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as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/10/2019 07:07pm

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A bill for an act
relating to school safety; increasing revenue for the safe schools program; requiring
a report; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections
123B.61; 126C.44.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.61, is amended to read:


123B.61 PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT.

new text begin (a) new text endThe board of a district may issue general obligation certificates of indebtedness or
capital notes subject to the district debt limits to:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end purchase vehicles, computers, telephone systems, cable equipment, photocopy
and office equipment, technological equipment for instruction, new text beginpublic announcement systems,
emergency communications devices, other equipment related to violence prevention and
facility security,
new text endand other capital equipment having an expected useful life at least as long
as the terms of the certificates or notes;

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin(2) new text endpurchase computer hardware and software, without regard to its expected useful
life, whether bundled with machinery or equipment or unbundled, together with application
development services and training related to the use of the computer; and

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin(3) new text endprepay special assessments.

new text begin (b)new text end The certificates or notes must be payable in not more than ten years and must be
issued on the terms and in the manner determined by the board, except that certificates or
notes issued to prepay special assessments must be payable in not more than 20 years. The
certificates or notes may be issued by resolution and without the requirement for an election.
The certificates or notes are general obligation bonds for purposes of section 126C.55.

new text begin (c) new text endA tax levy must be made for the payment of the principal and interest on the
certificates or notes, in accordance with section 475.61, as in the case of bonds. The sum
of the tax levies under this section and section 123B.62 for each year must not exceed the
lesser new text beginof the sum new text endof the amount of the district's total operating capital revenue new text beginand safe
schools revenue
new text endor the sum of the district's levy in the general and community service funds
excluding the adjustments under this section for the year preceding the year the initial debt
service levies are certified.

new text begin (d)new text end The district's general fund levy for each year must be reduced by the sum ofnew text begin:
new text end

(1) the amount of the tax levies for debt service certified for each year for payment of
the principal and interest on the certificates or notes issued under this section as required
by section 475.61deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

(2) the amount of the tax levies for debt service certified for each year for payment of
the principal and interest on bonds issued under section 123B.62deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end and

(3) any excess amount in the debt redemption fund used to retire bonds, certificates, or
notes issued under this section or section 123B.62 after April 1, 1997, other than amounts
used to pay capitalized interest.

new text begin (e) new text endIf the district's general fund levy is less than the amount of the reduction, the balance
shall be deducted first from the district's community service fund levy, and next from the
district's general fund or community service fund levies for the following year.

new text begin (f)new text end A district using an excess amount in the debt redemption fund to retire the certificates
or notes shall report the amount used for this purpose to the commissioner by July 15 of the
following fiscal year. A district having an outstanding capital loan under section 126C.69
or an outstanding debt service loan under section 126C.68 must not use an excess amount
in the debt redemption fund to retire the certificates or notes.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, 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 the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.
deleted text end new text begin For fiscal year 2020 and later, safe
schools revenue for a school district equals the sum of its safe schools levy and its safe
schools aid.
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 2020 and later, a district's safe schools
levy equals the sum of its initial safe schools levy and its cooperative safe schools levy.
new text end

new text begin (b) For fiscal year 2020 and later, the initial safe schools levy for a district equals $36
times the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin (c) For fiscal year 2020 and later, the cooperative safe schools levy for a school district
that is a member of an intermediate school district equals $15 times the district's adjusted
pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Safe schools aid. new text end

new text begin (a) For fiscal year 2020 and later, a district's safe schools aid
equals the sum of its initial safe schools aid and its cooperative safe schools aid.
new text end

new text begin (b) For fiscal year 2020 and later, the initial safe schools aid for a district equals the
greater of (1) $25,000 minus the permitted levy under subdivision 2, paragraph (b), or (2)
$....... times the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin (c) For fiscal year 2020 and later, the cooperative safe schools aid for a school district
that is a member of a cooperative unit other than an intermediate school district that enrolls
students equals $....... times the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Intermediate district and cooperative unit revenue transfer. new text end

new text begin Revenue
raised under subdivision 2, paragraph (c), and subdivision 3, paragraph (c), must be
transferred to the intermediate school district or other cooperative unit of which the district
is a member and used only for costs associated with safe schools activities authorized under
subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (10). If the district is a member of more than
one cooperative unit that enrolls students, the revenue must be allocated among the
cooperative units.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Safe schools revenue for a charter school. new text end

new text begin (a) For fiscal year 2020 and later,
safe schools revenue for a charter school equals $....... times the adjusted pupil units for the
school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) The revenue must be reserved and used only for costs associated with safe schools
activities authorized under subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (10), or for building
lease expenses not funded by charter school building lease aid that are attributable to facility
security enhancements made by the landlord after March 1, 2019.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

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

new text begin(a) new text endThe deleted text beginproceeds of the levydeleted text endnew text begin revenuenew 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;
new text end

new text begin (10) to pay the costs of enhancing cybersecurity in the district's information systems; or
new text end

new text begin (11) by board resolution, to transfer money into the debt redemption fund to pay the
amounts needed to meet, when due, principal and interest payments on obligations issued
under sections 123B.61 and 123B.62 for purposes included in clause (7)
new 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 Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15 of each year, the commissioner of education must deliver
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over kindergarten through grade 12 education a report detailing district-level expenditures
of safe schools revenue for the prior fiscal year for each of the authorized purposes under
subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2020 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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 year
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 2020
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end