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Bill 1: Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan Act
Sponsored by Premier Ralph Klein, Bill 1 establishes the Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan, under which children born to or adopted by Alberta residents in 2005 and beyond will be eligible for an initial grant of $500 toward a registered education savings plan and an additional grant of $100 at the ages of 8, 11 and 14.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 17, 2004 February 24, 2004 March 1, 2004 March 4, 2004 March 11, 2004 January 1, 2005
Bill 9: Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Marlene Graham (PC—Calgary-Lougheed), Bill 9 expands the definition of public places where youth can be charged with possession or use of tobacco to include school buildings. The bill also allows young sales clerks to sell tobacco in the workplace, permits aboriginal youth the ceremonial use of tobacco and allows young people to be used in tobacco enforcement.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 19, 2004 February 25, 2004 March 3, 2004 March 3, 2004 March 11, 2004 September 1, 2004
Bill 14: Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2004
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 14 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2003/04, including $14.6 million for Alberta Learning. The $14.6 million includes $10.2 million for public and separate schools support ($5.6 million for costs resulting from increasing numbers of grade 12 students returning to high school for upgrading, $1.3 million for costs of providing learning programs to students in provincial institutions and $3.3 million for early childhood services program unit funding to address both an increase in the number of children with severe disabilities and higher costs per child); $5 million for private schools support ($600,000 for costs resulting from increasing numbers of grade 12 students returning to high school for upgrading and $4.4 million for early childhood services program unit funding to private schools and private operators to address both an increase in the number of children with severe disabilities and higher costs per child); and $500,000 in equipment/inventory purchases for continued development of a new apprenticeship, trade and occupation management system. Those increases are offset by an anticipated lapse of $1.1 million in other voted programs.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 26, 2004 March 2, 2004 March 3, 2004 March 4, 2004 March 11, 2004 March 11, 2004
Bill 15: Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 15 increases from $3.5 billion to $4 billion the amount of nonrenewable resource revenue that can be used for the 2004/05 and subsequent budgets.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 2, 2004 March 8, 2004 March 9, 2004 March 10, 2004 March 11, 2004 March 11, 2004
Bill 24: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2004
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 24 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2004/05, including $997.2 million for Alberta Learning, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 18, 2004 March 22, 2004 March 23, 2004 March 24, 2004 March 30, 2004 March 30, 2004
Bill 25: School Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Tony Abbott (PC—Drayton Valley-Calmar), Bill 25 legislates the government's commitment to expand teachers' professional responsibilities to include participating in curriculum development and field testing of new curricula; developing, field testing and marking provincial achievement tests and diploma examinations; and supervising student teachers. The bill also reduces the involvement of the Board of Reference in issues of teacher competence while allowing it to continue to hear employment matters beyond the scope of practice review.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 23, 2004 April 1, 2004 April 26, 2004 (amended) May 3, 2004 May 11, 2004 September 22, 2004
Bill 26: Teaching Profession Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Bob Maskell (PC—Edmonton-Meadowlark), Bill 26 enables the Alberta Teachers' Association to assess the professional competency of its members through a practice review process and allows non-teaching, certificated central office staff who have been bargained out of the collective agreement to determine whether they will be active, associate or non-members of the Association.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 23, 2004 April 1, 2004 April 26, 2004 (amended) May 3, 2004 May 11, 2004 July 14, 2004
Bill 32: Appropriation Act, 2004
Sponsored by Finance Minister Patricia Nelson, Bill 32 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2004/05, including $3.942 billion for Alberta Learning.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 10, 2004 May 11, 2004 May 12, 2004 May 13, 2004 May 19, 2004 May 19, 2004
Bill 33: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Government House Leader Dave Hancock, Bill 33 amends the School Act to include individuals who are eligible to vote for francophone regional authorities in the definition of "separate school elector" so they are eligible to vote in the October 2004 and subsequent local authorities elections.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 6, 2004 May 10, 2004 May 11, 2004 May 12, 2003 May 19, 2004 May 19, 2004

