Bill Summary for H 74 (2019-2020)

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Feb 13 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 74 (Public) Filed Wednesday, February 13, 2019
AN ACT TO SEND A TAX REFUND TO TAXPAYERS WITH A NET NORTH CAROLINA TAX LIABILITY FOR 2018 AND MAKE OTHER CONFORMING CHANGES.
Intro. by Torbett, Lewis, Dobson, Bell.

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Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) to establish the 2019 School Safety Grants Program (program) to provide grants for (1) services for students in crisis, (2) school safety training, (3) safety equipment in schools, and (4) school mental health support personnel (defined as school nurses, counselors, psychologists, and social workers). Allows public school units or community partners to apply for grants. Defines public school units as local school administrative units, regional schools, innovative schools, laboratory schools, or charter schools. Defines community partner as a public or private entity, including, but not limited to, a nonprofit corporation or a local management entity/managed care organization (LME/MCO) that partners with a local school administrative unit to provide services or pay for providing services for the unit. Requires grant applicants to include an assessment of the need for improving school safety within the unit and to identify needs and their estimated costs. Requires the Superintendent to develop guidelines on the administration and use of the grants, including the specified factors when assessing grant applications, by August 1, 2019.

Requires that the Superintendent, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, use up to $4,580,000 in recurring funds from the funds appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in the act for the program in 2019-20 for grants to community partners for the specified crisis services.

Requires that the Superintendent, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, use up to $4,570,000 in recurring funds from the funds appropriated to DPI in the act for the program in 2019-20 for grants to community partners for training to help students develop healthy responses to trauma and stress, including the specified services.

Requires that the Superintendent, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, use up to $6,140,000 in nonrecurring funds from the funds appropriated to DPI in the act for the program in 2019-20 for grants to schools for the purchase of safety equipment for government-owned school buildings. 

Requires that the Superintendent, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, use up to $18.2 million in recurring funds from the funds appropriated to DPI in the act for the program in 2019-20 for grants to public school units to provide all or a portion of the salary and benefits costs to employ additional school mental health support personnel; requires  that grants be matched as specified.

Specifies that grants supplement and do not supplant funds already provided for these services.

Allows the Superintendent to use up to $100,000 of the funds appropriated to DPI for the program in 2019-20 for administrative costs.

Requires the Superintendent to report by April 1, 2020, to the specified NCGA committees and division on specified information about the grant program and awards as well as recommendations for the implementation of additional effective school safety measures.

Appropriates the following from the General Fund to DPI for 2019-20: (1) $6,140,000 in nonrecurring funds for school safety equipment and (2) $35,050,000 in recurring funds for (a) grants for students in crisis; (b) grants for school safety training; (c) grants for school mental health support personnel; and (d) beginning in 2019-20, an additional $7.7 million in recurring funds for school resource officers for the grant program in SL 2018-5. 

Effective July 1, 2019.

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