrollment for the school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Safe schools aid must be reserved and used only for costs associated with safe schools
activities authorized under subdivision 7. For purposes of this subdivision, "nonpublic
school" includes entities defined under section 123B.41, subdivision 9.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Safe schools aid for American Indian tribal contract or grant schools. new text end

new text begin (a)
For fiscal year 2022 and later, safe schools aid for an American Indian tribal contract or
grant school equals $37 times enrollment for the school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Safe schools aid must be reserved and used only for costs associated with safe schools
activities authorized under subdivision 7. For purposes of this subdivision, "American Indian
tribal contract or grant school" includes entities defined under section 124D.73, subdivision
4.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Uses of safe schools revenue. new text end

deleted text beginThe proceeds of the levydeleted text endnew text begin (a) For fiscal year 2021
and later, safe schools revenue
new text end 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;

(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 for school-linked mental health services delivered
by telemedicine; or
new text end

new text begin (10) to pay for the costs of enhancing cybersecurity in the district's information systemnew 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
boundaries.

deleted text begin (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.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Safe schools revenue. new text end

new text begin For safe schools revenue under Minnesota Statutes,
section 126C.44, subdivision 1:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2022
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2023
new text end

new text begin The fiscal year 2022 appropriation includes $0 for 2021 and $....... for 2022. The fiscal
year 2023 appropriation includes $....... for 2022 and $....... for 2023.
new text end