2015 SSL Volume

Social/Emotional Development Training in Teacher Preparation

This act requires any candidate entering a program of teacher preparation to complete training in social and emotional development and learning of children. The training must include instruction concerning a comprehensive, coordinated social and emotional assessment and early intervention for children displaying...

This act directs the Higher Education Commission to consider the creation of a proposed pilot program – Pay Forward, Pay Back. The pilot program would replace the current system of charging students tuition and fees for enrollment at public institutions of higher education. Instead, anyone who attended an in-state college or university would be required to pay a small percentage of their post-college income as a tax for 24 years (3% per year for graduates of a 4-year college; 1.5% per year for community college graduates). If the commission determines that a pilot program is warranted, the commission shall submit a proposal to the 2015 regular session of the Legislative Assembly.

This act establishes a three-year pilot program to generate revenue through the lease of public school lands at up to five sites that would be used for public purposes such as workforce housing, building and retrofitting schools and the creation of more “school-centered communities.” The selection of the potential sites would be determined by the State Board of Education and all revenue generated from the pilot program would be deposited into the state’s school facilities account. The Department of Education would be tasked with providing periodic status report updates on the redevelopment projects and leasing activities.

This act requires parents that wish to delegate their parental powers for more than one year to file a petition through the juvenile court system in order to allow the court to assess if the new parents will be able to adequately care for the child. Previously physical custody could be signed over through a power of attorney document, which required no state oversight. The act also closes a loophole in the states advertising laws, making it illegal to advertise that a child is up for adoption over the internet.

This act describes the formation of premarital and marital agreements, when such agreements are effective, provisions that are unenforceable in premarital or marital agreements, and when an agreement is enforceable. Under the act, provisions relating to spousal maintenance are unenforceable if the provisions are unconscionable at the time of enforcement. The Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act addresses the varying standards for these types of agreements that have led to conflicting laws, judgments, and uncertainty about enforcement as couples move from state to state.