Bills and Motions 2007

GOVERNMENT BILLS

Bill 1
Lobbyists Act

Sponsored by Premier Ed Stelmach, Bill 1 establishes a lobbyist registry, prohibits lobbying government and being paid to advise government on the same subject at the same time and requires release of government payment information on a regular basis.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:

March 7, 2007

March 22, 2007

Referred to Standing Committee on Government Services: May 29, 2007

Reported to legislative assembly: November 6, 2007

November 27, 2007 (with amendments) December 4, 2007 December 7, 2007  September 28, 2009
Bill 25
Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2007
Sponsored by Treasury Board President Lloyd Snelgrove, Bill 25 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2007/08, including $1.2 billion for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:

March 19, 2007

March 20, 2007 March 21, 2007 March 22, 2007 March 23, 2007 March 23, 2007
Bill 38
Government Organization Amendment Act, 2007
Sponsored by Alana DeLong (PC—Calgary-Bow), Bill 38 allows a penalty imposed by a dispute panel under the Alberta–British Columbia Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement to be filed in the Alberta courts.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:

May 7, 2007

November 7, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 7, 2007 December 7, 2007
Bill 43
Appropriation Act, 2007
Sponsored by Treasury Board President Lloyd Snelgrove, Bill 43 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2007/08, including $4.2 billion for Alberta Education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
June 11, 2007 June 12, 2007 June 13, 2007 June 14, 2007 June 19, 2007 June 19, 2007
Bill 53
Teachers’ Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2007
Sponsored by Minister of Education Ron Liepert, Bill 53 allows the government to pay $25 million to cover the teachers’ share of the pre-1992 unfunded liability of the Teachers’ Pension Plan from September 1 to December 31, 2007.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 21, 2007 November 27, 2007 December 3, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 7, 2007 September 1, 2007
Bill 56
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2007 (No. 2)

Sponsored by President of the Treasury Board Lloyd Snelgrove, Bill 56 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2007/08, including $110.4 million for Alberta Education: $97.3 million for previously announced capital maintenance and renewal spending on schools and modular classrooms, $11.5 million for school boards to provide a monthly allowance to employees in Fort McMurray on a basis consistent with that provided by the government to provincial employees in Fort McMurray and $1.6 million for the higher than budgeted cost of salary settlements for provincial employees.

First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 27, 2007 November 28, 2007 November 29, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 7, 2007 December 7, 2007
Bill 57
Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ron Stevens, Bill 57 makes housekeeping amendments to the School Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
December 3, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 4, 2007 December 7, 2007 December 7, 2007
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
Bill 201
Funding Alberta’s Future Act
Sponsored by Liberal Leader Kevin Taft, Bill 201 requires the establishment of a legislated plan for investing 30 per cent of the province’s resource revenue in various funds. Those funds include the Capital Account, which, under the bill, would rise by $1.9 billion to $7.2 billion, allowing the government to pay off its entire infrastructure debt.
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 8, 2007 March 12, 2007 (defeated)
Bill 208
School (Restrictions on Fees and Fund-raising) Amendment Act, 2007
Sponsored by Jack Flaherty (LIB—St Albert), Bill 208 prohibits schools operated by school boards from charging fees or raising funds for basic educational services or supplies.
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 22, 2007 May 28, 2007
(defeated)
Bill 215
School (Canadian History Content) Amendment Act, 2007
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC—Calgary-Fort), Bill 215 allows the minister of education to allocate to Canadian history at least 75 per cent of the hours of instruction in Grade 10, 11 and 12 social studies courses.
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 13, 2007
PRIVATE BILLS
Bill Pr2
Crest Leadership Centre Act
Sponsored by Richard Marz (PC—Olds–Didsbury–Three Hills), Bill Pr2 incorporates the Crest Leadership Centre “to establish, maintain, conduct and support an educational institution for secondary and post-secondary education in such fields as the Board may from time to time determine” and “to award certificates, diplomas and degrees for merit and proficiency.”
First reading: Second reading: Commitee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 19, 2007—not proceeded with
PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS
Motion 503
Sponsored by Jack Flaherty (LIB—St Albert), Motion 503 urges the government “to recognize the unfunded liability in the Teachers’ Pension Plan and immediately initiate negotiations on options for a reasonable long term solution to the teachers’ unfunded pension liability issue.”
Agreed to with amendments April 2, 2007
Motion 505
Sponsored by Moe Amery (PC—Calgary-East), Motion 505 urges the government “to establish a plan with municipalities to phase out the education portion of property taxes for seniors.”
Defeated April 30, 2007
Motion 510
Sponsored by Harry Chase (LIB—Calgary-Varsity), Motion 510 urges the government “to introduce amendments to the Election Act to lower the minimum age of electors in provincial elections from 18 years to 16 years.”
Defeated June 11, 2007
Motion 513

Sponsored by Mo Elsalhy (LIB—Edmonton-McClung), Motion 513 urges the government "to take measures to exempt not-for-profit organizations that provide affordable housing and not-for-profit post-secondary educational institutions' campus residences from the provincial educational property tax requisition, and examine the feasibility of extending the exemption to small scale landlords."
Defeated November 19, 2007

Motion 519
Sponsored by Bruce Miller (LIB—Edmonton-Glenora), Motion 519 urges the government “to reinstate the Designated Community School Program that enables schools to partner with other public and voluntary sector organizations and continue to serve as the hub of vibrant communities.”
Motion 534

Sponsored by Ray Prins (PC—Lacombe–Ponoka), Motion 534 urges the government “to examine the funding formula for kindergarten to grade 12 accredited independent schools and independent post-secondary institutions with the intent of moving towards a more equitable funding formula, similar to the one used in Alberta’s public education system.”

Motion 543

Sponsored by Jack Flaherty (LIB—St Albert), Motion 543 urges the government “to support safe and productive educational environments for teachers and students by providing a clear timeline for priority school construction and maintenance projects.”

Motion 544

Sponsored by Raj Pannu (NDP—Edmonton-Strathcona), Motion 544 urges the government “to introduce legislation to reduce tuition to 1999-2000 levels, reduce the interest on student loans to prime, limit increases of mandatory fees, and increase the number of guidance counsellors in high schools in order to affirm the importance of post-secondary education as a long-term personal and economic investment.”
Motion 565
Sponsored by David Eggen (NDP—Edmonton-Calder), Motion 565 urges the government “to take immediate steps to make fully funded and regulated junior kindergarten and full-day kindergarten accessible to parents who choose to give their children the broad benefits of early childhood education.”
Motion 574

Sponsored by Ray Martin (NDP—Edmonton-Beverly–Clareview), Motion 574 urges the government “to table a clear plan to relieve infrastructure pressures facing municipalities, school boards, and health regions using traditional financing methods to avoid the cost over-runs, lack of public oversight, and sub-standard quality associated with many P3 projects.”