Bill Text: AZ HB2359 | 2017 | Fifty-third Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced


Bill Title: Universities; governing boards

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)

Status: (Failed) 2017-02-07 - House FPRPP Committee action: Held, voting: (0-0-0-0-0-0) [HB2359 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE: universities; governing boards

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-third Legislature

First Regular Session

2017

 

HB 2359

 

Introduced by

Representatives Finchem: Cook, Leach, Mitchell, Norgaard

 

 

AN ACT

 

Amending sections 1-215, 3-121, 3-123, 3-125, 3-126, 3-128, 3-2601, 3‑2603, 3-3303, 5-222, 5-572, 9-921, 9-957, 11-256.03, 11-702, 11-703, 11‑704, 15-101, 15-121, 15-131, 15-133, 15-135, 15-151, 15-183, 15-185, 15-203, 15-211, 15-249.01, 15-249.06, 15-532, 15-701.01, 15-792.03, 15‑795.01, 15-901.07, 15-1042, 15-1601, 15-1624 and 15-1625, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending section 15-1626, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 238, section 1 and chapter 372, section 4; amending section 15-1626, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 130, section 1; amending sections 15-1626.01, 15-1627, 15‑1628, 15-1629, 15-1630, 15-1631, 15-1633, 15-1634, 15-1635, 15-1635.01, 15-1636, 15-1637, 15-1639, 15-1640, 15-1641, 15-1642, 15-1643, 15-1644, 15-1645, 15-1646, 15-1647, 15-1648, 15-1649, 15-1650, 15-1650.01, 15‑1650.02, 15-1651, 15-1652, 15-1653, 15-1654, 15-1661, 15-1662, 15-1663, 15-1664, 15-1665, 15-1667, 15-1669, 15-1670, 15-1681, 15-1682.03, 15-1741, 15-1743, 15-1747, 15-1754, 15-1781, 15-1802, 15-1804, 15-1805, 15-1806, 15‑1808, 15-1809, 15-1821, 15-1821.01, 15-1822, 15-1823, 15-1824, 15-1825, 15-1831, 15-1851, 15-1855, 15-1861, 15-1891, 15-1895, 15-1896, 15-1898, 15-2401, 17-491, 18-101, 23-391 and 23-722.04, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Section 27-102, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 5; repealing Section 27-102, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 371, section 6; amending section 27-104, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Section 27-106, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 8; amending Section 27-106, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 9; amending sections 27-108, 27-110, 28-2412, 28‑9102, 34-105, 34-451, 34-461, 35-101, 35-116, 35-120, 35-148, 35-190, 35-515, 35-701, 35-702, 35-703, 35-705, 35-722, 35-771, 36-2102, 36‑2903.01, 38-533, 38-611, 38-612, 38-615, 38-618, 38-626, 38-671, 38‑727, 38-842, 41-191.09, 41-192, 41-612, 41-706, 41-724, 41-741, 41-742, 41-751, 41-782, 41-791.01, 41-792, 41-793, 41-1002.01, 41-1005, 41‑1092.02, 41-1231, 41-1232.08, 41-1371, 41-1502, 41-1829.01 and 41-1862, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Section 41-2501, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 214, section 2 and chapter 312, section 7; amending sections 41-2616, 41-2706, 41-2751, 41-2771, 41-2772 and 41-3022.12, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Title 41, chapter 27, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding sections 41-3027.01, 41‑3027.02 and 41-3027.03; amending sections 41-5404 and 42-5032.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Section 42-5061, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by senate bill 1010, section 11, fifty-third legislature, first regular session, as transmitted to the governor; amending sections 42-5073, 42-5074 and 43-1022, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Section 43-1074.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 168, section 5; amending Section 43-1074.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 168, section 6; amending Section 43-1168, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 168, section 9; amending Section 43-1168, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 168, section 10; amending sections 44-7002, 48-4202, 48-4204 and 48-4235, Arizona Revised Statutes; appropriating monies; relating to universities.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 1-215, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE1-215.  Definitions

In the statutes and laws of this state, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Action" includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal.

2.  "Adopted rule" means a final rule as defined in section 41‑1001.

3.  "Adult" means a person who has attained eighteen years of age.

4.  "Alternative fuel" means:

(a)  Electricity.

(b)  Solar energy.

(c)  Liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas, hydrogen or a blend of hydrogen with liquefied petroleum or natural gas that complies with any of the following:

(i)  Is used in an engine that is certified to meet at a minimum the United States environmental protection agency low emission vehicle standard pursuant to 40 Code of Federal Regulations section 88.104‑94 or 88.105‑94.

(ii)  Is used in an engine that is certified by the engine modifier to meet the addendum to memorandum 1‑A of the United States environmental protection agency as printed in the federal register, volume 62, number 207, October 27, 1997, pages 55635 through 55637.

(iii)  Is used in an engine that is the subject of a waiver for that specific engine application from the United States environmental protection agency's memorandum 1‑A addendum requirements and that waiver is documented to the reasonable satisfaction of the director of the department of environmental quality.

(d)  Only for vehicles that use alcohol fuels before August 21, 1998, alcohol fuels that contain not less than eighty‑five per cent percent alcohol by volume.

(e)  A combination of at least seventy per cent percent alternative fuel and no more than thirty per cent petroleum based percent petroleum‑based fuel that operates in an engine that meets the United States environmental protection agency low emission vehicle standard pursuant to 40 Code of Federal Regulations section 88.104‑94 or 88.105‑94 and that is certified by the engine manufacturer to consume at least seventy per cent percent alternative fuel during normal vehicle operations.

5.  "Bribe" means anything of value or advantage, present or prospective, asked, offered, given, accepted or promised with a corrupt intent to influence, unlawfully, the person to whom it is given in that person's action, vote or opinion, in any public or official capacity.

6.  "Child" or "children", as used in reference to age of persons, means persons under eighteen years of age.

7.  "Clean burning fuel" means:

(a)  An emulsion of water‑phased hydrocarbon fuel that contains not less than twenty per cent percent water by volume and that complies with any of the following:

(i)  Is used in an engine that is certified to meet at a minimum the United States environmental protection agency low emission vehicle standard pursuant to 40 Code of Federal Regulations section 88.104‑94 or 88.105‑94.

(ii)  Is used in an engine that is certified by the engine modifier to meet the addendum to memorandum 1‑A of the United States environmental protection agency as printed in the federal register, volume 62, number 207, October 27, 1997, pages 55635 through 55637.

(iii)  Is used in an engine that is the subject of a waiver for that specific engine application from the United States environmental protection agency's memorandum 1‑A addendum requirements and that waiver is documented to the reasonable satisfaction of the director of the department of environmental quality.

(b)  A diesel fuel substitute that is produced from nonpetroleum renewable resources if the qualifying volume of the nonpetroleum renewable resources meets the standards for California diesel fuel as adopted by the California air resources board pursuant to 13 California Code of Regulations sections 2281 and 2282 in effect on January 1, 2000, the diesel fuel substitute meets the registration requirement for fuels and additives established by the United States environmental protection agency pursuant to section 211 of the clean air act as defined in section 49‑401.01 and the use of the diesel fuel substitute complies with the requirements listed in 10 Code of Federal Regulations part 490, as printed in the federal register, volume 64, number 96, May 19, 1999.

(c)  A diesel fuel that complies with all of the following:

(i)  Contains a maximum of fifteen parts per million by weight of sulfur.

(ii)  Meets ASTM D975.

(iii)  Meets the registration requirements for fuels and additives established by the United States environmental protection agency pursuant to section 211 of the clean air act as defined in section 49‑401.01.

(iv)  Is used in an engine that is equipped or has been retrofitted with a device that has been certified by the California air resources board diesel emission control strategy verification procedure, the United States environmental protection agency voluntary diesel retrofit program or the United States environmental protection agency verification protocol for retrofit catalyst, particulate filter and engine modification control technologies for highway and nonroad use diesel engines.

(d)  A blend of unleaded gasoline that contains at minimum eighty‑five per cent percent ethanol by volume or eighty‑five per cent percent methanol by volume.

(e)  Neat methanol.

(f)  Neat ethanol.

8.  "Corruptly" means a wrongful design to acquire or cause some pecuniary or other advantage to the person guilty of the act or omission referred to, or to some other person.

9.  "Daytime" means the period between sunrise and sunset.

10.  "Depose" includes every manner of written statement under oath or affirmation.

11.  "Federal poverty guidelines" means the poverty guidelines as updated annually in the federal register by the United States department of health and human services.

12.  "Grantee" includes every person to whom an estate or interest in real property passes, in or by a deed.

13.  "Grantor" includes every person from or by whom an estate or interest in real property passes, in or by a deed.

14.  "Includes" or "including" means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion.

15.  "Inhabitant" means a resident of a city, town, village, district, county or precinct.

16.  "Issue", as used in connection with descent of estates, includes all lawful, lineal descendants of the ancestor.

17.  "Knowingly":

(a)  Means only a knowledge that the facts exist that bring the act or omission within the provisions of the statute using such word. 

(b)  Does not require any knowledge of the unlawfulness of the act or omission.

18.  "Magistrate" means an officer having power to issue a warrant for the arrest of a person charged with a public offense and includes the chief justice and justices of the supreme court, judges of the superior court, judges of the court of appeals, justices of the peace and judges of a municipal court.

19.  "Majority" or "age of majority", as used in reference to age of persons, means eighteen years of age or more.

20.  "Malice" and "maliciously" mean a wish to vex, annoy or injure another person, or an intent to do a wrongful act, established either by proof or presumption of law.

21.  "Minor" means a person under the age of eighteen years.

22.  "Minor children" means persons under the age of eighteen years.

23.  "Month" means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed.

24.  "Neglect", "negligence", "negligent" and "negligently" import a want of such attention to the nature or probable consequence of the act or omission as a prudent man ordinarily bestows in acting in his own concerns.

25.  "Nighttime" means the period between sunset and sunrise.

26.  "Oath" includes an affirmation or declaration.

27.  "Peace officers" means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, policemen of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety, personnel who are employed by the state department of corrections and the department of juvenile corrections and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a multicounty water conservation district and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by community college district governing boards and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the governing body of a public airport pursuant to section 28‑8426 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a private postsecondary institution pursuant to section 15‑1897 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board and special agents from the office of the attorney general, or of a county attorney, and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board.

28.  "Person" includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person.  When the word "person" is used to designate the party whose property may be the subject of a criminal or public offense, the term includes the United States, this state, or any territory, state or country, or any political subdivision of this state that may lawfully own any property, or a public or private corporation, or partnership or association.  When the word "person" is used to designate the violator or offender of any law, it includes a corporation, a partnership or any association of persons.

29.  "Personal property" includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt.

30.  "Population" means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census.

31.  "Process" means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings.

32.  "Property" includes both real and personal property.

33.  "Real property" is coextensive with lands, tenements and hereditaments.

34.  "Registered mail" includes certified mail.

35.  "Seal", as used in reference to a paper issuing from a court or public office to which the seal of such court or office is required to be affixed, means an impression of the seal on that paper, an impression of the seal affixed to that paper by a wafer or wax, a stamped seal, a printed seal, a screened seal or a computer generated seal.

36.  "Signature" or "subscription" includes a mark, if a person cannot write, with the person's name written near it and witnessed by a person who writes the person's own name as witness.

37.  "State", as applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, this state and the territories.

38.  "Testify" includes every manner of oral statement under oath or affirmation.

39.  "United States" includes the District of Columbia and the territories.

40.  "Vessel", as used in reference to shipping, includes ships of all kinds, steamboats, steamships, barges, canal boats and every structure adapted to navigation from place to place for the transportation of persons or property.

41.  "Wilfully" means, with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists.

42.  "Will" includes codicils.

43.  "Workers' compensation" means workmen's compensation as used in article XVIII, section 8, Constitution of Arizona.

44.  "Writ" means an order or precept in writing issued in the name of the state or by a court or judicial officer.

45.  "Writing" includes printing. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Section 3-121, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-121.  Smith-Lever act accepted; authority of the governing board of the university of Arizona

A.  The assent of the state is given to the provisions and requirements of an act of Congress entitled "An act to provide for cooperative agricultural extension work between the agricultural colleges in the several states," known as the Smith‑Lever act.

B.  The board of regents of the universities and state college of Arizona governing board of the university of Arizona is authorized and empowered to receive the grants of money appropriated under that act, and to organize and conduct agricultural extension work in connection with the college of agriculture of the university of Arizona in accordance with the terms and conditions expressed in the act. END_STATUTE

Sec. 3.  Section 3-123, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-123.  Agricultural extension work

Cooperative agricultural extension work shall consist of giving practical demonstrations in agriculture and home economics, and imparting information on those subjects through field demonstrations, publications and otherwise.  The work shall be carried on in such manner as is mutually agreed upon on by the board of regents of the universities and state college of Arizona governing board of the university of Arizona and the county agricultural extension board of each county provided for in this article. END_STATUTE

Sec. 4.  Section 3-125, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-125.  Plan of extension work; annual report

The director of the agricultural extension service of the university of Arizona shall annually present a plan of extension work in the state for the ensuing year, for the approval of the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona.  The county agent‑in‑charge in each county shall annually present to and for the approval of the board of supervisors of the county and the county agricultural extension board a detailed report of extension activities in the county for the preceding fiscal year, including a detailed report of receipts and disbursements, and a plan of extension work in the county for the ensuing year.  The financial reports shall be on forms prescribed by the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona. END_STATUTE

Sec. 5.  Section 3-126, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-126.  Annual county agricultural extension budget; tax levy; collection; expenditures

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona shall have prepared for each county an annual financial budget covering the total cost including the county's share of the cost of the extension work, which, if adopted by a majority vote of the respective county agricultural extension board at a regularly called meeting, shall be submitted to the board of supervisors of the county who, which shall place such amount of such the budget as the board of supervisors shall approve on the tax rolls of the county for the ensuing year.

B.  The amount placed on the tax rolls shall be raised by direct taxation.

C.  The taxes, when collected, shall be transmitted by the county treasurer upon on a warrant drawn by the board of supervisors to the comptroller of the university of Arizona and shall be expended upon on claims drawn by the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona.

D.  All money raised by taxation by a county shall be expended for the use and benefit of that county. END_STATUTE

Sec. 6.  Section 3-128, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-128.  Expenditures of university of Arizona funds

A.  For the purpose of aiding counties in support of the agricultural extension program, the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona shall have prepared an annual financial budget covering the university of Arizona's share of the cost of extension work in each county and after approval thereof may expend such amount of the university of Arizona funds.

B.  No funds secured through taxation or appropriation or from the university of Arizona, as provided in this article, shall be available for any county until plans for the expenditure of the funds have been made and approved by the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona.

C.  All money obtained by taxation or appropriation or from the university of Arizona shall be expended for the use and benefit of the county entitled to receive the fund, and the monies directed to be expended from the university of Arizona funds shall be expended and disbursed upon on claims drawn by the board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona showing upon on their face the county for whose account the funds are expended. END_STATUTE

Sec. 7.  Section 3-2601, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-2601.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "ALIRT agreement" means the Arizona livestock incident response team agreement established between the department and a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

2.  "Brand" means the term, design or trademark and other specific designation under which an individual commercial feed is distributed in this state.

3.  "Commercial feed" means all materials, except whole seeds unmixed or physically altered entire unmixed seeds, that are distributed for use as feed or for mixing in feed.  Commercial feed includes raw agricultural commodities distributed for use as feed or for mixing in feed when the commodities are adulterated within the meaning of section 3‑2611.

4.  "Customer‑formula feed" means a mixture of commercial feed or feed materials, or both, each batch of which is mixed according to the specific instructions of the final purchaser.

5.  "Distribute" means to offer for sale, sell, barter or otherwise supply commercial feeds or customer‑formula feeds, but does not include or apply to any feeds supplied for consumption on the premises of the supplier.

6.  "Division" means the environmental services division of the Arizona department of agriculture.

7.  "Feed ingredient" means each of the constituent materials making up a commercial feed.

8.  "Label" means a display of written, printed or graphic matter on or affixed to the container in which a commercial feed is distributed, or on the invoice or delivery slip with which a commercial feed or customer‑formula feed is distributed.

9.  "Official sample" means any sample of feed taken by the director or the director's agent and designated as official.

10.  "Per cent Percent" or "percentage" means percentage by weight.

11.  "Person" includes an individual, partnership, corporation, firm, association or agent.

12.  "Sell" or "sale" includes exchange.

13.  "Ton" means a net weight of two thousand pounds avoirdupois. END_STATUTE

Sec. 8.  Section 3-2603, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-2603.  Enforcement and administrative powers

A.  The associate director may refuse to license or may cancel the license of any distributor in violation of this article.  The director shall review the associate director's action on request of any person adversely affected by the action.

B.  The director may, after a hearing:

1.  Adopt rules:

(a)  Requiring the guarantee of substances and elements when claimed present in a commercial feed, and declare the form in which the guarantee shall appear on the label.

(b)  Setting forth acceptable descriptive terms by which ingredients shall be listed on the labeling when used as ingredients of a commercial feed or customer‑formula feed.

(c)  Requiring a statement of warning and directions for use of commercial feeds and customer‑formula feeds containing drugs or chemicals.

(d)  Establishing limits of viable weed seeds contained in commercial feed.

(e)  Both administrative and technical, which the director deems necessary for the efficient administration of this article.

2.  Cooperate with, and enter into agreements with, public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, other agencies of this state, other states and agencies of the federal government in order to carry out the purpose and provisions of this article, including the implementation and use of commercial feed trust fund monies to assist the efforts of an ALIRT agreement.

3.  Exempt from the definition of commercial feed or from specific provisions of this article commodities such as hay, straw, stover, silage, cobs, husks, hulls and individual chemical compounds or substances when those commodities, compounds or substances are not intermixed or mixed with other materials and are not adulterated within the meaning of section 3‑2611.

4.  Define weights in the metric system. END_STATUTE

Sec. 9.  Section 3-3303, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE3-3303.  Arizona agricultural protection commission; report

A.  The Arizona agricultural protection commission is established within, and as an advisory body to, the department consisting of:

1.  The following members who are appointed by the governor:

(a)  Two members who operate family farms or ranches in this state and who are active in regional or local agricultural organizations.

(b)  One member who is from a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state and who has experience in range ecology.

(c)  Two members who represent regional or statewide conservation organizations in this state that have been in operation for at least ten years.

2.  The following members who are appointed by the president of the senate:

(a)  Two members who operate family farms or ranches in this state.

(b)  One member who represents a regional or statewide land trust that has been in operation for at least five years.

(c)  One member who is a member of a county board of supervisors.

(d)  One member who is a member of a natural resource conservation district board of directors.

3.  The following members who are appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives:

(a)  Two members who are licensed real estate professionals and who are active in marketing agricultural properties.

(b)  One member who is active in and represents a statewide agricultural organization in this state that has been in existence for at least ten years.

(c)  One member who is active in managing water resources.

(d)  One member who is a member of the state bar of Arizona and who is experienced in the practice of private real estate law.

4.  The director of the department as an ex officio member.

B.  To serve on the commission, a person must be a resident of this state and have demonstrated an interest in the conservation of natural or agricultural resources.  The initial members shall assign themselves by lot to terms of one, two and three years in office.  Thereafter, all subsequent members serve three year three-year terms of office, except that a member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed and assumes office.  On request, appointive members are eligible to receive compensation pursuant to section 38‑611 and are eligible for reimbursement of expenses pursuant to title 38, chapter 4, article 2.  Compensation and reimbursement costs are payable from the Arizona agricultural protection fund.

C.  The commission shall:

1.  Recommend to the director the adoption of rules necessary to perform its duties.

2.  Advise the department with respect to grants awarded and contracts entered into pursuant to this chapter.

3.  Solicit and accept donations to the Arizona agricultural protection fund, including donations for the sole purpose of administering the Arizona agricultural protection program under this article.

4.  Elect a chairperson and vice‑chairperson from its members each year.

5.  Prepare an annual report of its activities and submit a copy of the report to the director, the secretary of state and any member of the public who requests a copy.

6.  Advise the director and submit recommendations relating to the monitoring of agricultural easements established pursuant to this chapter.

D.  The commission may:

1.  Accept, use and dispose of appropriations, gifts and grants of monies, other property and services from any source for the purposes authorized by this chapter.

2.  Perform any other acts consistent with and necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. END_STATUTE

Sec. 10.  Section 5-222, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE5-222.  Application of this chapter

A.  This chapter does not apply to any amateur boxing or mixed martial arts contest conducted by the following:

1.  Any school, community college, college or university or an association or organization composed exclusively of schools, community colleges, colleges or universities when each contestant is a student enrolled in a school, community college, college or university.  As used in this section, "school, community college, college or university" means every school, community college, college or university and every other school, community college, college or university determined by the state board of education, community college districts as defined in section 15‑1401 or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university to be maintained primarily for the giving of general academic education.

2.  A government unit or agency of the United States, this state or a political subdivision of this state or a unit of the United States armed forces or the national guard if all contestants are members of that unit of the armed forces or the national guard.

3.  An amateur athletic program that is authorized by and sanctioned under the rules, regulations and policies of a national governing body that is recognized by the United States olympic committee in which all contestants are amateur contestants.

4.  Kickboxing events that are sanctioned by and conducted under the direct supervision of the United States muay thai association or another muay thai sanctioning body that is approved by the commission if all contestants are amateur contestants.

5.  Any bona fide private school whose primary purpose is instruction and training in the martial arts, if:

(a)  The contests held in conjunction with the instruction and training are amateur.

(b)  The contests are of a sparring nature with no official decisions awarded.

(c)  At least one contestant in each contest has been a member in good standing of the sponsoring private school for at least sixty continuous days before the contest.

(d)  An admission fee or a mandatory donation or other form of payment is not charged for attendance.

6.  Any bona fide private school whose primary purpose is instruction in karate, if the contests held in conjunction with the instruction are amateur.

B.  An amateur mixed martial arts competitor shall not be licensed as a professional mixed martial arts competitor until the person has completed five or more verified amateur contests that are regulated by the commission or by a sanctioning body that is approved by the commission.  The five‑contest requirement prescribed by this subsection may be waived by the commission or by the executive director. END_STATUTE

Sec. 11.  Section 5-572, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE5-572.  Use of monies in state lottery fund; report

A.  If there are any bonds or bond related obligations payable from the state lottery revenue bond debt service fund, the state lottery revenue bond debt service fund shall be secured by a first lien on the monies in the state lottery fund after the payment of operating costs of the lottery, as prescribed in section 5‑555, subsection A, paragraph 1, until the state lottery bond debt service fund contains sufficient monies to meet all the requirements for the current period as required by the bond documents.  Debt service for revenue bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall be paid first from monies that would have otherwise been deposited pursuant to this section in the state general fund.  After the requirements for the current period have been satisfied as required by the bond documents, the monies in the state lottery fund shall be expended for the expenses of the commission incurred in carrying out its powers and duties and in the operation of the lottery.

B.  Of the monies remaining in the state lottery fund each fiscal year after appropriations and deposits authorized in subsection A of this section, ten million dollars shall be deposited in the Arizona game and fish commission heritage fund established by section 17‑297.

C.  Of the monies remaining in the state lottery fund each fiscal year after appropriations and deposits authorized in subsections A and B of this section, five million dollars shall be allocated to the department of child safety for the healthy families program established by section 8‑481, four million dollars shall be allocated to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona for the Arizona area health education system established by section 15‑1643, three million dollars shall be allocated to the department of health services to fund the teenage pregnancy prevention programs established in Laws 1995, chapter 190, sections 2 and 3, two million dollars shall be allocated to the department of health services for the health start program established by section 36‑697, two million dollars shall be deposited in the disease control research fund established by section 36‑274 and one million dollars shall be allocated to the department of health services for the federal women, infants and children food program.  The allocations in this subsection shall be adjusted annually according to changes in the GDP price deflator as defined in section 41‑563 and the allocations are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.  If there are not sufficient monies available pursuant to this subsection, the allocation of monies for each program shall be reduced on a pro rata basis.

D.  If the state lottery director determines that monies available to the state general fund may not equal eighty‑four million one hundred fifty thousand dollars in a fiscal year, the director shall not authorize deposits to the Arizona game and fish commission heritage fund pursuant to subsection B of this section until the deposits to the state general fund equal eighty‑four million one hundred fifty thousand dollars in a fiscal year.

E.  Of the monies remaining in the state lottery fund each fiscal year after appropriations and deposits authorized in subsections A through D of this section, one million dollars or the remaining balance in the fund, whichever is less, is appropriated to the department of economic security for grants to nonprofit organizations, including faith based faith‑based organizations, for homeless emergency and transitional shelters and related support services.  The department of economic security shall submit a report on the amounts, recipients, purposes and results of each grant to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate on or before December 31 of each year for the prior fiscal year and shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.

F.  Of the monies remaining in the state lottery fund each fiscal year after appropriations and deposits authorized in subsections A through E of this section, and after a total of at least ninety‑nine million six hundred forty thousand dollars has been deposited in the state general fund, three million five hundred thousand dollars shall be deposited in the Arizona competes fund established by section 41‑1545.01.  The balance in the state lottery fund remaining after deposits into the Arizona competes fund shall be deposited in the university capital improvement lease‑to‑own and bond fund established by section 15‑1682.03, up to a maximum of eighty percent of the total annual payments of lease‑to‑own and bond agreements entered into by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university.

G.  All monies remaining in the state lottery fund after the appropriations and deposits authorized in this section shall be deposited in the state general fund.

H.  Except for monies expended for debt service of revenue bonds as provided in subsection A of this section, monies expended under subsection A of this section are subject to legislative appropriation.

I.  The commission shall transfer monies prescribed in this section on a quarterly basis. END_STATUTE

Sec. 12.  Section 9-921, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE9-921.  Powers and duties of the board; audit

A.  The police pension board shall have exclusive control and management of the police pension fund, subject to the provisions of this article.  It shall make rules, not inconsistent with the provisions of this article, for its government, the conduct of its proceedings and the management of the fund, and shall do all things necessary to carry out the provisions of this article.  It may compel witnesses to attend hearings, or produce records and papers, and testify with respect to applications for pensions, or upon on any matter connected with the fund, and any member of the board may administer oaths to such witnesses.

B.  The board may invest or reinvest, in the name of the board, that portion of the fund which in its judgment is available for investment in such interest‑bearing securities as follows:

1.  Bonds of the United States.

2.  Federal housing insured mortgage bonds of the United States.

3.  Bonds, debentures or other obligations issued by the federal land banks, the federal intermediate credit banks or the banks for cooperatives.

4.  Any bonds upon on which the payment of interest and principal are is guaranteed by the United States.

5.  Bonds issued by any United States government instrumentality or federal agency that qualify and are acceptable as security for public funds of the United States government.

6.  General obligation bonds of the state or of the counties, incorporated cities and towns and school districts.

7.  Revenue bonds of the incorporated cities and towns of this state, Arizona board of regents the governing board of a university, the Arizona power authority or any other legally constituted state authority or agency authorized by law to issue revenue bonds, except revenue bonds for recreational purposes issued by cities and towns.

8.  Bonds of agricultural improvement districts and agricultural improvement and power districts organized under the laws of this state when issued or guaranteed, with the approval of the secretary of the interior, by corporations operating a United States reclamation project within the state.

9.  Bonds of incorporated cities or towns of this state issued under the provisions of sections 9‑692 through 9‑707 48‑595 through 48‑610.

10.  First lien bonds of sanitary districts issued pursuant to title 48, chapter 14.

11.  Registered warrants of the state, or registered county or school district warrants when offered as security for monies of the county or school district by which they are issued.

12.  Interest bearing Interest-bearing savings accounts or certificates of deposit in banks doing business in this state whose accounts are insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation, but only if such deposits in excess of the insured amount are secured by the depository to the same extent and in the same manner as required by the general depository law of the state.

13.  Interest bearing Interest-bearing savings accounts or certificates of deposit in savings and loan associations doing business in this state whose accounts are insured by the federal savings and loan insurance corporation, but only if such deposits in excess of the insured amount are secured by the depository to the same extent and in the same manner as required by the general depository law of the state.

C.  The board shall cause an annual audit and report of the fund to be made by a certified public accountant, and shall also cause actuarial studies of the fund to be made periodically, but not less than once in each three years, by a qualified actuary who is a member of the society of actuaries.  The actuary shall make specific recommendations as to the contributions to be made to the fund in accordance with the provisions of section 9‑923, subsection A, paragraph 10 in order to maintain the fund on an actuarily actuarially sound basis. END_STATUTE

Sec. 13.  Section 9-957, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE9-957.  Powers and duties of board; investments; review of decisions

A.  The board may compel witnesses to attend and testify upon on any matter pertaining to this article, and its president or any member may administer oaths.  The board may provide for payment of its necessary expenses, except that no compensation is payable to members of the board for duties performed under this article.

B.  Funds which that are not immediately required for the payment of pensions or benefits under this article may be invested or reinvested, at the discretion of the board of trustees, by the county treasurer or by the board of trustees, as follows:

1.  In bonds of the United States.

2.  In federal housing insured mortgage bonds of the United States.

3.  In federal land bank bonds.

4.  Any bonds upon on which the payment of interest and principal are is guaranteed by the United States.

5.  Bonds issued by any United States government instrumentality or federal agency that qualify and are acceptable as security for public funds of the United States government.

6.  General obligation bonds of this state or of the counties, incorporated cities and towns and school districts of this state.

7.  Revenue bonds of the incorporated cities and towns of this state, Arizona board of regents the governing board of a university, the Arizona power authority or any other legally constituted state authority or agency authorized by law to issue revenue bonds, except revenue bonds for recreational purposes issued by cities and towns.

8.  Bonds of agricultural improvement districts and agricultural improvement and power districts organized under the laws of this state when issued or guaranteed, with the approval of the secretary of the interior, by corporations operating a United States reclamation project within the state.

9.  Bonds of incorporated cities or towns of this state issued under the provisions of sections 9‑692 through 9‑707 48‑595 through 48‑610.

10.  First lien bonds of sanitary districts issued pursuant to title 48, chapter 14.

11.  Registered warrants of the state, or registered county or school district warrants when offered as security for monies of the county or school district by which they are issued.

12.  Interest bearing Interest-bearing savings accounts or certificates of deposit in banks doing business in this state whose accounts are insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation, but only if such deposits in excess of the insured amount are secured by the depository to the same extent and in the same manner as required by the general depository law of the state.

13.  Interest bearing Interest-bearing savings accounts or certificates of deposit in savings and loan associations doing business in this state, whose accounts are insured by the federal savings and loan insurance corporation, but only if such deposits in excess of the insured amount are secured by the depository to the same extent and in the same manner as required by the general depository law of this state.

C.  All matters pertaining to the benefits granted by this article to fire fighters firefighters and their dependents shall be presented to the board, and any person aggrieved by a decision of the board, may at any time within thirty days after its decision, may petition for a writ of certiorari, and the court may on final hearing reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify, the decision reviewed. END_STATUTE

Sec. 14.  Section 11-256.03, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE11-256.03.  Conveyance of property for health care institution to nonprofit corporation; powers and duties of county and nonprofit corporation; reports; definitions

A.  The board of supervisors of any county that has a population greater than one million but less than two million persons and that owns and operates a health care institution may enter into an agreement to convey the real property and any improvements thereon and all other property, both tangible and intangible, of such an institution to a nonprofit corporation established for the purposes of operating a health care institution that includes inpatient services.  Any property and improvements conveyed pursuant to this section shall include the service capability as indicated in the license of the health care institution and all outpatient clinics administered by the health care institution at the time of the conveyance and shall be conveyed for at least their fair market value as determined at the time of the conveyance.

B.  To satisfy the requirements of section 501 of the internal revenue code, any nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section is declared to be:

1.  A validly organized and existing body politic and corporate exercising its powers for the benefit of the people, to improve their health and welfare and to increase their prosperity.

2.  Engaged in a purpose essential to public health care.

3.  Performing an essential governmental function.

C.  Any nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section is exempt from property taxation by this state or any agency or subdivision of this state and possesses and may exercise only those governmental powers of the board of supervisors that are delegated to the nonprofit corporation by the board of supervisors and that are necessary to satisfy the requirements of section 501 of the internal revenue code, as specified in the terms, conditions, restrictions and agreements to the conveyance agreement.  These powers are in addition to those powers granted to a nonprofit corporation by title 10, chapters 24 through 40.

D.  Any nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section may issue bonds and incur obligations and pledge its revenues as security for the payment thereof for health care institutional purposes to the extent provided by the provisions of the conveyance agreement.  Nothing in This section shall be construed to does not authorize the incurrence of a debt by the county within the meaning of any constitutional restriction on debt.

E.  Except as provided in subsections F and G of this section, a nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section may acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise, and may operate, other health care institutions and real and personal property for purposes of providing products and services related to the operation of health care institutions owned, leased or operated by it.  Such an acquisition or operation does not affect the powers, rights, privileges or immunities conferred on such a nonprofit corporation by this section.

F.  Any nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section shall not own, lease or operate a health care institution outside the conveying county.

G.  Until September 1, 1986 neither a board of supervisors nor a nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section shall enter into any agreement with a nonprofit corporation that is a lessee as described in section 15‑1637, subsection A, if the agreement provides for the conveyance of any ownership interest whatever in the nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section or in the property described in subsection A of this section.  After August 31, 1986, any such agreement must be approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university and the state legislature.  This subsection does not prevent the grant of an option to purchase such property, provided that the option may not be exercised before September 1, 1986 and the exercise of the option must be approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university and the state legislature.  Under no circumstances shall any state general fund monies be used to acquire any interest in such property.

H.  Any nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to subsection A of this section shall make semiannual progress reports as to its financial status and deliver them on January 1 and July 1 of each year to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the governor.  The nonprofit corporation shall present an independently audited financial statement to the auditor general within ninety days of after the close of the previous fiscal year.  The auditor general shall review such statements and transmit them together with a report to officers entitled to receive progress reports by this section.

I.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Health care institution" has the same meaning prescribed in section 36-401.

2.  "Internal revenue code" has the same meaning prescribed in section 43‑105.

3.  "Nonprofit corporation" means a corporation as defined in section 10‑3140. END_STATUTE

Sec. 15.  Section 11-702, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE11-702.  Board of directors; conflict of interest prohibited; violation; classification; powers and duties

A.  The authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of fifteen members.  In counties having a population of over one million five hundred thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census, the board of supervisors shall appoint five members, the president of a state university within the county shall appoint one member and the mayors of the seven most populous cities in that county shall each appoint one member, except that the mayor of the most populous city shall appoint three members.  In counties having a population of one million five hundred thousand persons or less according to the most recent United States decennial census, the board of supervisors shall appoint the fifteen members.  Directors must be qualified electors of the county.  In counties having a population of one million five hundred thousand persons or less according to the most recent United States decennial census, the board of supervisors shall appoint eight members of the initial board of directors to terms of two years and seven members to terms of four years.  In counties having a population of over one million five hundred thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census, the board of supervisors shall appoint five members of the initial board of directors to terms of four years, the mayor of the most populous city shall appoint three members of the initial board of directors to terms of four years, the president of a state university within the county shall appoint one member of the initial board of directors to a term of two years and the remainder of the mayors of the remaining appointing cities shall each appoint one member of the initial board to a term of two years.  All subsequent members shall be appointed to terms of four years.  A director may not be appointed to more than two consecutive terms.

B.  Members of the board of directors shall not have any direct or indirect financial interest in, or be employed in any capacity by, an entity with which the authority has a contractual or lessor-lessee relationship other than a university or the Arizona board of regents or an institution under the jurisdiction of the board of regents governing board of a university.  A violation of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

C.  The board of directors may on behalf of the authority:

1.  Adopt and use a corporate seal.

2.  Sue and be sued.

3.  Enter into contracts, including intergovernmental agreements under chapter 7, article 3 of this title as necessary to carry out the purposes and requirements of this chapter.

4.  Adopt administrative rules as necessary to administer and operate the authority and any facility under its jurisdiction.

5.  Employ an executive director and administrative and clerical employees and prescribe the terms and conditions of their employment as necessary to carry out the purposes of the authority.

6.  Acquire by any lawful means, except by eminent domain, and operate, maintain, encumber and dispose of real and personal property and interests in property.

7.  Administer trusts declared or established for the authority, receive and hold in trust or otherwise property located in or out of this state and, if not otherwise provided, dispose of the property for the benefit of the authority.

8.  Promote events in the public interest that are approved and listed in the budget under section 11-705, subsection A, paragraph 3, subdivision (d).

9.  Accept gifts.

D.  The board of directors shall:

1.  Appoint from among its members a chairman, secretary and treasurer and such other officers as may be necessary to conduct its business.

2.  Keep and maintain a complete and accurate record of all of its proceedings.  All proceedings and records of the board shall be open to the public as required by title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1 and title 39, chapter 1.

3.  Actively promote the use of the authority's property and lease or sublease the property for professional and amateur sports events and for other suitable activities for the benefit of the public.

4.  Provide for the maintenance and operation of the properties, facilities, franchises and interests controlled by the authority. END_STATUTE

Sec. 16.  Section 11-703, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE11-703.  Using university property

The board of directors may enter into one or more intergovernmental agreements pursuant to chapter 7, article 3 of this title with the Arizona board of regents or with any institution under its jurisdiction a university or the governing board of a university in the county to lease university real or personal property.  Any such lease may authorize the authority to sublease the property for any activity suited to the property, including sporting events.  In addition, the board of directors, pursuant to section 11‑702, subsection C, paragraph 6, may acquire ownership of or an ownership interest in any such property.  Subject to the provisions of title 4, the board of directors may permit and regulate the sale, use and consumption of alcoholic beverages at events held on property acquired, leased or subleased under this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 17.  Section 11-704, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE11-704.  County sports authority fund

A.  The authority treasurer shall maintain a county sports authority fund consisting of all monies received by the authority, including:

1.  Payments received from leasing, subleasing or renting facilities.

2.  Revenues received by the authority from admissions and concessions and other proceeds from events held at facilities leased by the authority.

3.  Monies received from issuing and selling bonds under article 2 of this chapter.

4.  Interest and other income received from investing monies in the fund.

5.  Gifts, grants and donations received for that purpose from any private source.

B.  Monies in the fund may be used only for the following purposes:

1.  Ordinary and necessary administration and operation expenses of the authority, including:

(a)  Reasonable salaries and employee related employee‑related expenses of employees of the authority.

(b)  Reasonable reimbursement of expenses of members of the board of directors.

2.  Making all payments required under any lease or sublease of facilities by the authority.

3.  Repaying and redeeming bonds issued by the authority, including interest and redemption charges.

4.  Academic scholarships, established by the board of directors at the end of the fiscal year, to any college or university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona community college board governing board of a community college district or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university.  These scholarships shall be funded from unexpended and unencumbered monies remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year which are not otherwise required as reserves.

C.  The treasurer of the authority may invest any unexpended monies in the fund as provided in title 35, chapter 2, including in the local government investment pool, if authorized by the state treasurer.  Interest and other income from investments shall be credited to the fund.  The treasurer of the authority shall invest the monies so as to mature at the times when the fund assets will be required for the purposes of this article.  If the liquid assets in the fund become insufficient to meet the authority's obligations, the board of directors shall direct the treasurer of the authority to liquidate sufficient securities to meet all of the current obligations and immediately notify the board of supervisors, the attorney general and the auditor general of the insufficiency, and the attorney general and auditor general shall investigate and audit the circumstances surrounding the depletion of the fund and report their findings to the board of supervisors.

D.  The board of directors shall cause an annual audit to be conducted of the fund by an independent certified public accountant within thirty days after the end of the fiscal year.  The board shall immediately file a certified copy of the audit with the auditor general.  The auditor general may make such further audits and examinations as he deems necessary, but if he takes no official action within thirty days after the audit is filed, the audit is deemed sufficient.  The board of directors shall pay all fees and costs of the certified public accountant and auditor general under this subsection from the fund. END_STATUTE

Sec. 18.  Section 15-101, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-101.  Definitions

In this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Accommodation school" means either:

(a)  A school that is operated through the county board of supervisors and the county school superintendent and that the county school superintendent administers to serve a military reservation or territory that is not included within the boundaries of a school district.

(b)  A school that provides educational services to homeless children or alternative education programs as provided in section 15‑308, subsection B.

(c)  A school that is established to serve a military reservation, the boundaries of which are coterminous with the boundaries of the military reservation on which the school is located.

2.  "Assessed valuation" means the valuation derived by applying the applicable percentage as provided in title 42, chapter 15, article 1 to the full cash value or limited property value, whichever is applicable, of the property.

3.  "Charter holder" means a person that enters into a charter with the state board for charter schools.  For the purposes of this paragraph, "person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization of any kind.

4.  "Charter school" means a public school established by contract with the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts pursuant to article 8 of this chapter to provide learning that will improve pupil achievement.

5.  "Child with a disability" means a child with a disability as defined in section 15‑761.

6.  "Class A bonds" means general obligation bonds approved by a vote of the qualified electors of a school district at an election held on or before December 31, 1998.

7.  "Class B bonds" means general obligation bonds approved by a vote of the qualified electors of a school district at an election held from and after December 31, 1998.

8.  "Competency" means a demonstrated ability in a skill at a specified performance level.

9.  "Course" means organized subject matter in which instruction is offered within a given period of time and for which credit toward promotion, graduation or certification is usually given.  A course consists of knowledge selected from a subject for instructional purposes in the schools.

10.  "Course of study" means a list of required and optional subjects to be taught in the schools.

11.  "Dual enrollment course" means a college‑level course that is conducted on the campus of a high school or on the campus of a joint technical education district, that is applicable to an established community college academic degree or certificate program and that is transferable to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.  A dual enrollment course that is applicable to a community college occupational degree or certificate program may be transferable to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

12.  "Elementary grades" means kindergarten programs and grades one through eight.

13.  "Fiscal year" means the year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

14.  "Governing board" means a body organized for the government and management of the schools within a school district or a county school superintendent in the conduct of an accommodation school.

15.  "Lease" means an agreement for conveyance and possession of real or personal property.

