Committee: Ways and Means EducationSponsor: Orr
Analyst: Daniel DavenportDate: 04/22/2021


Senate Bill 190 as substituted and reported by the Committee on Ways and Means Education appropriates from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, $212,262,018 as follows:

* $3,500,000 to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) of which: (1) $1,000,000 shall be expended for demolition and an environmental study of ANG Decatur Property; and (2) $2,500,000 shall be expended for the Independent Living Center at AIDB Talladega;

* $5,500,000 to the Educational Television Commission for nonrecurring expenditures, including but not limited to transmitters and fiber optic network;

* $2,000,000 to the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium to assist with recovery efforts from damage caused by Hurricane Sally;

* $1,000,000 to Tuskegee University for Armstrong Hall Laboratory improvements;

* $880,000 to Athens State University, Board of Trustees for one-time costs of HyFlex classrooms;

* $592,300 to the University of West Alabama, Board of Trustees for campus-wide security system;

* $900,000 to the University of South Alabama for the School of Marine and Environmental Sciences;

* $175,000 to the University of North Alabama for a workforce development pilot project;

* $2,545,718 to the Alabama Community College System of which: (1) $315,718 shall be expended for the Drake State Community Technical College NASA Frontier Project; (2) $230,000 shall be expended for the Wallace Community College-Hanceville Winston County Learning Center project; and (3) $2,000,000 shall be expended to establish new and to support current stand-alone LPN programs throughout the state;

* $52,750,000 to the State Department of Education of which: (1) $50,000,000 shall be distributed to the TEAMS Fund established by House Bill 537/Senate Bill 327 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Legislature or subsequent act of the Legislature for the purpose of implementing a new math and science teacher salary schedule; (2) $1,000,000 shall be expended for a marketing campaign for teachers; (3) $750,000 shall be expended for the National Board Certification of Teachers; and (4) $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Remote Learning Hub Pilot;

* $470,000 to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education of which: (1) $270,000 shall be expended for the Best and Brightest STEM Pilot Program under the same terms and conditions as Act 2020-204; and (2) $200,000 shall be expended for the Trails Foundation and allocated as follows: $100,000 for the Singing River Trail and $100,000 for the Pinhoti River Trail;

* $275,000 to the Alabama Historical Commission for one-time expenses for Fort Toulouse;

* $100,000 to the Alabama Department of Archives and History for one-time expenses for the Civil Rights Voting Project;

*$1,00,000 to the Innovation Fund to be expended for the Innovation Corporation, subject to House Bill 540 of the 2021 Regular Session being enacted into law;

* $574,000 to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for continuation of the evaluation and reorganization study of the State Department of Education;

* $65,000,000 to the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to be allocated in accordance with Section 29-9-4, Code of Alabama 1975; and

* $75,000,000 shall be transferred to the Budget Stabilization Fund established under Section 29-9-4, Code of Alabama 1975, if the Finance Director certifies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 that the ending balance in the Education Trust Fund exceeds $75,000,000.

This bill also allows the Finance Director to temporarily transfer, during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, funds from the Budget Stabilization Fund into the Education Trust Fund at any time during the fiscal year, if necessary, to alleviate cash flow problems resulting from changes to the due dates for the payment of income taxes, provided any funds temporarily transferred are required to be repaid before September 30, 2021.

 Bill Poole, Chair
Ways and Means Education