Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 106

03/01/2010 08:00 AM EDUCATION


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               HB 297-POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL   NO.  297,  "An  Act   establishing  the  governor's                                                               
performance  scholarship program  and  relating  to the  program;                                                               
establishing  the  governor's  performance scholarship  fund  and                                                               
relating  to  the  fund;  relating  to  student  records;  making                                                               
conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARDNER   opined  that,   with  the   dual  track                                                               
approach, a  student considering a career  technical vocation, is                                                               
being  given no  incentive to  achieve  beyond a  C+ grade  point                                                               
average (GPA).   She argued  that award will be  $3,0000, classes                                                               
are easier than the academic track, and  earning an A, or a B GPA                                                               
does not alter the amount of  the scholarship.  She asked whether                                                               
this is an accurate summation.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON  stated  no,  and  pointed  out  that  there  is  a                                                               
difference  in classes  required  for a  student  earning a  high                                                               
school  diploma  versus  the   rigorous  curriculum  required  to                                                               
achieve a GPS award.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GARDNER  acknowledged   that  her   concern  was                                                               
addressed  with the  adoption of  Amendment 3,  and withdrew  her                                                               
statement.    She  then  turned to  Amendment  9,  and  expressed                                                               
concern  for a  student being  held  liable for  repayment of  an                                                               
erroneously awarded scholarship.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:10:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON  read Amendment  9,  as  adopted by  the  committee                                                               
[2/26/10]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, line 1, following "error":                                                                                        
          Insert "less any scholarship award payments                                                                           
      previously expended if the error in the award of the                                                                      
     scholarship was not due to any fault of the student"                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER indicated general concern for the dual                                                                   
track approach of the program.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:11:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH moved to take from the table Amendment 11,                                                                  
labeled 26-GH2771\A.18, Mischel, 2/18/10, tabled at the 2/19/10                                                                 
meeting, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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               "(1)  the four-year core academic curriculum that                                                                
     the student must have completed in high school; the core                                                                   
     academic curriculum must include one of the following:                                                                     
               (A)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  four years of mathematics;                                                                                  
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  four years of science; and                                                                                
               (iv)  four years of social studies, one year of                                                                  
     which may include a foreign language, Alaska Native                                                                        
     language, fine arts, or cultural heritage; or                                                                              
               (B)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  three years of mathematics;                                                                                 
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  three years of science;                                                                                   
               (iv)  four years of social studies; and                                                                          
               (v)  two years of a foreign language, Alaska                                                                     
     Native language, fine arts, or cultural heritage;"                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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               "(1)  the four-year core academic curriculum that                                                                
     the student must have completed in high school; the core                                                                   
     academic curriculum must include one of the following:                                                                     
               (A)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  four years of mathematics;                                                                                  
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  four years of science; and                                                                                
               (iv)  four years of social studies, one year of                                                                  
     which may include a foreign language, Alaska Native                                                                        
     language, fine arts, or cultural heritage; or                                                                              
               (B)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  three years of mathematics;                                                                                 
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  three years of science;                                                                                   
               (iv)  four years of social studies; and                                                                          
               (v)  two years of a foreign language, Alaska                                                                     
     Native language, fine arts, or cultural heritage;"                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:12:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH  said that  Amendment  11,  aligns the  core                                                               
academic curriculum  for both tracks,  and provides  two options,                                                               
as indicated in  paragraphs (A) and (B).  He  offered Amendment 1                                                               
to Amendment 11, to delete  subparagraph (B) throughout Amendment                                                               
11.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:14:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH  directed attention to  pages 5 and 6  of the                                                               
bill, and  paraphrased the  curriculum requirements  beginning on                                                               
line 22, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
           (1) the four-year core academic curriculum                                                                           
      that the student must have completed in high school;                                                                      
     the core academic curriculum must include                                                                                  
                    (A) four years of mathematics;                                                                              
                    (B) four years of language arts;                                                                            
                    (C) four years of science; and                                                                              
                    (D) three years of social studies;                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH explained  that Amendment  11 maintains  the                                                               
requirements   for  math,   language  arts,   and  science,   but                                                               
stipulates an  additional year of social  studies with curriculum                                                               
directives, as  well as a  two-year foreign  language requirement                                                               
in sub-subparagraph (v)  [page 1, line 18, and page  1, line 15].                                                               
Amendment  1  to Amendment  11  maintains  the additional  social                                                               
studies  year,   but  deletes   the  two-year   foreign  language                                                               