16.  "Limited property value" means the value determined pursuant to title 42, chapter 13, article 7.  Limited property value shall be used as the basis for assessing, fixing, determining and levying primary property taxes.

17.  "Nontest" means not relating to knowledge or skills in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science or any other course.

18.  "Parent" means the natural or adoptive parent of a child or a person who has custody of a child.

19.  "Person who has custody" means a parent or legal guardian of a child, a person to whom custody of the child has been given by order of a court or a person who stands in loco parentis to the child.

20.  "Primary property taxes" means all ad valorem taxes except for secondary property taxes.

21.  "Private school" means a nonpublic institution where instruction is imparted.

22.  "School" or "public school" means any public institution established for the purposes of offering instruction to pupils in programs for preschool children with disabilities, kindergarten programs or any combination of elementary grades or secondary grades one through twelve.

23.  "School district" means a political subdivision of this state with geographic boundaries organized for the purpose of the administration, support and maintenance of the public schools or an accommodation school.

24.  "Secondary grades" means grades nine through twelve.

25.  "Secondary property taxes" means ad valorem taxes used to pay the principal of and the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness or other lawful long‑term obligation issued or incurred for a specific purpose by a school district or a community college district and amounts levied pursuant to an election to exceed a budget, expenditure or tax limitation.

26.  "Subject" means a division or field of organized knowledge, such as English or mathematics, or a selection from an organized body of knowledge for a course or teaching unit, such as the English novel or elementary algebra. END_STATUTE

Sec. 19.  Section 15-121, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-121.  School employees; participation in federal retirement plans and deferred compensation plans; prohibition against use of public monies; exceptions

A.  Employees of school districts, accommodation school employees, employees of the community college districts, employees of the universities and all other certificated and noncertificated employees of the schools of this state, including those located at state institutions, may participate in federal retirement or deferred compensation plans as provided in 26 United States Code sections 401(a), 403(b) and 457(b), if the governing body approves.

B.  Upon On election by an employee to participate through salary reduction contributions if permitted under federal law or by election of the governing board to make nonelective employer contributions, the governing board of a school district, the county school superintendent, the community college district governing board, the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university or the other governing body or employer of the employee shall:

1.  Invest such an amount as authorized by the employee, to be reduced from the regular annual salary of the employee, in a 26 United States Code section 403(b) tax sheltered annuity or custodial account or a 26 United States Code section 457(b) deferred compensation plan.

2.  Invest nonelective employer contributions in a 26 United States Code section 401(a) defined contribution plan or a 26 United States Code section 403(b) tax sheltered annuity or custodial account.

C.  The amount to be invested shall be determined by the employee not less than fifteen days before the employee's first payday in the school year, or at any time during the school year at the option of the governing body.  The employing body or county school superintendent shall assume no responsibility other than to make the requested payments during the actual time of the employment of the employee.  The employer shall transfer to the fund manager the employee contributions within ten working days after each and every payroll date.  Contributions transferred after that date shall include a penalty of six per cent percent a year for each day the contributions are late.  The penalty shall be paid by the employer.  If the employee changes the employee's employment to another school or school district, the employee may authorize the employee's new employer to continue the payments if the governing body approves.

D.  State, county, district or other public monies shall not be used in the purchase of any annuity or payment of any deferred compensation authorized by this article, except for monies authorized for the following purposes:

1.  The recruitment and retention of selected employees, including teachers when there are shortages of teachers.

2.  As a benefit to encourage teachers specifically selected by the governing board or the board's authorized designee to teach in an underperforming a school that is assigned a letter grade of D pursuant to section 15‑241.

3.  For the reduction of the unfunded liabilities of unused leave pay accruals with in-service nonelective employer contributions.

4.  For the replacement of unused leave pay or other types of severance pay at the time of severance of employment.

5.  To buy out the individually negotiated contracts of key employees.

6.  To provide incentives for the early retirement of selected employees as determined by the governing board.

E.  If monies are contributed pursuant to subsection D, paragraph 4, 5 or 6 of this section, at the discretion of the governing board, those monies may be contributed pursuant to 26 United States Code section 401(a) only in the final year of service, or pursuant to 26 United States Code section 403(b) both in the final year of service and for up to five tax years following the tax year of the final year of service. END_STATUTE

Sec. 20.  Section 15-131, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-131.  Exchange teacher agreements

A.  The governing board of any school district in this state or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university may enter into agreements with any foreign country, state, territory or possession of the United States or other school district within the state for the exchange and employment of teachers or professors having required certificates in this state and teachers or professors in the public schools, universities or colleges of any foreign country, state, territory or possession of the United States or other school district within the state having certification or qualifications equivalent to that of the exchange teacher or professor of this state.

B.  In all cases of the exchange of any foreign teacher or professor such an exchange shall be contracted for and effected exclusively through the teacher exchange program as authorized by federal statutes enacted by the Congress of the United States. END_STATUTE

Sec. 21.  Section 15-133, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-133.  Terms of employment

No An exchange teacher or professor may not be employed in this state unless he the teacher or professor has been issued proper certification and may not be employed for more than one school year, except that, by consent of the governing board of the school district or the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university and the two exchange teachers concerned, the period may be extended to two years. END_STATUTE

Sec. 22.  Section 15-135, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-135.  Deductions for retirement; preservation of rights

A.  All regular deductions for retirement as required by law shall be made from the salary of the local teacher or professor participating in exchange teaching pursuant to this article.

B.  No Any such teacher or professor shall not lose any right of certification, retirement salary status or any other benefit provided by law or by the rules of the governing board of the school district or the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university due to exchange teaching under this article.END_STATUTE

Sec. 23.  Section 15-151, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-151.  Eye protective devices; definition

A.  Every student, teacher and visitor in public and private schools, community colleges, colleges and universities shall wear appropriate eye protective ware eyewear while participating in or when observing vocational, technical, industrial arts, art or laboratory science activities involving exposure to:

1.  Molten metals or other molten materials.

2.  Cutting, shaping and grinding of materials.

3.  Heat treatment, tempering or kiln firing of any metal or other materials.

4.  Welding fabrication processes.

5.  Explosive materials.

6.  Caustic solutions.

7.  Radioactive materials.

B.  The governing board of every school district, the governing board of every community college district, the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and every person maintaining a private or parochial school in this state shall equip schools within their jurisdiction with eye protective ware eyewear for use as required in this article.

C.  Standards and rules for the enforcement of this article shall be prescribed by the governing board of every school district, the community college district governing board of each community college district and the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university.

D.  Schools, community colleges, colleges and universities may receive and expend federal, state and local monies to provide eye protective devices.

E.  For purposes of this article, "eye protective wear eyewear" means devices meeting the standards of the American national standards institute's standards for occupational and education eye protection, Z87.1‑1989.END_STATUTE

Sec. 24.  Section 15-183, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-183.  Charter schools; application; requirements; immunity; exemptions; renewal of application; reprisal; fee; funds; annual reports

A.  An applicant seeking to establish a charter school shall submit a written application to a proposed sponsor as prescribed in subsection C of this section.  The application, application process and application time frames shall be posted on the sponsor's website and shall include the following, as specified in the application adopted by the sponsor:

1.  A detailed educational plan.

2.  A detailed business plan.

3.  A detailed operational plan.

4.  Any other materials required by the sponsor.

B.  The sponsor of a charter school may contract with a public body, private person or private organization for the purpose of establishing a charter school pursuant to this article.

C.  The sponsor of a charter school may be either the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts, subject to the following requirements:

1.  An applicant may not submit an application for sponsorship to any person or entity other than those prescribed in this subsection.

2.  The applicant may submit the application to the state board of education or the state board for charter schools.  Notwithstanding any other law, neither the state board for charter schools nor the state board of education shall grant a charter to a school district governing board for a new charter school that begins initial operations after June 30, 2013 or for the conversion of an existing district public school to a charter school that begins initial operations after June 30, 2013.  The state board of education or the state board for charter schools may approve the application if the application meets the requirements of this article and may approve the charter if the proposed sponsor determines, within its sole discretion, that the applicant is sufficiently qualified to operate a charter school and that the applicant is applying to operate as a separate charter holder by considering factors such as whether:

(a)  The schools have separate governing bodies, governing body membership, staff, facilities and student population.

(b)  Daily operations are carried out by different administrators.

(c)  The applicant intends to have an affiliation agreement for the purpose of providing enrollment preferences.

(d)  The applicant's charter management organization has multiple charter holders serving varied grade configurations on one physical site or nearby sites serving one community.

(e)  It is reconstituting an existing school site population at the same or new site.

(f)  It is reconstituting an existing grade configuration from a prior charter holder with at least one grade remaining on the original site with the other grade or grades moving to a new site.  The state board of education or the state board for charter schools may approve any charter schools transferring charters.  If the state board of education or the state board for charter schools rejects the preliminary application, the state board of education or the state board for charter schools shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the rejection and of suggestions for improving the application.  An applicant may submit a revised application for reconsideration by the state board of education or the state board for charter schools.  The applicant may request, and the state board of education or the state board for charter schools may provide, technical assistance to improve the application.

3.  The applicant may submit the application to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts.  A university, a community college district or a group of community college districts shall not grant a charter to a school district governing board for a new charter school that begins initial operations after June 30, 2013 or for the conversion of an existing district public school to a charter school that begins initial operations after June 30, 2013.  A university, a community college district or a group of community college districts may approve the application if it meets the requirements of this article and if the proposed sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that the applicant is sufficiently qualified to operate a charter school.

4.  Each applicant seeking to establish a charter school shall submit a full set of fingerprints to the approving agency for the purpose of obtaining a state and federal criminal records check pursuant to section 41‑1750 and Public Law 92‑544.  If an applicant will have direct contact with students, the applicant shall possess a valid fingerprint clearance card that is issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1.  The department of public safety may exchange this fingerprint data with the federal bureau of investigation.  The criminal records check shall be completed before the issuance of a charter.

5.  All persons engaged in instructional work directly as a classroom, laboratory or other teacher or indirectly as a supervisory teacher, speech therapist or principal shall have a valid fingerprint clearance card that is issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1, unless the person is a volunteer or guest speaker who is accompanied in the classroom by a person with a valid fingerprint clearance card.  A charter school shall not employ a teacher whose certificate has been surrendered or revoked, unless the teacher's certificate has been subsequently reinstated by the state board of education.  All other personnel shall be fingerprint checked pursuant to section 15‑512, or the charter school may require those personnel to obtain a fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1.  Before employment, the charter school shall make documented, good faith efforts to contact previous employers of a person to obtain information and recommendations that may be relevant to a person's fitness for employment as prescribed in section 15‑512, subsection F.  The charter school shall notify the department of public safety if the charter school or sponsor receives credible evidence that a person who possesses a valid fingerprint clearance card is arrested for or is charged with an offense listed in section 41‑1758.03, subsection B.  Charter schools may hire personnel that who have not yet received a fingerprint clearance card if proof is provided of the submission of an application to the department of public safety for a fingerprint clearance card and if the charter school that is seeking to hire the applicant does all of the following:

(a)  Documents in the applicant's file the necessity for hiring and placement of the applicant before receiving a fingerprint clearance card.

(b)  Ensures that the department of public safety completes a statewide criminal records check on the applicant.  A statewide criminal records check shall be completed by the department of public safety every one hundred twenty days until the date that the fingerprint check is completed or the fingerprint clearance card is issued or denied.

(c)  Obtains references from the applicant's current employer and the two most recent previous employers except for applicants who have been employed for at least five years by the applicant's most recent employer.

(d)  Provides general supervision of the applicant until the date that the fingerprint card is obtained.

(e)  Completes a search of criminal records in all local jurisdictions outside of this state in which the applicant has lived in the previous five years.

(f)  Verifies the fingerprint status of the applicant with the department of public safety.

6.  A charter school that complies with the fingerprinting requirements of this section shall be deemed to have complied with section 15‑512 and is entitled to the same rights and protections provided to school districts by section 15‑512.

7.  If a charter school operator is not already subject to a public meeting or hearing by the municipality in which the charter school is located, the operator of a charter school shall conduct a public meeting at least thirty days before the charter school operator opens a site or sites for the charter school.  The charter school operator shall post notices of the public meeting in at least three different locations that are within three hundred feet of the proposed charter school site.

8.  A person who is employed by a charter school or who is an applicant for employment with a charter school, who is arrested for or charged with a nonappealable offense listed in section 41‑1758.03, subsection B and who does not immediately report the arrest or charge to the person's supervisor or potential employer is guilty of unprofessional conduct and the person shall be immediately dismissed from employment with the charter school or immediately excluded from potential employment with the charter school.

9.  A person who is employed by a charter school and who is convicted of any nonappealable offense listed in section 41‑1758.03, subsection B or is convicted of any nonappealable offense that amounts to unprofessional conduct under section 15‑550 shall immediately do all of the following:

(a)  Surrender any certificates issued by the department of education.

(b)  Notify the person's employer or potential employer of the conviction.

(c)  Notify the department of public safety of the conviction.

(d)  Surrender the person's fingerprint clearance card.

D.  An entity that is authorized to sponsor charter schools pursuant to this article has no legal authority over or responsibility for a charter school sponsored by a different entity.  This subsection does not apply to the state board of education's duty to exercise general supervision over the public school system pursuant to section 15‑203, subsection A, paragraph 1.

E.  The charter of a charter school shall do all of the following:

1.  Ensure compliance with federal, state and local rules, regulations and statutes relating to health, safety, civil rights and insurance.  The department of education shall publish a list of relevant rules, regulations and statutes to notify charter schools of their responsibilities under this paragraph.

2.  Ensure that it is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies and employment practices and all other operations.

3.  Ensure that it provides a comprehensive program of instruction for at least a kindergarten program or any grade between grades one and twelve, except that a school may offer this curriculum with an emphasis on a specific learning philosophy or style or certain subject areas such as mathematics, science, fine arts, performance arts or foreign language.

4.  Ensure that it designs a method to measure pupil progress toward the pupil outcomes adopted by the state board of education pursuant to section 15‑741.01, including participation in the Arizona instrument to measure standards test and the nationally standardized norm‑referenced achievement test as designated by the state board and the completion and distribution of an annual report card as prescribed in chapter 7, article 3 of this title.

5.  Ensure that, except as provided in this article and in its charter, it is exempt from all statutes and rules relating to schools, governing boards and school districts.

6.  Ensure that, except as provided in this article, it is subject to the same financial and electronic data submission requirements as a school district, including the uniform system of financial records as prescribed in chapter 2, article 4 of this title, procurement rules as prescribed in section 15‑213 and audit requirements.  The auditor general shall conduct a comprehensive review and revision of the uniform system of financial records to ensure that the provisions of the uniform system of financial records that relate to charter schools are in accordance with commonly accepted accounting principles used by private business.  A school's charter may include exceptions to the requirements of this paragraph that are necessary as determined by the university, the community college district, the group of community college districts, the state board of education or the state board for charter schools.  The department of education or the office of the auditor general may conduct financial, program or compliance audits.

7.  Ensure compliance with all federal and state laws relating to the education of children with disabilities in the same manner as a school district.

8.  Ensure that it provides for a governing body for the charter school that is responsible for the policy decisions of the charter school.  Notwithstanding section 1‑216, if there is a vacancy or vacancies on the governing body, a majority of the remaining members of the governing body constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, unless that quorum is prohibited by the charter school's operating agreement.

9.  Ensure that it provides a minimum of one hundred eighty instructional days before June 30 of each fiscal year unless it is operating on an alternative calendar approved by its sponsor.  The superintendent of public instruction shall adjust the apportionment schedule accordingly to accommodate a charter school utilizing an alternative calendar.

F.  A charter school shall keep in the personnel file of all current employees who provide instruction to pupils at the charter school information about the employee's educational and teaching background and experience in a particular academic content subject area.  A charter school shall inform parents and guardians of the availability of the information and shall make the information available for inspection on request of parents and guardians of pupils enrolled at the charter school.  This subsection does not require any charter school to release personally identifiable information in relation to any teacher or employee, including the teacher's or employee's address, salary, social security number or telephone number.

G.  The charter of a charter school may be amended at the request of the governing body of the charter school and on the approval of the sponsor.

H.  Charter schools may contract, sue and be sued.

I.  The charter is effective for fifteen years from the first day of the fiscal year as specified in the charter, subject to the following:

1.  At least eighteen months before the expiration of the charter, the sponsor shall notify the charter school that the charter school may apply for renewal and shall make the renewal application available to the charter school.  A charter school that elects to apply for renewal shall file a complete renewal application at least fifteen months before the expiration of the charter.  A sponsor shall give written notice of its intent not to renew the charter school's request for renewal to the charter school at least twelve months before the expiration of the charter.  The sponsor shall make data used in making renewal decisions available to the school and the public and shall provide a public report summarizing the evidence basis for each decision.  The sponsor may deny the request for renewal if, in its judgment, the charter holder has failed to do any of the following:

(a)  Meet or make sufficient progress toward the academic performance expectations set forth in the performance framework.

(b)  Meet the operational performance expectations set forth in the performance framework or any improvement plans.

(c)  Complete the obligations of the contract.

(d)  Comply with this article or any provision of law from which the charter school is not exempt.

2.  A charter operator may apply for early renewal.  At least nine months before the charter school's intended renewal consideration, the operator of the charter school shall submit a letter of intent to the sponsor to apply for early renewal.  The sponsor shall review fiscal audits and academic performance data for the charter school that are annually collected by the sponsor, review the current contract between the sponsor and the charter school and provide the qualifying charter school with a renewal application.  On submission of a complete application, the sponsor shall give written notice of its consideration of the renewal application.  The sponsor may deny the request for early renewal if, in the sponsor's judgment, the charter holder has failed to do any of the following:

(a)  Meet or make sufficient progress toward the academic performance expectations set forth in the performance framework.

(b)  Meet the operational performance expectations set forth in the performance framework or any improvement plans.

(c)  Complete the obligations of the contract.

(d)  Comply with this article or any provision of law from which the charter school is not exempt.

3.  A sponsor shall review a charter at five‑year intervals using a performance framework adopted by the sponsor and may revoke a charter at any time if the charter school breaches one or more provisions of its charter or if the sponsor determines that the charter holder has failed to do any of the following:

(a)  Meet or make sufficient progress toward the academic performance expectations set forth in the performance framework.

(b)  Meet the operational performance expectations set forth in the performance framework or any improvement plans.

(c)  Comply with this article or any provision of law from which the charter school is not exempt.

4.  In determining whether to renew or revoke a charter holder, the sponsor must consider making sufficient progress toward the academic performance expectations set forth in the sponsor's performance framework as one of the most important factors.

5.  At least sixty days before the effective date of the proposed revocation, the sponsor shall give written notice to the operator of the charter school of its intent to revoke the charter.  Notice of the sponsor's intent to revoke the charter shall be delivered personally to the operator of the charter school or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address of the charter school.  The notice shall incorporate a statement of reasons for the proposed revocation of the charter.  The sponsor shall allow the charter school at least sixty days to correct the problems associated with the reasons for the proposed revocation of the charter.  The final determination of whether to revoke the charter shall be made at a public hearing called for such purpose.

J.  The charter may be renewed for successive periods of twenty years.

K.  A charter school that is sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university, a community college district or a group of community college districts may not be located on the property of a school district unless the district governing board grants this authority.

L.  A governing board or a school district employee who has control over personnel actions shall not take unlawful reprisal against another employee of the school district because the employee is directly or indirectly involved in an application to establish a charter school.  A governing board or a school district employee shall not take unlawful reprisal against an educational program of the school or the school district because an application to establish a charter school proposes the conversion of all or a portion of the educational program to a charter school.  For the purposes of this subsection, "unlawful reprisal" means an action that is taken by a governing board or a school district employee as a direct result of a lawful application to establish a charter school and that is adverse to another employee or an education program and:

1.  With respect to a school district employee, results in one or more of the following:

(a)  Disciplinary or corrective action.

(b)  Detail, transfer or reassignment.

(c)  Suspension, demotion or dismissal.

(d)  An unfavorable performance evaluation.

(e)  A reduction in pay, benefits or awards.

(f)  Elimination of the employee's position without a reduction in force by reason of lack of monies or work.

(g)  Other significant changes in duties or responsibilities that are inconsistent with the employee's salary or employment classification.

2.  With respect to an educational program, results in one or more of the following:

(a)  Suspension or termination of the program.

(b)  Transfer or reassignment of the program to a less favorable department.

(c)  Relocation of the program to a less favorable site within the school or school district.

(d)  Significant reduction or termination of funding for the program.

M.  Charter schools shall secure insurance for liability and property loss.  The governing body of a charter school that is sponsored by the state board of education or the state board for charter schools may enter into an intergovernmental agreement or otherwise contract to participate in an insurance program offered by a risk retention pool established pursuant to section 11‑952.01 or 41‑621.01 or the charter school may secure its own insurance coverage.  The pool may charge the requesting charter school reasonable fees for any services it performs in connection with the insurance program.

N.  Charter schools do not have the authority to acquire property by eminent domain.

O.  A sponsor, including members, officers and employees of the sponsor, is immune from personal liability for all acts done and actions taken in good faith within the scope of its authority.

P.  Charter school sponsors and this state are not liable for the debts or financial obligations of a charter school or persons who operate charter schools.

Q.  The sponsor of a charter school shall establish procedures to conduct administrative hearings on determination by the sponsor that grounds exist to revoke a charter.  Procedures for administrative hearings shall be similar to procedures prescribed for adjudicative proceedings in title 41, chapter 6, article 10.  Except as provided in section 41‑1092.08, subsection H, final decisions of the state board of education and the state board for charter schools from hearings conducted pursuant to this subsection are subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6.

R.  The sponsoring entity of a charter school shall have oversight and administrative responsibility for the charter schools that it sponsors.  In implementing its oversight and administrative responsibilities, the sponsor shall ground its actions in evidence of the charter holder's performance in accordance with the performance framework adopted by the sponsor.  The performance framework shall be publicly available, shall be placed on the sponsoring entity's website and shall include:

1.  The academic performance expectations of the charter school and the measurement of sufficient progress toward the academic performance expectations.

2.  The operational expectations of the charter school, including adherence to all applicable laws and obligations of the charter contract.

3.  Intervention and improvement policies.

S.  Charter schools may pledge, assign or encumber their assets to be used as collateral for loans or extensions of credit.

T.  All property accumulated by a charter school shall remain the property of the charter school.

U.  Charter schools may not locate a school on property that is less than one‑fourth mile from agricultural land regulated pursuant to section 3‑365, except that the owner of the agricultural land may agree to comply with the buffer zone requirements of section 3‑365.  If the owner agrees in writing to comply with the buffer zone requirements and records the agreement in the office of the county recorder as a restrictive covenant running with the title to the land, the charter school may locate a school within the affected buffer zone.  The agreement may include any stipulations regarding the charter school, including conditions for future expansion of the school and changes in the operational status of the school that will result in a breach of the agreement.

V.  A transfer of a charter to another sponsor, a transfer of a charter school site to another sponsor or a transfer of a charter school site to a different charter shall be completed before the beginning of the fiscal year that the transfer is scheduled to become effective.  An entity that sponsors charter schools may accept a transferring school after the beginning of the fiscal year if the transfer is approved by the superintendent of public instruction.  The superintendent of public instruction shall have the discretion to consider each transfer during the fiscal year on a case by case case‑by‑case basis.  A charter holder seeking to transfer sponsors shall comply with the current charter terms regarding assignment of the charter.  A charter holder transferring sponsors shall notify the current sponsor that the transfer has been approved by the new sponsor.

W.  Notwithstanding subsection V of this section, a charter holder on an improvement plan must notify parents or guardians of registered students of the intent to transfer the charter and the timing of the proposed transfer.  On the approved transfer, the new sponsor shall enforce the improvement plan but may modify the plan based on performance.

X.  Notwithstanding subsection Y of this section, the state board for charter schools shall charge a processing fee to any charter school that amends its contract to participate in Arizona online instruction pursuant to section 15‑808.  The charter Arizona online instruction processing fund is established consisting of fees collected and administered by the state board for charter schools.  The state board for charter schools shall use monies in the fund only for the processing of contract amendments for charter schools participating in Arizona online instruction.  Monies in the fund are continuously appropriated.

Y.  The sponsoring entity may not charge any fees to a charter school that it sponsors unless the sponsor has provided services to the charter school and the fees represent the full value of those services provided by the sponsor.  On request, the value of the services provided by the sponsor to the charter school shall be demonstrated to the department of education.

Z.  Charter schools may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with a presiding judge of the juvenile court to implement a law related law‑related education program as defined in section 15‑154.  The presiding judge of the juvenile court may assign juvenile probation officers to participate in a law related law-related education program in any charter school in the county.  The cost of juvenile probation officers who participate in the program implemented pursuant to this subsection shall be funded by the charter school.

AA.  The sponsor of a charter school shall modify previously approved curriculum requirements for a charter school that wishes to participate in the board examination system prescribed in chapter 7, article 6 of this title.

BB.  If a charter school decides not to participate in the board examination system prescribed in chapter 7, article 6 of this title, pupils enrolled at that charter school may earn a Grand Canyon diploma by obtaining a passing score on the same board examinations.

CC.  Notwithstanding subsection Y of this section, a sponsor of charter schools may charge a new charter application processing fee to any applicant. The application fee shall fully cover the cost of application review and any needed technical assistance.  Authorizers may approve policies that allow a portion of the fee to be returned to the applicant whose charter is approved.

DD.  A charter school may choose to provide a preschool program for children with disabilities pursuant to section 15‑771.

EE.  Pursuant to the prescribed graduation requirements adopted by the state board of education, the governing body of a charter school operating a high school may approve a rigorous computer science course that would fulfill a mathematics course required for graduation from high school.  The governing body may approve a rigorous computer science course only if the rigorous computer science course includes significant mathematics content and the governing body determines the high school where the rigorous computer science course is offered has sufficient capacity, infrastructure and qualified staff, including competent teachers of computer science.

FF.  A charter school may permit the use of school property, including school buildings, grounds, buses and equipment, by any person, group or organization for any lawful purpose, including a recreational, educational, political, economic, artistic, moral, scientific, social, religious or other civic or governmental purpose.  The charter school may charge a reasonable fee for the use of the school property.

GG.  A charter school and its employees, including the governing body, or chief administrative officer, are immune from civil liability with respect to all decisions made and actions taken to allow the use of school property, unless the charter school or its employees are guilty of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.  This subsection does not limit any other immunity provisions that are prescribed by law.

HH.  Sponsors authorized pursuant to this section shall submit an annual report to the auditor general on or before October 1.  The report shall include:

1.  The current number of charters authorized and the number of schools operated by authorized charter holders.

2.  The academic and operational performance of the sponsor's charter portfolio as measured by the sponsor's adopted performance framework.

3.  For the prior year, the number of new charters approved, the number of charter schools closed and the reason for the closure.

4.  The sponsor's application, amendment, renewal and revocation processes, charter contract template and current performance framework as required by this section.

II.  The auditor general shall prescribe the format for the annual report required by subsection HH of this section and may require that the annual report be submitted electronically.  The auditor general shall review the submitted annual reports to ensure that the reports include the required items in subsection HH of this section and shall make the annual reports available upon on request.  If the auditor general finds significant noncompliance or if a sponsor fails to submit the annual report required by subsection HH of this section, on or before December 31 of each year the auditor general shall report to the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the chairs of the senate and house education committees or their successor committees, and the legislature shall consider revoking the sponsor's authority to sponsor charter schools. END_STATUTE

Sec. 25.  Section 15-185, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-185.  Charter schools; financing; civil penalty; transportation; definition

A.  A school district is not financially responsible for any charter school that is sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts.

B.  Financial provisions for a charter school that is sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university, a community college district or a group of community college districts are as follows:

1.  The charter school shall calculate a base support level as prescribed in section 15‑943, except that:

(a)  Section 15‑941 does not apply to these charter schools.

(b)  The small school weights prescribed in section 15‑943, paragraph 1 apply if a charter holder, as defined in section 15‑101, holds one charter for one or more school sites and the average daily membership for the school sites are combined for the calculation of the small school weight.  The small school weight shall not be applied individually to a charter holder if one or more of the following conditions exist and the combined average daily membership derived from the following conditions is greater than six hundred:

(i)  The organizational structure or management agreement of the charter holder requires the charter holder or charter school to contract with a specific management company.

(ii)  The governing body of the charter holder has identical membership to another charter holder in this state.

(iii)  The charter holder is a subsidiary of a corporation that has other subsidiaries that are charter holders in this state.

(iv)  The charter holder holds more than one charter in this state.

(c)  Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of this paragraph, for fiscal years 2015‑2016 and 2016‑2017 the department of education shall reduce by thirty‑three percent the amount provided by the small school weight for charter schools prescribed in subdivision (b) of this paragraph.

2.  Notwithstanding paragraph 1 of this subsection, the student count shall be determined initially using an estimated student count based on actual registration of pupils before the beginning of the school year. Notwithstanding section 15‑1042, subsection F, student level data submitted to the department may be used to determine estimated student counts.  After the first forty days, one hundred days or two hundred days in session, as applicable, the charter school shall revise the student count to be equal to the actual average daily membership, as defined in section 15‑901, of the charter school.  Before the fortieth day, one hundredth day or two hundredth day in session, as applicable, the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, the sponsoring university, the sponsoring community college district or the sponsoring group of community college districts may require a charter school to report periodically regarding pupil enrollment and attendance, and the department of education may revise its computation of equalization assistance based on the report.  A charter school shall revise its student count, base support level and charter additional assistance before May 15.  A charter school that overestimated its student count shall revise its budget before May 15.  A charter school that underestimated its student count may revise its budget before May 15.

3.  A charter school may utilize section 15‑855 for the purposes of this section.  The charter school and the department of education shall prescribe procedures for determining average daily membership.

4.  Equalization assistance for the charter school shall be determined by adding the amount of the base support level and charter additional assistance.  The amount of the charter additional assistance is one thousand seven hundred fifty‑two dollars ten cents per student count in preschool programs for children with disabilities, kindergarten programs and grades one through eight and two thousand forty‑two dollars four cents per student count in grades nine through twelve.

5.  The state board of education shall apportion state aid from the appropriations made for such purposes to the state treasurer for disbursement to the charter schools in each county in an amount as determined by this paragraph.  The apportionments shall be made as prescribed in section 15‑973, subsection B.

6.  The charter school shall not charge tuition for pupils who reside in this state, levy taxes or issue bonds.  A charter school may admit pupils who are not residents of this state and shall charge tuition for those pupils in the same manner prescribed in section 15‑823.

7.  Not later than noon on the day preceding each apportionment date established by paragraph 5 of this subsection, the superintendent of public instruction shall furnish to the state treasurer an abstract of the apportionment and shall certify the apportionment to the department of administration, which shall draw its warrant in favor of the charter schools for the amount apportioned.

C.  If a pupil is enrolled in both a charter school and a public school that is not a charter school, the sum of the daily membership, which includes enrollment as prescribed in section 15‑901, subsection A, paragraph 1, subdivisions (a) and (b) and daily attendance as prescribed in section 15‑901, subsection A, paragraph 5, for that pupil in the school district and the charter school shall not exceed 1.0.  If a pupil is enrolled in both a charter school and a public school that is not a charter school, the department of education shall direct the average daily membership to the school with the most recent enrollment date.  On validation of actual enrollment in both a charter school and a public school that is not a charter school and if the sum of the daily membership or daily attendance for that pupil is greater than 1.0, the sum shall be reduced to 1.0 and shall be apportioned between the public school and the charter school based on the percentage of total time that the pupil is enrolled or in attendance in the public school and the charter school.  The uniform system of financial records shall include guidelines for the apportionment of the pupil enrollment and attendance as provided in this section.

D.  Charter schools are allowed to accept grants and gifts to supplement their state funding, but it is not the intent of the charter school law to require taxpayers to pay twice to educate the same pupils.  The base support level for a charter school or for a school district sponsoring a charter school shall be reduced by an amount equal to the total amount of monies received by a charter school from a federal or state agency if the federal or state monies are intended for the basic maintenance and operations of the school.  The superintendent of public instruction shall estimate the amount of the reduction for the budget year and shall revise the reduction to reflect the actual amount before May 15 of the current year.  If the reduction results in a negative amount, the negative amount shall be used in computing all budget limits and equalization assistance, except that:

1.  Equalization assistance shall not be less than zero.

2.  For a charter school sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university, a community college district or a group of community college districts, the total of the base support level and the charter additional assistance shall not be less than zero.

E.  If a charter school was a district public school in the prior year and sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university, a community college district or a group of community college districts, the reduction in subsection D of this section applies.  The reduction to the base support level of the charter school shall equal the sum of the base support level and the charter additional assistance received in the current year for those pupils who were enrolled in the traditional public school in the prior year and are now enrolled in the charter school in the current year.

F.  Equalization assistance for charter schools shall be provided as a single amount based on average daily membership without categorical distinctions between maintenance and operations or capital.

G.  At the request of a charter school, the county school superintendent of the county where the charter school is located may provide the same educational services to the charter school as prescribed in section 15‑308, subsection A.  The county school superintendent may charge a fee to recover costs for providing educational services to charter schools.

H.  If the sponsor of the charter school determines at a public meeting that the charter school is not in compliance with federal law, with the laws of this state or with its charter, the sponsor of a charter school may submit a request to the department of education to withhold up to ten percent of the monthly apportionment of state aid that would otherwise be due the charter school.  The department of education shall adjust the charter school's apportionment accordingly.  The sponsor shall provide written notice to the charter school at least seventy‑two hours before the meeting and shall allow the charter school to respond to the allegations of noncompliance at the meeting before the sponsor makes a final determination to notify the department of education of noncompliance.  The charter school shall submit a corrective action plan to the sponsor on a date specified by the sponsor at the meeting.  The corrective action plan shall be designed to correct deficiencies at the charter school and to ensure that the charter school promptly returns to compliance.  When the sponsor determines that the charter school is in compliance, the department of education shall restore the full amount of state aid payments to the charter school.

I.  In addition to the withholding of state aid payments pursuant to subsection H of this section, the sponsor of a charter school may impose a civil penalty of one thousand dollars per occurrence if a charter school fails to comply with the fingerprinting requirements prescribed in section 15‑183, subsection C or section 15‑512.  The sponsor of a charter school shall not impose a civil penalty if it is the first time that a charter school is out of compliance with the fingerprinting requirements and if the charter school provides proof within forty-eight hours of written notification that an application for the appropriate fingerprint check has been received by the department of public safety.  The sponsor of the charter school shall obtain proof that the charter school has been notified, and the notification shall identify the date of the deadline and shall be signed by both parties.  The sponsor of a charter school shall automatically impose a civil penalty of one thousand dollars per occurrence if the sponsor determines that the charter school subsequently violates the fingerprinting requirements.  Civil penalties pursuant to this subsection shall be assessed by requesting the department of education to reduce the amount of state aid that the charter school would otherwise receive by an amount equal to the civil penalty.  The amount of state aid withheld shall revert to the state general fund at the end of the fiscal year.

J.  A charter school may receive and spend monies distributed by the department of education pursuant to section 42‑5029, subsection E and section 37‑521, subsection B.

K.  If a school district transports or contracts to transport pupils to the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind during any fiscal year, the school district may transport or contract with a charter school to transport sensory impaired pupils during that same fiscal year to a charter school if requested by the parent of the pupil and if the distance from the pupil's place of actual residence within the school district to the charter school is less than the distance from the pupil's place of actual residence within the school district to the campus of the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind.

L.  Notwithstanding any other law, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts shall not include any student in the student count of the university, community college district or group of community college districts for state funding purposes if that student is enrolled in and attending a charter school sponsored by the university, community college district or group of community college districts.

M.  The governing body of a charter school shall transmit a copy of its proposed budget or the summary of the proposed budget and a notice of the public hearing to the department of education for posting on the department of education's website no later than ten days before the hearing and meeting. If the charter school maintains a website, the charter school governing body shall post on its website a copy of its proposed budget or the summary of the proposed budget and a notice of the public hearing.

N.  The governing body of a charter school shall collaborate with the private organization that is approved by the state board of education pursuant to section 15‑792.02 to provide approved board examination systems for the charter school.

O.  If permitted by federal law, a charter school may opt out of federal grant opportunities if the charter holder or the appropriate governing body of the charter school determines that the federal requirements impose unduly burdensome reporting requirements.

P.  For the purposes of this section, "monies intended for the basic maintenance and operations of the school" means monies intended to provide support for the educational program of the school, except that it does not include supplemental assistance for a specific purpose or title VIII of the elementary and secondary education act of 1965 monies.  The auditor general shall determine which federal or state monies meet this definition.END_STATUTE

Sec. 26.  Section 15-203, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-203.  Powers and duties

A.  The state board of education shall:

1.  Exercise general supervision over and regulate the conduct of the public school system and adopt any rules and policies it deems necessary to accomplish this purpose.

2.  Keep a record of its proceedings.

3.  Make rules for its own government.

4.  Determine the policy and work undertaken by it.

5.  Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, employ staff.

6.  Prescribe and supervise the duties of its employees pursuant to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, if not otherwise prescribed by statute.

7.  Delegate to the superintendent of public instruction the execution of board policies and rules.

8.  Recommend to the legislature changes or additions to the statutes pertaining to schools.

9.  Prepare, publish and distribute reports concerning the educational welfare of this state.

10.  Prepare a budget for expenditures necessary for proper maintenance of the board and accomplishment of its purposes and present the budget to the legislature.

11.  Aid in the enforcement of laws relating to schools.

12.  Prescribe a minimum course of study in the common schools, minimum competency requirements for the promotion of pupils from the third grade and minimum course of study and competency requirements for the promotion of pupils from the eighth grade.  The state board of education shall prepare a fiscal impact statement of any proposed changes to the minimum course of study or competency requirements and, on completion, shall send a copy to the director of the joint legislative budget committee and the executive director of the school facilities board.  The state board of education shall not adopt any changes in the minimum course of study or competency requirements in effect on July 1, 1998 that will have a fiscal impact on school capital costs.

13.  Prescribe minimum course of study and competency requirements for the graduation of pupils from high school.  The state board of education shall prepare a fiscal impact statement of any proposed changes to the minimum course of study or competency requirements and, on completion, shall send a copy to the director of the joint legislative budget committee and the executive director of the school facilities board.  The state board of education shall not adopt any changes in the minimum course of study or competency requirements in effect on July 1, 1998 that will have a fiscal impact on school capital costs.

14.  Supervise and control the certification of persons engaged in instructional work directly as any classroom, laboratory or other teacher or indirectly as a supervisory teacher, speech therapist, principal or superintendent in a school district, including school district preschool programs, or any other educational institution below the community college, college or university level, and prescribe rules for certification, including rules for certification of teachers who have teaching experience and who are trained in other states, that are not unnecessarily restrictive and are substantially similar to the rules prescribed for the certification of teachers trained in this state.  The rules:

(a)  Shall allow a variety of alternative teacher and administrator preparation programs, with variations in program sequence and design, to apply for program approval.  The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to this subdivision designed to allow for a variety of formats and shall not require a prescribed answer or design from the program provider in order to obtain approval from the state board.  The state board shall evaluate each program provider based on the program's ability to prepare teachers and administrators and to recruit teachers and administrators with a variety of experiences and talents.  The state board shall permit public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, community colleges in this state, private postsecondary institutions licensed by this state, school districts, charter schools and professional organizations to apply for program approval and shall create application procedures and certification criteria that are less restrictive than those for traditional preparation programs.  Alternative preparation program graduates shall:

(i)  Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary education institution.

(ii)  Demonstrate professional knowledge and subject knowledge proficiency pursuant to section 15‑533.

(iii)  Obtain a fingerprint clearance card pursuant to section 15‑534.

(iv)  Complete training in structured English immersion as prescribed by the state board.

(v)  Complete training in research‑based systematic phonics instruction as prescribed in subdivision (b) of this paragraph.

(vi)  Demonstrate the required proficiency in the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona as prescribed in section 15‑532.

(b)  Shall require applicants for all certificates for common school instruction to complete a minimum of forty‑five classroom hours or three college level credit hours, or the equivalent, of training in research‑based systematic phonics instruction from a public or private provider.

(c)  Shall not require a teacher to obtain a master's degree or to take any additional graduate courses as a condition of certification or recertification.

(d)  Shall allow a general equivalency diploma to be substituted for a high school diploma in the certification of emergency substitute teachers.

(e)  Shall allow but shall not require the superintendent of a school district to obtain certification from the state board of education.

(f)  Shall provide for the issuance of a specialized teaching certificate to classroom teachers with expertise in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  Teachers who are certified pursuant to this subdivision shall complete training in structured English immersion as prescribed by the state board.  Teachers who are certified pursuant to this subdivision are exempt from the professional knowledge and subject knowledge proficiency requirements prescribed in section 15‑533 and from the proficiency requirements prescribed in section 15‑532 on the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona.  A teacher who obtains a specialized teaching certificate pursuant to this subdivision may provide instruction in the teacher's field of expertise in grades six through twelve at any public school in this state.  This subdivision does not require a teacher who has obtained another type of teaching certificate from the state board to obtain a specialized teaching certificate pursuant to this subdivision in order to provide instruction in grades six through twelve in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course.  A classroom teacher is eligible for a specialized teaching certificate pursuant to this subdivision if the teacher meets all of the following requirements:

(i)  Has taught science, technology, engineering or mathematics courses for the last two consecutive years and for a total of at least three years at one or more regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary institutions.  An applicant shall demonstrate compliance with this requirement by providing the state board with written proof of employment for specific durations from one or more qualifying postsecondary institutions.

(ii)  Has either a baccalaureate degree, a master's degree or a doctorate degree in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics or has obtained a passing score on a statewide educator assessment in science, technology, engineering or mathematics that is recognized by the state board.

(iii)  Obtains a valid fingerprint clearance card that is issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1.

(g)  Notwithstanding section 15‑533, may exempt persons applying for a secondary education certificate from the subject knowledge portion of the proficiency examination if the state board determines that the person has work experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and can demonstrate adequate knowledge of a particular subject through a postsecondary education degree or twenty‑four credit hours of relevant coursework.

