2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Request)

Floor Action: Passed By

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Chief Patron: O'Quinn
Virginia Public School Construction Grants Program and Fund (language only)

Item 145 #2h

Item 145 #2h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 170, after line 32, insert:

"43. Virginia Public School Construction Grants Program

a. In the event that the 2020 General Assembly approves legislation that provides for the collection of tax revenue from electronic gaming devices or games of skill machines through the Virginia Lottery and Gaming Department, the first $40,000,000 of such tax revenues each year shall be deposited into the Lottery Proceeds fund, and any such tax revenues in excess of $40,000,000 shall be deposited into the Virginia Public School Construction Grant Fund (the "Fund"), as established in Chapter 11.1 of Title 22.1 of the Code of Virginia.

b.  Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 22.1-175.2 and 22.1-175.4 of the Code of Virginia, (i) grants awarded from the Fund shall be limited to costs related to construction planning, site acquisition, site grading and preparation for school construction projects, (ii) grants shall be limited to $5,000,000 per school division in any two-year period, and (iii) the Department of Education shall establish criteria for the award for such grant, which shall include prioritization of grants for school divisions in localities with high or above average fiscal stress or median household incomes at 75 percent or below the statewide median household income."


(This amendment would allocate any revenues from games of skill machines in excess of $40 million in any year be deposited to the existing Virginia Public School Construction Grant Fund, provided that legislation providing for the taxation of "gray machines" is adopted by the 2020 General Assembly. The amendment also establishes criteria for any grants awarded from the Fund, including (i) limiting the uses of the fund to school construction planning and site preparation, (ii) limiting grants to no more than $5,000,000 in any two-year period, and (iii) prioritizing grants to areas experiencing above average or high fiscal stress or median incomes no greater than 75 percent of the statewide median income.)