Bills on the Move: Week 6

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Bills on the Move

House Bills and Resolutions

HB41S1 Property Taxation of Business Personal Property — Rep. Patrick Painter (R-Nephi)

  • WHAT: This bill increases a property tax exemption for business personal property; and makes technical and conforming changes. This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.
  • WHERE: HB41S1 is waiting to be considered by the Senate after passing out of the House on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 54-13. The bill passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Feb. 17 12-2.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB59 has been removed from the House Reading Calendar and sent to the House Rules Committee, the body’s sifting committee, signaling that it may not move forward this session. It passed the House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 3-2.

HB91S1 Utah Enabling Act Litigation — Rep. Ken Sumsion (R-American Fork)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the attorney general to file an action for a declaratory judgment to enforce Section 9 of the Utah Enabling Act if the United States does not comply with certain demands; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB91S1 is in the Senate, waiting to be considered, after being uncircled on the House floor and passed with a 55-20 vote on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

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 heading to the Governor’s Office after passing out of the Senate 24-1 on Friday, March 2. The bill passed its first vote in the Senate with unanimous support on Thursday, March 1. The Senate Education Committee also gave the bill unanimous support on Monday, Feb. 27. It passed a House floor vote on Feb. 17 66-2 and received unanimous support Feb. 8 in the House Education Committee.

*HB148 Transfer of Public Lands Act and Related Study — Rep. Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan)

  • WHAT: This bill addresses issues related to public lands, including the transfer of title to public lands to the state and requiring the Constitutional Defense Council to study or draft proposed legislation on certain issues related to public lands. The Utah State Board of Education supports the concept of this bill.
  • WHERE: HB148 is heading to the Senate for consideration after it was uncircled and passed in the House with a 61-14 vote on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The bill passed 10-1 out of the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee Feb. 21.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB149 is on the Senate Third Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered for final passage.  The bill passed its first Senate vote on Thursday, March 1, with unanimous support. It also received unanimous support in a Senate Education Committee hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The bill passed the House on a 70-1 vote on Monday, Feb. 27, and cleared the House Education Committee on Feb. 22 with unanimous support.

HB 156 Public Education Program Amendments — Rep. Merlynn Newbold (R-South Jordan)

  • WHAT: This bill eliminates public education programs and requirements. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
  • WHERE: HB156 is heading to the Senate for consideration after the House passed it 68-5 on Thursday, March 1. The House Education Committee passed the bill with unanimous support on Tuesday, Feb. 28, after amending it.

HB336 Electronic High School Amendments — Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill specifies the purpose of the Electronic High School provides that the Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high school graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements; removes the Electronic High School as an online course provider in the Statewide Online Education Program; and makes technical amendments. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
  • WHERE: HB336 is heading to the Senate for consideration after passing the House 51-18 on Friday, March 2. The bill received unanimous support in the House Education Committee on Feb. 24.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB337 heads to the Senate for consideration next, after the House uncircled it and passed it 70-1 on Friday, March 2. The House Political Subdivisions Committee passed the bill out with unanimous support on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

HB350S3 Payroll Deduction Amendments — Rep. Bradley Daw (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies a provision requiring an employer to deduct an employee’s wages for union dues if directed to do so by an employee; requires an employer to deduct also for membership dues in any professional or trade organization if an employee directs the employer to make the deduction; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB350S3 is waiting for consideration on the Senate floor after the House adopted this third substitute version of the bill and passed it out 48-13 on Thursday, March 1. The House Business and Labor Committee also substituted the bill before passing it out 7-5 on Feb. 22. The Rules Committee adopted the first substitute of the bill on Feb. 21.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB364 is on the House Reading Calendar after the House Education Committee passed the bill out on with unanimous support on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and recommended the bill to be placed on the Consent Calendar, which may expedite the legislative process.

*HB367 Trust Lands Amendments — Rep. Mike Noel (R-Kanab)

  • WHAT: This bill provides that certain amounts deposited into the Interest and Dividends Account and appropriated from that account shall be used to provide funding for specified purposes related to trust lands; defines terms; modifies the process for determining the membership of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees nominating committee; modifies the duties of the chief executive officer of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration; and makes technical and conforming changes. The Utah State Board of Education supports this bill.
  • WHERE: HB367 is on its way to the Senate after receiving unanimous support in a House floor vote on Friday, March 2. The bill also received unanimous support in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on Monday,  Feb. 27.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB389 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body, after the House Education Committee passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and recommended it for the Consent Calendar. This recommendation may expedite the legislative process.

