The days are getting longer and shorter, as you can see from the list of committees below that staff are watching. Even though we are limited on time, the bills are moving quickly through the process. There are committee meetings scheduled through Monday – meaning we can expect a lot of bills to keep moving.
Looking Ahead to Thursday, 1 March
- Senate Business and Labor Standing Committee at 7:30 a.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will hear the encompassing elections bill, Representative Chavez-Houck and Senator Henderson’s Modification to Election Law. Other bills important to counties include alcohol modifications, homeless shelter funding, and professional licensing revisions.
- House Government Operations Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 30, House Building, will hear Rep. Daw’s initiative amendments bill.
- House Political Subdivisions Standing Committee at 9:00 a.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear Senator Mayne’s metro township modifications.
- Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee at 9:30 a.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear Rep. Kwan’s bill on mental health protections for first responders.
- Senate Retirement and Independent Entities Standing Committee at 12:05 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear a bill on Utah retirement systems.
- House Health and Human Services Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 210, Senate Building, Rep. Redd’s bill for a Medicaid waiver for mental health patients.
- Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear bills regarding felony fleeing amendments, abuse of process and demands concerning Americans with Disabilities Act, and juvenile justice modifications.
- Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee at 4:00 p.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will hear bills on renewable energy and sales and use tax for public transit.
- Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee at 4:15 p.m. in Room 415, Capitol, will hear a concurrent resolution approving the statewide resource management plan, state monuments act, and Utah Lake amendments.
- House Business and Labor Standing Committee at 4:20 p.m. in Room 445, Capitol, will hear presentations on wastewater reuse, extra-jurisdictional municipal property, and misdemeanor amendments.
- Today was the day for discussing driving-under-the-influence – three different committees heard bills under that exact title.
- The Rural Online Initiative bill HB327S01 from Rep. Noel passed out of Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee with a favorable recommendation and we congratulate Commissioner Bushman for his excellent testimony.
- CivLAC’s Top 10 Discussion this week included discussions on bills that make repeat performances (HB79 (Greene) – Private Attorney General Doctrine and HB175 (Stratton) – Legislative Oversight Amendments, and HB224S03 (Froerer) – County Government Change Election Amendments) and some of the concerns that need some language changes to match the intention of the bill. Other bills reviewed:
- HB179 (Ivory) – State Training and Certification Requirements
- HB209 (Kwan) – Mental Health Protections for First Responders
- HB226S01 (Christofferson) – Citation Authority Amendments
- HB346S01 (Schultz) – Local Government Plan Review Amendments
- SB190S02 (Bramble) – Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Amendments
- UBHC legislative Strategy Committee discussed the Medicaid bills, focusing on the latest release – Rep. Spendlove’s HB0472 Medicaid Expansion Revisions that will do several things: expand Medicaid coverage to 100% FPL, requires the CMS enhanced match rate (a 90/10 split), includes work requirements, requires participants to use employer-sponsored plans if available, and gives Utah Medicaid the ability to cap enrollment, and some other provisions.
Below you will find the agenda, tracking sheet, and some supplemental information for the meeting tomorrow.
Death Penalty Issue Supplemental Information:
My view: The high cost of the death penalty: $1.6 million is just the tip of the iceberg (Deseret News)
Death Penalty One Pager FOR UAC
Summary for Legislature (UAC)
HB 379 overview and rebuttals