MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
Room 30, House Building
February 5, 2013
MEMBERS PRESENT: Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair
Rep. Lowry Snow, Vice Chair
Rep. Rich Cunningham
Rep. Steve Eliason
Rep. Greg H. Hughes
Rep. Bradley G. Last
Rep. David Lifferth
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Jim Nielson
Rep. Val Peterson
Rep. Marie H. Poulson
Rep. Kraig Powell
Rep. Dean T. Sanpai
Rep. Keven Stratton MEMBERS ABSENT: Rep. Patrice Arent
Rep. Dan McCay
STAFF PRESENT: Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst
Linda Service, Committee Secretary
Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Vice Chair Snow called the meeting to order at 2:06 p.m.
MOTION: Rep. Gibson moved to approve the minutes of January 30, 2013. The motion
passed unanimously with Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Last, Rep. Moss, Rep. Peterson, and
Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.
H.B. 275 Health Insurance for Schools(Rep. J. Bird)
MOTION: Rep. Gibson moved to replace H.B. 275 with 2nd Substitute H.B. 275. The
motion passed with Rep. Nielson voting in opposition and Rep. Hughes, Rep. Moss, Rep.
Peterson, and Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.
Rep. Bird introduced the bill which amends the duties of local school boards, relating to health
insurance, in the State System of Public Education Code.
Mr. Burke Jolley, Business Manager, Jordan School District, commented on the bill.
The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
Ms. Patti Harrington, Utah School Superintendent's Association
Ms. Peggy Jo Kennett, Utah School Boards Association
Mr. Zane Woolstenhume, Business Manager, Logan School District
Mr. Mike Sonntag, Utah Association of Health Underwriters, spoke in support of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Hughes moved to pass out 2nd Substitute H.B. 275 with a favorable
recommendation. The motion failed with Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Eliason, Rep. Gibson,
Rep. Hughes, Rep. Peterson, Rep. Sanpei, and Rep. Stratton voting in support of the motion.
H.B. 285 Modification of Education-related Reporting Requirements(Rep. F. Gibson)
Rep. Gibson introduced the bill which eliminates various education-related reports.
Dr. Martell Menlove, State School Superintendent, spoke in support of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Poulson moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The
motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Rep. Nielson moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion
H.B. 298 Parent Seminar on Youth Protection(Rep. S. Eliason)
MOTION: Rep. Eliason moved to amend the bill as follows:
1, Lines 18 through 20
. report on the program to the Education Interim Committee;
. requires a school district to notify charter schools located within the school
boundaries of the parent seminar
. allows a school district to opt out of providing the parent seminar if the local
school board determines the seminar is not needed in its district.
2, Line 33
Except as provided in Subsection (5), a
school district shall
offer a seminar for parents of students in the school
2, Line 56 through Page 3, Line 63
(3) The State Board of Education shall report to the Legislature's Education Interim
Committee, by the November 2013 meeting, on the progress of implementation of the
, including if a local school board has opted out of providing the parent
seminar, as described in Subsection (5), and the reasons why a local school board
(4) The State Board of Education shall report to the Legislature's Education Interim
Committee by the November 2014 meeting on
progress of implementation of the parent seminar;
estimated attendance reported by each school district;
recommendation of whether to continue the parent seminar
(d) if a local school board has opted out of providing the parent seminar, as
described in Subsection (5), and the reasons why a local school board opted out.
(5)(a) A school district is not required to offer the parent seminar if the local
school board determines that the topics described in Subsection (2) are not of
significant interest or value to families in the school district.
(b) If a local school board chooses not to offer the parent seminar, the local
school board shall notify the State Board of Education and provide the reasons why
the local school board chose not to offer the parent seminar.
The motion passed unanimously.
Rep. Eliason introduced the bill which requires a school district to implement a parent seminar
on various issues.
The following spoke in support of the bill:
Dr. David Doty, Superintendent, Canyons School District
Ms. Pamela Atkinson, Chair of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography
Dr. Martell Menlove, State School Superintendent, commented on the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Cunningham moved to pass the bill out as amended with a favorable
recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Nielson, Rep. Peterson, and Rep. Stratton voting
in opposition to the motion.
MOTION: Rep. Nielson moved to adjourn. The vote was unanimous. Vice Chair Snow
adjourned the meeting at 3:58. p.m.
Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair