130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. B. No. 359  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
S. B. No. 359


Senator Sawyer 

Cosponsors: Senators Tavares, Seitz, Lehner, Turner, Brown, Schiavoni, Kearney 



A BILL
To enact sections 3333.072 and 3345.38 of the Revised Code and to amend sections 205.30, 205.39.10, and 205.39.30 of Sub. H.B. 482 of the 129th General Assembly to limit state university overload fees and to make an appropriation.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 3333.072 and 3345.38 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3333.072.  The chancellor of the Ohio board of regents, after consulting with the state colleges and universities and with the office of budget and management, shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to govern the allocation of state capital appropriations to state colleges and universities. In drafting the rules, the chancellor shall incorporate the recommendations of the final report of the commission to study higher education debt service, issued June 28, 1994, as these recommendations have been utilized and modified in procedures developed by the chancellor and the office of budget and management since the report was issued.
Sec. 3345.38. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Credit plateau" means the maximum number of credits a state university or college allows to be taken in a full course load.
(2) "Full course load" shall be defined by the board of trustees of each state university or college.
(3) "Overload fee" means a fee or increased tuition rate charged to students who take credit hours in excess of a full course load.
(4) "State university or college" has the same meaning as in section 3345.12 of the Revised Code.
(5) "Tuition" means the amount a state university or college charges a student to take a full course load.
(B) No state university or college shall charge an overload fee that is greater than the quotient of the state university or college's tuition divided by its credit plateau.
(C) No state university or college shall increase or create any other fee it charges students to offset the limitation set by this section on overload fees.
Section 2. That sections 205.30, 205.39.10, and 205.39.30 of Sub. H.B. 482 of the 129th General Assembly be amended to read as follows:
Appropriations
Sec. 205.30. BOARD OF REGENTS AND STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
BOR BOARD OF REGENTS
C23501 Ohio Supercomputer Center $ 2,000,000
C23502 Research Facility Action and Investment Funds $ 3,925,000
C23516 Ohio Library and Information Network $ 9,000,000
C23524 Supplemental Renovations - Library Depositories $ 2,000,000
C23529 Non-credit Job Training Facilities $ 2,000,000
C23530 Technology Initiatives $ 3,075,000
C23532 Dark Fiber/OARnet $ 2,000,000
C23533 Instructional and Data Processing Equipment $ 7,000,000
C23549 Supplemental Capital Funding $ 31,500,000
Total Board of Regents $ 31,000,000 62,500,000

SUPPLEMENTAL CAPITAL FUNDING
The foregoing appropriation item C23549, Supplemental Capital Funding, shall be used to provide supplemental capital funding to state-assisted universities, based on rules adopted pursuant to section 3333.072 of the Revised Code. Funds shall be used for deferred maintenance resulting from decreased overload fee revenue.
Appropriations
Sec. 205.39.10. STC STARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
C38918 Energy Industry Training Center $ 9,000,000
Total Stark Technical College $ 9,000,000
Total Board of Regents and
Institutions of Higher Education $ 366,196,000 397,696,000
TOTAL Higher Education Improvement Fund $ 369,758,434 401,258,434

Sec. 205.39.30.  The Ohio Public Facilities Commission is hereby authorized to issue and sell, in accordance with Section 2n of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and Chapter 151. and particularly sections 151.01 and 151.04 of the Revised Code, original obligations in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $415,000,000 $447,000,000, in addition to the original issuance of obligations heretofore authorized by prior acts of the General Assembly. These authorized obligations shall be issued, subject to applicable constitutional and statutory limitations, to pay costs of capital facilities as defined in sections 151.01 and 151.04 of the Revised Code for state-supported and state-assisted institutions of higher education.
Section 3. That existing sections 205.30, 205.39.10, and 205.39.30 of Sub. H.B. 482 of the 129th General Assembly are hereby repealed.
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