Bills and Motions 2000

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 9: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2000
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 9 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2000/2001, including $601 million for Alberta Learning, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 28, 2000 February 29, 2000 March 1, 2000 March 2, 2000 March 14, 2000 March 14, 2000
Bill 11: Heath Care Protection Act
Sponsored by Health and Wellness Minister Halvar Jonson, Bill 11 allows regional health authorities to contract with designated surgical facilities to provide insured surgical services.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 2, 2000 April 12, 2000 May 2, 2000 (amended) May 10, 2000 May 30, 2000 September 28, 2000
Bill 21: Appropriation Act, 2000
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 21 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2000/2001, including $3.171 billion for Alberta Learning.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 23, 2000 April 6, 2000 April 13, 2000 April 20, 2000 May 5, 2000 May 5, 2000
Bill 23: Apprenticeship and Industry Training Amendment Act, 2000
Sponsored by Learning Minister Lyle Oberg, Bill 23 gives the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board the authority to make orders providing for the approval, registration or other recognition of student work training programs, an authority previously effected through regulation. The bill also allows charter schools and private schools to offer student work training programs.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 23, 2000 May 3, 2000 May 15, 2000 May 16, 2000  May 30, 2000  January 1, 2001
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
Bill 206: School (Students' Code of Conduct) Amendment Act, 2000
Sponsored by David Coutts (PC--Livingstone-Macleod), Bill 206 requires school boards to develop policies on student conduct in consultation with parents, students, teachers and principals.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 29, 2000 April 5, 2000 May 3, 2000 (amended) May 10, 2000 May 30, 2000  
Bill 209: Employment Standards (Parental Leave) Amendment Act, 2000
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC--Calgary-Fort), Bill 209 provides birth and adoptive parents with up to 27 weeks of parental leave, replacing the 18 weeks of maternity leave and eight weeks of adoption leave currently available. If parental leave is taken by both parents, their combined leave cannot exceed 27 weeks.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 1, 2000 November 15, 2000        
Bill 215: School (Early Childhood Education) Amendment Act, 2000
Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB--Edmonton-Mill Woods), Bill 215 makes 475 hours of tuition-free ECS available to all five-year-olds; requires school boards to arrange diagnostic testing for speech, hearing, learning disabilities and physical development for all ECS students; and sets a class size target of 17 students for ECS to grade 3.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 1, 2000          
Bill 216: Labour Statues (Workers' Rights) Amendment Act, 2000
Sponsored by Interim New Democrat Leader Raj Pannu, among other things, bans replacement workers, allows the Labour Relations Board to impose a first collective agreement if one is not reached within six months of certification, extends eligibility for prorated benefits to employees who work at least 15 hours per week, mandates an annual review of the minimum wage and extends the window for filing complaints under the Employment Standards Code from six months to 12 months following termination.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 1, 2000          
PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS
Motion 501
Sponsored by Judy Gordon (PC--Lacombe-Stettler), Motion 501 urges the government "to incorporate as part of the high school curriculum, a service learning program encouraging students to become involved in activities that promote and demonstrate good citizenship, community service and personal responsibility."

Disposition: Defeated February 29, 2000

Motion 502
Sponsored by Shiraz Shariff (PC--Calgary-McCall), Motion 502 urges the government "to reaffirm its commitment to the five principles of the Canada Health Act and ensure that all provincial healthcare legislation continues to comply with these principles."

Disposition: Carried unanimously March 7, 2000

Motion 503
Sponsored by Heather Forsyth (PC--Calgary-Fish Creek), Motion 503 urges the government "to introduce a pilot project to examine the feasibility of a school uniform policy in Alberta schools, as current research gathered from other jurisdictions shows a correlation between the requirement to wear school uniforms and a decrease in school violence."

Disposition: Carried March 14, 2000

Motion 504
Sponsored by Liberal Leader Nancy MacBeth, Motion 504 urges the government "to create an Alberta Citizen's Commission on the Future of Education which would set goals and direction for education, acknowledging its fundamental importance to the prosperity and well-being of all Albertans, and defining a clear vision for its future."

Disposition: Defeated March 21, 2000

Motion 510
Sponsored by Sue Olsen (LIB--Edmonton-Norwood), Motion 510 urges the government "to establish a special task force in conjunction with federal and municipal authorities to examine ways to preserve neighbourhoods affected by school closures and business relocations."

Disposition: Defeated May 16, 2000

Motion 513
Sponsored by Robert Fischer (PC--Wainwright), Motion 513 urges the government "to re-examine Alberta's existing Labour Relations Code and Public Service Employee Relations Act and propose recommendations for their improvement, particularly with respect to collective bargaining agreements."

Disposition: Carried November 21, 2000

Motion 518
Sponsored by Rob Renner (PC--Medicine Hat), Motion 518 urges the government "to explore alternative means of funding education other than through municipal property taxes and to begin discussions with municipal governments to develop new cost-sharing formulas that could be implemented after the Provincial Government removes requisitions for school taxes."

Disposition: