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MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE

January 27, 2009
Room 445, State Capitol Building

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair
        Rep. Kenneth W. Sumsion, Vice Chair
        Rep. Laura Black
        Rep. Brad L. Dee
        Rep. Rebecca Edwards
        Rep. Craig A. Frank
        Rep. Kory M. Holdaway
        Rep. Don L. Ipson
        Rep. Bradley G. Last
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Merlynn T. Newbold
        Rep. Marie H. Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
        Rep. Carl Wimmer        
            
STAFF PRESENT:    Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst
        Linda Service, Committee Secretary
        Dee S Larsen, Associate General Counsel

Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.


Rep. Hughes called the meeting to order at 2:08 p.m.

Committee members and staff introduced themselves.


H.B. 15
, Career and Technical Education Amendments

Rep. Bigelow introduced the bill which modifies provisions relating to career and technical education, including governance structures.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Cynthia Bioteau, President, Salt Lake Community College
    Joel Peterson, Vice President, Salt Lake Community College
    Bill Sederberg, Commissioner of Higher Education
    Tom Bingham, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Utah College of Applied Technology




Minutes of House Eduction Committee
January 27, 2009
Page 2

The following expressed concerns with the bill:
    Bradley Stephens, Chairman of the State Electrical Board and Chairman of the          Construction Services Committee
    Christine Kearl, Education Director, Governor's Office
    Jeff Peterson, Utah Plumbing and Heating Association

MOTION: Rep. Holdaway moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Dee was absent for the vote.


H.B. 229
, Public School Funding

MOTION: Rep. Last moved to move to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Dee was absent for the vote.


H.B. 244
, Disruption of School Activities

Rep. Moss introduced the bill which modifies the Criminal Code regarding the disruption of a school. McKell Withers, Superintendent, Salt Lake City School District, explained the purpose of the bill.

MOTION: Rep. Wheatley moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Line 14 :    

             14          .    provides that not knowing the property is school property is not a defense;
{   and   }


2.    Page 1, Line 16 :    

             16      defendant's presence on school property
  ; and

    . provides that this offense is a separate offense from other offenses that involve failure to stop for an officer  
.


3.    Page 2, Line 40 :    

             40      defendant's presence on the school property.
    
  (5) The offense under this section of evading law enforcement while on school property is a separate offense from a violation of:

    (a) Section 41-6a-210, regarding failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop; or





    (b) Section 76-8-305.5, regarding failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer.  


The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Dee, Rep. Frank, Rep. Ipson, and Rep. Wimmer were absent for the vote.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Steve Peterson, Utah School Boards Association and Utah School Superintendents     Association
    Dave Thomas
    Vic Arnold, Utah Education Association

MOTION: Rep. Last moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Dee, Rep. Frank, and Rep. Ipson were absent for the vote.

MOTION: Rep. Last moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.









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            Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair





    



















    





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Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair