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January 24, 2006
Room W135, West Office Building, State Capitol Complex
Rep. LaVar Christensen, Vice Chair
Rep. Ron Bigelow
Rep. Duane Bourdeaux
Rep. John Dougall
Rep. James A. Ferrin
Rep. James R. Gowans
Rep. David L. Hogue
Rep. Kory M. Holdaway
Rep. Gregory H. Hughes
Rep. Bradley T. Johnson
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Merlynn T. Newbold
Rep. LaWanna Shurtliff
Rep. Stephen Urquhart
STAFF PRESENT: Constance C. Steffen Policy Analyst
Barbara Thomas, Committee Secretary
Dee S Larsen, Associate General Counsel
Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Vice Chair Christensen called the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m.
MOTION: Rep. Hogue moved to approve the minutes of January 23, 2006. The motion passed unanimously with Representatives Bigelow, Bourdeau, Dougall, Ferrin, Hughes, Johnson, Urquhart and Dayton absent for the vote.
H.B. 68 School Fee Waiver Amendments (Rep. L. Shurtliff)
Rep. Shurtliff introduced the bill which allows the State Board of Education to distribute funds to school districts impacted by fee waivers.
Larry Latham, Principal, Freemont High School, discussed the financial impact of fee waivers.
MOTION: Rep. Moss moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 3, Lines 74 through 79 :
74 (7) (a)[
75 Education [
76 (b) Each school district shall receive up to $40 per student in grades 9 through 12
77 eligible for
free school lunch
78 (c) The State Board of Education [
79 application for and distribution of funds under this Subsection (7).
The motion passed unanimously with Representatives Bigelow, Dougall, Hughes, Urquhart and Dayton absent for the vote.
The following spoke in support of the bill:
Larry Latham, Principal, Freemont High School
Steve Peterson, Utah School Boards Association and Utah School Superintendents Association
Kimberly Campbell, UEA
Bruce Penland, Ogden City Schools
Ray Timothy, State Office of Education, spoke to the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Johnson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Newbold voting in opposition and Representatives Bigelow, Dougall, Hughes, Urquhart and Dayton absent for the vote.
H.B. 289 Utah Education Network Amendments (Rep. K. Holdaway)
Rep. Holdaway presented the bill which modifies provisions relating to the Utah Education Network (UEN).
MOTION: Rep. Holdaway moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 1, Lines 12 through 13 :
establishes an expanded
definition of UEN, including
duties and authority
13 related to the provision of broadcasting and telecommunication services;
2. Page 2, Lines 39 through 51 :
39 (2) The center shall provide services to citizens of the state in cooperation with higher
40 and public education, state
and local government, and private industry.
41 (3) Distribution services provided through the center shall include KUED [
46 (4) KUED - TV and KUER - FM are licensed [
48 (5) [
49 to the Utah State Board of Regents [
and, together with UEN, is operated on behalf of the state's systems of public and higher education .
3. Page 3, Lines 69 through 71 :
69 of public and higher education;
70 (e) develop or implement other programs or services for
the delivery of distance learning as directed
71 by law; and
Dr. Peterson, Executive Director, UEN, indicated that the bill clarifies statutory authority of the UEN as well as removes acronyms no longer being used. Terminology has been updated, but day to day operations will not be impacted.
MOTION: Rep. Shurtliff moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed
unanimously with Representatives Bigelow, Dougall, Hughes, and Urquhart
absent for the vote.
H.B. 285 Appropriation for Highly Qualified Teachers (Rep. K. Holdaway)
Rep. Holdaway stated the bill reimburses costs of teachers to obtain National Board certification or to take tests to meet federal highly qualified teacher standards.
Travis Lemon, teacher, Alpine School District, distributed information on how National Board certification impacts the classroom.
Ray Timothy stated the State Board of Education has not yet taken a position on the bill. He noted the State Board of Education is in support of the National Board certification program.
Becky Hatch, Granite School District, spoke in support of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Ferrin moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Dayton voting in opposition and Representatives Bigelow, Hughes, Johnson, Moss, and Urquhart absent for the vote. .
The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Rep. Margaret Dayton, Chair