(a) Notwithstanding Section 17199.3, the authority may issue bonds exclusively for the purposes of this act, provided that the total amount of bonds issued and outstanding at any time under this act shall not exceed four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000). Authorization for the issuance of bonds under this act shall become operative after July 1, 1997, upon receipt by the authority of repayment pledges made by school districts, pursuant to Section 17163, which, when the pledges from all school districts are combined, are equal to or greater than five million dollars ($5,000,000). The authority shall not issue bonds for any project that cannot be supported by the repayment pledges of school districts.
(b) In administering this act, the authority shall meet all of the requirements established by law for the issuance, holding, and repayment of revenue bonds by the authority, including those set forth in Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 17170), unless otherwise provided for in this act.
(c) Revenues from the sale of bonds issued pursuant to this act shall be deposited in the School Technology Pooled Revenue Bond Fund, which fund is hereby established in the State Treasury. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, all moneys in the fund shall be continuously appropriated without regard to fiscal year for the purposes of this chapter. The authority shall allocate moneys to each participating school district from the fund.
(d) Allocations from the fund shall be used by school districts only for the purpose of establishing computer-based networks and telecommunications systems for instructional purposes, including the procurement and installation of computer hardware and software, multimedia audio, video, and data transfer equipment, and wiring, cabling, and other equipment necessary to establish network connectivity, and any planning and installation costs associated with establishing and installing the networks.
(e) The length of terms of the bonds issued pursuant to this act shall be less than the useful life of the equipment to be purchased as set forth in subdivision (d).
(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 277, Sec. 2. Operative January 1, 1998.)
Education Code 17163
Education Code 17170
Education Code 17199.3
Government Code 13340