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February 28, 2003

House Bill 76: Mandatory "Cooperation" Bill

Sponsor:
Representative Duane E. Bourdeaux (D), District 23

Summary:
House Bill 76 amends Utah Code §53A-11-101(3)(b). Existing law makes it a crime for a parent to knowingly "refuse to respond to a written request" from the local school about a child who is believed to be truant. HB 76 would amend the law be defining the term "respond."

Status:
This bill was introduced to the House on January 20, 2003, and sent to the House Education Committee, which passed it on January 23. It passed the House on January 28, and was sent to the Senate. On January 30, it was assigned to the Senate Education Committee, which amended it and recommended passage on February 20. On February 24, the Senate amended HB 76 again. On February 27, the Senate voted to kill HB 76. The bill is now effectively dead.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose. Because many Utah homeschoolers have never received "approval" from their local school district, HSLDA opposes any bill that would increase truancy prosecutions in Utah.

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Bill History

1/23/2003 - Utah--Legislation Would Mandate "Cooperation" With School Districts

2/12/2003 - Utah--Help Us Oppose Mandatory "Cooperation" Bill

2/26/2003 - Utah--Truancy Bill Amended

2/28/2003 - Utah-Senate Kills Truancy Bill