EDITOR'S NOTE: While this list is extensive, it is not complete and will continue to be updated. Know of any legislation that's not on this list? Let us know here.
- Even before the start of its legislative session Jan. 28, lawmakers filed a few education-related bills. In the House, a comprehensive school safety bill would revamp evacuation drills, create a threat assessment and support team, direct the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to hire a school-based mental health specialist and require schools to conduct a climate survey.
- Another bill seeks to make changes to sex education in Utah’s schools by allowing it to touch on contraceptive methods or devices and their effectiveness.
- House Bill 17, proposed by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would support the creation of suicide prevention education in public schools.
- Utah’s budget surplus sets it apart from many other states. As a result, lawmakers will decide how the money is spent and whether some of it will go toward funding education.