Bills and Motions 2012/13

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 3 
Education Act

Sponsored by Minister of Education Jeff Johnson, Bill 3 will replace the School Act, which currently guides the governance of education in Alberta.

First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
October 23, 2012 October 24, 2012 October 30, 2012, with amendments November 19, 2012 December 10, 2012 On proclamation
Bill 4 
Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act
Sponsored by Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation Don Scott, Bill 4, which applies to school boards and other bodies, creates an Office of the Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner to investigate and resolve complaints by employees who report violations of provincial or federal law, acts or omissions that create a danger to the public or environment, and gross mismanagement of public funds. The bill also protects employees who make disclosure from reprisals, such as wrongful dismissal, and creates a process for the disclosure of wrongdoing.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
October 30, 2012 November 7, 2012 November 28, 2012 November 28, 2012 December 10, 2012 On proclamation
Bill 7 
Election Accountability Amendment Act, 2012
Sponsored by Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis, Bill 7 amends the Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, the Senatorial Election Act and the Local Authorities Election Act. Among other things, the latter amendments extend the term of office of elected authorities, including school boards, from three years to four years, beginning in 2013.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 20, 2012 November 26, 2012 December 4, 2012, with amendments December 5, 2012 December 10, 2012 Various dates
Bill 10 
Employment Pension Plans Act
Sponsored by Donna Kennedy-Glans (PC—Calgary-Varsity), Bill 10 contains consequential amendments to the Teachers’ Pension Plans Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
October 25, 2012 November 5, 2012 November 7, 2012 November 20, 2012 December 10, 2012 September 1, 2014
Bill 11 
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2013

Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 11 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2012/13, including $24.3 million for Alberta Education for unexpected increased student enrolment ($12 million) and Alberta’s contribution to school construction in Lloydminster ($12.3 million).

First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 6, 2013 March 11, 2013 March 12, 2013 March 13, 2013 March 21, 2013 March 21, 2013
Bill 12 
Fiscal Management Act
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 12 renews Alberta’s fiscal framework and creates the requirement for an operational plan, a savings plan and a capital plan. It also legislates a balanced operational budget,retains legislated limits on in-year spending increases andsets limits on borrowing for infrastructure.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 7, 2013 April 18, 2013 April 24, 2013 April 24, 2013 April 29, 2013 April 29, 2013
Bill 13 
Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2013
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 13 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2013/14, including $866 million for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 11, 2013 March 13, 2013 March 13, 2013 March 21, 2013 March 21, 2013 March 21, 2013
Bill 20 
Appropriation Act, 2013
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 20 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2013/14, including $4.5 billion for Alberta Education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 22, 2013 April 23, 2013 April 24, 2013 April 25, 2013 April 29, 2013 April 29, 2013
Bill 24 
Statutes Amendment Act, 2013
Sponsored by Minister of Service Alberta Manmeet Bhullar, Bill 24 makes housekeeping amendments to various acts, including the School Act and the Alberta School Boards Association Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 6, 2013 May 8, 2013 May 8, 2013 May 9, 2013 May 27, 2013 May 27, 2013, with exceptions
Bill 25 
Children First Act
Sponsored by Minister of Human Services Dave Hancock, Bill 25 provides for the development of a children’s charter to ensure that government policy puts children first; provides for a review of all government policies, programs and services that impact children, with the results of that review reported to the legislative assembly; provides for more consistent, open and appropriate information sharing among those who work for the health, safety and protection of children, including front-line workers in health, education, social work and law enforcement; and allows for the disclosure of anonymized information to the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research for research purposes.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 7, 2013 May 8, 2013 May 13, 2013, with amendments May 14, 2013 May 27, 2013 Various sections, November 1, 2013; remaining sections, January 1, 2014
Bill 26 
Assurance for Students Act
Sponsored by Minister of Education Jeff Johnson, Bill 26 extends the four-year framework agreement to all the province's teachers and school boards.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 14, 2013 May 14, 2013 May 14, 2013 May 15, 2013 May 27, 2013 May 27, 2013
Bill 36
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2013 (No. 2)
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 36 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2013/14, including $9.05 million for Alberta Education for flood-related enrolment and program stabilization.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 26, 2013 November 27, 2013 December 3, 2013 December 4, 2013 December 11, 2013 December 11, 2013
Bill 45
Public Sector Services Continuation Act
Sponsored by Minister of Human Services Dave Hancock, Bill 45 increases significantly the penalties that can be applied when there is an illegal strike or threat of an illegal strike. It applies only to unions and workers who are not permitted to strike under the Labour Relations Code and Public Service Employee Relations Act. It does not apply to teachers working in the public education system.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 27, 2013 December 2, 2013 December 3, 2013 December 4, 2013 December 11, 2013 On proclamation
Bill 46
Public Service Salary Restraint Act
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 46 allows government to unilaterally impose a four-year collective agreement on government employees. The bill also suspends the ability of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees to access independent binding arbitration and effectively imposes salary increases similar to those provided teachers in the Assurance for Students Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 27, 2013 December 2, 2013 December 3, 2013 December 4, 2013 December 11, 2013 December 11, 2013
PRIVATE MEMBERS’ PUBLIC BILLS
Bill 203 
Employment Standards (Compassionate Care Leave) Amendment Act, 2012
Sponsored by Matt Jeneroux (PC—Edmonton-South West), Bill 203 provides up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for individuals charged with caring for terminally ill family members.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 1, 2012 April 22, 2013 May 13, 2013 May 13, 2013 May 27, 2013 February 1, 2014
Bill 204 
Irlen Syndrome Testing Act
Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Bill 204 ensures that teachers are aware of the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome (which affects the brain’s ability to process visual information) and establishes a screening process for students.
First reading: Second Reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 22, 2012 April 22, 2013—referred to Standing Committee on Families and Communities; November4, 2013— reported, not proceeded with
Bill 211 
Education (International Language Programs) Amendment Act, 2013
Sponsored by Jason Luan (PC—Calgary-Hawkwood), Bill 211 requires school boards to lease classroom space to nonprofit operators of international language programs, provided that at least 20 students are enrolled in the program.
First reading: Second Reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
December 2, 2013
MOTIONS OTHER THAN GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

