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First Substitute H.B. 286

Senator D. Chris Buttars proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Carl Wimmer

Senate Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             7      Cosponsor:Keith Grover              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill requires the State Board of Education to permanently revoke an educator's
             12      license under certain conditions.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    requires the State Board of Education to permanently revoke an educator's license if
             16      the educator commits a sexual offense against a minor or engages in sexually
             17      explicit conduct with a student; and
             18          .    makes technical corrections.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-6-501, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 108

             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 53A-6-501 is amended to read:
             29           53A-6-501. Disciplinary action against educator.
             30          (1) (a) The board shall take appropriate action against [any] a person who is, or at the
             31      time of an alleged offense was, the holder of a license, and:
             32          (i) who, after having had a reasonable opportunity to contest the allegation, has been
             33      found pursuant to a criminal, civil, or administrative action to have exhibited behavior
             34      evidencing unfitness for duty, including immoral, unprofessional, or incompetent conduct, or
             35      other violation of standards of ethical conduct, performance, or professional competence; or
             36          (ii) who has been alleged to have exhibited such behavior or committed such a
             37      violation.
             38          (b) Prior to taking action based upon an allegation or the decision of an administrative
             39      body other than UPPAC, the board shall direct UPPAC to review the allegations and any
             40      related administrative action and provide findings and recommendations to the board.
             41          (c) No adverse recommendation may be made without giving the accused person an
             42      opportunity for a hearing.
             43          (d) The board's action may include:
             44          (i) revocation or suspension of a license;
             45          (ii) restriction or prohibition of recertification;
             46          (iii) a warning or reprimand;
             47          (iv) required participation in and satisfactory completion of a rehabilitation or
             48      remediation program; or
             49          (v) other action which the board finds to be appropriate after a review of the UPPAC
             50      findings and recommendations.
             51          (e) The license holder is responsible for the costs of rehabilitation or remediation
             52      required under this section.
             53          (2) (a) Upon receipt of findings or recommendations from UPPAC, the board shall
             54      permanently revoke the license of a person who:
             55          (i) is convicted of a sexual offense under Title 76, Chapter 5, Part 4, Sexual Offenses,
             56      against a minor child;

             57          (ii) engages in sexually explicit conduct, as defined in Section 76-5a-2 , with a student
             58      who is a minor; or
             59          (iii) engages in sexually explicit conduct, as defined in Section 76-5a-2 , with a student
             60      who is:
             61          (A) not a minor; and
             62          (B) enrolled in a school where the person is employed.
             63          [(2)] (b) Upon receipt of findings [and] or recommendation from UPPAC, the board
             64      may permanently revoke the license of [any] a person who [has committed a sexual offense
             65      against a minor child or] has exhibited other behavior which the board finds to be irremediable.

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