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2011 Legislature - January 24 - March 10

 

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2011 Active House & Senate Bills affecting USU

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Title / Sponsor / Status

General Description

Highlighted Provisions

HB #4 General Obligations Bonds Authorizations (USU Business Building remodel on line 56)

 

Gage Froerer

 

Governor Signed
This bill authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for certain capital facilities. This bill: . modifies the Bonding Code by authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligations bonds by the State Bonding Commission for capital facilities; . specifies the use of the general obligations bond proceeds and the manner of issuance; and . provides expressions of legislative intent.
HB #57 Joint Professional School of Veterinary Medicine

 

John G. Mathis

 

Governor Signed
This bill provides for the establishment of a veterinary education program offered by Utah State University in partnership with Washington State University. This bill: . allows Utah State University, with the approval of the State Board of Regents, to enter into a partnership agreement with Washington State University to establish a veterinary education program; . provides that, initially, up to 20 Utah resident students and 10 nonresident students may be accepted each year into a four-year program leading to a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine; . provides that students pursuing a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine complete the first and second years of study at Utah State University and the third and fourth years of study at Washington State University; and . requires the Legislature, subject to future budget constraints, to annually appropriate money to pay for the nonresident portion of tuition for Utah students enrolled at Washington State University under a partnership agreement.
HB #75 Dangerous Weapon Amendments

 

Curtis Oda

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Criminal Code regarding the definition of "on or about school premises" as related to the use of a dangerous weapon. This bill: . modifies the definition of "on or about school premises" as related to: . sentencing enhancements for the use of a dangerous weapon; and . those locations where a person may not possess a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun; and . makes certain technical changes.
HB #138 Federal Receipts Reporting Requirements

 

Ken Ivory

 

Governor Signed
This bill requires the reporting of federal receipts received by certain state agencies, requires the report to contain a plan to operate the state agency in the event federal receipts are reduced by certain amounts, and requires the Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee to study whether to apply federal receipts reporting requirements to certain other governmental entities. This bill: . defines terms; . requires certain state agencies to prepare and submit a report to the Division of Finance on federal receipts received by the state agencies; . requires the report to contain a plan to operate the state agency in the event federal receipts are reduced by certain amounts; . requires the Division of Finance to report to the Executive Appropriations Committee on the reports the state agencies are required to make to the Division of Finance; . provides procedures for requiring the Executive Appropriations Committee to review the Division of Finance report; . provides that the Executive Appropriations Committee may make certain recommendations including a reduction or elimination of appropriations to certain state agencies; and . requires the Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee to study whether to apply federal receipts reporting requirements to certain other governmental entities.
HB #191 Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments

 

Carl Wimmer

 

House filed
This bill repeals an exemption from the nonresident portion of total tuition within the State System of Higher Education. This bill: . repeals the provision that, if allowed under federal law, a student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, is exempt from the nonresident portion of total tuition if the student: . attended high school in the state for three or more years; and . graduated from a high school or received its equivalent in the state; and . makes technical changes.
HB #206 Special Group License Plate Amendments

 

Wayne A. Harper

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to special group license plates. This bill: . prohibits the Motor Vehicle Division from issuing a new support special group license plate unless the division receives a minimum number of applications and required fees; . prohibits the Motor Vehicle Division from issuing an existing support special group license plate to a new applicant in certain circumstances; . repeals provisions that authorize the Tax Commission to issue a new type of special group license plate in certain circumstances; and . makes technical changes.
HB #288 Concurrent Enrollment Transcripts

 

Ronda Rudd Menlove

 

Governor Signed
This bill requires the State Board of Regents to report concurrent enrollment information to requesting public institutions of higher education. This bill: . requires the State Board of Regents and the State Board of Education to coordinate advising to prospective and current high school students participating in concurrent enrollment; and . requires the Board of Regents to provide certain information to requesting institutions of higher education to facilitate advising for concurrent enrollment.
HB #335 Military Survivors - Tuition Waiver Amendments

 

Michael T. Morley

 

