Bills and Motions 2012

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 1 
Results-Based Budgeting Act

Sponsored by Premier Alison Redford, Bill 1 establishes a new approach to government budgeting that emphasizes successful service delivery outcomes, following a comprehensive review of all programs and services to ensure they address Albertans’ priorities as effectively as possible. Approximately one-third of government programs and services will be reviewed annually in a process, led by Treasury Board and based on outcomes and priorities identified with input from Albertans. The findings and recommendations of program reviews will be made public and will form the basis of future budget and policy decisions.

First reading: Second reading: Committee
of whole:
Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
February 7, 2012 February 13, 2012 February 15, 2012 February 15, 2012 March 5, 2012 March 5, 2012
Bill 2 
Education Act
 
Sponsored by Minister of Education Thomas Lukaszuk, Bill 2 will replace the School Act, which currently guides the governance of education in Alberta. In all substantial matters, Bill 2 is identical to Bill 18 of 2011, the draft Education Act that was allowed to die on the Order Paper. Bill 2 has an expanded preamble; modifies slightly the responsibilities of parents; contains provisions concerning bullying; and provides for the creation of continuous, rather than permanent, charter schools. 
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent: In force:
February 14, 2012  March 8, 2012         
Bill 4 
St. Albert and Sturgeon Valley School Districts Establishment Act 
  
Sponsored by Minister of Education Thomas Lukaszuk, Bill 4 expands Sturgeon School Division; establishes Greater St Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District (consisting of Greater St Albert Catholic Regional Division, Cardiff Roman Catholic Separate School District and Cunningham Roman Catholic Separate School District); and dissolves St Albert Protestant Separate School District, establishing St Albert Public School District in its stead. 
First reading:  Second reading: Committee
of whole:
  
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
February 22, 2012  March 13, 2012  March 19, 2012  March 20, 2012  March 21, 2012  July 1, 2012
Bill 7 
Appropriation Act, 2012 
 
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Enterprise Doug Horner, Bill 7 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2012/13, including $4.4 billion for Alberta Education. 
First reading: Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
March 14, 2012  March 15, 2012  March 19, 2012  March 20, 2012  March 21, 2012  March 21, 2012 
           
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS 

Bill 210 
Early Childhood Learning and Child Care Act 
 

Sponsored by Dave Taylor (AP—Calgary-Currie), Bill 210 creates a cross-ministry early childhood system that recognizes the importance of the early years on lifelong health and working success, establishes the foundation for more widespread and accessible child care, and removes financial barriers to provide parents with more choice in child care. 
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
  
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
March 14, 2012           


MOTIONS OTHER THAN GOVERNMENT MOTIONS
Motion 520

Sponsored by Neil Brown (PC—Calgary-Nose Hill), Motion 520 urges the government “to introduce amendments to the Labour Relations Code to ensure that any union dues collected to support partisan political activities must be collected on a voluntary basis and require individual employee consent.”

Motion 524
Sponsored by Janice Sarich (PC—Edmonton-Decore), Motion 524 urges the government “to provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and assessment for all children ages one, three, and five and the necessary supports, based on current programs in Finland to support early learning, to ensure that all children come to school ready to learn.”
Motion 565
Sponsored by Rob Anderson (WAP—Airdrie–Chestermere), Motion 565 urges the government “to create and publicly publish a list of locations for new schools in Alberta in order of highest to lowest priority, and the criteria used to arrive at that priority.” 
Motion 571 
Sponsored by Teresa Woo-Paw (PC—Calgary-Mackay), Motion 571 urges the government, “ in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to review curricula and programs for all levels of education, including post-secondary, and develop a leading edge global citizenship and international development education program.” 
Motion 576 
Sponsored by Kent Hehr (LIB—Calgary-Buffalo), Motion 576 urges the government “to eliminate public funding to private schools that refuse students admission on grounds of religious belief, physical or mental disability, and other exclusionary criteria.”
Motion 589
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC—Calgary-Fort), Motion 589 urges the government “to introduce amendments to section 50 of the School Act with the intent that patriotic instruction or exercises become mandatory for all students.”
Motion 598
Sponsored by Teresa Woo-Paw (PC—Calgary-Mackay), Motion 598 urges the government “to work with relevant stakeholders to develop comprehensive arts development and appreciation programs in the education system and at the community level with the goal of ensuring long-term and sustainable development in the arts, which is part of the overall social and educational experience that contributes to a high quality of life for all Albertans.”
Motion 602
Sponsored by Janice Sarich (PC—Edmonton-Decore), Motion 602 urges the government “to design and implement pilot projects in urban and rural areas, which are based on providing comprehensive services in the areas of health and social supports at the school site, so that teachers can concentrate on meeting the educational needs of students.”
Motion 608
Sponsored by Ken Allred (PC—St Albert), Motion 608 urges the government “to conduct and table in the Assembly an in-depth study projecting and analyzing the cost implications to the Government of continuing the existing defined benefit pension plan for the Alberta public service over the next 20 years as compared to the cost implications to the Government of adopting a defined contribution plan.”