requirement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:16:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH,  upon  discussion  of  further  changes  to                                                               
Amendment 11,  restated his motion to  adopt Conceptual Amendment                                                               
1 to Amendment 11.  Amendment 11, as amended, then read:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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               "(1)  the four-year core academic curriculum that                                                                
     the student must have completed in high school; the core                                                                   
     academic curriculum must include:                                                                                          
               (A)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  four years of mathematics;                                                                                  
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  four years of science; and                                                                                
               (iv)  four years of social studies, one year of                                                                  
     which may include a foreign language, Alaska Native                                                                        
     language, fine arts, or cultural heritage.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
               "(1)  the four-year core academic curriculum that                                                                
     the student must have completed in high school; the core                                                                   
     academic curriculum must include:                                                                                          
               (A)  a combination of                                                                                            
               (i)  four years of mathematics;                                                                                  
               (ii)  four years of language arts;                                                                               
               (iii)  four years of science; and                                                                                
               (iv)  four years of social studies, one year of                                                                  
     which may include a foreign language, Alaska Native                                                                        
     language, fine arts, or cultural heritage.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON removed  his objection to Conceptual  Amendment 1 to                                                               
Amendment 11.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being  no objection, Conceptual  Amendment 1,  to Amendment                                                               
11, was adopted.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:18:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH, at  the  chairman's  request, restated  his                                                               
motion.  He moved to adopt Conceptual Amendment 11 [as amended].                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON maintained his objection  to Conceptual Amendment 11                                                               
[as amended].                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:18:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH  reported that  school districts  have placed                                                               
importance on  offering four  years of  social studies,  and that                                                               
within  the   structure,  which   the  department   is  creating,                                                               
opportunities  exist  for  elective  classes  to  be  offered  in                                                               
conjunction with the GPS.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:18:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON said the action  broadens social study requirements,                                                               
and includes electives that are  currently available to students.                                                               
Although  he  does not  oppose  the  possibility of  requiring  a                                                               
fourth  year  of  socials  studies, he  opined  that  it  narrows                                                               
options  for  students  taking  electives  in  other  areas,  and                                                               
maintained his objection.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:20:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ  agreed  that  it  does  appear  to  narrow                                                               
student options in the fourth  year, and stated opposition to the                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH argued that  it expands the opportunities for                                                               
a liberal  arts student to  take a class  that is not  a standard                                                               
business acumen; providing additional curriculum options.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:23:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON  asked what courses are  included in the                                                               
study of Fine Arts.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:24:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON referred to the  core requirements listed on page 5,                                                               
lines 24-27, and  compared the proposed changes  of Amendment 11.                                                               
He asked  EED whether the  listed courses  [page 1, lines  11 and                                                               
12] are considered social studies.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
LARRY  LEDOUX, Commissioner,  Department of  Education and  Early                                                               
Development  (EED), replied  no, and  returned to  Representative                                                               
Wilson's question, stating  that the field of  Fine Arts includes                                                               
the  visual  and  performing arts,  including:    art,  ceramics,                                                               
sculpture,  band,  music, choir,  and  theater.   Social  studies                                                               
comprise the social sciences, which  are:  sociology, psychology,                                                               
history,  and  economics.    Fine Arts  and  social  studies  are                                                               
separate  disciplines  of  study   with  two  different  sets  of                                                               
curriculum attached.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:25:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON questioned  how a requirement to  take an additional                                                               
year of  social studies  might affect  students desiring  to take                                                               
electives  in other  areas  of  interest, such  as  Fine Arts  or                                                               
cultural heritage.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  explained that  whenever the  legislature or                                                               
State Board of  Education imposes a require  course, it displaces                                                               
a  student's option  for an  elective.   The GPS  is a  voluntary                                                               
program  that   encourages  students  to  pursue   a  program  of                                                               
excellence.  There  are many courses in the  social sciences that                                                               
would meet  that pursuit.   However, a  career tech,  and college                                                               
tech program, particularly in regards  to the social sciences are                                                               
both  critical.    A  state  mandated  requirement  would  reduce                                                               
electives  for a  high  school  student, at  a  time  when it  is                                                               
important  for  them to  be  able  to  make  choices.   The  data                                                               
indicates  that  all  ethnic and  gender  groups  are  positively                                                               
influenced  by taking  math  and science  for  four years  versus                                                               
three,   but  not   significantly  reportable   regarding  social                                                               
sciences.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON noted that the  amendment allows the substitution of                                                               
one  year of  Fine  Arts  for social  studies,  as an  additional                                                               
requirement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:28:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON pointed  out that the amendment includes                                                               
