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H.B. 14





Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill repeals certain requirements relating to the State System of Public Education.
             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    repeals the State Board of Education's responsibility to design and implement a state
             12      textbook plan;
             13          .    repeals school building utilization requirements; and
             14          .    makes technical corrections.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          53A-3-417, as last amended by Chapters 196 and 375, Laws of Utah 1997
             22      REPEALS:
             23          53A-12-201.5, as last amended by Chapter 210, Laws of Utah 2002
             24          53A-17a-142, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 72, Laws of Utah 1991
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 53A-3-417 is amended to read:

             28           53A-3-417. Child care centers in public schools -- Requirements -- Availability --
             29      Compliance with state and local laws.
             30          (1) (a) Upon receiving a request from a community group such as a community
             31      council, local PTA, or parent/student organization, a local school board may authorize the use
             32      of a part of any school building in the district to provide child care services for school aged
             33      children.
             34          (b) (i) The school board shall provide written public notice of its intent to authorize a
             35      child care center.
             36          (ii) The board shall file a copy of the notice with the Office of Child Care within the
             37      Department of Workforce Services and the Department of Health.
             38          (2) (a) Establishment of a child care center in a public school building is contingent
             39      upon the local school board determining that the center will not interfere with the building's use
             40      for regular school purposes.
             41          [(b) The board may authorize the use of part of a school building for a child care center
             42      only if the school is in compliance with Section 53A-17a-142 .]
             43          [(c)] (b) The decision shall be made at the sole discretion of the school board.
             44          [(d)] (c) A school board may withdraw its approval to operate a child care center at any
             45      time if it determines that such use interferes with the operation or interest of the school.
             46          [(e)] (d) The school district and its employees and agents are immune from any liability
             47      that might otherwise result from a withdrawal of approval if the withdrawal was made in good
             48      faith.
             49          (3) (a) The board shall charge a commercially reasonable fee for the use of a school
             50      building as a child care center so that the district does not incur an expense.
             51          (b) The fee shall include but not be limited to costs for utility, building maintenance,
             52      and administrative services supplied by the school that are related to the operation of the child
             53      care center.
             54          (4) (a) Child care service may be provided by governmental agencies other than school
             55      districts, nonprofit community service groups, or private providers.
             56          (b) If competitive proposals to provide child care services are submitted by the entities
             57      listed in Subsection (4)(a), the board shall give preference to the private provider and nonprofit
             58      community service groups so long as their proposals are judged to be at least equal to the

             59      proposal of the governmental agency.
             60          (c) It is intended that these programs function at the local community level with
             61      minimal state and district involvement.
             62          (5) It is the intent of the Legislature that providers not be required to go through a
             63      complex procedure in order to obtain approval for providing the service.
             64          (6) (a) Child care centers within a public school building shall make their services
             65      available to all children regardless of where the children reside.
             66          (b) If space and resources are limited, first priority shall be given to those who reside
             67      within the school boundaries where the center is located, and to the children of teachers and
             68      other employees of the school where the child care center is located.
             69          (c) Second priority shall be given to those who reside within the school district
             70      boundaries where the center is located.
             71          (7) (a) The school board shall require proof of liability insurance which is adequate in
             72      the opinion of the school board for use of school property as a child care center.
             73          (b) A school district participating in the state Risk Management Fund shall require the
             74      provider of child care services to comply with the applicable provisions of Title 63A, Chapter
             75      4, Risk Management.
             76          (8) Child care centers established under this section shall operate in compliance with
             77      state and local laws and regulations, including zoning and licensing requirements, and
             78      applicable school rules.
             79          (9) Except for Subsection (8), this section does not apply to child care centers
             80      established by a school district within a public school building if the center offers child care
             81      services primarily to children of employees or children of students of the school district.
             82          Section 2. Repealer.
             83          This bill repeals:
             84          Section 53A-12-201.5, State plan to meet textbook needs -- Monitoring and
             85      auditing of textbook programs.
             86          Section 53A-17a-142, School building utilization at 70% of capacity -- Exceptions.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-19-03 4:32 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-10-03 8:04 AM

The Education Interim Committee recommended this bill.

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