MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 30, House Building
February 4, 2016
Members Present: Rep. Bradley G. Last, Chair
Rep. V. Lowry Snow, Vice Chair
Rep. LaVar Christensen
Rep. Kim Coleman
Rep. Bruce R. Cutler
Rep. Steve Eliason
Rep. Justin L. Fawson
Rep. Francis D. Gibson
Rep. Eric Hutchings
Rep. David E. Lifferth
Rep. Daniel McCay
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Marie H. Poulson
Members Absent: Rep. Michael E. Noel
Staff Present: Ms. Tiffany Stanley, Policy Analyst
Ms. 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 4:10 p.m.
MOTION: Rep. Gibson moved to approve the minutes of January 27, 2016 and February 1, 2016. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Fawson, Rep. McCay, and Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
H.B. 217 Small School Funding (Rep. K. McIff)
Rep. McIff explained the bill and distributed the handout "Elective Course Offerings Piute High School vs. Larger School."
Spoke for the bill:
Ms. Nancy Kennedy, Utah School Boards Association
Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction
MOTION: Rep. Gibson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.
H.B. 175 Public Education Employment Amendments (Rep. K. Powell)
Rep. Powell explained the bill with the assistance of Mr. Everett Perry, Canyons School District, and Ms. Donnette McNeill-Waters, Granite School District.
Spoke for the bill:
Mr. James Judd, Human Resources Director, Wasatch County School District
Ms. Nancy Kennedy
Spoke to the bill:
Ms. Joan Andrews, Attorney
Spoke against the bill:
Ms. Becky Ivory, Most Sacred Trust
Ms. Regina Burton, Eagle Forum
Ms. Britta Schugk, Parent
Rep. Christensen requested that the minutes reference Utah Code, Section 53A-15-1503, regarding background checks for non-licensed employees, contract employees, volunteers, and charter school governing board members and Utah Code, Section 53A-6-502 regarding mandatory reporting of physical or sexual abuse of students.
MOTION: Rep. Cutler moved to hold the bill. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Fawson, Rep. McCay, and Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Poulson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Fawson, Rep. McCay, and Rep. Moss absent for the vote. Chair Snow adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.
Rep. Brad Last, Chair