Joint Budget Committee. Sections 1 and 2 of the bill require the state treasurer to transfer $100 million from the general fund to the highway users tax fund on July 1, 2019, for allocation to the state highway fund, counties, and municipalities in accordance with the existing "second stream" allocation formula, which allocates the money as follows:
- 60% to the state highway fund;
- 22% to counties; and
- 18% to municipalities.
Section 3 creates the smart school bus safety pilot program (program) in the department of public safety (department) to increase the safety of students and the efficiency of school buses. The department is required to enter into an agreement with an organization to administer the pilot program (program administrator). The department awards grants to school districts for the provision of hardware and software that will allow buses to access the nationwide public safety broadband network; the maintenance of that equipment; training; and the use of a website, online service, online application, or mobile application to provide parental notification, at no cost to parents, relating to school bus and student status. The program administrator must provide support for grant recipients, recruit school bus drivers, inform and educate the public about school bus transportation safety, and develop funding sources for school transportation safety. Section 4 authorizes the department to expend money from the school safety resource center cash fund for purposes of the program. Section 5 makes appropriations for the program.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)