Governor Signed
This bill amends provisions related to higher education tuition waivers for the dependents of certain deceased members of the military. This bill: . provides that a Utah resident or nonresident dependent of a Utah resident or nonresident deceased member of the Utah National Guard may receive a higher education tuition waiver; and . makes technical changes.
HB #377 Higher Education Textbook Fairness Act

 

Fred C. Cox

 

House Strike Enacting Clause
This bill modifies Title 53B, State System of Higher Education, by requiring institutions of higher learning to solicit bids for textbooks or similar materials. This bill: . requires an institution of higher learning to solicit bids from publishers before assigning a textbook or other written material to students; and . requires that if the institution selects a textbook or other written material that is not the cheapest submitted price, the institution explain its reasoning for the selection on the institution's website.
HB #427 Higher Education Compensation Appropriation Reallocations

 

Merlynn T. Newbold

 

Governor Signed
This bill directs the commissioner of higher education to reallocate $1.5 million appropriated to the eight Utah higher education institutions for compensation. This bill: . directs the commissioner of higher education to reallocate $1.5 million appropriated to the eight Utah higher education institutions for compensation to ensure that each higher education institution receives the same percentage compensation reduction.
HB #485 Higher Education Tenure

 

Christopher N. Herrod

 

House Strike Enacting Clause
This bill modifies Title 53B, Chapter 2, Institutions of Higher Education, by ending academic tenure at public universities in Utah. This bill: . defines terms; . prohibits an institution of higher education from offering an individual a tenure-track position on or after July 1, 2011; and . prohibits an institution of higher education from offering academic tenure to an individual who is not already in a tenure-track position on July 1, 2011.
SB #2 New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act (USU begins on line 1319)

 

Lyle W. Hillyard

 

Governor Signed
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations previously provided for the use and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. This bill: . provides budget increases and decreases for the use and support of certain state agencies; . provides budget increases and decreases for the use and support of certain institutions of higher education; . provides budget increases and decreases for other purposes as described.
SB #3 Appropriations Adjustments (USU begins on line 158)

 

Lyle W. Hillyard

 

Governor Signed
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations previously provided for the use and support of state government for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011 and beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. This bill: . provides budget increases and decreases for the use and support of certain state agencies; . provides budget increases and decreases for the use and support of certain institutions of higher education; . provides funds for the bills with fiscal impact passed in the 2011 General Session; . provides budget increases and decreases for other purposes as described; . approves capital acquisition amounts for internal service funds; . authorizes rates and fees; . provides intent language.
SB #5 Revenue Bond and Capital Facilities Authorizations (USU begins on line 333)

 

J. Stuart Adams

 

Governor Signed
This bill makes modifications to provisions relating to bonding and authorizes certain state agencies and higher education institutions to issue revenue bonds and to build capital facilities using agency, institutional, or donated funds. This bill: . exempts the 2011-12 fiscal year from funding and construction restrictions relating to budget deficits; . removes an existing authorization for acquisition of the Department of Human Services office in Brigham City, Utah; . authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds by the State Building Ownership Authority; . authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds by the State Board of Regents; and . authorizes other capital facility planning, design, and construction to be funded from agency, institutional, or donated funds.
SB #6 State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations - (USU begins on line 730)

 

Lyle W. Hillyard

 

Governor Signed
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations previously provided for the use and operation of state government. The bill funds compensation changes for state employees for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. This bill: . provides funding for an increase in the cost of retirement for certain state employees; . reduces funding for a 2% decrease in health insurance rates for certain state agency and higher education employees; and, . adjusts funding for a 90% employer/10% employee health insurance premium share for certain state agency and higher education employees.
SB #7 Higher Education Base Budget - (USU begins on line 117, reflects 93% of the FY 11 base budget)

 

Stephen H. Urquhart

 

Governor Signed
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of higher education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. This bill: . provides appropriations for the use and support of higher education agencies and institutions; . provides appropriations for the use and support of the Utah Education Network; . provides appropriations for the use and support of the Utah Medical Education Council; . provides appropriations for other purposes as described.
SB #46 Higher Education Residency Requirements

 

Margaret Dayton

 

Governor Signed
This bill amends provisions related to higher education residency requirements. This bill: . requires an institution of higher education to grant resident student status to the children of certain military personnel if the student produces certain information; and . makes technical amendments.
SB #69 Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Textbooks for Higher Education

