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May 13. 2011: Legislative Update

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Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources

Listing of Bills with Activity

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

May 16, 2011
 

Meetings May 16 – 19

Tuesday Committee Meetings

10:00 a.m.
House Education Committee, 643 LOB
HB 503 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School
HB 823 Governance of the Department of Public Instruction


Wednesday Committee Meetings

10:00 a.m.
Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education, 544 LOB (schedule not posted at time of report)
 


Deadlines

Crossover June, 9

 

Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources


On the budget –
This week, the Senate shared its spending targets which cuts public school funding even more than the House budget by an additional $129 million. For public schools, FY 2011-12, the Governor’s proposed budget provided $7,572,712,912; the House, $7,229,503,708; and the Senate, $7,123,543,951.  The target comparison, the estimated loss of positions for the Senate, and a statement from State Superintendent Atkinson on the Senate budget cuts are available on our website at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators under “Department of Public Instruction/Budget”.


In the Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Subcommittee meetings held the week of May 9, the subcommittee chairs reviewed the House money report and special provisions.   No details were provided on where additional cuts would be made in the Senate budget.


The Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Subcommittee is unlikely to meet the week of May 16.  The chairs are more likely to share a proposed budget the week of May 23. No amendments to the budget can be made at the subcommittee level – members can only make them in the full Appropriations Committee.  After Appropriations, the budget may then go to the Finance Committee.  Subcommittee chairs are sharing a timeframe of getting the budget to the House floor by around June 1. 


In terms of education-related legislation discussed May 9 - May 12 -

The biggest issue addressed was the constitutional authority for running the public school schools.  Currently the State Constitution – as interpreted by the courts - provides for the State Superintendent to be the day-to-day executor while the State Board has constitutional authority for the free public school system.  The House Education Committee discussed HB 823, Governance of the Department of Public Instruction, which would shift all constitutional authority from the State Board of Education to the State Superintendent and change the appointment process to the State Board.  The House Committee devoted its full meeting to the issue and will bring it for discussion and vote on Tuesday.  The serial referral to Finance Committee was stricken meaning that the amendment will then go straight to the House floor for a vote.  The proposed committee substitute is not yet on the General Assembly’s website but is available on ours at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators under “Department of Public Instruction/Budget”.

The State Board of Education is opposed to this legislation.  The constitutional framework that exists provides an important link to the Governor through the appointment process and provides other checks and balances through staggered terms and the requirement that all rules passed are subject to laws enacted by the General Assembly.  This constitutional amendment would dramatically alter what has been the constitutional framework since 1868 of having roles for both an elected superintendent and a board. 
   
In the Senate Finance Committee, SB 125, NC Biotechnology and Agriscience/Regional Schools–received a favorable report on the committee substitute and, passed 2nd and 3rd readings in the Senate.  This legislation takes on greater importance as a model for regionalization and possible consolidation of programs, using a charter school-like model approach.  It will be important to make any changes necessary to make this legislation more effective as it continues on the House side.

The Senate Finance Committee also gave a favorable report to the committee substitute for SB 576, Changes to Fees for Teacher Certification.  The Department of Public Instruction sought the change in order to continue to fund needed services.  The licensure program is funded through receipts.  Rates have not been raised since 1998 and the division has operated from a surplus generated when many teachers were being hired earlier in the 2000s.  The division also is preparing for transition to an online system which will provide better access to licensure information and allow teachers and others to make some changes in licensure information at no cost and have free online copies of their licensure.  The bill is on the Senate calendar for 5/17/2011.

A bill of concern to state agencies, HB 623, Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority was approved in amended form by the House Judiciary Subcommittee A.  It gives the administrative law judge, rather than the state agency, the final decision at the administrative level.  Contact us if you are interested in more information on this issue.


Other bills that made progress May 9-12:
Passed on the House Floor:
No education related bills passed in the House this week.

Passed on the Senate Floor:
HB 197, School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather – sent to the House for concurrence, placed on calendar for 5/16/2011.
SB 125, Regional Schools – sent to the House.
SB 498, Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment - referred to the House Committee on Education.
SB 648, Amend Law Re: School Discipline - sent to the House.
SB 724, An Act to Improve Public Education – referred to the House Committee on Education.

Ratified
HB 769, High School Work Partnership

 

Looking ahead to next week –
The House Education Committee will take up HB 823 on the State Board’s constitutional authority.  The other bill on the agenda is HB 503, Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School  which adds the following mandate:

“School stores, snack bars, fund-raisers, and other informal food sales to students on the school campus during the instructional day, with the exception of child nutrition programs, culinary programs, fund-raisers for grades 9-12 conducted after the lunch period, and extracurricular events, shall, by the 2011-2012 school year, meet the most current edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”  It also requires the State Board to annually evaluate adopted nutrition standards.

 

Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources

 

Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools

(bills listed in BOLD had action the week of May 9 - 12)

 HOUSE BILLS

 

Note:  “Passed first reading” is the language used on the General Assembly website to describe when the bill has been introduced; it does not reflect a vote on the bill.
 

HB 41 Tax Fairness in Education (Stam, Hager, Collins, Brawley)
An Act to allow an individual income tax credit for part of the expense of avoided public education and to authorize counties to appropriate funds for children educated other than in public schools.

  • Recent Action:
    2/07/11 Referred to the House Committee on Education, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 48  No Standardized Testing Unless Req'd by Feds (Holloway, Blackwell, Hilton, Cotham)
An Act to reduce spending by eliminating statewide standardized testing in the public schools, except as required by federal law or as a condition of a federal grant.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Became law without Governor's signature, Ch. SL 2011-8  

 

HB 51 PTA Parental Involvement/Dropout Prev. Funds (Lucas, Glazier)
An Act to appropriate funds for the North Carolina PTA Parent Involvement/Dropout Prevention Initiative.

  • Recent Action:
    2/10/11 Re-referred to House Committee on Appropriations

 

HB 61 Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits (Blust, Tillis)
An Act amending the North Carolina Constitution to limit the terms of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to two General Assemblies.

  • Recent Action:
    3/29/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, placed on calendar for 4/5/2011.

 

HB 67 (SB 83) Wilson County School Board (Tolson, Farmer-Butterfield)
An Act to change the date that members of the Wilson County Board of Education take office and to fix an error in a 1987 local act relating to that board.

  • Recent Action:
    2/24/11 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules, Operations of the Senate.

 

HB 73 Eugenics Program-Support and Education (Womble, Parmon)
An Act to provide counseling benefits to eugenics survivors, to direct the Department Of Health and Human Services to establish a database of Eugenics Program participants and verify the status of persons contacting the state to determine their participation in the state program, to direct the State Board of Education to include information about the program in its k‑12 history curriculum, to direct the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to direct appropriate faculty and students to conduct interviews with survivors, to recommend creation of an ethics training module for state, county, and local government employees, and to direct the Department of Cultural Resources to digitize existing records for preservation and study purposes.

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 87 Sunshine Amendment (LaRoque, T. Moore)
An Act to provide for government in the sunshine by amending the North Carolina Constitution.

  • Recent Action:
    3/29/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, ordered engrossed.
    3/29/2011 Re-referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 94 Local Flexibility Re: School Calendar (Lucas, Bell)
An Act to permit local boards of education to set school calendars for their local school administrative units.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Assigned to the Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Business and Labor.

 

HB 131 Funds/One School Superintendent per County (Parmon, Lucas)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school superintendent per county.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 132 Make Up Snow Days With Distance Learning (Lucas)
An Act to allow local school administrative units to make up snow days by requiring students to complete lessons posted online.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 145 Phoebe’s Law (Work/School Zones-Speed Camera Pilot Program) (Glazier, Murray, Rapp, Jordan)
An Act to establish a pilot program to improve public safety by authorizing the use of electronic speed measuring systems by the Department of Transportation to detect speed limit violations in highway work and school zones, to establish standards for the approval, use, and calibration of electronic speed measuring systems, to establish a civil penalty for speed violations in work and school zones that are detected by those systems, to create a new special fund within the state civil penalty and forfeiture fund, to provide for the payment of the penalties into the designated special fund, and to decrease the amount of highway funds transferred to the Department of Public Instruction for drivers education.

  • Recent Action:
    4/7/2011 Withdrawn from Judiciary Subcommittee A, re-referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.
     

HB 175 Putting Students First/Local Control (Burr, Folwell, Hager, Rapp)
An Act to amend the school calendar law to put students first and to restore local control.

  • Recent Action:
    2/24/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Commerce and Job Development.

 

HB 181 (SB 124) Add Supt. to NC Econ. Dev. Bd. (Glazier)
An Act to add the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Economic Development Board, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Senate Committe on Commerce.

 

HB 185 School Calendar Flexibility (Randleman)
An Act to authorizing local boards of education to adopt consolidated calendars.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 197 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather (Frye, Jordan, Rapp, West)
An Act to give certain local boards of education additional flexibility with regard to instructional time lost due to inclement weather.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.
    5/12/2011 Received in the House for concurrence, placed on the House calendar for 5/16/2011.
     

HB 200 Appropriations Act of 2011 (Brubaker)
An Act to make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Placed on House calendar for 5/3/2011.
    5/3/2011 Amendments adopted, passed 2nd reading in the House.
    5/4/2011 Passed 3rd reading in the House, ordered engrossed.
    5/5/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

HB 210 (SB 184) Building Code/School Animal Husbandry Bldgs. (Brisson, Glazier, Lucas, Parfitt)
An Act to exempt from building rules structures that are associated with an animal husbandry program operated by a local school administrative unit and located on school property.

  • Recent Action:
    3/03/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.
    Calendared for 3/22/2011

 

HB 218 Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity (Insko, L. Brown, Johnson, and Weiss)
An Act to establish the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

  • Recent Action:
    4/4/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
    4/7/2011 Withdrawn from committee, re-referred to the Senate Committee on Health Care.
     

HB 238 State Health Plan/Repeal Penalties (Dollar, Blackwell, Harrison, and Hurley)
An Act to repeal the body mass index (BMI) and tobacco use penalties from the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, State Personnel. 

 

HB 244 (SB 282) State Health Plan/Add Sterling Montessori (Stein)
An Act to authorize Sterling Montessori Academy and charter school to elect to participate in the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/08/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

HB 247 Enhance Charter School Accountability (Glazier, Cotham, Rapp, Lucas)
An act to eliminate the cap on charter schools, to establish the North Carolina Charter School Commission, to provide for enhanced accountability for charter school academic performance, and to make other changes to the charter school statutes.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 253 Home Schoolers Participate in School Sports (Dixon, Cleveland)
An Act to permit home schooled students to participate in interscholastic athletics.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 264 (SB 125) NC School of Biotechnology and Agriscience (Glazier)
An Act to create the North Carolina school of Agriscience And Biotechnology, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission upon the recommendations of the Agriscience and Biotechnology Regional School Planning Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 278 Update Savings Bond Payroll Savings Program (Hastings)
An Act to update the Payroll Savings Program for savings bonds to reflect recent changes made by the United States Treasury Department.

  • Recent Action:
    4/06/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
     

HB 288 North Carolina Science Olympiad Funds (Glazier, Weiss, Parmon, Michaux)
An Act to appropriate funds to expand the North Carolina Science Olympiad to all one hundred counties.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 320 (SB 278) Continue P3 Study (McGee, Ross, McComas, Carney)
An Act to continue the study of public-private partnerships by a Legislative Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/14/2011 Passed 1st Reading, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

  

HB 322 Haywood School Board Filing Period (Rapp, Haire)
An Act to allow the Haywood County Board of Elections to extend the filing period if no person files for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action
    4/4/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/5/2011 Passed 1st Reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on State and Local Government.

 

HB 334 Report on Fitness Testing in Schools (Insko, Bell, Harrison, LaRoque)
An Act to require the State Board of Education to report on the results of fitness testing in each local school administrative unit.

  • Recent Action
    4/07/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, re-referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     

HB 338 Burke School Board Recall (Blackwell)
An Act to allow recall of members of the Burke County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action
    4/04/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on State and Local Government.
     

HB 342 High School Accreditation (Blackwell, Holloway)
An Act prohibiting any public institution of higher education  from soliciting or using information regarding the accreditation of a secondary school attended by a student as a factor affecting admissions, loans, scholarships, or other educational activity at the public institution, unless the accreditation was conducted by a state agency; authorizing the State Board of Education to accredit schools in a local school administrative unit at the request of and at the expense of that unit; and modifying the budget of the Department of Public Instruction accordingly.

  • Recent Action
    3/30/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report in the House Committee on Education, re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 344 Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities (Stam, Randleman, Jordan, Jones)
An Act to allow an individual income tax credit for children with disabilities who require special education and to create a fund for special education and related services.

  • Recent Action
    4/26/2011 Favorable report in the House Education Committee, re-referred to the House Finance Committee.

 

HB 393 Modify Internal Auditing Statues (Hastings, McGee)
An Act to modify the internal auditing statutes applicable to large state departments and the university system.

  • Recent Action
    4/11/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Program Evaluation.

 

HB 394 Flexible Work Option for All State Employees (Hurley)
An Act providing for voluntary flexible work schedules for state employees during the 2011 2013 fiscal biennium.

  • Recent Action
    4/15/2011 Received in the Senate.
    4/19/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Pensions & Retirement and Aging.

 

HB 413 Winston-Salam/Forsyth School Board (Parmon, Womble)
An Act to provide that the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is elected on a nonpartisan plurality basis and to change the procedure for filling vacancies on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action
    3/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Government.

 

HB 427 Run and You’re Done (Faircloth, Folwell, H. Warren, Shepard)
An Act to provide for the seizure, forfeiture, and sale of motor vehicles used by defendants in felony cases involving speeding to elude arrest.

  • Recent Action
    4/19/2011 Amendment adopted, passed 3rd reading
    4/20/2011 Received in the Senate, passed 1st reading, referred to the Committee on Judiciary II.


 HB 466 Spend 65% of Funds in the Classroom (Blust)
An Act to ensure that at least sixty-five percent of school funding is used for classroom instruction.

  • Recent Action
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Appropriations.

 

HB 467 Improve School Discipline (Blust)
An Act to amend the laws related to school discipline.

  • Recent Action
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 503 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School (Insko, LaRoque)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to annually review nutrition standards for foods and beverages administered by the Department of Public Instruction and child nutrition programs of local school administrative units and to require other food sale operations on the school campus during the instructional day to meet certain standards by the 2011 2012 school year.

  • Recent Action
    3/30/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 546 Alternative Salary Plans/ Charlotte-Meck. Sch (Samuelson)
An Act authorizing the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to develop and implement alternative salary plans for instructional personnel and school administrators.

  • Recent Action
    5/2/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 HB 553 School Calendar Pilot Program/Stanly County (Burr)
An Act authorizing a school calendar pilot program in the Stanly County Schools.Recent Action

  • Recent Action
    4/11/2011 Withdrawn from the Government Committee, referred to the House Education Committee.

HB 556 Volunteer Service in Retirement (Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House)
An Act to amend the definition of retirement to clarify that service as an unpaid volunteer is not considered service for the purpose of that definition.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 564 School Capital Fund Formula/Lottery Proceeds (Hilton, Fisher, Keever, Moffitt)
An Act to change the school capital construction formula in the state lottery act to provide for distribution of all the funds based on average daily membership.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Finance, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 579 (SB 498) Modify Law Regarding Corporal Punishment (M. Alexander, Johnson)
An Act to require the involvement of a parent or guardian before school officials may administer corporal punishment on a student.
Filed 3/31/2011

 

HB 588 The Founding Principles Act (Brubaker)
An Act to enact the Founding Principles Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 592 Study County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins, Howard, Tolson, Carney)
An Act to study whether to authorize counties to enter into public private partnerships and to provide communications services through public private partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance.
 

HB 593 Allow County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins)
An Act to authorize counties to enter into public private partnerships and to allow counties to provide communications services through public private partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance.
 

HB 595 Reorganization/Legislative Oversight Comns. (Barnhart, Burr)
An Act changing the structure of certain legislative committees and commissions, transferring the duties of certain committees and commissions to other committees and commissions, changing the composition of various legislative committees and commissions, and making conforming changes.

  • Recent Action:
    4/11/2011 Favorable report in the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
    4/12/2011 Placed on calendar for 4/13/2011.
    4/13/2011 Passed 2nd reading.
    4/14/2011 Amendment adopted, passed 3rd reading, ordered engrossed.

 

HB 623 Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority (McCormick, Stevens, Cleveland, Glazier)
An Act to modify the procedures concerning final administrative decisions in contested cases heard by the office of administrative hearings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 625 Bill of Rights/Deaf/Hearing Impaired (Blackwell, Farmer-Butterfield)
An Act establishing a bill of rights for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 627 Study Efficiency and Cost Savings/State Govt. (Blackwell, Crawford)
An Act to establish the Joint Legislative Efficiency and Cost Savings in State Government Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 657 Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (McGrady, Holloway, Fisher, Hurley)
A House Resolution expressing support for healthy and active children in North Carolina and encouraging children to participate in outdoor activities.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 665 Require Drivers Education for All Drivers (Boles)
An Act to require the completion of an approved drivers education course before a person may be issued a drivers license and to provide that a person who moves to this state who has a valid drivers license issued from another state that required a drivers education course before the issuance of a drivers license may receive a North Carolina drivers license.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Transportation, if favorable Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
 

HB 681  Study of American Indian Mascots at Schools (Graham, Pierce, Brandon)
An Act to study the use of American Indian mascots at public schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 685 Government Transparency Act of 2011 (Blust, LaRoque)
An Act to strengthen confidence in government by increasing accessibility to public personnel hiring, firing, and performance records and other governmental records and meetings, to require the audio or video recording of closed sessions of public body meetings, to amend the public records laws to provide that the successful plaintiff in a public records dispute is entitled to reasonable attorneys' fees, to impose individual liability for civil penalties for failure to provide access to a public record without good cause, and to create the open government unit of the department of justice.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 695 Family/School/Community Compacts (Bordsen)
An Act to provide for a family-school compact for every student.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

HB 700 Auto-Enroll in Supplemental Retirement Plan (Bordsen)
An Act to require participating employers to auto enroll new members of the state retirement systems in a supplemental retirement plan with the provision that these employees may opt out of the plan within 90 days with a full return of any contributions made.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel.

 
HB 719  Suspension Removed When Eligibility Met (Brawley)
An Act to require the division of Motor Vehicles to expunge suspensions and revocations entered on a limited permittee or provisional licensee's driving record if the student provides the required documentation to the division that the student meets the eligibility requirements and if the limited permittee or provisional licensee has never had a prior expunction from the permittee's driving record.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report Judiciary Subcommittee B.
     

HB 720 School & Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act (Murry, Blust, Brandon)
An Act to enact the School and Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act. 

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

SB 724 An Act to Improve Public Education (Stein, Tillman)
An Act to implement various education reforms.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.
    5/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

  

HB 727 Amend Dropout Prevention Grants (Parmon, Hamilton, Fisher)
An Act to amend the criteria used by the Committee on Dropout Prevention to award the dropout prevention grants, to direct the Committee on Dropout Prevention to use evaluations from prior grant cycles to identify evidence based programmatic elements that are effective and replicable, and to allocate funds to study high schools that have significantly reduced their dropout rate to identify programs that merit replication and assess the progress of programs that are no longer receiving dropout prevention grants.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

 HB 730  Local Bds of Education/403(b) Option (Fisher)
An Act to authorize the Department of State Treasurer to create a centralized 403 (b) retirement annuity plan as an option for employees of local board of education.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Finance. 

 

HB 736  Amend Law Re: School Discipline (Langdon, Luebke, Daughtry, Lucas)
An Act to reorganize the general statutes relating to school discipline; prevent litigation by adding definitions to and clarifying ambiguities in the current law; codify existing case law; and increase local control and flexibility regarding discipline.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     
HB 744 Safe Students Act

(Folwell, R. Brown, Hastings, Torbett)

An Act to enact the Safe Students Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 758 Establish Arts Education Commission (Carney, Glazier, Adams, Johnson)
An Act to establish the Arts Education Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 765 Study Length of School Year (Lewis)
An Act to establish a blue ribbon commission to study the current length of the school year in North Carolina and to determine how long the school year should be. 

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 766 Testing in Public Schools (Cotham, Holloway, Keever, Graham)
An Act to provide for the assessment of career and college readiness with nationally and internationally benchmarked tests; the continuation of North Carolina's participation in the development and implementation of tests related to common core state standards adopted by a majority of states; and diagnostic tools to assist in teaching and student learning.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Received in the Senate, passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

HB 769 High School Work Partnership (Cotham, Lewis, Holloway, Hall)
An Act directing local boards of education to adopt and implement policies that encourage high school to work partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    5/11/2011 Received a favorable report in the Senate Education Committee.
    5/12/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.
     

HB 770  Reduce and Prevent School Discipline Problems (Cotham, Brandon, Glazier)
An Act to amend the school discipline law to reduce and prevent disruptive behaviors, suspensions, and expulsions.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 785 Salary Funds/ Spend Only for Salaries (Blust)
An Act To provide that funds budgeted for salaries and wages shall only be expended for those items.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 790 Enact Employee Fair Classification Act (Glazier, Brandon, Ross, Bordsen)
An Act amending the labor laws of North Carolina to enact the Employee Fair Classification Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Commerce and Job Development.

 

HB 792 Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act (Folwell, Cook, McGrady, and Glazier)
An Act to enact the Gfeller Waller Concussion Awareness Act.

  • Recent Action:
    5/3/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    5/4/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Health Care.

HB 793 Full-Services Community Schools Pilot Program (Cotham, Brandon, Jackson)
An Act to establish the full-service community schools pilot program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 794  Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Cotham, M. Alexander, Keever, Johnson)
An Act to modify the law relating to career status for pubic school teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel.

 

HB 815 Teachers/Isolated K-12 Schools (West, Haire)
An Act to amend a budget provision on teachers in geographically isolated k 12 schools to remove a limitation

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 822 Dropout Recovery Pilot Program (Holloway, Hilton, Blackwell, Langdon)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to implement a Dropout Prevention Pilot Program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 823 Governance of the Dep’t of Public Instruction (Holloway, Hilton, Brubaker, Blackwell)
An Act to amend the North Carolina Constitution to make the Superintendent of Public Instruction the head of the Department of Public Instruction, to make the State Board of Education an advisory body, to modify the membership of the State Board of Education, and to make conforming changes to the general statutes.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Serial Referral to Finance is stricken.

 

HB 826  Coverage for Treatment of Autism Disorders

(Parfitt, Glazier, Keever, Murry)

An Act to require health benefit plans, including the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Service, if favorable, Insurance.

 

HB 829 Streamline Education Planning Responsibility (Cotham, Glazier, Holloway, Blackwell)

An Act to streamline public school planning responsibilities.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     

HB 831 Multiple Birth Sibling Classroom Placement (Murry)
An Act to allow parents or guardians to make the decision regarding classroom placement for multiple birth siblings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.


