Bills and Motions 2002

GOVERNMENT BILLS

Bill 1: Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Recognition Act
Sponsored by Premier Ralph Klein, Bill 1 establishes the Premier's Citizenship Award, which will be presented annually to one student in each Alberta high school who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through good citizenship, leadership, community service activities and voluntarism. The five most outstanding recipients will also receive the Queen's Jubilee Citizenship Medal and a $5,000 award.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 26, 2002 March 5, 2002 March 6, 2002 March 14, 2002 March 20. 2002 March 20, 2002
Bill 12: Education Services Settlement Act
Sponsored by Learning Minister Lyle Oberg, Bill 12 establishes a legislated settlement process to resolve the teachers' dispute but prevents the process from addressing classroom conditions and strips collective agreements of previously negotiated provisions regarding class size and instructional preparation.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 11, 2002 March 12, 2002 March 12, 2002 March 13, 2002 March 14, 2002 March 14, 2002
Bill 17: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2002
Sponsored by Finance Minister Pat Nelson, Bill 17 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2002/03, including $615 million for Alberta Learning, until the budget estimates are approved
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 12, 2002 March 14, 2002 March 18, 2002 March 19, 2002 March 20, 2002 March 20, 2002
Bill 27: Appropriation Act, 2002
Sponsored by Finance Minister Pat Nelson, Bill 27 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2002/03, including $3.556 billion for Alberta Learning.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 7, 2002 May 8, 2002 May 9, 2002 May 13, 2002 May 14, 2002 May 14, 2002
Bill 35: Teachers' Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2002
Sponsored by Learning Minister Lyle Oberg, Bill 35 enables the government to move forward on its commitment to pay teachers' portion of the unfunded pension liability for a one-year period in accordance with the April 19, 2002, agreement between government and the Alberta Teachers' Association.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 21, 2002 November 25, 2002 December 2, 2002 December 3, 2002 December 4, 2002 December 4, 2002
Bill 36: Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2002 (No 2)
Sponsored by Finance Minister Pat Nelson, Bill 36 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2002/03, including $35 million for Alberta Learning to cover teachers’ portion of the unfunded pension liability and $15 million for Alberta Infrastructure to reinstate capital projects, including school facilities, that were deferred in 2001/02.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 21, 2002 November 25, 2002 November 26, 2002 November 27, 2002 December 4, 2002 December 4, 2002
Bill 38: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2002 (No 2)
Sponsored by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dave Hancock, Bill 38 corrects a section reference in the School Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 27, 2002 December 2, 2002 December 2, 2002 December 3, 2002 December 4, 2002 December 4, 2002 (section dealing with the School Act only)

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS

Bill 205: School Trustee Statutes Amendment Act, 2002
Sponsored by Mary O'Neill (PC—St Albert), Bill 205 prohibits teachers from serving as school trustees. Currently, teachers can serve as trustees in school jurisdictions other than the one that employs them.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 5, 2002 April 15, 2002 April 29, 2002
(amended)
May 6, 2002 May 14, 2002 September 20, 2004
Bill 230: Community School Partnerships Act
Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB--Edmonton-Mill Woods), Bill 230 allows schools to apply to their school board for community school status and prohibits boards from closing schools that have applied for or been granted such status.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 26, 2002          

PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS

Motion 505

Sponsored by Judy Gordon (PC—Lacombe-Stettler), Motion 505 urges the government "to review and re-evaluate the delivery of provincial achievement testing."
—Carried April 22, 2002

Motion 517

Sponsored by Mary O'Neill (PC—St Albert), Motion 517 urges the government "to support and encourage the expansion of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program."

Motion 526

Sponsored by Tony Abbott (PC—Drayton Valley-Calmar), Motion 526 urges the government "to ensure employees are able to secure employment in either the private or public sector without the requirement to join labour unions."

Motion 539

Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 539 urges the government "to introduce two new performance measures in the Department of Learning, one which would set targets and report on the percentage of classes from kindergarten to grade 3 that exceed 17 students, and the second which would set targets and report on the percentage of high school teachers who teach core academic subjects to 80 or fewer students on a weekly basis."

Motion 547

Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Raj Pannu, Motion 547 urges the government "to improve education quality by providing local school boards with the necessary funding to reduce average classroom sizes to 17 students in kindergarten to grade 3 classes."