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MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Room 445, State Capitol Building

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair
        Rep. Kenneth W. Sumsion, Vice Chair
        Rep. Johnny Anderson
        Rep. Laura Black
        Rep. Brad L. Dee
        Rep. Rebecca Edwards
        Rep. Craig A. Frank
        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
        

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


Rep. Sumsion called the meeting to order at 2:11 p.m.

MOTION: Rep. Frank moved to approve the minutes of February 5, 2010. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Dee, Rep. Last, Rep. Newbold, Rep. Wimmer and Rep. Hughes absent for the vote.

H.B. 105    Public School Employee Auditory Protection Requirements (Rep. L. Black)

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

1.    Page 2, Line 45 :    

             45          (i) is specifically fitted by a licensed audiologist
  or a licensed hearing instrument specialist       to an individual's ears;

The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Last and Rep. Wimmer absent for the vote.

Rep. Black introduced the bill which requires a public school to provide a minimum level of auditory protection to employees exposed to certain conditions.


Susan Kuziak, Utah Education Association, spoke in support of the bill.

Lisa Kirchenheiter, Park City School District, commented on the bill.

Dr. Larry Shumway, Utah State School Superintendent, responded to committee members' questions.

MOTION: Rep. Black moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion failed with Rep. Black, Rep. Anderson, Rep. Edwards, Rep. Moss, Rep. Poulson, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Wheatley voting in favor of the motion.

H.J.R. 25    Joint Resolution Regarding School Fees and Supplies (Rep. K. Powell)

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

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 15 :    

             14          .    
{   modify the nature of the secondary school fees that the Legislature may authorize to

             15      be imposed;  
}


2.    Page 2, Lines 39 through 40 :    

             39          (i) authorize the imposition of fees in the secondary schools[.]
{   for activities that occur

             40      outside of regular school hours  
}
;

The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.

Rep. Hughes assumed the chair.

Rep. Powell introduced the resolution which proposes to amend the Education Article of the Utah Constitution regarding the payment of fees for school supplies.

Susan Kuziak, Utah Education Association, spoke in support of the bill.

Dr. Shumway, Utah State School Superintendent, commented on the bill.

MOTION: Rep. Ipson moved to table the bill.

SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Rep. Dee moved to move to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sumsion and Rep. Wimmer absent for the vote.






H.B. 246    Retirement Benefits for Charter School Employees (Rep. C. Watkins)

Rep. Watkins introduced the bill which allows the purchase of retirement service credit for the period of employment in a charter school.

Dan Andersen, Utah Retirement System, responded to committee members' questions.

MOTION: Rep. Black moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Hughes voting in opposition. Rep. Last, Rep. Moss, Rep. Sumsion and Rep. Wimmer were absent for the vote.

Rep. Frank assumed the chair.

S.B. 57    Local School Board Budget Procedures (Sen. D. Stowell)

Sen. Stowell introduced the bill which modifies requirements regarding notice of a public hearing on a proposed school district budget and public disclosure of a proposed school district budget.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Steve Peterson, Utah School Boards Association and Utah School              Superintendents Association
    Susan Kuziak, Utah Education Association

MOTION: Rep. Powell moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes, Rep. Sumsion and Rep.Wimmer absent for the vote.

MOTION: Rep. Black moved to adjourn at 3:41 p.m. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes, Rep. Sumsion and Rep. Wimmer absent for the vote.






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Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair