Bills in Committee: Wednesday Feb. 29

Stack of Bills

Bills in Committee

Wednesday, Feb. 28

House Government Operations Committee — 7 a.m. Room 30 House Building

SB273 Surplus Property Amendments — Sen. Ben McAdams (D-Salt Lake City)

  • This bill adds purposes for which surplus property may be used by an eligible entity that acquires it.

Senate Education Committee — 7:30 a.m. Room 415

HB149 Online Education Survey — Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)

  • This bill provides for the establishment of a pilot online school survey system in which students, parents, and teachers evaluate schools. This bill provides an effective date.

SB226 High Quality Preschool Project — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • This bill defines terms; establishes the High Quality Preschool Pilot Program to fund certain preschool programs to serve certain at-risk students; details components of high quality preschools that schools shall adopt to receive funding; requires the State Board of Education to: solicit proposals from qualifying education agencies that want to receive the grants; award grants for preschool programs; monitor and evaluate the programs; and develop policies and enact rules; establishes reporting requirements; provides for partnerships with private providers; and repeals the High Quality Preschool Pilot Program on July 1, 2017.

SB284 Concurrent Enrollment Amendments — Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R-St. George)

  • This bill authorizes a student to be charged a per credit hour partial tuition for higher education courses offered in public schools through concurrent enrollment; requires that concurrent enrollment courses: meet general education requirements at higher education institutions; and with exceptions, be offered through the higher education institution in the appropriate geographical service region; requires the State Board of Regents and the State Board of Education to work collaboratively to offer certain technology-intensive concurrent enrollment courses; and makes technical and conforming changes.

SB285 Education Contribution on Tax Returns — Sen. Daniel Thatcher (R-West Valley City)

  • This bill provides an individual income tax contribution for the Invest More for Education Account; creates a restricted account known as the Invest More for Education Account including: providing funding for the account; and providing that the Legislature may appropriate money from the account for the support of the public education system; provides that if the collections from the contribution do not meet a certain threshold amount, the State Tax Commission shall remove the designation for the contribution from the individual income tax return and may not collect the contribution; and makes technical and conforming changes.

SB286 College Readiness Assessment — Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R-St. George)

  • This bill requires the State Board of Regents to provide for a college readiness assessment.

SB287 Core Curriculum Standards Amendments– Sen. Margaret Dayton (R-Orem)

  • This bill modifies requirements pertaining to core curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

SCR13 Concurrent Resolution on Common Core Standards — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the State Board of Education to reconsider the board’s decision to adopt the Common Core standards.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee — 7:30 a.m. Room 445

HB158 Student-based Budgeting — Rep. David Butterfield (R-Logan)

  • This bill requires a school district to distribute certain revenues to schools in accordance with a weighted student formula and requires a principal to determine how to use revenues available to the school to meet students’ needs.

HB507 Charter School Allocations Measured by Property Tax — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • This bill defines terms; and provides certain allocations to charter schools and school districts from income taxes deposited into the Education Fund equal to the amount of property tax paid for specified real property leased by the charter school or school district if certain conditions are met. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

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

  • 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.

House Political Subdivisions Committee – 8 a.m. Room 450

HB337 Open Government Amendments — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • This bill amends provisions of the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) and other portions of the Utah Code by requiring the disclosure of certain records and creating the Utah Public Records Website as a central location for the public to access public records.

HB414 School Bonding for Seismic Purposes — Rep. Gage Froerer (R-Huntsville)

  • This bill requires a school district to use a portion of the proceeds of a general obligation bond issued after May 8, 2012, to conduct or update a seismic safety evaluation of a school district building constructed before 1975.

HB417 Education on Process for Electing Public Officials — Rep. Stewart Barlow (R-Fruit Heights)

  • This bill includes instruction about the system of electing public officials in a list of subjects that students are required to be taught in connection with regular school work.

SB165S1 Redevelopment Agency Amendments — Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)

  • 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. This bill coordinates with S.B. 153, Procurement Amendments, by providing substantive and technical amendments.

House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee — 8:30 a.m. Room 25 House Building

HB59 Alcoholic Beverage Control Act — Liquor Revenues for Public Education — Rep. Jim Bird (R-West Jordan)

  • This bill defines terms; directs the deposit of a portion of liquor revenues to the Education Fund; provides for the distribution to local educational agencies; establishes that the money may be used for operations, capital facilities, or debt service; and addresses money deposited into the Education Fund. This bill appropriates to the State Board of Education, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $31,580,833 subject to intent language that states that the appropriation is to be distributed as provided in statute.

HB441 Charter School Enrollment Amendments — Rep. Daniel McCay (R-Riverton)

  • This bill allows a charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for children of refugee families to give an enrollment preference to children of refugee families; and makes technical amendments.

House Education Committee – 4 p.m. Room 445

HB364 School District Budget Reporting Amendments — Rep. Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful)

  • This bill requires a school district to include a report on revenues and expenditures of each school within the school district in the school district’s annual audited financial report; requires a school district to provide data on revenues and expenditures of each school within the school district through the Utah Public Finance Website; requires a school district and a charter school to submit data on revenues and expenditures of a school to the State Board of Education, which shall be compiled into a database for analyses of school revenues and expenditures; and requires the State Board of Education to make rules specifying the revenues and expenditures to be reported for each school. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

HB389 Student Education Occupation Plan Amendments — Rep. Merlynn Newbold (R-South Jordan)

  • This bill defines a student education/occupation plan (SEOP) as a plan to be initiated early in the student’s secondary education to guide a student in course selection and prepare a student for post-secondary options; and makes technical changes.

HB445 Clubs in Public Schools — Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem)

  • This bill prohibits schools from charging a noncurricular club for school facilities use; addresses appeals; and makes technical changes.

*SB175 School Grading Amendments — Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy)

  • This bill requires the State Board of Education to study modifications to a school grading system model provided in statute; and make recommendations to the Education Interim Committee for a school grading system; and provides that the school grading system shall take effect for the 2012-13 school year.

House Public Utilities and Technology Committee — 4 p.m. Room 20 House Building

HB284S1 Regents’ Scholarship Program Amendments — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • This bill provides other requirements that a student may complete to qualify for a Regents’ Scholarship; and makes technical changes.

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* Utah State Board of Education Position

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* Yellow = Hold for further Study

* Orange = Recommend for Interim Study

* Red = Oppose

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