HB 836 Compensation Study /State Bds. and Comms. (McElraft)
An Act creating the study committee on the compensation of state board and commission employees.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 837 Completion of CPR by Students Required (Carney, Justice)
An Act to make successful completion of instruction in CPR a requirement for high school graduation.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 840  Healthier and Greener Schools Act (Harrison, Cotham, Carney, Glazier)
An Act to enact the Healthy Schools Act of 2011.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Appropriations.

 

HB 855 Personal Learning Plan for Each Child (Brandon)
An Act to require the public schools to provide a personal education plan for every student.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 856 Funding Formula for NC Virtual Public Schools (Langdon, Stevens)
An Act regarding the implementation of North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 860 NC Science Competitions Program Ctr. Funds (Jeffus, Tolson, Fisher, and Glazier)
An Act to appropriate funds to the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, Inc., to create the North Carolina Science Competitions Program Center to establish and support science competitions in all counties of the state to prepare students for an economy based on technology and innovation.

  • Recent Action:
    4/11/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

   

HB 866 Transition Residential Schools to DPI (Glazier, Insko)
An Act to provide the state board of education with the authority to assume governance and operation of the eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, The North Carolina School for the Deaf, and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, to provide funding for oversight of these schools, to repeal unnecessary statutes related to oversight of the residential schools by the Department of Health and Human Services, and to provide funds to the Department of Public Instruction for proper oversight of the residential schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/18/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, Appropriations

 

HB 891 Restore Teacher Asst. Funds (Luebke, Bryant, Wainwright, Weiss)
An Act to appropriate funds for teacher assistants.

  • Recent Action:
    5/5/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 914 AED’s in State Buildings (Carney, E. Warren, Hackney, Brubaker)
An Act to place automatic external defibrillators (AEDS) in all buildings and facilities that house  state services, agencies, and institutions and provide training for state employees in those facilities.

  • Recent Action:
    5/5/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

  

SENATE BILLS

 

SB 8 No Cap on the Number of Charter Schools (Stevens)
An Act to remove the cap on the number of charter schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/11/2011 Amendment failed, passed 3rd reading in the House.
    4/12/2011 Received in the House for concurrence.
    4/13/2011 Placed on House calendar for 4/14/2011
    4/14/2011 Committee substitute failed concurrence, conference committee appointed.

 

SB 13 Balanced Budget Act of 2011 (Stevens, Brunstetter, Hunt)
An Act to enact the Balanced Budget Act of 2011.

  • Recent Action:
    3/9/2011 Withdrawn from Committee, placed on Senate Calendar for 3/9/2011
    3/9/2011 Veto Overridden, sent to the House, received and read.

 

SB 49 Increase Fine for Speeding/School Zones (Allran)
An Act to increase the fine for speeding in a school zone from twenty five dollars to two hundred fifty dollars.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Ratified.
    5/3/2011 Presented to the Governor
    5/3/2011 Signed by the Governor, Ch.SL 2011-64.
                                                                                                                                

SB 62 Make up Snow days with Distance Learning (Mansfield)
An Act to allow local school administrative units to make up snow days by requiring students to complete lessons posted online. 

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 67 Sunshine Amendment (Clary, Tucker, Goolsby)
An Act to provide for government in the sunshine by amending the North Carolina Constitution.

  • Recent Action:
    2/16/2011 Referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee

 

SB 83 (HB 67) Wilson County School Board (Newton)
An Act to change the date that members of the Wilson County Board of Education take office and to fix an error in a 1987 local act relating to that board.

  • Recent Action:
    4/26/2011 Ratified
    4/26/2011 Ch. SL 2011-53

 

SJR 90 State Board of Education Confirmations (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
A Joint Resolution providing for confirmation of appointments by the Governor to the State Board of Education.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Withdrawn from the Senate Education Committee.
    5/10/2011 Re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SJR 92 State Board of Education Confirmations (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
A Joint Resolution providing for a joint session of the General Assembly to act on A Joint Resolution providing for confirmation of the appointments by the Governor of new members to the State Board of Education.

  • Recent Action:
    2/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 115 Coverage of Treatment of Autism Disorders (Purcell, Garrou, Mansfield)
An Act to require health benefit plans, including the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 124 Add Supt. to NC Econ. Dev. Bd. (Brown, Hartsell)
An Act to add the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Economic Development Board, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred Committee on State and Local Government.

 

SB 125 NC School of Biotechnology and Agriscience (Brown, Hartsell)
An Act to create the North Carolina school of Agriscience And Biotechnology, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission upon the recommendations of the Agriscience and Biotechnology Regional School Planning Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    5/11/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report on the Senate Finance Committee, committee substitute adopted.
    5/12/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.
     

