Workforce Readiness Issue Committee
51st Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2013 Monday, Jun 26 2017 6:56 PM

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H2026:
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS; UNION DUES; DEDUCTIONS  
By December 31, 2013, each city or town council, county board of supervisors, and fire district board is required to vote on whether to authorize payroll deductions from their employees for the payment of union dues. If the council or board fails to vote by that date, union dues may not be withheld. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti   1/30
from House gov do pass.
H2047:
PUPIL ASSESSMENTS; AIMS TRANSITION  
Effective July 1, 2014, the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test is eliminated and replaced with a competency test adopted by the State Board of Education. The competency test must measure student achievement of academic standards in reading, writing and mathematics in at least four grades. The minimum course of study and competency requirements for the graduation of students from high school that are prescribed by the Board may incorporate results of competency tests adopted by the Board. The Board is no longer prohibited from requiring students to pass social studies or science standards for high school graduation. The requirement for the Board to implement a statewide nationally standardized norm-referenced achievement test is also deleted. Various requirements relating to the norm-referenced test and the AIMS test are modified to reference the competency test. Additionally, the alternative high school graduation requirements for students who do not pass AIMS are repealed effective January 1, 2017. Session law provides that for students graduating in 2015 and 2016, a minimum score determined by the Board on the competency test may be substituted for passing scores on the AIMS for a student in 12th grade. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Goodale
Others: Rep. Boyer
  General Comments (all lists):

January 25, 2013

Public Affairs Committee approves a SUPPORT position.

January 15, 2013

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position.


3/21
Senate educ no action.
H2068:
PUBLIC SCHOOLS; CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE  
Statute prohibiting school districts from spending monies for membership in an association that attempts to influence elections does not prohibit school districts or charter schools from spending monies for membership in a chamber of commerce. First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh   General Comments (all lists):

MONITOR


1/23
House com held.
H2147 (Chapter 17):
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS; PROOF; ELIGIBILITY  
The Department of Economic Security must require an individual filing a claim for unemployment benefits to provide documentation or information sufficient for the Dept to determine his/her eligibility for benefits. The Dept is authorized to find a claim from an individual who has the ability to produce documents or information and fails to do so invalid until the documents or information are produced. Employers are required to provide relevant documentation to the Dept upon request to allow the Dept to determine an individual's eligibility for unemployment benefits. If an employer provides documentation that an individual voluntarily resigned or abandoned employment, the burden of providing documentation to determine the individual's eligibility for benefits shifts to the individual. A person who receives unemployment benefits to which the person is not entitled by reason of fraud is not eligible to receive any benefits until the overpayment and all penalties and interest have been recovered or satisfied in compliance with a civil judgment. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Petersen
Others: Rep. Boyer, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Dial, Rep. E. Farnsworth, Rep. Forese, Rep. Kavanagh, Sen. McComish, Rep. Robson, Sen. Yarbrough
  General Comments (all lists):

March 19, 2013

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position.

March 22, 2013

Public Affairs Committee issues a SUPPORT position


3/28
signed by governor. Chap. 17, Laws 2013.
H2173 (Chapter 204):
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; OMNIBUS  
Various changes relating to unemployment insurance. The Department of Economic Security is authorized to issue unemployment insurance (UI) tax anticipation notes during FY2013-14 in an amount not to exceed the lesser of $200 million or the amount sufficient to repay the outstanding balance borrowed from the federal government to pay UI benefits, provide for payment of UI benefits during FY2013-14 until UI tax receipts are sufficient, and pay note related expenses. The Director of the Dept is required to prescribe the form of the notes, interest rates and denominations of the notes, dates of maturity within 12 months, and the terms of redemption of the notes. Notes may be sold at public or private sale. The Dept is required to establish a Note Debt Service Fund to be used to pay amounts payable on notes and note related expenses, and monies in the Fund may be invested and reinvested in any investments authorized for public investments. To secure the principal and interest on notes, the Dept is authorized to perform various actions, including segregating the Fund into one or more accounts, establishing priorities among noteholders, prescribing the procedure by which the terms of a contract with noteholders may be amended or abrogated, and taking any other action that may affect the security and protection of the notes or interest on the notes. Notes and income from notes are at all times free from taxation in Arizona. Also establishes the Unemployment Special Assessment Proceeds Fund to pay interest charges incurred on a loan to pay UI benefits and then to retire the loan principal. Any monies remaining in the Unemployment Special Assessment Fund established in 2011 are transferred to the Unemployment Special Assessment Proceeds Fund. The authorization for the notes and related regulations self-repeal January 1, 2016. The Industrial Commission is prohibited from relieving an employer's account of charges related to an erroneous UI benefit payment if the payment was made because the employer failed to timely or adequately respond to a request for information relating to a claim for unemployment compensation and the employer has established a pattern of failing to timely or adequately respond to requests. If a person received UI benefits to which he/she is not entitled by reason of fraud committed by the person, the Dept is required to assess a penalty on the person equal to 15 percent of the amount of the erroneous payment. For UI taxes, a domestic or foreign limited liability company shall be taxed as if it is either a partnership or a corporation or is disregarded as an entity as determined pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code. The requirements for a shared work unemployment compensation plan to be approved by the Dept are expanded to include a certification from the employer that health and retirement benefits under a defined benefit plan will continue to be provided to an employee participating in the shared work plan under the same terms and conditions as though the work week had not been reduced, an estimate of the number of layoffs that would have occurred without an approved plan, and a description of the employer's plan for notifying an employee whose work week is to be reduced. Individuals participating in a shared work plan are permitted to participate in Dept-approved training to enhance job skills. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Fann   General Comments (all lists):

May 31, 2013

Public Affairs Committee approves a SUPPORT position.


May 21, 2013

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position.


6/19
signed by governor. Chap. 204, Laws 2013.
H2203:
TAX CREDIT; STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION  
Establishes an individual income tax credit for the amount of fees or cash contributions paid by a taxpayer to a state university foundation located in Arizona. The amount of the credit cannot exceed $250 for a single individual or head of household, or $500 for a married couple filing jointly. If the allowable credit exceeds taxes due, the taxpayer may carry the unused amount forward for up to five consecutive taxable years. First sponsor: Rep. Robson
Others: Rep. Dial, Sen. McComish, Sen. Yarbrough
  General Comments (all lists):

MONITOR


2/6
from House higher ed-work dev with amend #4057.
H2265 (Chapter 223):
COMMUNITY COLLEGES; STEM FUNDING  
State aid to community college districts for capital outlay is designated as state aid for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and workforce programs (STEM). STEM monies must be used for those subjects and may include specified expenditures, including partnerships with businesses and educational institutions, technology infrastructure, and student services for job opportunities. By December 1 of every even-numbered year, community college districts must submit a report of STEM activities and expenditures to the Governor, the Legislature and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Information that must be included in the report is specified. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Forese   6/19
signed by governor. Chap. 223, Laws 2013.
H2270:
INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC HIGHER ED PROGRAMS  
The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is required to coordinate with the Arizona Commerce Authority and state universities to partner with specific industries to develop higher education programs that are tailored to those industries. Targeted industries must pay wages that exceed the statewide average wage. By February 1 of 2014, 2015 and 2016, ABOR is required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature summarizing the results of the partnerships and programs authorized by this legislation. First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe   2/4
withdrawn from House com.
H2278:
YUMA UNIVERSITY; TRADE ZONE  
Redesignates Yuma Community College as Yuma University, and transfers the administration and governing of the campus to the Arizona Board of Regents, from the Yuma Community College District. Enrolled students are granted automatic admission and personnel are transferred to comparable positions and pay classifications. All property and unexpended and unencumbered monies are transferred. The Governor is required to apply to the U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Trade Zones Board to establish a foreign trade zone for all of the City of Yuma. First sponsor: Rep. Forese
Others: Rep. J. Pierce
  1/23
referred to House higher ed-work dev.
H2280 (Chapter 139):
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS; STATE PREEMPTION  
The regulation of employee benefits is of statewide concern and not subject to further regulation by municipalities or other political subdivisions. Does not apply to any employee benefit provided by a municipality or other political subdivision to its employees. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Forese   4/29
signed by governor. Chap. 139, Laws 2013.
H2330:
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; BARGAINING; OPEN MEETINGS  
Any meeting of one or more agents or officers of a public body with any agent or officer of any employee organization involving negotiations regarding the salaries or benefits of public employees or any other employment related matter are required to comply with open meeting laws. These meetings must be recorded by audiovisual means and are not subject to executive session. First sponsor: Rep. Montenegro
Others: Rep. Forese, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Stevens
  General Comments (all lists):

MONITOR


1/30
from House gov with amend #4013 on reconsiderstion.
H2399:
SCHOOL DISTRICTS; BONDED INDEBTEDNESS LIMITATIONS  
The maximum aggregate amount of class B bonds issued by a school district is increased to 10 percent of the taxable property used for secondary property tax purposes, from 5 percent. The maximum aggregate amount of class B bonds issued by a unified school district is increased to 20 percent of the taxable property used for secondary property tax purposes, from 10 percent. The new limits apply to bonds issued pursuant to elections held both before and after the effective date of this legislation. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter
Others: Rep. Dial, Sen. McComish, Rep. Robson, Rep. Stevens
  General Comments (all lists):

 

February 22, 2013

Public Affairs Committee approves an OPPOSE position.

February 11, 2013

Budget and Tax Issue Committee recommends OPPOSE position.

 


6/14
referred to Senate rules only.
H2420:
G.I. BILL TUITION GAP PROGRAM  
Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, the Commission for Postsecondary Education is required to establish a G.I. Bill Tuition Gap Program to give tuition assistance to qualifying military veterans when benefits under the federal program are no longer available and the veteran has not completed an associate's or bachelor's degree. Guidelines for the Program are specified. The Program terminates on July 1, 2023. Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in FY2013-14 to the Commission for the Program. First sponsor: Rep. Borrelli
Others: Rep. Larkin
  1/23
referred to House pub-mil-reg, appro.
H2435:
200-DAY SCHOOL CALENDAR; FUNDING  
A school district or charter school, including individual schools or multiple schools within a district for operated by a charter holder, that elects to provide 200 days of instruction may increase its base level by eight percent, increased from five percent. School districts and charter school must notify the Dept of Education by November 1 in the preceding fiscal year of plans to offer instruction for 200 days. The increased base level does not apply in FY2013-14 unless approval to offer 200 days of instruction was obtained by November 1, 2012 and the Dept approves it for FY2013-14. First sponsor: Rep. Miranda
Others: Rep. Goodale, Rep. Hernandez, Rep. Meyer
  1/22
referred to House educ, appro.
H2458 (Chapter 175):
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS; FRAUD PREVENTION  
The Department of Education is required, instead of permitted, to conduct or contract for random, quarterly and annual audits of empowerment scholarship accounts (ESA). Authorization for the Dept to remove a parent or qualified student from eligibility for an ESA is limited to when the parent or student fails to comply with the terms of the contract or applicable laws or rules, and when the parent or student knowingly misuses funds or knowingly fails to comply with the terms of the contract with intent to defraud. The Dept is required to notify the parent or student in writing that the ESA account has been suspended and allow the person 10 days, not including weekends, to respond and take corrective action before the removal is final. The Dept is authorized to adopt policies for conducting or contracting for examinations of the use of ESA account monies; conducting or contracting for random, quarterly and annual reviews of accounts; and the establishment of online and telephone anonymous fraud reporting services. ESA monies may be contributed to a Coverdell Education Savings Account, instead of a 529 Plan, and Account monies used for elementary or secondary education expenses must be for expenses otherwise allowed for ESA monies. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Others: Rep. Allen, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Olson, Rep. Robson, Rep. Townsend, Sen. Yarbrough
  5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 175, Laws 2013.
H2484:
VETERANS; HIRING PREFERENCE; TAX CREDIT  