foreign language  as a  class option,  and asked  whether foreign                                                               
language is included in the Fine Arts curriculum.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX said  usually not,  as English,  literature,                                                               
speech, writing, and debate constitute language arts.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON queried what category  foreign language                                                               
falls under.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX   indicated  that  foreign  language   is  a                                                               
critical aspect  of college preparation, and  often a requirement                                                               
for college entrance.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON asked whether  an Alaska Native language                                                               
could be considered a foreign language.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX  pointed  out   that  it  is  an  indigenous                                                               
language, which could  not be considered foreign.   He stated his                                                               
belief that it may be accepted at some universities.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:30:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH  reviewed the  amendment, and opined  that it                                                               
cleans up  the bill.   He asked  Commissioner LeDoux  whether the                                                               
proposed  action   would  swerve  to  eliminate   or  enhances  a                                                               
student's opportunities.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:31:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX underscored how  research indicates that four                                                               
years each, of  math and science, are  significant indicators for                                                               
graduation from college.  The  change to allow a foreign language                                                               
as an  alternative, and the  possible effects, poses  a question,                                                               
which may not be statistically supported.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:32:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON  clarified that the  amendment before  the committee                                                               
is  strictly to  include an  additional year  of social  studies;                                                               
from  3  to  4.    It  adds one  more  requirement  to  the  core                                                               
curriculum   for  both   the   academic   and  career   technical                                                               
scholarships.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX  indicated that  it  would  be important  to                                                               
specify what  courses would meet  the fourth year  requirement in                                                               
social studies in order to  ensure that a district could confirm.                                                               
The  classes  listed in  the  amendment  are  from a  variety  of                                                               
disciplines.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:33:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH asked  if curriculum  varies between  school                                                               
districts.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX  replied  yes.   In  a  freshman  level  art                                                               
appreciation  or  theater class,  the  department  would need  to                                                               
determine the standards and qualify the classes offered.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:34:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH   expressed  interest  for   allowing  local                                                               
discrimination   by  school   districts   to   work  within   the                                                               
requirements  of the  amendment, and  asked whether  the language                                                               
would allow current curriculum to be utilized.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX concurred, but said  it would be difficult to                                                               
determine the  rigor of the  course, which  is the basis  for the                                                               
scholarship program.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:35:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH  asked about impacts of  the amendment within                                                               
the department.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  explained that the department  would need to                                                               
establish  standards  and  guidelines  to  ensure  rigor  in  the                                                               
diversity  of  classes  comprising   the  Fine  Arts  discipline.                                                               
Standards for Fine Arts are more  difficult to define, but it can                                                               
certainly be accomplished.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:36:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ queried  what  the  current social  studies                                                               
requirement is for graduation.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX stated  that it is three years,  of which one                                                               
year is U.S. History, and one  semester must be Alaska studies or                                                               
the standards for Alaska studies  must be integrated into another                                                               
course.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:37:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ  asked  if the  category  includes  courses                                                               
named in the amendment [page 1, lines 11 and 12].                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  replied no, but  a class could  be designed,                                                               
particularly in Alaska Native Studies  that includes language and                                                               
culture to  meet the  social studies  requirement.   Ordinarily a                                                               
language course would not meet the social studies requirement.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:37:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ  asked  whether Commissioner  LeDoux  would                                                               
deem it  beneficial to add a  fourth year required course  to the                                                               
GPS program.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  opined that the  requirements of HB  297 are                                                               
adequate to provide a rigorous curriculum.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:38:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON questioned whether  the set of requirements                                                               
[in  the amendment]  might disenfranchise  a  student pursuing  a                                                               
performing arts avocation, or degree.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX explained that  every added class requirement                                                               
for  graduation or  scholarship eligibility  removes the  ability                                                               
for  a  student  to  participate  in an  elective  class  out  of                                                               
personal  interest.   He  opined that  the  amendment should  not                                                               
prove stressful  for a  student pursuing  a college  or technical                                                               
school career.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:39:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON opined  that  the  amendment does  not                                                               
change the options available for students.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:40:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BUCH  maintained that  a  fourth  year of  social                                                               
studies  should  be a  mandate,  to  include  one year  of  other                                                               
disciplines as listed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:40:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON cited that the  fourth year disciplines                                                               
are not social  studies, and could be viewed  as electives, which                                                               
negates the need for an amendment.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:41:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON agreed,  and said that is the  reason for sustaining                                                               
his objection.  The amendment  could restrict the options of some                                                               