SB 137 (HB 120) Establish a Forgivable Loan Fund (Stevens/Vaughn)
An Act to establish the Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program and the Forgivable Education Loans For Service Fund as recommended by the Joint Select Committee on State Funded Student Financial Aid.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Received in the Senate for concurrence, placed on Senate calendar for 5/3/2011.
    5/3/2011 Concurred in with committee substitute.
    5/4/2011 Ratified.
    5/5/2011 Presented to the Governor on 5/5/2011.

 

SB 140 Leadership Limits/Gubernatorial Team Ticket (Apodaca, Brunstetter, Tucker)
An Act to amend the North Carolina Constitution to limit the speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to three consecutive two year terms in those offices, and to provide that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall run together in the general election.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 169 Study Innovations/Incentives in Education (Hartsell)
An Act creating The Innovations in Education Legislative Study Commission to study the feasibility of offering financial incentives to students for quality academic performance.

  • Recent Action:
    4/27/2011 Favorable report in the Senate Education/Higher Education, re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 172 Classroom Experience for School Personnel (Hartsell)
An Act to give classroom experience to professional public school employees who are not classroom teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    3/3/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 184 (HB 210) Building Code/School Animal Husbandry Bldgs. (Brisson, Glazier, Lucas, Parfitt)
An Act to exempt from building rules structures that are associated with an animal husbandry program operated by a local school administrative unit and located on school property.

  • Recent Action:
    3/03/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 265 Transfer State Health Plan to State Treasurer (Apodaca, Brunstetter, Hartsell)
An Act to transfer the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees to the Department of State Treasurer.

  • Recent Action:
    4/5/2011 Ratified
    4/6/2011 Presented to the Governor.
     

SB 278 (HB 320) Continue P3 Study (Jenkins)
An Act to continue the study of public-private partnerships by a Legislative Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 282 (HB 244) State Health Plan/Add Sterling Montessori (Stein)
An Act to authorize Sterling Montessori Academy and charter school to elect to participate in the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 283 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather(Hise)
An Act to address school days missed by mountain counties due to inclement weather.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Withdrawn from the Education/Higher Education Committee, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 296 Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (Atwater, McKissick)
An Act to broaden the definition of cooperative innovative high school programs.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     Calendared for 3/23/2011.

 

SB 339 Modify Driver’s Education Program (Hartsell)
An Act to require the Department of Public Instruction to provide additional fiscal and technical oversight of the driver education program, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee.

  • Recent Action:
    4/7/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
     

SB 361 Interscholastic Sports Open to all Students (Tillman, Hise)
An Act permitting students who attend a public school, private school, home school, or charter school without an interscholastic athletics program in a given sport to participate in that sport at a public high school.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Withdrawn from the Education/Higher Education Committee, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

      

SB 362 Reallocate Lottery Funds (Tillman, Tucker)
An Act to reallocate lottery funding from class size reduction and pre k programs to school construction.

  • Recent Action:
    3/17/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education, if favorable re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

SB 389 Transfer Child Nutrition Program to DACS (East, Rouzer, Apodaca)
An Act to transfer the child nutrition program and child nutrition services of the Division of School Support of the Department of Public Instruction to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and to make conforming changes.

  • Recent Action:
    3/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources

 

SB 391 SPA/Repeal RIF Priority Consideration (Brunstetter, Hise)
An Act repealing the priority consideration in hiring given under the state personnel act to covered employees subject to reductions in force. 

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Judiciary I.

 

SB 394 Clarify Process/Reportable Offenses in School (Newton, Tillman, Preston)
An Act to clarify the requirement that school principals report certain acts to law enforcement.

  • Recent Action:
    4/11/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report, committee substitute adopted.
    4/12/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, placed on calendar for 4/13/2011.
    4/13/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.

SB 396 Repeal Civil Penalty Funds to Schools (Gunn)
An Act to repay the funds owed to local school administrative units in accordance with the requirements of the judgment in the civil penalties case.

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 400 (HB 334) Report on Fitness Testing in Schools (Purcell)
An Act to require the State Board of Education to report on the results of fitness testing in each local school administrative unit.

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 415 Eliminate Cost of Reduced Price School Meals (Purcell)
An Act to eliminate the cost of reduced price lunches for school children who qualify for reduced price meals.

  • Recent Action:
    3/24/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 416 School Buses/State Vehicles/Tires (Harrington, Rabon, Forrester)
An Act providing that the state and local boards of education shall use the most cost-efficient tire retreads on and preserve critical tire information for state vehicles and school buses, respectively.

  • Recent Action:
    4/5/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
     

SB 423 Educ. Oversight Comm. Study of Teacher Tenure (Fisher, Cotham, Gill, Keever)
An Act directing the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the teacher tenure law.