(h)  Shall allow for a standard certificate issued to a person pursuant to this section to be renewed for at least eight years and may not require more than fifteen hours of continuing education credits each year in order to renew any certificate issued pursuant to this section.

15.  Adopt a list of approved tests for determining special education assistance to gifted pupils as defined in and as provided in chapter 7, article 4.1 of this title.  The adopted tests shall provide separate scores for quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and nonverbal reasoning and shall be capable of providing reliable and valid scores at the highest ranges of the score distribution.

16.  Adopt rules governing the methods for the administration of all proficiency examinations.

17.  Adopt proficiency examinations for its use.  The state board of education shall determine the passing score for the proficiency examinations.

18.  Include within its budget the cost of contracting for the purchase, distribution and scoring of the examinations as provided in paragraphs 16 and 17 of this subsection.

19.  Supervise and control the qualifications of professional nonteaching school personnel and prescribe standards relating to qualifications.  The standards shall not require the business manager of a school district to obtain certification from the state board of education.

20.  Impose such disciplinary action, including the issuance of a letter of censure, suspension, suspension with conditions or revocation of a certificate, on a finding of immoral or unprofessional conduct.

21.  Establish an assessment, data gathering and reporting system for pupil performance as prescribed in chapter 7, article 3 of this title.

22.  Adopt a rule to promote braille literacy pursuant to section 15‑214.

23.  Adopt rules prescribing procedures for the investigation by the department of education of every written complaint alleging that a certificated person has engaged in immoral conduct.

24.  For purposes of federal law, serve as the state board for vocational and technological education and meet at least four times each year solely to execute the powers and duties of the state board for vocational and technological education.

25.  Develop and maintain a handbook for use in the schools of this state that provides guidance for the teaching of moral, civic and ethical education.  The handbook shall promote existing curriculum frameworks and shall encourage school districts to recognize moral, civic and ethical values within instructional and programmatic educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical principles in pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one through twelve.

26.  Require pupils to recite the following passage from the declaration of independence for pupils in grades four through six at the commencement of the first class of the day in the schools, except that a pupil shall not be required to participate if the pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian objects:

We hold these truths to be self‑evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . .

27.  Adopt rules that provide for educator certification reciprocity.  The rules for issuance of a comparable reciprocal educator certificate shall include a requirement that the applicant possess a comparable valid certification from another state that included passing that state's subject knowledge and professional exams and be in good standing with that other state.  An applicant who possesses a valid certification from another state and a fingerprint clearance card pursuant to section 15‑534 and who is in good standing with that other state shall be issued a standard teaching certificate without any other requirements from the state board of education or the department of education.  A person who is issued a certificate pursuant to this paragraph is not required to meet any requirement prescribed in section 15‑533.

28.  Adopt rules that provide for the presentation of an honorary high school diploma to a person who has never obtained a high school diploma and who meets both of the following requirements:

(a)  Currently resides in this state.

(b)  Provides documented evidence from the department of veterans' services that the person enlisted in the armed forces of the United States and served in World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict or the Vietnam conflict.

29.  Cooperate with the Arizona‑Mexico commission in the governor's office and with researchers at universities in this state to collect data and conduct projects in the United States and Mexico on issues that are within the scope of the duties of the department of education and that relate to quality of life, trade and economic development in this state in a manner that will help the Arizona‑Mexico commission to assess and enhance the economic competitiveness of this state and of the Arizona‑Mexico region.

30.  Adopt rules to define and provide guidance to schools as to the activities that would constitute immoral or unprofessional conduct of certificated persons.

31.  Adopt guidelines to encourage pupils in grades nine, ten, eleven and twelve to volunteer for twenty hours of community service before graduation from high school.  A school district that complies with the guidelines adopted pursuant to this paragraph is not liable for damages resulting from a pupil's participation in community service unless the school district is found to have demonstrated wanton or reckless disregard for the safety of the pupil and other participants in community service.  For the purposes of this paragraph, "community service" may include service learning. The guidelines shall include the following:

(a)  A list of the general categories in which community service may be performed.

(b)  A description of the methods by which community service will be monitored.

(c)  A consideration of risk assessment for community service projects.

(d)  Orientation and notification procedures of community service opportunities for pupils entering grade nine, including the development of a notification form.  The notification form shall be signed by the pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian, except that a pupil shall not be required to participate in community service if the parent or guardian notifies the principal of the pupil's school in writing that the parent or guardian does not wish the pupil to participate in community service.

(e)  Procedures for a pupil in grade nine to prepare a written proposal that outlines the type of community service that the pupil would like to perform and the goals that the pupil hopes to achieve as a result of community service.  The pupil's written proposal shall be reviewed by a faculty advisor, a guidance counselor or any other school employee who is designated as the community service program coordinator for that school.  The pupil may alter the written proposal at any time before performing community service.

(f)  Procedures for a faculty advisor, a guidance counselor or any other school employee who is designated as the community service program coordinator to evaluate and certify the completion of community service performed by pupils.

32.  To facilitate the transfer of military personnel and their dependents to and from the public schools of this state, pursue, in cooperation with the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university, reciprocity agreements with other states concerning the transfer credits for military personnel and their dependents.  A reciprocity agreement entered into pursuant to this paragraph shall:

(a)  Address procedures for each of the following:

(i)  The transfer of student records.

(ii)  Awarding credit for completed coursework.

(iii)  Permitting a student to satisfy the graduation requirements prescribed in section 15‑701.01 through the successful performance on comparable exit-level assessment instruments administered in another state.

(b)  Include appropriate criteria developed by the state board of education and the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university.

33.  Adopt guidelines that school district governing boards shall use in identifying pupils who are eligible for gifted programs and in providing gifted education programs and services.  The state board of education shall adopt any other guidelines and rules that it deems necessary in order to carry out the purposes of chapter 7, article 4.1 of this title.

34.  For each of the alternative textbook formats of human-voiced audio, large-print and braille, designate alternative media producers to adapt existing standard print textbooks or to provide specialized textbooks, or both, for pupils with disabilities in this state.  Each alternative media producer shall be capable of producing alternative textbooks in all relevant subjects in at least one of the alternative textbook formats.  The board shall post the designated list of alternative media producers on its website.

35.  Adopt a list of approved professional development training providers for use by school districts as provided in section 15‑107, subsection J.  The professional development training providers shall meet the training curriculum requirements determined by the state board of education in at least the areas of school finance, governance, employment, staffing, inventory and human resources, internal controls and procurement.

36.  Adopt rules to prohibit a person who violates the notification requirements prescribed in section 15‑183, subsection C, paragraph 8 or section 15‑550, subsection C from certification pursuant to this title until the person is no longer charged or is acquitted of any offenses listed in section 41‑1758.03, subsection B.  The board shall also adopt rules to prohibit a person who violates the notification requirements, certification surrender requirements or fingerprint clearance card surrender requirements prescribed in section 15‑183, subsection C, paragraph 9 or section 15‑550, subsection D from certification pursuant to this title for at least ten years after the date of the violation.

37.  Adopt rules for the alternative certification of teachers of nontraditional foreign languages that allow for the passing of a nationally accredited test to substitute for the education coursework required for certification.

38.  Adopt and maintain a model framework for a teacher and principal evaluation instrument that includes quantitative data on student academic progress that accounts for between thirty‑three percent and fifty percent of the evaluation outcomes.  The framework shall include four performance classifications, designated as highly effective, effective, developing and ineffective, and guidelines for school districts and charter schools to use in their evaluation instruments.  The state board of education shall adopt best practices for professional development and evaluator training.  The state board of education may periodically make adjustments to align the model framework for teacher and principal evaluations with assessment or data changes at the state level.  School districts and charter schools shall use an instrument that meets the data requirements established by the state board of education to annually evaluate individual teachers and principals.  School districts and charter schools shall adopt definitions for the performance classifications adopted by the state board of education in a public meeting and apply the performance classifications to their evaluation instruments in a manner designed to improve principal and teacher performance.  For charter holders, the principal evaluation instrument applies to each charter school's instructional leader whose primary responsibility is to oversee the academic performance of the charter school.  This paragraph does not apply to an officer, director, member or partner of the charter holder.  The school district governing board shall discuss at a public meeting at least annually its aggregate performance classifications of principals and teachers.

39.  Adopt rules to define competency‑based educational pathways for college and career readiness that may be used by schools.  The rules shall include the following components:

(a)  The establishment of learning outcomes that will be expected for students in a particular subject.

(b)  A process and criteria by which assessments may be identified or established to determine if students have reached the desired competencies in a particular subject.

(c)  A mechanism to allow pupils in grades seven through twelve who have demonstrated competency in a subject to immediately obtain credit for the mastery of that subject.  The rules shall include a list of applicable subjects, including the level of competency required for each subject.

40.  In consultation with the department of health services, the department of education, medical professionals, school health professionals, school administrators and an organization that represents school nurses in this state, adopt rules that prescribe the following for school districts and charter schools:

(a)  Annual training in the administration of auto‑injectable epinephrine, as directed on the prescription protocol, for designated medical and nonmedical school personnel.  The annual training prescribed in this subdivision is optional during any fiscal year in which sufficient monies are not appropriated by the legislature during that fiscal year to provide for the purchase of two juvenile doses and two adult doses of epinephrine auto‑injectors at each public school in this state and if the school does not stock two juvenile doses and two adult doses of epinephrine auto‑injectors at the school during that fiscal year.

(b)  Annual training for all school site personnel on the recognition of anaphylactic shock symptoms and the procedures to follow when anaphylactic shock occurs, following the national guidelines of the American academy of pediatrics.  The annual training prescribed in this subdivision is optional during any fiscal year in which sufficient monies are not appropriated by the legislature during that fiscal year to provide for the purchase of two juvenile doses and two adult doses of epinephrine auto‑injectors at each public school in this state and if the school does not stock two juvenile doses and two adult doses of epinephrine auto‑injectors at the school during that fiscal year.

(c)  Procedures for the administration of epinephrine auto‑injectors in emergency situations, as directed on the prescription protocol.

(d)  Procedures for annually requesting a standing order for epinephrine auto‑injectors pursuant to section 15‑157 from the chief medical officer of the department of health services, the chief medical officer of a county health department, a doctor of medicine licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or a doctor of osteopathy licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 17.

(e)  Procedures for reporting the use of epinephrine auto‑injectors to the department of health services. 

B.  The state board of education may:

1.  Contract.

2.  Sue and be sued.

3.  Distribute and score the tests prescribed in chapter 7, article 3 of this title.

4.  Provide for an advisory committee to conduct hearings and screenings to determine whether grounds exist to impose disciplinary action against a certificated person, whether grounds exist to reinstate a revoked or surrendered certificate and whether grounds exist to approve or deny an initial application for certification or a request for renewal of a certificate.  The board may delegate its responsibility to conduct hearings and screenings to its advisory committee.  Hearings shall be conducted pursuant to title 41, chapter 6, article 6.

5.  Proceed with the disposal of any complaint requesting disciplinary action or with any disciplinary action against a person holding a certificate as prescribed in subsection A, paragraph 14 of this section after the suspension or expiration of the certificate or surrender of the certificate by the holder.

6.  Assess costs and reasonable attorney fees against a person who files a frivolous complaint or who files a complaint in bad faith.  Costs assessed pursuant to this paragraph shall not exceed the expenses incurred by the department of education in the investigation of the complaint.

C.  Placement decisions of teaching intern certificate holders issued pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 14, subdivision (a) of this section and section 15‑552 shall be based on agreements between the teacher preparation provider, the provider's partner organizations and the local education agency.  The practices of the department of education and the rules and policies of the state board of education may not restrict placement of teaching intern certification holders based on local education agency instructional models and may only consider the academic quality of the school, the effectiveness of the teaching intern certification holder's on‑site mentor and the opportunity for a wide variety of schools and school models to access teaching intern certification holders.END_STATUTE

Sec. 27.  Section 15-211, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-211.  K-3 reading program; receipt and use of monies; additional funding; program termination

A.  The department of education shall administer a K‑3 reading program to improve the reading proficiency of pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one, two and three in the public schools of this state.

B.  Each school district and charter school shall submit to the department of education a plan for improving the reading proficiency of its pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one, two and three.  The plan shall include baseline data on the reading proficiency of its pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one, two and three and a budget for spending monies from both the K‑3 support level weight and the K‑3 reading support level weight established in section 15‑943.  Each school district and charter school shall annually submit to the department of education on or before October 1 an updated K‑3 reading program plan that includes data on program expenditures and results, except that beginning in fiscal year 2016‑2017, a school district or charter school that is assigned a letter grade of A or B pursuant to section 15‑241 shall submit this plan only in odd-numbered years.

C.  School districts and charter schools shall use monies generated by the K‑3 reading support level weight established in section 15‑943 only on reading programs for pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one, two and three with particular emphasis on pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one and two.

D.  Each school district and charter school that is assigned a letter grade of C, D or F pursuant to section 15‑241 or that has more than ten percent of its pupils in grade three reading far below the third grade level according to the reading portion of the Arizona instrument to measure standards test, or a successor test, shall receive monies generated by the K‑3 reading support level weight established in section 15‑943 only after the K‑3 reading program plan of the school district or charter school has been reviewed and recommended for approval by the department of education and approved by the state board of education.

E.  Pupils in a charter school that is in its first year of operation and that is sponsored by the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college district or a group of community college districts are eligible for the K-3 reading support level weight.

F.  The department of education shall solicit gifts, grants and donations from any lawful public or private source in order to provide additional funding for the K‑3 reading program.

G.  The state board of education may establish rules and policies for the K‑3 reading program, including:

1.  The proper use of monies in accordance with subsection C of this section.

2.  The distribution of monies by the department of education in accordance with subsection B of this section.

3.  The compliance of reading proficiency plans submitted pursuant to subsection B of this section with section 15‑704.

H.  The program established by this section ends on July 1, 2022 pursuant to section 41‑3102. END_STATUTE

Sec. 28.  Section 15-249.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-249.01.  Data governance commission; membership; terms; duties; commission termination

A.  The data governance commission is established in the department of education consisting of:

1.  The chief technology managers, or the managers' designees, of each of the public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

2.  The chief technology manager, or the manager's designee, of a community college district located in a county with a population of eight hundred thousand persons or more who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the governor.

3.  The chief technology manager, or the manager's designee, of a community college district located in a county with a population of less than eight hundred thousand persons who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the governor.

4.  The chief executive officer of the Arizona early childhood development and health board or the chief executive officer's designee.

5.  An officer or employee of a school district located in a county with a population of eight hundred thousand persons or more who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the governor.

6.  An officer or employee of a school district located in a county with a population of less than eight hundred thousand persons who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the governor.

7.  An officer or employee of a charter school located in a county with a population of eight hundred thousand persons or more who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the president of the senate.

8.  An officer or employee of a charter school located in a county with a population of less than eight hundred thousand persons who has expertise in technology and who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

9.  Two representatives of the business community, one of whom is appointed by the president of the senate and one of whom is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

10.  The director of the department of administration or the director's designee.

11.  The superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee.

B.  The initial appointed members shall assign themselves by lot to terms of two, three and four years in office.  All subsequent appointed members of the commission shall serve four‑year terms.  The chairperson shall notify the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate on appointments of these terms.  Members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members of the commission.  Members of the commission shall not receive compensation.  The department of education shall provide adequate staff support for the commission.

C.  The commission shall identify, examine and evaluate the needs of public institutions that provide instruction to pupils in preschool programs, kindergarten programs, grades one through twelve and postsecondary programs in Arizona and shall:

1.  Establish guidelines related to the following:

(a)  Managed data access.

(b)  Technology.

(c)  Privacy and security.

(d)  Adequacy of training.

(e)  Adequacy of data model implementation.

(f)  Prioritization of funding opportunities.

(g)  Resolution of data conflicts.

(h)  The form and format of data elements that are required for state and federal reporting and interagency data sharing.

2.  Provide recommendations on technology spending.

3.  Provide analyses and recommendations of the following:

(a)  The control of data confidentiality and data security for stored data and data in transmission.

(b)  Access privileges and access management.

(c)  Data audit management, including data quality metrics, sanctions and incentives for data quality improvement.

(d)  Data standards for stored data and data in transmission, including rules for definition, format, source, provenance, element level and contextual integrity.

(e)  Documentation standards for data elements and systems components.

(f)  Data archival and retrieval management systems, including change control and change tracking.

(g)  Publication of standard and ad hoc reports for state and local level use on student achievement.

(h)  Publication of implementation timelines and progress.

4.  Ensure that the guidelines and recommendations adopted pursuant to this subsection reduce duplication and administrative requirements for public schools, postsecondary institutions and public agencies.

5.  Submit an annual report on or before December 1 regarding the commission's activities to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate.  The data governance commission shall provide copies of this report to the secretary of state.

D.  The commission established by this section ends on July 1, 2020 pursuant to section 41‑3103. END_STATUTE

Sec. 29.  Section 15-249.06, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-249.06.  College credit by examination incentive program; incentive bonuses; report; program termination

A.  The college credit by examination incentive program is established within the department of education to provide an incentive bonus to teachers, school districts and charter schools for students who obtain a passing score on a qualifying examination for college credit while in high school.

B.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall maintain a list of qualifying examinations that a high school student may take in order to receive college credit in mathematics, English language arts or science from any that university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents and the passing scores required on those examinations in order to receive college credit.  On or before September 1 of each year, the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall provide the list of qualifying examinations and passing scores to the department of education and shall submit this list to the joint legislative budget committee for review.

C.  Beginning in fiscal year 2017‑2018, the department of education shall pay an incentive bonus to school districts and charter schools for each student in grades nine through twelve who receives a passing score during the previous fiscal year on a qualifying examination identified by the Arizona board of regents the governing board of a university pursuant to subsection B of this section.  A student who receives a passing score on a qualifying examination and who is enrolled in a school where fifty percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches shall generate for the school district or charter school a bonus of four hundred fifty dollars per passing score on a qualifying examination.  A student who receives a passing score on a qualifying examination and who is enrolled in a school where less than fifty percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches shall generate for the school district or charter school a bonus of three hundred dollars per passing score on a qualifying examination.  If the statewide sum of per student bonuses awarded pursuant to this subsection exceeds the amount of available monies appropriated for incentive bonuses, the bonus monies shall be reduced proportionally to cover all eligible bonus awards.

D.  A school district or charter school that receives an incentive bonus pursuant to this section shall distribute at least fifty percent of the bonus monies to the associated classroom teacher for each student who passes a qualifying examination.  Bonus monies awarded to a teacher pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to any regular wage, compensation or other bonus the teacher receives or is scheduled to receive.  The remainder of any bonus monies received by a school district or charter school shall be used for teacher professional development or student instructional support or materials.  Any bonus monies received by a school district or charter school pursuant to this subsection shall be separately accounted for in the school district's or charter school's annual financial report. 

E.  Incentive bonuses distributed to and any bonus monies received by a school district or charter school pursuant to this section are not subject to collective bargaining.

F.  On or before December 15, 2018 and on or before December 15 of each year thereafter, the department of education shall submit to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the governor and the secretary of state a report on all of the following:

1.  The number of students who took a qualifying examination at each school.

2.  The number of students who received a passing score on a qualifying examination and the number of incentive bonus awards distributed.

3.  The number and types of qualifying examinations taken by students.

G.  Incentive bonuses distributed to and any bonus monies received by a teacher are not compensation as defined in section 38‑711.

H.  The program established by this section ends on July 1, 2026 pursuant to section 41‑3102.END_STATUTE

Sec. 30.  Section 15-532, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-532.  Examination on state and United States constitutions; exemption; intergovernmental agreement or contract for administration and evaluation

A.  A person applying for a certificate authorizing the person to become a teacher in a school, in addition to fingerprinting and other requirements, shall either complete the required classes or pass a satisfactory examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona.

B.  A person who has not met the requirements of this section at the time application is made but who has met all other requirements shall be granted a certificate for at least three years, except that a person who has not met the requirements of this section but who has met all other requirements and who applies for a certificate authorizing the person to teach an academic course that focuses predominantly on history, government, social studies, citizenship, law or civics shall be granted a certificate for not more than one year.  No additional certificate may be granted until all requirements have been fulfilled as provided by the regulations of the state board of education governing certification of teachers.

C.  A noncertified person, qualified under the federal and state plans for vocational education, shall be exempt from this section for the purpose of acting as an instructor for special adult and evening classes.

D.  The state board of education may enter into intergovernmental agreements or contracts pursuant to title 11, chapter 7, article 3 for the administration and evaluation of the examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona. Notwithstanding section 15‑531, the intergovernmental agreement or contract shall specify the fee for the administration and evaluation of the examination and may provide for the retention of all or part of the monies by the contractor administering and evaluating the examination.

E.  A public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall offer the classes required by this section to students who are pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in education or a bachelor of science degree in education at that university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 31.  Section 15-701.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-701.01.  High school; graduation; requirements; community college or university courses; transfer from private schools; academic credit

A.  The state board of education shall:

1.  Prescribe a minimum course of study, as defined in section 15‑101 and incorporating the academic standards adopted by the state board of education, for the graduation of pupils from high school.

2.  Prescribe competency requirements for the graduation of pupils from high school incorporating the academic standards in at least the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies.  The academic standards prescribed by the state board of education in social studies shall include personal finance.  This paragraph does not allow the state board of education to establish a required separate personal finance course for the purpose of the graduation of pupils from high school.  Beginning in the 2016‑2017 school year, the competency requirements for social studies shall include a requirement that, in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency diploma, a pupil must correctly answer at least sixty of the one hundred questions listed on a test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States citizenship and immigration services.  A district school or charter school shall document on the pupil's transcript that the pupil has passed a test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States citizenship and immigration services as required by this section.

3.  Develop and adopt competency tests pursuant to section 15‑741. English language learners who are subject to article 3.1 of this chapter are subject to the assessments prescribed in section 15‑741.

B.  The governing board of a school district shall:

1.  Prescribe curricula that include the academic standards in the required subject areas pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section.

2.  Prescribe criteria for the graduation of pupils from the high schools in the school district.  These criteria shall include accomplishment of the academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district assessment.  Other criteria may include additional measures of academic achievement and attendance.  Pursuant to the prescribed graduation requirements adopted by the state board of education, the governing board may approve a rigorous computer science course that would fulfill a mathematics course required for graduation from high school.  The governing board may approve a rigorous computer science course only if the rigorous computer science course includes significant mathematics content and the governing board determines the high school where the rigorous computer science course is offered has sufficient capacity, infrastructure

and qualified staff, including competent teachers of computer science.  The school district governing board or charter school governing body may determine the method and manner in which to administer a test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States citizenship and immigration services.  A pupil who does not obtain a passing score on the test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test may retake the test until the pupil obtains a passing score.

C.  The governing board may prescribe the course of study and competency requirements for the graduation of pupils from high school that are in addition to or higher than the course of study and competency requirements that the state board prescribes.

D.  The governing board may prescribe competency requirements for the passage of pupils in courses that are required for graduation from high school.

E.  A teacher shall determine whether to pass or fail a pupil in a course in high school as provided in section 15‑521, paragraph 4 on the basis of the competency requirements, if any have been prescribed.  The governing board, if it reviews the decision of a teacher to pass or fail a pupil in a course in high school as provided in section 15‑342, paragraph 11, shall base its decision on the competency requirements, if any have been prescribed.

F.  Graduation requirements established by the governing board may be met by a pupil who passes courses in the required or elective subjects at a community college or university, if the course is at a higher level than the course taught in the high school attended by the pupil or, if the course is not taught in the high school, the level of the course is equal to or higher than the level of a high school course.  The governing board shall determine if the subject matter of the community college or university course is appropriate to the specific requirement the pupil intends it to fulfill and if the level of the community college or university course is less than, equal to or higher than a high school course, and the governing board shall award one‑half of a Carnegie unit for each three semester hours of credit that the pupil earns in an appropriate community college or university course.  If a pupil is not satisfied with the decision of the governing board regarding the amount of credit granted or the subjects for which credit is granted, the pupil may request that the state board of education review the decision of the governing board, and the state board shall make the final determination of the amount of credit to be given the pupil and for which subjects.  The governing board shall not limit the number of credits that is required for high school graduation and that may be met by taking community college or university courses.  For the purposes of this subsection:

1.  "Community college" means an educational institution that is operated by a community college district as defined in section 15‑1401 or a postsecondary educational institution under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe recognized by the United States department of the interior.

2.  "University" means a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

G.  A pupil who transfers from a private school shall be provided with a list that indicates those credits that have been accepted and denied by the school district.  A pupil may request to take an examination in each particular course in which credit has been denied.  The school district shall accept the credit for each particular course in which the pupil takes an examination and receives a passing score on a test designed and evaluated by a teacher in the school district who teaches the subject matter on which the examination is based.  In addition to the above requirements, the governing board of a school district may prescribe requirements for the acceptance of the credits of pupils who transfer from a private school.

H.  If a pupil who was previously enrolled in a charter school or school district enrolls in a school district in this state, the school district shall accept credits earned by the pupil in courses or instructional programs at the charter school or school district.  The governing board of a school district may adopt a policy concerning the application of transfer credits for the purpose of determining whether a credit earned by a pupil who was previously enrolled in a school district or charter school will be assigned as an elective or core credit.

I.  A pupil who transfers credit from a charter school, a school district or Arizona online instruction shall be provided with a list that indicates which credits have been accepted as an elective credit credits and which credits have been accepted as core credit credits by the school district or charter school.  Within ten school days after receiving the list, the pupil may request to take an examination in each particular course in which core credit has been denied.  The school district or charter school shall accept the credit as a core credit for each particular course in which the pupil takes an examination and receives a passing score on a test that is aligned to the competency requirements adopted pursuant to this section and that is designed and evaluated by a teacher in the school district or charter school who teaches the subject matter on which the examination is based.  If a pupil is enrolled in a school district or charter school and that pupil also participates in Arizona online instruction between May 1 and July 31, the school district or charter school shall not require proof of payment as a condition of the school district or charter school accepting credits earned from the online course provider.

J.  The state board of education shall adopt rules to allow high school pupils who can demonstrate competency in a particular academic course or subject to obtain academic credit for the course or subject without enrolling in the course or subject.

K.  Pupils who earn a Grand Canyon diploma pursuant to article 6 of this chapter are exempt from the graduation requirements prescribed in this section.  Pupils who earn a Grand Canyon diploma are entitled to all the rights and privileges of persons who graduate with a high school diploma issued pursuant to this section, including access to postsecondary scholarships and other forms of student financial aid and access to all forms of postsecondary education.  Notwithstanding any other law, a pupil who is eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma may elect to remain in high school through grade twelve and shall not be prevented from enrolling at a high school after the pupil becomes eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma.  A pupil who is eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma and who elects not to pursue one of the options prescribed in section 15‑792.03 may only be readmitted to that high school or another high school in this state pursuant to policies adopted by the school district of readmission. END_STATUTE

Sec. 32.  Section 15-792.03, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-792.03.  Grand Canyon diploma

A.  The private organization selected pursuant to section 15‑792.02 shall develop the Grand Canyon diploma to be approved and adopted by the state board of education.  School districts and charter schools in this state may choose to offer a Grand Canyon diploma beginning in the 2012‑2013 school year.  A high school student who is enrolled in a school district or charter school that offers a Grand Canyon diploma may choose to pursue a Grand Canyon diploma.

B.  Students are eligible for the Grand Canyon diploma and may be awarded the Grand Canyon diploma at the end of grade ten or during or at the end of grade eleven or twelve if the students meet the criteria.  Students who elect to pursue a Grand Canyon diploma shall participate in a board examination system that consists of internationally benchmarked instructional programs of study chosen by an interstate compact on board examination systems.

C.  Students who are eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma shall have multiple pathways available to them and may:

1.  Enroll the following semester in a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state.  Community colleges under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state shall admit students who obtain a Grand Canyon diploma and who otherwise meet the qualifications for admission.  The school district or charter school from which the student earned the Grand Canyon diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's average daily membership and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who earns a Grand Canyon diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled as a full‑time student in a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state.  The school district or charter school shall subtract twenty per cent percent of its average daily membership amount and reimburse the community college if the student has earned a Grand Canyon diploma and is attending a community college as a full‑time student.  If the student attends community college on a community college campus, the school district or charter school shall reimburse the community college district for the amount of operating and capital outlay full-time student equivalency monies.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the amount of operating full‑time student equivalency monies shall be equivalent to the average appropriation per full‑time student equivalent for all community college districts as calculated pursuant to section 15‑1466, subsection C, paragraph 2.  Fifty per cent percent of the remaining balance of the per pupil funding shall be used for teacher and pupil incentives, including scholarship programs, to offset the costs of board examinations and to provide customized programs of assistance for students who do not pass the board examinations.  The other fifty per cent percent shall be used for maintenance and operations, including capital.  Under this paragraph, a student who earns a Grand Canyon diploma is responsible for tuition.  A student who earns a Grand Canyon diploma may enroll in community college courses offered on a community college campus or a high school campus, or both.  Notwithstanding any other law, community college districts shall not classify a student who remains in high school pursuant to this paragraph as a full‑time equivalent student.  Students who take courses on high school campuses pursuant to this paragraph shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.  The expenditure by community college districts of payments from the school district or charter school to the community colleges under this section shall not be included under the district expenditure limitation prescribed pursuant to article IX, section 21, Constitution of Arizona.  If the instruction provided under this paragraph is offered on a community college campus, the funding and implementation mechanics between the school district or charter school and the community college shall be determined by agreement between the school district or charter school and the community college.

2.  Remain in high school and enroll in additional advanced preparation board examination programs that are designed to prepare those students for admission to selective postsecondary institutions that offer baccalaureate degree programs.  These board examination programs shall be selected from a list approved by an interstate compact for board examination systems.  The school district or charter school from which the student became eligible for the Grand Canyon diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's average daily membership and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who is eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled in approved advanced preparation board examination programs at that school district or charter school.  Students who elect to remain in high school pursuant to this paragraph shall not be prevented from enrolling at a high school after the pupil becomes eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma and shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.

3.  Enroll in a full‑time career and technical education program offered on a high school campus or a joint technical education district campus, or any combination of these campuses.  Students who elect to remain in high school pursuant to this paragraph shall not be prevented from enrolling at a high school after the pupil becomes eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma and shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.  The school district or charter school from which the student became eligible for the Grand Canyon diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's average daily membership and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who is eligible for a Grand Canyon diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled in an approved full‑time career and technical education program.  Notwithstanding any other law, if the instruction provided under this paragraph is provided by a joint technical education district in a full‑time career and technical education program that is designed to lead to a certificate that is awarded by an industry or recognized as meeting industry standards, the sum of the average daily membership for that pupil shall not exceed 1.25, and the average daily membership shall be apportioned at 1.0 for the joint technical education district and 0.25 for the school district.

4.  Remain in high school without completing the next level of board examination systems and participate in programs of study available to the students through the school district or charter school.  The school district or charter school will continue to include the students in the school district's or charter school's count and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for the students until those students would have otherwise graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as those students are enrolled in approved programs of study at that school district or charter school.  Students who elect to remain in high school pursuant to this paragraph shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports.

5.  If accepted for admission to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, enroll in the university after completion of additional high school coursework designed to prepare students for admission to selective postsecondary institutions that offer baccalaureate degrees.  The school district or charter school from which the student earned the Grand Canyon diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's average daily membership and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who earns a Grand Canyon diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve for as long as that student is enrolled as a full‑time student in the university.  One‑third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be retained by the school district or the operator of the charter school.  One‑third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be retained for use at the school site.  One‑third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be distributed as follows:

(a)  One‑half shall be deposited in a scholarship account established and managed by the school district from which the student graduated specifically for a student who qualifies for the Grand Canyon diploma and who attends a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state as a full‑time student.

(b)  One‑half shall be retained by the university where the student is enrolled.

D.  Students who pursue but do not meet the eligibility requirements for a Grand Canyon diploma at the end of grade ten or eleven shall receive a customized program of assistance during the next school year that addresses areas in which the student demonstrated deficiencies in the approved board examinations.  These students may retake the board examinations at the next available examination administration.  Students may choose to return to a traditional academic program without completing the board examination system curriculum.

E.  The private organization selected pursuant to section 15‑792.02 shall develop detailed requirements for students to become eligible for the Grand Canyon diploma, as approved and adopted by the state board of education, that include at least the following:

1.  Demonstrated skills and knowledge in English and mathematical literacy to be successful in college level courses offered by the community colleges in this state that count toward a degree or certificate without taking remedial or developmental coursework as determined by an interstate compact on board examination systems.

2.  Satisfactory grades on approved board examinations in subjects determined to be necessary to prepare a student to enter community college without remedial or developmental coursework and that do not include coursework required exclusively for entry into an institution that awards baccalaureate degrees. END_STATUTE

Sec. 33.  Section 15-795.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-795.01.  Competency-based college-ready educational pathways

In accordance with the rules adopted by the state board of education pursuant to section 15‑203, subsection A, paragraph 39, students who are eligible for a high school diploma through the fulfillment of a defined competency-based college-ready educational pathway shall have multiple pathways available to them and may:

1.  Enroll the following fall semester in a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state.  Community colleges under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state shall admit students who obtain a high school diploma through the fulfillment of a defined competency-based educational pathway and who otherwise meet the qualifications for admission.  The school district or charter school from which the student earned the high school diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's student count and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who earns a high school diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled as a full-time student in a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state.  The school district or charter school shall subtract twenty per cent percent of its average daily membership amount and reimburse the community college if the student has earned a high school diploma and is attending a community college as a full‑time student.  If the student attends community college on a community college campus, the school district or charter school shall reimburse the community college district for the amount of operating and capital outlay full‑time student equivalency monies.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the amount of operating full-time student equivalency monies shall be equivalent to the average appropriation per full-time student equivalent for all community college districts as calculated pursuant to section 15‑1466, subsection C, paragraph 2.  Fifty per cent percent of the remaining balance of the per pupil funding shall be used for teacher and pupil incentives, including scholarship programs, to offset the costs of competency-based pathways and to provide customized programs of assistance for students who do not demonstrate mastery.  The other fifty per cent percent shall be used for maintenance and operations, including capital.  Under this paragraph, a student who earns a high school diploma is responsible for tuition.  A student who earns a high school diploma may enroll in community college courses offered on a community college campus or a high school campus, or both.  Notwithstanding any other law, community college districts shall not classify a student who remains in high school pursuant to this paragraph as a full‑time equivalent student.  Students who take courses on high school campuses pursuant to this paragraph shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.  The expenditure by community college districts of payments from the school district or charter school to the community colleges under this section shall not be included under the district expenditure limitation prescribed pursuant to article IX, section 21, Constitution of Arizona.  If the instruction provided under this paragraph is offered on a community college campus, the funding and implementation mechanics between the school district or charter school and the community college shall be determined by agreement between the school district or charter school and the community college.

2.  Remain in high school and participate in programs of study available to students through the school district or charter school.  The school district or charter school shall continue to include that student in the school district's or charter school's student count and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who is eligible for a high school diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled in approved advanced preparation programs of study at that school district or charter school.  Students who elect to remain in high school pursuant to this paragraph shall not be prevented from enrolling at a high school after the student becomes eligible for a high school diploma and shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.

3.  Enroll in a full-time career and technical education program offered on a high school campus or a joint technical education district campus, or any combination of these campuses.  A student who elects to remain in high school pursuant to this paragraph shall not be prevented from enrolling at a high school after the pupil becomes eligible for a high school diploma and shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports, through the end of grade twelve.  The school district or charter school from which the student became eligible for the high school diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's student count and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who is eligible for a high school diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve, as long as that student is enrolled in an approved full-time career and technical education program.  Notwithstanding any other law, if the instruction provided under this paragraph is provided by a joint technical education district in a full‑time career and technical education program that is designed to lead to a certificate that is awarded by an industry or recognized as meeting industry standards, the sum of the average daily membership for that pupil shall not exceed 1.25, and the average daily membership shall be apportioned at 1.0 for the joint technical education district and 0.25 for the school district.

4.  If accepted for admission to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, enroll in the university after completion of additional high school coursework designed to prepare students for admission to selective postsecondary institutions that offer baccalaureate degrees.  The school district or charter school from which the student earned the high school diploma shall include that student in the school district's or charter school's student count and shall continue to receive per pupil funding for a student who earns a high school diploma until that student would otherwise have graduated at the end of grade twelve for as long as that student is enrolled as a full‑time student in the university.  One-third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be retained by the school district or the operator of the charter school.  One‑third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be retained for use at the school site.  One-third of the school district's or charter school's average daily membership amount shall be distributed as follows:

(a)  Fifty per cent percent of this amount shall be deposited in a scholarship account established and managed by the school district or charter school from which the student graduated specifically for a student who qualifies for a diploma and who attends a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state as a full-time student.

(b)  Fifty per cent percent of this amount shall be retained by the university where the student is enrolled.

Sec. 34.  Section 15-901.07, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-901.07.  Concurrent enrollment; calculation of average daily membership; definition

A.  A school district or a charter school may include students enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course for the purposes of calculating average daily membership if the school district has received approval from the state board of education or the charter school has received approval from its sponsor to offer concurrent enrollment courses.  A concurrent enrollment course shall be considered a subject for the purposes of calculating average daily membership if the concurrent enrollment course meets all of the following:

1.  Meets for at least forty hours per semester.

2.  A student is awarded academic credit for the concurrent enrollment course pursuant to section 15‑701.01.

3.  The concurrent enrollment course is at a higher level than the course taught at the school district or charter school in grades nine through twelve.

4.  The student enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course also attends at least one course offered at the school district or charter school.

5.  The concurrent enrollment course shall be is applicable to an established community college academic degree or certificate program that is transferable to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.  A concurrent enrollment course that is applicable to a community college occupational degree or certificate program may be transferable to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

B.  For the purposes of this section, "concurrent enrollment course" means a community college or university level course at a community college or university, if the course is at a higher level than the course taught in the high school attended by the pupil or, if the course is not taught in the high school, the level of the course is equal to or higher than the level of a high school course. END_STATUTE

Sec. 35.  Section 15-1042, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1042.  Timeline; student level data; definition

A.  The department of education shall notify school districts, joint technical education districts and charter schools of electronic data submission procedures and shall distribute a list of the specific student level data elements, including the statutory or regulatory reference for each data element, that school districts, joint technical education districts and charter schools are required to submit.  The department of education shall not make any changes to the student level data elements to be collected unless the student level data element has been reviewed and adopted by the data governance commission established by section 15‑249.01.

B.  Each school district, joint technical education district and charter school shall submit electronic data on a school by school basis, including student level data, to the department of education in order for the school district, joint technical education district or charter school to receive monies for the cost of educating students pursuant to this title.

C.  The department of education shall grant a school district, joint technical education district or charter school an extension to the deadline for the submission of student level data or may provide for an alternative method for the submission of student level data if the school district, joint technical education district or charter school proves that good cause exists for the extension, and the school district, joint technical education district or charter school shall continue to receive monies for the cost of educating students pursuant to this title.  The request for an extension of the deadline for the submission of student level data pursuant to this subsection shall include a justification for the extension and the status of current efforts towards complying with the submission of student level data.

D.  A pupil or the parent or guardian of a pupil shall not be required to submit data that does not relate to the provision of educational services or assistance to the pupil.

E.  Unless otherwise prescribed, school districts, joint technical education districts and charter schools shall begin to report new data elements on July 1 of the year that follows the effective date of the law that requires the collection of the data.

F.  Student level data items submitted to the department of education by school districts, joint technical education districts and charter schools pursuant to this section shall not be used to adjust funding levels or calculate the average daily membership for the purpose of funding school districts at any time other than the fortieth, one hundredth and two hundredth days of the school year.

G.  A school district, joint technical education district or charter school is not required to submit student level data to the department of education more often than once every twenty school days.

H.  Notwithstanding subsection J of this section, the student level data shall include reasons for the withdrawal if reasons are provided by the withdrawing pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian.  For the purposes of this subsection, the department of education shall include in the specific student level data elements that school districts, joint technical education districts and charter schools are required to submit data relating to students who withdraw from school because the student is pregnant or because the student is the biological parent of a child.

I.  All student level data collected pursuant to this section is confidential and is not a public record.  The data collected may be used for aggregate research and reporting and for providing access of student level data to school districts, joint technical education districts, charter schools, community colleges and public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

J.  For the purposes of this section, "student level data" means all data elements that are compiled and submitted for each student in this state and that are necessary for the completion of the statutory requirements of the department of education and the state board of education relating to the calculation of funding for public education, the determination of student academic progress as measured by student testing programs in this state, state and federal reporting requirements and other duties prescribed to the department of education or the state board of education by law.  Student level data does not include data elements related to student behavior, discipline, criminal history, medical history, religious affiliation, personal physical descriptors or family information not authorized by the parent or guardian of the pupil or otherwise required by law. END_STATUTE

Sec. 36.  Section 15-1601, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1601.  State universities; location; faculty powers; governing boards; members; immunity; monthly business review

A.  The Arizona board of regents shall maintain state universities shall be located at Flagstaff in Coconino county, at Tempe in Maricopa county and at Tucson in Pima county, and the universities are respectively designated northern Arizona university, Arizona state university and the university of Arizona.  The board shall maintain An Arizona state university campus in western Maricopa county shall be designated as Arizona state university west campus, which shall be identified as a separate budget unit in the general appropriations act.  The board shall maintain An Arizona state university campus in eastern Maricopa county shall be designated as Arizona state university east campus, which shall be identified as a separate budget unit in the general appropriations act.  The board may establish and maintain Other colleges and universities may be established subject to legislative authority.  Subject to review by the joint committee on capital review, the governing board of a university may establish new campuses that are separate from any location in existence on July 1, 2007.  The Arizona state university campus at Tempe shall provide administrative support for the Arizona state university campuses in western Maricopa county and in eastern Maricopa county.

B.  The universities shall have colleges, schools and departments and give courses of study and academic degrees as the board approves.  Subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board and the university presidents, the faculty members of the universities, through their elected faculty representatives, shall share responsibility for academic and educational activities and matters related to faculty personnel.  The faculty members of each university, through their elected faculty representatives, shall participate in the governance of their respective universities and shall actively participate in the development of university policy.

