Bill Text - HB1170 (2006)

Requiring state education aid to be used exclusively for public education.


Revision: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

HB 1170 – AS INTRODUCED

2006 SESSION

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HOUSE BILL 1170

AN ACT requiring state education aid to be used exclusively for public education.

SPONSORS: Rep. Gale, Sull 3

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS

This bill requires that all state aid for public education and any other funds raised in a municipality to fund public education shall be used exclusively to fund public education and shall not be transferred or diverted to any other purpose. The bill also requires a school district to remit any overpayment of state education aid to the state treasurer.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

AN ACT requiring state education aid to be used exclusively for public education.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 School Money; Maintenance of Local Control. Amend RSA 198:48 to read as follows:

198:48 Maintenance of Local Control.

I. Distributions under RSA 198:42 are based on equitable education costs determined in RSA 198:41 and are independent of how the municipalities decide to spend the distributions or other funds they may raise for education. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing in this subdivision is intended in any way to limit or control how school districts operate or spend their budgets except that equitable education grants must be expended for educational purposes. Equitable education grants shall not be considered unanticipated funds under RSA 198:20-b.

II. All state aid for public education received by a municipality, and any other moneys appropriated to fund public education in a municipality, shall be used exclusively to fund public education in such municipality and shall not be transferred or diverted to any other purpose.

III. If an audit by the department of revenue administration shows that a school district received more state education aid than it was entitled to under RSA 198:41, the school district shall, within 30 days of receipt of its final payment under RSA 198:42, remit the amount of such overpayment to the state treasurer for deposit in the education trust fund.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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