Tracking List Update: “Boxcar” List Grows as Session’s End Draws Near

Boxcars in Black and White

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What is a Boxcar?

Boxcars are bills that are numbered and titled, but have no text. Each year, legislators introduce dozens of education boxcar bills. Some will have text released later in the session and will move through the regular legislative process. However, some of these may pop up unexpectedly in the last few days of the session.

New Boxcars

New Bill Text

HB331 School Board Election Provisions — Rep. Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful)

  • This bill defines terms; requires the direct, nonpartisan election of members of the State Board of Education; repeals the involvement of the governor and the nominating and recruiting committee in the nomination of candidates for the State Board of Education; establishes the primary election for the State Board of Education and local school boards on the second Tuesday following the first Monday in August of an odd-numbered year; establishes the general election for the State Board of Education and local school boards on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year; designates a county clerk as the election officer for the election of the State Board of Education and local school boards; requires a notice for a school board election; establishes a ballot form for school board elections; establishes declaration of candidacy requirements for school board elections; establishes requirements for a school board primary election; changes the dates of an interim report of campaign finances; adjusts terms of current and future board members; and makes conforming and technical amendments. This bill takes effect January 1, 2014.

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.

New to List

HB456 Traffic Violations Around School Buses — Rep. Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville)

  • This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to traffic violations around school buses.

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.

SB289 K-3 Reading Program Technology — Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton)

  • This bill requires the State Board of Education to select a technology provider through a request for proposals process to provide a computer software program for literacy instruction for students in kindergarten through grade 3. This bill appropriates: to the State Board of Education — State Office of Education — Initiative Programs, as a one-time appropriation for fiscal year 2012-13: from the Education Fund, $3,000,000. This bill provides an effective date.

SJR26 Joint Resolution on Engagement in Public Education System — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • This resolution expresses a legislative desire to improve collaboration between the Legislature and the State Board of Education; encourages legislators and State Board of Education members to spend time directly in the classrooms of the public education system and to report on the visits within seven days; and encourages the State Board of Education to provide an online repository where legislators and State Board of Education members can report on their classroom visits.

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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