C.  Each university shall be governed by a governing board for that university.  Each governing board shall elect a chairperson from among its members.  The governing board of Arizona state university shall consist of three members who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211, one member who is appointed by the president of the senate and one member who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.  The governing board of the university of Arizona shall consist of three members who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211, one member who is appointed by the president of the senate and one member who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.  The governing board of northern Arizona university shall consist of three members who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211, one member who is appointed by the president of the senate and one member who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.  Subject to legislative approval, the initial members of a governing board shall assign themselves by lot to two terms of two years, two terms of three years and one term of four years in office, to begin and end on the third Monday in January.  The chairperson shall notify the governor's office, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives on appointments of these terms.  All subsequent members serve four‑year terms of office, to begin and end on the third Monday in January.  Governing board members are not entitled to compensation.

D.  The governing board of each university is a body corporate with perpetual succession.  The governing board shall provide direct oversight of the university president and may:

1.  Adopt a corporate seal.

2.  Contract.

3.  Sue and be sued.

4.  Purchase, receive, hold, make and take leases and long‑term leases of and sell real and personal property for the benefit of this state and for the use of the university.

E.  Members of the governing board of each university are immune from personal liability with respect to all acts done and actions taken in good faith within the scope of their authority during duly constituted regular and special meetings with approval of a majority of the board.

F.  Governing board members are not eligible for compensation, but each governing board member is eligible for reimbursement of the following expenses in the following amounts:

1.  Up to one thousand dollars each year for mileage.

2.  Five hundred dollars for each meeting attended, for a total each year not to exceed six thousand dollars.

G.  Each university shall provide adequate staffing for the governing board of that university.

H.  Each governing board shall conduct a monthly business operational review of its university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 37.  Heading change

The article heading of title 15, chapter 13, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is changed from "ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS" to "GOVERNING BOARDS OF UNIVERSITIES".

Sec. 38.  Section 15-1624, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1624.  Meetings of governing board advisory committees; student records; executive session

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 38‑431.01, subsection A, meetings of advisory committees to the governing board of each university involving student records may be held in executive session.  A student whose records are to be considered may request that the meeting be held as a public meeting in which case the meeting pertaining to such student's records shall not be in executive session. END_STATUTE

Sec. 39.  Section 15-1625, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1625.  General powers of Arizona board of regents; prohibition; limitation

A.  The Arizona board of regents is a body corporate with perpetual succession.  The board has jurisdiction and control over the universities a general advisory body over the state university system and is responsible for providing general oversight of the university system but not direct oversight of the universities.

B.  The board may:

1.  Adopt a corporate seal.

2.  Contract.

3.  Sue and be sued.

4.  Purchase, receive, hold, make and take leases and long‑term leases of and sell real and personal property for the benefit of this state and for the use of the institutions under its jurisdiction.

1.  Submit recommendations to the governing board of each university.

2.  Meet to evaluate the performance of the president of each university.

3.  Nominate potential replacements when a vacancy occurs in the office of the president of a university.

4.  Act as a mediator if a university president is terminated from employment by the governing board of that university.

C.  The Arizona board of regents may not hire, employ or terminate the employment of staff.

D.  Notwithstanding any other law, the only responsibilities, powers, duties and authority prescribed to the Arizona board of regents are those responsibilities, powers, duties and authority specifically prescribed in this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 40.  Section 15-1626, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 238, section 1 and chapter 372, section 4, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1626.  General administrative powers and duties of governing boards of universities; definition

A.  The governing board of each university shall:

1.  Have and exercise the powers necessary for the effective governance and administration of the institutions university under its control.  To that end, the governing board of each university may adopt, and authorize each the university to adopt, such regulations, policies, rules or measures as are deemed necessary and may delegate in writing to its the governing board's committees, to its the university presidents president, or their designees the president's designee, or to other entities under its the governing board's control, any part of its authority for the administration and governance of such institutions that university, including those powers enumerated in section 15‑1625, subsection B, paragraphs 2 and 4, paragraphs 3, 4, 8, 9, 11 and 12 of this subsection and subsection B of this section.  Any delegation of authority may be rescinded by the governing board of the university at any time in whole or in part.

2.  Appoint and employ and determine the compensation of presidents the president with such power and authority and for such purposes in connection with the operation of the institutions university as the governing board of the university deems necessary.

3.  Appoint and employ and determine the compensation of vice‑presidents, deans, professors, instructors, lecturers, fellows and such other officers and employees with such power and authority and for such purposes in connection with the operation of the institutions university as the governing board of the university deems necessary, or delegate its the governing board's authority pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection.

4.  Remove any officer or employee when the interests of education in this state so require in accordance with its the governing board's personnel rules and policies.

5.  Fix tuitions and fees to be charged and differentiate the tuitions and fees between institutions and between residents, nonresidents, undergraduate students, graduate students, students from foreign countries and students who have earned credit hours in excess of the credit hour threshold.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the undergraduate credit hour threshold is one hundred forty‑five hours for students who attend the university under the jurisdiction of the governing board.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall be based on the actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment counted on the forty‑fifth day of every fall and spring semester, divided by two, and any budget adjustment based on student enrollment shall occur in the fiscal year following the actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment count.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall not apply to degree programs that require credit hours above the credit hour threshold, credits earned in the pursuit of up to two baccalaureate degrees, credits earned in the pursuit of up to two state regulated licensures or certificates, credits earned in the pursuit of teaching certification, credits transferred from a private institution of higher education, credits transferred from an institution of higher education in another state, credits earned at another institution of higher education but that are not accepted as transfer credits at the university where the student is currently enrolled and credits earned by students who enroll at the university under the jurisdiction of the governing board more than twenty‑four months after the end of that student's previous enrollment at a public institution of higher education in this state.  On or before October 15 of each year, the governing board of each university shall jointly report to the joint legislative budget committee the number of in‑state students and out‑of‑state students who were enrolled at universities under the jurisdiction of the governing board of each university during the previous fiscal year and who met or exceeded the undergraduate credit hour threshold prescribed in this paragraph.  The amount of tuition, registration fees and other revenues included in the operating budget for the university adopted by the governing board of the university as prescribed in paragraph 13 of this subsection shall be deposited, pursuant to sections 35‑146 and 35‑147.  All other tuition and fee revenue shall be retained by each university for expenditure as approved by the governing board of that university, except that the universities shall not use any tuition or fee revenue to fund or support an alumni association.

6.  Except as provided in subsection I of this section, Adopt rules to govern its the governing board's tuition and fee setting process that provide for the following:

(a)  At least one public hearing at each the university as an opportunity for students and members of the public to comment on any proposed increase in tuition or fees.

(b)  Publication of the notice of public hearing at least ten days before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in Maricopa county, Coconino county and Pima the county where the university is located.  The notice shall include the date, time and location of the public hearing.

(c)  Public disclosure by each the university of any proposed increases in tuition or fees at least ten days before the public hearing.

(d)  A roll call vote of any final board action by the governing board of the university on changes in tuition or fees shall be taken by roll call vote.

The procedural requirements of subdivisions (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this paragraph apply only to those changes in tuition or fees that require board approval by the governing board of the university.

7.  Pursuant to section 35‑115, submit a budget request for each institution the university under its jurisdiction that includes the estimated tuition and fee revenue available to support the programs of the institution university as described in the budget request.  The estimated available tuition and fee revenue shall be based on the tuition and registration fee rates in effect at the time the budget request is submitted with adjustments for projected changes in enrollment as provided by the governing board of the university.

8.  Establish curriculums Curricula and designate courses at the several institutions university that in its the governing board's judgment will best serve the interests of this state.

9.  Award such degrees and diplomas on the completion of such courses and curriculum requirements as it the governing board deems appropriate.

10.  Prescribe qualifications for admission of all students to the universities university.  The governing board of the university shall establish policies for guaranteed admission that assure ensure fair and equitable access to students in this state from public, private and charter schools and homeschools.  For the purpose of determining the qualifications of honorably discharged veterans, veterans are those persons who served in the armed forces for a minimum of two years and who were previously enrolled at a university or community college in this state.  No prior failing grades received by the veteran at the university or community college in this state may be considered.

11.  Adopt any energy conservation standards promulgated adopted by the department of administration for the construction of new buildings.

12.  Employ for such time and purposes as the governing board of the university requires attorneys whose compensation shall be fixed and paid by the governing board.  Litigation to which the governing board is a party and for which self‑insurance is not provided may be compromised or settled at the direction of the governing board.

13.  Adopt annually an operating budget for each the university equal to the sum of appropriated general fund monies and the amount of tuition, registration fees and other revenues approved by the governing board of the university and allocated to each the university operating budget.

14.  In consultation with the state board of education and other education groups, develop and implement a program to award honors endorsements to be affixed to the high school diplomas of qualifying high school pupils and to be included in the transcripts of pupils who are awarded endorsements.  The governing board of the university shall develop application procedures and testing criteria and adopt testing instruments and procedures to administer the program.  In order to receive an honors endorsement, a pupil must demonstrate an extraordinary level of knowledge, skill and competency as measured by the testing instruments adopted by the board in mathematics, English, science and social studies.  Additional subjects may be added at the determination of the governing board.  The program is voluntary for pupils.

15.  Require the publisher of each literary and nonliterary textbook used in the universities of this state university to furnish to the governing board of the university computer software in a standardized format when software becomes available for nonliterary textbooks to the Arizona board of regents from which braille versions of the textbooks may be produced.

16.  Require universities that provide a degree degrees in education to require courses that are necessary to obtain a provisional structured English immersion endorsement as prescribed by the state board of education.

17.  Acquire United States flags for each classroom that are manufactured in the United States and that are at least two feet by three feet and hardware to appropriately display the United States flags, acquire a legible copy of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, display the flags in each classroom in accordance with title 4 of the United States Code and display a legible copy of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights adjacent to the flag.

18.  To facilitate the transfer of military personnel and their dependents to and from the public schools of this state, pursue, in cooperation with the state board of education, reciprocity agreements with other states concerning the transfer credits for military personnel and their dependents.  A reciprocity agreement entered into pursuant to this paragraph shall:

(a)  Address procedures for each of the following:

(i)  The transfer of student records.

(ii)  Awarding credit for completed course work coursework.

(iii)  Permitting a student to satisfy the graduation requirements prescribed in section 15‑701.01 through the successful performance on comparable exit-level assessment instruments administered in another state.

(b)  Include appropriate criteria developed by the state board of education and the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university.

19.  Require the university to publicly post notices of all of its employment openings, including the title and description, instructions for applying and relevant contact information.

20.  In consultation with the community college districts in this state, develop and implement common equivalencies for specific levels of achievement on advanced placement examinations and international baccalaureate examinations in order to award commensurate postsecondary academic credits at community colleges and public universities in this state.

21.  On or before August 1 of each year, report to the joint legislative budget committee the graduation rate by university campus during the previous fiscal year.  The governing board of the university shall also report the retention rate by university campus and by class, as determined by date of entry during the previous fiscal year.

B.  The governing board of each university shall adopt personnel policies for all employees of the governing board and the universities university.

C.  In conjunction with the auditor general, the governing board of each university shall develop a uniform accounting and reporting system, which shall be reviewed by the joint legislative budget committee before final adoption by the board.  The governing board shall require each the university to comply with the uniform accounting and reporting system.

D.  The governing board of each university may employ legal assistance in procuring loans for the institutions university from the United States government.  Fees or compensation paid for such legal assistance shall not be a claim on the general fund of this state but shall be paid from funds of the institutions university.

E.  The governing board of the university of Arizona shall approve or disapprove any contract or agreement entered into by the university of Arizona hospital with the Arizona industrial development authority.

F.  The governing board of each university may adopt policies that authorize the institutions university under its jurisdiction to enter into employment contracts with nontenured employees for periods of more than one year but not more than five years.  The policies shall prescribe limitations on the authority of the institutions university to enter into employment contracts for periods of more than one year but not more than five years, including the requirement that the governing board approve the contracts.

G.  The governing board of each university may adopt a plan or plans for employee benefits that allow for participation in a cafeteria plan that meets the requirements of the United States internal revenue code of 1986.

H.  The governing board of each university may establish a program for the exchange of students between the universities under the jurisdiction of the board university and colleges and universities located in the state of Sonora, Mexico.  Notwithstanding subsection A, paragraph 5 of this section, the program may provide for in‑state tuition at the universities under the jurisdiction of the board university for fifty Sonoran students in exchange for similar tuition provisions for up to fifty Arizona students enrolled or seeking enrollment in Sonoran colleges or universities.  The governing board may direct the universities university to work in conjunction with the Arizona‑Mexico commission to coordinate recruitment and admissions activities.

I.  Subsection A, paragraph 6, subdivisions (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this section do not apply to fee increases that are set by individual universities and that do not require approval by the Arizona board of regents before the fee increase becomes effective.

J.  I.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university, in collaboration with the universities university under its jurisdiction, shall adopt a performance funding model.  The performance funding model shall use performance metrics that include the increase in degrees awarded, the increase in completed student credit hours and the increase in externally generated research and public service funding.  The funding formula may give added weight to degrees related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other high‑value degrees that are in short supply or that are essential to this state's long‑term economic development strategy.

K.  J.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall use the performance funding model adopted pursuant to subsection  I of this section in developing and submitting budget requests for the universities university under its jurisdiction.

L.  K.  On or before November 1 of each year, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly submit to the joint legislative budget committee and the governor's office of strategic planning and budgeting a report on university debt and obligations, including:

1.  Long‑term notes and obligations.

2.  Certificates of participation and other obligations pursuant to any lease‑purchase agreements.

3.  Revenue bonds.

4.  Bonds issued pursuant to section 15‑1682.03.

5.  Commercial paper issued pursuant to section 15‑1696.

M.  L.  The report issued pursuant to subsection K of this section shall contain, for the most recent fiscal year:

1.  The aggregate level of outstanding principal and the principal and interest payments, by type of debt or obligation.

2.  An itemization, by campus and project, of the amount of yearly principal and interest to be paid in the most recent and the next five fiscal years.

N.  M.  The governing board of each university may enter into an intergovernmental agreement pursuant to section 15‑1747 to manage universities the university under its jurisdiction subject to the terms of the reciprocity agreement.

O.  N.  For the purposes of this section, "university debt and obligations" means debt and obligations, the principal and interest of which are paid in whole or in part with university monies.END_STATUTE

Sec. 41.  Section 15-1626, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 130, section 1, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1626.  General administrative powers and duties of governing boards of universities; definition

A.  The governing board of each university shall:

1.  Have and exercise the powers necessary for the effective governance and administration of the institutions university under its control.  To that end, the governing board of each university may adopt, and authorize each the university to adopt, such regulations, policies, rules or measures as are deemed necessary and may delegate in writing to its the governing board's committees, to its the university presidents president, or their designees the president's designee, or to other entities under its control, any part of its authority for the administration and governance of such institutions that university, including those powers enumerated in section 15‑1625, subsection B, paragraphs 2 and 4, paragraphs 3, 4, 8, 9, 11 and 12 of this subsection and subsection B of this section.  Any delegation of authority may be rescinded by the governing board of the university at any time in whole or in part.

2.  Appoint and employ and determine the compensation of presidents the president with such power and authority and for such purposes in connection with the operation of the institutions university as the governing board of the university deems necessary.

3.  Appoint and employ and determine the compensation of vice‑presidents, deans, professors, instructors, lecturers, fellows and such other officers and employees with such power and authority and for such purposes in connection with the operation of the institutions university as the governing board of the university deems necessary, or delegate its the governing board's authority pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection.

4.  Remove any officer or employee when the interests of education in this state so require in accordance with its the governing board's personnel rules and policies.

5.  Fix tuitions and fees to be charged and differentiate the tuitions and fees between institutions and between residents, nonresidents, undergraduate students, graduate students, students from foreign countries and students who have earned credit hours in excess of the credit hour threshold.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the undergraduate credit hour threshold is one hundred forty‑five hours for students who attend the university under the jurisdiction of the governing board.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall be based on the actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment counted on the forty‑fifth day of every fall and spring semester, divided by two, and any budget adjustment based on student enrollment shall occur in the fiscal year following the actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment count.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall not apply to degree programs that require credit hours above the credit hour threshold, credits earned in the pursuit of up to two baccalaureate degrees, credits earned in the pursuit of up to two state regulated licensures or certificates, credits earned in the pursuit of teaching certification, credits transferred from a private institution of higher education, credits transferred from an institution of higher education in another state, credits earned at another institution of higher education but that are not accepted as transfer credits at the university where the student is currently enrolled and credits earned by students who enroll at a  the university under the jurisdiction of the governing board more than twenty‑four months after the end of that student's previous enrollment at a public institution of higher education in this state.  On or before October 15 of each year, the governing board of each university shall jointly report to the joint legislative budget committee the number of in‑state students and out‑of‑state students who were enrolled at universities under the jurisdiction of the governing board of each university during the previous fiscal year and who met or exceeded the undergraduate credit hour threshold prescribed in this paragraph.  The amount of tuition and fees included in the operating budget for the university adopted by the governing board of the university as prescribed in paragraph 13 of this subsection shall be subject to legislative appropriation and deposited in a separate tuition and fees subaccount for each university.  All other tuition and fee revenue shall be retained by each university for expenditure as approved by the governing board of that UNIVERSITY in a separate local tuition and fees subaccount for each that university.  This subaccount shall consist of only tuition and fees.  The universities shall not use any tuition or fee revenue to fund or support an alumni association.

6.  Except as provided in subsection I of this section, Adopt rules to govern its the governing board's tuition and fee setting process that provide for the following:

(a)  At least one public hearing at each the university as an opportunity for students and members of the public to comment on any proposed increase in tuition or fees.

(b)  Publication of the notice of public hearing at least ten days prior to before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in Maricopa county, Coconino county and Pima the county where the university is located.  The notice shall include the date, time and location of the public hearing.

(c)  Public disclosure by each the university of any proposed increases in tuition or fees at least ten days prior to before the public hearing.

(d)  A roll call vote of any final board action by the governing board of the university on changes in tuition or fees.

The procedural requirements of subdivisions (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this paragraph apply only to those changes in tuition or fees that require board approval by the governing board of the university.

7.  Pursuant to section 35‑115, submit a budget request for each institution the university under its jurisdiction that includes the estimated tuition and fee revenue available to support the programs of the institution university as described in the budget request.  The estimated available tuition and fee revenue shall be based on the tuition and registration fee rates in effect at the time the budget request is submitted with adjustments for projected changes in enrollment as provided by the governing board of the university.

8.  Establish curricula and designate courses at the several institutions university that in its the governing board's judgment will best serve the interests of this state.

9.  Award such degrees and diplomas on the completion of such courses and curriculum requirements as it the governing board deems appropriate.

10.  Prescribe qualifications for admission of all students to the universities university.  The governing board of the university shall establish policies for guaranteed admission that ensure fair and equitable access to students in this state from public, private and charter schools and homeschools.  For the purpose of determining the qualifications of honorably discharged veterans, veterans are those persons who served in the armed forces for a minimum of two years and who were previously enrolled at a university or community college in this state.  No prior failing grades received by the veteran at the university or community college in this state may be considered.

11.  Adopt any energy conservation standards promulgated adopted by the department of administration for the construction of new buildings.

12.  Employ for such time and purposes as the governing board of the university requires attorneys whose compensation shall be fixed and paid by the governing board.  Litigation to which the governing board is a party and for which self‑insurance is not provided may be compromised or settled at the direction of the governing board.

13.  Adopt annually an operating budget for each the university equal to the sum of appropriated general fund monies and the amount of tuition and fees approved by the governing board of the university and allocated to each the university operating budget.

14.  In consultation with the state board of education and other education groups, develop and implement a program to award honors endorsements to be affixed to the high school diplomas of qualifying high school pupils and to be included in the transcripts of pupils who are awarded endorsements.  The governing board of the university shall develop application procedures and testing criteria and adopt testing instruments and procedures to administer the program.  In order to receive an honors endorsement, a pupil must demonstrate an extraordinary level of knowledge, skill and competency as measured by the testing instruments adopted by the board in mathematics, English, science and social studies.  Additional subjects may be added at the determination of the governing board.  The program is voluntary for pupils.

15.  Require the publisher of each literary and nonliterary textbook used in the universities of this state university to furnish to the governing board of the university computer software in a standardized format when software becomes available for nonliterary textbooks to the Arizona board of regents from which braille versions of the textbooks may be produced.

16.  Require universities that provide a degree degrees in education to require courses that are necessary to obtain a provisional structured English immersion endorsement as prescribed by the state board of education.

17.  Acquire United States flags for each classroom that are manufactured in the United States and that are at least two feet by three feet and hardware to appropriately display the United States flags, acquire a legible copy of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, display the flags in each classroom in accordance with title 4 of the United States Code and display a legible copy of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights adjacent to the flag.

18.  To facilitate the transfer of military personnel and their dependents to and from the public schools of this state, pursue, in cooperation with the state board of education, reciprocity agreements with other states concerning the transfer credits for military personnel and their dependents.  A reciprocity agreement entered into pursuant to this paragraph shall:

(a)  Address procedures for each of the following:

(i)  The transfer of student records.

(ii)  Awarding credit for completed coursework.

(iii)  Permitting a student to satisfy the graduation requirements prescribed in section 15‑701.01 through the successful performance on comparable exit‑level assessment instruments administered in another state.

(b)  Include appropriate criteria developed by the state board of education and the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university.

19.  Require the university to publicly post notices of all of its employment openings, including the title and description, instructions for applying and relevant contact information.

20.  In consultation with the community college districts in this state, develop and implement common equivalencies for specific levels of achievement on advanced placement examinations and international baccalaureate examinations in order to award commensurate postsecondary academic credits at community colleges and public universities in this state.

21.  On or before August 1 of each year, report to the joint legislative budget committee the graduation rate by university campus during the previous fiscal year.  The governing board of the university shall also report the retention rate by university campus and by class, as determined by date of entry during the previous fiscal year.

B.  The governing board of each university shall adopt personnel policies for all employees of the governing board and the universities university.

C.  In conjunction with the auditor general, the governing board of each university shall develop a uniform accounting and reporting system, which shall be reviewed by the joint legislative budget committee before final adoption by the board.  The governing board shall require each the university to comply with the uniform accounting and reporting system.

D.  The governing board of each university may employ legal assistance in procuring loans for the institutions university from the United States government.  Fees or compensation paid for such legal assistance shall not be a claim on the general fund of this state but shall be paid from funds of the institutions university.

E.  The governing board of the university of arizona shall approve or disapprove any contract or agreement entered into by the university of Arizona hospital with the Arizona health facilities industrial development authority.

F.  The governing board of the university may adopt policies that authorize the institutions university under its jurisdiction to enter into employment contracts with nontenured employees for periods of more than one year but not more than five years.  The policies shall prescribe limitations on the authority of the institutions university to enter into employment contracts for periods of more than one year but not more than five years, including the requirement that the governing board approve the contracts.

G.  The governing board of each university may adopt a plan or plans for employee benefits that allow for participation in a cafeteria plan that meets the requirements of the United States internal revenue code of 1986.

H.  The governing board of each university may establish a program for the exchange of students between the universities under the jurisdiction of the board university and colleges and universities located in the state of Sonora, Mexico.  Notwithstanding subsection A, paragraph 5 of this section, the program may provide for in‑state tuition at the universities under the jurisdiction of the board university for fifty Sonoran students in exchange for similar tuition provisions for up to fifty Arizona students enrolled or seeking enrollment in Sonoran colleges or universities.  The governing board may direct the universities UNIVERSITY to work in conjunction with the Arizona‑Mexico commission to coordinate recruitment and admissions activities.

I.  Subsection A, paragraph 6, subdivisions (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this section do not apply to fee increases that are set by individual universities and that do not require approval by the Arizona board of regents before the fee increase becomes effective.

J.  I.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university, in collaboration with the universities university under its jurisdiction, shall adopt a performance funding model.  The performance funding model shall use performance metrics that include the increase in degrees awarded, the increase in completed student credit hours and the increase in externally generated research and public service funding.  The funding formula may give added weight to degrees related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other high‑value degrees that are in short supply or that are essential to this state's long‑term economic development strategy.

K.  J.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall use the performance funding model adopted pursuant to subsection  I of this section in developing and submitting budget requests for the universities university under its jurisdiction.

L.  K.  On or before November 1 of each year, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly submit to the joint legislative budget committee and the governor's office of strategic planning and budgeting a report on university debt and obligations, including:

1.  Long‑term notes and obligations.

2.  Certificates of participation and other obligations pursuant to any lease‑purchase agreements.

3.  Revenue bonds.

4.  Bonds issued pursuant to section 15‑1682.03.

5.  Commercial paper issued pursuant to section 15‑1696.

M.  L.  The report issued pursuant to subsection K of this section shall contain, for the most recent fiscal year:

1.  The aggregate level of outstanding principal and the principal and interest payments, by type of debt or obligation.

2.  An itemization, by campus and project, of the amount of yearly principal and interest to be paid in the most recent and the next five fiscal years.

N.  M.  The governing board of each university may enter into an intergovernmental agreement pursuant to section 15‑1747 to manage universities the university under its jurisdiction subject to the terms of the reciprocity agreement.

O.  N.  For the purposes of this section, "university debt and obligations" means debt and obligations, the principal and interest of which are paid in whole or in part with university monies.

Sec. 42.  Section 15-1626.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1626.01.  Transfer of fees for student organizations; prohibition; support

A.  A public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regent in this state shall not transfer any portion of the tuition or fees collected from students pursuant to section 15‑1626 or use any university student billing process to collect monies on behalf of an organization not under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents and that is not recognized as a university student organization.

B.  A public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state may establish and support student government at the university and the university recognized university‑recognized student organizations and clubs, and provide support for these student groups from tuition and fees pursuant to section 15‑1633. END_STATUTE

Sec. 43.  Section 15-1627, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1627.  Control of vehicles and nonpedestrian devices on university property; sanctions; compliance with emissions inspection; definition

A.  Each university may adopt rules for the control of vehicles and nonpedestrian devices on its property with respect to the following only:  maximum speed of vehicles and nonpedestrian devices, direction of travel, authorized hours of travel, required stops in traffic, place of parking, method of parking, time of parking, nonparking areas, restricted areas, prohibition of parking in vehicle emissions control areas as defined in section 49‑541 of those vehicles which that fail to comply with section 49‑542 and designation of special parking areas for students, faculty, staff and the general public.  Each university may prescribe and collect reasonable fees for specially designated parking areas.  Each university shall cause signs and notices to be posted upon on the property for the regulation of vehicles and nonpedestrian devices.

B.  The rules adopted by each university pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be enforced administratively by each university.  As to students, faculty and staff, these procedures may, but need not, involve both student and faculty adjudicating bodies, as long as all procedures give the individual notice and an opportunity to be heard concerning the alleged infractions and any sanction to be imposed upon him.  Administrative and disciplinary sanctions may be imposed upon on students, faculty and staff for a violation of the rules, including, but not limited to:  a reasonable monetary penalty, impoundment, regular institutional discipline, withdrawal or suspension of campus parking privileges, encumbrances of records or grades, or both, and oral or written reprimand.  Habitual or flagrant disregard of rules shall be a ground for suspension or expulsion from the university for a student and may be taken into consideration as to faculty and staff in regard to amount of salary and continuation of employment.

C.  Members of the general public who park their vehicles in an unauthorized manner upon on the property of a university shall be warned concerning their unauthorized parking and, if they continue, or if such persons habitually park in such an unauthorized manner, the vehicles so parked may be impounded by the institution university and a reasonable fee exacted for the cost of impoundment and storage.

D.  Members of the general public who violate a rule adopted by the university pursuant to subsection A of this section regarding the use of nonpedestrian devices shall be warned of a violation, and any nonpedestrian devices may be impounded by the university and a reasonable fee may be exacted for the cost of impoundment and storage.

E.  Any person who has received a final administrative ruling concerning a sanction imposed upon him on the person as a result of a violation of a rule pursuant to subsection A of this section shall have the right to have that ruling reviewed by the superior court in the county in which the institution university involved is situated, in accordance with the provisions of the administrative review act, title 12, chapter 7, article 6.

F.  This section shall be considered supplemental in nature to the general common law and statutory powers of institutions under control of the board the university as to the internal control and activities of their students, faculty and staff.

G.  An institution under the jurisdiction of the board of regents and which A university that is located in a vehicle emissions control area as defined in section 49‑541 shall prohibit the issuance of annual permits to park on property under its jurisdiction until the applicant submits an affidavit or shows proof that his the applicant's vehicle meets the requirements of section 49‑542.

H.  For the purposes of this section, "nonpedestrian devices" includes bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, skateboards, roller skates and equines. END_STATUTE

Sec. 44.  Section 15-1628, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1628.  Powers and procedures pertaining to optional retirement programs

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may establish optional retirement programs under which contracts providing retirement and death benefits may be purchased for members of the faculty and administrative officers of the institutions under its jurisdiction university.  The benefits to be provided for or on behalf of participants in the optional retirement program shall be provided through annuity contracts, fixed or variable in nature, or a combination thereof, or other retirement plans approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board.

B.  Elections to participate in the optional retirement programs shall be made as follows:

1.  Eligible employees initially appointed on or after August 9, 1974 shall elect to become members of the Arizona state retirement system or to participate in an optional retirement program established by the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university.  The election shall be made in writing and filed with the Arizona state retirement system and the disbursing officer of the employing institution university and shall be effective as of the effective date of appointment.  If an eligible employee fails to make an election as provided in this paragraph, the eligible employee shall be deemed to have elected membership in the Arizona state retirement system.

2.  Eligible employees initially appointed before August 9, 1974 may elect to participate in the optional retirement programs.  The election shall be made in writing and filed with the Arizona state retirement system and the disbursing officer of the employing institution university on or before December 14, 1974, shall become effective as of January 1, 1975 and shall constitute a waiver of all benefits provided by the Arizona state retirement system, except all such benefits as are expressly provided by law.

3.  Any employee who becomes eligible may elect an optional retirement program.  The election shall be made in writing and filed with the Arizona state retirement system and the disbursing officer of the employing institution university within thirty days after notice in writing to the employee of the employee's eligibility, and shall become effective on the first day of the pay period following such an election, and shall constitute a waiver of all benefits provided by the Arizona state retirement system, except all such benefits as are expressly provided by law.

4.  Any eligible employee who is a member of the Arizona state retirement system at the time the employee elects to participate in the optional retirement program shall leave the funds in the employee's retirement account on deposit with the Arizona state retirement system during the continuance of employment.  Additional contributions to the employee's retirement account shall not be required and continued service with the Arizona board of regents or an institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents university while under an optional retirement program shall be deemed to be member service in the Arizona state retirement system for the purpose of determining eligibility for any benefits under such a system.  The amount of any such benefits under such a system shall be computed only on the basis of service otherwise creditable to a member of the system and the employee's compensation during such service.  For the purposes of subsection D of this section, years of member service in the Arizona state retirement system shall count as years of service under the optional retirement programs.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall contribute public funds appropriated or any other funds available for such a purpose on behalf of each participant in the optional retirement programs in an amount equal to seven per cent percent of the participant's compensation.  Each participant shall also contribute an amount equal to seven per cent percent of the participant's compensation.  The appropriation to each university for purposes of enabling the Arizona board of regents to make the contribution provided in this subsection shall not exceed the employer contribution required under the Arizona state retirement system as prescribed by title 38, chapter 5, article 2.  Funds utilized by the board of regents or by a university to pay that portion of the contribution that represents the difference between the employer contribution as prescribed by title 38, chapter 5, article 2 and the contribution rate provided in this subsection for an optional retirement program do not constitute a use of appropriated monies for supplemental retirement.

D.  In the case of an electing employee initially appointed on or after August 9, 1974, contributions pursuant to subsection C of this section shall not be made by the Arizona board of regents university until the employee's completion of five years of service.  Employee contributions required during this initial five year period and during continued service with an institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents a university shall be promptly remitted to the optional retirement programs approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university.  At the end of an electing employee's completion of five years of service, a single contribution in an amount determined pursuant to subsection C of this section, with interest, shall be made by the chief financial officer of the employing institution university to the approved company or companies on behalf of such employee.  In the case of an electing employee who does not continue in service with an institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents a university for at least five years, the amount of employer contributions, with interest, shall be refunded to this state.

E.  If an employee's service is terminated by death prior to the completion of five years of service, a death benefit equal to the sums appropriated for such employee, plus interest, shall be paid to the beneficiary designated by the participant under the participant's optional retirement program.

F.  The provisions of Subsection D of this section shall not apply to any electing employee who, at the time of initial appointment, owns a contract determined by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university to be acceptable for use in the optional retirement program.

G.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may provide for the administration of such optional retirement programs and perform or authorize the performance of such functions as may be necessary for such purposes.  The Arizona board of regents governing board shall approve the company or companies from which benefits may be purchased under the optional retirement programs.  Such optional retirement programs shall not permit loans.  In giving its approval, the each governing board shall consider:

1.  The nature and extent of the rights and benefits to be provided for participants and their beneficiaries.

2.  The relation of such rights and benefits to the amount of contributions to be made.

3.  The suitability of such rights and benefits to the needs of the participants and the interests of the institutions under its jurisdiction university in the recruitment and retention of faculty and administrative officers.

4.  The ability of the approved company or companies to provide such suitable rights and benefits.

H.  Any eligible employee initially appointed after August 9, 1974, electing to participate in the optional retirement programs, shall be ineligible for membership in the Arizona state retirement system as long as the employee remains continuously employed in any position by the Arizona board of regents or by an institution under its jurisdiction university, except as expressly provided by law.

I.  The benefits, annuities and employee and employer contributions provided for in this section, and all interest, earnings and other credits pertaining to such benefits, annuities and contributions, shall not be subject to execution or attachment and shall be nonassignable.  The employee and employer contributions provided for in this section and all interest, earnings and other credits pertaining to such contributions are exempt from state, county and municipal taxes.  The benefits and annuities received by an employee under this section after December 31, 1988 are subject to tax pursuant to title 43.

J.  Subject to amendment of the federal‑state agreement provided for in section 38‑702, every eligible employee electing to participate in the optional retirement programs shall have old age, survivors and disability insurance coverage provided by the federal social security act in accordance with the provisions of title 38, chapter 5, article 1. END_STATUTE

Sec. 45.  Section 15-1629, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1629.  Annual report

Within ninety days after the close of each fiscal year, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly make a report for the fiscal year to the governor. The report shall set forth the state of progress of the universities in their several colleges, schools and departments, the courses of study included in their curricula, the number of professors, other instructional faculty and staff members employed, the number of students registered and attending classes, the amount of receipts and expenditures and such other information as the board deems governing boards deem proper.END_STATUTE

Sec. 46.  Section 15-1630, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1630.  Abortion at educational facility prohibited; exception

No abortion shall be performed at any facility under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university unless such an abortion is necessary to save the life of the woman having the abortion.END_STATUTE

Sec. 47.  Section 15-1631, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1631.  State museum; fees

A.  There shall be a state museum for the collection and preservation of the archaeological resources, specimens of the mineral wealth and the flora and fauna of this state.

B.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona shall direct and manage the museum and shall set apart sufficient space to accommodate it.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona shall adopt any fees for services performed by the state museum pursuant to title 41, chapter 4.1, article 4 and section 41‑865.

D.  Before submitting a proposal to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona to increase fees for services, the director of the state museum shall provide notice of the intent to increase fees for services on the website of the state museum before January 1.  The notice of intent must:

1.  Include a justification for the fee increase, which shall contain:

(a)  The amount of the proposed fee increase.

(b)  A list of the persons who will be directly affected by, bear the costs of or directly benefit from the proposed fee increase.

(c)  An analysis of each of the following:

(i)  The rationale for the proposed fee increase with a description of the statutory responsibilities that the state museum intends to fulfill with the proposed fee increase.

(ii)  An explanation of the services that the state museum will provide with the proposed fee increase to this state, political subdivisions, other agencies and businesses.

(iii)  A description of any efforts to avoid fee increases or to reduce the costs or regulatory burden, or both, to the businesses, persons and consumers that will be directly affected by the proposed fee increase.

(d)  A description of the methodology used to calculate the proposed fee increase and a detailed explanation of the costs included in the fee methodology.

2.  Be provided to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona for submittal to the secretary of state for publication in the register pursuant to section 41‑1013.

E.  In addition to the duties prescribed in subsection D of this section, the director of the state museum shall:

1.  At the same time the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona submits notice of the proposed fee increase to the secretary of state pursuant to subsection D, paragraph 2 of this section, notify by regular mail, fax or e-mail each person who has made a timely request to the state museum for notification of proposed fee changes, proposed policy changes or any other proposed change relating to the state museum.  The state museum may purge the list of persons who have requested these notifications once each year.

2.  Post the draft of the proposal to increase fees for services on the website of the state museum on or before the second Monday of the calendar year.

3.  Provide an opportunity for public comment regarding the proposal to increase fees for services for at least thirty days after publication by the secretary of state in the register.  Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e-mail and oral comments.

4.  If applicable, post on the website of the state museum a revised draft of the proposal to increase fees for services at the end of the public comment period.  The revised draft shall include a summary and response to any comments received during the public comment period and a summary of the alternatives that were considered and a rationale for why those alternatives were not selected.

5.  Provide an opportunity for public comment for at least twenty days regarding the revised draft of the proposal to increase fees for services. Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e‑mail and oral comments.

6.  Not later than five business days after the end of the public comment period, post on the website of the state museum a final draft of the proposal to increase fees for services along with the expected date that the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona will consider the proposed increase.

F.  Any proposal submitted by the state museum to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona to increase fees shall include the information prescribed in subsections D and E of this section.END_STATUTE

Sec. 48.  Section 15-1633, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1633.  Use of university resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty; definitions

A.  A person acting on behalf of a university or a person who aids another person acting on behalf of a university shall not spend or use university resources, including the use or expenditure of monies, accounts, credit, facilities, vehicles, postage, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, web pages, personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or any other thing of value of the university, for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections or to advocate support for or opposition to pending or proposed legislation.  Notwithstanding this section, a university may distribute informational pamphlets on a proposed bond election as provided in section 35‑454 if those informational pamphlets present factual information in a neutral manner.  This section does not preclude any of the following:

1.  A university from reporting on official actions of the university or the Arizona board of regents.

2.  A registered lobbyist from advocating on behalf of the university or the Arizona board of regents.

3.  An employee of a university using personal time and resources from influencing the outcomes of elections or from advocating support for or opposition to pending or proposed legislation if the employee does not use university personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or other resources for these purposes.

4.  Any university employee from providing classroom instruction on matters relating to politics, elections, laws, ballot measures, candidates for public office and pending or proposed legislation.

5.  The use of university resources, including facilities and equipment, for government-sponsored forums or debates if the sponsor remains impartial and the events are purely informational and provide an equal opportunity to all viewpoints.  The rental and use of a university facility by a private person or entity that may lawfully attempt to influence the outcome of an election is permitted if it does not occur at the same time and place as a government-sponsored forum or debate.

B.  Employees of a university may not use the authority of their positions to influence the vote or political activities of any subordinate employee.

C.  This section does not prohibit universities from permitting student political organizations of political parties, including those that are recognized pursuant to sections 16‑801, 16‑802 and 16‑803, to conduct lawful meetings in university buildings or on university grounds, except as prescribed in subsection A of this section.  Each student political organization that is allowed to conduct lawful meetings on university property shall have equal access as any other student political organization that is allowed to conduct lawful meetings on university property.

D.  This section shall not be construed as denying the civil and political liberties of any person as guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitutions.

E.  Except as provided in subsection F of this section, public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state may not:

1.  Provide publicly funded programs, scholarships or courses if the purpose of the program, scholarship or course is to advocate for a specified public policy.

2.  Allow publicly funded organizations, institutes or centers to operate on the campus of the university or on behalf of or in association with the university if the purpose of the organization, institute or center is to advocate for a specified public policy.

F.  Subsection E of this section does not apply to:

1.  A registered lobbyist who advocates on behalf of the university or the Arizona board of regents and other employees assisting such lobbyists in their official capacity.

2.  Any university employee who expresses a personal opinion on a political or policy issue, regardless of whether that opinion is expressed inside or outside the classroom.

3.  Print or electronic media produced by students who are enrolled at a university.

4.  A recognized student government, club or organization of students who are enrolled at a university.

5.  Any university employee who is appointed to a government board, commission or advisory panel who provides expert testimony or guidance on public policy.

6.  The publication of reports or the hosting of seminars or guest speakers by the university that recommends public policy.

7.  Researching, teaching and service activities of university employees that involve the study, discussion, intellectual exercise, debate or presentation of information that recommends public policy.

8.  Any other type of advocacy that is allowed by law.

G.  The attorney general shall publish and distribute to the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university a detailed guideline regarding activities prohibited under this section.  The attorney general may distribute these guidelines through a website or electronically.

H.  The attorney general or the county attorney for the county in which an alleged violation of this section occurred may serve on the person an order requiring compliance with this section and may assess a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars per violation, plus any amount of misused funds subtracted from the university budget against a person who violates or a person who aids another person in violating this section.  The person determined to be out of compliance with this section shall be responsible for the payment of all penalties and misused funds.  University funds or insurance payments shall not be used to pay these penalties or misused funds.  All misused funds collected pursuant to this section shall be returned to the university whose funds were misused.

I.  An attorney acting on behalf of a university may request a legal opinion of the attorney general as to whether a proposed use of university resources would violate this section.

J.  All penalties collected by the court for a suit initiated in superior court by the attorney general shall be paid to the office of the attorney general for the use and reimbursement of costs of prosecution pursuant to this section.  All penalties collected by the court for a suit initiated in superior court by a county attorney shall be paid to the county treasurer of the county in which the court is held for the use and reimbursement of costs of prosecution pursuant to this section.

K.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Government-sponsored forum or debate" means any event, or part of an event or meeting, in which the government is an official sponsor, which is open to the public or to invited members of the public, and whose purpose is to inform the public about an issue or proposition that is before the voters.

2.  "Influencing the outcomes of elections" means supporting or opposing a candidate for nomination or election to public office or the recall of a public officer or supporting or opposing a ballot measure, question or proposition, including any bond, budget or override election and supporting or opposing the circulation of a petition for the recall of a public officer or a petition for a ballot measure, question or proposition in any manner that is not impartial or neutral.

