2018 General Session 

January 22 through March 8

This issues page is intended to provide a brief summary of legislative actions related to the priorities of the Alpine School District.

ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT PRIORITIES

Strategic Investments

  • An 8% WPU to maintain current levels of services, with additional funds being used to attract, develop and retain quality educators, and support local improvement initiatives and programs ($165 Million)
  • $5 million/year, as part of a 5-year plan, to attain 85% state support of to and from transportation costs as provided in statute
  • $500,000/year as part of a 5-year plan to increase Necessarily Existent Small Schools (NESS) funding to provide greater equity in educational opportunity

Local Control

  • Eliminate the bifurcated Board levy cap – allow all districts to have a single cap at .002500
  • Amend 53A-2-208 as follows – “(b) for a secondary school, to maintain comprehensive programs and efficient allocation of
    resources”
  • Reduce statutory or USBE rule to reduce or eliminate unfunded mandates or non-value added administrative requirements
    – TSSP – expand to include highly effective teachers

Other Issues

  • Impact Fees
  • USBE Credit Requirement and Changes
  • Impact of HB239
  • Student Data Privacy
  • Our Schools Now

Contact Your Legislators

To find out which legislators represent you and how to contact them, go to the Utah Legislature website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and enter your home address under the “Who Represents Me?” heading.

Links to more detailed information:

PRIORITY BILLS

During the legislative session, we will provide a list of priority bills for the students, families, educators and taxpayers of Alpine School District and links to more detailed information.

PRIORITY BILLS Sponsor PURPOSE-BRIEF INTENT ASD LEGISLATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE POSITION STATEMENT/POSITION CURRENT STATUS
HB72 Fawson Change to GRAMA HOLD ASD Board is neutral on this bill as it changes definition of political activity and use of government resources PASSED Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared 2/19/18
HB132 Snow Corrections to HB239 from FY17 SUPPORT ASD Board supports HB132 as it corrects concerns with implementation of Juvenile Justice Reform (HB239) PASSED House/signed by Speaker/sent for enrolling 3/8/18
HB0175 Stratton, K. New Government Oversight Committee OPPOSE ASD Board opposes erosion of local control in decision making as well as new audit and review processes. FAILED House filed 3/8/18
HB0178 Stratton, K. Allows streamlined process with power of attorney versus guardianship for families if student remains in schol boundary and parents are out of state or country. SUPPORT PASSED Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared 3/5/18
HB227 Pulsipher, S. Repeals report for Class Size SUPPORT Reduces administrative workload. PASSED Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared 2/19/18
HB293 Last, B. Education Funding Amendments SUPPORT Significant changes to Ed Funding, equalization, basic rate freeze, tax reform, etc. PASSED Senate/to House 3/9/18
HB299 Schultz, M. State Sales Tax and Income Reduction OPPOSE Reverses OSN – eliminated due to compromise FAILED House/filed 3/8/18
HB317 Pulsipher, S. Special Education Amendments SUPPORT PASSED Draft of Enrolled Bill/3/8/18
HB391 Peterson, V. Lobbying by State Agencies Amendments OPPOSE Lobbying amendments-visited with Rep. Peterson and he is working with the Governor’s office and a possible substitute that would exempt superintendents and allow a designee for each district. FAILED House/filed 3/8/18
SB95 Iwamoto Expands option for retirees to return to work and entity pays surcharge if hired. Alows district to employ retirees and pay a surcharge to URS. SUPPORT FAILED Senate/filed 3/8/18
SB122 Stephenson, H. Bond Election Amendments OPPOSE Limits premium to par + 2%. Districts will need to increase par amount to account for inflation PASSED President/sent for enrolling 3/7/18
SB123 Dabakis, J. Critical Languages Program Repeal OPPOSE FAILED Senate/filed 3/8/18
SB145 Fillmore, L. School Funding Revisions HOLD Prefer HB293 equalization bill PASSED President/sent for enrolling 3/7/18
SB148 Hemmert, D. Public Education Enrollment Application Amendments SUPPORT Public Ed amendments – passed both houses and sent for enrolling. Thanks Senator Hemmert and Rep. Robertson! PASSED Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared 3/5/18
SB207 Anderegg, J. Student Data Protection Amendments HOLD PASSED President/sent for enrolling 3/7/18
SJR002 Hemmert, D. Proposal to amend Utah Constitution-Property Tax Exemptions. Allows private companies who lease property to tax exempt government entities to receive a tax break. OPPOSE ASD Board is concerned about expanding tax breaks and incentives for private companies. Impact to local school districts and other state agencies. PASSED President/sent for enrolling 3/9/18
Legislative Quills