The Alberta government began the fall sitting of legislature on Tuesday, and begins its third attempt today to pass its overhaul of legislation for grade schools.
Additionally, key bills that are waiting to pass include a Workers's Compensation Amendment Act, that aims to give emergency officials coverage for work related post-traumatic stress disorder. Other bills on the agenda include modifications to home buyer protection, election accountability and changes to corporate taxes and pensions.
Find the list of Bills the government plans to pass this sitting below:
Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act
First introduced in the spring sitting, the bill aims to give, police officers, firefighters and paramedics coverage for work-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
Responsible Energy Development Act
The bill aims to create a single regulator to oversee energy projects that extract oil, gas, oilsands bitumen and coal from the ground.
The new Education Act
This bill was originally put before the legislature last spring but was shelved due to human rights-related outcry from home-schooling parents and, eventually, the provincial election. The bill, among other things, intends to solidify what the provincial PCs call the toughest anti-bullying legislation in Canada. The idea picked up steam again after the tragic death of bullied B.C. teen Amanda Todd.
Public Interest Disclosure Act
The bill has become synonymous with whistleblower protection. It aims to protect members of the public sector from reprisal if they point out problems within the system. Doctors in Alberta have often claimed they have been afraid to speak up regarding problems they see in the health system.
New Home Buyer Protection Act
This bill aims to create a mandatory new home warranty for new homes built in the province.
Health, Safety and Trade Violations
A new bill aims to assign new penalties for those kinds of infractions.
Election Accountability Amendment Act
This bill aims to re-think how elections are done in Alberta. House Leader Dave Hancock said the bill will make it clear that Alberta’s chief electoral officer can report publicly on decisions the office makes and/or penalties it has levied.
Electric Utilities Amendment Act
A move that would see all power transmission line projects going ahead in the future reviewed and approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission not provincial cabinet.
Alberta Corporate Tax Amendment Act
No information was available on these amendments at the time of publishing.
Employee Pensions Act
The bill aims to update pensions for Alberta private sector employees.
With files from CP
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Here's a breakdown of how the Alberta government parceled out spending last year. Information provided is <a href="http://finance.alberta.ca/business/budget/2012-13-Expense-by-Function.pdf">Expense by Function estimates</a> provided by the Alberta government.
7.1 per cent of the budget went to General Government - Includes a broad range of additional services including funding for parks and recreation, cultural activities, housing initiatives, economic development, costs to run government and debt servicing expenses (interest payments).
1 per cent of the budget went to Environmental funding - Provides for environmental monitoring and protection, including pollution control, water supply management, air quality control, garbage collection and waste disposal and a host of other environmental programs and initiatives.
Regional Planning and Development
2.7 per cent of the budget went to Regional Planning and Development - Includes amounts for planning and regional development and a portion of the grants made directly to municipalities, including the Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
Protections of Persons and Property
3.9 per cent of the budget went to Protections of Persons and Property - Includes amounts for the protection of persons and property, including amounts for policing and security, the provincial court system, correctional and rehabilitation services, firefighting, labour relations and a host of other regulatory measures.
Transportation, Communications and Utilities
4. 6 per cent of the budget went to Transportation, Communications and Utilities - Includes amounts related to road, rail and air transport and maintenance, public transit grants, as well as pipelines, utilities and telecommunications networks.
Agriculture, Resource Management and Economic Development
5.4 per cent of the budget went to Agriculture, Resource Management and Economic Development - Includes amounts for farming support programs, food supply quality monitoring and protection, weed and pest control, crop insurance programs, natural resource management, economic and rural development, irrigation and veterinary care.
11.5 of the budget went to Social Services - Includes social assistance (e.g. AISH), pension benefits, and care for children, seniors and other vulnerable Albertans.
22.9 per cent of the budget went to Education - Includes Early Childhood Services to Grade 12, as well as post-secondary education, skills training and the construction and maintenance of educational facilities.
40.9 per cent of the budget went to Health - Consists of expenses incurred to ensure necessary health services are available to Albertans and includes funding for hospitals, medical and preventative care and the construction and maintenance of provincial health facilities.