H2124B3481A07017 MSP:AJC 05/08/14 #90 A07017
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 2124
Sponsor: REPRESENTATIVE SANTARSIERO
Printer's No. 3481
1Amend Bill, page 1, line 10, by inserting after "projects;"
8 twenty (20)
12 or flood
13Amend Bill, page 9, line 25, by striking out "initial"
14Amend Bill, page 9, line 30, by striking out "initial"
22 (a) For the 2012-2013 fiscal year [and the 2013-2014 fiscal
23year], the Department of Education shall not accept or approve
24new school building construction or reconstruction project
25applications. Completed school building construction or
26reconstruction project applications received by the Department
3Amend Bill, page 11, by inserting between lines 20 and 21
4Section 4. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
5Section 732.2. Interest on Delayed Reimbursement.--(a) Each
6school district which has satisfactorily met all construction or
7reconstruction reimbursement requirements established by this
8act, Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code and the Department of
9Education and which has submitted all appropriate documentation
10to the Department of Education necessary to receive approval for
11reimbursement for a school construction or reconstruction
12project and which has not been approved for reimbursement after
13a period of one (1) year following the last date of submission
14of required documentation, shall be eligible to receive interest
15on the delayed reimbursement.
16(b) The interest on delayed reimbursement shall be an amount
17equal to the prime rate of interest, as listed in the first
18edition of the Wall Street Journal published in the year,
19multiplied by the total amount of construction or reconstruction
20reimbursement for which the school district is eligible under
21Article XXV of this act but has not received, calculated for
22each year in which the school district does not receive
24(c) Interest payments on delayed reimbursement shall be
25included in those payments made to a school district for
26Commonwealth reimbursement of a construction or reconstruction
27project when such payments commence.
28Section 5. The act is amended by adding an article to read:
30BUILDING BLOCKS PA
31Section 701-A. Definitions.
44Section 702-A. Establishment.
47Section 703-A. Powers and duties of the department.
4(2) To limit the frequency of an application for school
5construction reimbursement based on the amount of time since
6a building was constructed or the time since the bid opening
7date of the previous reimbursable project, provided that a
8school building construction or reconstruction project
9application for any of the following purposes shall not be
10subject to frequency limitations:
11(i) A technological improvement project.
12(ii) A school health and safety improvement project.
15(iv) An energy efficiency improvement project.
16(v) A project to attain certification under the
17United States Green Building Council's Leadership in
18Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating
19System or the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes
20Green Building Rating System.
25Section 704-A. Wages.
26A new school building construction or reconstruction project
27approved by the department for reimbursement under this article
28shall comply with the provisions of the act of August 15, 1961
29(P.L.987, No.442), known as the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage
31Section 705-A. Applications.
32For the 2014-2015 fiscal year and thereafter, a new school
33building construction or reconstruction project application
34shall include documentation that each contractor or firm
35performing work participates in an active apprenticeship program
36which is currently registered with and approved by the United
37States Department of Labor or the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship
38and Training Council for each separate trade or classification
39for which it is performing work on that project and which has an
40apprentice currently registered or graduated within the previous
42Section 706-A. Financing.
43School construction reimbursements shall be calculated and
44distributed under Article XXV. The total amount of
45reimbursements awarded shall be limited to funds appropriated
46for this purpose. Applications for reimbursement shall be filed
47in accordance with procedures developed by the department.
48Section 707-A. Public School Facilities Financing Commission.
1as provided in this section.
9(ii) Two legislators from each of the four
10legislative caucuses, to be appointed by the President
11pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
12Representatives, in consultation with the Majority and
13Minority Leaders of the Senate and the Majority and
14Minority Leaders of the House of Representatives.
15(iii) The Secretary of Education, or a designee.
18(v) The State Treasurer, or a designee.
22(1) The commission shall hold its first meeting within
2330 days of the effective date of this section, regardless of
24whether the Governor or all legislative caucuses have
25actually approved members to the commission.
34(d) Reimbursement of expenses.--The members may not receive
35compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for all
36necessary travel and other reasonable expenses incurred in
37connection with the performance of their duties as members of
39(e) Administration.--The General Assembly shall provide
40administrative support, meeting space and any other assistance
41required by the commission to carry out its duties under this
42section in cooperation with the department. The department shall
43provide the commission with data, research and other information
44upon request by the commission.
51(3) Review and make findings and recommendations related
17(vii) The role of the State Public School Building
18Authority and Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities
19Authority in funding school facilities to include
20recommendations relating to restructuring or expanding
21the duties of these entities.
24(5) Issue a report of its findings and recommendations
25to the Governor, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the
26Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the Senate, the
27Education Committee of the Senate, the Speaker of the House
28of Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader
29of the House of Representatives, the Education Committee of
30the House of Representatives, the Secretary of Education and
31the State Public School Building Authority within 120 days of
32the first meeting or September 30, 2014, whichever is later.
33(g) Continuation of commission.--Every ten years the
34commission shall be reconstituted in accordance with subsection
35(c), shall meet and hold public hearings to review the
36provisions of this section and shall issue a report to the
37recipients listed in subsection (f)(5).
38Section 708-A. Regulations.
47Section 7. Section 2574(b.1), (c.4) and (c.6) of the act,
15Amend Bill, page 22, line 1, by striking out "(1)"
21Amend Bill, page 23, line 12, by striking out "(1)"
28Amend Bill, page 23, line 18, by inserting a bracket after
4Amend Bill, page 24, line 7, by striking out "(1)"
18Amend Bill, page 25, line 7, by striking out "at any time,"
19Amend Bill, page 25, line 11, by inserting after "project"
24 equal to
27Amend Bill, page 26, line 10, by striking out "(e)" and
5Section 11. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year the General
6Assembly shall appropriate not less than $396,198,000 to the
7Authority Rentals and Sinking Fund Requirements line item in the
8General Appropriation Act.
9Section 12. This act shall take effect as follows: