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Bill Detail: HB19-1112

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Title Child Safety Accounts
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors P. Neville (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/15/2019
Description

The bill creates the Child Safety Account Act, which allows for
a student who is directly affected by or involved in a safety incident

occurring at a public school, but is not the perpetrator, to qualify for a
child safety account. A child safety account is an account that must be
used to pay for eligible expenses necessary for the education of the
qualified student.
The bill requires the department of education (department) to
contract with an entity that will administer the child safety account
program (administering entity).
Upon the creation of a child safety account, the department shall
transfer to the administering entity an amount equal to the state share of
per pupil revenues of the enrolling school district or institute charter
school for the budget year in which the account is created and deduct the
amount transferred from that amount that the department distributes to the
school district's or institute charter school's budget for the budget year.
The general assembly shall annually appropriate to the department
the amount required to be transferred from the department to the
administering entity for the child safety accounts. In a budget year in
which the general assembly does not appropriate a sufficient amount to
fully fund the child safety accounts, the department shall reduce the
amount transferred to the administering entity for distribution to each
child safety account by the same percentage that the deficit bears to the
amount required to fully fund the child safety accounts.
If a child safety account has been closed, any amount remaining in
the account must be transferred to the department, and the department
shall transfer the money to the treasurer for deposit into the general fund.
In order to qualify for a child safety account, the parent of a
student must apply to the administering entity.
A child safety account continues to be active without need for
renewal, until the qualified student completes twelfth grade or ceases to
be enrolled in a participating school or nonpublic home-based educational
program.
Any unexpended amount left in the child safety account at the end
of a school year remains in the account and may be expended on eligible
expenses in subsequent school years and used for eligible expenses while
the student remains enrolled in an institution of higher education.
The administering entity is required to monitor the expenses made
from money in child safety accounts. If it appears the money in a child
safety account was used for an expense that was not an eligible expense,
the administering entity is required to convene a review committee to
determine whether the expense was an eligible expense, and if not an
eligible expense, whether it was a good-faith mistake. The review
committee is required to take appropriate action depending upon the
outcome of the review.
The administering entity is required to oversee
scholarship-granting organizations. A scholarship-granting organization
shall accept scholarship applications from qualified students with child
safety accounts, who shall use the awarded amounts to pay for eligible
expenses above the amount credited to the child safety account. The
scholarship-granting organization shall also accept donations from
individuals or corporations for scholarship applicants.
The bill creates an income tax credit for parents of qualified
students with child safety accounts for payments of eligible expenses
above the amount provided through a child safety account.
The bill creates a tax credit to encourage donations for individuals
or corporations that donate to scholarship-granting organizations for
scholarships for qualified students with child safety accounts.

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