HB392 Charter School Funding Revisions — Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies a school district’s contribution of school district revenues for charter school students; and requires a property tax notice to state the amount of property taxes imposed on the taxpayer that represents revenue distributed to charter schools. This bill provides an effective date.
  • WHERE: HB392 is heading to the House Reading Calendar to be considered by the full body after the House passed it unanimously on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

HB397 Charter School Start-up Amendments — Rep. Brad Dee (R-Ogden)

  • WHAT: This bill provides for grants to charter schools for expenses for planning and implementation of a charter school; allows the State Charter School Board to use a portion of the money appropriated for charter school start-up costs for financial monitoring of new charter schools and professional development or technical assistance for governing board members and staff of new charter schools; and directs the State Board of Education to make rules for the award and use of grants for charter school start-up costs. This bill appropriates: to the State Board of Education – State Charter School Board, as an ongoing appropriation for fiscal year 2012-13: from the Education Fund, $2,500,000. This bill provides an effective date.
  • WHERE:  The amended HB397 is on its way to the Senate for consideration after it passed the House with unanimous support on Thursday, March 1.

HB398 Allocation of School Trust Lands Funds — Rep. Chris Herrod (R-Provo)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the formula for distributing school trust lands funds by providing that: a charter school shall receive a base amount equal to 1/7 of the amount that a school district receives; and a school district annually may not lose more than $2 per student than the school district’s per student allocation in the 2011-12 school year as a result of the change in the formula. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
  • WHERE: HB398 has been sent to the House Rules Committee, the body’s sifting committee, after the House Education Committee amended it and voted 8-2 to hold the bill on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: HB414 is heading to the Senate for consideration after the House amended it and passed it out with a 38-33 vote on Thursday, March 1. The bill passed the House Political Subdivisions Committee 8-1 on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

HB415 Protections of Athletes with Head Injuries Act — Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield)

  • WHAT: This bill amends definitions; requires that each agent of an amateur sports organization be aware of the organization’s concussion and head injury policy; requires that an amateur sports organization or its agent immediately remove a child from participating in a sporting event if the organization or agent knows or should have known the child sustained a concussion or traumatic head injury; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB415 is on its way to the Senate after being amended and passing out of the House with unanimous support on Friday, March 2. The bill was also amended in the House Health and Human Services Committee before it received the committee’s unanimous support on Feb. 24.

HB417S1 Education on Process for Electing Public Officials — Rep. Stewart Barlow (R-Fruit Heights)

  • WHAT: This bill requires students to be taught about the system of electing public officials; and specifies that the instruction is not intended to be a separate program needing additional funding and that the curriculum may be developed with other curriculum generally.
  • WHERE: HB417S1 failed by a 40-28 vote on the House floor on Friday, March 2. The bill was substituted and passed the House Political Subdivisions Committee 7-2 on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

HB420 Parent Education Initiative — Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)

  • WHAT: This bill requires school districts to offer an annual seminar to parents, with information on substance abuse, bullying, mental health, and Internet safety; requires the State Board of Education to: develop a curriculum and provide it to requesting school districts; and report on the program to the Education Interim Committee; and requires a school district to notify charter schools located within the school district’s boundaries of the parent seminar.
  • WHERE: HB420 is heading to the Senate after passing out of the House 40-30 on Thursday, March 1. The bill passed the House Education Committee 10-2 on Feb. 24.

HB433 Expanded Uses of School District Property Tax Revenue — Rep. Kay McIff (R-Richfield)

  • WHAT: This bill allows local school boards to use revenue collected from certain capital property tax levies for certain General Fund purposes for fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12; requires a local school board to notify taxpayers of certain uses of property tax revenue; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB433 is on the House Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body, after passing the House Judiciary Committee 7-2 on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

HB437S1 Public Employee Health Care Benefits — Rep. Bradley Daw (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill clarifies that health insurance benefits provided to employees do not constitute a continuing obligation; requires the Public Employee Health Plan to provide training on changing coverages to the high deductible plan with a health savings account, including coordination of benefits with other insurances; requires PEHP to coordinate annual open enrollment with the Department of Human Resource Management; establishes minimum annual employer contribution amounts and payout provisions for the employer paid health savings account contributions; requires the state to offer continuing high deductible health plan coverage under certain circumstances after the employee has the exhausted Federal COBRA insurance; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB437S1 heads to the Senate for consideration after the House amended the bill twice and passed it unanimously. The House Retirement and Independent Entitites Committee substituted the bill before passing it out with unanimous support on Feb. 24.

