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MINUTES OF THE SENATE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Room 414, STATE CAPITOL BUILDING


Members Present:        Sen. Bill Wright, Chair
                Sen. Ron Allen
                Sen. D. Chris Buttars
                Sen. David L. Gladwell
                Sen. Karen Hale
                Sen. David H. Steele
                Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
                Sen. Alicia L. Suazo
                Sen. Michael G. Waddoups    
                Sen. Carlene M. Walker

Staff Present:            Constance C. Steffen, Research Analyst
                Dee S Larsen, Assoc. General Counsel
                Saundra Maeser, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Michael McCoy, General Counsel, Utah Education Association
                Michael Boyer, Attorney, Odgen-Weber Education Association
                Phyllis Sorensen, Utah Education Association
                Jeff Leonard, Utah School Employee Association
                Bonnie Palmer, Utah School Boards Association
                Karen, Derrick, Salt Lake City School Board
                Steve Peterson, Utah School Superintendents Association
                Winston Gleave, Utah School Boards Association
                Laura Campbell, parent
                Michael Hurst, parent
                Mineris Huerta, parent
                John Christensen, National Federation of Independent Business
                Wendy McKay, PTA President, Snow Crest Junior High
                Ralph Haws, Jordan School District Board of Education
                Lynn Price, citizen
                Hank Burtosh, parent
                John Pingree, State Board of Education
                Brinton Burbidge, attorney for Utah School Boards Association

Visitor list on file.

Chair Wright called the meeting to order at 3:49 p.m.

     MOTION: Sen. Walker moved to approve the minutes of January 31, 2002. The motion passed unanimously.




    Sen. Waddoups assumed the chair.

1.     SB0157 Local School Board Employer Powers (B. Wright)

    Sen. Wright explained changes the bill makes to law regarding the termination of school     employees. Mr. Blake Ostler, attorney, representing the Utah School Boards Association, said the bill allows local school boards to negotiate individual contracts with employees.

    The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
    Mr. Michael McCoy, Utah Education Association
    Mr. Michael Boyer, Ogden Education Association and Weber Education Association
    Ms. Phyllis Sorensen, Utah Education Association
    Mr. Jeff Leonard, Utah School Employee Association

    The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Ms. Bonnie Palmer, Utah School Boards Association
    Ms. Karen Derrick, Salt Lake City School Board
    Mr. Steve Peterson, Utah School Superintendents Association
    Mr. Winston Gleave, Utah School Boards Association

     MOTION: Sen. Steele moved to amend the bill as follows:

    Page 5, Line 141:    After "(1)" delete "(a)"

    Page 5, Lines 143-145:    Delete lines 143-145.    

    The motion passed with Sen. Wright, Sen. Stephenson, Sen. Gladwell, and Sen. Buttars voting in opposition and Sen. Walker absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Buttars moved to pass the bill out favorably, as amended. The motion passed with Sen. Allen and Sen. Steele voting in opposition and Sen. Walker absent for the vote.

    Sen. Waddoups relinquished the chair to Sen. Wright.

2.     S.B. 69 Tuition Tax Credits and Payments to School Districts (D. C. Buttars)

    Sen. Buttars declared a conflict of interest, because he is executive director of the Utah Boys     Ranch whose students may be eligible for the tax credits proposed by the bill.

    Sen. Buttars made a presentation showing the financial impacts of the bill.




    The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Ms. Laura Campbell, parent
    Mr. Michael Hurst, parent
    Ms. Mineris Huerta, parent
    Mr. John Christensen, National Federation of Independent Business
    Ms. Wendy McKay, PTA president, Snow Crest Junior High

    The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
    Mr. Ralph Haws, Jordan School District Board of Education
    Ms. Lynn Price, citizen
    Mr. Hank Burtosh, parent
    Mr. John Pingree, State Board of Education
    Ms. Bonnie Palmer, Utah School Boards Association
    Mr. Brinton Burbidge, attorney for Utah School Boards Association

     MOTION: Sen. Gladwell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. Allen, Sen. Hale, Sen. Steele and Sen. Suazo voting in opposition.

     MOTION: Sen. Gladwell moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Wright adjourned the meeting at 5:53 p.m.

    Minutes were reported by Saundra Maeser, Secretary.



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    Sen. Bill Wright, Chair