CHAPTER 3

(HB 1249)

Teen court program established and funded.


         ENTITLED, An Act to  establish the teen court grant program, to require the submission of a report, to provide for its purpose and funding, and to declare an emergency.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  The teen court grant program is hereby established in the Office of the State Treasurer. The purpose of the grant program is to support the development, growth, quality, and continuation of teen court programs in South Dakota through grants awarded by the South Dakota Teen Court Association.

     Section  2.  There is hereby established in the state treasury the teen court grant program fund to be administered by the Office of the State Treasurer. Money shall enter the fund through contributions, grants, transfers, settlement funds, interest received on moneys in the fund, and any other moneys collected for the purposes of this Act. The state treasurer shall distribute the fund balance quarterly to the South Dakota Teen Court Association for the purpose of administering and funding the grant program.

     Section  3.  The South Dakota Teen Court Association shall award grants to entities within the State of South Dakota that are recognized by the National Youth Court Association. The awards shall be to support the development, growth, quality, and continuation of teen court programs in South Dakota.

     Section  4.  The association shall award grants as provided in this Act and publicize the availability of and procedures for obtaining such grants.

     Section  5.  The Teen Court Association shall submit an annual report to the state treasurer not later than October first of each year. The annual report shall detail the name and location of organizations receiving grant awards. The report shall also contain the amount and duration of such awards, their purpose, and the administrative costs associated with such awards.

     Section  6.  On June 26, 2007, the state treasurer shall transfer one hundred thousand dollars ($ 100,000 ) from the energy development impact fund created in §  10-39A-8.1 to the teen court grant program fund created in section 2 of this Act. The fund may only be used to award grants to teen court programs established after June 30, 2007.

     Section  7.  The state treasurer shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized in this Act.




     Section  8.  Whereas, this Act is necessary for the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

     Signed March 16, 2007
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