Proposal: Solution to School Board Issue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2008
LEGISLATORS PROPOSE SOLUTION TO SCHOOL BOARD ISSUE
SALT LAKE - Representative Greg Hughes (R - Draper) delivered a proposal to the Salt Lake County Council that could resolve concern with recent legislation on the Jordan School District split. The letter, signed by Senate President John Valentine and Speaker of the House Greg Curtis, asks the council to designate a shorter 17-month term for current Jordan School District Board members who will serve in the newly created districts.
An amendment to Senator Carlene Walker's (R - Cottonwood Heights) SB 71 ensured continuity for the new districts by allowing members of the Jordan School District Board to continue to serve in the new Jordan East or Jordan West Districts. The inadvertent potential consequence of the amendment is that a school board member might serve up to eight years instead of a four year term.
After the session Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper) and Representative Greg Hughes worked with Legislative Leadership to offer a simple fix that preserves continuity while ensuring board members are accountable to the public through the election process.
The county council has added this item to their 4/1/2008 agenda
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1. A PDF copy of the letter is attached
2. Find information on SB 71, including bill text, here
Your tax return: 2007 vs. 2008
Task Force Work 2008
On Wednesday the Legislative Management Committee
assigned additional work this year in four specific areas.
2. Performance Pay for Teachers
3. Property Tax Reform
4. ATC and Higher Ed Governance
The House and Senate will create new committees to handle work immigration and performance pay and authorize two existing interim committees to work on property tax and ATC governance.Bernick
Local Boy Makes Good
Picture by Danny Chan La, Deseret Morning News. Chris Bleak, elected as chairman of Lehi's Precinct 10, helps count other positions up for election. Several precincts held caucuses Tuesday at Lehi High School.
The Blessings of Boring Government, Part 347
Neighborhood Caucus Tonight
Found this on the Amicus
[Update:] I disappeared the TV window because it kept auto-playing everytime we opened the site. You can still find it on the Utah Amicus.
Throughout history, government has watched gatherings of free-thinking individuals who want to take power, guide policy, or hold rulers accountable to fundamental principles.
Lots of those folks ended up in jail. Or worse.
But not here.
Your neighbors are meeting to discuss issues and elect delegates tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. It will take about an hour. You really ought to be there.
Need the address? Click here
(GOP). Or here
Health System Reform
Wednesday Morning News
Tuesday Morning Workout
A Balanced Budget
Last year the state budget was $12,022,354,299.
This year it’s $11,459,984,010.Details here
A look at the last day
Senate Morning Workout: Thursday
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Sine Die - ADVERB: abbr. s.d.
Without a day specified for a future meeting; indefinitely: The Senate adjourned sine die.
The final day
I-15 Reconstruction (Phase I)
Senate President John Valentine
Utah State Senator, District 14
Tonight the Utah Legislature had the vision to approve reconstruction of I-15 in Utah County
. We'll undertake this project without any new state tax increases.
The I-15 upgrade, along with the addition of Frontrunner commuter rail, is exactly what the heart of Utah needs right now. I appreciate the county for stepping forward to do their part. Thanks also to so many others who did their part to make this happen, including the Transportation Committee, the Utah Department of Transportation, Senate and House members, Governor Huntsman, and the Speaker of the House, Greg Curtis.
3 hours to go
The session ends at midnight tonight. Watch
LIVE. (Requires RealPlayer
If/when we do our final informal Media Q & A well broadcast it live right here
You picked NOW to test the fire alarms?
Action on... Oh forget it
This has been exhausting. You get the picture. Here are all the bills
we passed this year.
We will be working into the night, so keep up with our audio or video here
More Action on Workers' Comp
The Senate just passed 1SHB384, Employee Obligations Related to Workers' Compensation.
Action on Open Enrollment
The Senate just passed HB349, Open Enrollment Revisions.
Action on Workers' Comp
The Senate just passed HB380, Workers' Compensation Amendments.
Action on Licensure
The Senate just passed HB443
, Membership of Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee
Action on Ag and Industrial Protection Areas
The Senate just passed HB221
, Agriculture and Industrial Protection Area Amendments.
Action on Scholarship Program
The Senate just passed HB66
, Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program.
Action on School District Amendments
The Senate concurred with House amendments to 2SSB71
, School District Amendments.
Action on Anti-flow Control
The Senate just passed 3SSB46
, Anti-flow Control Amendments.
Action on the Child Abuse and Neglect Registry
The Senate just passed 3SSB17
, Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.
Action on Health Care
The Senate just passed Second Substitute House Bill 264, Promotion of Health Care Coverage.