For tax years 2013 through 2015, an individual and corporate income tax credit of up to $1 million is established for a taxpayer who hires an employee who is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and who is collected unemployment benefits at the time of hiring, if the employee's compensation is at least equal to the median annual wage in Arizona. The amount of the credit is the lowest of either 10 percent of the employee's salary, $2,000 for an employee, or $4,000 for an employee with a specified disability. If the amount of the credit exceeds taxes due, the taxpayer may carry forward the unused amount for up to five consecutive taxable years. Also, the Department of Administration and the Department of Veterans' Services are required to develop and implement procedures that provide veterans with access to employment announcements 72 hours before public dissemination. Effective January 1, 2014, the Department of Administration is required to establish a veteran-owned business participation goal of awarding state procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses. The goal applies to the overall dollar amount spent each year on state procurement contracts, and must be at least 1.5 percent during the first year and increase to 3 percent or more for every year after. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Cardenas
Others: Rep. Allen, Rep. Alston, Rep. Barton, Rep. Borrelli, Sen. Bradley, Sen. Cajero Bedford, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Contreras, Sen. Crandell, Rep. Dalessandro, Rep. Dial, Sen. Driggs, Rep. Escamilla, Sen. Farley, Rep. Gabaldon, Rep. Gonzales, Rep. Goodale, Rep. Hale, Rep. Hernandez, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Jackson, Jr., Rep. Kavanagh, Rep. Larkin, Rep. Livingston, Sen. Lopez, Rep. Lovas, Rep. Mach, Rep. McCune Davis, Sen. Melvin, Rep. Mendez, Rep. Meyer, Rep. Miranda, Rep. Orr, Rep. Otondo, Sen. Pancrazi, Rep. Peshlakai, Rep. J. Pierce, Rep. Pratt, Rep. Quezada, Rep. Robson, Rep. Saldate, Rep. Sherwood, Rep. Shope, Rep. Steele, Rep. Stevens, Rep. Tobin, Sen. Tovar, Rep. Townsend, Rep. Wheeler, Sen. Worsley
  General Comments (all lists):

MONITOR


3/25
from Senate gov-env do pass.
H2485 (Chapter 146):
HEALTH & SAFETY AUDIT PRIVILEGE  
An audit report for an audit to evaluate compliance with a "health or safety law" (defined) or an industry standard with respect to safety, reliability or training is required to include each document and communication that is created for the audit. Types of documents and information that may be included in an audit are specified. Any part of an audit report is privileged and is not admissible as evidence or subject to discovery in a legal or equitable civil action or an administrative proceeding. Some exceptions. A witness cannot be compelled to testify or produce a document related to an audit in specified circumstances. Does not provide civil or ciminal immunity to an organization or affect any other privilege available under the law. Does not apply to a health professional or a health care institution. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Carter
Others: Rep. Barton, Rep. Brophy McGee, Rep. Goodale, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Olson, Rep. Orr, Rep. Robson, Rep. Shope, Rep. Stevens
  General Comments (all lists):

January 25, 2013

Public Affairs Committee approves a SUPPORT position.

December 18, 2012

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position.


4/29
signed by governor. Chap. 146, Laws 2013.
H2488:
200-DAY SCHOOL CALENDAR; FUNDING  
A school district or charter school, including individual schools or multiple schools within a district for operated by a charter holder, that elects to provide 200 days of instruction may increase its base level by eight percent, increased from five percent. Applies to a school district or charter school regardless of the letter grade assigned, and 200 days of instruction may be incorporated into school improvement plans. School districts and charter school must notify the Dept of Education by November 1 in the preceding fiscal year of plans to offer instruction for 200 days. The increased base level does not apply in FY2013-14 unless approval to offer 200 days of instruction was obtained by November 1, 2012 and the Dept approves it for FY2013-14. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Others: Rep. Carter, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Goodale, Rep. Lesko, Rep. Orr, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Townsend, Sen. Yee
  General Comments (all lists):

 

February 22, 2013

Public Affairs Committee approves a SUPPORT position.