3.  "Misused funds" means university monies or resources used unlawfully pursuant to this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 49.  Section 15-1634, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1634.  Intergovernmental agreements; special assessments

A.  Pursuant to section 48‑582 or 48‑920 or in conjunction with any street improvement made pursuant to any other statute, the governing board of each university on behalf of this state or any the university under its jurisdiction may enter into and shall be bound by intergovernmental agreements with one or more cities, counties or improvement districts for the purpose of improving streets adjacent to or running through university property by the construction of any or all of the improvements authorized in either title 48, chapter 4, articles 1 and 2 or title 48, chapter 6, article 1.

B.  The agreement may provide that assessments may be levied against university property to secure repayment of the cost of the improvements.  So long as this state or the governing board of the university owns the land so assessed the assessment liens may not be enforced by sale or foreclosure.  The agreement may also provide that the university's share of any incidental cost may be paid by the governing board of the university from any available fund of that university.  The governing board of the university shall pay or cause to be paid the installments of principal and interest coming due on the assessments and may pledge for the payment thereof any monies of the respective university which that do not cause the agreement or assessment to become a debt of this state under, or contrary to, any constitutional provision and which that do not violate any contract rights of any other person to be paid from the same source.  The agreement shall provide that the payments due under the agreement include any penalties and additional interest that the owner of property subject to assessment would be required to pay on the delinquency of an installment of principal or interest.

C.  In the agreement the governing board of the university may waive any formal requirement, notice or prerequisite to levying an assessment.

D.  If the governing board of the university leases, long‑term leases or sells any parcel subject to an assessment, the governing board shall require that the lessee's or purchaser's initial payment be in an amount at least sufficient to reimburse the governing board for the parcel's allocative share of the monies previously expended to pay the assessment.  The governing board shall return such this amount to be reimbursed to the source of the monies under subsection B of this section.

E.  Upon On the sale of any parcel subject to an assessment, the lien of the assessment may be enforced by foreclosure and sale in the manner set forth in the respective statute authorizing the levying of the assessment. END_STATUTE

Sec. 50.  Section 15-1635, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1635.  University research development purposes; product development; corporations

A.  In order to stimulate the flow of capital into the development of specific products which that have advanced beyond the theoretical stage and are capable of being reduced to practice on a commercial scale, the governing board may of a university, by resolution, may organize one or more corporations under the provisions of title 10.  At least one‑half of any voting shares of each such corporation shall be held by the governing board of the university, or a majority of the directors, trustees or members of the corporation shall be designated or appointed by the governing board of the university.  No member or employee of the governing board may receive any direct or indirect compensation, other than reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in the performance of his duties, by reason of serving as a member, director or trustee of a corporation organized under this section.

B.  No such corporation may be organized unless the governing board of the university finds in its organizational resolution that its formation will stimulate and encourage the development of new products within this state in situations in which financial aid would not otherwise be reasonably available from conventional lending sources.  In addition to the powers each corporation may have, each corporation may:

1.  Enter into product development agreements with persons doing business in this state, on such terms and conditions as are consistent with the research development purposes of the governing board of the university, to advance financial aid to such persons for the development of specific products, procedures and techniques to be developed and produced in this state and to condition such agreements on contractual assurances that the benefits of increasing or maintaining employment and tax revenues shall remain in this state and accrue to it.

2.  Acquire, lease, purchase, manage, hold and dispose of real and personal property in this state and lease, convey or deal in or enter into contracts with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to carrying out these research and development purposes.

3.  Hold patents, copyrights, trademarks or any other evidences of protection or exclusivity as to any products issued under the laws of the United States or any state or nation.

C.  Before organizing such a corporation, the governing board of the university shall develop a procedure for applications for financial aid to be forwarded, together with an application fee prescribed by the governing board, to the governing board.  The governing board shall investigate and prepare a report concerning the advisability of approving the proposed financial aid for such a person and concerning any other factors deemed relevant.  The investigation and report shall include such facts about the person under consideration as his history, wage standards, job opportunities, stability of employment, past and present financial condition and structure, pro forma income statements, present and future markets and prospects and integrity of management as well as the feasibility of the proposed project to be granted financial aid, including the state of development of the product as well as the likelihood of its commercial feasibility.  After receipt and consideration of the report and after other action as is deemed appropriate, the governing board of the university shall approve or deny the application.  The governing board shall promptly notify the applicant of such action.  Approval shall be conditioned on payment to the governing board, within such a reasonable time after notification of approval as the governing board may specify, of a commitment fee prescribed by the governing board.

D.  The governing board of the university may receive and accept aid or contributions of monies from any source, including gifts or grants from private sources or from any department or agency of the United States or this state, for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this section.

E.  The governing board of the university may also enter into research and development agreements, royalty agreements, development agreements, licensing agreements and profit sharing agreements concerning the research, development, production, storing or marketing of new products developed or to be developed through university research. END_STATUTE

Sec. 51.  Section 15-1635.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1635.01.  Transfer of technology developed by universities; intellectual property policies; officer or employee interest in private entity

A.  To encourage the exchange of technological expertise, new research development and other valuable information between private enterprise and the university system in this state and to facilitate the transfer of technology developed by officers or employees of public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state to commercial, nonprofit and entrepreneurial enterprises for the economic development of this state and for the public benefit, the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall maintain intellectual property policies that allow, on a case‑by‑case negotiated basis, the licensing, assignment or other transfer of intellectual property owned by the governing board to third parties if the transfer is in the best interest of this state and the university system or the transfer otherwise promotes the dissemination of university research for the public benefit.

B.  Notwithstanding title 38, chapter 3, article 8, the Arizona board of regents, a public university in this state or an entity authorized to manage intellectual property on behalf of the governing board of the university or a university may enter into agreements to transfer intellectual property owned by the governing board to an officer or employee of an institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents the university or to an entity in which an officer or employee maintains a substantial interest as defined by section 38‑502.

C.  Before concluding an agreement for the transfer of any intellectual property owned by the Arizona board of regents GOVERNING board of a university to an officer or employee of the governing board or the university or to an entity in which an officer or employee of the governing board or the university maintains a substantial interest, the governing board or university shall do all of the following:

1.  Identify, on a case-by-case basis, individual and institutional conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment that may arise as a result of the proposed transfer.

2.  Determine whether the potential conflicts are manageable.

3.  If the potential conflicts are manageable, develop a conflict management plan and enter into agreements as necessary for the appropriate management and oversight of the potential conflicts in conformance with policies of the Arizona board of regents and the university.

D.  The governing board of each university shall maintain appropriate policies and procedures for the implementation of this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 52.  Section 15-1636, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1636.  Lease of real property and improvements in research park; prohibited and permitted uses

A.  The governing board of a university shall not lease real property located in an area defined as a research park pursuant to section 35‑701 unless the lease contains a covenant that prohibits unlimited manufacturing on the site and allows the governing board to enforce the covenant by appropriate means, which may include termination of the lease.

B.  The governing board of a university may take title to and lease improvements constructed on land located in an area defined as a research park pursuant to section 35‑701 if the lease contains a covenant that restricts the use of the subject property to the uses permitted under this section.  The lease shall allow the board to enforce the covenant by appropriate means, including termination of the lease.  The governing board may lease unimproved lots or parcels located in an area defined as a research park pursuant to section 35‑701 for any use by a lessee.

C.  The requirements of subsection B of this section do not apply to improvements constructed before July 20, 1996 or to a lease entered into between the governing board of a university and a lessee, subsidiary, successor, sublessee or assignee of a lessee, who originally entered into any lease with the governing board before July 31, 1996.

D.  The subject property may be used only for the following purposes:

1.  Laboratories, offices and other facilities for testing, consulting and information processing, related to research and development.

2.  Production, assembly or sale of products pursuant to research and development activities.

3.  Pilot plants in which processes planned for use in production elsewhere can be tested and assembled.

4.  Regional or national headquarters of the lessee or its subsidiaries that are engaged in research and development or education activities.

5.  Education and training facilities.

6.  Operations required to maintain or support any permitted use, including maintenance shops, power plants, wastewater treatment facilities, the keeping of animals, machine shops, common area improvements and facilities and professional and commercial services supporting permitted uses, such as child development centers, food services and post office and mailing centers.END_STATUTE

Sec. 53.  Section 15-1637, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1637.  Lease of property for health care institution; requirements; conditions; reports; directors, members and officers of nonprofit corporation; definition

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of a university may lease real property, improvements or personal property owned by the governing board to a nonprofit corporation as lessee for purposes of operating a health care institution as defined in section 36‑401.  If the governing board leases such property for such purposes, whether title to improvements on the property rests in the governing board or in the lessee, the lease agreement and any amendments, renewals or extensions of the agreement shall be deemed binding and effective according to its terms.  If, under the provisions of the lease, improvements or personal property related to the operation of a health care institution are conveyed to the nonprofit corporation, they shall be presumed to have been conveyed for their then fair market value.

B.  Any lease agreement entered into pursuant to subsection A of this section may, at the discretion of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, may contain provisions requiring the nonprofit corporation to acquire the approval of the Arizona board of regents governing board prior to entering into any business transactions that may adversely affect the interests of this state or that are contained in subsection G, paragraph 2 of this section.  The Arizona board of regents governing board shall specify in the lease agreement the type and nature of such transactions which that require prior approval of the governing board.

C.  To satisfy the requirements of section 103 of the internal revenue code, as defined in section 43‑105, any nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section is declared to be:

1.  A validly organized and existing body politic and corporate exercising its powers for the benefit of the people, to improve their health and welfare and to increase their prosperity.

2.  Engaged in a purpose essential to public health care.

3.  Performing an essential governmental function.

D.  Any nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section is exempt from property taxation by this state or any agency or subdivision of this state and possesses and may exercise only those powers of the Arizona board of regents which governing board of the university that are delegated to the nonprofit corporation by the Arizona board of regents governing board and which that are necessary to satisfy the requirements of section 103 of the internal revenue code, as defined in section 43‑105, as specified in the terms, conditions, restrictions and agreements of the lease agreement.  These powers are in addition to all those powers granted to a nonprofit corporation by title 10, chapters 24 through 40.

E.  Any nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section may issue bonds and incur obligations and pledge its revenues as security for the payment of the bonds or other obligations for health care institutional purposes to the extent provided by the lease agreement or amendments, renewals or extensions of the agreement.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the incurrence of a debt by the state within the meaning of any constitutional restriction on debt.

F.  Except as provided in subsection G of this section, any nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section may acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise, and may operate, other health care institutions and real and personal property for purposes of providing products and services related to the operation of health care institutions owned, leased or operated by it.  Such an acquisition or operation does not affect the powers, rights, privileges or immunities conferred on such a nonprofit corporation by this section.

G.  No nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section shall:

1.  Until September 1, 1986 enter into any agreement with a county or a nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to section 11‑256.03, subsection A if the agreement provides for the conveyance of any ownership interest whatever in the nonprofit corporation to which property is conveyed pursuant to section 11‑256.03, subsection A or in the property described in section 11‑256.03, subsection A.  After August 31, 1986 any such agreement must be approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university and the legislature.  This subsection does not prevent the grant of an option to purchase such property, provided that the option may not be exercised before September 1, 1986 and the exercise of the option must be approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university and the legislature.  Under no circumstances shall any state general fund monies be used to acquire any interest in such property.

2.  Own, lease, manage or operate any other health care institution or other real or personal property unless such an acquisition, management or operation either:

(a)  Relates to and furthers the educational or research purposes and goals of the university of Arizona hospital.

(b)  Promotes the efficient and economical operation of the university of Arizona hospital or any other health care institution acquired pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection.

H.  A nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section may manage and operate property described in section 11‑256.03, subsection A subject to the restrictions of subsection G of this section.  Any management or operation agreement shall provide that the nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section shall not be liable for any bonds or other obligation of any kind relating to the ownership or operation of the property described in section 11‑256.03, subsection A incurred before the property is conveyed to such nonprofit corporation in accordance with subsection G of this section.

I.  A health care institution which that is the subject of a lease agreement as described in subsection A of this section is subject to section 15‑1630.

J.  A nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section shall make semiannual progress reports as to its financial status and deliver them on January 1 and July 1 of each year to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the governor. The nonprofit corporation shall present an independently audited financial statement to the auditor general within ninety days of the close of the previous fiscal year.  The auditor general shall review such statements and transmit them together with a report to officers entitled to receive progress reports by this subsection.

K.  Any nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section shall:

1.  Be organized as a nonprofit corporation pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 only upon on the approval of the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university.

2.  Be governed by a board of directors, the members of which are appointed by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university, provided that no more than forty‑nine per cent percent of the members of such the board of directors of the nonprofit corporation shall be officers or employees of this state and of such forty‑nine per cent percent only two members of such the board of directors may be members of the Arizona board of regents governing board.  Members of the Arizona board of regents governing board who are appointed to the board of directors of such a nonprofit corporation shall be residents of different counties unless all members of the board of regents governing board are residents of the same county.

3.  Be organized under articles of incorporation or bylaws approved by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university, which shall provide among other things that:

(a)  No earnings of the nonprofit corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, directors, officers or other individuals, except that the nonprofit corporation shall be authorized to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered to it by individuals other than members of the board of directors of the nonprofit corporation acting solely in such capacity, to reimburse expenses in connection with services rendered to or expenses incurred on behalf of the nonprofit corporation and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of the nonprofit corporation.

(b)  Upon On the dissolution or liquidation of the nonprofit corporation, the board of directors of the nonprofit corporation shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the nonprofit corporation, shall distribute all of the assets of the nonprofit corporation to the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university or its successor.

(c)  Neither the articles of incorporation nor the bylaws of the nonprofit corporation shall be amended without the approval of the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university.

(d)  The board of directors of the nonprofit corporation may adopt nondiscriminatory rules and regulations providing for the use of the university of Arizona hospital by, and staff privileges for, any persons licensed under title 32, chapter 7, 13 or 17 whether or not such persons have a faculty teaching appointment with the school of medicine, providing, however, that such rules and regulations shall contain requirements sufficient to protect the educational and research purposes and goals of the university of Arizona hospital.

L.  No a member of the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university who is also a member or director of a nonprofit corporation which that is a lessee as described in subsection A of this section shall as a regent vote upon not vote on any matter pertaining to such a corporation as may come before the Arizona board of regents governing board.

M.  For the purposes of this section, "nonprofit corporation" means a corporation as defined in section 10‑3140.END_STATUTE

Sec. 54.  Section 15-1639, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1639.  University recruitment and retention program for economically disadvantaged, minority and underrepresented student populations

A.  The three public universities under the jurisdiction of the board of regents in this state shall each establish a comprehensive plan to initiate new programs and expand existing student recruitment and retention programs directed at economically disadvantaged, minority and underrepresented student populations.  The plan shall incorporate at least the following:

1.  Programs which that are directed at Arizona resident students and which that include outreach programs established to work with potential students at the high school level.

2.  A program overview which that illustrates the coordination between existing and new recruitment and retention programs.

3.  Methods for the evaluation of program impact and the establishment of target goals for success.  The results of these evaluations shall be reported to the board of regents governing board of the university utilizing a standard format distributed by the governing board.

B.  Monies appropriated for this program shall not be used to support remedial course work coursework.

C.  Students admitted to the universities must meet the admission criteria established by the board of regents governing board of the university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 55.  Section 15-1640, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1640.  Public records exemptions; confidential information; historical records; donor records

A.  The following records of a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state are exempt from title 39, chapter 1, article 2:

1.  Information or intellectual property that is not available to the public and that is a trade secret as defined in section 44‑401 or that is either:

(a)  Contained in unfunded grant applications or proposals.

(b)  Developed by persons employed by a university, independent contractors working with a university or third parties that are collaborating with a university, if the disclosure of this data or material would be contrary to the best interests of this state.

(c)  Provided to a university by a third party pursuant to the terms and conditions of a contract between the university and the third party.  In order to qualify for the exemption prescribed in this subdivision, all of the following criteria must be met:

(i)  The contract specifies that the information being provided to the university is confidential and that there is a need to maintain that confidentiality.

(ii)  The contract is approved before the contract becomes effective by an official of the university who is authorized to sign these contracts.

(iii)  The contract includes the name or names of the third party and a general description of the research or other work that is the subject of the contract in a manner sufficient to provide the public with the information necessary to understand the nature of that research or other work.

(iv)  Except for the exemptions from public disclosure prescribed in this section, the contract will become a public document that is subject to title 39, chapter 1, article 2 when the contract is executed.

(d)  Composed of unpublished research data, manuscripts, preliminary analyses, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research and prepublication peer reviews.

2.  Historical records and materials donated to a university by a private person or a private entity, if restricted access is a condition of the donation.  The exemption provided by this paragraph shall expire no later than twenty years after the original donation.

3.  All records concerning donors or potential donors to a university, other than the names of the donors and the description, date, amount and conditions of these donations.

B.  This section does not affect the issues to be decided between a university and a contracting party, including issues related to the university's right to publish the data and the results of the university's research or discoveries and the timing of any related publication.

C.  Any exemption provided by subsection A of this section shall no longer be applicable if the subject matter of the records becomes available to the general public. END_STATUTE

Sec. 56.  Section 15-1641, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1641.  University collegiate special plate funds; purpose

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall establish a separate university collegiate special plate fund for each the university under its jurisdiction, as described in section 15‑1601, consisting of monies received by the that governing board from collegiate plate annual donations for universities pursuant to section 28‑2412.

B.  The board of regents governing board of each university shall require each the university under its jurisdiction, as described in section 15‑1601, to submit a plan for approval of the expenditure of monies in the appropriate fund.  All monies in the fund shall only be used for academic scholarships.  Each university shall annually report to the board of regents governing board of the university the percentage of monies that was expended on behalf of minority applicants.

C.  The board of regents governing board of each university may delegate to a state university foundation approved by each the university, as described in section 15‑1601, the right to market and promote the purchase of collegiate special plates.  No dues, fees or charges except those specified in section 28‑2412 may be levied or collected by a state university foundation in connection with collegiate special plates.

D.  The fund funds established in this section is are exempt from section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.  At the direction of the governing board of each university, the state treasurer may invest and divest inactive monies in the university's fund as provided by section 35‑313.  The state treasurer shall credit all interest earned on the fund monies to the fund. END_STATUTE

Sec. 57.  Section 15-1642, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1642.  Financial aid trust funds; aid to students with verifiable financial need; endowment

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may establish a financial aid trust fund for the purposes of providing immediate aid to students with verifiable financial need, including students who are underrepresented in the population of university students or who by virtue of their special circumstances present unique needs for financial aid, and creating an endowment for future financial aid. Subject to the limitations provided in subsection B, paragraph 3 of this section, the governing board may assess a surcharge upon on registration fees paid by students for deposit in the fund.

B.  The governing board of each university shall adopt rules to govern the financial aid trust fund, including the following:

1.  Twenty-five per cent percent of the monies received each year shall be placed in the trust fund as a permanent endowment.  The remaining monies received shall be used for immediate aid for students with verifiable financial need.  At least fifty per cent percent of the immediate aid monies shall be used for grant aid.

2.  The immediate aid monies shall be distributed to the universities on a pro rata basis university based on relative student contributions to the fund.

3.  The surcharge on student registration shall not exceed one per cent percent of the registration fee for students taking more than six credit surcharge hours.  The surcharge hours for students taking fewer than seven credit hours shall equal one‑half the surcharge assessed students taking more than six credit hours.

C.  Each dollar raised pursuant to the surcharge on student registration shall be matched by two dollars appropriated by the legislature.

D.  The governing board of each university shall report every three years to the legislature on the status of the financial aid trust fund.  The report shall include the use to which the monies have been put and the impact of such use.

E.  Fund monies shall only be used in university assistance programs approved by the governing board of the university, and such monies shall be in addition to, and not in replacement of, existing state or institutional financial aid monies.  Assistance may be provided to full‑time or part‑time students.  Monies appropriated by this state shall not be used to provide assistance to students who are not residents of this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 58.  Section 15-1643, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1643.  Arizona area health education system; health education centers; health education center governing boards; duties; annual report

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of arizona shall establish the Arizona area health education system in the college of medicine of the university of Arizona.  The governing board of the university of arizona shall appoint a system director.

B.  The system shall consist of five area health education centers administered by the director of the Arizona area health education system.  Each center shall represent a geographic area with specified populations that the system determines currently lack services by the health care professions.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of arizona shall appoint a governing board for each health education center consisting of not fewer than ten people and not more than twenty people.  Board membership shall consist of health care providers and consumers and shall reflect the ethnic representation of the center's geographic area.  Each health education center governing board shall make recommendations to the system director regarding health professionals' educational needs, local program priorities and the allocation of system monies.  Health education center governing board members are not eligible to receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses.

D.  Each center shall conduct:

1.  Physician and other health professional education programs that consist of any of the following:

(a)  An undergraduate clinical training program.

(b)  A graduate program.

(c)  Postgraduate continuing education.

2.  Programs to recruit and retain minority students in health professions.

3.  Continuing education programs for health professionals.

E.  The director shall submit a written report on or before November 15 of each year to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives.  The report shall contain the following:

1.  The fiscal status of each center.

2.  Information regarding center education, outreach and training programs.

3.  Information regarding placement of health care personnel in areas the director determines are underserved by these professionals.

4.  An assessment of system accomplishments.

5.  Recommendations for possible legislative action.

F.  The system shall provide expertise and administrative services to each center. END_STATUTE

Sec. 59.  Section 15-1644, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1644.  Statewide area health education centers commission; membership; qualifications; duties; compensation; staffing

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly appoint a statewide area health education centers commission consisting of not fewer than ten members and not more than twenty members who are knowledgeable about the delivery of health care in this state.  Members of the commission shall advise the system director on a regular basis on the management of the system and on the expenditure of monies appropriated for the system.

B.  Commission members serve at the pleasure of the Arizona board of regents governing boards of the universities and are not eligible to receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses.

C.  The Arizona area health education system shall provide staffing for the commission. END_STATUTE

Sec. 60.  Section 15-1645, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1645.  Health professions field scholarships; purpose; amount; repayment; definition

A.  Each area health education center located in this state may grant and administer a scholarship in an amount of not more than eight thousand dollars for each student for each school year to at least two students who are residents of the center's geographic area and who are enrolled in a health professions program at an Arizona university.  The scholarship shall be used to defray educational expenses, including room and board.

B.  A scholarship shall be granted on the condition that the student contractually agree to practice in the center's geographic area for two years or one year of service for each year of scholarship support, whichever is longer, after completing post‑graduation postgraduation training.  If the recipient withdraws from school, the recipient shall repay all scholarship monies within one year of the withdrawal.  If the student is dismissed, an appropriate mechanism shall be negotiated to arrange repayment of the remaining unforgiven balance with eight per cent percent interest.

C.  For good cause a center may extend the time period for training prior to scholarship repayment.

D.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university shall waive all tuition and fees for students granted a scholarship under this section if the legislature appropriates funds for this purpose.

E.  For the purposes of this section, "health professions program" means enrollment in a school of medicine, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy. END_STATUTE

Sec. 61.  Section 15-1646, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1646.  University scholarships; notification requirements

The public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall establish policies that ensure fair and equitable access by Arizona students from public, private and charter schools and homeschools to scholarships, including tuition waivers, that are issued solely on the basis of academic merit and for which the universities establish and administer fair and equitable selection criteria.  The universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents Each university shall:

1.  Annually report to the its governing board and publish and disclose to the extent permitted by state and federal law the following information related to each merit based scholarship awarded to students from public, private and charter schools and homeschools by each university, for the prior academic year:

(a)  The total number and dollar amount of awards and total number of applicants.

(b)  The total number and dollar amount of awards and total number of applicants by type of student.

(c)  The specific criteria used to award each scholarship, including average and range of SAT and ACT scores.

(d)  The number of newly awarded scholarships and the number of renewed scholarships.

2.  Notify students in this state of scholarship awards in a timely manner without regard to whether the students are from public, private or charter schools or homeschools.END_STATUTE

Sec. 62.  Section 15-1647, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1647.  Distribution of licensing and patent income; Arizona state university; report

A.  Notwithstanding any other law, Arizona state university shall distribute the gross or net income derived from the licensing and other revenues derived from patents, including anticancer, antiviral, antifungal or antimicrobial drug discoveries or inventions, including up‑front payments, royalties and any other subsequent or eventual revenue attributable to commercialization.

B.  The distribution of income received pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be detailed by Arizona state university in an audited annual report.  Arizona state university shall specify the expenditures and actual expenses in the audited annual report.  The report shall be distributed annually to the president of the Arizona board of regents, the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the secretary of state and the department of library, archives and public records. END_STATUTE

Sec. 63.  Section 15-1648, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1648.  Technology and research initiative fund; purpose

A.  The technology and research initiative fund is established consisting of revenues transferred to the fund pursuant to section 42‑5029, subsection E, paragraph 2.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly administer the fund.  The monies in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university for distribution pursuant to this section and are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.

B.  The board governing boards of each university shall jointly adopt rules to administer the technology and research initiative fund in accordance with this section.  The board governing boards of each university may jointly allocate up to twenty per cent percent of the monies in the fund to be used for capital projects relating to new economy initiatives, including debt service, for the universities under its jurisdiction, pursuant to chapter 13, article 5 of this title chapter.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall receive requests from the individual universities and shall jointly determine the amount and duration of each award.  The criteria for the evaluation of each request shall be as follows:

1.  The award must be related to one of the following:

(a)  A specific academic or research field.

(b)  Designed to expand The expansion of access to baccalaureate or post‑baccalaureate postbaccalaureate education for time‑bound and place‑bound students.

(c)  To implement The implementation of recommendations of the Arizona partnership for the new economy or the governor's task force on higher education.

2.  The award may be used to develop new and existing programs that will prepare students to contribute in high technology industries located in this state.

3.  The award may be used in conjunction with matching financial assistance from private industry.

4.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall give preference to requests that are developed in conjunction with private industry, private entities or federal agencies.

D.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly submit a report to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives on or before September 1 of each year on the technology and research award program and shall transmit a copy to the secretary of state and the director of the Arizona state library, archives and public records.  The report shall include a description of the amount and duration of each new award distributed and a description of the purpose and goals for each award.  For existing awards, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall use a detailed set of performance measures to determine the overall effectiveness of each award.END_STATUTE

Sec. 64.  Section 15-1649, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1649.  Fingerprinting academic and nonacademic personnel; civil immunity; definitions

A.  The finalist for a security or safety-sensitive position at a public university that is under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall be fingerprinted as a condition of employment.  The finalist shall submit a full set of fingerprints to the university for the purpose of obtaining a state and federal criminal records check pursuant to section 41‑1750 and Public Law 92‑544.  The department of public safety may exchange this fingerprint data with the federal bureau of investigation.

B.  A university may use information obtained pursuant to this section only for the purpose of evaluating the finalists for employment in security or safety-sensitive positions.  A university may provide information received pursuant to this section to any other public university in this state that is evaluating the finalist for employment if the university is under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents.  A university may refuse to hire, may rescind an offer of employment to or may review and terminate the employment of a finalist or employee who has been convicted of or who has admitted committing any criminal offense.  A university that is considering terminating an employee pursuant to this subsection shall provide due process to the employee in accordance with policies adopted by the Arizona board of regents and the university governing board of the university before taking disciplinary action.

C.  A university that relies on information obtained pursuant to this section in making employment decisions is immune from civil liability for use of the information unless the information obtained is false and the university knows the information is false or acts with reckless disregard of the information's truth or falsity.

D.  A security or safety-sensitive position shall be identified as a security or safety-sensitive position in the job description and in any advertisements for the position.

E.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Finalist" means any person in the group of individuals actually submitted to the hiring official for selection as a new hire or any employee of a university who seeks a transfer, a reclassification or a reassignment to a security or safety-sensitive position.

2.  "Security or safety-sensitive position" means any position designated as a security or safety-sensitive position by a university due to applicable federal or state law or pursuant to rules or policies adopted by the Arizona board of regents or the university governing board of the university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 65.  Section 15-1650, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1650.  Annual financial aid report

A.  On or before December 1 of each year, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university shall jointly submit to the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the joint legislative budget committee a financial aid report with information from the two prior fiscal years.  The report shall provide information for each institution under the jurisdiction of the board university, a comparison to peer institutions, and summary information for the entire university system.

B.  The report shall separately delineate both full‑time resident undergraduate and full-time resident graduate students.

C.  For each group identified in subsection B of this section, the annual financial aid report shall detail the following:

1.  Cost of attendance, delineated by tuition rates, mandatory fees, room and board charges, book purchases and travel and related personal expenses.

2.  Expected family contribution.

3.  Gift aid, delineated by source type.  Source types include federal, state, institutional and private.

4.  Loans, delineated by subsidized amounts, unsubsidized amounts and amounts loaned to the parents of students.

5.  Employment, delineated by program type.  Program types include federal work-study, institutional work-study, graduate assistantships and outside work.

D.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of each university and the staff of the joint legislative budget committee shall jointly determine the methodology and format of the report. END_STATUTE

Sec. 66.  Section 15-1650.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1650.01.  Hospitality studies scholarship funds; definition

A.  The hospitality studies scholarship fund is established at each public university in this state consisting of revenues available to the fund from any lawful source.  The Arizona governing board of regents of each university shall administer the fund and may partner with any statewide lodging and tourism association that provides matching monies in administering the fund.  Monies in the fund are subject to legislative appropriation for the purposes of this section and are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.

B.  The governing board of each university shall use the monies in the fund to provide scholarships and other financial assistance to students entering into or enrolled in a hospitality studies program at any the university under the jurisdiction of the board.  The financial assistance shall be used to defray educational expenses, including room and board.  If a recipient withdraws from school or from the hospitality studies program before receiving a degree, the recipient must repay all scholarship monies previously awarded to the recipient.  If the recipient is dismissed from the university, the governing board shall negotiate an appropriate repayment schedule plus eight percent simple interest.

C.  For the purposes of this section, "hospitality studies program" means any undergraduate or graduate academic studies program relating to the operation or management of hotels, motels or other facilities for transient lodging as described in section 42‑5070, subsection A or restaurants as described in section 42‑5074. END_STATUTE

Sec. 67.  Section 15-1650.02, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1650.02.  Energy and water savings accounts

The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may establish an energy and water savings account in the same manner as a school district pursuant to section 15‑910.02 and may fund and use monies for guaranteed energy cost savings contracts pursuant to section 34‑105.END_STATUTE

Sec. 68.  Section 15-1651, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1651.  Teacher training schools

A.  Every teacher training school established in connection with the state universities shall be a part of the school system and a branch of the school district within which the training school is located.

B.  Training schools shall be governed by the laws and regulations relating to schools except as otherwise provided in this article.

C.  Students in the state universities may, under rules prescribed by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the respective university, may teach in the training schools and other schools without being certificated teachers. END_STATUTE

Sec. 69.  Section 15-1652, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1652.  Management and expenses

A.  Every teacher training school shall be under the supervision and management of the Arizona board of regents governing board of that university.  All teachers in the school, except the principal, shall be employed by the Arizona board of regents governing board of that university and the governing board of the school district in which the training school is located, acting jointly.

B.  The school district shall pay towards toward the expense of a teacher training school an amount equal to one‑half of the school monies which that it is entitled to have apportioned to it based on the student count at the training school during the preceding school year, but pupils attending from another school district shall not be credited with enrollment in the school district in which the university is located. END_STATUTE

Sec. 70.  Section 15-1653, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1653.  Authority to prescribe rules governing admission and attendance

The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university and the governing board of the school district in which a teacher training school is located shall jointly prescribe rules and regulations governing admission and attendance at the training school of children of school age who reside within the school district and governing all pupils in changing their attendance from the training school to another school in the school district.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of that university may admit all children of school age residing within the school district who are not then registered during that year for attendance at another school of the school district for attendance at the training school up to such number as necessary for the conduct of the training school. END_STATUTE

Sec. 71.  Section 15-1654, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1654.  Qualifications for admission to teacher training program

On or before January 1, 1993, Each public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall establish qualifications for entrance into the teacher training program of its respective colleges college of education. END_STATUTE

Sec. 72.  Section 15-1661, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1661.  Annual appropriation; enrollment audit; expenditure; balance; salaries

A.  There shall be appropriated in the general appropriation appropriations bill for each fiscal year a sum of monies not less than eighty‑five one‑hundredths of one mill on the dollar of the assessed valuation of all taxable property in the this state for the improvement, support and maintenance of the institutions under the Arizona board of regents' jurisdiction public universities in this state, including payment of salaries, current expenses, purchase of equipment, making necessary repairs, construction of new buildings, purchase of lands and in general for payment of all such expenses connected with the management of the institutions under the Arizona board of regents' jurisdiction public universities in this state.  The department of revenue, upon on compiling the aggregate assessed valuation of all taxable property within this state, shall compute the amount of monies so determined and certify such that amount over its seal to the department of administration and the state treasurer.

B.  The full‑time equivalent student enrollment reported for the previous fiscal year by each university shall be audited annually by the auditor general.  The auditor general shall report the results of the audit to the staffs of the joint legislative budget committee and the governor's office of strategic planning and budgeting on or before October 15 of each year.  On or before July 21 of each academic year, each university shall provide for the previous fall semester a certified report to the auditor general of the number of full‑time equivalent students calculated by the university and a separate report only for those students who meet the residency requirements prescribed in section 15‑1802.  The university's records used to calculate full‑time equivalent student enrollment shall be provided to the auditor general in an electronic format prescribed by the auditor general.  Beginning in 2006, Each university shall submit to the auditor general a summary of its full‑time equivalent student enrollment accounting policies and procedures, compilation procedures and source records used for calculating full‑time equivalent student enrollment.  These accounting policies and procedures, compilation procedures and source records shall comply with policies developed on or before June 30, 2006 by the Arizona board of regents by the governing boards of the universities, in consultation with the auditor general and reviewed by the joint legislative budget committee.  These policies shall include a review and recommendations of the necessity of minimum requirements for students enrolled in classes to qualify for appropriations pursuant to this section, including requirements that the class be a for‑credit course that is necessary for the completion of a degree and that the student enrolled in the course be physically present in this state at the time the course is conducted.  The basic actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment shall be counted on the forty‑fifth day after the basic actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment classes begin for the fall and spring semesters, as published in the university catalogs, and divided by two.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall also make recommendations of whether each professor or instructor should be required to review class rosters and make additions or deletions as necessary.  If so, class rosters that reflect enrollment as of the forty‑fifth day shall be provided by the registrar's office to each professor or instructor for every class section.  The class roster shall indicate the course number, course title, time, instructor name and students enrolled.  On the forty‑fifth day class rosters, each professor or instructor shall indicate as withdrawn each student who has formally withdrawn from the course, and that student shall not be counted for state aid purposes.  The official forty‑fifth day rosters shall include a manual signature and date or an electronic authorization and date by the professor or instructor and shall include the following certification:

I hereby certify that the information contained in this class roster accurately reflects those students who are enrolled.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall also report the basic actual full-time equivalent student enrollment for only those students who meet the residency requirements prescribed in section 15-1802.  The basic actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment for only those students who meet the residency requirements prescribed in section 15-1802 that is reported by each university for the previous fiscal year shall be annually audited by the auditor general.

D.  Students who have withdrawn or who have been withdrawn from classes as of the forty‑fifth day shall not be counted for state aid purposes.  A record shall be maintained that identifies student withdrawals by date of withdrawal, as of the forty‑fifth day and after the forty‑fifth day for the entire semester.

E.  Amounts appropriated as provided by subsection A of this section shall be paid as other claims against this state are paid.

F.  The balance of appropriations as provided by subsection A of this section at the end of the fiscal year, if any, shall not revert to the general fund but shall be carried forward for the continued use for which appropriated.

G.  Monies appropriated to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state for cost of living cost‑of‑living salary increases for university employees shall be used to provide cost of living cost‑of‑living salary increases to all university employees, including graduate student assistants.  If monies are appropriated to a university for salary increases based on merit, the monies shall be used to provide merit increases according to the merit pay plan adopted by the Arizona board of regents governing board of that university.

H.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall determine current actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment at each of the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents that university.  Full‑time equivalent student enrollment shall be calculated by adding the following:

1.  The total number of enrolled fall and spring semester credit hours in 100‑level credit courses and 200‑level credit courses divided by fifteen.

2.  The total number of enrolled fall and spring semester credit hours in 300‑level credit courses and 400‑level credit courses divided by twelve.

3.  The total number of enrolled fall and spring semester credit hours in graduate level credit courses divided by ten.

I.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university, in its annual budget request, shall not include funding for any student who is enrolled at an institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents that university and who has earned credit hours in excess of the undergraduate credit hour threshold, except that the undergraduate credit hour threshold shall not apply to students who are enrolled in a degree program that requires credit hours above the credit threshold.  For the purposes of this subsection, the undergraduate credit hour threshold is one hundred fifty-five hours for students who attend a university under the jurisdiction of the board in fiscal year 2006-2007, one hundred fifty hours for students who attend a university under the jurisdiction of the board in fiscal year 2007-2008 and one hundred forty‑five hours for students who attend a public university under the jurisdiction of the board after fiscal year 2007-2008 in this state.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall be based on the actual full‑time equivalent student enrollment counted on the forty‑fifth day after classes begin for the fall and spring semesters and any budget adjustment based on student enrollment shall occur in the fiscal year following the actual full-time equivalent student enrollment count.  The undergraduate credit hour threshold shall not apply to credits earned in the pursuit of up to two baccalaureate degrees, credits earned in the pursuit of up to two state regulated state‑regulated licensures and certificates, credits earned in the pursuit of teaching certification, credits transferred from a private institution of higher education, credits transferred from an institution of higher education in another state, credits earned at another institution of higher education but that are not accepted as transfer credits at the university where the student is currently enrolled and credits earned by students who enroll at a public university under the jurisdiction of the board in this state more than twenty-four months after the end of that student's previous enrollment at a public institution of higher education university in this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 73.  Section 15-1662, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1662.  Universities; funds and accounts

A.  The state treasurer shall maintain the following separate permanent funds and accounts:

1.  Universities land fund established by section 37‑522.  Distributions from the fund pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and monies derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands granted by the United States for the use and benefit of the universities shall be deposited in the universities land fund as provided in this section and section 37‑522.  Monies accruing to the universities under the laws of the United States pertaining to timber lands shall be deposited in the universities timber land account established by section 37‑482, subsection B and may be used for the payment of expenditures which that the state land department incurs for the conservation, sale and other administration of timber or timber products as provided in this section and sections 37‑482 and 37‑522.

2.  Normal schools land fund established by section 37‑523.  Distributions from the fund pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and monies derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands granted by the United States for the use and benefit of normal schools shall be deposited in the normal schools land fund as provided in this section and section 37‑523.

3.  Agricultural and mechanical colleges land fund established by section 37-524.  Distributions from the fund pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and monies derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands granted by the United States for the use and benefit of agricultural and mechanical colleges shall be deposited in the agricultural and mechanical colleges land fund as provided in this section and section 37‑524.

4.  School of mines land fund established by section 37‑524. Distributions from the fund pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and monies derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands granted by the United States for the use and benefit of schools of mines shall be deposited in the school of mines land fund as provided in this section and section 37‑524.

5.  Military institutes land fund established pursuant to section 37‑525.  Distributions from the fund pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and monies derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands granted by the United States for the use and benefit of military institutes shall be deposited in the military institutes land fund as provided in this section and section 37‑525.

B.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of the universities shall jointly maintain a separate permanent fund to be known as the universities fund.  All monies other than those specified in subsection A of this section which that are derived from the lease, sale or other disposition of lands or property which and that are given by any person or by law as a trust fund to be administered jointly by the board governing boards in conformity with the terms of the gift shall be deposited in the universities fund.  Such monies shall be invested and administered as designated for the use of the universities except such monies as are appropriated for specific purposes from the state general fund of this state for the use of the universities.

C.  The state treasurer shall keep the monies of the land funds invested in safe interest bearing securities and prudent equity pursuant to article X, section 7, Constitution of Arizona, and as provided by sections 35‑313 and 35‑314.01, and monies earned from investment shall be credited to the funds.

D.  Monies shall not be taken from one fund or deposited in any other fund nor shall any fund or the income from the fund be taken or expended for any object other than as provided by section 37-527 or as provided by the original gift or appropriation. END_STATUTE

Sec. 74.  Section 15-1663, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1663.  Expenditure of land funds; eminent scholars matching grant fund

A.  Except as provided in subsection B of this section, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of the universities may jointly expend, as it deems they deem expedient and as is not inconsistent with the provisions of any appropriation, the income of the land funds established pursuant to the enabling act in accordance with the purposes specified in the enabling act for each land fund specified in section 15‑1662.

B.  Beginning with the 1998‑1999 fiscal year, the universities land fund shall be known as the eminent scholars matching grant fund and shall consist of the annual income from the universities land fund.  The eminent scholars matching grant fund shall be used to provide to the universities matching monies for the interest earned on nonpublic endowment monies donated to attract and retain eminent faculty.  Appropriations to the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university for the eminent scholars matching grant fund shall commence in the 1998‑1999 fiscal year.  The eminent scholars matching grant fund shall be allocated as follows:

1.  Monies in the eminent scholars matching grant fund shall be used to supplement and not supplant any other sources of monies for the universities.  Monies shall be allocated to each university on a dollar‑for‑dollar match basis.  The amount allocated shall be equal to the amount of interest earned in the previous calendar year by each university on the nonpublic endowment monies that are donated from and after December 31, 1997 which and that are designated by the universities as being solely for the purpose of attracting and retaining eminent faculty.

2.  If the monies appropriated by the legislature for the eminent scholars matching grant fund are greater than the amount of interest earned on the nonpublic endowment monies designated by the universities for expenditure as provided in this subsection, the board governing boards may jointly allocate the excess monies as provided in subsection A of this section.

