HOUSE BILL NOS. 2262 & 2264


5289L.02P                                                                                                                                                 D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk



To amend chapter 41, RSMo, by adding thereto two new sections relating to the Missouri youth challenge academy, with an emergency clause.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

            Section A. Chapter 41, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto two new sections, to be known as sections 41.206 and 41.207, to read as follows:

            41.206. 1. The adjutant general shall establish the "Missouri Youth Challenge Academy" in order to provide positive interventions in the lives of at-risk high school age youth. The academy will utilize residential military-based training and supervised work experience to build life skills of high school dropouts. Academy participants will receive training that focuses on responsible citizenship, life-coping skills, academic skills, job training and placement, physical fitness, services to the community, personal development, group skills, professional values, and additional subjects as directed by the adjutant general.

            2. Rules necessary to administer and implement this section may be established by the adjutant general. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2010, shall be invalid and void.

            41.207. The "Missouri Youth Challenge Foundation Fund" is hereby created in the state treasury and shall consist of all gifts, donations, appropriations, transfers, and bequests to the fund. The adjutant general shall have the power to make grants from the fund to support the Missouri youth challenge academy as specified in section 41.206. The provisions of section 33.080 requiring all unexpended balances remaining in various state funds to be transferred and placed to the credit of the general revenue fund of the state at the end of each biennium shall not apply to the Missouri youth challenge foundation fund. Interest and moneys earned on the fund shall be credited to the fund. Moneys in the fund shall be used for the sole purpose of funding the Missouri youth challenge academy established under section 41.206.

            Section B. Because of the need to address high school dropout rates in Missouri, section A of this act is deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace, and safety, and is hereby declared to be an emergency act within the meaning of the constitution, and section A of this act shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval.