USHE Weekly Legislative Report

Sixth Week: March 3-7, 2014
Prepared by Dave Buh er !"##i$$i"%er "& 'i(her )ducati"%
March 10, 2014

This is the sixth weekly report for 2014 on the legislative session from the perspective of the Utah System of Higher !"cation, for !istri#"tion to $egents, %resi!ents, an! Tr"stees& 2013-2014 Bud(et* The #ig news of the week was the contin"e! anticipation of a #"!get allocating the new reven"es anno"nce! last week 'The #ase #"!get was a!opte! earlier in the session(& There is contin"e! spec"lation of when a #"!get will get negotiate! #etween the Senate an! the Ho"se& )ccor!ing to news reports, there appears to still #e some significant !isc"ssions nee!e! #efore a final #"!get takes shape& *or a!!itional information+ • ,eseret -ews • /S. • Salt .ake Tri#"ne • Heral! xtra +he ,e(i$ ative Se$$i"% -i c"%c ude #y Mi!night, Th"rs!ay, March 10& There is still a lot of work to #e !one on the #"!get as well as several #ills that contin"e their march thro"gh the legislative process& ) report on the final week of the session will #e prepare! #y Mon!ay with a final report at the 1oar! of $egents2 meeting on March 23& .ey ,e(i$ ati"% "& /%tere$t t" 0S') • 'B 72, 'i(her )ducati"% 1rieva%ce Pr"cedure #y $ep& Mark 4heatley, re5"ires the 1oar! of $egents to enact reg"lations pertaining to an employee grievance& The propose! legislation re5"ires sworn testimony for hearings relate! to employee !emotions an! terminations& There are concerns this #ill may impact proce!"res relate! to fac"lty ten"re& 4e are working with the sponsor to amen! the #ill to a!!ress these concerns& The #ill c"rrently awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Senate& • 'B 121, Pr"hibiti"% "% ) ectr"%ic Data 3$$i$ta%ce44 #y $ep Marc $o#erts, prohi#its cooperation with a fe!eral agency that invol"ntarily collects electronic !ata& The #ill wo"l! have ha! negative implications on higher e!"cation2s a#ility to a!minister programs incl"!ing fe!erally g"arantee! st"!ent loans, % .. grants, an! the *ree )pplication for *inancial St"!ent )i! '*)*S)(& The #ill faile! to a!vance in the Ho"se $even"e an! Taxation 6ommittee& ) st"!y on the topic is anticipate! !"ring the interim after the session& • 'B 345, 6e%di%( Service$ 7perated by B i%d Per$"%$44 #y $ep& $ichar! 7reenwoo!, grants the ,ivision of Services for the 1lin! an! 8is"ally 9mpaire! the first right of ref"sal a"thority to esta#lish a ven!ing stan! or foo! services enterprise in any p"#lic #"il!ing or on any p"#lic property for operation #y a #lin! person, incl"!ing 4:year higher e!"cation instit"tions& The #ill has #een ret"rne! to the Ho"se $"les 6ommittee an! has not #een prioriti;e! for f"rther consi!eration& • 1$t Sub* 'B 405, P"$t$ec"%dary Sch"" State 3uth"ri8ati"%4 #y $ep& <ames ,"nnigan, mo!ifies re5"irements for proprietary colleges an! "niversities an! allows the ,ept& of 6ommerce to enter into interstate reciprocity agreements on #ehalf of USH , alleviating the re5"irement for instit"tions to in!ivi!"ally enter into s"ch agreements& This provi!es a more efficient an! coor!inate! process for instit"tions to offer services in other states 'e&g& !istance