3.  If the monies appropriated by the legislature for the eminent scholars matching grant fund are less than the amount of interest earned on the nonpublic endowment monies designated by the universities for expenditure as provided in this subsection, the board governing boards shall jointly allocate the monies to each university in a manner deemed appropriate. END_STATUTE

Sec. 75.  Section 15-1664, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1664.  Expenditure of monies

All monies for the use and benefit of an institution under its jurisdiction a public university in this state shall be expended under the direction and control of the Arizona board of regents governing board of that university for the support and maintenance of such institution, that university and for buildings and grounds, and for any other purpose the governing board of the university deems expedient if not inconsistent with provisions of any appropriations. END_STATUTE

Sec. 76.  Section 15-1665, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1665.  Acceptance of federal and other monies

The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may accept grants of monies from the United States or any of its officers or agencies designated or created to make grants for public construction work, or from any individual, group of individuals, corporation or association. END_STATUTE

Sec. 77.  Section 15-1667, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1667.  Federal aid to experiment stations

The This state assents to the provisions and accepts the benefits of the act of Congress entitled "an act to authorize the more complete endowment of agricultural experiment stations and for other purposes, approved February 24, 1925."  Hatch Act of 1887, as amended (Act of Mar. 2, 1887; ch. 314; 24 Stat. 440; 7 United States Code sections 361a through 361i).  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university is designated as a state board for the purposes of this section and is empowered to cooperate with agencies of the federal government in administering the federal law. END_STATUTE

Sec. 78.  Section 15-1669, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1669.  Payment of salaries; sick leave

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university may provide for payment of annual salaries of any person appointed or employed as provided in section 15‑1626, subsection A, paragraph 2, over a twelve month twelve‑month pay period pursuant to agreement between such the person and the governing board.

B.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall require institutions the university under its jurisdiction, as part of payroll reporting procedures, to identify and report hours of sick leave earned by any person appointed or employed as provided in section 15‑1626, subsection A, paragraph 2, and absences on account of sickness.  Compensation paid to employees on account of sickness shall be so identified in the accounting records of the institution university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 79.  Section 15-1670, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1670.  Appropriations for university research infrastructure facilities; university deposits; annual report; definition

A.  In fiscal years 2007‑2008 through 2016‑2017, the following sums are appropriated each year from the state general fund to the respective universities for lease‑purchase capital financing for research infrastructure projects:

1.  $14,472,000 to Arizona state university.

2.  $14,253,000 to the university of Arizona.

3.  $5,900,000 to northern Arizona university.

B.  In fiscal years 2017‑2018 through 2030‑2031, the following sums are appropriated from the state general fund to Arizona state university for lease‑purchase capital financing for research infrastructure projects:

1.  In fiscal year 2017-2018, $13,481,000.

2.  In fiscal year 2018-2019, $13,478,700.

3.  In fiscal year 2019-2020, $13,456,300.

4.  In fiscal year 2020-2021, $13,458,700.

5.  In fiscal year 2021-2022, $13,451,900.

6.  In fiscal year 2022-2023, $13,462,100.

7.  In fiscal year 2023-2024, $13,468,200.

8.  In fiscal year 2024-2025, $13,459,300.

9.  In fiscal year 2025-2026, $13,453,900.

10.  In fiscal year 2026-2027, $13,450,100.

11.  In fiscal year 2027-2028, $13,436,200.

12.  In fiscal year 2028-2029, $13,430,800.

13.  In fiscal year 2029-2030, $13,423,500.

14.  In fiscal year 2030-2031, $13,428,800.

C.  In fiscal years 2017‑2018 through 2030‑2031, the following sums are appropriated from the state general fund to the university of Arizona for lease-purchase capital financing for research infrastructure projects:

1.  In fiscal year 2017-2018, $14,249,300.

2.  In fiscal year 2018-2019, $14,251,000.

3.  In fiscal year 2019-2020, $14,250,200.

4.  In fiscal year 2020-2021, $14,251,500.

5.  In fiscal year 2021-2022, $14,248,900.

6.  In fiscal year 2022-2023, $14,252,500.

7.  In fiscal year 2023-2024, $14,255,300.

8.  In fiscal year 2024-2025, $14,247,300.

9.  In fiscal year 2025-2026, $14,248,400.

10.  In fiscal year 2026-2027, $14,251,300.

11.  In fiscal year 2027-2028, $14,254,100.

12.  In fiscal year 2028-2029, $14,251,500.

13.  In fiscal year 2029-2030, $14,252,500.

14.  In fiscal year 2030-2031, $14,255,800.

D.  In fiscal years 2017‑2018 through 2030‑2031, the following sums are appropriated from the state general fund to northern Arizona university for lease‑purchase capital financing for research infrastructure projects:

1.  In fiscal year 2017-2018, $5,896,500.

2.  In fiscal year 2018-2019, $5,896,200.

3.  In fiscal year 2019-2020, $5,899,500.

4.  In fiscal year 2020-2021, $4,879,500.

5.  In fiscal year 2021-2022, $5,039,800.

6.  In fiscal year 2022-2023, $5,301,500.

7.  In fiscal year 2023-2024, $5,302,900.

8.  In fiscal year 2024-2025, $4,885,500.

9.  In fiscal year 2025-2026, $4,884,500.

10.  In fiscal year 2026-2027, $4,884,300.

11.  In fiscal year 2027-2028, $4,894,000.

12.  In fiscal year 2028-2029, $4,888,400.

13.  In fiscal year 2029-2030, $4,892,000.

14.  In fiscal year 2030-2031, $4,889,300.

E.  Lease‑purchase financing agreements under subsections A, B, C and D of this section:

1.  Must be entered into before July 1, 2006.

2.  Are subject to the requirements of section 15‑1682.01.

F.  The appropriations under subsections A, B, C and D of this section constitute continuing year‑to‑year appropriations but do not constitute an obligation of the legislature or this state to continue the appropriation in any fiscal year.  The annual appropriation is a current expense of this state in the fiscal year in which it occurs and is not a general obligation indebtedness of this state or of any university.  If the appropriation is discontinued in any fiscal year, this state and the university are relieved of any subsequent obligation pursuant to this section.

G.  Beginning in fiscal year 2007‑2008 and in each subsequent fiscal year for which an appropriation is made pursuant to subsections A, B, C and D of this section, each university shall deposit no later than October 1 with the state treasurer in the state general fund an amount equal to:

1.  Twenty percent of the income from licensure and royalty payments received by the university during the preceding fiscal year.

2.  Twenty‑five percent of the income received by the university during the preceding fiscal year from the sale or transfer of intellectual property developed by the university.

3.  If a constitutional amendment authorizing ownerships and securities by the Arizona board of regents or by the governing board of each university is approved by the qualified electors voting at a statewide general election, thirty percent of the income received in the preceding fiscal year resulting from the conveyance of ownership interests in business enterprises acquired to develop technology or intellectual property based in whole or in part on the university's research, technology or intellectual property.

H.  The aggregate amount transferred in each fiscal year for deposit in the state general fund by all universities from all sources listed under subsection G of this section shall not exceed the aggregate amounts appropriated in that fiscal year under subsections A, B, C and D of this section.  If amounts under subsection G of this section would otherwise exceed the limit prescribed by this subsection, the deposited amounts shall be proportionately reduced for each university.

I.  On or before October 1 of each year, each university shall report to the joint legislative budget committee the total amount of income the university received in the preceding fiscal year from each category of income that is subject to deposit pursuant to subsection G of this section.

J.  For the purposes of this section, "research infrastructure" means installations and facilities for continuance and growth of scientific and technological research activities at the university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 80.  Section 15-1681, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1681.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Acquire" includes to purchase, lease, lease‑purchase, erect, build, construct, reconstruct, raze, remodel, repair, replace, alter, extend, expand, better, equip, furnish, develop, improve and embellish a project, and the acquisition, preparation and development of a site or sites therefor.

2.  "Board" means the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university or its successor.

3.  "Bonds" means any bonds issued pursuant to this article.

4.  "Component unit" means an entity for which the nature and significance of its relationship with the a board or institution is such that exclusion would cause the board's or institution's financial statements to be misleading or incomplete.

5.  "Federal agency" means the United States of America, the president of the United States of America, the department of housing and urban development or such other agency or agencies of the United States of America as may be designated or created to make loans or grants, or both.

6.  "Indirect or third party financing":

(a)  Means an agreement between the a board or an institution and a component unit of an institution, a nonprofit organization or a private developer in which the component unit, organization or developer pays for, issues bonds for or enters into lease or lease-purchase agreements for:

(i)  Capital projects on the property of an institution. 

(ii)  Capital projects intended to house any institution activities.

(iii)  Capital projects in which the a board or institution guarantees revenues to the component unit, organization or developer or debt service payments on behalf of the component unit, organization or developer.

(iv)  Capital projects, which may eventually become state assets.

(b)  Does not include a project that is intended to be commercial in nature, and if the majority of the project's business is anticipated to come from the nonuniversity population.

7.  "Institution" means the university of Arizona, Arizona state university and northern Arizona university or any other college or university under the jurisdiction and control of the a board or its successor.

8.  "Project" means and includes buildings, structures, areas and facilities which that, as determined by the a board, are required by or necessary for the use or benefit of each of such institutions, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, student, faculty or staff housing facilities, residence halls, dormitories and apartments; student union and recreational buildings and stadiums; other facilities for student, faculty or staff services; any facility or building leased to the United States of America; parking garages and areas; offices, classrooms, laboratories, dining halls and food service facilities, libraries, auditoriums, or parts thereof, or additions or extensions thereto; heating, lighting and other utility service facilities in connection therewith, or parts thereof, or additions or extensions thereto; whether heretofore acquired and now or hereafter used for any or all of the purposes aforesaid, or as may be hereafter acquired under this article, with all equipment and appurtenant facilities; or any one, or more than one, or all of the foregoing, or any combination thereof, for any institution, including sites therefor.

9.  "System of building facilities" means such a project or projects as the a board by resolution shall collectively designate to be included in a system of building facilities at each institution, either:

(a)  Hereafter acquired for each of such institutions under the terms of this article.

(b)  Heretofore acquired for each of such institutions prior to May 17, 1974 under the terms of any other law and now located on the campus of each of such institutions, whether unencumbered by or encumbered by a pledge of and lien on the income and revenues derived from the operation thereof for the payment of any bonds theretofore issued by the a board for the acquisition thereof.

(c)  As provided in both subdivisions (a) and (b) of this paragraph.

(d)  Any combination of as provided in subdivisions (a), (b) and (c) of this paragraph. END_STATUTE

Sec. 81.  Section 15-1682.03, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1682.03.  University capital improvement lease‑to‑own and bond fund; lease‑to‑own and bond capital improvement agreements

A.  The university capital improvement lease‑to‑own and bond fund is established consisting of the monies provided by the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university pursuant to this section, monies deposited pursuant to section 5‑572 and monies appropriated by the legislature.  The board shall administer the fund.  On notice from the board, the state treasurer shall invest and divest monies in the fund as provided by section 35‑313, and monies earned from investment shall be credited to the fund.  Monies in the fund are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.

B.  Through revenues of the state university system, the board shall annually provide monies to the fund of at least twenty per cent percent of the aggregate annual payments of lease-to-own and bond agreements entered into by the board pursuant to this section.

C.  The board shall distribute monies in the fund to make payments pursuant to lease-to-own and bond agreements entered into by the board pursuant to this section.  The board may enter into lease‑to‑own and bond agreements for the purposes of building renewal projects and new facilities.  New lease-to-own and bond agreements entered into pursuant to this section shall not exceed one hundred sixty‑seven million six hundred seventy‑one thousand two hundred dollars in fiscal year 2008‑2009 and four hundred million dollars in fiscal year 2009‑2010.  The board may enter into lease‑to‑own and bond transactions up to a maximum of eight hundred million dollars.

D.  Notwithstanding section 5‑572, subsection F, the amount of state lottery revenues distributed to the university capital improvement lease‑to‑own and bond fund in fiscal year 2009‑2010 and fiscal year 2010‑2011 shall not exceed an amount sufficient for up to eighty per cent percent of the annual payments of the first one hundred sixty‑seven million six hundred seventy‑one thousand two hundred dollars of new lease‑to‑own and bond agreements entered into pursuant to this section.  The full amount of state lottery revenues distributed to the university capital improvement lease-to-own and bond fund pursuant to section 5‑572, subsection F shall be made available to the board for the remaining new lease‑to‑own and bond agreements up to eight hundred million dollars beginning in fiscal year 2011‑2012.

E.  In entering into lease-to-own and bond agreements pursuant to this section, the board shall not obligate this state to provide any additional monies from the state lottery fund above the amounts authorized in this section and section 5‑572, subsection F.  In entering into lease‑to‑own and bond agreements pursuant to this section, the board shall not obligate any state general fund monies. END_STATUTE

Sec. 82.  Section 15-1741, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1741.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Board" means the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university or its successor.

2.  "Commission" means the western interstate commission for higher education.

3.  "Compact" means the compact for western regional cooperation in higher education. END_STATUTE

Sec. 83.  Section 15-1743, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1743.  Authorizing agreements for education of Arizona students outside compact area; limitations

A.  The western interstate commission for higher education is authorized to act on behalf of this state in making arrangements for the placement of students in institutions and programs of higher learning outside the states which that are parties to the compact for establishing the commission.  For that purpose, the commission may negotiate and enter into arrangements and contracts with the Arizona board of regents a board, with public and private educational institutions and agencies and with other states.  These arrangements and contracts may provide for the obtaining of one or more places for students on either a special or continuing basis; the payment of partial or full tuition and other charges not to exceed the cost of agreements within the compact area; and the furnishing of reciprocal, compensating or other advantages and benefits in support of the educational program involved.

B.  The authority conferred by subsection A of this section shall be exercised only pursuant to a written agreement between the commission and the Arizona board of regents a board.  Any such agreements shall include provisions for the payment of tuition and any other costs, and no such agreement shall be made which that commits this state or any agency or officer of it this state to any obligation for which funds have not been appropriated or otherwise made available in accordance with law.

C.  Nothing in this section alters any of the obligations or restricts or impairs any rights which that this state may have under the compact establishing the commission. END_STATUTE

Sec. 84.  Section 15-1747, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1747.  Reciprocity agreement for distance education; definition

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, community college districts and the state board for private postsecondary education, through intergovernmental agreement, may enter into an interstate reciprocity agreement for the purpose of managing postsecondary distance education.

B.  The intergovernmental agreement pursuant to subsection A of this section, at a minimum, must identify the process for the application to participate in the interstate reciprocity agreement and be administered jointly by representatives from the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, representatives from the state board for private postsecondary education and representatives from a community college district in this state.  The terms of the intergovernmental agreement shall be agreed to unanimously by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the state board for private postsecondary education and a community college district in this state.

C.  The responsibilities designated through intergovernmental agreement pursuant to subsection A of this section must be limited to the administration of the distance education reciprocity agreement for participating postsecondary institutions that have a principal place of business in this state.

D.  For the purposes of this section, "postsecondary institution" means any accredited, degree-granting public or private university or college located in this state, any accredited degree‑granting community college located in this state and any accredited degree‑granting college or university located on and operated by a federally recognized Indian tribe. END_STATUTE

Sec. 85.  Section 15-1754, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1754.  Rural health professions program; definition

A.  The three public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall select ten nurse practitioner students, fifteen medical students and four pharmacy students each year to participate in a rural health professions program.  The three universities shall develop application procedures for students to apply for voluntary participation in the program.  The three universities shall attempt to ensure that each individual participating student be is able to fulfill the program requirements in a single rural practice setting.

B.  The university of Arizona shall choose the fifteen medical students, four pharmacy students and four nurse practitioner students, Arizona state university shall choose four nurse practitioner students, and northern Arizona university shall choose two nurse practitioner students who will participate at the respective universities.

C.  Pharmacy students and medical students selected to participate in the program shall be placed in a rural practice or rural location in this state.  Each placement shall be for a duration of at least one month and shall occur during the summer months between academic years, as part of the required curriculum during a clinical clerkship and in the final year of training.

D.  Nurse practitioner students selected to participate in the program shall be placed in a rural practice or rural location in this state during the summer months between the first and second year of their academic instruction.  A participating nurse practitioner student's internship shall also be conducted in a clinical setting located in a rural area of this state.

E.  Students who participate in the program shall be teamed with two mentors throughout their period of academic instruction.  The mentors shall provide guidance and counseling to students who participate in the program concerning the fulfillment of rural health professions program requirements, the selection of elective curricula and the selection of residency programs or internships.  One of the faculty mentors shall be a physician, pharmacist or nurse who works closely with the participating student during the student's rural placement, and one of the mentors shall be a faculty member of the university where the program participant is enrolled.  At least one of the mentors shall be available at all times to support the student's interest in rural health care.

F.  For purposes of this section, "rural" means either:

1.  A county with a population of less than four hundred thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census.

2.  A census county division with less than fifty thousand persons in a county with a population of four hundred thousand or more persons according to the most recent United States decennial census. END_STATUTE

Sec. 86.  Section 15-1781, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1781.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires: 

1.  "Commission" means the commission for postsecondary education.

2.  "Qualified applicant" or "qualified student" means an Arizona resident who is a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is otherwise lawfully present in the United States, who attends a qualifying postsecondary institution and, if attending a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, who qualifies for in‑state tuition pursuant to section 15-1802.

3.  "Qualifying postsecondary institution" means a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution in this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 87.  Section 15-1802, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1802.  In‑state student status

A.  Except as otherwise provided in this article, no person having a domicile elsewhere than in this state is eligible for classification as an in‑state student for tuition purposes.

B.  A person is not entitled to classification as an in‑state student until the person is domiciled in this state for one year, except that a person whose domicile is in this state is entitled to classification as an in‑state student if the person meets one of the following requirements:

1.  The domicile of the person's parent is in this state and the parent is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes.

2.  The person is an employee of an employer that transferred the person to this state for employment purposes or the person is the spouse of such an employee.

3.  The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full‑time basis or is employed as a full‑time noncertified classroom aide at a school within that school district.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible for classification as an in‑state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the state board of education to teach in a school district in this state.  No member of the person's family is eligible for classification as an in‑state student if the person is eligible for classification as an in‑state student pursuant to this paragraph, unless the family member is otherwise eligible for classification as an in‑state student pursuant to this section.

4.  The person's spouse has established domicile in this state for at least one year, has demonstrated intent and financial independence and is entitled to claim the student as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes or the person's spouse was temporarily out of state for educational purposes, but maintained a domicile in this state.  If the person is a noncitizen, the person must be in an eligible visa status pursuant to federal law to classify as an in‑state student for tuition purposes.

C.  The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of the person's parent.

D.  Any unemancipated person who remains in this state when the person's parent, who had been domiciled in this state, removes from this state is entitled to classification as an in‑state student until attainment of the degree for which the person is currently enrolled, as long as the person maintains continuous attendance.

E.  A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or who is the spouse or a dependent child as defined in section 43‑1001 of a person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in‑state student.  A spouse or a dependent child does not lose in‑state student classification under this subsection if the spouse or dependent child qualifies for in-state tuition classification at the time the spouse or dependent child is accepted for admission to a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board or a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.  The student, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in‑state student classification.

F.  A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or the spouse or a dependent as defined in section 43‑1001 of a member of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to classification as an in‑state student if the member of the armed forces has claimed this state as the person's state of legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months before the member of the armed forces, spouse or dependent enrolls in a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board.  For the purposes of this subsection, the requirement that a person be domiciled in this state for one year before enrollment to qualify for in‑state student classification does not apply.

G.  A person holding an honorable discharge from the uniformed services of the United States from either active duty or reserve or national guard status, or who has retired from active duty or reserve or national guard status, shall be granted immediate classification as an in‑state student and, while continuously enrolled, does not lose in‑state student classification if the person has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona that, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:

1.  Registration to vote in this state.

2.  An Arizona driver license.

3.  Arizona motor vehicle registration.

4.  Employment history in Arizona.

5.  Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.

6.  Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.

7.  Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.

H.  A person who, while using educational assistance under 38 United States Code chapter 30 or 33, enrolls in a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board within three years after the veteran's discharge from active duty service of ninety or more days or within three years after the service member's death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of ninety or more days or who remains continuously enrolled beyond the three‑year period following the discharge of the veteran or the service member's death shall be granted immediate classification as an in‑state student and does not lose in‑state student classification if the person has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of this state that, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:

1.  Registration to vote in this state.

2.  An Arizona driver license.

3.  Arizona motor vehicle registration.

4.  Employment history in Arizona.

5.  Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.

6.  Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.

7.  Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.

I.  A person who is a member of an Indian tribe recognized by the United States department of the interior whose reservation land lies in this state and extends into another state and who is a resident of the reservation is entitled to classification as an in‑state student.

J.  A person who has participated in the AmeriCorps program or the volunteers in service to America program for at least one year in this state is entitled to classification as an in‑state student. END_STATUTE

Sec. 88.  Section 15-1804, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1804.  Presumptions relating to student status; definition

A.  Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the registering authority of the community college or university at which a student is registering, it shall be presumed that:

1.  No emancipated person has established a domicile in this state while attending any educational institution in this state as a full‑time student, as such status is defined by subsection B of this section for community college students or as defined by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university for university students, in the absence of a clear demonstration to the contrary.

2.  Once established, a domicile is not lost by mere absence unaccompanied by intention to establish a new domicile.

3.  A person who has been domiciled in this state immediately prior to becoming a member of the armed forces of the United States shall not lose in‑state status by reason of such person's presence in any other state or country while a member of the armed forces of the United States.

B.  For the purposes of this section, "full‑time student" means a community college student who registers for at least twelve semester hours per semester at a community college in this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 89.  Section 15-1805, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1805.  Student status guidelines

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of a university shall adopt guidelines applicable to all institutions under their jurisdiction that university that will ensure uniform criteria to aid the institutions in determining the tuition status of any student and that will establish uniform procedures for review of that status.

B.  Community college districts shall adopt policies applicable to all institutions under their jurisdiction that will ensure uniform criteria to aid the institutions in determining the tuition status of any student and that will establish uniform procedures for review of that status. END_STATUTE

Sec. 90.  Section 15-1806, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1806.  Testimony concerning student status; designation of persons to administer oaths

The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and each community college district shall designate a person employed at each institution under their respective jurisdictions to administer oaths or affirmations in connection with the taking of testimony relative to student status for tuition purposes. END_STATUTE

Sec. 91.  Section 15-1808, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1808.  Tuition waiver for child or spouse of peace officer, correctional officer, firefighter, emergency paramedic, national guard member or member of the United States armed forces killed in the line of duty; national guard members with disabilities; United States armed forces members with disabilities; definitions

A.  The board of regents governing board of each university, after verification by the Arizona peace officers memorial board, by the Arizona fire fighters and emergency paramedics memorial board, by the adjutant general of the national guard or by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a child or a spouse of a peace officer, correctional officer, fire fighter firefighter, emergency paramedic, national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of the state of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty, shall provide the person who qualifies under subsection B of this section and who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any that university under the jurisdiction of the board.  A district as defined in section 15‑1401, after verification by the Arizona peace officers memorial board, by the Arizona fire fighters and emergency paramedics memorial board, by the adjutant general of the national guard or by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is the child or the spouse of a peace officer, correctional officer, firefighter, emergency paramedic, national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty, shall provide the person who qualifies under subsection B of this section and who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any community college under the jurisdiction of the district.

B.  The tuition waiver scholarships shall be limited to children who are thirty years of age or younger or a spouse who has not remarried and shall be limited for a spouse or for any one child to no more than sixty‑four credit hours at Arizona community colleges and a total number of credits including any transfer credits from an Arizona community college equal to the number of credits required for a baccalaureate degree at Arizona universities for that student's initially declared course of study.

C.  A member of the Arizona national guard who received a purple heart citation on or after September 11, 2001 or a former member of the Arizona national guard who was medically discharged from the Arizona national guard due to an injury or disability suffered during status under title 10, United States Code, in weekend training status, in annual training status or in response to a state of emergency declared by the governor is eligible for a tuition waiver scholarship provided for in this section.

D.  The board of regents governing board of each university, after verification by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a member or former member of the United States armed forces who received a purple heart citation, who was a resident of the state of Arizona or was stationed in Arizona at the time of the injury that resulted in the purple heart citation and whose disability rating determined by the United States department of veterans affairs is fifty per cent percent or more, shall provide the person who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any that university under the jurisdiction of the board.  A district as defined in section 15‑1401, after verification by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a member or former member of the United States armed forces who received a purple heart citation, who was a resident of the state of Arizona or was stationed in Arizona at the time of the injury that resulted in the purple heart citation and whose disability rating determined by the United States department of veterans affairs is fifty per cent percent or more, shall provide the person who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any community college under the jurisdiction of the district.  A person who is convicted of a felony is ineligible for a tuition waiver scholarship provided for in this subsection.

E.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Correctional officer" means a person, other than an elected official, who is employed by this state or a county, city or town and who is responsible for the supervision, protection, care, custody or control of inmates in a state, county or municipal correctional institution, including counselors but excluding secretarial, clerical and professionally trained personnel.

2.  "Emergency paramedic" means a person who has been trained in an emergency paramedic training program certified by the director of the department of health services or in an equivalent training program and who is certified by the director of the department of health services to render services pursuant to section 36‑2205.

3.  "Firefighter" means a professional firefighter who is a member of a state, federal, tribal, city, county, district or private fire department.

4.  "Peace officers" means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, police officers of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety and police officers appointed by community college district governing boards or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, and other state, federal, tribal, city or county officers vested by law with a duty to maintain public order and make arrests. END_STATUTE

Sec. 92.  Section 15-1809, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1809.  Tuition waiver for persons formerly in foster care; pilot program; report; definition

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall develop a five‑year pilot program to provide a tuition waiver scholarship at any that university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents and each community college district shall develop a five‑year pilot program to provide a tuition waiver scholarship at any community college in that community college district to any person who meets each of the following conditions:

1.  Resides in this state.

2.  Either:

(a)  Is currently in foster care and is at least sixteen years of age.

(b)  Was in foster care when the person was at least sixteen years of age.

(c)  Was adopted from foster care and the adoption was finalized after the person was sixteen years of age.

3.  Is a United States citizen or is a noncitizen who is lawfully present in this country.

4.  Has total personal assets, not including scholarships or grants received by the person, that are worth less than ten thousand dollars.

5.  Is under twenty‑three years of age.

6.  Is accepted into or enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program at a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district.  The person must demonstrate continuous progress toward a degree or certificate in order to remain eligible for a tuition waiver scholarship issued.

7.  Has completed and submitted to the United States department of education a free application for federal student aid before each year in which the person receives a tuition waiver scholarship pursuant to this section.

8.  After the first academic year in which the person receives a tuition waiver scholarship pursuant to this section, annually completes at least thirty hours of volunteer service during the previous academic year.

9.  Remains in good standing with the policies established by the university or community college at which the person is enrolled.

B.  A tuition waiver scholarship provided pursuant to this section shall be reduced by the amount of any other federal aid scholarships or public grants and any other public aid received by that person from or through the university or community college at which the person is enrolled, except that a tuition waiver scholarship shall not be reduced by the amount of federal grants received by the person from the department of child safety under the Arizona education and training voucher program.

C.  The auditor general shall review the pilot programs and on or before June 30, 2017 shall submit a report to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives that evaluates the effectiveness of the pilot programs.  The auditor general shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.

D.  If the pilot program is terminated before a tuition waiver scholarship recipient obtains an associate's associate degree, a baccalaureate degree or a certificate and before the recipient reaches twenty‑three years of age, that person shall continue to be awarded a tuition waiver scholarship until the person reaches twenty‑three years of age or obtains a baccalaureate degree, an associate's associate degree or a certificate, whichever occurs first, if the person continues to meet the scholarship criteria prescribed by this section.

E.  For the purposes of this section, "tuition" means tuition and mandatory fees charged by the university or community college. END_STATUTE

Sec. 93.  Section 15-1821, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1821.  Special admission of students under eighteen years of age; enrollment information; reports

A.  Each community college district board shall adopt policies that require community colleges under its jurisdiction to admit students under age eighteen years of age who have not yet attained a high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency and who meet the established requirements of the courses for which they enroll.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall adopt rules that require the universities under its jurisdiction to admit students under age eighteen years of age who have not yet attained a high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency and who meet the established requirements of the courses for which they enroll.

B.  The policies and rules as provided in subsection A of this section shall include the following provisions:

1.  A student under age eighteen years of age shall not be denied admission because of age, lack of a high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency, grade in school, lack of permission of school officials or lack of concurrent enrollment in a public or private school, if the student has achieved at least a specified score on a college entrance examination.

2.  A community college or university that admits a student pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection may limit the number of semester credit hours in which the student may enroll to no less than six semester credit hours.

3.  A student admitted to a community college or university pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection is not guaranteed admission to a specific degree program or to all courses offered by the community college or university.

C.  Each community college district and the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall provide all high schools in this state with information that describes the policies and rules, as appropriate, the types of courses available and other information related to the enrollment of students under the age of eighteen years of age.  Each unified or high school district school shall make this information available to all students in at least grades nine through twelve.

D.  On or before November 15 of each year, the Arizona board of regents governing boards of the universities shall jointly submit a report to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the state board of education and shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state on students under eighteen years of age who had not yet attained a high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency and who were enrolled in a university course or a program for university credit during the time period of September of the previous fiscal year through August of the current fiscal year.  The annual report shall include at least the following:

1.  The number of students who were enrolled.

2.  A general narrative of the types of courses or programs in which the students were enrolled.

3.  The rules adopted pursuant to subsection A of this section.

E.  On or before September 30 of each year, each institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents shall submit to the Arizona board of regents in the form specified by the Arizona board of regents the information that the Arizona board of regents needs to compile the report required in subsection D of this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 94.  Section 15-1821.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1821.01.  Dual enrollment information

On a determination by a community college district governing board that it is in the best interest of the citizens of a district, the district governing board may authorize district community colleges to offer college courses that may be counted toward both high school and college graduation requirements at the high school during the school day subject to the following:

1.  The community college district governing board and the governing board of the school district or organization of which the high school is a part shall enter into an agreement or contract.  These intergovernmental agreements or contracts shall be based on a uniform format that has been cooperatively developed by the community college districts in this state.  Each of these agreements or contracts shall clearly specify the following:

(a)  The financial provisions of the agreement or contract and the format for the billing of all services under the agreement or contract, including the amount that the community college received in full‑time student equivalent funding pursuant to section 15‑1466.01, the portion of the funding that is distributed to the school district governing board or charter school and any amount that is subsequently returned to the community college district by the school district governing board or charter school.

(b)  Student tuition and financial aid policies, including if scholarships or grants are awarded to students in dual enrollment courses from the community college.

(c)  The accountability provisions for each party to the agreement or contract.

(d)  The responsibilities and services required of each party to the agreement or contract.

(e)  The type of instruction that will be provided under the agreement or contract, including the titles of the courses to be offered.

(f)  The quality of the instruction that will be provided under the agreement or contract.

2.  Students shall be admitted to the community college under the policies adopted by each district, subject to the following:

(a)  All students enrolled for college credit shall be high school juniors or seniors.  All students in the course, including those not electing to enroll for college credit, shall satisfy the prerequisites for the course as published in the college catalog and shall comply with college policies regarding student placement in courses.

(b)  A community college may waive the class status requirements specified in subdivision (a) of this paragraph for up to twenty‑five per cent percent of the students enrolled by a college in courses, provided that the community college has an established written criteria for waiving the requirements for each course.  These criteria shall include a demonstration, by an examination of the specific purposes and requirements of the course, that freshman and sophomore students who meet course prerequisites are prepared to benefit from the college level course.  All exceptions and the justification for the exceptions shall be reported annually to the joint legislative budget committee on or before October 1.

3.  The courses shall be previously evaluated and approved through the curriculum approval process of the district, shall be at a higher level than taught by the high school and shall be transferable to a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or be applicable to an established community college occupational degree or certificate program.  Physical education courses shall not be available for dual enrollment purposes.

4.  College approved College-approved textbooks, syllabuses, course outlines and grading standards that are applicable to the courses if taught at the community college shall apply to these courses and to all students in the courses offered pursuant to this section.  The chief executive officer of each community college shall establish an advisory committee of full‑time faculty who teach in the disciplines offered at the community college to assist in course selection and implementation in the high schools and to review and report at least annually to the chief executive officer whether the course goals and standards are understood, the course guidelines are followed and the same standards of expectation and assessment are applied to these courses as though they were being offered at the community college.  The advisory committee of full‑time faculty shall meet at least three times each academic year.

5.  Each faculty member shall meet the requirements established by the governing board pursuant to section 15‑1444.  The chief executive officer of each community college district shall establish an advisory committee of full‑time faculty who teach in the disciplines offered at the community college district to assist in the selection, orientation, ongoing professional development and evaluation of faculty teaching college courses in conjunction with the high schools.  The advisory committee of full‑time faculty shall meet at least two times each academic year.

6.  A school district shall ensure that a pupil is a full‑time student as defined in section 15‑901 and is enrolled in and attending a full‑time instructional program at a school in the school district before that pupil is allowed to enroll in a college course pursuant to this section, except that high school seniors who satisfy high school graduation requirements with less than a full‑time instructional program shall be exempt from this paragraph.END_STATUTE

Sec. 95.  Section 15-1822, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1822.  Report; academic performance of high school graduates

A.  On or before October 31 of each year, each community college district and the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall submit a report to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education and shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state and the director of the Arizona state library, archives and public records, on the academic performance of the preceding year's graduates from high schools in this state enrolled in institutions under their jurisdiction during the year ending on June 30 of the current calendar year.  The report shall include for each school at least the following:

1.  The number of graduates of the school who were enrolled in the institution during the reporting period.

2.  Information about the academic performance of graduates of the school in mathematics and English courses.

B.  On or before September 1, each institution under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents shall submit to the Arizona board of regents in the form specified by the Arizona board of regents the information that the Arizona board of regents needs to compile the report required under this section.

C.  B.  The superintendent of public instruction shall provide each high school in this state with a copy of the portion of the report that is applicable to its graduates. END_STATUTE

Sec. 96.  Section 15-1823, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1823.  Identification numbers; social security numbers

A.  From and after June 30, 2002, If a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state assigns an individual identification number to faculty, staff or students at the university, the identification number shall not be identical to the individual's social security number.  Notwithstanding subsection B of this section, If a student was is assigned an identification number after June 30, 2006, in connection with the student accountability information system established by section 15-1041, the identification number assigned to that student by the university shall correspond to or reference the identification number assigned to that student in connection with the student accountability information system.  The student shall provide the student accountability information system number to the university.  The school district or charter school shall provide the student with the student accountability information system number upon on request.  The university shall not allow the display of the individual's social security number, or any four or more consecutive numbers contained in the individual's social security number, on any internet site maintained by the university or other publicly accessible document for any purpose.

B.  If a community college or community college district assigns an individual identification number to faculty, staff or students at a community college that is identical to an individual's social security number, the community college or community college district shall not allow the display of an individual's social security number, or any four or more consecutive numbers contained in the individual's social security number, on any internet site maintained by the community college or community college district or other publicly accessible document for any purpose.

C.  Notwithstanding subsection B of this section, if a student was is assigned an identification number after June 30, 2006, in connection with the student accountability information system established by section 15‑1041, the identification number assigned to that student by the community college or community college district shall correspond to or reference the identification number assigned to that student in connection with the student accountability information system.  The student shall provide the student accountability information system number to the community college.  The school district or charter school shall provide the student with the student accountability information system number upon on request.  A community college or community college district shall assign any other student an identification number that is not identical to the student's social security number.  Beginning January 1, 2004, If a high school student is enrolled in a college course offered by a community college district pursuant to section 15‑1821.01, the identification number assigned to that student pursuant to this subsection shall correspond to the identification number assigned to that student in connection with the student accountability information system established by section 15‑1041.  A community college or community college district shall notify students of the option to obtain an individual identification number for no additional fee that is not identical to an individual's social security number in applications for admission, through telecommunications registration procedures, and in college catalogs.  Notification in catalogs shall occur no later than June 30, 2000, or in the next printed edition of the catalog after the current one in print, whichever is sooner.

D.  On the request of a faculty or staff member, a community college or community college district shall assign the faculty or staff member an identification number that is not identical to the faculty or staff member's social security number.  A community college or community college district shall provide notification to faculty and staff members of the option to obtain an individual identification number that is not identical to a faculty or staff member's social security number.

E.  This section does not exempt any regulated institution from any duty of compliance it may have with any federal law that may:

1.  Regulate that institution's collection or use of social security numbers.

2.  Protect the privacy rights of faculty, staff or students.

F.  This section does not prohibit the electronic transfer of student transcripts between educational institutions.END_STATUTE

Sec. 97.  Section 15-1824, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1824.  Transfer articulation; course numbering; reports

A.  The community college districts and universities shall cooperate in operating a statewide articulation and transfer system, including the process for transfer of lower division general education credits, general elective credits and curriculum requirements for approved majors, to facilitate the transfer of community college students to Arizona public universities without a loss of credit toward a baccalaureate degree and to ensure that the postsecondary education needs of students statewide are met without unnecessary duplication of programs.

B.  The community college districts and the public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state shall develop and implement a shared numbering system which that identifies courses that transfer from community colleges to Arizona public universities toward a baccalaureate degree.

C.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and the community college districts shall submit an annual report of their progress on both articulation and meeting statewide postsecondary education needs to the joint legislative budget committee on or before December 15 and shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 98.  Subject to the requirements of article IV, part 1, section 1, Constitution of Arizona, section 15-1825, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

END_STATUTE15-1825.  Prohibited financial assistance; reports

A.  A person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status and who is enrolled as a student at any public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or at any community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state is not entitled to tuition waivers, fee waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

B.  Each community college and university shall report on December 31 and June 30 of each year to the joint legislative budget committee the total number of students who applied and the total number of students who were not entitled to tuition waivers, fee waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies under this section because the student was not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or not lawfully present in the United States.

C.  This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or national origin. END_STATUTE

Sec. 99.  Section 15-1831, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1831.  Information on persons who have completed vocational programs; definitions

A.  The center for vocational education shall:

1.  By the end of each calendar year publish and distribute a report of the placement rates and average salaries earned by persons completing vocational programs in this state during the prior fiscal year.  This report may include information on a program which that would be a vocational program except that it was not completed by at least twenty‑five persons during the fiscal year.

2.  Establish an advisory committee consisting of representatives of both public and private institutions which that offer vocational programs.  The advisory committee shall advise the center in the implementation of this section.

3.  Prescribe the format in which institutions which that offer vocational programs shall provide the information necessary to produce the report prescribed in paragraph 1 of this subsection.

B.  In For the purposes of this section unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Center for vocational education" means the center for vocational education at a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state designated jointly by the board governing boards of the universities.

2.  "Vocational program" means a program that is completed by at least twenty‑five persons during the fiscal year and that is one of the following:

(a)  Operated by a community college district organized pursuant to chapter 12 of this title and designated as a vocational program, including vocational programs operated by a skill center.

(b)  A private vocational program that is licensed pursuant to section 32‑3021 and that does not provide a baccalaureate degree. END_STATUTE

Sec. 100.  Section 15-1851, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1851.  Commission for postsecondary education; purpose; report; members; terms; powers and duties; compensation; quorum; immunity; definition

A.  The commission for postsecondary education is established and shall administer the applicable programs identified under section 1203 of the higher education act amendments of 1998 (P.L. 105‑244), including the leveraging educational assistance partnership program, the federal family education loan program and the Paul Douglas teacher scholarships program, and shall supervise the state guarantee agency under the higher education act amendments of 1998.

B.  In addition to the responsibilities prescribed in subsection A of this section, the commission shall:

1.  Provide a forum to public and private postsecondary education institutions for discussion of issues of mutual interest, including the following:

(a)  The postsecondary needs of unserved and underserved individuals in this state.

(b)  The resources of public and private institutions, organizations and agencies that are located in this state and that are capable of providing postsecondary education opportunities.

(c)  Enrollment demand and public policy options to meet statewide needs for postsecondary education services.

(d)  Cooperative comprehensive instructional and capital planning.

2.  Provide reports pursuant to this subsection on discussions of issues of mutual interest.

3.  Coordinate and promote collaborative studies on issues of mutual interest to public and private postsecondary education institutions.

4.  Compile and disseminate information to the public regarding postsecondary education opportunities in this state.

5.  Prepare an annual report that summarizes the results of the commission's activities prescribed in this section and section 15‑1852.  The annual report shall be submitted to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the governor and the Arizona state library, archives and public records by December 28.

6.  Administer the mathematics, science, and special education and elementary education teacher student loan program established by chapter 13, article 11 of this title.

C.  The commission consists of the executive director of the Arizona board of regents one member of the governing board of a university who is jointly selected by the governing boards of the universities, the executive director of the state board for private postsecondary education and the following additional members who shall be are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211:

1.  Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state.

2.  Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in a community college district, one representing a community college district in a county with a population of five hundred thousand persons or more and one representing a community college district in a county with a population of less than five hundred thousand persons.

3.  Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in private postsecondary institutions of higher education that are licensed under title 32, chapter 30, that are located in this state, that offer bachelor bachelor's or higher degrees and that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.

4.  Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in private postsecondary institutions of higher education that are licensed under title 32, chapter 30, that are located in this state, that offer vocational education programs and that are accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.

5.  One member who holds a senior executive or managerial position in a private cosmetology school that is licensed under title 32, chapter 5, that is located in this state, that offers cosmetology programs approved by the board of cosmetology and that is accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.

6.  One member who holds a senior executive or managerial position in an institution that is licensed under title 32, chapter 23 or under 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 147, that offers vocational education programs at the postsecondary level, that is located in this state and that is not an institution that is qualified under any other category.

7.  One member who has held a senior executive or managerial level position in commerce or industry in this state for at least three years before the member's appointment and who is not qualified to serve under any other category.

8.  Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in the high school education system in this state.

9.  One member who is an owner, operator or administrator of a charter school in this state.

D.  Members of the commission appointed pursuant to subsection C, paragraphs 1 through 9 of this section shall serve four year four‑year terms.  Appointed members of the commission shall be residents of this state.  Appointed members of the commission at all times during their terms shall continue to be eligible for appointment under the category that they were appointed to represent.  Terms of appointed members of the commission begin on the third Monday in January.  No appointed member of the commission may serve more than two consecutive terms.