 

Karen Mayne

 

Governor Signed
This bill amends the Sales and Use Tax Act to provide an exemption for certain sales of a textbook for a higher education course. This bill: . defines terms; . provides an exemption for certain sales of a textbook for a higher education course; . addresses seller recordkeeping requirements for purposes of the exemption; . grants rulemaking authority to the State Tax Commission; and . makes technical and conforming changes.
SB #97 Higher Education Mission Based Funding

 

Stephen H. Urquhart

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies provisions of the State System of Higher Education code relating to higher education appropriations. This bill: . requires the State Board of Regents to include the mission of each institution in the master plan for higher education; . modifies higher education appropriations provisions, including: . specifying the required components of the board's combined budget recommendation; . establishing mission based funding; and . requiring reporting to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on the use of the previous year's mission based funding; . requires the president of each institution of higher education to: . establish institutional initiatives each year aligned with the board's strategic priorities; and . allocate mission based funding to each initiative; and . makes technical amendments.
SB #107 Higher Education Success Stipend Program

 

Wayne L. Niederhauser

 

Governor Signed
This bill replaces the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education with the Success Stipend Program within the State System of Higher Education. This bill: . renames the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education as the Success Stipend Program and modifies provisions, including: . modifying definitions; . modifying findings of the Legislature; . modifying reporting requirements; . prohibiting the Board of Regents from using program money for administrative purposes; and . repealing the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Program within the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education; and . makes technical changes.
SB #123 Restrictions on Lobbying Expenditures - Public Education

 

Scott K. Jenkins

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies the Budgetary Procedures Act by amending the provisions for restricting an agency from using state appropriated money to pay a lobbyist. This bill: . amends the definition of agency to include a school, a school district, or a charter school; . prohibits a school, a school district, or a charter school from expending state appropriated money to pay a lobbyist; and . makes technical changes.
SB #145 Utah Educational Savings Plan Amendments

 

Wayne L. Niederhauser

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies provisions related to the Utah Educational Savings Plan This bill: . exempts Utah Educational Savings Plan funds from provisions of the State Money Management Act and establishes the authorized investments for the plan's program fund, administrative fund, and endowment fund; . authorizes the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority and its appointed board of directors to close certain public meetings or portions of public meetings for purposes of discussing fiduciary or commercial information; . provides definitions; . authorizes the plan to own institutional accounts in the plan to establish and administer scholarship programs or other college savings incentive programs; . exempts the plan from the provisions of the Government Records Access and Management Act; . authorizes the board of directors of the plan to establish advisory committees; . modifies the information required to be sent from the Tax Commission to the plan when a taxpayer's individual income tax refund is contributed to Utah Educational Savings Plan accounts; . establishes what financial information the plan shall provide to the Division of Finance for posting on the Utah Public Finance Website; . authorizes the plan to publish materials and make transactions in languages other than English; and . makes technical changes.
SB #210 Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act Amendments

 

Curtis S. Bramble

 

Governor Signed
This bill modifies the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act. This bill: . modifies definitions; . modifies institutions that are exempt from the act; . provides for the Division of Consumer Protection to issue certificates of exemption to specified institutions and establishes a process for issuing an exemption certificate and renewals; . modifies the division's authority with respect to complaints against institutions subject to the act; . requires institutions to file separate registration and exempt applications for each campus that the institution operates; . requires a proprietary school to submit a review of its continued qualification for certification; . specifies information that a proprietary school is required to submit to demonstrate that it is financially sound; . modifies a provision relating to division inspections of a proprietary school; and . modifies a provision relating to criminal background checks that the division may require.
SJR #9 Joint Resolution - Governance of Public and Higher Education

 

Stuart C. Reid

 

Senate Filed
This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to modify provisions relating to the governance of public and higher education. This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to: . move the general control and supervision of the public education system from the State Board of Education to the Governor, as provided by statute, and make conforming changes; and . provide that the Governor has general control and supervision of the higher education system, as provided by statute. Special Clauses: This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters. This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2013, for this proposal.