Bills and Motions 2014

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 2
Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2014

Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 2 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2013/14, including $174.1million for Alberta Education for unexpected increased student enrolment for public and separate schools ($56.3 million); infrastructure maintenance and renewal funding of leased facilities ($6.6 million); unexpected increased student enrolment for accredited private schools ($2.0 million); operational grant funding for private schools ($3.4 million); unexpected increased student enrolment for accredited private early childhood service operators ($2.0 million); 35new schools and modernizations reprofiled to 2013/14 due to project delays in 2012/13 ($49.0million); various other school and modular projects reprofiled to 2013/14 due to project delays in 2012/13 ($25.8 million); various school projects, including the demolition of Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain and the modernization of F G Miller Junior Senior High School in Elk Point ($7.5 million); and the 2013 Alberta flood recovery ($21.5 million).

First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 5, 2014 March 10, 2014 March 11, 2014 March 12, 2014 March 13, 2014 March 13, 2014
Bill 5
Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2014
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 5 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2014/15, including $787 million for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 10, 2014 March 11, 2014 March 12, 2014 March 12, 2014 March 13, 2014 March 13, 2014
Bill 8
Appropriation Act, 2014
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 8 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2014/15, including $4.9 billion for Alberta Education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 16, 2014 April 17, 2014 April 22, 2014 April 23, 2014 April 24, 2014 April 24, 2014
Bill 9
Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2014
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 9 modifies the early-retirement benefits of the Local Authorities, Public Service and Management Employees pension plans; targets cost-of-living increases instead of guaranteeing them; introduces a cap on contribution rates; and facilitates a move to joint sponsorship of the plans.
First reading: Second reading Committee of whole: Third reading Royal assent: In force:
April 16, 2014 May 5, 2014
Referred to Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future May 5, 2014
Bill 10
Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act, 2014
Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner, Bill 10 allows defined-benefit pension plans in the private sector to convert previously accrued defined benefits into target benefits.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
April 16, 2014 April 22, 2014
Referred to Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future May 5, 2014
Bill 12
Statutes Amendment Act, 2014
Sponsored by Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Robin Campbell, Bill 12 makes amendments to several acts, including the School Act and the unproclaimed Education Act.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 5, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 7, 2014 May 14, 2014 Various dates
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Bill 203
Childhood Vision Assessment Act
Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Bill 203 requires all children entering Grade 1 to undergo a visual assessment prior to the commencement of the school year, beginning in 2015/16.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of whole: Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
March 13, 2014 April 14, 2014
MOTIONS OTHER THAN GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

Motion 502

Sponsored by Shayne Saskiw (W—Lac La Biche–St Paul–Two Hills), Motion 502 urges the government “to introduce legislation to repeal section 3(1)(b) of the Alberta Human Rights Act to restore the freedom of speech of all Albertans.”
Defeated March 17, 2014

Motion 503

Sponsored by Kent Hehr (AL—Calgary-Buffalo), Motion 503 urges the government “to introduce legislation, like Manitoba’s and Ontario’s, requiring all school boards to develop policies to support students who want to lead and establish gay-straight alliance activities and organizations, using any name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and respectful for all students regardless of sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”
Defeated April 7, 2014

Motion 517

Sponsored by Bruce McAllister (W—Chestermere–Rocky View), Motion 517 urges the government “to examine the potential shortcomings of experiential or discovery learning in Alberta classrooms, and to re-emphasize the importance of conventional teaching methods, like building the fundamentals of math, reading, and writing, and to employ traditional student assessment.”

Motion 519

Sponsored by Blake Pedersen (W—Medicine Hat), Motion 519 urges the government “to ensure that all Albertans have local access to mental health and addiction services.”

Motion 527

Sponsored by Rob Anderson (W—Airdrie), Motion 527 urges the government “to create a volunteer advisory council on education for developmental disabilities that would assess the accessibility, effectiveness, and outcomes of special education programs in school districts across Alberta, make recommendations to improve the education experience and achievement of students with developmental disabilities, and report those recommendations to the Legislative Assembly.”

Motion 546

Sponsored by Rachel Notley (ND—Edmonton-Strathcona), Motion 546 urges the government “to support the reduction of child poverty by implementing the recommendations of the November 2013 report by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Public Interest Alberta, and the College of Social Workers entitled ‘From Words to Action.’”

Motion 552

Sponsored by Mary Anne Jablonski (PC—Red Deer-North), Motion 552 urges the government, “given the many benefits of early childhood testing for hearing and vision... to require comprehensive testing for both at the time of Grade 1 registration.”

Motion 561

Sponsored by Gary Bikman (W—Cardston–Taber–Warner), Motion 561 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 569

Sponsored by Janice Sarich (PC—Edmonton-Decore), Motion 569 urges the government “to make a commitment to implement a comprehensive plan and funding model to increase access to early childhood services and childcare and access to out-of-school childcare services to ensure that the system is stable, accessible, and affordable for families.”

Motion 576

Sponsored by David Eggen (ND—Edmonton-Calder), Motion 576 urges the government “to examine the systemic gaps in child and youth mental health and addiction services in order to develop system-level planning and public delivery for adult and child and youth mental health and addiction services.”

Motion 584

Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Brian Mason, 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 590

Sponsored by David Swann (AL—Calgary-Mountain View), Motion 590 urges the government “to immediately develop a comprehensive child poverty reduction strategy.”

Motion 595

Sponsored by Jacquie Fenske (PC—Fort Saskatchewan–Vegreville), Motion 595 urges the government “to ensure that agriculture-based course material be included as part of the Alberta curriculum where possible for Grades1 through 12.”

Motion 598

Sponsored by David Dorward (PC—Edmonton-Gold Bar), Motion 598 urges the government “to undertake a review of the impact that francophone immigrants have on enhancing the province’s diverse social framework, schools, and post-secondary education.”

Motion 611

Sponsored by Linda Johnson (PC—Calgary-Glenmore, Motion 611 urges the government "to consider developing a program to ensure that an annual dental check-up be made available to all children six years of age and younger, regardless of family income."