Education-related Bills: Monday, Feb. 10

2014 Education billsEducation-related Bills Discussed Monday, Feb. 10

HB64S1 Utah History Day (Rep. Jack Draxler): This bill modifies Title 63G, Chapter 1, State Symbols and Designations, by designating Utah History Day at the Capitol and modifies Title 9, Chapter 8, Part 2, Division of State History, by requiring the Division of State History to administer the Utah History Day program. The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee gave this bill a favorable recommendation.

HB36 Charter School Enrollment Amendments (Rep. David Lifferth) This bill allows a charter school to give an enrollment preference to a child or grandchild of an individual who actively participated in the development of the charter school; or a child or grandchild of a member of the charter school governing board. This bill passed in the House with a 71-2-2 vote.

HB260 Local School Board Candidate Reporting Amendments (Rep. Kraig Powell) This bill amends provisions of the Election Code and Title 17, Chapter 16, County Officers, in relation to financial reporting requirements for a local school board candidate. This bill passed in the House with a vote of 71-0-4. It now moves to the Senate calendar.

SB169 Public Meetings Materials Requirements (Sen. Deidre Henderson): This bill provides that public materials are public records under the Government Records Access and Management Act; requires certain public bodies to require an individual who submits public materials at a meeting of the public body to provide an electronic copy of the public materials; and modifies what certain public bodies are required to post to a website and make available to the public. This bill was put on hold by the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee.

SB58 Carbon Monoxide Detection Amendments (Sen. Jim Dabakis) This bill amends provisions of Title 15A, Chapter 5, State Fire Code Act, relating to carbon monoxide detection.  The Senate Business and Labor Committee passed  the bill with a favorable recommendation.

HJR9 Joint Resolution on Utah Epilepsy Public Education, Outreach, and Awareness (Rep. Marie Poulson) This joint resolution of the Legislature urges the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Department of Human Services to collaborate with other state agencies to deliver public epilepsy education, outreach, and awareness campaign materials and messages to individuals and organizations having regular interaction with individuals subject to epilepsy and seizure incidents. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed the bill with a favorable recommendation.

HB213 Criminal Penalties for Sexual Contact with a Student (Rep. LaVar Christensen):  provides that when any employee of or volunteer at a public or private elementary or secondary school commits or attempts to commit against an enrolled student of the school any sexual offense that is not currently a first degree felony or a second degree felony, the offense is a second degree felony; imposes the same second degree felony penalty if the offense against a student occurs within five years after the offender was most recently employed by or had volunteered at a school; and includes these convicted persons on the sex offender registry.  The bill was put on hold by the House Judiciary Committee.

HCR4 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (Rep. Mel Brown) This bill recognizes the 20th anniversary of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration; and expresses support for the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration’s leadership and management on behalf of its 12 beneficiaries. The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee passed the bill with a favorable recommendation.

HB91 Open and Public Meetings Act Revisions (Rep. Marie Poulson) This bill modifies the Open and Public Meetings Act. The bill was substituted by the House Political Subdivisions Committee.

 SB43 Intergenerational Poverty Interventions in Public Schools (Sen. Stuart Reid) This bill creates the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Grant Program. It passed the Senate Education Committee with a favorable recommendation.

SB150 Education Task Force Reauthorization (Sen. Stuart Reid) This bill creates the Education Task Force; provides for membership of the task force and compensation for members; and specifies duties and responsibilities of the task force. The Senate Education Committee passed the bill with a favorable recommendation.

SB118 School Funding Through Income Tax Revisions (Sen. Patricia Jones) This bill modifies income taxes and creates a funding program for public schools. The bill passed the Senate Education Committee with a 4-2 vote.

SB111S2 Education Funding Equalization (Sen. Aaron Osmond) This bill makes changes related to school property taxes and funding. The bill was passed by the Senate Education Committee.

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