Bills on the Move, Week 2

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Bills on the Move

HB12 Corrections Education Amendments — Rep. Bill Wright (R-Holden)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies provisions addressing the education of persons in the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections.

  • WHERE: HB12 received unanimous support on its first vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday, but was circled on Thursday. It has already passed the House and still needs final approval from the Senate before it may be forwarded to the Governor for his signature.

*HB53S1 Utah Education Network Amendments — Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove (R-Garland)

  • WHAT: This bill creates the Utah Education Network Board, which is the governing board for UEN; specifies the membership of the Utah Education Network Board; specifies the power and duties of the Utah Education Network Board which include: hiring an executive director for UEN; establishing policy for the operation of UEN and the administration of UEN’s duties; and advising UEN in the development of a telecommunications system to deliver educational services and the acquisition and distribution of instructional content; and makes technical amendments. This bill provides an immediate effective date. The Utah State Board of Education officially supports this bill.
  • WHERE: HB53S1 was amended and passed the House with unanimous support on Monday and passed the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, where it also received unanimous support. It previouslyl passed the House Education Committee with a 10-1 vote. It now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

*HB62 Provisions Regarding School Supplies — Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City)
  • WHAT: This bill allows an elementary school or elementary school teacher to provide to a student’s parent or guardian a suggested list of supplies for use during the regular school day; and requires that a suggested list of supplies include specified language explaining that: the list is compiled solely to provide information to parents and guardians who wish to voluntarily furnish supplies for student use; and equivalent supplies will be furnished by the school to all students free of charge as necessary. The Utah State Board of Education officially supports this bill.

  • WHERE: HB62 was moved to the House reading calendar, where it is waiting for consideration by the full body on the House floor. It passed the House Education Committee last week on a 10-1 vote.

*HB65 College and Career Counseling for High School Students — Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill creates a pilot program in which grants are awarded to implement college and career counseling. The Utah State Board of Education officially supports the concept of this bill.

  • WHERE: HB65 was moved to the House reading calendar, where it is waiting for consideration by the full body on the House floor. It passed the House Education Committee last week on a 10-2 vote.

HB213 School Community Council Member Qualifications — Rep. Lee Perry (R-Perry)

  • WHAT: This bill allows a secondary student, or the secondary student’s parent or guardian, to determine whether the secondary student’s technical education goals would be better achieved at a regional applied technology college for purposes of allowing the secondary student to attend that institution. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

  • WHERE: HB213 passed the House Education Committee with unanimous support on Thursday. It is now on the House Reading Calendar waiting for consideration from the full body on the House floor.

HB 250 Tax Credit for Dependent with a Disability — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; allows a tax credit for a dependent adult with a disability or dependent child with a disability as part of the taxpayer tax credit; and makes technical and conforming changes. This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

  • WHERE: On Wednesday, HB250 passed the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on a 6-1 vote. Last week, it passed the House Revenue and Taxation Committee with unanimous support and the full House with a 47-21. It is now on the Senate Reading Calendar waiting for consideration by the full body. Bills typically require two votes to pass through the Senate.

*HB258 Education Funding Amendments — Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the Minimum School Program Act regarding funding for a secondary school student who attends a regional applied technology college. The Utah State Board of Education officially supports the concept of this bill.

  • WHERE: The House Education Committee passed HB258 with a 9-4 vote on Tuesday. It is now on the House Reading Calendar waiting to be considered by the full body.

HJR1s1 Green Schools Joint Resolution — Rep. Mark Wheatley (D-Murray)

  • WHAT: This resolution encourages the Utah State Board of Education to consider the broader application of the design and construction practices for green schools, both for new construction and major renovation projects undertaken with school district funds; and encourages school districts to consider sustainable practices that can be incorporated effectively into school construction and operation.

  • WHERE: The House Public Utilities and Technology Commitee gave unanimous support to HJR1s1 on Wednesday. The resolution is on the House Reading Calendar waiting to be considered by the full body.

*SB31 Classroom Size Amendments — Sen. Karen Morgan (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill limits the number of students who may be assigned to a teacher who teaches a core curriculum course in kindergarten through grade 3, unless a paraprofessional is assigned to the teacher’s class for the duration of the core curriculum course; and establishes qualifications for a paraprofessional assigned to a class that exceeds the maximum class size requirement. The Utah State Board of Education officially supports the concept of this bill.

  • WHERE: SB31 passed its first vote on the Senate Floor with an 18-9 vote. It passed out of the Senate Education Committee last week with unanimous support. The bill is now circled on the Senate Reading Calendar, which essentially means it is on hold, awaiting its final vote in the Senate before it can be advanced to the House for further consideration.

SB138S1 Health Insurance Mandate Accountability Amendments — Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)

  • WHAT: This bill applies a health insurance mandate that is enacted by the state after January 1, 2012, to a public school district, charter school, or a state funded institution of higher education; requires the state to evaluate the cost of an insurance mandate enacted after January 1, 2012, for the state employees’ risk pool, a public school district, a charter school, and state funded institutions of higher education; requires the state to appropriate the cost of implementing a health insurance mandate enacted after January 1, 2012, to the participating employers in the state employees’ risk pools, public school districts, charter schools, and state funded institutions of higher education; and makes technical amendments. This bill provides an immediate effective date.

  • WHERE: The Senate voted to substitute SB138 with SB138S1 on Tuesday, and passed the substitute bill with a 21-8 vote.  The original bill passed the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee last week with a 4-1 vote. The substitute bill is now circled on the Senate Reading Calendar, waiting for its second vote on the Senate floor.

SB152 Charter School Financing — Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill amends provisions regarding the financing of charter schools, establishes the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, and establishes the Charter School Reserve Account. This bill appropriates to the State Board of Education – Charter School Reserve Account, as a one-time appropriation for fiscal year 2012-13; from the Education Fund, $3,000,000. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

  • WHERE: SB152 was numbered, made public and assigned to a committee on Tuesday. It then passed the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support on Thursday. The bill is now on the Senate Reading Calendar waiting to be heard by the full body.

* Utah State Board of Education Position

* Green = Support

* Light Green = Support the Concept

* Yellow = Hold for further Study

* Orange = Recommend for Interim Study

* Red = Oppose

* Purple = Unncessary

* Light Blue = Watch

* Blue = No Position

 

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