Docket (passed the Senate on a voice vote. House Finance voted it ITL, 14-0)
SPONSORS: Sen. Stiles, Dist 24; Sen. Morse, Dist 22; Sen. Forsythe, Dist 4; Sen. Lambert, Dist 13; Rep. Ladd, Graf 5; Rep. Shaw, Hills 16; Rep. Weyler, Rock 8; Rep. W. Smith, Rock 18
This bill amends the procedure for the approval of school building aid projects and the distribution of school building aid grants.
Basic elements:Projects approved by local school districts July 1, 2013 and after are called new projects. For these new projects, SAU office facilities and temporary facilities for any purpose are no longer eligible for school building aid. The amount available each year for the new projects would be appropriated by the legislature, less any amounts to cover projects approved in prior fiscal years and less any amounts still owed for pre-existing projects.
The building aid changes from a range of 30% to 60% of project cost to a range of 20% to 80% of project cost
The school building aid authority recommends school building aid projects to be funded on a prioritized list in descending rank order, to be submitted to the state board of education for approval.
SB 383 - revision of school building aid
By Norma Love
Associated Press / April 18, 2012
The Senate voted without debate Wednesday to replace the House's proposal with its own and send it back to the House.
Senate Education Chairwoman Nancy Stiles said the passage sets the stage for the two sides to negotiate a compromise. The biggest difference between the chambers is how to fund the aid, said Stiles, R-Hampton.
The House would cap funding at $50 million while the Senate would let the Legislature set the amount every budget cycle, she said.
"The House is pretty strong on wanting to put on a $50 million cap," Stiles said.
The deadline to act on compromise legislation this session is June 7.
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