HB441S1 Charter School Enrollment Amendments — Rep. Daniel McCay (R-Riverton)

  • WHAT: This bill allows a charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for refugees or children of refugee families to give an enrollment preference to refugees or children of refugee families; allows a charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for English language learners to give an enrollment preference to English language learners; and makes technical amendments.
  • WHERE: HB441S1 is heading to the Senate for consideration after the House uncircled the bill, substituted it, and passed it with unanimous support Friday, March 2. The House previously uncircled and amended the bill on Thursday, March 1. The original bill was amended and passed out of the House Workorce Services adn Community and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

HB454 Open Enrollment Amendments — Rep. Derek Brown (R-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill amends the early enrollment period application date for admission for the next school year to a school that is not a student’s school of residence if: the school district is doing a district wide grade reconfiguration of its elementary, middle, junior, and senior high schools; and the grade reconfiguration will be implemented in the next school year; requires a local school board to adopt policies that require written notification to the parents or legal guardians of each student that resides within the school district and other interested parties of the revised early enrollment period if the school district is doing a district wide grade reconfiguration of its elementary, middle, junior, and senior high schools and the grade reconfiguration will be implemented in the next school year; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: HB454 is in the Senate, waiting for consideration. It passed the House on Thursday, March 1, with unanimous support. It also received unanimous support on Monday,  Feb. 27, in the House Political Subdivisions Committee.

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

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to traffic violations around school buses.
  • WHERE: HB456 is in the Senate, waiting for consideration by the full body, after the House uncircled it, amended it and passed it with unanimous support on Friday, March 2. The bill also received unanimous support from the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, after the committee passed an amendment, on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

HB492 Protection of School Nurses — Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies Title 26, Chapter 53, Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act, and Title 53A, Chapter 6, Educator Licensing and Professional Practices Act, by clarifying the requirements of a school nurse engaged in treating a student who sustains a concussion or traumatic head injury.
  • WHERE: HB492 is in the Senate, waiting to be considered, after passing out of the House with unanimous support on Friday, March 2. The House also received unanimous support in the House Health and Human Services Committee on  Feb. 22.

HB500 Education Reporting Efficiency Amendments — Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-Ogden)

  • WHAT: This bill directs the State Board of Education to determine how to modify or eliminate reporting requirements to reduce the time school district and charter school personnel spend in completing reports.
  • WHERE: HB500 is on its way to the Senate for consideration after passing the House unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The bill also received unanimous support in the House Education Committee on Feb. 24.

HB501S1 Youth Suicide Prevention — Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-Kearns)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the State Board of Education to develop or adopt sample materials to be used by a school district or charter school regarding student suicide prevention; and requires school districts and charter schools to provide professional development training on youth suicide prevention.
  • WHERE: HB501S1 is waiting to be considered in the Senate after the House adopted a substitute version of the bill and passing it 65-4 on Friday, March 2. The House Education Committee passed the original bill out with unanimous support on Feb. 22.

HB503S2 Construction Amendments — Rep. Michael Morley (R-Spanish Fork)

  • WHAT: This bill amends provisions of the Utah Code relating to construction contract terms, bond claims, and lien claims.
  • WHERE: HB503S2 is waiting for consideration in the Senate. It passed out of the House with unanimous support after lawakers made two amendments. The House Business and Labor Committee adopted the second substitute before giving the bill its unanimous support on Feb. 24.

Senate Bills and Resolutions

*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 way to the Governor’s desk after the Senate concurred with amendments made in the House with two unanimous votes this week on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and Tuesday, Feb. 28. The full House passed the bill out with unanimous support on Monday, Feb. 27, after receiving the amended bill from the House Education Committee, where it also received unanimous support and a recommendation to be placed on the Consent Calendar, expediting the legislative process. The bill had also been amended by the Senate, before it received unanimous support in two votes on Feb. 14 and 15. The Senate Education Committee also amended the bill, before passing it out with unanimous support on Feb. 6.

