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HOUSE BILL NO. 220
INTRODUCED BY S. ROSE
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT LIMITING TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO A HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN A HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION SERVICE AREA THAT ENCOMPASSES AN INDEPENDENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT UNLESS THERE IS A WRITTEN AGREEMENT; PROVIDING FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 17, OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION BY REQUIRING APPROVAL BY THE ELECTORATE OF A TAX INCREASE IN THE INDEPENDENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF THE LIMITATIONS PLACED ON A HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION SERVICE AREA; AND AMENDING SECTION 20-10-126, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 20-10-126, MCA, is amended to read:
"20-10-126. Establishment of transportation service areas. (1) The territory of a transportation service area is the territory of a school district unless the county transportation committee approves alternative boundaries after determining that the adjustments will improve pupil safety, transportation efficiency, or the cost-effectiveness of the pupil transportation system of the county.
(2) A district may not extend a bus route to transport pupils from outside its transportation service area unless the district has a written agreement with the district that the county transportation committee has assigned to transport the pupils.
(3) When the trustees of two or more districts enter into a written agreement to authorize transportation services among transportation service areas, a copy of the agreement must be submitted to the county superintendent and approved by the county transportation committee. Upon approval by the committee, the transportation agreements are valid for the current school year.
(4) The trustees of any district who object to a particular bus route or transportation service area to which the district has been assigned may request a transfer to another bus route or transportation service area. The county transportation committee may transfer the territory of the district to an adjacent transportation service area or approved bus route with the consent of the district providing transportation in the adjacent transportation service area.
(5) The trustees of any district who object to a bus route operated by another district may bring that route to the attention of the county transportation committee. If the committee agrees that the district is operating a portion of its route as an unapproved route outside of its district boundaries, the committee shall file with the district a written warning concerning the unapproved route, and if the district, in spite of the warning, continues to operate the route, the committee may withdraw its approval of the entire route.
(6) If the qualified electors of the district object to the decision of the county transportation committee and the adjacent district is willing to provide school bus service, 20% of the qualified electors, as prescribed in 20-20-301, may petition the trustees to conduct an election on the proposition that the territory of the district be transferred for pupil transportation purposes to the adjacent transportation service area. If a satisfactory petition is presented to the trustees, the trustees shall call an election on the proposition in accordance with 20-20-201 for the next ensuing regular school election day. The election must be conducted in accordance with the school election laws. If a majority of those voting at the election approve the transfer, the transfer is effective on July 1 of the ensuing school fiscal year.
(7) Unless a transfer of territory from one transportation service area or approved bus route to another area or bus route is approved by the superintendent of public instruction and the county transportation committee, the state transportation reimbursement is limited to the reimbursement amount for pupil transportation to the nearest operating public elementary school or public high school, whichever is appropriate for the affected pupils.
(8) (a) When a high school district transportation service area encompasses an independent elementary school district, the transportation service area is limited to high school transportation services unless there is a written agreement between the trustees of the high school district and the elementary school district.
(b) If the limitation in subsection (8)(a) results in a need for a tax increase in the independent elementary district, the tax increase must be approved by the electorate as required by Article VIII, section 17, of the Montana constitution."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Contingent voidness. If Constitutional Initiative No. 75, enacting Article VIII, section 17, of the Montana constitution is declared invalid, then 20-10-126(8)(b) [of this act] is void.
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