Utah Legislative Session, Week Two
Monday, Feb. 08, 2010
- HB 107, Animal Shelter Amendments, by Rep. Jennifer Seelig, changes provisions related to animal shelters’ providing animals to higher education institutions for research or educational purposes. Referred to Natural Resource and Agriculture and Environment Committee.
- HB 114, Disclosure of Donations, by Rep. Carl Wimmer, would require higher education institutions to annually disclose to the Board of Regents donations or gifts of $50,000 or more from foreign persons based on their physical address.
- HB 134, Education Donation Tax Credit, by Rep. Evan Vickers, creates a non-refundable tax credit for donations to public K-12 and higher education institutions.
- HB 194, Grants for Math Teacher Training, by Rep. Brad Last, provides the State Office of Education $250,000 to use for grants to public or non-profit higher education institution to provide math teaching training to individuals who are not currently teachers but who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.
- HB 215*, PEHP Amendments, by Rep. Kevin Garn, broadens the eligibility for higher education institutions with fewer than 18,000 FTEs to allow them to participate in the state risk pool for PEHP health insurance. Retirement Committee approved unanimously; now goes to House for a vote.
- SB 35*, Capital Facilities Bonds Amendments, by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, allows the USU Agriculture Science Classroom Building and the ARS federal building to move forward as separate buildings — one funded by the state and the other by the federal government.
- SB 42, 43 & 94 Retirement Amendments, by Sen. Dan Liljenquist, is a package of bills to make some dramatic changes to the State Retirement System, effecting future retirees. While the goals are sustainability, the impacts may be far-reaching. Approximately one-third of higher education employees participate in this system. We are tracking this closely to explain any possible effects on our faculty and staff.
- SB52, State Board of Regents Amendments, by Sen. Dennis Stowell, would require [the] governor, when appointing board members, as vacancies occur, to appoint at least one member from every county where a credit-granting institution is located. Sen. Stowell’s major concern is greater representation from rural areas of the state. The Governor’s Office is working with Sen. Stowell on a compromise.
- SB 55, Authorization of Charter Schools by Higher Education Institutions, by Sen. Stuart Adams, would allow college and university boards of trustees, at their option, to authorize charter public schools. Senate Education Committee approved and will now be considered by the Senate.
- SB 69*, College of Eastern Utah Affiliation with USU, by Sen. David Hinkins, was introduced this week. It will be heard in the Senate Education Committee this coming week. This is the bill that implements the actions taken by the Board of Regents.
- SB 95(S1)*, UESP Amendments, by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, makes technical and housekeeping amendments to statutes governing UESP. Passed Senate a week ago; is waiting for consideration by the House.
- SB 132*, Higher Education Scholarship Amendments, by Sen. John Valentine, tightens eligibility for the New Century Scholarship program and makes technical changes to it and to the Regents’ Scholarship. The major changes to New Century are adding, effective next year, a requirement for a 3.5 high school GPA, and requiring that associate degrees be completed by the date of high school graduation. The bill was heard and unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee on Friday, and now will be considered by Senate.