California - AB75

Education finance: school facilities: Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2022.

Introduced

December 8, 2020

Description

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<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 12pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Places the Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2022 on the 2022 statewide ballot, to be operative only if approved by voters at the election.&nbsp;</span></span></p>

<h3 style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt; margin-top: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; break-after: avoid;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Major Provisions</span></span></h3>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">1)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Authorizes $12 billion in general obligation (GO) bonds for K-12 and&nbsp;California Community Colleges&nbsp;(CCC) school facilities&nbsp;construction and modernization projects to be placed on an unspecified statewide election in 2022.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">2)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Authorizes the State Allocation Board (SAB) to allocate an unspecified amount of funds&nbsp;as follows:</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">a)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Construction;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">b)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Modernization;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">c)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Replacement of facilities older than 75 years;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">d)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Remediation of Lead in Water;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">e)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charter School Facilities;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">f)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Career Technical Education (CTE);</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">g)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A supplemental grant program to provide funds to expand&nbsp;an existing gymnasium, multipurpose room, library, or school kitchen, if the facility is 60%&nbsp;or less than the California Department of Education&#39;s (CDE)&nbsp;recommended size needed to serve the enrollment of the school; or&nbsp;construct&nbsp;a new gymnasium, multipurpose room, library, or school kitchen if the site is lacking one or more of the&nbsp;specified facilities;</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">h)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Interim&nbsp;housing assistance, including, but not limited to, the leasing or acquisition of portable classrooms, to school districts and county offices of education (COEs) impacted by a natural disaster for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency; and</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">i)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Assistance for small school districts.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 36pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">j)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Expands the types of costs for which a grant for modernization may be used, including technology;&nbsp;schoolsite-based infrastructure necessary to provide access to broadband internet within the school; seismic mitigation purposes; remediate any water outlet used for drinking or preparing food with lead levels in excess of 15 parts per billion; the control, management, or abatement of lead; and&nbsp;modernization of a&nbsp;school kitchen, a transitional kindergarten&nbsp;classroom, a facility to support local educational agency-administered preschool program that is operated by a school district&nbsp;and&nbsp;a facility to support school nurses and counselors to increase access to health care and mental health services.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">3)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Authorizes an unspecified amount for&nbsp;CCC&nbsp;facilities.</span></span></p>

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<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">5)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Requires an applicant to submit an inventory of specified types of school facilities&nbsp;to the CDE&nbsp;once for each school in the school district for projects funded with bonds approved&nbsp;by voters after January 1, 2022.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">6)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Modifies&nbsp;the existing state/local match by establishing points&nbsp;based on a district&#39;s gross bonding capacity&nbsp;per&nbsp;enrollment and a district&#39;s unduplicated pupil percentage (UPP) to create a sliding scale match for construction and modernization grants.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">7)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Repeals the hardship assistance provisions in current law and establishes funding for health and safety projects due to unacceptable risk in the event of a seismic event and threat to the health and safety of pupils.&nbsp;&nbsp;Requires the DGS to develop regulations for consideration by the SAB to define eligible health and safety projects.</span></span></p>

<p style="margin-top: 0pt; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 18pt; margin-bottom: 12pt; text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">8)<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Contains an urgency clause and specifies that the urgency clause is necessary to ensure students have safe and adequate school facilities and because&nbsp;funds from the school bond passed by voters in November 2016 have been exhausted.</span></span></p>
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