February 19, 2013

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position

 


3/28
from Senate appro with amend #4912.
H2493:
SCHOOLS; ONLINE COURSES; REQUIREMENTS  
School districts and charter schools are required to allow students in grades 7 through 12 to enroll in an online course. The Department of Education is required to maintain a list of approved assessments that a student enrolled in an online course must take upon completion. If the student earns a passing score on an approved assessment, the school district or charter school is required to accept course credits earned through the online course and apply the credits to the requirements for grade completion or graduation. Online course providers must notify the Dept of the cost charged to enroll a student, and the Dept must pay the cost and list the cost on its website. The maximum cost is equivalent to 1/12 of the statewide average per pupil funding amount for high school students for all school districts and charter schools in Arizona during the prior fiscal year. The funding for online courses is distributed to the school district or charter school, and is then distributed to the online course provider in specified percentages when benchmarks are met. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Others: Rep. Coleman, Rep. Lesko, Rep. Thorpe
  1/29
referred to House educ.
H2494 (Chapter 147):
CHARTER SCHOOLS; ENROLLMENT PREFERENCE  
The list of students that charter schools may give enrollment preference to is expanded to include grandchildren or legal wards of school or charter holder employees and students or siblings of students who attended another charter school that is managed by the same educational management organization, charter management organization or educational service provider. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Others: Rep. Coleman, Rep. Goodale, Rep. Lesko, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Townsend
  4/29
signed by governor. Chap. 147, Laws 2013.
H2530:
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS; TESTS; SURVEYS  
Students enrolled in an empowerment scholarship account (ESA) are required to annually take a nationally standardized norm-referenced achievement test, an advanced placement test or any examination related to college or university admissions. Some exceptions. The Department of Education is required to annually report on its website the graduation rate of students enrolled in an ESA. The Dept is required to conduct or contract for an annual survey to measure the satisfaction of parents of students enrolled in an ESA. First sponsor: Rep. Carter
Others: Rep. Alston, Rep. Brophy McGee, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Contreras, Sen. Crandall, Sen. Crandell, Rep. Gonzales, Rep. Goodale, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Jackson, Jr., Sen. Landrum Taylor, Rep. Larkin, Sen. Lopez, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Meza, Rep. Miranda, Rep. Orr, Rep. Pratt, Sen. Tovar
  2/12
from House educ do pass.
H2617:
SCHOOL TUITION ORGS; TAX CREDIT; PRO RATA  
Would have established an individual income tax credit for the pro rata amount of contributions made by a business to school tuition organizations (STO). Co-owners of a business could have each claimed the pro rata share of the corporate income tax credit allowed based on the taxpayer's ownership interest. The total of the credits allowed by all the owners could not exceed the amount that would have been allowed a sole owner of a business. If the credit exceeded taxes due, the taxpayer could have carried the amount of the claim not used to offset taxes for up to five consecutive tax years. The tax credit would not have been allowed if the business designates the contribution to an STO for the direct benefit of any dependent of the taxpayer or designates a student beneficiary as a condition of the contribution to an STO. The lists of amounts that must be added to and subtracted from Arizona gross income when computing Arizona adjusted gross income for income tax purposes would have been modified to reflect the pro rata credit. Retroactive to tax years beginning January 1, 2013. AS VETOED BY GOVERNOR. Her veto message stated that this legislation would be unnecessarily burdensome for the Department of Revenue to administer. First sponsor: Rep. Olson
Others: Rep. Allen, Sen. Barto, Rep. Barton, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Burges, Rep. Fann, Rep. E. Farnsworth, Rep. Forese, Rep. Gowan, Rep. Gray, Rep. Kavanagh, Rep. Kwasman, Rep. Lesko, Rep. Livingston, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Melvin, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Montenegro, Sen. Murphy, Rep. Orr, Rep. Petersen, Rep. J. Pierce, Rep. Pratt, Rep. Seel, Rep. Smith, Rep. Stevens, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Townsend, Sen. Ward, Sen. Yee
  General Comments (all lists):

