Current Issues, Bills & Statuses

“Hot Issues” bills followed by OASBO    
Prepared by: Barbara Shaner
E-mail: barbaracshaner@gmail.com
Report created on March 14, 2019


HB75    PROPERTY VALUE CONTESTS  (MERRIN D)
To require local governments that contest property values to formally pass an authorizing resolution for each contest and to notify property owners.

CURRENT STATUS
2/26/2019 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

COMMENTS
This bill is much the same as HB 343 as passed by the House in the last General Assembly. Even though the Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended a substitute version of the bill based on discussions in an interested party meeting (including the bill sponsor) which was much improved, HB 75 reverts back to the House-passed version of HB 343. The Senate committee did vote to recommend the substitute bill, but Senate leadership did not bring it forward for passage. 
Several OASBO members testified in opposition to HB 343, and we are hopeful they will return to oppose HB 75. We urge members to speak out against the bill through testimony, discussions with legislators and written communications. 

 
HB76    BALLOT LANGUAGE UNIFORMITY  (MERRIN D)
To enact the "Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act" to modify the form of election notices and ballot language for property tax levies.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

COMMENTS
This legislation mirrors a proposal in the last General Assembly (HB 342) that would change required levy ballot language. OASBO joined with OSBA and BASA to oppose the proposal. Our opposition was informed by advice from three law firms that serve as bond counsel to several school districts. 
The House passed HB 342 in June 2018 but the Senate held only sponsor testimony in Senate Ways & Means Committee. The House amended the language from HB 342 into SB 21 during the lame duck session in hopes of getting the provision passed that way, but the Senate leadership did not take a vote to concur with the House changes to SB 21. The bill died for lack of action. We will continue to oppose the proposal now contained in HB 76.

 
HB83    SCHOOL BUS PHOTO EVIDENCE  (BROWN R, SCHAFFER T)
To allow images captured by a camera installed on a school bus to be used as corroborating evidence for the offense of failing to stop for a school bus.

CURRENT STATUS
3/5/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice
 

HB89    FAILURE TO STOP-SCHOOL BUS  (ANTANI N)
To enhance the penalties for failing to properly stop for a school bus, to establish requirements related to informing the public about that prohibition, and to make an appropriation.

CURRENT STATUS
3/5/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice
 

HB99    HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION ELIGIBILITY  (CERA J, ROGERS J)
To raise the homestead exemption income eligibility to $60,000 and increase the tax
reduction.

CURRENT STATUS
3/5/2019 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

 
HB105    SCHOOL BUS STOP  (BROWN R, SCHERER G)
To enhance the penalty for failing to stop for a school bus that is picking up or dropping
off school children when the offender has a prior violation within a five-year period.

CURRENT STATUS
3/5/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

 
HB118    SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION  (MANNING D)
Regarding student transportation to and from school.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - Referred to Committee House Transportation and Public Safety

COMMENTS
This bill would prohibit school districts from reducing pupil transportation services during a school year. It also prohibits a district from putting an operating levy on the ballot in a school year in which pupil transportation services have been reduced.

 
HB122    OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  (KOEHLER K)
To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - Referred to Committee House Primary and Secondary Education

COMMENTS
Proposed HB 122 is similar to HB 200 and SB 85 from the last General Assembly. The proposal would combine current programs into one and changes eligibility to an income-based program (except Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarships). The following are provisions contained in HB 122:

  • Students already using a voucher through one of the current programs will be eligible
  • to continue regardless of income.
  • The voucher amount for K-8 students is $5000 and $7500 for grades 9-12.
  • Students eligible when family income is at or below 400% of poverty (voucher
  • amounts prorated between 200% and 400% of poverty).
  • Students in every school district would be eligible regardless of school
  • performance ~ eligibility based solely on income.
  • Students do not qualify if enrolled in a private school during the previous school
  • year.
  • Students qualify if a sibling received a voucher under a previous program.
  • Vouchers would be funded directly from the state and not deducted from school
  • district state payments.

OASBO has consistently opposed voucher expansion proposals. While HB 122 would include direct state payments for vouchers, the expansion could amount to a significant increase in cost statewide. This increase in funding to private schools would reduce the available GRF resources for public education.
 

HB127    DISTRESS COMMISSION MORATORIUM  (SMITH K, HAMBLEY S)
To prohibit the creation of new academic distress commissions.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - Referred to Committee House Primary and Secondary Education
 

SB4    SCHOOL FACILITIES ASSISTANCE  (RULLI M, KUNZE S)
To make a capital appropriation for school facilities assistance.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Finance, (Second Hearing)

COMMENTS
This bill would add $100 million to the appropriation for school facilities in the current biennium. Because of the number of districts that have passed local bond levies and are waiting to receive state funds for OFCC projects, the current appropriations are inadequate, causing significant delays.
 

SB36    FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED RENTAL PROPERTY VALUATION  (HUFFMAN M)
To prescribe how federally subsidized residential rental property must be valued for property tax purposes.

CURRENT STATUS
3/5/2019 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

COMMENTS
SB 36 would modify the manner by which county auditors may value federally subsidized
low-income rental housing for property tax purposes. In particular, the bill prescribes a special rule of valuation for rental property under the following circumstances:

  • Some portion of the unit's construction or renovation costs are paid by
  • financial incentives authorized under federal law;  
  • Some portion of the unit tenant's rent is subsidized pursuant to federal law; 
  • The unit's developer received federal tax credits to construct the unit as a condition of renting all or a portion of the units to low-income tenants at a less-than-market rent. 
  • The bill requires these properties to be valued according
  • to the income approach and requires county auditors to use a property's
  • presumed market rent and not the property's contract rent (includes federal
  • subsidy).

 

SB85    SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS  (MAHARATH T)
To establish signage requirements for indicating school zones for speed limit purposes, and to make an appropriation.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance

 
SB89    CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION  (HUFFMAN M)
With regard to career-technical education and the compensation of joint vocational school districts located in enterprise zones.

CURRENT STATUS
3/12/2019 - Referred to Committee Senate Education

COMMENTS
Senator Huffman has also followed through on his promise to carry a "SB 216-like" career technical education bill (SB 89). It has a number of career tech related provisions. OASBO will provide a bill analysis as soon as one is developed by the Legislative Service Commission. 

 
SB110    ACADEMIC DISTRESS COMMISSIONS  (MANNING N)
To modify the operation of academic distress commissions in certain school districts.

CURRENT STATUS
3/13/2019 - Introduced