HCS/SB 206 - This act modifies provisions relating to contracts for government facilities.
ENERGY COST SAVINGS CONTRACTS (Section 8.321)
This act modifies provisions relating to guaranteed energy cost savings contracts.
Under current law, a governmental unit is required to award a contract to a qualified provider if, among other things, it finds that the amount it would spend on the energy cost savings measures recommended in the proposal would not exceed the amount of energy or operational savings, or both, within a 15 year period from the date installation is complete, if the recommendations in the proposal are followed. This act extends the time frame to a 20 year period.
The act also requires the contract to provide a scope of work describing the specific energy cost savings measures that are to be addressed by the proposal as well as information regarding any energy or operational audit performed by the agency in connection with the energy cost savings measure to be addressed by the proposal. If no energy audit information is provided, then the contract shall require that the proposer will provide such energy or operational cost audit. Current law provides that the contract may provide payments over a period of 15 years. Under this act, such contract is required to provide payments over a period of time, up to 20 years, or the expected life of any equipment of systems.
The act further modifies the definition of "energy cost savings measure" to include a training program or facility improvement, modernization, or system replacement, including any of the following:
• Roofing, exterior building, envelope, and piping;
• Domestic water, sewer, and domestic hot water system improvements;
• Indoor swimming pool improvements;
• Any security or safety improvement that provide long term operating cost reduction and improve the safety of the building occupants.
This act removes any life saving measures that provide long-term operating cost reductions from the definition of "energy cost savings measure".
This provision is substantially similar to SCS/SB 126 (2019) and HB 717 (2019).
STUDENT DATA PRIVACY (Section 167.2000, 167.2005, 167.2010, 167.2015, and 167.2020)
This act implements provisions related to student data privacy.
CONTRACTOR DUTIES RELATED TO STUDENT DATA
Under this act, on or after August 28, 2019, a local educational agency is required to enter into a written contract with a contractor any time such local educational agency shares or provides access to student information, student records, or student-generated content with such contractor.
The contract shall include certain elements set forth in the act, including a statement that such data is the property of and under the control of the student or the student's parent, and that the contractor shall not use the student data for any purposes other than those authorized under the contract.
A contractor is required to implement and maintain security procedures and practices designed to protect student data from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure that, based on the sensitivity of the risk from unauthorized access, uses technologies and methodologies consistent with prior guidance, maintains technical safeguards in relation to the possession of student records, and otherwise meets or exceed industry standards.
This act prohibits contractors from using or transferring student data for any purposes not directly related to improvement of student learning of curricular academic content established by the local educational agency, or personally identifiable information.
Any contract entered into on and after August 28, 2019, that does not include the elements required under the act shall be void, provided the local educational agency has given reasonable notice to the contractor and the contractor has failed to amend the contract to include such provisions.
Not later than five business days after executing a contract, a local educational agency shall provide electronic notice to any student and their parent who is affected by the contract. Such notice shall include elements set forth in the act. (Section 167.2005)
OPERATOR DUTIES RELATED TO STUDENT DATA
An operator of an internet website, online service, or mobile application is required to implement and maintain security procedures and practices that meet or exceed industry standards that are designed to protect student information, records, and student-generated content from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, and must delete any student data within a reasonable amount of time if requested.
Such operator is prohibited from engaging in targeted advertising, collecting, storing, or using student data for purposes other than the furtherance of school purposes, selling, renting, or trading student data, or disclosing such data.
An operator may use student information to maintain, support, improve, evaluate or diagnose the operator's website or service, to provide recommendation engines to recommend content or services relating to school purposes, or to respond to a request for information or feedback from a student. Such operator may also use de-identified student information or aggregated student information for purposes set forth in the act.
Aggregated student information or de-identified student information may be shared by an operator only for the improvement and development of internet websites or online services. (Section 167.2010)
BREACH OF STUDENT DATA
Upon the discovery of a breach of security that results in the unauthorized release, disclosure, or acquisition of student information, excluding any directory information contained in such student information, a contractor is required to notify the local educational agency of such breach within 30 days.
Upon the discovery of a breach of security that results in the unauthorized release, disclosure, or acquisition of student information, a contractor is required to notify the local educational agency of such breach within 60 days.
Within the 30 or 60 day period, the contractor may conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the breach and the identity of the students affected, or may restore the reasonable integrity of the contractor's data system.
Upon receipt of notice of a breach of security, a local educational agency is required to electronically notify, no later than 48 hours after receipt of such notice, the student and the parents whose student data is involved, and shall post such notice on their website.
Upon the discovery of a breach of security that results in unauthorized release of student data, the operator that is in possession of or maintains the student data shall notify the student or the parent of such student of any breach of security resulting in the unauthorized release of student data, excluding any directory information within 30 days, and shall notify the student or parents of such breach that results in the unauthorized release of student data within 60 days.
Within the 30 or 60 day period, the operator may conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the breach and the identity of the students affected, or may restore the reasonable integrity of the contractor's data system. (Section 167.2015)
STUDENT DATA PRIVACY TASK FORCE
This act creates a task force to study issues related to student data privacy. The issues to be examined by the task force, and the makeup of the task force, are set forth in the act. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall select the chairs of the task force from among the members of the task force.
Before January 31, 2020, such task force is required to submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Joint Committee on Education, and shall terminate on the date that it submits such report, or January 31, 2020, whichever is later. (Section 167.2020)
These provisions are identical to HB 592 (2019) and is substantially similar to SB 401 (2019).
SCHOOL DISTRICT BIDDING ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS (Section 177.086)
Currently, any school district authorizing the construction of facilities that may cost more than $15,000 shall advertise in a newspaper and comply with certain bidding requirements. This act increases that amount to $25,000.
This provision is similar to SCS/SB 168 (2019), HB 453 (2019), SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 604 (2019), HCS/HB 2332 (2018).