Bills and Motions 2009

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GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 1
Employment Standards (Reservist Leave) Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Premier Ed Stelmach, Bill 1 provides job-protected leave for reservists, requiring employers to reinstate them into the position they held prior to the leave or into a comparable position.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 10, 2009 February 17, 2009 March 19, 2009 April 8, 2009 April 20, 2009 June 30, 2009
Bill 2
Lobbyists Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Alison Redford, Bill 2 clarifies that the prohibition against lobbying government and providing paid advice to government on the same issue at the same time applies to all lobbyists, regardless of their obligation to register. The bill also clarifies that spouses of lobbyists are not considered associates and amends the definition of public office holder to include individuals appointed to committees.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 11, 2009 March 3, 2009 April 8, 2009 April 9, 2009 April 20, 2009  September 28, 2009
Bill 4
Post-secondary Learning Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Manmeet Bhullar (PC—Calgary-Montrose), Bill 4 allows public postsecondary institutions that offer baccalaureate and applied studies degrees to apply to use the word university in their names.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 11, 2009 April 8, 2009 April 16, 2009 April 30, 2009 May 26, 2009 May 26, 2009
Bill 7
Public Health Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Minister of Health and Wellness Ron Liepert, Bill 7 allows school boards to disclose student information and parent contact information to a medical officer of health for the purpose of informing parents about voluntary health programs, including immunization, hearing, speech and dental health programs.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 11, 2009 April 8, 2009 April 28, 2009 April 29, 2009 May 26, 2009  July 1, 2009
Bill 18
Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement Implementation Statutes Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Ron Stevens, Bill 18 amends 11 acts to ensure government statutes are consistent with the British Columbia–Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, which comes into full effect April 1, 2009.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 2, 2009 March 11, 2009 April 8, 2009, with amendments April 9, 2009 April 20, 2009 April 20, 2009 except for section 7, which comes into force June 24, 2009
Bill 21
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2009
Sponsored by President of the Treasury Board Lloyd Snelgrove, Bill 21 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2008/09, including $750,000 for the Office of the Auditor General for a variety of special systems audits.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 9, 2009 March 12, 2009 March 17, 2009 March 18, 2009 March 23, 2009 March 23, 2009
Bill 22
Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2009
Sponsored by President of the Treasury Board Lloyd Snelgrove, Bill 22 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2009/10, including $1.1 billion for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 11, 2009 March 12, 2009 March 17, 2009 March 18, 2009 March 23, 2009 March 23, 2009
Bill 25
Teachers’ Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Minister of Finance and Enterprise Iris Evans, Bill 25 allows the government to assume the pre-1992 unfunded liability of the teachers’ pension plan effective September 1, 2009, in accordance with the 2007 memorandum of agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 9, 2009 May 12, 2009 May 13, 2009 June 1, 2009 June 4, 2009 September 1, 2009, except proposed section 19.2 (2), which comes into force January 1, 2010
Bill 32
Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act
Sponsored by Fred Horne (PC—Edmonton-Rutherford), Bill 32 promotes transparency, accountability and good governance for nearly 250 agencies, boards and commissions for which government holds the primary power of appointment.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 18, 2009 May 26, 2009 June 1, 2009 June 3, 2009 June 4, 2009 Various dates
Bill 33
Fiscal Responsibility Act
Sponsored by Minister of Finance and Enterprise Iris Evans, Bill 33 expands the Sustainability Fund to include the Capital Account; permits the government to run a deficit only if that deficit is offset by a transfer from the Sustainability Fund; allows the government to borrow for capital but not for operating purposes; limits in-year increases in operating expense to one per cent of total ministry operating expense, excluding costs of emergencies, disasters and expense offset by dedicated revenue; and removes the restriction on the amount of resource revenue that can be used for budgetary purposes.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 7, 2009 May 5, 2009 May 12, 2009 June 3, 2009 June 4, 2009 April 1, 2009
Bill 44
Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Minister of Culture and Community Spirit Lindsay Blackett, Bill 44 allows parents or guardians to exclude their children from courses of study, educational programs, instructional materials, instruction or exercises that include subject-matter dealing explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 28, 2009 May 13, 2009 May 26, 2009, with amendments June 1, 2009 June 4, 2009 October 1, 2009 except for section 9, which comes into force September 1, 2010
Bill 47
Appropriation Act, 2009
Sponsored by President of the Treasury Board Lloyl Snelgrove, Bill 47 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2009/10, including $4.3 billion for Alberta Education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 11, 2009 May 12, 2009 May 13, 2009 May 14, 2009 May 26, 2009 May 26, 2009

Bill 51
Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2009

Sponsored by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Alison Redford, Bill 51 amends the School Act to allow school trustees to participate in school board meetings by electronic means or other communications facilities as long as the parties can hear one another
First reading:     Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 3, 2009 November 5, 2009 November 17, 2009 November 18, 2009 November 26, 2009 November 26, 2009
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
Bill 203
Local Authorities Election (Finance and Contribution Disclosure) Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Jeff Johnson (PC—Athabasca–Redwater), Bill 203 prohibits school boards and trade unions from making campaign contributions to municipal candidates.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 5, 2009 April 27, 2009 May 11, 2009, with amendments May 25, 2009 May 26, 2009  February 03, 2010, with the exception of section 3 to the extent that it enacts sections 147.2(2), 147.3(1)(a), (b) and (c) and 147.9 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
September 10, 2010, to the extent that it enacts section 147.3(1)(a), (b) and (c) and section 3.1.

