HOUSE BILL NO. 643
INTRODUCED BY R. KNUDSEN, F. ANDERSON, B. BEARD, S. BERGLEE, D. FERN, F. FLEMING, C. KNUDSEN, D. LENZ, M. NOLAND, V. RICCI, B. SMITH, B. USHER, S. VINTON
AN ACT REVISING SCHOOL FUNDING LAWS RELATED TO STATE LANDS REIMBURSEMENT BLOCK GRANTS; EXTENDING THE SUNSET ON THE BLOCK GRANTS; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; AMENDING SECTION 20, CHAPTER 416, LAWS OF 2017; AND PROVIDING EFFECTIVE DATES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
"20-9-640. (Temporary) State lands reimbursement block grant. (1) (a) For each fiscal year of the biennium beginning July 1, 2017 fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, the office of public instruction shall provide a state lands reimbursement block grant of $100,000 to each school district in a county with greater than 20% of the county's land area composed of state school trust lands.
(b) The electronic reporting system that is used by the office of public instruction and school districts must be used to allocate the block grant amount into each district's general fund BASE budget as an anticipated revenue source.
(2) Each year, 70% of each district's block grant must be distributed in November December and 30% of each district's block grant must be distributed in May at the same time that guaranteed tax base aid is distributed. (Terminates June 30, 2019 2021--sec. 20, Ch. 416, L. 2017.)"
Section 2. Section 20, Chapter 416, Laws of 2017, is amended to read:
"Section 20. Termination. [Section 4] terminates June 30, 2019 2021."
Section 3. Appropriation. There is appropriated $100,000 from the general fund to the office of public instruction in each fiscal year of the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, for the purpose of distributing state lands reimbursement block grants pursuant to 20-9-640.
Section 4. Effective dates. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), [this act] is effective on passage and approval.
(2) [Section 3] is effective July 1, 2019.
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