With more and more floor time, the committee review process for bills is getting shorter which creates a bit of a back log. This has impacted several county-related bills that were in committee today, with some being held so that appropriate time could be given. However, if the bill isn’t heard, it will face additional hurdles to get through the legislative process of floor times and committee hearings in the opposite house. It is a race against time! Only 12 days left.
- House Judiciary Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 20, House Building, will hear a bill on court records amendments from Senator Thatcher.
- House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear bills addressing off-duty employment of a law enforcement officer and elimination of the death penalty.
- House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 445, Capitol, will hear bills on Utah Lake, water holdings accountability and transparency, and extraterritorial jurisdiction.
- House Transportation Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 30, House Building, will hear Rep. Spendlove’s bill on autonomous vehicles.
- Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will hear a bill on municipal business licensing.
- House Government Operations Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 30, House Building, will address initiatives, referenda, and other political activities and a Senate bill from Senator Dayton on poll watchers and challenges to voters.
- House Political Subdivisions Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear bills on interlocal provision of law enforcement service, moderate income housing, and local government fees and taxes.
- House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 445, Capitol, is full of county-related bills including personal property tax revision, bond elections (not heard today), and community reinvestment agency modifications.
- Senate Business and Labor Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will hear Senator Bramble’s bill on small wireless facilities deployment.
- Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, is scheduled to hear Rep. Daw’s medical cannabis bills.
- One of the issues that staff worked on throughout the entire day was presented in House Government Operation’s Committee Meeting by Representative Chavez-Houck. Her HB0218 bill addresses many of the issues that have been discussed over the last four-plus weeks on voting and would have a significant impact for Federal, State, and County elections as it deals with automatic-voter registration and vote by mail. The bill passed out of committee, but with some serious questions about aspects and the promise of the sponsor to continue working with UAC staff and the clerks.
- As one of the many bills that the Legislator is considering as part of possible solutions to address the opioid epidemic and address the issue at all points of access, Representative Fawson presented a bill (HB0127) on the Controlled Substance Database that would also require prescribers to check the database. The committee pointed out several areas that need additional fine-tuning and it was held for the sponsor to work on it with stakeholders.
- SB186, Indigent Defense Amendments, was heard in Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee. This bill continues to refine the Indigent Defense Commission, an important partner with counties as we continue evaluating the issue of providing adequate indigent defense to constituents.