SB64S1 Public Education Employment Reform — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • WHAT: This bill reorganizes provisions regarding: the status and termination of school district employees; and educator evaluations; requires a charter school to comply with Title 52, Chapter 3, Prohibiting Employment of Relatives; creates the Public Education Human Resource Management Act; directs the State Board of Education to make rules requiring the performance of school district employees to be evaluated annually, with exceptions; prescribes procedures for the nonrenewal or termination of a career employee’s contract for unsatisfactory performance; restricts the transfer of a public education employee with unsatisfactory performance; directs the State Board of Education to make rules requiring a school district’s employee compensation system to be aligned with the district’s annual evaluation system; requires the salary of certain school or district administrators to be contingent on an evaluation; and makes technical amendments. The Utah State Board of Education took an official position to support the original version of this bill, but has not considered a position on this substitute bill.
  • WHERE: SB64S1 heads to the House for consideration after passing out of the Senate Wednesday, Feb. 29, on a 26-2 vote. The Senate adopted the substitute version of the bill, circled it and passed two amendments before giving it preliminary approval in a 26-3 vote on Monday, Feb. 27. The original bill received unanimous support in the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 13.

SB67S1 Teacher Effectiveness and Outcomes Based Compensation — Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton)

  • WHAT: This bill reorganizes provisions regarding: the status and termination of school district employees; and educator evaluations; requires a charter school to comply with Title 52, Chapter 3, Prohibiting Employment of Relatives; creates the Public Education Human Resource Management Act; directs the State Board of Education to make rules requiring the performance of school district employees to be evaluated annually, with exceptions; prescribes procedures for the nonrenewal or termination of a career employee’s contract for unsatisfactory performance; restricts the transfer of a public education employee with unsatisfactory performance; directs the State Board of Education to make rules requiring a school district’s employee compensation system to be aligned with the district’s annual evaluation system; requires the salary of certain school or district administrators to be contingent on an evaluation; and makes technical amendments. The Utah State Board of Education took a position of “hold” on the original version of this bill, but has not officially considered this substitute bill.
  • WHERE: SB67S1 is circled on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, which essentially means it is on hold. The Senate voted to circle the bill on Monday, Feb. 27. The Senate Education Committee adopted the substitute version of this bill before passing it out 4-3 on Feb. 24.

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.
  • WHERE: SB81 is heading to the House for consideration after the Senate circled, uncircled and amended the bill before passing it out Monday, Feb. 27, on a 25-4 vote. The bill passed its first Senate vote 24-5 on Feb. 24. It cleared the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support on Feb. 22.

SB153S2 Procurement Amendments — Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy)

  • WHAT: This bill recodifies and amends the Utah Procurement Code. This bill takes effect on May 1, 2013. This bill coordinates with S.B. 114, Contesting Public Procurements, by providing substantive and technical amendments. This bill coordinates with S.B. 165, Redevelopment Agency Amendments, by providing substantive and technical amendments.
  • WHERE: SB153S2 is on the Senate Third Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered for its final vote in the body. The Senate gave the bill its preliminary approval on Friday, March 2, with a unanimous vote, after uncircling the first substitute of the bill and adopting this second substitute version. The Senate Government Operations and Political  Subdivisions Committee adopted the first substitute before passing it out unanimously on Feb. 21.

SB165S1 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. This bill coordinates with S.B. 153, Procurement Amendments, by providing substantive and technical amendments.
  • WHERE: SB165S1 heads to the Governor next, after the House approved it unanimously on Thursday, March 1. The bill also received unanimous support in the House Political Subdivisions Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Senate passed the bill out on Feb. 24 with unanimous support after amending it. On Feb. 23, the Senate adopted the first substitute of the bill and passed it unanimously. The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee also passed the bill unanimously, after passing an amendment, on Feb. 7.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SB175 is on the House Reading Calendar after the House Education Committee approved it unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and recommended it for the consent calendar. This may speed up the legislative process for the bill in the House. The Senate passed the bill with two unanimous votes on Feb. 23 and 24. The Senate Education  Committee also gave its unanimous support to the bill on Feb. 17.

SB178S1 Statewide Online Education Program Amendments — Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the program name, “Statewide Online Education Program,” to be used in the dissemination of information on the program; provides that the State Board of Education, including an employee of the State Board of Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course provider; modifies the fees paid to an online course provider for an online course; modifies the date when an online course provider receives payment for an online course; prescribes when a student may withdraw from an online course; prescribes procedures for the completion of a course credit acknowledgement; prohibits a student who enrolls in an online course from being counted in membership for a released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a released-time class would result in the student being counted as more than one FTE; permits a student taking an online course to take more than a full course load if allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy; modifies requirements for reports on the performance of an online course provider; provides for a declaration of intent to enroll in an online course and changes to a high school course schedule; provides for reporting of noncompliance, and enforcement of compliance, with requirements of the Statewide Online Education Program; delays the Electronic High School’s participation in the Statewide Online Education Program and provides for an audit of the Electronic High School; and makes technical changes. This bill provides revisor instructions.
  • WHERE: SB178S1 heads to the House next after passing out of the Senate Friday, March 2, with a 24-1 vote, after it was circled, uncircled and amended. The Senate adopted this substitute version of the bill on Thursday, March 1, before granting the bill preliminary approval with a unanimous vote. The Senate Education Committee passed the original version of the bill 4-2 on Feb. 22.

