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Section 329.


(a)  There is appropriated two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) from the general fund to the department of education for the purpose of issuing grants to offset the purchase cost of buses which operate on compressed natural gas.  This appropriation shall not be included in the department's 2015-2016 standard biennial budget request.


(b)  The department of education shall accept applications for grants from school districts purchasing buses which operate on compressed natural gas and which have adequate access to natural gas refilling stations.  In issuing grants under this section, the department shall give preference to applications from school districts located in areas of ozone nonattainment as determined by the department of environmental quality.  Grants shall be for the purchase of buses after the effective date of this section and shall be for the lesser of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) or the difference between the purchase price of the bus and funding provided for the bus pursuant to W.S. 21-13-320.


(c)  The department of education shall not issue grants under this section until at least thirty (30) days after the adoption of rules implementing this section.


(d) This section is effective immediately.".


To the extent required by this amendment:  adjust totals; and renumber as necessary.  ROSCOE