Motion 503

Sponsored by Rick Fraser (PC—Calgary-South East), Motion 503 urges the government “to construct new school facilities, in collaboration with municipalities, school boards, and other stakeholders, which would function as schools during the day but have the ability to offset operational expenses by partnering with compatible public and private enterprises such as, but not limited to, libraries, daycares, and recreational facilities.”
Agreed to November 19, 2012

Motion 504

Sponsored by Kent Hehr (LIB—Calgary-Buffalo), Motion 504 urges the government “to implement a policy to eliminate public funding to private schools.”
Defeated December 3, 2012
Motion 511

Sponsored by Maureen Kubinec (PC—Barrhead–Morinville–Westlock), Motion 511 urges the government “to complete a report, to be tabled in the Assembly, which examines various strategies utilized around the world that enhance the viability of rural communities and to help retain rural families.”
Agreed to May 13, 2013

Motion 513
Sponsored by Jason Luan (PC—Calgary-Hawkwood), Motion 513 urges the government “to promote and assist heritage language schooling in collaboration with local school board authorities to provide adequate access to school facilities.”
Agreed to October 28, 2013
Motion 516
Sponsored by Matt Jeneroux (PC—Edmonton-South West), Motion 516 urges the government “to explore the feasibility of providing funding for preliminary work on school playgrounds, such as drainage, and for basic playground equipment, such as a swing or a slide, as part of the capital funding for any new school facilities that include grade levels from kindergarten to Grade 6.”
Agreed to November 25, 2013
Motion 540
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC—Calgary-Fort), Motion 540 urges the government “to introduce legislation to amend section 50 of the School Act, with the intent that patriotic instruction or exercises become mandatory for all students.”
Motion 542
Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Motion 542 urges the government “to recognize Irlens Syndrome as a learning disability and ensure that schools have the necessary resources available to test all children for the disorder.”
Motion 548
Sponsored by David Eggen (NDP—Edmonton-Calder), Motion 548 urges the government “to implement full-day kindergarten.”
Motion 556
Sponsored by Sohail Quadri (PC—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 556 urges the government “to examine the feasibility of removing the matching funding requirement from the Community Facility Enhancement Program in relation to grant applications for children’s play structures in order to ensure that all communities, regardless of their financial status, are eligible.”
Motion 561

Sponsored by Bruce McAllister (WAP—Chestermere–Rocky View), Motion 561 urges the government “to introduce legislation to eliminate the implementation of mandatory school fees in public, separate, and public charter schools.”