Bills and Motions 2014/15

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 3
Personal Information Protection Amendment Act
Sponsored by Sohail Quadri (PC—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Bill 3 authorizes trade unions to collect, use and disclose personal information without consent only in the limited circumstances of a matter relating to a labour relations dispute.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 18, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 December 1, 2014 December 17, 2014 December 17, 2014
Bill 10
An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect Our Children
Sponsored by Sandra Jansen (PC—Calgary-North West), Bill 10 as amended allows students to establish gay–straight alliances (GSAs) in their schools; allows GSAs to meet on school property; allows students to name their club a GSA, a QSA or another name of their choosing; shifts the parental notification provisions from the Alberta Human Rights Act to the School Act and the Education Act while removing the reference to sexual orientation; and enshrines sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and gender expression in the Alberta Bill of Rights as prohibited grounds of discrimination.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
December 1, 2014 December 2, 2014 December 3, 2014, with amendments; March 10, 2015, with amendments March 10, 2015 March 19, 2015 June 1, 2015, with exceptions
Bill 17
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2015
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Robin Campbell, Bill 17 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2014/15, including $215.7 million for Alberta Education (together with $1.0 million made available from lower-than-budgeted capital spending in other programs) for 50 new schools and 70 modernizations reprofiled to 2014/15 to accelerate some projects and address other project delays ($65.2 million); 35 new schools and modernizations reprofiled to 2014/15 due to project delays ($41.8 million); various other school and modular projects reprofiled to 2014/15 due to project delays ($29.7 million); the Calgary Board of Education to address student accommodation pressures ($30.6 million); emergent needs in the rest of Alberta ($19.4 million); capital maintenance and renewal ($20.0 million); and planning of the Phase 3 new schools and modernizations, as announced on October 8, 2014 ($10.0 million).
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 11, 2015 March 12, 2015 March 16, 2015 March 17, 2015 March 19, 2015 March 19, 2015
Bill 18
Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2015
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Robin Campbell, Bill 18 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2015/16, 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 17, 2015 March 18, 2015 March 19, 2015 March 23, 2015 March 30, 2015 March 27, 2015
Bill 19
Education Amendment Act, 2015
Sponsored by Minister of Education Gordon Dirks, Bill 19 makes largely administrative amendments to the Education Act with the purpose of providing clarity and accuracy and ensuring alignment with other legislation, including the recently amended Local Authorities Election Act, and with Alberta Education’s regulatory review.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 16, 2015 March 23, 2015 March 24, 2015 March 25, 2015 March 30, 2015 March 27, 2015
Bill 24
Public Sector Services Continuation Repeal Act
Sponsored by Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Ric McIver, Bill 24 repeals the unproclaimed Public Sector Services Continuation Act, or Bill 45 of 2013. The Public Sector Services Continuation Act would have increased significantly the penalties that could be applied in the case of an illegal strike or the threat of an illegal strike. It would have applied only to unions and workers who are not permitted to strike under the Labour Relations Code and Public Service Employee Relations Act. It would not have applied to teachers working in the public education system.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 23, 2015 March 24, 2015 March 24, 2015 March 25, 2015 March 30, 2015 March 27, 2015
PRIVATE MEMBERS PUBLIC BILLS
Bill 202
Safe and Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, 2014
Sponsored by Laurie Blakeman (AL—Edmonton-Centre), Bill 202 allows students to establish gay–straight alliances in their schools and to use the name gay–straight alliance if they wish; shifts the parental notification provisions from the Alberta Human Rights Act to the Education Act while removing the reference to sexual orientation; and adds references to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act to the Education Act as the “common values and beliefs” of Albertans with which all educational objectives and activities must align.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
November 20, 2014; withdrawn December 3, 2014
Bill 206
Childhood Comprehensive Eye Examination Act
Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Bill 206 requires every child to receive a comprehensive eye examination before starting Grade 1.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 16, 2015
MOTIONS OTHER THAN GOVERNMENT MOTIONS
Motion 509
Sponsored by Deron Bilous (ND—Edmonton-Beverly–Clareview), Motion 509 urges the government “to introduce legislation that prohibits mandatory fees in Alberta’s public and separate schools from kindergarten to Grade 12.”
Motion 524
Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley, Motion 524 urges the government “to immediately introduce a school breakfast pilot program that would provide nutritious breakfasts to students from low-income families in Alberta’s public and separate schools from kindergarten to Grade 12, with a view to expanding the program to all students within Alberta’s education system.”
Motion 532
Sponsored by Bruce McAllister (PC—Chestermere–Rocky View), Motion 532 urges the government “to examine the potential shortcomings of experiential or discovery learning in Alberta classrooms and re-emphasize the importance of conventional teaching methods that build on the fundamentals of math, reading, and writing, and to employ traditional student assessment.”
Motion 553
Sponsored by Drew Barnes (W—Cypress–Medicine Hat), Motion 553 urges the government “to establish a protocol of calculating, documenting, and disclosing unfunded pension liabilities in the budget process.”
Motion 560
Sponsored by Janice Sarich (PC—Edmonton-Decore), Motion 560 urges the government “to implement a comprehensive health care services strategy with adequate and stable funding for interdisciplinary, qualified health professionals to provide services to medically fragile students from kindergarten to Grade 12.”
Motion 569
Sponsored by Sohail Quadri (PC—Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 569 urges the government “to expedite the process for recognizing foreign credentials and degrees in order to keep pace with expanding labour needs and economic growth.”
Motion 576
Sponsored by Gary Bikman (PC—Cardston–Taber–Warner), Motion 576 urges the government “to institute a life skills and employability module into the core curriculum for all high school students to help them prepare for post-secondary education and the labour market.”
Motion 584
Sponsored by Brian Mason (ND—Edmonton-Highlands–Norwood), Motion 584 urges the government “to commit to joining the other provinces in supporting the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan and to engage in discussions with the other provinces and the federal government to this end.”
Motion 594
Sponsored by Linda Johnson (PC—Calgary-Glenmore), Motion 594 urges the government “to consider alternative options for financing large infrastructure projects, such as the use of project-specific bond issues and the use of toll roads.”
Motion 595
Sponsored by Interim Liberal Leader David Swann, Motion 595 urges the government “to immediately develop a comprehensive child poverty reduction strategy.”
Motion 605
Sponsored by Cathy Olesen (PC—Sherwood Park), Motion 605 urges the government “to work with Alberta employers and the Government of Canada to determine labour force strategies that will provide solutions to both interim and long-term labour challenges.”
Motion 609
Sponsored by Kent Hehr (AL—Calgary-Buffalo), Motion 609 urges the government “to implement full-day kindergarten for all eligible children in Alberta.”
Motion 610
Sponsored by Linda Johnson (PC—Calgary-Glenmore), Motion 610 urges the government “to create a literacy secretariat that would do the following: serve as a central resource for training literacy professionals, offer a library of literacy materials to share within Alberta, and provide literacy and numeracy training to Albertans who are not enrolled in school.”
Motion 615
Sponsored by Janice Sarich, Motion 615 urges the government “to develop a long-term results-based comprehensive plan, and an adequate and stable funding model to support the expansion of community and school-based programs and services, that are designed to address the rising rates of obesity among children, youth, and adults.”
Motion 619
Sponsored by Blake Pedersen (PC—Medicine Hat), Motion 619 urges the government “to ensure that all Albertans have local access to mental health and addictions services.”