Bills on the Move, Week 3

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Bills on the Move

House Bills

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 has passed both the House and Senate and now heads to the Governor for his signature. It received unanimous support throughout the legislative process, it’s first vote in the House, in the Senate Education Committee and in both votes on the Senate Floor.

*HB15 Statewide Adaptive Testing — Rep. Greg Hughes (R-Draper)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS), including requiring school districts and charter schools to administer computer adaptive tests aligned with the common core. This bill appropriates to the State Board of Education, as on ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $6,700,000. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. HB15 has the Utah State Board of Education’s support and is the Board’s No. 1 priority this legislative session.
  • WHERE: HB15 is currently circled on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, which essentially means it is on hold. Bills that appropriate funds are typically circled until the budget items have been prioritized. When it is uncircled, it will need to pass two votes before advancing to the governor’s office for his signature. However, it could pass out on one vote under suspension of the rules. On Monday, HB15 passed out of the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support. It has already cleared the full House and the House Education Committee, receiving unanimous support in both of these votes.

HB19 State Issued Identification Numbers — Rep. Wayne Harper (R-West Jordan)

  • WHAT: This bill enacts the “State Issued Identification Number Act”; defines terms; exempts the State Tax Commission; and prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from: using a Social Security number to identify an individual unless required to use a Social Security number by federal or state law; and creating and assigning to an individual a nine digit identification number except when required to use a Social Security number.
  • WHERE: HB19 has been sent to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for consideration. It received unanimous support in the full House on Wednesday and, on Monday, it also passed out of the House Government Operations Committee with unanimous support. If it passes out of the Senate committee, it will be considered on the Senate floor, where it typically takes two votes to pass, though it may pass on a single vote under suspension of the rules.

*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 supports this bill.
  • WHERE: HB53S1 has now passed both the House and the Senate and will be forwarded to the Governor for his signature. The bill received unanimous support in both votes on the Senate floor, which took place on Thursday and this morning (Friday).

*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 astudent’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 supplies may be brought from home on a voluntary basis; otherwise, they will be furnished by the school free of charge. HB62 has the support of the Utah State Board of Education.
  • WHERE: HB62 is currently on the Second Reading Calendar in the Senate, waiting to be considered by the full Senate. Bills typically need two votes in the Senate to advance, though they may pass with just one vote under suspension of the rules. The Senate is the last stop for HB62 in the legislative process. On Thursday, the bill passed the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support; it passed the full House, also on a unanimous vote, on Tuesday.

*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 supports the concept of this bill.
  • WHERE: HB65 failed in a vote on the House floor 42-31 and has been sent back to the Rules Committee. The bill had passed out of the House Education Committee on a 10-2 vote last week.

HB94 Government Competition with Private Enterprise — Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; requires a government entity to conduct a study and contact private enterprise before engaging in certain commercial activity; requires the Privatization Policy Board to hold a public meeting and issue an advisory opinion about a government entity’s proposed commercial activity; grants a private enterprise a private right of action to compel compliance with requirements of the part; addresses attorney fees and court costs; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB94 failed to pass out of the House Political Subdivisions Committee by a unanimous vote on Tuesday. It had been on the agenda for the same committee on Monday, but was not considered.

HB115 Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program — Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill appropriates money for school districts to pilot programs that utilize peer assistance and review in evaluating certain teachers. This bill appropriates to the State Board of Education – Utah State Office of Education – Initiative Programs, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $300,000. This bill provides an effective date.
  • WHERE: HB115 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday with an 11-3 vote. If HB115 passes the House, it moves to the Senate for further consideration.

HB128 School Community Council Revisions — Rep. Bill Wright (R-Holden)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies deadlines for providing notice of open school community council positions and holding a school community council election; requires a school community council to conduct deliberations and take action openly; establishes requirements for the notice, agenda, and minutes of a school community council meeting; exempts a school community council from the Open and Public Meetings Act; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB128 is currently on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support. If HB128 passes the House, it moves to the Senate for further consideration.

HB200 Individual Income Tax Credit for Use Tax Liability — Rep. Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful)

  • WHAT: This bill enacts a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for certain use tax liability; provides for apportionment of the 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: HB200 failed to pass out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on a 10-1 vote.

HB218 Local School Board Business Administrator — Rep. Daniel McCay (R-Riverton)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; prohibits a local school board from appointing a business administrator during an interim vacancy period; and entering into a contract on or after May 8, 2012, that contains an automatic renewal provision with a business administrator; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB218 is on the agenda for the Senate Education Committee on Monday. The bill passed the full House on a unanimous vote on Thursday and passed the House Education Committee on Monday, also with unanimous support.

HB230 Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Amendments — Rep. Jennifer Seelig (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the State Board of Education to make rules regarding the qualifications, terms of employment, and duties for the superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; make rules regarding the operation of the Advisory Council for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; and report verbally and in written form annually to the Education Interim Committee on the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; deletes provisions regarding the superintendent and the Advisory Council for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB230 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. On Monday, it passed the House Education Committee with unanimous support. If it passes the House, it moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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: HB250 is on the Senate Third Reading Calendar, waiting for its final vote on the Senate floor. The bill passed its first vote by the full Senate 24-1 on Wednesday. It has already passed the full House and faces just one more vote before it may advance to the Governor for his signature.

