While truancy citations are rare, and typically used to compel school attendance and dialogue with administrators, bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, said contempt of court and other complications can lead to parents being jailed for truancy.
"The punishment does not fit the crime," he said.
A substituted version of SB115, sponsored by Rep. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, was initially defeated on a tie vote.
The bill passed without debate on its second reading in the Senate, but on final reading, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, questioned whether there were any consequences to a parent who kept a school-age child home from school to work. After the bill's defeat, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, asked the Senate to hold the bill for 24 hours, which it agreed to do.
Anderegg then asked to change his vote to "no" regarding the bill's passage, which would allow him bring the bill back for reconsideration. The Senate did not object.
Anderegg tried to resurrect the bill on the final day of the Senate but the bill failed.