E.  The executive director of the Arizona board of regents selected member of the governing board of a university and the executive director of the state board for private postsecondary education serve as members of the commission during their respective terms of office and are not eligible to vote with respect to the commission's review of any postsecondary institution.

F.  Members appointed pursuant to subsection C, paragraphs 1 through 9 of this section are eligible to receive compensation pursuant to section 38‑611 for each day spent in the performance of commission duties and may be reimbursed for expenses properly incurred in connection with the attendance at meetings or hearings of the commission.

G.  The governor shall appoint a chairman from among the members of the commission who shall serve a one year one‑year term that begins on the third Monday in January.

H.  A majority of the members of the commission constitute a quorum for the transaction of commission business.  The vote of a majority of the quorum constitutes authority for the commission to act.

I.  Members of the commission are immune from personal liability with respect to all actions that are taken in good faith and within the scope of the commission's authority.

J.  For the purposes of this section, "community college district" means a community college district that is established pursuant to sections 15‑1402 and 15‑1403 or section 15‑1402.01 and that is a political subdivision of this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 101.  Section 15-1855, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1855.  Postsecondary education grant program; fund; program termination; definition

A.  The commission for postsecondary education shall develop, implement and administer a postsecondary education grant program.  The commission shall develop application forms, procedures and deadlines and shall select eligible students each year for participation in the postsecondary education grant program.  The commission may establish partnerships with qualifying schools for the administration of the postsecondary education grant program.  Participating full‑time students shall receive a grant in an amount of two thousand dollars annually for a maximum of four calendar years to be used to pay all or a portion of the following:

1.  The tuition charged at a qualifying school.

2.  The cost of books required for classes at a qualifying school.

3.  The fees charged at a qualifying school.

B.  The amount of a grant awarded to a participating part-time student enrolled at least half-time for the academic year as defined in 20 United States Code section 1088 shall be prorated in accordance with the part-time status of the student.

C.  Employees of private postsecondary institutions and family members of employees of private postsecondary institutions are not eligible to receive a postsecondary education grant pursuant to this section if the employee or family member is eligible for tuition reimbursement or a tuition waiver as a benefit of employment.

D.  A student who has a baccalaureate degree from any postsecondary educational institution is not eligible to receive postsecondary education grant monies pursuant to this section.

E.  Students who provide satisfactory proof to the commission that the student has met each of the following criteria are eligible to submit an application for consideration by the commission for a grant under the postsecondary education grant program:

1.  The student either:

(a)  Is currently a resident of this state and has been a resident of this state for at least the past twelve months.

(b)  Is a member of the military service of the United States stationed in this state or the spouse or dependent of a member of the military service of the United States stationed in this state.

2.  The student has met the qualifications adopted by the commission.  The commission shall adopt minimum qualifications that are comparable to the admissions standards established by the Arizona board of regents for Arizona governing boards of the public universities.

3.  The student registers for enrollment as a student in a baccalaureate program at a nationally or regionally accredited private postsecondary educational institution in this state that awards four year four‑year baccalaureate degrees.

4.  The student has provided high school transcripts as proof of graduation if the student has graduated from a public or private high school.  If high school records no longer exist for a student or after every reasonable effort has been made to obtain official records, the student may submit a letter certified by the high school from which the student graduated or the original high school diploma.

5.  The student has completed and submitted a free application for federal student aid.

6.  The student is a citizen or legal resident of the United States or is otherwise lawfully present in the United States.

7.  If the student is eligible to apply for monies from the private postsecondary education student financial assistance fund established by section 15‑1854, the student shall apply for and receive monies from the private postsecondary education student financial assistance fund before the student is eligible to apply for a grant from the postsecondary education grant fund established by this section.

F.  The postsecondary education grant fund is established consisting of legislative appropriations.  The commission shall administer the fund.  Monies in the fund are continuously appropriated and are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.  The commission shall make awards for payment of tuition at qualifying schools to students who are selected to participate in the postsecondary education grant program pursuant to subsection A of this section.

G.  If the amount of monies available for postsecondary education grants in any fiscal year is insufficient to provide grants to all eligible applicants, the commission shall award grants to eligible students in the order in which the applications were received by the commission, except that priority shall be given to qualifying students who received a grant in the previous fiscal year and who are still in good academic standing at the same qualifying school.  The commission shall maintain a waiting list for all other applicants.

H.  A student who fails to receive a baccalaureate degree within a five‑year period of receipt of the program award shall reimburse the postsecondary education grant fund for all awards received pursuant to subsection A of this section.  On receipt of supporting documentation from the student, for good cause shown the commission may provide for extensions of the five year five‑year period to obtain a baccalaureate degree.  The commission may contract with a third‑party vendor for the purpose of collecting loan repayments from students pursuant to this section.

I.  The commission shall submit an annual report to the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the joint legislative budget committee that includes a detailed description of the amount of monies distributed under the postsecondary education grant program during the previous fiscal year and that includes the total number of qualified applicants for grants, the total number of grants awarded, the qualifying schools attended by grant recipients and the total number of qualified applicants who were placed on the waiting list.  The commission shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state and the director of the Arizona state library, archives and public records.

J.  If the commission is notified by a qualifying school that a student who has received a postsecondary education grant is no longer in good academic standing at the qualifying school, the commission shall immediately discontinue the grant and the student shall reimburse the postsecondary education grant fund for any unused portion or any unlawfully used portion of a grant received pursuant to subsection A of this section.

K.  The commission shall develop a marketing strategy that is designed to provide information about the postsecondary education grant program to all high school students in this state.

L.  The program established by this section ends on July 1, 2016 pursuant to section 41‑3102.

M.  For the purposes of this section, "qualifying school" means a nationally or regionally accredited private postsecondary educational institution in this state that offers four year four‑year baccalaureate degrees. END_STATUTE

Sec. 102.  Section 15-1861, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1861.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Community college" has the same meaning prescribed in section 15‑1401.

2.  "Public forum" includes both a traditional public forum, which is any open, outdoor area on the campus of a university or community college, and a designated public forum, which is any facility, building or part of a building that the university or community college has opened to students or student organizations for expression.

3.  "University" means a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 103.  Section 15-1891, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1891.  College course materials; information; definitions

A.  The publisher of course materials shall provide the following written information in accordance with the policies adopted by the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and the governing board of each community college district to faculty members and any other employees who are in charge of selecting or adopting course materials for a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state whenever the publisher provides a faculty member or employee with information about course materials:

1.  A listing of relevant course materials offered by the publisher and whether each of the course materials are is offered in a bundled package or sold separately.

2.  The suggested retail price, the estimated wholesale price or the price that the publisher makes available to the public for the course materials.  The publisher may include the time period during which the pricing is applicable.

3.  The copyright dates of the previous edition if the copyright dates do not appear in the course materials.

4.  A summary of the substantive content differences between the current edition of the course materials and the immediate previous edition.

B.  A public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state shall notify faculty members and employees of the requirements pursuant to subsection A of this section and adopt policies that instruct a faculty member or employee who is in charge of selecting or adopting course materials to place orders with sufficient lead time to enable the university or community college district bookstore or contract managed bookstore to confirm the availability of the requested materials.

C.  On or before January 1, 2009, The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and the governing board of each community college district shall adopt policies that instruct faculty members or any other employees who are in charge of adopting course materials to make a request for information pursuant to subsection A of this section.

D.  No faculty member or employee of a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state shall demand or receive any payment, loan, advance, good or deposit of money present or promised for selecting or purchasing specific course materials required for coursework or instruction, except that the faculty member or employee may receive:

1.  Free review copies, complimentary teacher editions or instructional materials that are not intended to be sold by any faculty, staff or bookstore.

2.  Royalties or other compensation from the sale of course materials that include the faculty member's own writing or work.

3.  Honoraria for academic peer review of course materials.

4.  Training in the use of course materials and learning technologies.

E.  A book buyer or vendor of course materials shall not solicit a faculty member or employee of a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state for the purpose of selling or trading a free sample copy or complimentary teacher editions provided at no charge by a publisher to a faculty member or employee.

F.  This section shall not be construed in a manner that violates academic freedom.

G.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Book buyer" means any person or entity, including a university or community college district bookstore, engaged in the purchase or sale of course materials.

2.  "Bundled" means one or more course materials that are packaged together to be sold as course materials for a single price.

3.  "Complimentary teacher editions" means a book with information that is meant for the exclusive use of faculty members, commonly labeled as an "instructor edition" or "instructor manual" and that contains answers and solutions, test questions and pedagogical techniques.

4.  "Course materials" means any textbook or other instructional tool published for the purpose of classroom instruction and used for or in conjunction with a course in a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district in this state.

5.  "Publisher" means any publishing house, firm or company that produces course materials.

6.  "Sample copy" means any book that is the same as the regular student edition.

7.  "Substantive content" means portions of a college textbook, including new chapters, additional eras of time, new themes or new subject matter.

8.  "Written information" means information provided on print material.  Written information includes electronic communication or publication on a website. END_STATUTE

Sec. 104.  Section 15-1895, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1895.  Voting information; postsecondary students

The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university in consultation with the recognized student government of the universities under its jurisdiction that university and each community college district governing board in consultation with the recognized student government at a community college under its jurisdiction shall adopt a plan to increase student voter registration and voting in elections that includes:

1.  Information about on-campus voter registration and voting opportunities made available in at least one of the following methods:

(a)  During new student orientation.

(b)  During the issuance of student identification cards.

(c)  In admissions packets.

2.  Voter registration materials at central campus locations and high traffic areas.

3.  Broad dissemination of information regarding:

(a)  Voter registration deadlines.

(b)  Deadlines for delivering ballots by mail.

4.  Links on institutional and administrative websites that direct students to voter registration websites.

5.  Directions on institutional and administrative websites that detail the voter registration process.

6.  Reasonable accommodations to county election officials for on‑campus polling locations.

7.  Encouragement to student government organizations to coordinate activities aimed at increasing voter registration and election turnout.

8.  Policies, consistent with section 16-402, to allow an excused absence from classes for the purpose of voting.

9.  In accordance with section 15‑1633, policies that prohibit the use of university resources and employees to influence elections.

10.  An emphasis on efficiency and conservation of resources, including reduced use of paper handouts and increased use of electronic communication. END_STATUTE

Sec. 105.  Section 15-1896, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1896.  Faculty employment decisions; religious and political beliefs; definitions

A.  In making employment decisions, a university or community college shall take into account a faculty member's competence and appropriate knowledge in the field of that faculty member's expertise in order to foster a learning environment that respects a plurality of methodologies and perspectives.  A university or community college shall not make employment decisions on the basis of a faculty member's political or religious beliefs.

B.  A university or community college shall not exclude a faculty member from tenure or search committees or hiring committees on the basis of that faculty member's political or religious beliefs.

C.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Community college" has the same meaning prescribed in section 15‑1401.

2.  "University" means a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 106.  Section 15-1898, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1898.  Awarding of college credits; policies; current and former military members; definition

A.  Each community college district governing board shall develop policies to require community colleges under the jurisdiction of the board to award academic credit that a current or former member of the United States military may use toward the pursuit of an associate degree.  The number of academic credits awarded shall be based on both of the following:

1.  The member's length of time of active duty service in the United States military.

2.  Skills, knowledge and competencies the member acquired during service in the United States military as determined by the board.

B.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university shall develop policies to require the universities under the jurisdiction of the board that university to award academic credit that a current or former member of the United States military may use toward the pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.  The number of academic credits awarded shall be based on both of the following:

1.  The member's length of time of active duty service in the United States military.

2.  Skills, knowledge and competencies the member acquired during service in the United States military as determined by the governing board.

C.  For the purposes of this section, "member of the United States military" or "member" means a person who is currently serving or who has served in the United States air force, army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, the national guard or a reserve unit of any of these branches of the United States military.  Member of the United States military or member does not include a person who was dishonorably discharged. END_STATUTE

Sec. 107.  Section 15-2401, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-2401.  Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Annual education plan" means an initial individualized evaluation and subsequent annual reviews that are developed for a qualified student who meets the criteria specified in paragraph 7, subdivision (a), item (i), (ii) or (iii) of this section to determine ongoing annual eligibility through the school year in which the qualified student reaches twenty‑two years of age and whether the student may be eligible pursuant to section 36‑2981 and should be referred for eligibility determination.

2.  "Curriculum" means a complete course of study for content areas or grade levels, including any supplemental materials required by the curriculum, approved by the department.

3.  "Department" means the department of education.

4.  "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a community college as defined in section 15‑1401, a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state or an accredited private postsecondary institution.

5.  "Parent" means a resident of this state who is the parent or legal guardian of a qualified student.

6.  "Qualified school" means a nongovernmental primary or secondary school or a preschool for pupils with disabilities that is located in this state and that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin.

7.  "Qualified student" means a resident of this state who:

(a)  Is any of the following:

(i)  Identified as having a disability under section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973 (29 United States Code section 794).

(ii)  Identified by a school district or by an independent third party pursuant to section 15‑2403, subsection I as a child with a disability as defined in section 15‑731 or 15‑761.

(iii)  A child with a disability who is eligible to receive services from a school district under section 15‑763.

(iv)  Attending a school or school district that has been assigned a letter grade of D or F pursuant to section 15‑241 or who is currently eligible to attend kindergarten and who resides within the attendance boundary of a school that has been assigned a letter grade of D or F pursuant to section 15‑241.

(v)  A previous recipient of a scholarship issued pursuant to section 15‑891 or this section, unless the qualified student's parent has been removed from eligibility in the program for failure to comply pursuant to section 15‑2403, subsection C.

(vi)  A child of a parent who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is on active duty or was killed in the line of duty.  A child who meets the requirements of this item is not subject to subdivision (b) of this paragraph.

(vii)  A child who is a ward of the juvenile court and who is residing with a prospective permanent placement pursuant to section 8‑862 and the case plan is adoption or permanent guardianship.

(viii)  A child who was a ward of the juvenile court and who achieved permanency through adoption or permanent guardianship.

(ix)  A child who is the sibling of a current or previous empowerment scholarship account recipient or of an eligible qualified student who accepts the terms of and enrolls in the empowerment scholarship program.

(x)  A child who resides within the boundaries of an Indian reservation in this state as determined by the department of education or a tribal government.

(xi)  A child of a parent who is legally blind pursuant to section 41‑1973, subsection C or deaf or hard of hearing pursuant to as defined in section 36‑1941.

(b)  And, except as provided in subdivision (a), item (vi) of this paragraph, who meets any of the following requirements:

(i)  Attended a governmental primary or secondary school as a full‑time student as defined in section 15‑901 for at least the first one hundred days of the prior fiscal year and who transferred from a governmental primary or secondary school under a contract to participate in an empowerment scholarship account.  First, second and third grade students who are enrolled in Arizona online instruction must receive four hundred hours of logged instruction to be eligible pursuant to this item.  Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students who are enrolled in Arizona online instruction must receive five hundred hours of logged instruction to be eligible pursuant to this item.  Seventh and eighth grade students who are enrolled in Arizona online instruction must receive five hundred fifty hours of logged instruction to be eligible pursuant to this item.  High school students who are enrolled in Arizona online instruction must receive five hundred hours of logged instruction to be eligible pursuant to this item.

(ii)  Previously participated in the empowerment scholarship account program.

(iii)  Received a scholarship under section 43‑1505 and who continues to attend a qualified school if the student attended a governmental primary or secondary school as a full‑time student as defined in section 15‑901 for at least ninety days of the prior fiscal year or one full semester prior to attending a qualified school.

(iv)  Was eligible for an Arizona scholarship for pupils with disabilities and received monies from a school tuition organization pursuant to section 43‑1505 or received an Arizona scholarship for pupils with disabilities but did not receive monies from a school tuition organization pursuant to section 43‑1505 and who continues to attend a qualified school if the student attended a governmental primary or secondary school as a full‑time student as defined in section 15‑901 for at least ninety days of the prior fiscal year or one full semester prior to attending a qualified school.

(v)  Has not previously attended a governmental primary or secondary school but is currently eligible to enroll in a kindergarten program in a school district or charter school in this state or attended a program for preschool children with disabilities.

(vi)  Has not previously attended a governmental primary or secondary school but is currently eligible to enroll in a program for preschool children with disabilities in this state.

8.  "Treasurer" means the office of the state treasurer. END_STATUTE

Sec. 108.  Section 17-491, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE17-491.  Livestock loss board; members; terms; compensation; annual report; board termination

A.  The livestock loss board is established to address the depredation of wolves on livestock operations.  The livestock loss board consists of the following members:

1.  The director of the Arizona department of agriculture or the director's designee.

2.  The director of the Arizona game and fish department or the director's designee.

3.  Three members who represent the livestock industry, who have knowledge and experience with wildlife impacts and management and who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211.

4.  Two members who represent wildlife conservation or wildlife management, who have knowledge and experience with livestock production or management and who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38‑211.

5.  One member who is a livestock auction market owner and who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

6.  One member who is a faculty member at a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, who has expertise in agricultural and life sciences and who is appointed by the president of the senate.

B.  The initial members of the livestock loss board who are appointed pursuant to subsection A, paragraphs 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this section shall assign themselves by lot to terms of two and four years in office.  All subsequent members serve four-year terms of office.  The chairperson shall notify the governor's office, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives of these appointments.

C.  A majority of the members constitute a quorum.

D.  The livestock loss board shall annually elect a chairperson from its members.

E.  Members of the livestock loss board are not eligible to receive compensation but are eligible for reimbursement of expenses pursuant to title 38, chapter 4, article 2.

F.  The livestock loss board shall submit to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives on or before December 31 of each year a report of the number of applications for compensation, the total amount of monies provided to landowners, lessees and livestock operators that year and any recommendations.  The livestock loss board shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.

G.  The board established by this section ends on July 1, 2023 pursuant to section 41‑3103. END_STATUTE

Sec. 109.  Section 18-101, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE18-101.  Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Budget unit" means a department, commission, board, institution or other agency of the state receiving, expending or disbursing state funds or incurring obligations of the state, including the Arizona board of regents but excluding the public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents, the community college districts and the legislative or judicial branches.

2.  "Committee" means the information technology authorization committee.

3.  "Department" means the department of administration.

4.  "Director" means the director of the department.

5.  "Disaster recovery" means the measures required to mitigate the loss of information technology capability.

6.  "Information technology" means all computerized and auxiliary automated information processing, telecommunications and related technology, including hardware, software, vendor support and related services, equipment and projects. END_STATUTE

Sec. 110.  Section 23-391, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE23-391.  Overtime pay; workweek

A.  Subject to availability of appropriated funds, an employee of this state or any political subdivision serving in a position determined by the law enforcement merit system council, the director of the department of administration, the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the board of directors for the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind or the governing body of a political subdivision, in the discretion of the board or body, to be eligible for overtime compensation who is required to work in excess of the person's normal work week workweek shall be compensated for the excess time at the following rates:

1.  One and one‑half times the regular rate at which the person is employed or one and one‑half hours of compensatory time off for each hour worked if overtime compensation is mandated by federal law.

2.  If federal law does not mandate overtime compensation, the person shall receive the regular rate of pay or compensatory leave on an hour for hour hour‑for‑hour basis at the discretion of the board or governing body.

B.  Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, the state or a political subdivision may provide, by action of the law enforcement merit system council, the Arizona board of regents the governing board of a university, the board of directors for the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind or the director of the department of administration in the case of the state or of the governing body of the political subdivision, for a work week workweek of forty hours in less than five days for certain classes of employees employed by the state or the political subdivision.

C.  For state agencies of the state personnel system, unless otherwise provided by law, the state work week workweek is the period of seven consecutive days starting Saturday at 12:00 a.m. and ending Friday at 11:59 p.m.  Notwithstanding any other law, the director of the department of administration may authorize a workday, for the method and purpose of recording time entries to be included in a workweek and a pay period for employees of this state who are in the correctional officer class series of the state department of corrections and who are regularly scheduled to work a shift that spans two calendar days, defined as the day a majority of the hours are regularly scheduled to be worked.  If the regularly scheduled hours are equally split between two calendar days, the workday is defined as the day the shift ends.  Scheduled shift start and end times shall not be adjusted to avoid the payment of overtime. END_STATUTE

Sec. 111.  Section 23-722.04, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE23-722.04.  Unemployment insurance information; disclosure; violation; classification

A.  The department or the office of economic opportunity may disclose unemployment insurance information to the following entities:

1.  Any federal, state or local governmental agency in the investigation of fraud relating to public programs or the misuse of public monies.

2.  Divisions of the department, including the employment and rehabilitation services administrations, for program and research purposes.

3.  The workforce Arizona council for program performance, regional planning and other program and research purposes.

4.  The department of education to evaluate adult education program performance and for other primary and adult education program and research purposes.

5.  The Arizona board of regents governing boards of universities, public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state and community college districts to evaluate program performance and for other program and research purposes.

6.  The United States department of labor, or its agents, or the United States census bureau, or its agents, as required by law or in connection with the requirements imposed as a result of receiving federal funding.

7.  Department contractors or subcontractors, or their agents, for the sole purpose of providing for the processing, storage and transmission of information.  This disclosure must be consistent with this section.

B.  On the request of one of the entities prescribed specified in subsection A of this section to the department or the office of economic opportunity, the department or the office of economic opportunity shall disclose unemployment insurance information to the entity pursuant to guidelines established by the workforce data task force established by section 41‑5404 and pursuant to a written data sharing agreement with the requesting entity in a form determined by the workforce data task force pursuant to the laws of this state and applicable federal regulations.  The department or the office of economic opportunity may disclose the unemployment insurance information only after the requesting entity has demonstrated that the information will be kept confidential, except for those purposes for which the information was provided to the requesting entity, and that the requesting entity has security safeguards in place to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of the information.

C.  Except as otherwise allowed by law or as otherwise authorized by agreement between the department of economic security and the United States department of labor, the department of economic security or the office of economic opportunity may not use federal unemployment insurance grant monies to pay for any costs incurred in processing and handling requests for disclosure of unemployment insurance information.  The department of economic security and the office of economic opportunity, in consultation with the workforce data task force, shall establish a rate structure that complies with 20 Code of Federal Regulations section 603.8 for costs incurred in processing requests for disclosure of unemployment insurance information.

D.  The requesting entity may not make public any unemployment insurance information that identifies an individual or the individual's employer.  Any unauthorized disclosure, including security breaches, shall be reported to the department and the office of economic opportunity immediately.  Any person who knowingly discloses confidential unemployment insurance information in violation of this section without prior written authorization from the department or the office of economic opportunity or authorization as otherwise provided by law is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.

E.  The office of economic opportunity may use unemployment insurance information to perform economic analysis analyses, for the development of labor market information and a state workforce evaluation data system and for other program and research purposes.

F.  This section does not prohibit disclosure that is required or allowed by federal law. END_STATUTE

Sec. 112.  Section 27-102, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 5, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-102.  Arizona geological survey; state geologist; powers

A.  The Arizona geological survey is established within the university of Arizona with offices located in proximity to the university of Arizona in Tucson.  The state geologist shall administer the Arizona geological survey and shall serve at the pleasure of the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona.  The state geologist shall either be registered as a geologist by the state board of technical registration or be a trained geologist as defined in section 32-144, a graduate of an accredited institution and otherwise qualified by education and experience to direct the research and information functions of the Arizona geological survey.

B.  The state geologist may:

1.  Engage the services of faculty members or students, and shall have reasonable access to the data and other resources, of the university of Arizona or any other state university in this state to conduct or supervise research, experimentation or other related work of the Arizona geological survey.

2.  Organize field expeditions to perform work for the Arizona geological survey using university students who are sufficiently advanced in their study of geology to be able to perform satisfactory work.

3.  Establish and appoint an advisory board consisting of independent practicing geologists, university or college faculty, mining geologists and others who use and rely on data, information and other services of the Arizona geological survey.

4.  Engage volunteer staff as necessary.

C.  The expenses of the Arizona geological survey shall be paid by annual appropriation from the state general fund and as otherwise provided by this article. END_STATUTE

Sec. 113.  Repeal

Section 27-102, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 371, section 6, is repealed.

Sec. 114.  Section 27-104, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-104.  Qualifications of employees; private activities relating to geological services prohibited

Qualifications of employees working with the Arizona geological survey shall be prescribed by the Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona.  Neither the state geologist nor any employee working with the Arizona geological survey shall:

1.  Acquire a pecuniary interest in any mineral resources property in the state.

2.  Act as broker or agent for any purchaser, owner or agent of mineral resources property, equipment or products.

3.  Accept any commission or compensation for services rendered in connection with industry in this state.

4.  Make an investigation or report on an individual Arizona deposit of mineral resources or metallurgical process other than pursuant to such employee's official duties. END_STATUTE

Sec. 115.  Section 27-106, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 8, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-106.  Duties of Arizona geological survey; mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum

A.  The Arizona geological survey shall:

1.  Map and describe the bedrock and related geologic materials and processes in this state, as follows:

(a)  Prepare geologic maps that show the distribution of rock formations and surficial materials at the surface and in the subsurface.

(b)  Describe the character of rock and surficial materials, including their age, origin and physical and chemical properties.

(c)  Map, describe and monitor known and potential geologic hazards and limitations to land and resource management.

(d)  Map and characterize energy and mineral resources and identify areas that may have potential for future discoveries.

2.  Provide objective, scientific information about the geologic character of this state as follows:

(a) Provide timely, courteous responses to requests for information, advice and assistance from the public.

(b)  Maintain a computerized bibliographic database of maps and reports on the geology of this state that is accessible to the public.

(c)  Maintain an internet website that includes information about the Arizona geological survey, products and services available and the geologic character of this state.

(d)  Give lectures and talks, conduct workshops, lead field trips and provide information and assistance to public, educational and professional groups.

(e)  Publish reports and other information, written in nontechnical terms, to inform those who are not trained in geology about the geologic character of this state.

3.  Prepare all data files of known areas of earth fissures, produce maps of those areas with overlays showing affected counties, cities, towns, highways and streets and transmit the maps in printed and electronic format to the state real estate department for purposes of providing public access to the earth fissure maps pursuant to this paragraph and section 32‑2117.  The Arizona geological survey shall provide any map to any member of the public in printed or electronic format on request.  The following notice shall be displayed below each map:

Notice

The state of Arizona has made a reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of this map when it was produced, but errors may be present and the state of Arizona does not guarantee its accuracy.  The map supplements, and is not a substitute for, a professional inspection of property for defects and conditions.

4.  Operate and maintain a central repository and a computerized database for reports, books, maps and other publications regarding the geology, mining and mineral resources and associated technologies.  Such repository and database shall be available for the use of the public and may be located at or connected with the university of Arizona or another state university or agency of this state.  All databases and other archival materials shall be maintained in a secure and retrievable format and at a location prescribed by the state geologist to protect and preserve information from damage or destruction.

5.  Utilize the services and expertise of the universities of this state at the discretion of the state geologist.

6.  Cooperate with local, county, state and federal agencies.

7.  Provide quality mining data, evaluation and assistance relating to mining and mineral development to the legislature, federal, state and local governmental agencies and the public.

8.  Serve as a source of mining information and data necessary or advisable to attain its objectives.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona may establish reasonable fees for publications and other services of the Arizona geological survey.

9.  Cooperate with the Arizona corporation commission in its investigations and administration of laws, relating to the sale of mining securities.

B.  In coordination with the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum advisory council established by section 27‑111, the Arizona geological survey shall operate and maintain a mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum as the state depository for collecting, cataloging and displaying mining, mineral and natural resources artifacts and specimens.  In connection with the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum, the state geologist may:

1.  Promote the recognition and celebration of the historical, cultural, economic and social contributions to this state made by the mining, mineral and natural resources industries in this state, including the livestock and agricultural industries.

2.  Apply for and accept grants, gifts, bequests of legacies of real or personal property, donations, including donations of time, services and materials, or any other contribution, financial or otherwise, for use in accordance with the direction of the donor or, in the absence of an express direction, as prescribed by the Arizona geological survey.  Monies received pursuant to this paragraph shall be deposited in a separate mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum account in the geological survey fund established by section 27‑107 to be used exclusively for the maintenance, restoration and operations of the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum.

3.  Accept from the federal or state government, any local government or any of their agencies restricted and unrestricted monies made available to this state for the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum.

4.  Establish and collect entrance fees to the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum.

5.  Operate a retail gift shop, including the acquisition, purchase and resale of mining, mineral and natural resources specimens and related items.

6.  Employ a curator for the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum who possesses knowledge or experience in natural resources and operating a museum.

7.  Operate educational programming for the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum.

8.  Accept the services of volunteers and provide oversight for their activities.

9.  Pay the necessary maintenance and operation expenses of the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum.

C.  The Arizona geological survey:

1.  With the approval of the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum advisory council, shall adopt a collections management policy that is consistent with national standards and best practices for museums in the United States established by a national association of museums.

2.  Shall maintain the items, artifacts and other inventory received for display or storage, including equipment and outdoor displays.

3.  In coordination with the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum advisory council and pursuant to the standards and best practices adopted pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection, may sell or otherwise dispose of materials received for the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum. END_STATUTE

Sec. 116.  Section 27-106, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by Laws 2016, chapter 128, section 9, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-106.  Duties of Arizona geological survey

The Arizona geological survey shall:

1.  Map and describe the bedrock and related geologic materials and processes in this state, as follows:

(a)  Prepare geologic maps that show the distribution of rock formations and surficial materials at the surface and in the subsurface.

(b)  Describe the character of rock and surficial materials, including their age, origin and physical and chemical properties.

(c)  Map, describe and monitor known and potential geologic hazards and limitations to land and resource management.

(d)  Map and characterize energy and mineral resources and identify areas that may have potential for future discoveries.

2.  Provide objective, scientific information about the geologic character of this state as follows:

(a) Provide timely, courteous responses to requests for information, advice and assistance from the public.

(b)  Maintain a computerized bibliographic database of maps and reports on the geology of this state that is accessible to the public.

(c)  Maintain an internet website that includes information about the Arizona geological survey, products and services available and the geologic character of this state.

(d)  Give lectures and talks, conduct workshops, lead field trips and provide information and assistance to public, educational and professional groups.

(e)  Publish reports and other information, written in nontechnical terms, to inform those who are not trained in geology about the geologic character of this state.

3.  Prepare all data files of known areas of earth fissures, produce maps of those areas with overlays showing affected counties, cities, towns, highways and streets and transmit the maps in printed and electronic format to the state real estate department for purposes of providing public access to the earth fissure maps pursuant to this paragraph and section 32‑2117.  The Arizona geological survey shall provide any map to any member of the public in printed or electronic format on request.  The following notice shall be displayed below each map:

Notice

The state of Arizona has made a reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of this map when it was produced, but errors may be present and the state of Arizona does not guarantee its accuracy.  The map supplements, and is not a substitute for, a professional inspection of property for defects and conditions.

4.  Operate and maintain a central repository and a computerized database for reports, books, maps and other publications regarding the geology, mining and mineral resources and associated technologies.  Such repository and database shall be available for the use of the public and may be located at or connected with the university of Arizona or another state university or agency of this state.  All databases and other archival materials shall be maintained in a secure and retrievable format and at a location prescribed by the state geologist to protect and preserve information from damage or destruction.

5.  Utilize the services and expertise of the universities of this state at the discretion of the state geologist.

6.  Cooperate with local, county, state and federal agencies.

7.  Provide quality mining data, evaluation and assistance relating to mining and mineral development to the legislature, federal, state and local governmental agencies and the public.

8.  Serve as a source of mining information and data necessary or advisable to attain its objectives.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona may establish reasonable fees for publications and other services of the Arizona geological survey.

9.  Cooperate with the Arizona corporation commission in its investigations and administration of laws, relating to the sale of mining securities. END_STATUTE

Sec. 117.  Section 27-108, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-108.  Publications; deposit

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona, through the state geologist, may publish, in the form of bulletins, circulars, maps and other related series, or otherwise make available to state agencies, government officials, industry and the public the results of geological and related research and investigation undertaken by the Arizona geological survey.  A publication shall not include any confidential information pursuant to section 27‑522.  The state geologist shall consult with the operator and obtain the approval of the scope of work for the publication before the state geologist releases any proposed publication pertaining to a project regulated by the oil and gas conservation commission.

B.  The publications of the Arizona geological survey shall be printed as the university of Arizona determines and distributed or sold as the interests of this state or science demand.  Money obtained by the sale of publications shall be deposited in the geological survey fund established by section 27‑107 for printing further publications.

C.  All materials collected, after having served the purpose of the Arizona geological survey, shall be made available to the universities, community colleges and high schools of this state. END_STATUTE

Sec. 118.  Section 27-110, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE27-110.  Trade secrets; confidentiality; definition

A.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of the university of Arizona may receive and accept geologic, engineering and feasibility studies and other economic and technical information that is considered a trade secret in the mineral industry.

B.  Trade secret information obtained under this section is confidential and not subject to public disclosure.

C.  For the purposes of this section, "trade secret" means information to which all of the following apply:

1.  A person has taken reasonable measures to protect the information from disclosure and the person intends to continue to take those measures.

2.  The information is not and has not been reasonably obtainable by legitimate means by other persons without the person's consent, other than by governmental entities and other than in discovery based on a showing of special need in a judicial or quasi‑judicial proceeding.

3.  A statute does not specifically require disclosure of the information to the public.

4.  The person has satisfactorily shown that disclosing the information is likely to cause substantial harm to the person's competitive position. END_STATUTE

Sec. 119.  Section 28-2412, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE28-2412.  Collegiate special plates; definition

A.  The department shall issue collegiate special plates that identify each university that is described in section 15‑1601 or each community college district.  The collegiate special plates shall have the same color and design as the collegiate license plates issued on or before December 31, 1992, except that on the request of a university as described in section 15‑1601 or a community college district, the department may revise the color and design of the plates as appropriate for the university or community college district.

B.  Of the twenty‑five dollar fee required by section 28‑2402 for original special plates and for renewal of special plates, eight dollars is a special plate administration fee and seventeen dollars is a collegiate plate annual donation.

C.  The department shall deposit, pursuant to sections 35‑146 and 35‑147, all special plate administration fees in the state highway fund established by section 28‑6991 and shall transmit the collegiate plate annual donations as follows:

1.  To the board of regents appropriate governing board of a university for placement in the appropriate university collegiate special plate fund.

2.  To the community college district collegiate special plate fund established by pursuant to section 15‑1447.

D.  The request for collegiate special plates may be combined with a request for personalized special plates.  This request shall be on a form prescribed by the director and is subject to the fees required for the personalized special plates in addition to the fees required for collegiate special plates.

E.  For the purposes of this section, "community college district" means a community college district that includes all of the following:

1.  Is established pursuant to sections 15‑1402 and 15‑1403 or section 15‑1402.01.

2.  Is a political subdivision of this state.

3.  Has a full-time equivalent student enrollment pursuant to section 15‑1466.01 of more than fifty thousand students. END_STATUTE

Sec. 120.  Section 28-9102, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE28-9102.  Formation

A.  An intergovernmental public transportation authority may be organized as provided by this section in any county with a population of two hundred thousand persons or less.

B.  The governing body of one or more incorporated cities or towns may petition the county board of supervisors to establish an authority consisting of the area within the incorporated boundary of the municipality or municipalities.

C.  If the organizing municipalities are not contiguous, the unincorporated areas between the organizing municipalities must also be included in the authority with the approval of the county board of supervisors.  The board of supervisors shall establish the boundaries of the unincorporated area to be included in the authority.

D.  Incorporated cities and towns in different counties, each of which meet the population limit prescribed by subsection A of this section, may petition their respective county boards of supervisors to establish a joint authority consisting of the combined areas within their respective municipal boundaries and including any intervening unincorporated areas in the counties.

E.  The board of supervisors shall hold at least one hearing on the petition in one of the petitioning municipalities to determine public support for the authority and whether establishing the authority would be in the public interest.  In the case of petitioning municipalities in different counties, the board of supervisors of each county shall hold separate hearings and each board shall make its determination separately.

F.  If the board of supervisors determines that establishing the authority would serve the public convenience, necessity, safety or welfare, the board of supervisors shall establish the authority by a resolution that includes a description of the boundaries of the authority.  In the case of an authority in different counties, the county boards of supervisors shall establish the authority by an intergovernmental agreement.

G.  If an authority is established under this chapter, any public university that is under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents and in this state that is located in a municipality in the authority, any community college district that is located in a municipality in the authority, or any Indian nation that has a boundary within a county in which an authority is established may become a member of the authority by intergovernmental agreement. END_STATUTE

Sec. 121.  Section 34-105, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE34-105.  Guaranteed energy cost savings contracts; definitions

A.  An agent may contract for the procurement of a guaranteed energy cost savings contract with a qualified provider.

B.  An agent may enter into a guaranteed energy cost savings contract with a qualified provider if the agent determines that the amount the agent would spend on the energy cost savings measures recommended in the proposal would not exceed the amount to be saved in energy costs over the expected life, according to the manufacturer's equipment standards, of the energy cost savings measures implemented, the term of the financial agreement or twenty‑five years, whichever is shortest, after the date that installation or implementation is complete, if the recommendations in the proposal are followed.  An agent shall retain the cost savings achieved by a guaranteed energy cost saving savings contract, and these cost savings may be used to pay for the contract and project implementation.

C.  An agent shall use objective criteria in selecting the qualified provider, including the cost of the contract, the energy savings, the net projected energy savings, the quality of the technical approach, the quality of the project management plan, the financial solvency of the qualified provider and the experience of the qualified provider with projects of similar size and scope.  An agent shall state each criterion with its relevant order of importance in the request for proposal.

D.  In selecting a contractor to perform any construction work related to performing the guaranteed energy cost savings contract, the qualified provider may develop and use a prequalification process for contractors.  These prequalifications may require the contractor to demonstrate that the contractor is adequately bonded to perform the work and that the contractor has not failed to perform on a prior job.

E.  The selected qualified provider shall perform a study in order to establish the exact scope of the guaranteed energy cost savings contract, the fixed cost savings guarantee amount and the methodology for determining actual savings.  The agent shall review and approve this report before the actual installation of any equipment.  The qualified provider shall transmit a copy of the approved study to the governor's office of energy policy.

F.  The guaranteed energy cost savings contract shall require that in determining whether the projected energy savings calculations have been met, the energy costs savings shall be computed by comparing the energy baseline before installation or implementation of the energy cost savings measures with the energy consumed after installation or implementation of the energy cost savings measures.  The qualified provider and the agent may agree to make modifications to the energy baseline only for any of the following:

1.  Changes in utility rates.

2.  Changes in the number of days in the utility billing cycle.

3.  Changes in the square footage of the facility.

4.  Changes in the operational schedule of the facility.

5.  Changes in facility temperature.

6.  Significant changes in the weather.

7.  Significant changes in the amount of equipment or lighting utilized in the facility.

8.  Significant changes in the nature or intensity of energy use such as the change of classroom space to laboratory space.

G.  The information to develop the energy baseline shall be derived from historical energy costs or actual energy measurements or shall be calculated from energy measurements at the facility where energy cost savings measures are to be installed or implemented.  The baseline shall be established before the installation or implementation of energy cost savings measures.

H.  When submitting a proposal for the installation of equipment, the qualified provider shall include information on the projected energy savings associated with each proposed energy cost savings measure.

I.  An agent, or two or more agents, may enter into a financing agreement with a qualified provider or the financial institution, trustee or paying agent for the purchase and installation or implementation of energy cost savings measures. The guaranteed energy cost savings contract may provide for payments over a period of not more than the expected life, according to the manufacturer's equipment standards, of the energy cost savings measures implemented, the term of the financial agreement or twenty‑five years, whichever is shortest.  The contract shall provide that all payments, except obligations on termination of the contract before its expiration, shall be made pursuant to the terms of the agreement.  If an agent purchases the energy cost savings measure, the qualified provider shall guarantee that the energy cost savings meet or exceed the agent's total cost of purchase.

J.  The guaranteed energy cost savings contract shall include a written guarantee of the qualified provider that the energy cost savings will meet or exceed the costs of the energy cost savings measures over the expected life, according to the manufacturer's equipment standards, of the energy cost savings measures implemented, the term of the financial agreement or twenty‑five years, whichever is shortest, except as provided in subsection I of this section.  The qualified provider shall:

1.  For the term of the contract, prepare a measurement and verification report on an annual basis in addition to an annual reconciliation of savings.

2.  Reimburse the agent for any shortfall of guaranteed energy cost savings on an annual basis.

3.  Use the international performance and measurement and verification protocol standards or the federal energy management program standards to validate the savings guarantee.

K.  The agent may obtain any required financing as part of the original competitive sealed proposal process from the qualified provider or a third‑party financing institution.

L.  A qualified provider that is awarded the contract shall give a sufficient bond to the agent for its faithful performance of the equipment installment.

M.  This section does not apply to the construction of new buildings.

N.  An agent may use a simplified energy performance contract for projects less than five hundred thousand dollars.  Simplified energy performance contracts are not required to include an energy savings guarantee and shall comply with all requirements in this section except for the requirements that are specifically related to the energy savings guarantee and the measurement and verification of the guaranteed savings.

O.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Agent" has the same meaning prescribed in section 34-101 but also includes a community college district organized under title 15, chapter 12, the department of administration and the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university.

2.  "Construction" means the process of building, altering, repairing, improving or demolishing any structure or building, or other public improvements of any kind to any real property.  Construction does not include the routine operation, routine repair or routine maintenance of existing structures, buildings or real property.

3.  "Energy baseline" means a calculation of the amount of energy used in an existing facility before the installation or implementation of the energy cost savings measures.

4.  "Energy cost savings measure" means a training program or facility alteration designed to reduce energy consumption and may include one or more of the following, and any related meters or other measuring devices:

(a)  Insulating the building structure or systems in the building.

(b)  Storm windows or doors, caulking or weather stripping, multiglazed windows or door systems, additional glazing, reductions in glass area, or other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption.

(c)  Automated or computerized energy control systems.

(d)  Heating, ventilating or air conditioning system modifications or replacements, including ground source heat pumps.

(e)  Replacing or modifying lighting fixtures to increase the energy efficiency of the lighting system without increasing the overall illumination of a facility unless an increase in illumination is necessary to conform to the applicable state or local building code for the lighting system after the proposed modifications are made.

