FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 746

97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


 

 

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES CROSS (Sponsor), CIERPIOT, MCCAHERTY, JOHNSON, HOSKINS, TORPEY, SOLON, LAUER, DIEHL, MAYFIELD, MCDONALD AND GRISAMORE (Co-sponsors).

1911L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


 

AN ACT

To amend chapter 178, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the innovation education campus fund.




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


            Section A. Chapter 178, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 178.1100, to read as follows:

            178.1100. 1. There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Innovation Education Campus Fund". The commissioner of higher education shall administer the fund. The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund and may approve disbursements from the fund in accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180. Upon appropriation, money in the fund shall be used solely for the administration of this section. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund. The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested. Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

            2. The general assembly may appropriate moneys to the fund that shall be used to fund the program of instruction at any innovation education campus.

            3. An institution may receive moneys from the fund when the following criteria are satisfied, including the University of Central Missouri's Missouri innovation campus, which has already satisfied these criteria:

            (1) The innovation education campus demonstrates it is actively working to lower the cost for students to complete a college degree;

            (2) The program at the innovation education campus decreases the general amount of time required for a student to earn a college degree;

            (3) The innovation education campus provides applied learning experiences for students;

            (4) Students graduate from the innovation education campus with direct access to a career.

            4. Any innovation education campus shall annually verify to the coordinating board for higher education that it has satisfied the criteria established in subsection 2 of this section. Upon verification that the criteria are satisfied, moneys from the fund shall be disbursed.

            5. Moneys appropriated to the fund shall not be considered part of the annual appropriation to any institution of higher education or any school district.

            6. For purposes of this section, "innovation education campus" shall mean a program of instruction that combines the education of students from public four year institutions of higher education with their primary campus located in Missouri, school districts and community colleges. An innovation campus may also include partnerships with Linn State Technical College, career and technical education schools, and private enterprises. "Innovation education campus" shall include the existing University of Central Missouri's Missouri innovation campus, a campus in which a school district with a student enrollment between seventeen thousand and nineteen thousand students that is located in any county with a charter form of government and with more than six hundred thousand but fewer than seven hundred thousand inhabitants, a community college located in any county with a charter form of government and with more than six hundred thousand but fewer than seven hundred thousand inhabitants, and private enterprises have partnered.

            7. The coordinating board for higher education shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section. 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, 2013, shall be invalid and void.