The Senate just passed SCR6, The Concurrent Resolution on the Reconstruction of I-15 through the Second and Third Reading Calendars. It now goes to the House.
Wednesday, March 5th, will be lived in crescendo. The Senate will work on House Bills. The House will work on Senate Bills. The Senate will concur (or not) to House amendments to Senate Bills. The House will concur (or not) to Senate amendments to House Bills.
Watch for conference committees throughout the day. A conference committee is the negotiating team that attempts to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of a bill. If you don’t know where they're meeting just listen for shouting.
Senate Leadership will prioritize senate bills for the House to consider. House Leadership will prioritize house bills for the Senate to consider. Leadership of both bodies will trade lists.
Bills are debated and acted on much faster than earlier in the session. You’ll see hopes (and possibly tempers) rise and fall as the clock hurtles toward midnight. All interested parties will realize the final success or failure of their aspirations this session.
We may finish early this year. We may not. The latest we could go is the stroke of midnight when our voting machine locks up. You can watch or listen live on our official site
It's been a long session, but a good one. We hope you've found it engaging.
Utah State Senate: Tuesday
Education Funding (1st Substitute Senate Bill 2)
Here's the sheet
they're discussing right now. Chart progress on our bill browser
Update: Now we're debating SB 281
, Part II of the education funding package.
: Here are the talking points
.]Education Omnibus Funding Package
The Education Omnibus Bill
(Substitute Senate Bill 2) passed the Senate
today. Here is copy (pending) of Senator Howard Stephenson’s talking points.
• $60 million ($1700 per qualifying teacher) increase in teachers’ salaries
• $6.9 million to USTAR Centers (Year-round math and science)
• $5 million differentiated pay increase for qualifying math and science teachers
• $5 million to English Language Learner Family Literacy Centers
All in all, the bill appropriated over $3 billion in state funding. Or, written with the zeros, it appropriated over $3,000,000,000. That’s a lot of money.
We'll live stream the Media Q & A around noon today, and again for the press conference at 2:00 p.m.
The 2:00 press conference will be a gathering of citizens and officials to discuss solutions to last year's HB 466
Which comfort animal would you prefer? Take the survey and let us know!
No animals were harmed in the taking of these pictures.Senators Howard Stephenson
and Senator Scott McCoy
's dogs are both named Cooper. Go figure.
The Registry Bill
Education Press Conference
President Valentine, Senator Stephenson, and Senator Dayton held a quick press conference today to clear up potential misconceptions about education funding that seemed to be swimming around.
Listen to the audio here
Noon Media Q & A
We'll live stream today around noon.
Senate Morning Workout: Monday
Best Managed State
Utah is the best managed state in the nation. Again.
So says Governing Magazine's 2008 Grading the States: a Management Report Card
. Utah is on page 88.
From the report:
Utah manages itself with savvy business acumen. Financial decisions are made wisely, with an eye toward return on investment and long-term performance in all facets of state government.
Re: the Corrections Audit:
Recently,a performance audit turned up hints of favoritism among managers in the Department of Corrections. That wasn’t good news, but it showed that Utah had the tools in place to uncover the situation. In many states, the top executive leadership wouldn’t even have known the problem existed.
One more little nugget:
. . . Similarly, Utah has a good idea of what its infrastructure requires in the way of maintenance. And unlike most states, Utah actually budgets for it each year . . . .
Etcetera. Utah's report card is on page 88. Information on categories, criteria, and how they grade is on pages 26 to 34.
The three top contenders were Utah
, and Washington State
. We had three A's (Money, Infrastructure,
) and one B+ (Human Resources
). Virginia had two A's, an A-, and a B+. Washington had one A, two A-'s, and one B+.Congrats and thank you
to the dedicated state employees and public servants who work so hard for the people of this state.
Click here for more information on the Pew Center on the States' Government Information Project
Governor Vetoes SB144 - Part II
Governor Huntsman vetoed SB 144
but agreed to consult with Legislative Leaders before signing interstate compacts.
It's a good move to build consensus before making commitments that are dependent on the actions of others. The legislature sets policy via statute. Governors can't appropriate state dollars nor can they change the law. A compact that purports to do either of those two things would have no binding legal authority.Here's the PDF
of Governor Huntsman's veto letter.
The section on 'veto power' is mysterious to us. When was this bill ever about veto power? Doesn't that assume the legislature passed a bill to veto in the first place? Senator Jenkin's bill was about preventing future executives from trying to wield legislative power
. The final paragraph is the operative section for us - it says we'll talk.
Both sides are a little touchy on this issue – both want to preserve the historic checks and balances
from what we see as an encroachment by the other branch.
Working together will help. We're probably not going to override.