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  173.480.  Higher education capital fund created, use of moneys. — 1.  There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Higher Education Capital Fund", which shall consist of money collected under this section.  The general assembly may appropriate moneys to the fund for the purpose of providing matching funds to public colleges or universities, as provided in this section.

  2.  Moneys in the fund may be distributed to public colleges or universities in the form of matching funds for the funding of capital projects.  The state shall not issue bonds to provide funding under this section.  No moneys shall be distributed through the fund without a line item appropriation for a specific project.  A public college or university may use the matching funds for new construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, renovation, or reconstruction.  A public college or university shall not use any matching funds received pursuant to this section for any athletic facilities, parking structures, or student housing.

  3.  Any matching funds distributed under this section shall be limited to the amount of fifty percent of the project's cost.  To qualify for matching funds, a public college or university shall complete an application to the commissioner of higher education and demonstrate that it has obtained fifty percent of the project's cost through private donations or grants.  No funds from the higher education capital fund shall be made available to match funds that a public college or university has obtained from its operating budget, tuition, fees, the issuance of revenue bonds or general obligation bonds, or from any state appropriation.

  4.  The commissioner of higher education shall create an application and establish procedures for public colleges or universities to follow to receive matching funds under this section.  The commissioner of higher education may promulgate rules and regulations to implement this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2012, shall be invalid and void.

  5.  The commissioner of higher education shall administer the higher education capital fund.  The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund.  In accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180 the state treasurer may approve disbursements.  The fund shall be a dedicated fund and, upon appropriation, money in the fund shall be used solely for the administration of this section.

  6.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund.

  7.  The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested.  Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

  8.  For purposes of this section, "public colleges or universities" shall mean any public community college, public college, or public university located in the state of Missouri.


(L. 2012 S.B. 563)

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