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- Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 3:00 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear bills on the prohibition of law enforcement quotas and use of force amendments.
- Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee at 3:13 p.m. in Room 415, Capitol, will hear Representative Stratton’s bill on agriculture commodity zone amendments.
- House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee at 3:40 p.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear renewable energy amendments and Representative Froerer’s resolution for a class VI landfill.
- In House Political Subdivisions Standing Committee, legislators discussed HB0224, County Government Change Election Amendments. Staff has been working diligently with Representative Froerer and have been working on language that is acceptable to the entire membership. Representative Froerer introduced the second substitute today that was released only minutes before his presentation and Adam expressed to members of the committee appreciation for the continued work and that we would be reviewing the new substitute. Other county commissioners also testified to the importance of correct policy when considering county government form changes. The committee passed the bill out with a favorable recommendation.
- HB0035, Representative Roberts’s Municipal Instant Runoff Voting Pilot Project passed out favorably despite a nay vote from Representative Daw because he felt as though he needed more time to study the amended bill. The adopted substitute allows for a newer method of voting called approval voting where voters circle or choose as many candidates as they like. If there are two open positions being voted on and 10 people are running for election, voters could circle as many candidates as they like and the top two vote recipients would be elected.
- HB0179, State Training and Certification Requirements would allow for alternative methods for required training, especially helpful for rural communities. Commissioner Bushman from Piute County recommended this bill because of personal experience where he has been forced to drive up to Salt Lake for a training that could be offered online via a web conference. This bill was liked by all committee members and passed out favorably.
- HB0141, Early Voting Amendments, another of the election bills this Session, was amended to keep early voting period changes to municipal elections only. This aims to avoid multi-jurisdictional confusion if multiple election areas had decided to pick different early voting periods. This bill passed out favorably and unanimously.