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First Substitute H.B. 287

Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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

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

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

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