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AB-386 School facilities: Efficiency and Sustainability Projects for Schools Pilot Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/03/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  June 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 20, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 29, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 386


Introduced by Assembly Member Gonzalez Fletcher

February 09, 2017


An act to add Section 17654 to the Education Code, relating to school facilities, and making an appropriation therefor. facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 386, as amended, Gonzalez Fletcher. School facilities: energy efficiency projects. Efficiency and Sustainability Projects for Schools Pilot Program.

(1)Existing

Existing law expresses legislative findings and declarations that it is in the interest of the state and its residents for the state to aid school districts in finding cost-effective methods of conserving energy in school buildings maintained by school districts.
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, an initiative approved by the voters as Proposition 39 at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election, provided for the transfer of $550,000,000 annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for 5 fiscal years beginning with the 2013–14 fiscal year. Moneys in the Job Creation Fund are available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purposes of funding eligible projects that create jobs in the state by improving energy efficiency and expanding clean energy generation. Existing law provides provided for the allocation of available moneys to local educational agencies and community college districts.
This bill would appropriate $20,000,000 establish the Efficiency and Sustainability Projects for Schools Pilot Program to provide funding, upon appropriation, to the Department of Education for allocation to school districts and community college districts for a pilot program for energy efficiency and water conservation projects. The bill would specify that a school district or community college district is eligible for those moneys only if it has applied for or received funding pursuant to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act and does certain things in connection with those energy efficiency projects, including, partners with an institution of higher education to provide energy efficiency project-based learning opportunities for pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or for students enrolled at a community college; leverages private investment; and utilizes state-approved apprenticeship programs and ensures access to those programs for qualified veterans who were honorably discharged.

(2)Moneys appropriated by this bill would be applied toward the minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 17654 is added to the Education Code, immediately following Section 17653, to read:

17654.
 (a) The sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund Efficiency and Sustainability Projects for Schools Pilot Program is hereby established for the purpose of providing funding to the department department, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, for allocation to school districts serving kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and community college districts for a pilot program to fund energy efficiency or water sustainability projects, including, but not necessarily limited to, renewable energy, water reclamation, or water conservation projects.
(b) A school district or community college district shall be eligible for moneys appropriated pursuant to subdivision (a) only if it has applied for or received funding pursuant to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Division 16.3 (commencing with Section 26200) of the Public Resources Code) and does all of the following in connection with the energy efficiency or water sustainability project for which it seeks additional funding:
(1) Partners with an institution of higher education for the purposes of providing energy efficiency project-based learning opportunities for pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or for students enrolled at a community college.
(2) Leverages private investment in addition to the moneys appropriated pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 26205 of the Public Resources Code.
(3) Utilizes state-approved apprenticeship programs and ensures access to those programs for qualified veterans who were honorably discharged.

(c)For the purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the moneys appropriated pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts and community college districts, respectively,” as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 41202, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202.