(f)  Indoor air quality improvements to increase air quality that conform to the applicable state or local building code requirements.

(g)  Energy recovery systems.

(h)  Installing a new or retrofitting an existing day lighting system.

(i)  Procurement of low-cost utility supplies of all types, including electricity, natural gas, propane and water.

(j)  Devices that reduce water consumption and water costs or that reduce sewer charges.

(k)  Rainwater harvesting systems.

(l)  Combined heat and power systems.

(m)  Renewable and alternative energy projects and renewable energy power service agreements.

(n)  Self-generation systems.

(o)  Any additional building systems and infrastructure that produce energy, or that provide utility cost savings not specifically mentioned in this paragraph, if the improvements meet the life cycle life‑cycle cost requirement and enhance building system performance or occupant comfort and safety.

(p)  Geothermal.

5.  "Life cycle Life-cycle cost" means the sum of the present values of investment costs, capital costs, installation costs, energy costs, operating costs, maintenance costs and disposal costs and utility rebates over the life of the project, product or measure as provided by federal life cycle life‑cycle cost rules, regulations and criteria contained in the United States department of energy federal energy management program "guidance on life‑cycle cost analysis" required by executive order 13423, January 2007.

6.  "Qualified provider" means a person or a business that is experienced in designing, implementing or installing energy cost savings measures, that has a record of established projects or measures of similar size and scope, that has demonstrated technical, operational, financial and managerial capabilities to design and operate cost savings measures and projects and that has the financial ability to satisfy guarantees for energy cost savings. END_STATUTE

Sec. 122.  Section 34-451, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE34-451.  Energy conservation standards for public buildings

A.  The governor's energy office in consultation with persons responsible for building systems shall adopt and publish energy conservation standards for construction of all new capital projects as defined in section 41‑790, including buildings designed and constructed by school districts, community college districts and universities.  These standards shall be consistent with the recommended energy conservation standards of the American society of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers and the international energy conservation code.

B.  The standards shall be adopted to achieve energy conservation and shall allow for design flexibility.

C.  The following state agencies shall reduce energy use in public buildings that they administer by ten per cent percent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2008 and by fifteen per cent percent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2011, using July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002 as the baseline year:

1.  The department of administration for its building systems.

2.  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university for its building systems.

3.  The department of transportation for its building systems.

D.  The governor's energy office shall provide technical assistance to the state agencies prescribed in subsection C of this section.  On or before July 1 of each year, the energy office shall measure compliance with subsection C of this section, compile the results of that monitoring and report to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate as to the progress of attaining the goals prescribed in subsection C of this section.  The energy office shall include in its report an explanation of the reasons for any failure to achieve energy reductions in specific building systems as prescribed in subsection C of this section.

E.  All state agencies shall procure energy efficient products that are certified by the United States department of energy or the United States environmental protection agency as energy star or that are certified under the federal energy management program in all categories that are available unless the products are shown not to be cost‑effective on a life cycle life‑cycle cost basis. END_STATUTE

Sec. 123.  Section 34-461, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE34-461.  Applicability of local codes; exceptions; definition

A.  Public buildings shall be constructed in compliance with the state fire code or, if at the request of a school district or charter school, the state fire marshal may authorize through an intergovernmental agreement with a city, town, county or fire district in which the school district or charter school building is located to impose the fire code adopted by the city, town, county or fire district on school district or charter school buildings.  An intergovernmental agreement entered into pursuant to this subsection may allow the city, town, county or fire district to conduct regularly scheduled fire safety inspections.  Public buildings shall be constructed in compliance with applicable building, plumbing, electrical, fire and mechanical codes adopted by the city, town, county or fire district in which the building is located.  The owner of the public building is subject to the same fees required of other persons.  Public buildings are subject to inspection during construction pursuant to these codes to determine compliance.

B.  If a public building is built in an area that has not adopted local codes, the building shall be designed or constructed according to the state fire code adopted by the state fire marshal and the building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes that apply in the largest city in the county in which the building is located.

C.  Public buildings are subject to those codes that apply and are in effect when the building is designed or constructed and to the currently adopted codes when a building is found to be structurally unsafe, without adequate egress or a fire hazard or is otherwise dangerous to human life.

D.  Subsections A and B of this section do not apply to state owned buildings except for the application of the fire code in effect where a state owned building is located.  In complying with the applicable codes pursuant to subsections A and B of this section, the permitting process and fees do not apply to a public school district owned building in a county with a population of more than seven hundred fifty thousand persons but less than two million persons except for the application of the design and permitting process and any fee required of a fire code in effect where such a public school district owned building is located.  State department of corrections facilities are exempt from the application of the local fire code in the absence of an intergovernmental agreement between the state department of corrections and the governmental entity responsible for enforcing any local fire code.

E.  Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, cities prescribed in section 37‑1383, subsection A, paragraph 5 do not have authority that supersedes and are not exempt from the state fire marshal's established fire code in state or county owned buildings wherever located throughout the state.

F.  Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, buildings and properties owned by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university or the university under its jurisdiction are exempt from any city, town, county or fire district fire code in the absence of an intergovernmental agreement between the Arizona board of regents governing board or the university and the city, town, county or fire district.

G.  If the state fire marshal enters into an intergovernmental agreement pursuant to subsection A of this section, a school district or charter school may choose to have the plan review, permitting and any related inspections or any regularly scheduled fire safety inspections completed by either the state fire marshal or the city, town, county or fire district.  If the school district or charter school chooses to have the city, town, county or fire district perform the plan review, permitting and any related inspections or the regularly scheduled fire safety inspections, the city, town, county or fire district shall inform the school district or charter school of any fees associated with the inspection process.

H.  This section does not preclude a public school district in a county with a population of more than seven hundred fifty thousand persons but less than two million persons from submitting, at its discretion, to the building design or construction permitting process of the appropriate local government entity for any given project.  A public school district making such a decision is subject to subsections A and B of this section and the permit and code compliance requirements of the local government entity, including inspections and fee payments that may be required, for the duration of the project that the district submitted to the local government entity.

I.  Public school districts in a county with a population of more than seven hundred fifty thousand persons but less than two million persons shall adopt policies to provide requirements to be followed by licensed or registered contractors or employees in order to ensure that construction projects are in compliance with the applicable codes pursuant to subsections A and B of this section and that records required by code or law for a given project are completed and maintained by the applicable district.  At a minimum, these policies shall:

1.  Include the method by which the public school district will notify the appropriate local government unit or units, and retain a record of the notification, that the public school district will not be using the permitting process for a given project pursuant to subsection D of this section.

2.  Prohibit a construction contractor from serving as a district's inspector and code compliance official on the same project for which the contractor is providing construction services.

3.  Require the architect of record for a given district project to be responsible for signing the certificate of occupancy when such a certificate is required for that particular project.

J.  For the purposes of this section, "public building" means a building or appurtenance to a building that is built in whole or in part with public monies. END_STATUTE

Sec. 124.  Section 35-101, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-101.  Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Allotment" means the allocation of an appropriation or other fund source over a full fiscal year within a budget program or expenditure class.

2.  "Annual budget unit" means the following agencies:

(a)  The department of education.

(b)  The Arizona board of regents governing board of each university.

(c)  Arizona state university.

(d)  Arizona state university west campus.

(e)  Arizona state university east campus.

(f)  The university of Arizona.

(g)  Northern Arizona university.

(h)  The school facilities board.

(i)  The department of economic security.

(j)  The state department of corrections.

(k)  The department of juvenile corrections.

(l)  The Arizona health care cost containment system.

(m)  The department of health services.

(n)  The department of administration.

(o)  The department of transportation.

(p)  The judiciary, including the supreme court, the court of appeals and the superior court.

(q)  The department of child safety.

3.  "Authorized agent" means a commercial enterprise contracted to process transactions on behalf of a state agency.

4.  "Biennial budget unit" means any department, commission, board, institution or other agency of the state organization receiving, expending or disbursing state funds or incurring obligations against the state that is not an annual budget unit.

5.  "Budget estimates" means statements with accompanying explanations, as provided by this chapter, in which a budget unit states its financial requirements and requests appropriations.

6.  "Budget program" means functions and activities of a budget unit or within a budget unit that are preplanned to fulfill a distinct mission.

7.  "Budget unit" means any department, commission, board, institution or other agency of the state organization receiving, expending or disbursing state funds or incurring obligations against the state.  Budget unit includes the annual budget units and biennial budget units.

8.  "Cardholder" means any person:

(a)  Named on the face of a credit card to whom or for whose benefit the credit card is issued by an issuer.

(b)  In possession of a credit card with the consent of the person to whom the credit card was issued.

9.  "Claim" means a demand against the state for payment for either:

(a)  Goods delivered or, in the case of highway construction, goods or facilities to be delivered by the federal government.

(b)  Services performed.

10.  "Convenience fee" means an additional fee that is imposed by an authorized agent on a web‑based or voice response portal transaction for the acceptance of a credit card that would not be charged if the same transaction were completed by an alternate method of payment.

11.  "Credit card" means:

(a)  Any instrument or device, whether known as a credit card, charge card, credit plate, courtesy card or identification card or by any other name, issued with or without a fee by an issuer for the use of the cardholder in obtaining money, goods, services or anything else of value, either on credit or in possession or in consideration of an undertaking or guaranty by the issuer of the payment of a check drawn by the cardholder, on a promise to pay in part or in full at a future time, whether or not all or any part of the indebtedness represented by this promise to make deferred payment is secured or unsecured.

(b)  Any debit card, electronic benefit transfer card or other access instrument or device, other than a check that is signed by the holder or other authorized signatory on the deposit account, that draws monies from a deposit account in order to obtain money, goods, services or anything else of value.

(c)  Any stored value card, smart card or other instrument or device that enables a person to obtain goods, services or anything else of value through the use of value stored on the instrument or device.

(d)  The number assigned to an instrument or device described in subdivision (a), (b) or (c) of this paragraph even if the physical instrument or device is not used or presented.

12.  "Discount fee" means the fee calculated and charged by the credit card issuer or a financial institution pursuant to an agreement for the processing of any credit card transaction.

13.  "Encumbrance" means an obligation in the form of any purchase order, contract or other commitment which that is chargeable to an appropriation or any other authorized fund source and for which a part of the fund source is reserved.  It ceases to be an encumbrance when paid or canceled.

14.  "Expenditure class" means one of the kinds of expenditure denoting a class of services or commodities purchased or properties acquired as specified in the classification of expenditures prescribed by the director of the department of administration for use in expenditure accounting, in making budget estimates and in the budget reports and budgets.

15.  "Issuer" means any business organization, state agency or financial institution, or its duly authorized agent, that issues a credit card.

16.  "Prepayment" means the payment of a claim before receiving the goods or services.

17.  "Processing fee" means a fee charged by an entity other than a credit card issuer or the processing financial institution to process a credit card transaction.

18.  "Purchase order" means a document that is signed by the appropriate agency authorized signatory, that requests a vendor to deliver described goods or services at a specific price and that on delivery and acceptance of the goods or services by this state becomes an obligation of this state.

19.  "Transaction amount" means the total amount due to the state for any goods, service or license or anything else of value. END_STATUTE

Sec. 125.  Section 35-116, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-116.  Supervisory powers of governor relating to budget report; exceptions

A.  Prior to submission of the budget report to the legislature, the governor shall examine the statements and estimates and shall make or cause to be made further investigations, with hearings before the governor, or the governor's designee, and shall make changes or revisions in appropriations requested that the governor deems advisable.

B.  The legislature shall not be subject to the control of the governor in the preparation and submission of budgets, but shall submit its requests for appropriations for the two ensuing fiscal years to the governor for review by the legislature.

C.  The judiciary shall not be subject to the control of the governor in the preparation and submission of budgets, but shall submit its requests for appropriations for the ensuing fiscal year to the governor for review by the legislature.

D.  The appropriation requests of the Arizona board of regents governing board of each university and the department of transportation for the ensuing fiscal year may be revised by the governor, but the governor shall also submit the appropriation request prepared and submitted by the budget unit in its original form to the legislature for review. END_STATUTE

Sec. 126.  Section 35-120, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-120.  Additional powers of governor

A.  In aid of any powers vested in the governor under this article, the governor:

1.  Shall have access to offices of all budget units.

2.  May examine all books, papers, records and documents in the office of any budget unit.

3.  May require any state officer or head of any budget unit to furnish such data, information or statements as may be necessary.

B.  The provisions of This section shall apply applies to the board of regents governing board of each university and the institutions under the jurisdiction of the board of regents public universities, only as they relate to the appropriations requested.

C.  The power of the governor as prescribed by the terms of this section to investigate budget units, including the board of regents governing board of each university, may be delegated to the office of strategic planning and budgeting or the department of administration.  Such power may be used and shall extend to funds appropriated by the legislature in its relation to budget preparation for the current and preceding fiscal year.  The powers granted by the terms of this section may be exercised by the governor during any period of the fiscal year. END_STATUTE

Sec. 127.  Section 35-148, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-148.  Payment for interagency services as credit to account of agency; transfer of miscellaneous state monies to general fund; exceptions

A.  Interagency service agreements entered into between budget units may provide for reimbursement for services performed or advancement of funds for services to be performed.  In either instance, monies received by the budget unit performing the services shall be credited to its appropriation account for its use in performing the services.  If funds are advanced, the agency performing the services shall make an accounting of expenditures and return any advances not used to the appropriation account of the advancing agency.

B.  Except as provided in subsection A of this section, when money belonging to the state comes into the possession of a state officer, by recovery at law or otherwise, and no provision of law exists for the disposition of such money, it shall be deposited, pursuant to sections 35‑146 and 35‑147, in the state general fund.

C.  The provisions of This section shall does not apply to money realized from the sale of personal property or from the sale of real property or improvements thereon by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, or by educational institutions under the control of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the department of child safety or the department of economic security. END_STATUTE

Sec. 128.  Section 35-190, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-190.  Incurring obligations after close of fiscal year; lapsing appropriations; exceptions

A.  Except as provided in section 35‑191, no officer or other agency of the state shall, after the close of any fiscal year, incur or order or approve the incurring of any obligation or expenditure under any appropriation made by the legislature for such fiscal year, and no expenditure shall be made from or be charged to any appropriation made by the legislature for any fiscal year which that has expired at the time the obligation for such an expenditure was incurred.

B.  The department of administration may draw warrants against the available balances of appropriations made for a fiscal year for a period of one month after the close of such fiscal year:

1.  For payment of obligations incurred during the fiscal year for which such appropriations were made.

2.  In fulfillment of contracts properly made during such year as determined by the director of the department of administration.

C.  After expiration of such a period of one month from the beginning of each fiscal year, all balances of appropriations for the prior fiscal year shall lapse and no further payments shall be made on any claim on account of expenditures of such prior fiscal year.

D.  Appropriations for construction or other permanent improvements shall not lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made has been accomplished or abandoned, unless such an appropriation is available during the entire fiscal year without an expenditure therefrom or encumbrance thereon.

E.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to require reversion to the state general fund of any balance derived wholly or partly from federal grants, earnings or other sources, and remaining in any special revenue, endowment, interest, redemption or suspense agency fund at the close of the fiscal year unless expressly so provided by law, or to require reversion to the state general fund of any balance of fiscal year appropriations made for state institutions under the control of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university. END_STATUTE

Sec. 129.  Section 35-515, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-515.  Rebate reporting; state agencies

A.  The state treasurer shall report to the United States government any rebate resulting from bonds issued by any state agency.  The state treasurer may contract with professional consultants deemed necessary by the state treasurer in order to comply with the provisions of this section.  The state treasurer may charge any costs associated with this section proportionally among the state agencies for which reports are made.  Rebate reporting by the state treasurer does not relieve the state agency from the responsibility for any payment of any rebate that may become due.

B.  State agencies shall deliver to the state treasurer in a timely manner all information required by the state treasurer to comply with rebate reporting requirements.  Such information shall include official statements, certificates of rebate, certificates of yield, investment accounting documentation, amortization schedules and contract documents.

C.  The state treasurer shall make rebate payments on behalf of the agency as required.  The rebate payment and any charges incurred pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be transferred from the account of the state agency to the state treasurer for such payments.

D.  This section shall apply to the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university and the institutions under the jurisdiction of the that board upon on the approval of the board of regents that governing board. END_STATUTE

Sec. 130.  Section 35-701, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-701.  Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Corporation" means any corporation organized as an authority as provided in this chapter.

2.  "Governing body" means:

(a)  The board or body in which the general legislative powers of the municipality or the county are vested.

(b)  The Arizona board of regents governing board of a university with respect to a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents that governing board.

(c)  The Arizona finance authority board of directors established by title 41, chapter 53, article 2.

3.  "Income" means gross earnings from wages, salary, commissions, bonuses or tips from all jobs, net earnings from such person's or family's own nonfarm business, professional practice or partnership, and net earnings from such person's or family's own farm.  Income includes income, other than earnings, that consists of amounts received from social security or railroad retirement, interest, dividends, veterans payments, pensions and other regular payments, public assistance or welfare payments, including aid for dependent children, old age assistance and aid to the blind or persons with total disability, but excluding separate payments for hospital or other medical care.

4.  "Manufactured house" means a structure that is manufactured in a factory after June 15, 1976, that is delivered to a homesite in more than one section and that is placed on a permanent foundation.  The dimensions of the completed house shall not be less than twenty feet by forty feet, the roof must be sloping, the siding and roofing must be the same as those found in site‑built houses and the house must be eligible for thirty year thirty‑year real estate mortgage financing.

5.  "Municipality" or "county" means the Arizona finance authority, the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university or any incorporated city or town, including charter cities, or any county in this state in which a corporation may be organized and in which it is contemplated the corporation will function.

6.  "Persons of low and moderate income" means, for the purposes of financing owner‑occupied single family dwelling units in areas that the municipality has found, pursuant to section 36‑1479, to be slum or blighted areas, as defined in section 36‑1471, persons and families whose income does not exceed two and one‑half times the median family income of this state.  In all other areas it means persons and families whose income does not exceed one and one‑half times the median family income of this state.

7.  "Project" means any land, any building or any other improvement and all real and personal properties, including machinery and equipment whether or not now in existence or under construction and whether located within or without this state or the municipality or county approving the formation of the corporation, that are suitable for any of the following:

(a)  With respect to a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority, a municipality or a county other than the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university:

(i)  Any enterprise for the manufacturing, processing or assembling of any agricultural or manufactured products.

(ii)  Any commercial enterprise for the storing, warehousing, distributing or selling of products of agriculture, mining or industry, or of processes related thereto, including research and development.

(iii)  A health care institution as defined in section 36‑401.

(iv)  Residential real property for dwelling units located within the municipality or county approving the formation of the corporation and, in the case of a county, whether or not also within a municipality that is within the county.

(v)  Repairing or rehabilitating single family dwelling units or constructing or repairing residential fences and walls.

(vi)  Convention or trade show facilities.

(vii)  Airports, docks, wharves, mass commuting facilities, parking facilities or storage or training facilities directly related to any of the facilities as provided in this item.

(viii)  Sewage or solid waste disposal facilities or facilities for the furnishing of electric energy, gas or water.

(ix)  Industrial park facilities.

(x)  Air or water pollution control facilities.

(xi)  Any educational institution that is operated by a nonprofit educational organization that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the United States internal revenue code and that is not otherwise funded by state monies, any educational institution or organization that is established under title 15, chapter 1, article 8 and that is owned by a nonprofit organization, any private nonsectarian school or any private nonsectarian organization established for the purpose of funding a joint technical education school district.

(xii)  Research and development facilities.

(xiii)  Any commercial enterprises, including facilities for manufacturing, office, recreational, hotel, motel and service uses.

(xiv)  A child welfare agency, as defined in section 8‑501, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization.

(xv)  A transportation facility constructed or operated pursuant to title 28, chapter 22.

(xvi)  A museum operated by a nonprofit organization.

(xvii)  Facilities owned or operated by a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c) of the United States internal revenue code of 1986.

(xviii)  New or existing correctional facilities within this state.

(b)  With respect to a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, any facility consisting of classrooms, lecture halls or conference centers or any facility for research and development or for manufacturing, processing, assembling, marketing, storing and transferring items developed through or connected with research and development or in which the results of such research and development are utilized, but only if the facility is located in an area designated as a research park by the Arizona board of regents governing board.

8.  "Property" means any land, improvements thereon, buildings and any improvements thereto, machinery and equipment of any and all kinds necessary to a project and any other personal properties deemed necessary in connection with a project.

9.  "Research park" means an area of land that has been designated by the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university as a research park for that university and that, at the date of designation, is owned by this state or by the Arizona board of regents university.

10.  "Single family dwelling unit" includes any new, used or manufactured house that meets the insuring requirements of the federal housing administration, the United States department of veterans affairs or any other insuring entity of the United States government or any private mortgage insurance or surety company that is approved by the federal home loan mortgage corporation or the federal national mortgage association. END_STATUTE

Sec. 131.  Section 35-702, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-702.  Proceedings to incorporate industrial development authority

A.  Whenever any number of natural persons, not less than three, each of whom is a qualified elector of the municipality or the county or, in the case of a corporation to be formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, qualified electors of this state, file files with any governing body thereof an application in writing seeking permission to apply for the incorporation of an industrial development board of the municipality or county, the governing body shall consider the application.  If the governing body by resolution finds and determines that it is wise, expedient, necessary or advisable that the corporation be formed and authorizes the persons making the application to form the corporation, then the persons making the application shall proceed to incorporate as prescribed by this chapter.  A corporation may not be formed unless the application first has been filed with the governing body having jurisdiction and the governing body adopts a resolution as provided in this section.  Any corporation when formed shall be a political subdivision of this state and have only the governmental powers as are set forth in this chapter or in chapter 6 of this title and the power to enter into intergovernmental agreements in accordance with title 11, chapter 7, article 3.

B.  Only one corporation shall be approved by a municipality or county for operation at any time. END_STATUTE

Sec. 132.  Section 35-703, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-703.  Articles of incorporation of industrial development authority

In addition to the requirements of title 10, the articles of incorporation shall set forth:

1.  The names and residences of the applicants, together with a recital that each of them is a qualified elector of the municipality or the county or, in the case of a corporation to be formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, a qualified elector of this state.

2.  The name of the corporation, which shall be "the industrial development authority of the ____________ of _____________," (the blank spaces to be filled in with the name of the municipality or the county).  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority, the name shall be the "Arizona industrial development authority".  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the name shall be the "Arizona research park authority".

3.  A recital that permission to organize the authority has been granted by resolution duly adopted by the governing body of the municipality or county and the date of the adoption of such a resolution.

4.  The location of the principal office of the authority, which shall be in the municipality or county.  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the principal office of the corporation shall be the principal office of the Arizona board of regents that governing board.  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority, the Arizona finance authority is the principal office of the corporation. END_STATUTE

Sec. 133.  Section 35-705, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-705.  Board of directors

The authority shall have a board of directors in which all powers of the authority shall be vested and that shall consist of any number of directors, not less than three nor more than nine, all of whom shall be duly qualified electors of the municipality or county with respect to which the authority was formed, except that a corporation that is formed by the Arizona finance authority shall be governed pursuant to section 41‑5353.  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, the directors must be qualified electors of this state.  In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority, the Arizona finance authority board shall serve as the board of the industrial development authority.  The directors shall serve without compensation, except that the directors shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in the same manner as is provided for other state officers.  A director shall not be an officer or employee of the authorizing municipality or county.  All directors shall declare any conflict of interest as provided in title 38, chapter 3, article 8.  The directors shall be elected by the governing body of the authorizing municipality or county, and they shall be so elected that they shall hold office for overlapping terms.  At the time of the election of the first board of directors, the governing body of the municipality or the county shall divide the directors into three groups containing as nearly equal whole numbers as possible.  The first term of the directors included in the first group shall be two years, the first term of the directors included in the second group shall be four years, the first term of the directors included in the third group shall be six years, and thereafter the terms of all directors shall be six years.  The governing body may remove a director at any time, with or without cause. END_STATUTE

Sec. 134.  Section 35-722, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-722.  Approval by elected official if required by federal law

The governor or the attorney general, or the state treasurer if designated by the governor, may approve the issuance of any bonds issued by a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority or the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university for purposes of complying with federal laws requiring approval by an applicable elected representative. END_STATUTE

Sec. 135.  Section 35-771, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE35-771.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Educational institution" means a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents in this state, a community college in this state, an accredited private postsecondary institution eligible under title IV of the higher education act of 1965 licensed by this state and any other accredited institution eligible under title IV of the higher education act of 1965 offering postsecondary education or courses, whether located within or outside of the boundaries of this state, that awards any eligible degree.

2.  "Eligible degree" means any postsecondary degree or program.

3.  "Eligible lender" means an entity affiliated or contracting with a corporation or a qualified educational institution that may make student loans to eligible students or to the parents of eligible students or a nonprofit entity that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code and that makes student loans.

4.  "Eligible student" means any student attending any qualified educational institution and any resident of this state attending any educational institution.

5.  "Parent" means a student's mother, father, adoptive parent, grandparent or guardian or any person with the duty and authority to make important decisions in matters having a permanent effect on the life and development of the student and to be concerned about the student's general welfare.

6.  "Qualified educational institution" means an educational institution, as defined in paragraph 1 of this section, with a campus and facilities located in this state that offers one or more eligible degrees.

7.  "State program representative" means the state treasurer or the state treasurer's designee.

8.  "Student loan" means a loan to or for the benefit of an eligible student for the purpose of financing all or a part of the eligible student's cost of attending an educational institution in pursuit of an eligible degree or refinancing any such loan previously made. END_STATUTE

Sec. 136.  Section 36-2102, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE36-2102.  Medical affiliation; contract for services; funds; limitation

A.  The director may contract with any Arizona hospital, the Arizona board of regents governing board of a university, a licensed dialysis center or home delivery health service for:

1.  The operation and administration of limited care dialysis centers.

2.  Assistance in home dialysis.

3.  Kidney transplants.

B.  State funds appropriated to the department for the continuation of limited care dialysis centers, assistance in home dialysis, kidney transplants and related services shall not be utilized to pay for general medical care services other than kidney transplants, dialysis treatment and necessary laboratory procedures, including prescription drugs, related to such treatment or transplant and complications arising in the treatment of dialysis patients. END_STATUTE

Sec. 137.  Section 36-2903.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE36-2903.01.  Additional powers and duties; report; definition

A.  The director of the Arizona health care cost containment system administration may adopt rules that provide that the system may withhold or forfeit payments to be made to a noncontracting provider by the system if the noncontracting provider fails to comply with this article, the provider agreement or rules that are adopted pursuant to this article and that relate to the specific services rendered for which a claim for payment is made.

B.  The director shall:

1.  Prescribe uniform forms to be used by all contractors.  The rules shall require a written and signed application by the applicant or an applicant's authorized representative, or, if the person is incompetent or incapacitated, a family member or a person acting responsibly for the applicant may obtain a signature or a reasonable facsimile and file the application as prescribed by the administration.

2.  Enter into an interagency agreement with the department to establish a streamlined eligibility process to determine the eligibility of all persons defined pursuant to section 36‑2901, paragraph 6, subdivision (a).  At the administration's option, the interagency agreement may allow the administration to determine the eligibility of certain persons, including those defined pursuant to section 36‑2901, paragraph 6, subdivision (a).

3.  Enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the department to:

(a)  Establish an expedited eligibility and enrollment process for all persons who are hospitalized at the time of application.

(b)  Establish performance measures and incentives for the department.

(c)  Establish the process for management evaluation reviews that the administration shall perform to evaluate the eligibility determination functions performed by the department.

(d)  Establish eligibility quality control reviews by the administration.

(e)  Require the department to adopt rules, consistent with the rules adopted by the administration for a hearing process, that applicants or members may use for appeals of eligibility determinations or redeterminations.

(f)  Establish the department's responsibility to place sufficient eligibility workers at federally qualified health centers to screen for eligibility and at hospital sites and level one trauma centers to ensure that persons seeking hospital services are screened on a timely basis for eligibility for the system, including a process to ensure that applications for the system can be accepted on a twenty‑four hour basis, seven days a week.

(g)  Withhold payments based on the allowable sanctions for errors in eligibility determinations or redeterminations or failure to meet performance measures required by the intergovernmental agreement.

(h)  Recoup from the department all federal fiscal sanctions that result from the department's inaccurate eligibility determinations.  The director may offset all or part of a sanction if the department submits a corrective action plan and a strategy to remedy the error.

4.  By rule establish a procedure and time frames for the intake of grievances and requests for hearings, for the continuation of benefits and services during the appeal process and for a grievance process at the contractor level.  Notwithstanding sections 41‑1092.02, 41‑1092.03 and 41‑1092.05, the administration shall develop rules to establish the procedure and time frame for the informal resolution of grievances and appeals.  A grievance that is not related to a claim for payment of system covered services shall be filed in writing with and received by the administration or the prepaid capitated provider or program contractor not later than sixty days after the date of the adverse action, decision or policy implementation being grieved.  A grievance that is related to a claim for payment of system covered services must be filed in writing and received by the administration or the prepaid capitated provider or program contractor within twelve months after the date of service, within twelve months after the date that eligibility is posted or within sixty days after the date of the denial of a timely claim submission, whichever is later.  A grievance for the denial of a claim for reimbursement of services may contest the validity of any adverse action, decision, policy implementation or rule that related to or resulted in the full or partial denial of the claim.  A policy implementation may be subject to a grievance procedure, but it may not be appealed for a hearing.  The administration is not required to participate in a mandatory settlement conference if it is not a real party in interest.  In any proceeding before the administration, including a grievance or hearing, persons may represent themselves or be represented by a duly authorized agent who is not charging a fee.  A legal entity may be represented by an officer, partner or employee who is specifically authorized by the legal entity to represent it in the particular proceeding.

5.  Apply for and accept federal funds available under title XIX of the social security act (P.L. 89‑97; 79 Stat. 344; 42 United States Code section 1396 (1980)) in support of the system.  The application made by the director pursuant to this paragraph shall be designed to qualify for federal funding primarily on a prepaid capitated basis.  Such funds may be used only for the support of persons defined as eligible pursuant to title XIX of the social security act or the approved section 1115 waiver.

6.  At least thirty days before the implementation of a policy or a change to an existing policy relating to reimbursement, provide notice to interested parties.  Parties interested in receiving notification of policy changes shall submit a written request for notification to the administration.

7.  In addition to the cost sharing requirements specified in subsection D, paragraph 4 of this section:

(a)  Charge monthly premiums up to the maximum amount allowed by federal law to all populations of eligible persons who may be charged.

(b)  Implement this paragraph to the extent permitted under the federal deficit reduction act of 2005 and other federal laws, subject to the approval of federal waiver authority and to the extent that any changes in the cost sharing requirements under this paragraph would permit this state to receive any enhanced federal matching rate.

C.  The director is authorized to apply for any federal funds available for the support of programs to investigate and prosecute violations arising from the administration and operation of the system.  Available state funds appropriated for the administration and operation of the system may be used as matching funds to secure federal funds pursuant to this subsection.

D.  The director may adopt rules or procedures to do the following:

1.  Authorize advance payments based on estimated liability to a contractor or a noncontracting provider after the contractor or noncontracting provider has submitted a claim for services and before the claim is ultimately resolved.  The rules shall specify that any advance payment shall be conditioned on the execution before payment of a contract with the contractor or noncontracting provider that requires the administration to retain a specified percentage, which shall be at least twenty percent, of the claimed amount as security and that requires repayment to the administration if the administration makes any overpayment.

2.  Defer liability, in whole or in part, of contractors for care provided to members who are hospitalized on the date of enrollment or under other circumstances.  Payment shall be on a capped fee‑for‑service basis for services other than hospital services and at the rate established pursuant to subsection G of this section for hospital services or at the rate paid by the health plan, whichever is less.

3.  Deputize, in writing, any qualified officer or employee in the administration to perform any act that the director by law is empowered to do or charged with the responsibility of doing, including the authority to issue final administrative decisions pursuant to section 41‑1092.08.

4.  Notwithstanding any other law, require persons eligible pursuant to section 36‑2901, paragraph 6, subdivision (a), section 36‑2931 and section 36‑2981, paragraph 6 to be financially responsible for any cost sharing requirements established in a state plan or a section 1115 waiver and approved by the centers for medicare and medicaid services.  Cost sharing requirements may include copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, enrollment fees and monthly premiums for enrolled members, including households with children enrolled in the Arizona long‑term care system.

E.  The director shall adopt rules that further specify the medical care and hospital services that are covered by the system pursuant to section 36‑2907.

F.  In addition to the rules otherwise specified in this article, the director may adopt necessary rules pursuant to title 41, chapter 6 to carry out this article.  Rules adopted by the director pursuant to this subsection shall consider the differences between rural and urban conditions on the delivery of hospitalization and medical care.

G.  For inpatient hospital admissions and outpatient hospital services on and after March 1, 1993, the administration shall adopt rules for the reimbursement of hospitals according to the following procedures:

1.  For inpatient hospital stays from March 1, 1993 through September 30, 2014, the administration shall use a prospective tiered per diem methodology, using hospital peer groups if analysis shows that cost differences can be attributed to independently definable features that hospitals within a peer group share.  In peer grouping the administration may consider such factors as length of stay differences and labor market variations.  If there are no cost differences, the administration shall implement a stop loss‑stop gain or similar mechanism.  Any stop loss‑stop gain or similar mechanism shall ensure that the tiered per diem rates assigned to a hospital do not represent less than ninety percent of its 1990 base year costs or more than one hundred ten percent of its 1990 base year costs, adjusted by an audit factor, during the period of March 1, 1993 through September 30, 1994.  The tiered per diem rates set for hospitals shall represent no less than eighty‑seven and one‑half percent or more than one hundred twelve and one‑half percent of its 1990 base year costs, adjusted by an audit factor, from October 1, 1994 through September 30, 1995 and no less than eighty‑five percent or more than one hundred fifteen percent of its 1990 base year costs, adjusted by an audit factor, from October 1, 1995 through September 30, 1996. For the periods after September 30, 1996 no stop loss‑stop gain or similar mechanisms shall be in effect.  An adjustment in the stop loss‑stop gain percentage may be made to ensure that total payments do not increase as a result of this provision.  If peer groups are used, the administration shall establish initial peer group designations for each hospital before implementation of the per diem system.  The administration may also use a negotiated rate methodology.  The tiered per diem methodology may include separate consideration for specialty hospitals that limit their provision of services to specific patient populations, such as rehabilitative patients or children.  The initial per diem rates shall be based on hospital claims and encounter data for dates of service November 1, 1990 through October 31, 1991 and processed through May of 1992.  The administration may also establish a separate reimbursement methodology for claims with extraordinarily high costs per day that exceed thresholds established by the administration.

2.  For rates effective on October 1, 1994, and annually through September 30, 2011, the administration shall adjust tiered per diem payments for inpatient hospital care by the data resources incorporated market basket index for prospective payment system hospitals.  For rates effective beginning on October 1, 1999, the administration shall adjust payments to reflect changes in length of stay for the maternity and nursery tiers.

3.  Through June 30, 2004, for outpatient hospital services, the administration shall reimburse a hospital by applying a hospital specific outpatient cost‑to‑charge ratio to the covered charges.  Beginning on July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005, the administration shall reimburse a hospital by applying a hospital specific outpatient cost‑to‑charge ratio to covered charges.  If the hospital increases its charges for outpatient services filed with the Arizona department of health services pursuant to chapter 4, article 3 of this title, by more than 4.7 percent for dates of service effective on or after July 1, 2004, the hospital specific cost‑to‑charge ratio will be reduced by the amount that it exceeds 4.7 percent.  If charges exceed 4.7 percent, the effective date of the increased charges will be the effective date of the adjusted Arizona health care cost containment system cost‑to‑charge ratio.  The administration shall develop the methodology for a capped fee‑for‑service schedule and a statewide cost‑to‑charge ratio.  Any covered outpatient service not included in the capped fee‑for‑service schedule shall be reimbursed by applying the statewide cost‑to‑charge ratio that is based on the services not included in the capped fee‑for‑service schedule.  Beginning on July 1, 2005, the administration shall reimburse clean claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 2005, based on the capped fee‑for‑service schedule or the statewide cost‑to‑charge ratio established pursuant to this paragraph.  The administration may make additional adjustments to the outpatient hospital rates established pursuant to this section based on other factors, including the number of beds in the hospital, specialty services available to patients and the geographic location of the hospital.

4.  Except if submitted under an electronic claims submission system, a hospital bill is considered received for purposes of this paragraph on initial receipt of the legible, error‑free claim form by the administration if the claim includes the following error‑free documentation in legible form:

(a)  An admission face sheet.

(b)  An itemized statement.

(c)  An admission history and physical.

(d)  A discharge summary or an interim summary if the claim is split.

(e)  An emergency record, if admission was through the emergency room.

(f)  Operative reports, if applicable.

(g)  A labor and delivery room report, if applicable.

Payment received by a hospital from the administration pursuant to this subsection or from a contractor either by contract or pursuant to section 36‑2904, subsection I is considered payment by the administration or the contractor of the administration's or contractor's liability for the hospital bill.  A hospital may collect any unpaid portion of its bill from other third‑party payors or in situations covered by title 33, chapter 7, article 3.

5.  For services rendered on and after October 1, 1997, the administration shall pay a hospital's rate established according to this section subject to the following:

(a)  If the hospital's bill is paid within thirty days of the date the bill was received, the administration shall pay ninety‑nine percent of the rate.

(b)  If the hospital's bill is paid after thirty days but within sixty days of the date the bill was received, the administration shall pay one hundred percent of the rate.

(c)  If the hospital's bill is paid any time after sixty days of the date the bill was received, the administration shall pay one hundred percent of the rate plus a fee of one percent per month for each month or portion of a month following the sixtieth day of receipt of the bill until the date of payment.

6.  In developing the reimbursement methodology, if a review of the reports filed by a hospital pursuant to section 36‑125.04 indicates that further investigation is considered necessary to verify the accuracy of the information in the reports, the administration may examine the hospital's records and accounts related to the reporting requirements of section 36‑125.04.  The administration shall bear the cost incurred in connection with this examination unless the administration finds that the records examined are significantly deficient or incorrect, in which case the administration may charge the cost of the investigation to the hospital examined.

7.  Except for privileged medical information, the administration shall make available for public inspection the cost and charge data and the calculations used by the administration to determine payments under the tiered per diem system, provided that individual hospitals are not identified by name.  The administration shall make the data and calculations available for public inspection during regular business hours and shall provide copies of the data and calculations to individuals requesting such copies within thirty days of receipt of a written request.  The administration may charge a reasonable fee for the provision of the data or information.

8.  The prospective tiered per diem payment methodology for inpatient hospital services shall include a mechanism for the prospective payment of inpatient hospital capital related costs.  The capital payment shall include hospital specific and statewide average amounts.  For tiered per diem rates beginning on October 1, 1999, the capital related cost component is frozen at the blended rate of forty percent of the hospital specific capital cost and sixty percent of the statewide average capital cost in effect as of January 1, 1999 and as further adjusted by the calculation of tier rates for maternity and nursery as prescribed by law.  Through September 30, 2011, the administration shall adjust the capital related cost component by the data resources incorporated market basket index for prospective payment system hospitals.

9.  For graduate medical education programs:

(a)  Beginning September 30, 1997, the administration shall establish a separate graduate medical education program to reimburse hospitals that had graduate medical education programs that were approved by the administration as of October 1, 1999.  The administration shall separately account for monies for the graduate medical education program based on the total reimbursement for graduate medical education reimbursed to hospitals by the system in federal fiscal year 1995‑1996 pursuant to the tiered per diem methodology specified in this section.  The graduate medical education program reimbursement shall be adjusted annually by the increase or decrease in the index published by the global insight hospital market basket index for prospective hospital reimbursement.  Subject to legislative appropriation, on an annual basis, each qualified hospital shall receive a single payment from the graduate medical education program that is equal to the same percentage of graduate medical education reimbursement that was paid by the system in federal fiscal year 1995‑1996.  Any reimbursement for graduate medical education made by the administration shall not be subject to future settlements or appeals by the hospitals to the administration.  The monies available under this subdivision shall not exceed the fiscal year 2005‑2006 appropriation adjusted annually by the increase or decrease in the index published by the global insight hospital market basket index for prospective hospital reimbursement, except for monies distributed for expansions pursuant to subdivision (b) of this paragraph.

(b)  The monies available for graduate medical education programs pursuant to this subdivision shall not exceed the fiscal year 2006‑2007 appropriation adjusted annually by the increase or decrease in the index published by the global insight hospital market basket index for prospective hospital reimbursement.  Graduate medical education programs eligible for such reimbursement are not precluded from receiving reimbursement for funding under subdivision (c) of this paragraph.  Beginning July 1, 2006, the administration shall distribute any monies appropriated for graduate medical education above the amount prescribed in subdivision (a) of this paragraph in the following order or priority:

(i)  For the direct costs to support the expansion of graduate medical education programs established before July 1, 2006 at hospitals that do not receive payments pursuant to subdivision (a) of this paragraph.  These programs must be approved by the administration.

(ii)  For the direct costs to support the expansion of graduate medical education programs established on or before October 1, 1999.  These programs must be approved by the administration.

(c)  The administration shall distribute to hospitals any monies appropriated for graduate medical education above the amount prescribed in subdivisions (a) and (b) of this paragraph for the following purposes:

(i)  For the direct costs of graduate medical education programs established or expanded on or after July 1, 2006.  These programs must be approved by the administration.

(ii)  For a portion of additional indirect graduate medical education costs for programs that are located in a county with a population of less than five hundred thousand persons at the time the residency position was created or for a residency position that includes a rotation in a county with a population of less than five hundred thousand persons at the time the residency position was established.  These programs must be approved by the administration.

(d)  The administration shall develop, by rule, the formula by which the monies are distributed.

(e)  Each graduate medical education program that receives funding pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c) of this paragraph shall identify and report to the administration the number of new residency positions created by the funding provided in this paragraph, including positions in rural areas.  The program shall also report information related to the number of funded residency positions that resulted in physicians locating their practices in this state.  The administration shall report to the joint legislative budget com