Bill Details - SB437 (2018)

CHAPTER 362

SB 437 - FINAL VERSION

 

02/15/2018   0492s

2May2018... 1564h

05/23/2018   2030CofC

 

2018 SESSION

18-2910

06/05

 

SENATE BILL 437

 

AN ACT relative to the robotics education development program.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Rep. Major, Rock. 14; Rep. V. Sullivan, Hills. 16; Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill adds eligibility criteria for grants to schools from the robotics education fund.

 

This bill also provides for additional grants in the event that funds remain in the fund after all initial requests have been met.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/15/2018   0492s

2May2018... 1564h

05/23/2018   2030CofC 18-2910

06/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to the robotics education development program.

 

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

 

362:1  Robotics Education Development Program.  RSA 188-E:24-a is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

188-E:24-a  Robotics Education Development Program.

I.  There is established a robotics education development program in the department of education.  The purpose of the program is to motivate public school students to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while building critical life and work-related skills.  Grants from the robotics education fund established in RSA 188-E:24 shall be available to any eligible public school or chartered public school for the purpose of financing the establishment of a robotics team and its participation in competitive events.  Grant funds shall be limited to the purchase of robotics kits, stipends for coaches, and the payment of associated costs from participation in competitions.

II.  To be eligible to participate, a school shall:

(a)  Develop a budget for a robotics team;

(b)  Partner with at least one sponsor, business entity, institution of higher education, or technical school for support in a robotics program; and

(c)  Identify at least one competitive event in which the school will participate.

III.  The commissioner shall disburse a grant as a single payment at the beginning of each school year.

IV.  Subject to the provisions of paragraph V, no school shall receive more than one grant every 2 years, however, a school district may receive multiple grant awards.

V.(a)  If the amount of grant funds requested exceeds the balance in the robotics education fund available in any year, the commissioner shall not prorate the grant awards, but shall assign preference to those schools with a higher percentage of students in the school's average daily membership in attendance who are eligible for a free or reduced-price meal as defined in RSA 198:38.  Secondary preference shall be given to schools which did not receive a grant in the previous year due to lack of funds.

(b)  In the event that additional funds exist in the fund after all initial grant application requests have been met, the commissioner shall award schools additional grants for additional requested teams in accordance with subparagraph (a).  If a school receives a grant for any additional teams, such grant shall be made at the same time as the grant for the initial team.  In the event that a school received a grant or grants in the prior year and qualifies for an additional team or teams, such grant shall be made in the usual manner.  

VI.  The commissioner shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to developing grant application forms and procedures, establishing deadlines for the submission of applications and the awarding of grants, and establishing criteria for awarding and disbursing grants.

VII.  No later than July 15, 2018, and annually thereafter, the department shall issue a report to the governor, senate president, speaker of the house of representatives, the chairpersons of the house and senate education committees, and the state library, detailing the number of grants awarded, the schools receiving grants and the grant amount, the schools that applied for grants but did not receive a grant due to insufficient funds, the number of students participating, the unencumbered balance of the robotics education fund, and any other information the department deems appropriate.

362:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

Approved: July 02, 2018

Effective Date: August 31, 2018

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Education; SJ 1
Feb. 6, 2018 Hearing: 02/06/2018, Room 103, LOB, 09:30 am; SC 2
Feb. 15, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0492s, 02/15/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 7
Feb. 15, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-0492s, AA, VV; 02/15/2018; SJ 4
Feb. 15, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-0492s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/15/2018; SJ 4
March 7, 2018 Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Education HJ 7 P. 51
March 20, 2018 Public Hearing: 03/20/2018 01:30 PM LOB 207
April 17, 2018 Executive Session: 04/17/2018 09:30 AM LOB 207
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1564h (Vote 20-0; CC)
May 2, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1564h for 05/02/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 17 P. 5
May 2, 2018 Amendment # 2018-1564h: AA VV 05/02/2018
May 2, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 1564h: MA VV 05/02/2018
May 10, 2018 Sen. Reagan Moved Nonconcur with the House Amendment; Requests C of C, MA, VV; 05/10/2018; SJ 17
May 10, 2018 President Appoints: Senators Reagan, Avard, Watters; 05/10/2018; SJ 17
May 10, 2018 House Accedes to Senate Request for CofC (Rep. Ladd): MA VV 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 Speaker Appoints: Reps. Ladd, T. Wolf, M. Moffett, Heath 05/10/2018
May 16, 2018 Committee of Conference Meeting: 05/16/2018, 09:15 am, Room 103, SH
May 17, 2018 Conference Committee Report # 2018-2030c Filed 05/17/2018; As Amended by the House
May 23, 2018 Conference Committee Report 2030c: Adopted, VV 05/23/2018
May 23, 2018 Conference Committee Report # 2018-2030c, Adopted, VV; 05/23/2018; SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Enrolled 05/23/2018
May 23, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/23/2018); SJ 18
July 2, 2018 Signed by the Governor on 07/02/2018; Chapter 0362; Effective 08/31/2018

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 6, 2018 Senate Hearing
Feb. 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 20, 2018 House Hearing
April 17, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 2, 2018 House Floor Vote
May 17, 2018 House Floor Vote
May 23, 2018 House Floor Vote
May 23, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB437 Revision: 2803 Date: Dec. 20, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
SB437 Revision: 3071 Date: Feb. 15, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
SB437 Revision: 3656 Date: May 2, 2018, 10:57 a.m.
SB437 Revision: 3941 Date: May 23, 2018, 1 p.m.
SB437 Revision: 4291 Date: July 5, 2018, 8:43 a.m.