Bills in Committee Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15

Stack of Bills

Bills in Committee

Tuesday, February 14

SB59 Income Tax Contribution for Elementary Schools — Sen. Ross Romero (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill provides an individual income tax contribution for elementary schools in the state; provides that if the collections from the contribution and other education-related contributions do not meet a certain threshold amount, the State Tax Commission shall remove the designations for those contributions from the individual income tax return and may not collect the contributions; and makes technical and conforming changes. This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2012.
  • WHEN: SB59 is on the agenda for the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, in Room 250 of the Utah State Capitol Building.

SB81 Para-educator Funding — Sen. Karen Mayne (D-West Valley City)

  • WHAT: This bill provides funding for Title 1 school improvement schools to hire paraeducators to assist in teaching; and requires the State Board of Education to report on funding expenditures. This bill appropriates to the Related to Basic Program, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $500,000.
  • WHEN: SB81 is on the agenda for the Senate Education Committee, scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, in Room 415 of the Utah State Capitol Building.

–UPDATE – SB196 Software for Special Needs Children — Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy)

  • WHAT: This bill provides computer software programs and activity manuals to certain students with autism and other special needs.
  • WHEN: SB196 heads to the Senate Education Committee, when it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 14, at 4 p.m. in Room 415 of the Utah State Capitol Building.

Wednesday, February 15

HB135S1 Focus on Front-line Teachers Program — Rep. Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; and creates the Focus on Front-Line Teachers Program, which provides for the distribution of additional WPUs (weighted pupil units) to a qualifying district or charter school, depending on how relatively high the district or charter school is in comparison to the state average in its allocation of resources for front-line teachers. This bill appropriates to the Basic School Program, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $5,000,000. This bill provides an effective date. This bill coordinates with S.B. 2, Public Education Budget Amendments.
  • WHEN: HB135S1 is slated to be heard by the House Education Committee, scheduled for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in Room 445 of the Utah State Capitol Building.

*HB123 Education Savings Accounts — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • WHAT: This bill restricts certain funding programs within the Minimum School Program to students in kindergarten through grade 8; creates an education savings account for a student enrolled in grades 9 through 12; directs the Legislature to annually establish, and provide an appropriation for, a per pupil allocation to be deposited in an education savings account; requires the withholding of a portion of money a school district is otherwise eligible to receive under Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act, for the school district’s local contribution towards high school students’ education savings accounts; provides that money in an education savings account may be used for: course fees for courses provided by a school district or charter school; course fees for online courses offered through the Statewide Online Education Program; course fees for courses provided by an institution within the state system of higher education or certain private, nonprofit higher education institutions in Utah; course fees for courses provided by certain entities under contract with the State Board of Education or State Board of Regents; and other fees required as a condition of student participation in an activity, class, or program; imposes a limitation on course fees; and makes technical amendments. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. The Utah State Board of Education considered but took no position on HB123.
  • WHEN: HB123 is on the agenda for the House Education Committee, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in Room 445 of the Utah State Capitol.

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

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2 comments to Bills in Committee Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15

  • Susanah

    If SB 151 passes, it will provide a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund for eligible people to help fund the cost of education to attend a private school. Seems to me, if the public schools truly care about “education” as much as they say they do, they should be all for encouraging taxpayers to fund education more directly by donating to such, instead of indirectly by being taxed more. The writers of this website may be opposed to this bill because it could draw some tax dollars away from public schools and go toward private ones. But again, if one really cares about educating Utah children, one should not care where that education comes from, assuming it is a good one. It is better to have more education options anyway.

    • Elizabeth Ziegler

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on this bill. I thought I’d give you a quick update on SB151 since the last time we wrote about this bill. The Utah State Board of Education has taken a position opposing the original version of SB151, though there is a substitute bill that has been drafted and may be adopted. The Board has not considered this substitute bill yet. When/if the Board does, we will update the status of the bill to reflect this position on the 2012 Education Bills tab: http://utahpubliceducation.org/proposed-education-legislation/. There, you’ll find all the education bills we’re tracking this session and the positions the Board has taken on several other bills.

      Thanks, again, for your comment!

      Elizabeth Ziegler
      USOE Social Media Specialist
      (blog administrator)

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