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MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009

ROOM 415, STATE CAPITOL




Members Present:        Sen. Curtis Bramble, Chair
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Brent Goodfellow
                Sen. Lyle Hillyard
                Sen. Scott Jenkins
                Sen. Karen Morgan
                Sen. Howard A. Stephenson

                
Staff Present:            Allison Nicholson, Policy Analyst
                Dee Larsen, Associate General Counsel
                Karen C. Allred, Secretary

                
Public Speakers Present:    Shane Siwik, South Salt Lake City Council
                John Hisky, Sandy City
                Tamara Lowe, President, Utah School Boards Association
                Susan Kuziak, Legislative team, Utah Education Association
                Carlene Walker, citizen
                Dr. Larry Shumway, Associate Superintendent, Utah Sate Office of     Education
                Debbie White, President, American Federation of Teachers
                Delane England, citizen
                                    
    A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.


    Chair Bramble called the meeting to order at 8:02

     MOTION: Sen. Hillyard moved to approve the corrected minutes of the January 27, 2009 meeting, and to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2009 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Dayton, Jenkins, and Goodfellow absent for the vote.

1.         S.B. 48 -- Teacher Licensing by Competency Amendments

        
Sen. Buttars introduced and explained the bill.



        Dr. Larry Shumway, Associate Superintendent, Utah State Office of Education, spoke to the bill.

        Tamara Lowe, President, Utah School Boards Association; Debbie White, President, American Federation of Teachers; and Susan Kusiak, Legislative Team, Utah Education Association; spoke against the bill.

        Delane England, citizen, spoke in favor of the bill.

         MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to pass S.B. 48 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed with Sens. Bramble, Dayton, Jenkins, and Stephenson voting in favor, Sens. Goodfellow and Morgan voting in oppostition, and Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

2.         S.B. 109 -- Local School Funding Legislative Task Force

         At the request of the sponsor, this bill was not considered.

3.         S.B. 123 -- School District Division Process

        Sen. Hillyard introduced and explained the bill.

        Shane Siwik, South Salt Lake City Council; John Hisky, Sandy City; and Carlene Walker, citizen; spoke in opposition the bill.

        Tamara Lowe, President, Utah School Boards Association and Susan Kuziak, Legislative Team, Utah Education Association, spoke in favor of the bill.

         MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B.123 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

         SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Sen. Morgan moved to go to the next item on the agenda.

        The substitute motion failed with Sens. Morgan and Stephenson voting in favor and Sens. Bramble, Dayton, Goodfellow, Hillyard, and Jenkins voting in opposition.

        The original motion failed with Sens. Goodfellow, Hillyard, and Stephenson voting in favor, and Sens. Bramble, Dayton, Jenkins, and Morgan voting in opposition.


     MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Bramble adjourned the meeting at 9:45.

    Minutes were reported by Karen C. Allred, Secretary.





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Sen. Curtis Bramble