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MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009

ROOM 415, STATE CAPITOL



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

Members Excused:        Sen. Lyle Hillyard
    
Staff Present:            Allison Nicholson, Policy Analyst
                    Dee Larsen, Associate General Counsel
                    Karen C. Allred, Secretary
                    
Public Speakers Present:    David Funk, Vice President, Zion's Bank, Utah Council on
                        Financial Education
                    Phil Cofield, President/CEO, Junior Achievement Utah
                    Steven H. Peterson, Executive Director, Utah School Boards
                        Association
                    Preston Cochrane, President/CEO, AAA Fair Credit Foundation
                    Vik Arnold, Director of Government Relations, Utah Education
                        Association
                    Lauren Johnson, 5th Grader, Home School Student
                    Kirsten Erickson, Senior, Home School Student
                    Bart Thompson, Assistant Director, Utah High School Activities
                        Association
                    Stan Rasmussen, Public Affairs, Sutherland Institute
                    Mark VanWagoner, Counsel, Utah High School Activities
                        Association
                    Lisa Kirchenheiter, Park City School Board, Utah School Boards
                        Association
                    Cecelia H. Foxley, United Way
                    Dave Buhler, Associate Commissioner, Utah System of Higher
                        Education                
                    
    A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

    Chair Bramble called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m.

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to approve the minutes of the February 17, 2009 meeting.



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

1.     SCR003 -- Concurrent Resolution Urging the Creation of a Utah Council on Financial Education

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to substitute S.C.R 3 with 1st Substitute S.C.R 3.

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

    Sen. Jones introduced and explained the bill.

    David Funk, Vice President Zion's Bank, Utah Council on Financial Education; Phil Cofield, President/CEO, Junior Achievement Utah; Steven H. Peterson, Executive Director, Utah School Board Association; Preston Cochrane, President/CEO, AAA Fair Credit Foundation; and Vik Arnold, Director of Government Relations, Utah Education Association; spoke in favor of the bill.    

    MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to pass 1st Substitute S.C.R. 3 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

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

    MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to place 1st Substitute S.C.R. 3 on the Consent Calendar.

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

2.     S.B. 61 -- Home School and Private School Students' Participation in Extracurricular Activities

    Sen. Madsen introduced and explained the bill.

    Lauren Johnson, 5th Grader, Home School Student; Kirsten Erickson, Senior, Home School Student; and Stan Rasmussen, Public Affairs, Sutherland Institute; spoke in favor of the bill.

    Bart Thompson, Assistant Director, Utah High School Activities Association; Mark VanWagoner, Counsel, Utah High School Activities Association; and Vik Arnold, Director of Government Relations, Utah Education Association; spoke against the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to send S.B. 61 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    


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

3.     1st Substitute H.B. 35 -- Higher Education Tax Credit and Contribution

    Rep. Dougal introduced and explained the bill.

    Lisa Kirchenheiter, Park City School Board, Utah School Boards Association spoke against the bill.

    Cecelia H. Foxley, United Way and Dave Buhler, Associate Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education, spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 16 :    

             14          .    allows a claimant to claim a nonrefundable tax credit for tuition and mandatory fees
             15      for the claimant's enrollment in an
  eligible       institution      {   within the state system of higher

             16      education  
}
;

2.    Page 7, Lines 205 through 206 :    

             205          (a) "Eligible institution" means
  :

    (i)  
an institution within the state system of higher

             206      education specified in Section 53B-1-102
{   .   }        ; or

    (ii) a private, degree granting college or university in the state accredited by the:
    (A) Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools;
    (B) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission; or
    (C) Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  

    
    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to send 1st Substitute H.B. 35 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    


    MOTION:
Sen. Goodfellow moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Bramble adjourned the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

    Minutes were reported by Karen C. Allred, Secretary.





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Sen. Curtis Bramble