MONITOR


6/20
VETOED message
HCR2026:
CLEAN ELECTIONS; EDUCATION FUNDING  
The 2014 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to transfer the monies in the Clean Elections Fund to the Department of Education for an equitable per pupil distribution to school districts and charter schools for maintenance and operations. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Others: Rep. Carter, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Olson, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Tobin
  5/8
from Senate rules okay.
S1006:
APPROP; ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS  
Appropriates $4.6 million from the general fund in FY2013-14 to the Department of Education for adult education programs. First sponsor: Sen. Ableser   1/14
referred to Senate appro.
S1103 (Chapter 178):
CHARTER SCHOOLS; ZONING PROCEDURES  
A charter school is permitted to authorize a third party to apply to a municipality or county for any zoning application or action. Municipalities and counties are prohibited from enforcing or attempting to enforce any ordinance, procedure or process against a charter school that cannot be legally enforced against a school district. Voluntary compliance of a school district in the zoning regulations of a municipality or county does not result in the application of those zoning regulations to a charter school. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Yee   5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 178, Laws 2013.
S1104:
CHARTER SCHOOL PUPILS; JTEDS  
The maximum sum of the average daily membership is increased to 1.75, from 1.25, for a student enrolled in both a charter school and joint technical education district courses provided at a community college or a facility owned and operated by a JTED. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Yee   3/28
from House appro with amend #4920.
S1148 (Chapter 34):
WORKERS' COMP; RECIPROCITY  
A worker from another state and that worker’s employer in that other state are exempt from workers’ compensation regulations while that worker is temporarily in Arizona if the employer has workers’ compensation insurance coverage in another state that covers the employee and other specified conditions are met. If a worker has a claim under the workers’ compensation law of another state or nation for the same injury or occupational disease as a claim filed in Arizona, the amount of compensation paid under the other law is credited against the compensation due under Arizona law. Claims made after the effective date of this legislation are subject to these provisions regardless of the date of injury. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. McComish
Others: Rep. Forese, Rep. Livingston, Rep. Lovas, Sen. Melvin, Sen. Reagan, Rep. Robson, Sen. Worsley
  General Comments (all lists):

March 19, 2013

Workforce Readiness Issue Committee recommends a SUPPORT position.

March 22, 2013

Public Affairs Committee issues a SUPPORT position


4/3
signed by governor. Chap. 34, Laws 2013.
S1182:
PAYCHECK DEDUCTIONS; PUBLIC EMPLOYERS.  
Beginning October 1, 2013, a "public employer" (defined) is prohibited from deducting any third party payment from an employee's paycheck unless the employee annually provides advance express written or electronic authorization. Some exceptions. Severability clause. Emergency clause. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin
Others: Sen. Barto, Sen. Biggs, Sen. Burges, Sen. Melvin, Sen. Murphy, Sen. Ward, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Yee
  2/21
Senate COW FAILED to approve after adopting amend #4044 and a Griffin floor amend. Roll call: 12-17.
S1204 (Chapter 68):
CHARTER SCHOOLS; APPLICATIONS; RENEWALS; REVOCATIONS  
Charter school charters are no longer required to include a description of personnel policies, personnel qualifications and method of school governance. The information that must be included with a charter school application to a proposed sponsor or a renewal application is modified. A sponsor is authorized to revoke a charter or deny a request for early renewal if the charter holder has failed to meet academic or operational performance expectations, complete the obligations of the contract or comply with applicable law. Chater school sponsors are required to post the charter school application and adopted performance framework on the sponsor's website. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Yee   4/5
signed by governor. Chap. 68, Laws 2013.
S1238 (Chapter 165):
BENEFIT CORPORATIONS  
Adds a new chapter to Title 10 (Corporations) regulating "benefit corporations," defined as having a purpose of creating a material positive impact on society and the environment. An existing business corporation may become a benefit corporation by amending its articles of incorporation by at least a supermajority status vote, and may terminate its status as a benefit corporation by amending its articles of incorporation by at least the minimum status vote. The regulations provide standards of conduct for boards of directors and other officers, and require benefit corporations to prepare an annual benefit report including specified information. Except in a benefit enforcement proceeding, a person cannot bring an action or assert a claim against a benefit corporation or its directors or officers with respect to, and a benefit corporation is not liable for monetary damages for, the failure to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit. The Corporation Commission is authorized to establish a fee for the filing of an annual benefit report, to be determined by a majority vote of the commissioners. Effective January 1, 2015. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Melvin
Others: Sen. Biggs
  4/30
signed by governor. Chap. 165, Laws 2013.
S1334:
RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM  
The Department of Economic Security is required to establish a return to work program to provide a supervised training opportunity to individuals for 20 to 32 hours per week for up to 6 weeks through employers that volunteer to participate in the program. Individuals participating in the program continue to receive unemployment compensation. Establishes requirements for employers and individuals participating in the program. The Dept is prohibited from spending monies on the program unless authorized by legislative appropriation. The program ends July 1, 2023. First sponsor: Sen. Cajero Bedford
Others: Sen. Ableser, Sen. Bradley, Sen. Crandall, Sen. Farley, Sen. Gallardo, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Jackson, Jr., Sen. Landrum Taylor, Sen. Lopez, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Melvin, Sen. Meza, Sen. Pancrazi, Sen. Reagan, Sen. Shooter, Sen. Tovar, Sen. Worsley
  2/27
from Senate appro do pass.
S1349:
PAYCHECK DEDUCTIONS; EMPLOYEE AUTHORIZATION  
Beginning October 1, 2013, a "public employer" (defined) is prohibited from deducting any third party payment from an employee's paycheck unless the employee annually provides advance express written or electronic authorization. Some exceptions. Severability clause. Emergency clause. First sponsor: Sen. Murphy
Others: Sen. Barto, Sen. Biggs, Sen. Burges, Rep. Gray, Sen. Griffin, Rep. Kwasman, Rep. Seel, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Smith, Rep. Stevens, Rep. Thorpe, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Yee
  2/26
from Senate rules okay.
S1411:
SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORDS; PROHIBITION  
Employers are prohibited from requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password or other means of accessing a personal account or service through an electronic communications device. Employers are prohibited from discharging or disciplining an employee, and from failing or refusing to hire an applicant for refusal to disclose this information. Does not prevent an employer from investigating certain violations, prescribing workplace policies governing the use of the employer's electronic equipment or monitoring the use of the employer's electronic equipment and electronic mail. First sponsor: Sen. Murphy
Others: Rep. Carter, Sen. Driggs, Sen. Shooter
  General Comments (all lists):
MONITOR
2/21
from Senate com-energy-mil with amend #4274.
S1449 (Chapter 252):
SCHOOLS; GRADUATION; PERSONAL FINANCE; ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
The list of academic areas which the State Board of Education is required to prescribe competency requirements for students to graduate from high school is expanded to include personal finance. Does not allow the Board to establish a required separate personal finance course for the purpose of high school graduation. School boards or charter schools are permitted to prescribe a separate personal finance course for high school graduation or to incorporate personal finance instruction into an existing course, that is in addition to or higher than the course of study and competency requirements prescribed by the Board. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Yee   6/20
signed by governor. Chap. 252, Laws 2013.