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S.B. 56 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

House Sponsor: Merlynn T. Newbold

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions in Chapter 53A, State System of Public Education, related to
             10      policies and procedures governing education employee associations.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires school districts and charter schools to allow education employee
             14      associations equal access to the following activities:
             15              .    distribution of information to teachers' or employees' physical or electronic
             16      mailboxes; and
             17              .    membership solicitation at new teacher or employee orientation;
             18          .    prohibits school districts and charter schools from:
             19              .    establishing or maintaining procedures that favor one education employee
             20      association over another; or
             21              .    explicitly or implicitly endorsing an education employee association; and
             22          .    prohibits a school's calendars and publications from referring to the name of any
             23      education employee organization in reference to any break in the school calendar.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      ENACTS:

             30          53A-3-426, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 53A-3-426 is enacted to read:
             34          53A-3-426. Education employee associations -- Equal participation -- Prohibition
             35      on endorsement or preferential treatment -- Naming of school breaks.
             36          (1) As used in this section:
             37          (a) "Education employee association" includes teacher associations, teacher unions,
             38      teacher organizations, and classified education employees' associations.
             39          (b) "School" means a school district, a school in a school district, a charter school, or
             40      the State Board of Education and its employees.
             41          (2) A school shall allow education employee associations equal access to the following
             42      activities:
             43          (a) distribution of information in or access to teachers' or employees' physical or
             44      electronic mailboxes, including email accounts that are provided by the school; and
             45          (b) membership solicitation activities at new teacher or employee orientation training
             46      or functions.
             47          (3) If a school permits an education employee association to engage in any of the
             48      activities described in Subsection (2), the school shall permit all other education employee
             49      associations to engage in the activity on the same terms and conditions afforded to the
             50      education employee association.
             51          (4) It is unlawful for a school to:
             52          (a) establish or maintain structures, procedures, or policies that favor one education
             53      employee association over another or otherwise give preferential treatment to an education
             54      employee association; or
             55          (b) explicitly or implicitly endorse any education employee association.
             56          (5) A school's calendars and publications may not include or refer to the name of any
             57      education employee association in relation to any day or break in the school calendar.


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