It was the first edition of “late-night floor time” (No joke! It finished after 10:00 p.m.) and definitely won’t be the last! We are working through a significant number of bills on the board after being cleared today and renumbered. We are seeing that a lot of legislators have a significant number of their priorities yet to be addressed, meaning that we should expect a number of late nights like this as we begin the countdown of days into single digits.
- Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear private attorney general doctrine, felony fleeing amendments, body camera amendments, driving under the influence, and arrest amendments. A full agenda for sure!
- Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will hear Rep. Thurston’s driving-under-the-influence revisions to his bill last year.
- Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee at 8:33 a.m. (very specific) in Room 415, Capitol, will hear bills dealing with urban farming, the rural online initiative, and statewide resource management plan adoption.
- House Judiciary Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 20, House Building, will hear Rep. McKell’s bill on allocation of fault.
- House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear yet ANOTHER drivin-under-the-influence bill, this time from Rep. Kwan.
- Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 415, Capitol, will hear bills on local government finances, voter eligibility, and law enforcement protection.
- Senate Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee at 4:10 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear bills on transient room tax amendments and sales and use tax.
- The elections omnibus bill, 5th Sub HB218, a collaborative effort of many different legislators, but sponsored by Representative Chavez-Houck and Senator Henderson, passed off the House floor late tonight with a unanimous vote. It will now move back over to the Senate under Senator Henderson’s care.
- Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee heard a lot of bills pertaining to the counties today. On that list, 3rd Sub HB224 passed out of committee with unanimous committee support. Also heard in committee was Representative Ivory’s HB179 State Training and Certification Requirements, championed by Commissioner Darin Bushman, who explained the challenges faced for rural counties that live far away from “typical” training cities.
- Ricky Hatch, representing the Clerks Association, spoke on two bills, supporting Representative Westwood’s Early Voting Amendments HB141 and also spoke to Representative Roberts’ Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project, 2nd Sub HB35 which would allow municipalities to opt-in to ranked-choice voting and explained the challenges with outdated or non-compatible equipment for ranked-choice voting and educator outreach and education.
- Representative Noel proposed to House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee HB 458, which would allow an additional $2 per day for the treatment rate from 89% to 91.75% for treatment beds. The bill passed with unanimous support. Representative Spackman-Moss’s HB 410 on alcohol and substance use withdrawal in county jails bill passed out of committee with unanimous support. This bill requires the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council to establish a workgroup to study the issue of withdrawal in county jails.
Don’t forget Thursday Legislative Committee Meeting at 10:30 in the Olmstead Room. Here’s the Agenda