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MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011

ROOM 415, STATE CAPITOL



Members Present:        Sen. Howard A. Stephenson, Chair
                Sen. Lyle Hillyard
                Sen. Karen Morgan
                Sen. Jerry Stevenson
                Sen. Daniel Thatcher
                
Members Excused:        Sen. Wayne Niederhauser
                            
Staff Present:            Allison Nicholson, Policy Analyst
                Karen C. Allred, Secretary
                                    
Public Speakers Present:    Susie Schnell, Parent, www.saveasd.com
                Oak Norton, Parent, www.utahsrepublic.org
                Sen. Margaret Dayton, Utah State Senate
                Peggy Jo Kennett, Vice President, Utah School Boards Association
                Cherilyn Eager, Parent/Grandparent
                Kim Coleman, Parent, residing in Granite School District
                Gayle Ruzika, President, Utah Eagle Forum
                Debra Roberts, Chair, Utah State Board of Education
                Bob Reese, Associate General Counsel, Office of Legislative
                     Research and General Counsel
                Larry Shumway, State Superintendent, Utah State Office of                     
                    Education
                Peter Cannon, Davis School District Board of Education
                    
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair H. Stephenson called the meeting to order at 2:22 P.M.

     MOTION: Sen. J. Stevenson moved to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2011 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

1.         S.J.R. 1 -- Joint Resolution on State Board of Education Authority

        Sen. Buttars introduced and explained the resolution.


        Ms. Schnell, Mr. Norton, Sen. Dayton, Ms. Eager, and Ms. Coleman, spoke in favor of the resolution.

        
Ms. Kennett and Ms. Roberts spoke in opposition of the resolution. Allison Nicholson, Committee Analyst, read written comments submitted by Ms. Roberts.

        MOTION:
Sen. Thatcher moved to pass S.J.R. 1 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed with Sens. H. Stephenson, J. Stevenson, and Thatcher voting in favor, and Sens. Hillyard and Morgan voting in opposition.
                
2.         S.J.R. 9 -- Joint Resolution - Governance of Public and Higher Education

        Sen. Reid introduced and explained the resolution.

        Public Comment on Both Resolutions.

        Mr. Reese and Dr. Shumway spoke to both resolutions.

        Mr. Cannon and Ms. Ruzika spoke in favor of both resolutions.

         MOTION: Sen. Hillyard moved to pass S.J.R. 9 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed with Sens. Hillyard, H. Stephenson, J. Stevenson and Thatcher voting in favor, and Sen. Morgan voting in opposition.
        
MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to adjourn.

The motion passed unanimously.

Chair H. Stephenson adjourned the meeting at 4:06 P.M.

Minutes were reported by Karen C. Allred, Secretary.





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Sen. Howard A. Stephenson