HB261 Dividing of School Districts Amendments — Rep. Ken Sumsion (R-American Fork)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies requirements for the imposition of property taxes in a new district and remaining school district after a school district split.
  • WHERE: HB261 has passed both the House and the Senate and now heads to the Governor for his signature. The bill received unanimous support on the Senate floor, in votes on Friday and Thursday. It also passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Monday with unanimous support. Previously in the House, the bill also passed unanimously on the House floor and in the House Education Committee.

HB271 Public School Seismic Safety Committee — Rep. Larry Wiley (D-West Valley City)

  • WHAT: This bill creates the Public School Seismic Safety Committee that shall advise and make recommendations to the Legislature, governor, state superintendent, and State Board of Education on seismic safety issues in public schools.
  • WHERE: HB271 was on the agenda for Monday’s House Political Subdivisions Committee meeting but was not considered.

HB279 Utah Schools Seismic Hazard Inventory — Rep. Larry Wiley (D-West Valley City)

  • WHAT: This bill enacts the School Seismic Safety Act, which requires a school district or charter school to conduct a seismic evaluation of each facility used by the school district or charter school using specified standards; creates and specifies the duties of the Public School Seismic Safety Committee; directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules; and provides certain immunity from suit relating to a seismic safety evaluation; repeals the School Seismic Safety Act on July 1, 2022; and makes technical changes. This bill appropriates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013 to State Board of Education – School Seismic Safety as a one-time appropriation from the General Fund, $500,000. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
  • WHERE:The House Political Subdivisions  Committee voted 8-3 to hold HB279.

HB289 Reauthorization of Corrections Education Programs — Rep. Christine Watkins (D-Price)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the repeal date of Section 53A-1-403.5, which provides for certain educational programs for persons in custody of the Utah Department of Corrections, contracting for those services, a recidivism reduction plan, and which requires collaboration among certain state agencies in relation to the programs; and changes the repeal date of that section from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2022.
  • WHERE: HB289 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. Bills typcially require two votes in the Senate before advancing, though sometimes a bill is passed in the Senate on a single vote under suspension of the rules. HB289 passed the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee on Thursday with unanimous support. It has already passed the full House and the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, receiving unanimous support in both votes.

HB311 Electronic Meetings for Charter School — Rep. Bradley Daw (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; authorizes a charter school board to conduct and convene an electronic meeting in writing on a website; requires notice to be given regarding when a vote will be taken; prohibits a charter school board member from communicating with another person while a vote is taken during an electronic meeting; exempts a charter school board from recording requirements; establishes requirements for a website on which an electronic meeting of a charter school board takes place; establishes a criminal penalty; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB311 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed the House Public Utilities and Technology committee on Wednesday. If it passes the House, it moves to the Senate for further consideration.

HB363 Health Education Amendments — Rep. Bill Wright (R-Holden)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies requirements for health instruction, including human sexuality instruction. The Utah State Board of Education has not taken a position on this bill, but believes curriculum should be under the purview of the State Board of Education and local school boards.
  • WHERE: HB363 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. On Thursday, it passed out of the House Education Committee on an 8-7 vote. The bill text was first made public on Tuesday. If it passes the House, it moves to the Senate for further consideration.

Senate Bills

*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; establishes qualifications for a paraprofessional assigned to a class that exceeds the maximum class size requirement; and provides that a school district or charter school is eligible to receive money appropriated for class size reduction, if the school district or charter school complies with requirements to limit class size in kindergarten through grade 3 or assign a paraprofessional to a class that exceeds the maximum class size. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. The Utah State Board of Education supports the concept of this bill, but believes this is a decision best made at the local level.
  • WHERE: SB31 has passed the Senate and moves the House for further consideration. On Wednesday, it passed its final Senate floor vote 19-9. Last week, it passed its first vote of the full Senate 18-9 and it passed out of the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support on the first day of the legislative session.

*SB48 Mission of Public Education — Sen. Pat Jones (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill adds a vision statement for the public education system; adds language to broaden and update the mission statement of public education; and makes technical changes. The Utah State Board of Education supports this bill.
  • WHERE: SB48 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It typically takes two votes to pass out of the Senate, though it may take one, under suspension of the rules. On Monday, the Senate Education Committee amended SB48 and then passed it on a unanimous vote.

SB153 Procurement Amendments — Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy)

  • WHAT: This bill recodifies and amends the Utah Procurement Code. This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.
  • WHERE: The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee held SB153 on Tuesday.

SB165 Redevelopment Agency Amendments — Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; amends language related to a notice of an impending boundary action required when an agency is created; amends language related to a public entity’s authority; amends tax increment and sales tax provisions; amends language related to the duties of a taxing entity committee; amends the definition of “local public procurement unit;” and makes technical corrections.
  • WHERE: SB165 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee with unanimous support on Tuesday.

*SCR5 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Parental Engagement in the Education of Children — Sen. Pat Jones (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes and supports parental engagement in the education of their children and efforts to increase parent engagement.
  • WHERE: SCR5 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It typically takes two votes to advance out of the Senate, though it may take just one under suspension of the rules. The concurrent resolution passed the Senate Education Committee on Monday with unanimous support. If it passes the Senate, it moves to the House for consideration.

Find all the education bills we’re tracking this session and the positions the Utah State Board of Education has taken on them under the 2012 Education Bills tab on the menu at the top-right of the page.

* 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 = Unnecessary

* Light Blue = Watch

* Blue = No Position

 

 

 

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