Relating to education; to establish a 200,000 mile depreciation schedule for funding concerning the depreciation in value of school buses.
Section 16-13-233, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows: "§16-13-233. "(a) The allowance for transportation for those local boards of education providing same shall be determined as follows for any local board of education: The number of pupils transported on transportation routes approved under regulations of the State Board of Education shall be multiplied by an amount per pupil which is to be fixed by the State Board of Education and applied to local boards of education within groups having similar density of population; provided, that studies shall be made from time to time to determine whether the cost allowed per pupil or the cost unit should be changed in any or all local boards of education. In determining the amount to be allotted for transportation, said allotment shall include an allowance for transportation in accordance with the provisions of Section 16-39-11; however, no allowance shall be made for transporting pupils who live less than two miles from the school they are attending unless such pupils can be shown to be disabled and require transportation. Upon a petition to the State Superintendent of Education by the local board of education, the two mile limit may be waived by the State Superintendent of Education to protect the safety of the children. At a minimum, the state allocation for each bus shall be no less than the total fiscal year 2019 amount. The total amount allotted any local board of education for transportation shall not exceed a figure determined by the State Board of Education in terms of the ratio between pupils transported to school and the total number of pupils attending school in the jurisdiction of such local board of education or some similar ratio established by the State Board of Education. Any local board of education which qualifies for a transportation allowance must provide buses which meet minimum standards established by the State Board of Education and must take such other steps to protect the safety of the children as are required under regulations of the State Board of Education. "(b) The Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the allowance for transportation provided in subsection (a) above shall include funding for depreciation based on a depreciation schedule established provided by the State Board of Education for a maximum of 200,000 travel miles. The depreciation funding included in the transportation allowance shall be set aside in a restricted fund by the local boards of education for fleet renewal only and shall not be used for operating costs. These transportation cost allowance depreciation funds shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund but shall be carried forward from fiscal year to fiscal year to renew the transportation fleet of the local boards of education. "(c) This act adding this amendatory language shall only apply to buses that are 10 years old or newer and that have less than 200,000 travel miles as of the effective date of the act adding this amendatory language. "(d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, the Alabama State Department of Education shall adjust allowances for fleet renewal to a local board of education so that the local board of education shall receive 70% of the per-bus fleet renewal allocation for any bus that is paid off, and any excess fleet renewal funding shall revert to the Education Trust Fund. "(e) The Alabama State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the depreciation schedule provided for in subsection (b)."
This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law. Senate Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Education and Youth Af- fairs ............................................ 2.3-JAN-18 Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment......................... 0.1-FEB-18 Read for the third time and passed as amended .......................................... 0.8-FEB-18 Yeas 25 Nays Patrick Harris, Secretary.
|March 8, 2018||H||Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary|
|March 8, 2018||S||Engrossed|
|March 8, 2018||S||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 721|
|March 8, 2018||S||Stutts motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 720|
|March 8, 2018||S||Stutts motion to Table lost Voice Vote|
|March 8, 2018||S||Judiciary Amendment Offered|
|March 8, 2018||S||Third Reading Passed|
|February 22, 2018||S||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment|
|January 23, 2018||S||Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary|