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Room 30, House Building
January 30, 2013

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair
        Rep. Lowry Snow, Vice Chair
        Rep. Patrice M. Arent
        Rep. Rich Cunningham
        Rep. Steve Eliason
        Rep. Greg H. Hughes
        Rep. David Lifferth    
        Rep. Dan McCay
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Jim Nielson
        Rep. Val Peterson
        Rep. Marie H. Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Keven Stratton
MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Brad G. Last    
        Rep. Dean Sanpei            
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. Gibson called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. Rep. Last was excused.

H.B. 61    Dixie State College - University Status (Rep. D. Ipson)

Rep. Ipson introduced the bill which changes the name of Dixie State College to Dixie State University

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

1.    Page 1, Lines 16 through 21 :    

             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
{   This bill appropriates:

             18          .    to Dixie State University - Education and General, as an ongoing appropriation:
             19              .    from the Education Fund, $4,000,000.  

     Other Special Clauses:
{   This bill takes effect on July 1, 2013.   }        This bill provides an immediate effective date.      

2.    Page 12, Lines 351 through 366 :    

{   Section 11. Appropriation.

             352          (1) Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act,
             353      for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, the following sums of
             354      money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             355      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             356      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2014.
             357          To Dixie State University - Education and General
             358              From Education Fund                        $4,000,000
             359              Schedule of Programs:
             360                  Education and General            $4,000,000
             361          (2) The Legislature intends that the appropriation under Subsection (1) be used to
             362      provide infrastructure and meet benchmarks that will facilitate the transition from college to
             363      university status, including increased efficiency and expediency of instructional delivery and
             364      developing capacity partnerships with other institutions.  

             365          Section
{   12.   }        11.       Effective date.

{   This bill takes effect on July 1, 2013.   }        If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto override.      

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Dave Buhler, Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education, spoke in support of the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Snow moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 254     College Credits for Veterans (Rep. P. Ray)

MOTION:    Rep. Peterson moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 254. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Ray introduced the bill which requires a college or university within the state system of higher education to award credit for certain military service.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Mr. Peter Monson, University of Utah student
    Mr. Dave Buhler, Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education

MOTION:    Rep. Poulson moved to pass out 1st Substitute H. B. 254 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 275     Health Insurance for Schools (Rep. J. Bird)

Rep. Bird introduced the bill which amends the duties of local school boards relating to health insurance.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Mr. Peter Cannon, Davis County citizen
    Ms. Elizabeth Weight, American Federation of Teachers
    Ms. Gayle Ruzicka, Utah Eagle Forum

Mr. Chris Bleak, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, requested that the requirement to bid out next year be removed from the bill.

Dr. Martell Menlove, State Superintendent, responded to questions on the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Powell moved to hold the bill.

SUBSTITUTE MOTION:    Rep. Eliason moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion failed with Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Eliason, Rep. McCay, Rep. Peterson, and Rep. Snow voting in favor of the motion. Rep. Hughes was absent for the vote.

A vote was taken on Rep. Powell's motion to hold the bill. The motion passed with Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Lifferth, Rep. McCay, and Rep. Peterson voting in opposition to the motion.

MOTION:    Rep. Powell moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes absent for the vote. Rep. Gibson adjourned the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

            Rep. Gibson, Chair