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Bill 211: Alberta Personal Income Tax (School Tax Credit) Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Tony Vandermeer (PC—Edmonton-Manning), Bill 211 allows parents and legal guardians to claim a non-refundable tax credit of 50 per cent (or up to $3,000) of the costs they incur for their children's public education, private school tuition, private tutoring and home-schooling.
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 10, 2004          

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Bill Pr1: St Mary's College Amendment Act, 2004
Sponsored by Cindy Ady (PC—Calgary-Shaw), Bill Pr1 gives St Mary's College in Calgary the power to grant degrees, diplomas and certificates in fields of study, including education, taught at or in connection with the college.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 18, 2004 March 30, 2004 March 30, 2004 (amended) March 31, 2004 May 11, 2004 May 11, 2004
Bill Pr3: Living Faith Bible College Act
Sponsored by Richard Marz (PC—Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills), Bill Pr3 gives Living Faith Bible College near Caroline the power to grant diplomas and certificates in several fields, including education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 18, 2004 March 30, 2004 March 30, 2004 (amended) March 31, 2004 May 11, 2004 May 11, 2004

PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONSTop of page

Motion 501

Sponsored by Doug Griffiths (PC—Wainwright), Motion 501 urges the government "to phase-out the education portion of property taxes over a 10 year period, gradually supplementing the loss from alternative sources, thereby freeing up financial resources for municipalities to adequately provide required services."
Amended: February 23, 2004
Agreed to: March 1, 2004

Motion 511

Sponsored by Denis Herard (PC—Calgary-Egmont), Motion 511 urges the government "to consider the benefits of requiring five credits in fine arts as a condition for high school graduation in the Province."

Motion 512

Sponsored by Liberal Interim Leader Don Massey, Motion 512 urges the government "to implement an adequacy funding model for Alberta's primary and secondary education system."

Motion 515

Sponsored by Mark Hlady (PC—Calgary-Mountain View ), Motion 515 urges the government "to encourage and increase access for parent volunteers wanting to engage in their children's school activities such as coaching, lunch activities, library services, field trips, and other classroom exercises."

Motion 519

Sponsored by Cindy Ady (PC—Calgary-Shaw), Motion 519 urges the government "to establish a mandatory driver's education program as part of Alberta's high school curriculum."

Motion 520

Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Raj Pannu, Motion 520 urges the legislative assembly to "express disapproval of the Government's shortsightedness in laying off over 1,000 teachers this past September contrary to the recommendation of the Commission on Learning to reduce class sizes."

Motion 528

Sponsored by Liberal Interim Leader Don Massey, Motion 528 urges the government "to provide school boards with resources that would allow average class sizes for students from kindergarten to grade 3 of 17, students from grades 4 to 9 of 25, and for students from grades 10 to 12 of 30 students."

Motion 552

Sponsored by Barry McFarland (PC—Little Bow), Motion 552 urges the government "to eliminate the education tax on privately-owned farmland in order to put these on the same tax level as other industrial properties."

Motion 556

Sponsored by Bob Maskell (PC—Edmonton-Meadowlark), Motion 556 urges the government "to take measures to implement a $500 tax credit for teachers who spend personal funds to purchase classroom supplies."

Motion 559
Sponsored by George VanderBurg (PC—Whitecourt-Ste Anne), Motion 559 urges the government "to review the Alberta Teachers' Pension Plan existing debt load with the intention to aggressively reduce the terms of repayment."
Motion 578
Sponsored by Gary Masyk (PC—Edmonton-Norwood), Motion 578 urges the government "to work with provincial school boards and the Department of Government Services to ensure that all students receive and pass a driver training course prior to their being allowed to obtain a learner's licence."
Motion 581
Sponsored by Tony Vandermeer (PC—Edmonton-Manning), Motion 581 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 588
Sponsored by Karen Kryczka (PC—Calgary-West), Motion 588 urges the government "to support a review of the present remuneration system for teachers with the objective of compensating individual teachers based on surpassing standard performance expectations, education and training, and years of experience."