  • Recent Action:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the House Committee on Education.

 

SB 466 Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Hartsell, Tillman)
An Act to modify the law relating to career status for public school teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    4/19/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.

 SB 475 (HB 131) Funding for One LEA per County (Apodaca)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school administrative unit per county.

  • Recent Action:
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 479 Testing in Public Schools (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
An Act to provide for the assessment of career and college readiness with nationally and internationally benchmarked tests; the continuation of North Carolina's participation in the development and implementation of tests related to common core state standards adopted by a majority of states; a pilot study of a new assessment of U.S. History based on the revised curriculum and that assesses critical thinking and writing skills; and diagnostic tools to assist in teaching and student learning.

  • Recent Action:
    5/2/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

SB 498 Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment (Pate, Purcell)
An Act to require the involvement of a parent or guardian before school officials may administer corporal punishment on a student.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.
    5/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

SB 520 The Founding Principles Act (Vaughn)
An Act to enact the Founding Principles Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/06/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 535 APA: Modify Final Administrative Decisions (Hartsell)
An Act to modify the procedures concerning final administrative decisions in contested cases heard by the office of administrative hearings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Judiciary I Committee.

 

SB 558 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days (McKissisk, Kinnaird)
An Act providing for healthy families and healthy workplaces by ensuring that all workers have paid sick days to address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

  • Recent Action:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 576 Changes to Fees for Teacher Certification (Hartsell, Tillman, Preston)
An Act to modify the fees for teacher certification and administrative changes to certification.

  • Recent Action:
    5/12/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report, committee substitute adopted.
    5/12/2011 Placed on Senate calendar for 5/17/2011.

 

SB 585 State Health Plan/Study Pretax Contribution (Brunstetter)
An act to study the replacement of The State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees with a pretax contribution to employees to provide for their own health insurance, as well as other possible changes.

  • Recent Action:
    4/14/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 617 LRC Study Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Mgmt (Atwater)
An Act to require the Legislative Research Commission to study implementation of federal food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines in public schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/19/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Healthcare.

  

SB 641 Education Governance Amendment (Hartsell)
An Act to amend the constitution of North Carolina concerning the size and composition of the State Board of Education.

  • Recent Action:
    4/19/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

  

SB 648 Amend Law Re: School Discipline (Preston, Tillman, Hartsell)
An Act to amend the law regarding school discipline.

  • Recent Action:
    5/10/2011 Placed on Senate calendar for 5/11/2011
    5/11/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.

  

SB 667 Permit Advertising on School Buses (Forrester, Hise)
An Act to permit advertising on school buses.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 687 State Retirement Changes (Apodaca, Brunstetter)
An Act to adjust the retirement age for members of the Teachers' And State Employees' Retirement System who become members on or after august 1, 2011, to amend the definition of average final compensation for purposes of the Teachers' And State Employees' Retirement System and the consolidated judicial retirement system, and to establish a special commission to study retirement and health benefits for teachers and state employees.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 689 Mountain Snow Days (Soucek)
An Act to give certain local boards of education additional flexibility with regard to instructional time lost due to inclement weather.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 707 School Violence Prevention Act (Tucker)
An Act to enact the School Violence Prevention Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 724 An Act to Improve Public Education (Stein, Tillman)
An Act to implement various education reforms.

  • Recent Action:
    5/5/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report in the Senate Education/Higher Education, committee substitute adopted.
    5/5/2011 Placed on calendar for 5/10/2011.

 

 SB 726 Multiple Birth Sibling Classroom Placement (Hise)
An Act to allow parents or guardians to make the decision regarding classroom placement for multiple birth siblings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

 SB 727 No Due Checkoff for School Employees (Hise)
An Act to eliminate the dues checkoff option for active and retired public school employees.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

 

SB 732 Reporting of Scores on the ASVAB Test (Kinnaird)
An Act relating to the reporting of scores on the armed services vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

 

SB 733 Modify Small School Provisions (Davis)
An Act to clarify the teacher allotment policy for geographically isolated schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 755 Ed. Employees Ass'n/Equal Access Act  (Tucker)
An Act to enact the equal access act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

  

SB 757 Interscholastic Sports/Concussions (Graham)
An Act to ensure that student athletes with concussions or symptoms of head injuries do not continue to participate in interscholastic sports.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 759 Equal Education Opportunity Tax Credit (Graham)
An Act to study methods of increasing equality of opportunity for nonpublic school education for financially challenged families by enacting tax benefits to offset tuition expenses.

  • Recent Action:
    4/20/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 776 Calendar Flexibility/Greene County Schools (Pate)

  • Recent Action:
    4/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education
    5/2/2011 Re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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