GOVERNMENT BILLSTop of page

Bill 1: Premier's Council on Alberta's Promise Act
Sponsored by Premier Ralph Klein, Bill 1 establishes the Premier's Council on Alberta's Promise to promote Alberta's Promise, a partnership design to encourage and recognize cooperation among the corporate sector, communities, not-for-profit organizations and governments to increase resources for programs benefiting children and youth.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 18, 2003 February 20, 2003 February 25, 2003 March 4, 2003 March 10, 2003 March 10, 2003
Bill 2: Financial Statutes Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 2 establishes a sustainability fund, funded from resource revenues, to avoid program cuts if resource revenue drops below $3.5 billion or if other government revenue declines significantly; establishes a capital account to help address pressing infrastructure needs; and eliminates the rule that 75 percent of the economic cushion be dedicated to debt reduction.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 24, 2003 February 26, 2003 March 3, 2003 March 4, 2003 March 10, 2003 on various dates
Bill 17: Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2003
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 17 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2002/03, including $33.5 million for Alberta Learning. The $33.5 million consists of $25 million for the Teachers' Pension Plan to fulfill the government's commitment to pay, for a one-year period, teachers' share of the unfunded pension liability related to pre-1992 service; $7 million for the Calgary Board of Education for unique benefit cost increases awarded by the arbitration tribunal; and $1.5 million for the government's current services payments for teachers' pensions.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 27, 2003 March 3, 2003 March 4, 2003 March 5, 2003 March 10, 2003 March 10, 2003
Bill 23: Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act
Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Bill 23 amends section 44(2)(b) of the School Act by striking out "section 106 of the Child Welfare Act" and substituting "the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act".
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 4, 2003 April 7, 2003 April 29, 2003 May 7, 2003 May 16, 2003 August 1, 2004
Bill 30: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2003
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 30 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2003/04, including $918 million for Alberta Learning, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 17, 2003 March 18, 2003 March 19, 2003 March 25, 2003 March 27, 2003 March 27, 2003
Bill 31: Local Authorities Election Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Gord Graydon (PC—-Grande Prairie-Wapiti), Bill 31 incorporates changes requested by local authorities since the 2001 local authorities elections, including changes to the way school board elections are conducted.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 13, 2003 April 22, 2003 May 6, 2003 May 12, 2003 May 16, 2003 May 16, 2003
Bill 39: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dave Hancock, Bill 39 amends the School Act to protect from liability school board trustees, employees and volunteers and school council members acting in good faith while performing their duties.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 8, 2003 May 13, 2003 May 13, 2003 May 14, 2003 May 16, 2003 May 16, 2003
Bill 40: Appropriation Act, 2003
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 40 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2003/04, including $3.716 billion for Alberta Learning.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 12, 2003 May 13, 2003 May 14, 2003 May 15, 2003 May 16, 2003 May 16, 2003
Bill 43: Post-secondary Learning Act
Sponsored by Learning Minister Lyle Oberg, Bill 43 combines the Universities Act, Colleges Act, Technical Institutes Act and Banff Centre Act; establishes the Campus Alberta Board of Accreditation and Co-ordination to facilitate the development and expansion of degree completion opportunities; removes from legislation a provision that prevents public postsecondary institutions from collecting more than 30 percent of their operating budget from tuition; prohibits strikes by and lockouts of academic staff and graduate students employed as instructional staff at public postsecondary institutions; and prohibits school boards from using the term "college" or "technical institute" in connection with their educational or other activities.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 12, 2003 November 19, 2003 November 25, 2003 (amended) December 3, 2003 December 4, 2003

March 18, 2004 [except section 61(2)(b)]

September 1, 2004 [section 61(2)(b)]

Bill 54: Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2003 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 54 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2003/04, including $30 million in one-time funding to address school operations and maintenance pressures; $14.4 million for services to children with severe disabilities; $12.5 million for unfunded, non-certificated salaries and other cost pressures; and $9.8 million to reinstate credit enrolment unit funding for grade 10 students effective September 1, 2003.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 26, 2003 November 27, 2003 December 1, 2003 December 2, 2003 December 4, 2003 December 4, 2003

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLSTop of page

Bill 203: School (Compulsory Attendance) Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Barry McFarland (PC—Little Bow), Bill 203 raises from 16 to 17 years the age at which students can legally drop out of school; removes a provision in the School Act allowing students to be excused from school for such reasons as sickness or other unavoidable causes, religious holidays, and suspension or expulsion; and eliminates the Attendance Board, a government-appointed body that provides school boards with an alternative to the courts to enforce school attendance.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 24, 2003 March 10, 2003 March 24, 2003 April 7, 2003 April 9, 2003  
Bill 209: School (Fees Elimination) Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Brian Mason (NDP—Edmonton-Highlands), Bill 209 eliminates instructional resource fees, prohibits fund-raising for school essentials and requires schools to report annually to school boards on their fundraising activities.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 17, 2003          
Bill 212: Alberta Personal Income Tax (Education Tax Credit) Amendment Act, 2003
Sponsored by Tony Vandermeer (PC—Edmonton-Manning), Bill 212 allows parents to claim nonrefundable tax credits for private school tuition and private tutoring.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 24, 2003          
Bill 218: Financial Summit Act
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC—Calgary-Fort), Bill 218 requires the government to hold an annual summit at which individuals and organizations that receive, or whose members receive, government funding can discuss their funding "demands" for the following fiscal year.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2003          

PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONSTop of page

Motion 509

Sponsored by Cindy Ady (PC—Calgary-Shaw), Motion 509 urges the government "to review the success of the policy of including mild to moderately disabled students in Alberta's classrooms and strike a committee to recommend whether there should be more choices made available for these students within Alberta's schools."—Withdrawn

Motion 515

Sponsored by Denis Herard (PC—Calgary-Egmont), Motion 515 urges the government "to consider requiring five credits in fine arts as a condition for high school graduation in the Province."

Motion 519

Sponsored by Bob Maskell (PC—Edmonton-Meadowlark), Motion 519 urges the government "to take measures to implement a $500 tax credit for teachers who spend personal funds to purchase classroom supplies."

Motion 535

Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 535 urges the government to urge the federal government "to create a GST exemption category for all school materials purchases and post-secondary textbook purchases."

Motion 550

Sponsored by Doug Horner (PC—Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St Albert), Motion 550 urges the government "to initiate, with federal participation, an integrated, comprehensive pilot project, kindergarten through grade 12, for the prevention of substance abuse which would incorporate DARE (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) and other similar programs into an integrated delivery model for all students."

Motion 567

Sponsored by Tony Vandermeer (PC—Edmonton-Manning), Motion 567 urges the government "to implement a school voucher program to assist parents in paying for independent school tuition and to increase choice in education."

Motion 568

Sponsored by Cindy Ady (PC—Calgary-Shaw), Motion 568 urges the government "to study the feasibility of developers building schools in newly developed, high growth communities."

Motion 571

Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 571 urges the government "to establish a funding arrangement between the provincial and local governments, boards, and authorities that would improve the distribution of revenues to communities to carry out their legislated mandate and ensure that an accountability process for this funding arrangement is in place."

Motion 582

Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Raj Pannu, Motion 582 urges the government "to improve education quality by providing local school boards with the necessary funding to reduce average class sizes to 17 students for kindergarten to grade 3 classes."