e!"cation(& The #ill "nanimo"sly passe! the Senate 1"siness an! .a#or 6ommittee an! awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Senate& 'B 422, 9etire#e%t Participati"% 3#e%d#e%t$ #y $ep& ,on 9pson, re5"ires an entity to contin"e participation or with!raw in the Utah $etirement System #y <an"ary 1, 201=& 9f an entity with!raws, it wo"l! #e re5"ire! to pay the act"arial an! a!ministrative costs& The sponsor amen!e! the #ill exempting higher e!"cation instit"tions an! the #ill "nanimo"sly passe! the Ho"se $etirement ntities 6ommittee& SB 12, 6etera%$ +uiti"% 1ap !"vera(e4 #y Sen& ."; $o#les, provi!es state f"n!e! grants to 5"alifying military veterans who have maximi;e! fe!eral financial ai! #enefits& The #ill passe! the Ho"se conomic ,evelopment an! 4orkforce Services 6ommittee an! awaits final consi!eration #y the f"ll Ho"se& 2%d Sub* SB 22, W"rk&"rce Service$ :"b ,i$ti%( 3#e%d#e%t$4, #y Sen& %eter /n"!son, re5"ires government entities a!vertise >o# openings on the state we#site, jobs.utah.gov& The s"#stit"te #ill excl"!es >o# postings for USH fac"lty an! st"!ent:relate! positions& The #ill awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Ho"se& SB 34, 1"ver%a%ce "& the 0tah )ducati"% a%d W"rk&"rce 3 ia%ce #y Sen& Howar! Stephenson, esta#lishes a m"lti:agency governing #oar! for the Utah *"t"res an! Utah ,ata )lliance initiatives, to #e a!ministere! #y the Utah !"cation -etwork& The #ill passe! the Senate !"cation 6ommittee an! awaits f"rther consi!eration #y the f"ll Senate& SB 3; <1$t Sub=, S%"- !" e(e !"%curre%t )ducati"% Pr"(ra#4 #y Sen& $alph ?kerl"n!, sta#lishes a program that re5"ires Snow 6ollege to provi!e conc"rrent enrollments co"rses via interactive vi!eo to r"ral school !istricts "n!er !irection of the 1oar! of $egents& The s"#stit"te #ill was passe! the Ho"se !"cation 6ommittee an! awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Ho"se& SB 2;, 6etera%$ !e%ter$4 #y Sen& %eter /n"!son, re5"ires the State 1oar! of $egents to st"!y the feasi#ility of provi!ing a veterans center or veterans services at each USH instit"tion as well as !evelop a plan for implementing those services& The #ill passe! the Ho"se 7overnment ?perations 6ommittee an! awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Ho"se& SB ;0 <1$t Sub*=, State-ide 7% i%e )ducati"% 3#e%d#e%t$ #y Sen& Howar! Stephenson, allows a USH instit"tions to offer a secon!ary school level co"rse or a conc"rrent enrollment co"rse thro"gh the Statewi!e ?nline !"cation %rogram operate! #y the Utah State ?ffice of !"cation& The #ill passe! the Senate !"cation 6ommittee an! is awaiting consi!eration #y the f"ll Senate& SB 151, 9e i(i"u$ >reed"# /%$tructi"% 9e?uire#e%t$ #y Sen& St"art $ei!, re5"ires, as part of an awar! of a #achelor2s !egree, st"!ents m"st !emonstrate reasona#le "n!erstan!ing of the sta#lishment 6la"se an! the *ree xercise 6la"se of the *irst )men!ment to the U&S& 6onstit"tion, incl"!ing religio"s free!om& The #ill has #een ret"rne! to the Senate $"les 6ommittee an! has not #een prioriti;e! for f"rther consi!eration& SB 170 <1$t Sub*=, )ducati"% ,"a% 3#e%d#e%t$ #y Senator %eter /n"!son, mo!ifies the Utah 6ons"mer 6o!e in relation to st"!ent loans limiting garnishments relate! to st"!ent loans provi!e! #y private len!ers& This #ill replaces a previo"s version that wo"l! have negatively impacte! USH instit"tions as well as the Utah Higher !"cation )ssistance )"thority 'UH ))(& The #ill awaits consi!eration #y the f"ll Senate&

@ USH has taken an official position in s"pportA @@ USH has taken an official position in opposition& *or more information on legislation, committee agen!as, or to view or listen to floor !e#ates, see+ http+BBle&"tah&govB )ssistant 6ommissioner for %"#lic )ffairs Spencer <enkins contri#"te! to this report&

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