Bills and Motions 2017

GOVERNMENT BILLS
Bill 1
An Act to Reduce School Fees, 2017
 

Sponsored by Education Minister David Eggen, this bill will remove fees previously charged by public school authorities for instructional supplies or materials, and fees for eligible students travelling to their designated school. Upon proclamation of Bill 1, starting in the 2017/18 school year, public school boards will no longer be permitted to charge fees for instructional supplies or materials.

First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
March 2,
2017
March 7,
2017 
April 6,
2017
April 19,
2017 
May 4,
2017 
 
Bill 5
Appropriation (Interims Supply) Act, 2017
  

Sponsored by President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Joe Ceci, Bill 5 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2017/18, including $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 14,
2017 
March 15,
2017 
  March 22,
2017 
March 30, 2017  
Bill 6
Northland School Division Act
 
Sponsored by Minister of Education David Eggen, this bill will lead to the reinstatement of an elected board in Northland School Division. 
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
April 4,
2017 
April 6,
2017
April 19,
2017 
May 2,
2017 
May 4,
2017 
May 4,
2017

 Bill 7
 An Act to Enhance Post-Secondary Academic Bargaining, 2017

Sponsored by Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt, this bill would bring certain academic staff under Alberta’s Labour Relations Code.
First reading:  Second reading: Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
April 6,
2017
April 19,
2017 
May 4,
2017
May 4,
2017
May 4, 2017
with exception
Bill 11
Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act, 2017  
The proposed amendments would encourage the reporting of wrongdoings within the public sector, including school boards, private schools and charter schools, by better protecting whistleblowers from any form of punishment or retaliation from their employer. For instance, the new act would entitle whistleblowers to remediation if they suffer a reprisal from their employer for reporting a wrongdoing. If there has been a reprisal, the Labour Relations Board would decide what form of restitution should be made to the whistleblower and enforce compliance.
First reading: Second reading: Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 2,
2017
May 9,
2017
       
Bill 17
Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act
Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, sponsored by Minister of Labour Christina Gray, saw first reading. If passed, this bill will make changes to the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code including job protection for unpaid leaves, a hybrid union certification process and first contract legislation. Some of the leaves include: long-term illness and injury (16 weeks), family responsibility (five days), bereavement (3 days), and a child's critical illness (36 weeks).
First reading: Second reading: Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading: Royal assent: In force:
May 24,
2017
May 25, 2017  June 5, 2017  June 5, 2017     
Bill 24
An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, 2017 
Introduced by Education Minister David Eggen, Bill 24 sets out to strengthen existing legislation requiring schools to have a policy on GSAs, and prohibits staff from telling parents that their children have joined such an organization. 
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:     
November 2, 2017  November 8, 2017  November 14, 2017  November 15, 2017     
Bill 28
School Amendment Act, 2017 
Education Minister David Eggen introduced Bill 28, which will make a variety of changes to the School Act. The bill includes proposed changes to Enable the Minister to set certification requirements for principals and superintendents; authorize the Minister to establish standards for education service agreements; establish a common age of entry to Kindergarten of five years of age by December 31; revise the process for establishing a separate school district; ensure the government can provide clear and updated transportation eligibility criteria prior to the 2018/19 school year. 
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
  
Third reading:     
November 15, 2017  November 28, 2017  November 29, 2017  November 30, 2017      
Bill 32
An Act to Strengthen and Protect Democracy in Alberta
Sponsored by the Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal, Christina Gray, Bill 32—An Act to Strengthen & Protect Democracy in Alberta, combines new rules that make voting easier -—e.g. the removal of the six-month limitation on residency, the ability to vote outside one’s own electoral division—with restrictions on political action committees (PACs). Since $4K contribution limits and a ban on corporate & union donations were imposed by earlier legislation, PACs have become repositories for unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, and unions (so called “dark money”). PACs will no longer be allowed to sell party memberships, prepare voting lists for a political party, or promote a candidate. A $150K spending limit will be imposed on PACs on the December 1 prior to an election year. The bill also establishes an election commissioner with a $1M/p.a. office to police PACs.
First reading:  Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading: Royal assent:   
December 4, 2017  December 12, 2017  December 12, 2017  December 12, 2017 December 15, 2017   
PRIVATE MEMBERS’ PUBLIC BILLS 
Bill 202
Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images Act
   

Sponsored by Scott Cyr (W—Bonnyville-Cold Lake) this bill would create a provincial tort law necessary to pursue damages from another individual over the distribution of intimate images. This bill would also legislate protection for students under the School Act and the Education Act, by compelling principals to suspend the offender involved and possibly send the offender before a school board. 

First
reading:
 
Second reading:  Committee
of whole:
 
Third reading:  Royal assent:  In force: 
March 14,
2017 
March 20,
2017 
April 10,
2017 
May 1,
2017 
May 4,
2017
August 4,
2017
MOTIONS OTHER THAN GOVERNMENT MOTIONS