Bills and Motions 2005

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 27, Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2005
Sponsored by Finance Minister Shirley McClellan, Bill 27 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2004/05, including $64.8 million for Alberta Education. The $64.8 million consists of $52 million to reduce average class sizes as recommended by Alberta's Commission on Learning and $12.8 million to purchase textbooks and other classroom resources in support of new and updated curricula.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 17, 2005 March 21, 2005 March 22, 2005 March 23, 2005 March 24, 2005 March 24, 2005
Bill 30, Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2005
Sponsored by Finance Minister Shirley McClellan, Bill 30 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2005/06, including $665.6 million for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 17, 2005 March 21, 2005 March 22, 2005 March 23, 2005 March 24, 2005 March 24, 2005
Bill 41, Appropriation Act, 2005
Sponsored by Finance Minister Shirley McClellan, Bill 41 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2005/06, including $2.726 billion for Alberta Education.
First Reading: Second Reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 12, 2005 May 16, 2005 May 17, 2005 May 18, 2005 June 2, 2005 June 2, 2005
Bill 42, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2005
Sponsored by Justice Minister and Attorney General Ron Stevens, Bill 42 makes housekeeping amendments to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Recognition Act and the School Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 16, 2005 May 17, 2005 May 17, 2005 May 18, 2005 June 2, 2005 June 2, 2005, with exceptions
Bill 51, Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2005 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Finance Minister Shirley McClellan, Bill 51 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2005/06, including $75.1 million in previously announced payments for Alberta Education for plant operations and maintenance ($24 million), transportation ($9 million) and school infrastructure ($42.1 million).
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2005 November 28, 2005 November 29, 2005 November 30, 2005 December 1, 2005 December 1, 2005
Bill 54, Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan Amendment Act, 2005
Sponsored by Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock, Bill 54 provides Alberta students with a $100 grant toward a registered education savings plan at the ages of 8, 11 and 14, even if they were born before 2005.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2005 November 28, 2005 November 29, 2005 November 30, 2005 December 1, 2005 January 1, 2007
Bill 55, Post-secondary Learning Amendment Act, 2005 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock, Bill 55 allows government to create regulations enabling public colleges and technical institutes, particularly those moving toward degree-granting status, to develop alternative decision-making structures.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2005 November 29, 2005 November 29, 2005 November 30, 2005 December 1, 2005 September 13, 2006
Bill 57, Apprenticeship and Industry Training Amendment Act, 2005

Sponsored by Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock, Bill 57 allows cabinet to identify existing designated trades.

First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2005 November 28, 2005 November 29, 2005 November 30, 2005 December 1, 2005 January 17, 2006
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
Bill 210, School (Property Tax Reduction) Amendment Act, 2005
Sponsored by Richard Marz (PC—Olds–Didsbury–Three Hills), Bill 210 eliminates the education property tax over five years at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 24, 2005                   
PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS
Motion 505
Sponsored by Denis Herard (PC—Calgary-Egmont), Motion 505 urges the government “to consider the benefits of requiring five credits in Fine Arts as a condition for high school graduation in the Province.”

Agreed to unanimously: April 18, 2005

Motion 517

Sponsored by Rick Miller (LIB—Edmonton-Rutherford), Motion 517 urges the government “to establish an independent commission to conduct a full review of all pension plans in which the Government has a continuing or outstanding financial obligation.”

Motion 520

Sponsored by Barry McFarland (PC—Little Bow), Motion 520 urges the government “to increase the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 17 years of age and ensure that all able students in the Province abide by the attendance requirements.”

Motion 528

Sponsored by Jack Flaherty (LIB—St Albert), Motion 528 urges the government “to require school boards to eliminate primary and secondary school fees for basic educational services, including general school fees and other instructional fees for basic programs (such as physical education, music, and art) and to compensate school boards for all foregone revenue from these fees.”

Motion 544

Sponsored by Neil Brown (PC—Calgary-Nose Hill), Motion 544 urges the government “to consider strategies to increase the number of students who successfully complete the requirements for high school graduation.”

Motion 574

Sponsored by Jack Flaherty (LIB—St Albert), Motion 574 urges the government “to support safe and productive educational environments for teachers and students by reviewing its processes for assessing infrastructure renewal and maintenance needs of school divisions to avoid the accumulation of deferred infrastructure projects.”

Motion 603

Sponsored by Paul Hinman (AAP—Cardston-Taber-Warner), Motion 603 urges the government “to consider providing additional funding to rural school boards so that they can offer both enhanced academic and vocational educational curriculums similar to those offered in larger urban centres.”