Bill 205
Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure (Third Party Advertising) Amendment Act, 2009

Sponsored by Rob Anderson (WAP—Airdrie–Chestermere), Bill 205 clarifies the parameters of third-party election advertising during provincial elections.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 15, 2009 May 4, 2009 June 1, 2009 November 16, 2009 November 26, 2009  
Bill 206
School (Enhanced Protection of Students and Teachers) Amendment Act, 2009
Sponsored by Heather Forsyth (WAP—Calgary-Fish Creek), Bill 206 prohibits acts of intimidation and bullying and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on school property.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 14, 2009 October 26, 2009  November 23, 2009 (with amendments)      
PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS
Motion 501
Sponsored by Arno Doerksen (PC—Strathmore–Brooks), Motion 501 urges the government “to continue judicious and aggressive spending on infrastructure projects that are aligned with long-term government priorities.”
Agreed to March 2, 2009
Motion 503
Sponsored by Genia Leskiw (PC—Bonnyville–Cold Lake), Motion 503 urges the government “to eliminate provincial achievement tests for grade three students and consider alternative assessments for learning.”
Agreed to March 16, 2009
Motion 508
Sponsored by Manmeet Bhullar (PC—Calgary-Montrose), Motion 508 urges the government “to ensure our kindergarten to grade 12 education system is innovative and competency-based by exploring incentives to encourage early graduation and by promoting real world learning opportunities and programs that help engage elementary students facing difficulties.”
Agreed to May 11, 2009
Motion 518
Sponsored by Greg Weadick (PC—Lethbridge-West), Motion 518 urges the government “to consider exempting seniors from paying the education portion of property taxes.”
Agreed to November 23, 2009
Motion 520
Sponsored by Hugh MacDonald (LIB—Edmonton-Gold Bar), Motion 520 urges the government “to introduce legislation requiring all school boards to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy that includes strategies to reduce exposure to anaphylactic causative agents, information on life-threatening allergies, annual first aid training on dealing with life-threatening allergies, and a requirement for every school principal to develop a plan for each pupil affected by an anaphylactic allergy, including the maintenance of a file for each anaphylactic pupil.”
Motion 523
Sponsored by Jonathan Denis (PC—Calgary-Egmont), Motion 523 urges the government “to introduce amendments to the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act whereby those who are found to have filed frivolous and vexatious complaints with the Human Rights and Citizenship Commission (including complaints that are found to unreasonably challenge the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of conscience and religion) be required to pay a portion of the respondent’s procedural costs.”
Motion 530
Sponsored by Laurie Blakeman (LIB—Edmonton-Centre), Motion 530 urges the government “to introduce amendments to the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act to include sexual orientation among the prohibited grounds of discrimination.”
Motion 531
Sponsored by Rachel Notley (NDP—Edmonton-Strathcona), Motion 531 urges the government “to encourage energy efficiency by establishing a fund to provide interest-free loans to municipalities, school districts, Alberta Health Services, and other public bodies for projects that reduce energy use.”
Motion 534
Sponsored by Raj Sherman (PC—Edmonton-Meadowlark), Motion 534 urges the government “to discuss the establishment of a comprehensive early childhood development policy to ensure that from birth, Alberta's children receive the supports necessary to become the healthiest and brightest children in the world.”
Motion 545
Sponsored by Rob Anderson (PC—Airdrie–Chestermere), Motion 545 urges the government “to introduce legislation that limits year-over-year actual increases in spending by government to the rate of inflation plus real Gross Domestic Product growth with the exception of funds spent from the provincial Capital Account.”
Motion 551
Sponsored by Kyle Fawcett (PC—Calgary-North Hill), Motion 551 urges the government “to consider the feasibility of modifying the current in-year surplus allocation policy to disallow in-year surplus spending.”
Motion 560
Sponsored by Harry Chase (LIB—Calgary-Varsity), Motion 560 urges the legislative assembly to “establish an all-party committee to consider methods of exempting/eliminating the education portion of property taxes for students in post-secondary residences.”
Motion 594
Sponsored by Rob Anderson (PC—Airdrie–Chestermere), Motion 594 urges the government “to introduce legislation banning smoking in any public area within 200 metres of school property.”
Motion 601
Sponsored by Alana DeLong (PC—Calgary-Bow), Motion 601 urges the government “to adopt zero-based budgeting to better evaluate, monitor, and control government spending.”