Today marks the end of scheduled standing committee meetings, which means that it’s all floor time from here on out. Below are the highlights from the day.
- Medicaid expansion cleared another hurdle today, passing out of the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee. While critics argue that the bill doesn’t go far enough, UAC appreciates the bill’s sponsor who has worked tirelessly to address the needs of some of Utah’s most at-risk population. HB 437 now moves to the Senate floor for a final vote. UPDATE: HB 437 was presented on the Senate floor late Tuesday night and passed out with a 19-8 vote. It now goes to the Governor for his signature.
- The bill that offers funding for the indigent defense commission and grants to counties to increase their indigent defense efforts (SB 155) also passed out of committee and now moves to the House floor for a final vote.
- Also passing out of committee today was a bill that improves the process for returning property from a pawn shop to the rightful owner. SB 157 now moves to the House floor for final passage. As does a bill that addresses governmental immunity for emergencies (SB 203).
With the end of committee meetings today, a number of bills that failed get a committee hearing are for all intents and purposes dead. Here is a quick rundown of some bills that UAC was tracking that fall into this category.
- HB 19 – Expungement Amendments
- HB 78 – Abandoned Road Amendments
- HB 123 – Office of Attorney General – Conflict of Interest
- HB 137 – Restitution for Incarceration Costs Amendments
- HB 153 – Certified Tax Rate Amendments
- HB 275 – Submission of Nonbinding Opinion Questions to Voters
- HB 368 – Short-term Rental Tax Amendments
- HB 459 – Golf Course Property Tax Amendments
- SB 85 – Sales and Use Tax Compliance Amendments
- SB 145 – Property Taxes on Former Prison Property
- SB 214 – Workplace Abusive Conduct Amendments
- SB 226 – Civil Actions Involving Law Enforcement Officers or Emergency Vehicle Operators
Appropriations are coming together. There are still a number of minor tweaks that we can expect from the final budget, but we already have a good idea where things are going to fall out. Below is a list of some of the appropriations to county government the legislature has okayed. The complete list is available at this link. (Thanks to Liz for making me aware of the list.)
- $6.4M Medicaid Match = One-time (line 186)
- $1.5M JRI = Ongoing (line 184)
- $31M Medicaid Expansion = $17.5M Ongoing (line 174) (Another $13.5M covered by the hospitals)
- $2M JRI Data Coordination = One-time (line 53)
- $1M Jail Reimbursement = Ongoing (line 55)
- $1M Jail Reimbursement = One-time (line 55)
- $1.32 +$250K Jail Contracting = Ongoing (lines 45-46)
- $500K Indigent Defense Commission = Ongoing (line 54)
- $1.5M Indigent Defense Commission = One-time (line 54)
- $150K Statewide Personal Property Reporting System = One-time (line 62)
That’s about it for today. See you tomorrow.
Arie Van De Graaff