Utah Legislative Roundup: Week 4

Field trip to the Utah Capitol

Field trip to the Utah Capitol

Here’s a quick update on what happened this week with education-related bills.

On Thursday the Utah State Board of Education voted to support:

SB209 Grants for Personal Mobile Learning Devices – Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-Salt Lake).
HB306 School Land Trust Program Amendments – Rep. Lee Perry (R-Perry).
HB318 Classroom Size Revisions – Rep. Rebecca Edwards (R-North Salt Lake). (The Board voted to support this bill if there is funding attached to it.)
HB154 Youth Suicide Prevention Programs – Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy).

The board opposed SB82 because the bill’s requirements are already being met.

House Bills

  • HB58S1 Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act Amendments. The bill was passed by the Senate on Friday but then recalled. It remains in the Senate.
  • HB24S1 Utah Retirement System Amendments. This bill passed the Senate on Friday. The Legislative Research and General Counsel will prepare the final form, which is basically the step before the bill is sent to the Governor for his decision.
  • HB269 Training of School Nurses. The bill was passed in the Senate with a vote of 28-1 on Friday. The House passed it on Feb. 6. The bill now moves to the Legislative Research and General Counsel for final form.
  • HB298 Parent Seminar on Youth Protection. This bill was passed by the House on Feb. 11 and passed by the Senate on Friday. During Friday’s Senate meeting, Sen. Osmond requested the bill be recalled even though it had already passed with a vote of 23-4-2. He explained that he failed to mention an amendment that allows individual school districts to opt out of the seminar. The bill passed again with a vote of 22-4-3. The Utah State Board of Education supports this bill.

Senate Bills

  • SB34 Special Election Date for Ballot Propositions. This bill was passed by both houses with an amendment. It was sent to the Legislative Research and General Counsel to prepare the final form of the bill.
  • SB43S1 Financial and Economic Literacy Education Amendments. This bill was passed by the House on Thursday. It went back to the Senate for a signature before being sent to the Legislative Research and General Counsel for final form.
  • SB162 Concurrent Enrollment Amendments. This bill passed in the House on Thursday with an amendment. The Senate concurred with the amendment and passed it on Friday.

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