Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1123

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-10.2-8.

Synopsis: Commission for superior academic achievement. Creates the commission for superior academic achievement by all students. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared for the interim study committee on education issues.)

Effective: July 1, 2003.





Porter, Cheney, Hoffman, Kersey, Pond, Scholer




    January 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1123



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education and to make an appropriation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-10.2-8; (03)IN1123.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-10.2-8 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]:
    Chapter 8. Commission for Superior Academic Achievement by All Students
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the commission for superior academic achievement by all students established under section 2 of this chapter.
    Sec. 2. (a) The commission for superior academic achievement by all students is established.
    (b) The commission consists of thirty-two (32) members appointed as follows:
        (1) Eight (8) members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives as follows:
            (A) Four (4) members from the membership of the house of representatives.
            (B) Four (4) citizens of the same political party as the

speaker of the house of representatives.
        (2) Eight (8) members appointed by the minority floor leader of the house of representatives as follows:
            (A) Four (4) members from the membership of the house of representatives.
            (B) Four (4) citizens of the same political party as the minority floor leader of the house of representatives.
        (3) Eight (8) members appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate as follows:
            (A) Four (4) members from the membership of the senate.
            (B) Four (4) citizens of the same political party as the president pro tempore of the senate.
        (4) Eight (8) members appointed by the minority floor leader of the senate as follows:
            (A) Four (4) members from the membership of the senate.
            (B) Four (4) citizens of the same political party as the minority floor leader of the senate.
Citizen members must represent education and minority concerns.
    (c) The following individuals shall serve as ex officio nonvoting members of the commission:
        (1) The governor or the governor's designee.
        (2) The lieutenant governor or the lieutenant governor's designee.
        (3) The state superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee.
        (4) The executive officer of the commission for higher education or the executive officer's designee.
    (d) The chairperson of the commission shall be appointed jointly by the:
        (1) speaker and minority floor leader of the house of representatives; and
        (2) president pro tempore and minority floor leader of the senate;
from the voting members of the commission.
    (e) A vacancy of a voting member of the committee shall be filled by appointment of a replacement member for the unexpired term. The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint a replacement for a senator and the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint a replacement for a representative.
    (f) The commission is a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    Sec. 3. A nonlegislative voting member of the commission is

entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1 (b). The member may be reimbursed for traveling and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties, as provided in the state travel policies and procedures established by the department of administration.
    Sec. 4. Not later than December 1, 2004, the commission shall make recommendations to the general assembly concerning the following:
        (1) The elimination of gaps in the achievement levels of student sociodemographic subgroups.
        (2) Improvements beyond proficiency to advanced levels in the state's standards of academic achievement.
    Sec. 5. (a) For the period beginning July 1, 2003, and ending December 31, 2004, sufficient funds are appropriated to the commission from the state general fund to administer this chapter.
    (b) In addition to the appropriation described in subsection (a), the commission may accept private donations to administer this chapter.
    (c) The commission may employ any staff necessary to perform the duties imposed by this chapter and fix the compensation and terms of that employment, subject to approval by the budget agency.
    Sec. 6. This chapter expires December 31, 2004.