SB191S1 Accountability for School Attendance — Sen. Jerry Stevenson (R-Layton)

  • WHAT: This bill allows a law enforcement officer acting as a school resource officer to issue notices of compulsory education violation, notices of truancy, and habitual truant notices; specifically exempts a student that attends school at home from truancy violation provisions; removes exclusive jurisdiction of certain truancy violations from the juvenile court; and makes technical changes.
  • WHERE: SB191S1 heads to the House for consideration after it passed the Senate. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Senate adopted this substitute version of the bill, amended it and passed it 25-2. The bill was circled, uncircled, amended and circled again on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Final passage in the Senate happened on Thursday, March 1, on a 19-6 vote after the bill was uncircled and amended again.

SB213 Charter School Enrollment — Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper)

  • WHAT: This bill provides for an increase in the enrollment capacity of a charter school that has students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in an online course through the Statewide Online Education Program, subject to the Legislature appropriating funds for the increase in enrollment capacity.
  • WHERE: SB213 is waiting to be considered for final passage in the Senate. The body gave the bill preliminary approval on Friday, March 2, with a 24-1 vote. The Senate Education Committee passed the bill out with unanimous support on Feb. 27.

SB223 Pledge of Allegiance Reinforcement Act — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies requirements for reciting the pledge of allegiance in public schools.
  • WHERE: SB223 heads to the House next after the Senate gave the bill final approval on a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The bill also received unanimous approval from the Senate in the first floor vote the day before, Monday, Feb. 27, after an amendment passed. The Senate Education Committee also gave the bill unanimous support on Feb. 22.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SB226 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed out of the Senate Education Committee Wednesday, Feb. 29, with unanimous support.

SB261 Charter School Revisions — Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the State Board of Education to prioritize charter schools for funding when the Legislature does not appropriate enough funds for all tentatively approved charter schools; and increases the annual fee that a higher education institution may charge to provide oversight of, and technical support to, a charter school established as authorized by the higher education institution.
  • WHERE: SB261 heads to the House for consideration after passing out of the Senate Wednesday, Feb. 29, with unanimous support. The bill also received unanimous support on its first vote in the body on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Senate circled the bill the day before, Monday, Feb. 27. The Senate Education Committee also gave the bill unanimous support on Feb. 24.

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

  • WHAT: This bill adds purposes for which surplus property may be used by an eligible entity that acquires it.
  • WHERE: SB273 is on its way to the Governor’s desk after passing both the Senate and the House. The House gave the bill final approval on Friday, March 2, with a unanimous vote. The bill passed out of the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday, also with unanimous support. It passed the Senate on a single unanimous vote on Feb. 22, after being placed on the Consent Calendar, which may expedite the legislative process. It also received unanimous support in the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Feb. 16.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SB284 is heading to the Senate floor after it passed out of the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The bill was first introduced on Monday, Feb. 27.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SB285 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar waiting to be considered by the body. It passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29, with unanimous support. The bill was first introduced on Monday, Feb. 27.

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

  • WHAT: This bill provides that the state may exit any agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium that cedes control of Utah’s core curriculum to any other entity for any reason; and makes technical amendments.
  • WHERE: SB287 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29, with unanimous support. The bill was first introduced on Monday, Feb. 27.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SB289 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. It passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29, with unanimous support. The bill was first introduced on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

SCR13S1 Concurrent Resolution on Common Core Standards — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • WHAT: This resolution urges the State Board of Education to continually monitor the board’s implementation of the Common Core standards and, in monitoring the implementation, evaluate the cost, control, and quality of Utah standards in comparison to the cost, control, and quality of the Common Core standards.
  • WHERE: SCR13S1 is on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, waiting to be considered by the full body. The Senate Education Committee adopted this substitute version of the bill before passing it out unanimousloy on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The bill was first introduced on Monday, Feb. 27.

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

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: SJR26 is waiting to be considered for final passage in the Senate. It received preliminary Senate approval Friday, March 2, with a 23-6 vote. It passed the Senate Education Committee on Monday, Feb. 27, with unanimous support.

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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