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  88R4005 ANG-D
 
  By: Anchía H.B. No. 4789
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of school buses and electricity by public
  schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 34.009(j), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (j)  A contract under this section may have any lawful term
  of not less than 2 [two] or more than 15 [10] years.
         SECTION 2.  Section 390.002(b), Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Projects that may be considered for a grant under the
  program include:
               (1)  diesel oxidation catalysts for school buses built
  before 1994;
               (2)  diesel particulate filters for school buses built
  from 1994 to 1998;
               (3)  the purchase and use of emission-reducing add-on
  equipment for school buses, including devices that reduce crankcase
  emissions;
               (4)  the use of qualifying fuel;
               (5)  other technologies that the commission finds will
  bring about significant emissions reductions; [and]
               (6)  the replacement or conversion of a [pre-2007 model
  year] school bus eligible for replacement or conversion under
  Section 390.004; and
               (7)  the installation of charging infrastructure for
  electric school buses.
         SECTION 3.  Section 390.003, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (a-1) to read as follows:
         (a-1)  A private entity that leases school buses to a school
  district or provides school bus services or supporting
  infrastructure to a school district by contract may apply for and
  receive a grant under the program.
         SECTION 4.  Section 390.004, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subsections (a), (c), and (d) and adding
  Subsections (a-1) and (a-2) to read as follows:
         (a)  The commission by rule shall establish criteria for
  setting priorities for projects eligible to receive grants under
  this chapter. Except as provided by Subsection (a-1), the [The]
  commission shall review and may modify the criteria and priorities
  as appropriate.
         (a-1)  The criteria must prioritize projects that achieve
  the greatest reductions in diesel exhaust, especially particulate
  matter.
         (a-2)  The commission shall ensure that at least 75 percent
  of the money issued for grants under this chapter is issued for
  projects to purchase electric buses or to convert diesel buses into
  electric buses.
         (c)  A school bus proposed for replacement must:
               (1)  be of model year 2006 or earlier if the bus will be
  replaced with a combustion engine bus;
               (1-a) be of a model year that is at least nine years
  older than the year in which the grant application is submitted or
  have an odometer reading at least 200,000 miles if the bus will be
  replaced with an electric bus;
               (2)  have been owned and operated by the applicant for
  at least the two years before submission of the grant application;
               (3)  be in good operational condition; and
               (4)  be currently used on a regular, daily route to and
  from a school.
         (d)  A school bus proposed for purchase to replace a
  [pre-2007 model year] school bus described by Subsection (c) must
  be of the current model year or the year before the current model
  year at the time of submission of the grant application.
         SECTION 5.  Section 390.005(a), Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A recipient of a grant under this chapter shall use the
  grant to pay the incremental costs of the project for which the
  grant is made, which may include the reasonable and necessary
  expenses incurred for the labor needed to install
  emissions-reducing equipment or vehicle charging infrastructure.
  The recipient may not use the grant to pay the recipient's
  administrative expenses.
         SECTION 6.  Subchapter H, Chapter 36, Utilities Code, is
  amended by adding Section 36.3531 to read as follows:
         Sec. 36.3531.  TIME-OF-USE RATES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  (a)  
  Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, each electric
  utility that provides electric service to a retail customer shall
  offer to a school district or open-enrollment charter school served
  by the electric utility time-of-use rates to promote efficient: 
               (1)  charging of electric school buses; and
               (2)  energy use in school buildings.
         (b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, each
  transmission and distribution utility in the ERCOT power region
  shall offer to any retail electric provider in its service area that
  serves a school district or open-enrollment charter school a rate
  structure that allows the retail electric provider to offer
  time-of-use rates to the district or school to promote efficient: 
               (1)  charging of electric school buses; and
               (2)  energy use for school buildings.
         (c)  A regulatory authority shall provide a mechanism for
  approving a tariff in accordance with this section.
         SECTION 7.  The changes in law made by this Act in Chapter
  390, Health and Safety Code, apply only to a Texas emissions
  reduction plan grant awarded on or after the effective date of this
  Act. A grant awarded before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the award was made, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 8.  The changes in law made by this Act in Section
  36.3531, Utilities Code, as added by this Act, do not require an
  electric utility to initiate a new ratemaking proceeding. An
  electric utility shall comply with Section 36.3531, Utilities Code,
  as added by this Act, beginning with the electric utility's first
  ratemaking proceeding that begins after the effective date of this
  Act.
         SECTION 9.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.