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:42:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH asked the commissioner for his opinion.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX described  what a  student's schedule  might                                                               
entail for each year of high  school, should they choose to focus                                                               
on  qualifying for  the GPS.   A  freshman's year  will have  six                                                               
periods comprised  of math,  science, history,  English, physical                                                               
education  (PE), and  one elective.   A  sophomore will  have the                                                               
same requirements  of math, science,  history, and English.   The                                                               
Sophomore year  is when a  foreign language is usually  taken up,                                                               
which would be the fifth  hour, and one elective remains, however                                                               
many districts require a half year  of PE and health, leaving one                                                               
semester for  an elective course.   The junior year will  also be                                                               
dictated  by   required  math,  science,  history,   and  English                                                               
courses, and  the second  year of foreign  language takes  up one                                                               
elective, leaving one free choice elective.   As a senior it will                                                               
be the  final requirement  year for  math, science,  and English.                                                               
Many  students may  need to  take  an additional  math class,  to                                                               
double-up, depending on their interests.   He pointed out that it                                                               
leaves little space for other  interests to enter in particularly                                                               
if a final  year of history/social studies is also  required.  He                                                               
stated his  belief that students  will fill their  elective hours                                                               
in  a  meaningful  way,  given  the  opportunity,  and  expressed                                                               
concern for  creating a situation  that does not allow  a student                                                               
to exercise their own interests.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:45:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BUCH  stated that  the amendment  is an  effort to                                                               
expand opportunities for students in  all areas of the state, and                                                               
enhance what exists.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:47:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON maintained  his objection  to Conceptual  Amendment                                                               
11, as amended.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
[The objection  by Representative  Wilson at the  2/19/10 hearing                                                               
was treated as withdrawn.]                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call  vote was taken.  Representative Buch  voted in favor                                                               
of Conceptual Amendment 11, as  amended.  Representatives Edgmon,                                                               
Gardner,  Munoz, Wilson,  Seaton, voted  against it.   Therefore,                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 11, as amended, failed by a vote of 1-5.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:48:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER noted  that the bill envisions  the use of                                                               
qualified postsecondary  institutions, and asked  what facilities                                                               
are  included.   She  reported  that she  queried  DLWD and  only                                                               
AVTECH was named.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  said DLWD will  be the  approving department                                                               
for  eligibility of  programs.   Using  AVTEC as  an example,  he                                                               
indicated that  the highest  priced tuition is  $5,000 to  earn a                                                               
nursing  certificate;   many  programs  are  less   than  $3,000.                                                               
However, a student entering diesel  mechanics must purchase tools                                                               
to  enter the  program, the  cost of  which exceeds  the tuition.                                                               
The  needs  component   of  the  GPS  allows   awards  to  defray                                                               
reasonable costs  such as room  and board,  or equipment.   It is                                                               
not the  intent of the department  to set a gold  standard in the                                                               
development of  new training programs throughout  the state, i.e.                                                               
institutions establishing  tuitions reflecting  scholarship award                                                               
amounts.   He stated the  department's opinion that $3,000  is an                                                               
adequate starting figure.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:51:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER  referred to  tuition costs listed  in the                                                               
AVTECH  catalogue, and  noted that  program lengths  vary upwards                                                               
from  as few  as 38  training days.   She  reflected on  the flat                                                               
$3,000 award for the career  technical training versus the tiered                                                               
award system for  the academic element, and opined  that this may                                                               
inadvertently diminish incentive for a  student who is pursuing a                                                               
career track to achieve beyond a C+ GPA.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  LEDOUX  stated  his  belief that  the  dual  tracks                                                               
established, and  the standards required for  qualification, will                                                               
better prepare  every student for whatever  postsecondary program                                                               
they choose.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:53:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ  asked  whether the  department  considered                                                               
allowing  advanced foreign  language classes  to satisfy  part of                                                               
the four year language arts requirement.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER LEDOUX  replied no, explaining that  the recognition                                                               
of the language arts requirement  is a long established standard.                                                               
To a follow-up  question he said that the  current requirement is                                                               
four years of language arts.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:54:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON stated that HB 297 would be held over.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 297 Amendment #1.pdf HEDC 2/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
HB 297 Amendment #2.pdf HEDC 2/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
Amendments 3 through 7.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
Amendments 8 through 11.pdf HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
Amendments 12 and 13.pdf HEDC 2/26/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
HB 297 GPS Materials.pdf HEDC 2/3/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/12/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297
HB 206 Version P February 4, 2010.pdf HEDC 2/5/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/10/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/12/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/19/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/8/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 206
HB 206 version P Sponsor Statement February 4, 2010.docx HEDC 2/5/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/10/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/12/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/19/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/8/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 206
HB 206 Version P Amendment.pdf HEDC 2/19/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/8/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 206
Scan001.PDF HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 360 Sponsor Statement and Background
count date brief - final.doc HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 206
HB 360 DMVA Support Letter.pdf HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 360