2018 State Legislative Session2018-12-13T08:31:33-07:00

Welcome to the 2018 State Legislative Session!

DATES: January 22 – March 8th, 2018

Action Utah leaders met all year with legislators, lobbyists, advocacy organizations, academics and state agencies to learn about policy needs and proposed legislation. We use survey and polling data to understand where a majority of Utahns stand on the issues and where bridges can be built to find common ground and create policy that reflects our beliefs and needs. We have built a slate of good policy to support during the 2018 State Legislative Session and coordinate directly with the bill sponsor’s strategy to bring community lobbying opportunities to ordinary community members when and how it is most needed.

That means YOU have the chance to impact the issues during the State Legislative Session!

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Bill Tracker

PUBLIC HEALTH BILLS

Bill No. Bill Name Bill Sponsor(s) Floor Sponsor Lobbying Kit Position Status Description
HB 12 Family Planning Services Amendments Rep. Ray Ward(R-Bountiful) Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Utah) One sheet SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Medicaid waiver for access to contraceptive services that saves the state money, improves the lives of women and families and reduces abortions [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 41 Mental Health Crisis Line Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele) onesheet SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Creates a single crisis telephone number and establishes basic standards for crisis line services across the state. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 42 Medicaid Waiver for Mental Health Crisis Services Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele) onesheet SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Requires the Department of Health to seek a medicaid waiver supporting certain mental health crisis resources.
HB 87 Suicide Training Amendments Rep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden) Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele) onesheet SUPPORT House – failed Requires an individual to complete a course in suicide prevention in order to obtain or renew a medical license.
HB 127 Controlled Substance Database Act Amendments Rep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden) Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch) SUPPORT PASSED Changes the requirements for controlled substances database and modifies enforcement provisions, requiring that medical professionals must consult the database when prescribing controlled substances.
HB 139 Telepsychiatric Consultation Access Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch) article SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Requires health benefit plan to cover the use of telepsychiatric consultations to triple the output of psychiatrists and improve suicide prevention services. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 163 Prescription Drug Amendments Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo) Sen. Dierdre Henderson onesheet SUPPORT Senate Business and Labor – held Requires the Department of Health to design and seek federal approval for a drug reimportation program where Utah could import brand name pharmaceuticals from Canada for purchase at lower prices within the state.
HB 325 Primary Care Network Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake) One Sheet SUPPORT Passed House and Senate This bill seeks to expand benefits for those people who already are on the Primary Care Network, making it possible for them to recieve in and out patient treatments and utilize urgent care.
HB 399 Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington) SUPPORT PASSED This bill requires a warning label and informational pamphlet on the risks of addiction and overdose to be distributed with any prescription for an opioid drug.
HB 400 Controlled Substance Database Act Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington) SUPPORT Ran out of time This bill requires a prescriber to discuss the risks of addiction and overdose from using opioid drugs with a patient or patient’s guardian before issuing an initial prescription for an opioid.
HB 472 Medicaid Expansion Revisions Rep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy) Sen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake) Medicaid expansion primer NEUTRAL Senate – passed Would expand Medicaid to 100% of the federal poverty line, not 138% as other states have done, and would require a waiver from the federal goverment to do so. Also includes a work requirement.
HB 483 Extreme Risk Protection Order Steve Handy (R-Layton) onesheet SUPPORT House Judiciary – returned to Rules Would create a process for concerned family members and law enforcement to apply for a court issued restraining order to remove firearms from someone already in posession of them, who is deemed to be a threat to themselves or to others. Support from Catholic Diocese of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Public Health Association, Utah Nurses Association, Utah Domestic Violence Coaltion and YWCA, among others.
SB 47 Medicaid Expansion Amendments Sen. Gene Davis (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT Senate 1st Reading Expands Medicaid fully to cover people up to 138% of the federal poverty line without specifcying funding mechanisms
SB 48 Medicaid Waiting Period Amendments Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Morgan/Summit/Weber) article OPPOSE Senate 1st Reading Reinstats a 5-year waiting period for legal immigrant children before they can receive medicaid benefits from Medicaid or CHIP.
SB 172 Medicaid Waiver Amendments Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Utah) Rep. Dan McCay (R-Riverton) One Sheet OPPOSE/ AMEND House Rev & Tax – failed Requests a waiver to institute certain changes to Medicaid that include work or community engagement requirements, Medicaid savings accounts, and modifying the Medicaid funding strucuture to become a block grant.
Opioid Crisis Education Curriculum Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) Article SUPPORT FUNDED Onetime $150K funding in each of 2018 and 2019 to create an online opioid crisis education curriculumwith the help of Utah teachers, focusing on the science of addiction specific to opioids.
Also Tracking
Appropriations request for Medicaid continuous enrollment for kids Rep. Ray Ward(R-Bountiful) SUPPORT Social Services Appropriation Subcommittee $600K ongoing to help kids be able to stay on Medicaid for a year after enrollment, regardless of changes in family situation, just like CHIP and private insurance do, so kids don’t get kicked off their health care coverage suddenly throughout the year.
Health Insurance High Risk Pool Rep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy) PENDING LANGUAGE Was not numbered Requests a waiver to continue the progrm already in place from 2016 that allows federal funding to stabilize the individual insurance market .
SB 126 Gestational Agreements Revision Sen. Lyle Hillyard (R-Cache/Rich) OPPOSE Senate Committee – held Repeals the law allowing surrogacy.

FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES

Bill No. Bill Name Bill Sponsor(s) Floor Sponsor Lobbying Kit Position Status Description
HB 30 Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville) Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Addresses problems with UALD identified in a recent performance audit by the Legislative Auditor General, removes barriers to fairness, and ensures all workers have equal access to Utah laws.
HB 57 Utah Intergenerational Poverty Work and Self-sufficiency Tax Credit Rep. John Westwood (R-Cedar City) Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington) SUPPORT Failed to receive funding Strengthens Utah’s groundbreaking IGP initiative with a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for IGP families who work, qualify for federal EITC and file their state taxes, supporting progress toward financial stability and independence. Supported by the SL Chamber and Utah Education Association.
HB 106 Education Grant Program for Individuals in the Justice System Rep. Val Potter (R-Logan) Sen. Lyle Hillyard (R-Cache/Rich) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Creates a pilot program for education programs for individuals within the justice system that would permit a qualified convicted person to avoid incarceration by completing practical trade skills education and earning certificates at a participating technical college.
HB 111 Community Reinvestment Agency Modifications Rep. Kim Coleman (R-West Jordan) Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch) AMEND/ OPPOSE Did not proceed Removes the housing allocation requirement for certain community reinvestment project areas. Amended.
HB148 Tax Revisions Rep. Tim Quinn (R-Heber) Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake) onesheet SUPPORT Senate Revenue and Taxation – failed Eliminates the 1.75% state sales tax on food, but remains revenue neutral by raising the state sales tax by .22%, eliminating a burden on the states most vulnerable, including low-income families and fixed-income elderly, reducing food insecurity and the cost to meet basic needs. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 160 Domestic Violence Provisions Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Permits a court to order the transfer of a wireless phone number to a petitioner in cases when the current account holder is the respondent for an order for protection or to a victim when the current account holder is the perpetrator, such as in domestic violence cases.
HB 196 Breastfeeding Protection Act Rep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden) Sen. Dierdre Henderson onesheet SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Allows the option of breastfeeding in public so that a nursing woman is legally permited to breastfeed in any public location. This bill is supported by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Retailer’s Association.
HB 234 Compulsory Education Revisions Rep. Jefferson Moss (R-Saratoga Springs) Sen. Howard Stephenson (R- Salt Lake/ Utah) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate This bill amends the definition of “valid excuse” for absence in the compulsory education code to include physical or mental illness.
HB 235 Family School Partnership Rep. Bruce Cutler (R-Murray) SUPPORT House Education Committee – Held Supports a Family School Partnership pilot program with matching funds from Trust Land Funds to provide home visiting for families who struggle in the school system.
HB 259 Moderate income housing plan amendments Rep. Logan Wilde (R-Croydon) Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Requires the genearl plan of a county or municipality other than a town allow and plan for moderate income housing growth.
HB 264 Elementary School Counselor Program Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Salt Lake/Utah) SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Authorizes grants for school-based counselors and social workers.
HB 277 Retirement Income Tax Credit Rep. John Westwood (R-Cedar City) Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake) SUPPORT Senate Revenue and Taxation-failed Expands eligibility to the Retirment Income Tax Credit by removing a current age restriction to permit Utahns who turn 65 this year or later access to a tax credit of $450 for an indivudal ($900 for joint filers), and phases out for those earning more than $25K ($32K for joint filers).
HB 278 Paid Family & Medical Leave Tax Credit Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan) onesheet SUPPORT Failed to receive funding Creates a tax credit for businesses that offer paid famliy and medical leave to employees, supporting continued employment and income for workers when they need to take limited time off to attend to specific family or health-related responsibilities. Supported by the Salt Lake Chamber. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 283 Workplace Protection Amendments Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) SUPPORT House Business & Labor Committee – failed Prohibits workplace discrimination among small businesses by lowering the employee threshold which triggers employer compliance with Utah’s anti-discrimination and labor laws from 15 employees down to 1, and creates legal remedies for small employers who violate the provisions of the act. The initially high fiscal note on this bill was amended to a mere $61K. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 319 Early Care and Learning Coordination Amendments Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake) Sen. Ann Millner SUPPORT Ran out of time Establishes a high-level, interagency, public-private leadership governing body that will coordinte federal and state early childhood policies and procedures that affect the health and wellbeing of Utah’s children between the ages of 0-5 years. Follows recommendations offered by the Early Childhood Services Report (2017’s SB100). [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments Rep. Brad Last (R-Hurricane) Sen. Ann Millner SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Continues a Pay-for-Success program that funds 1,000 slots of high-quality pre-school in Salt Lake County. The program was originally established in 2014, through a bill passed by Speaker Greg Hughes. The program has helped 4,000 low-income, at-risk kids to date and reduced special education referrals in the served population.
HB 430 Affordable Housing Amendments Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) Sen. Jacob Anderegg (R-Salt Lake, Utah) Passed House and Senate Creates the coalition of housing affordability in DWS, describes the membership, duties and reporting requirements of the commission and provides sunset date
HB 462 Homeless Services Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake) article SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Raises funding for homeless shelters by assessing a fee on municipalities that fail to provide sufficient low-income and affordable housing for their populations.
HB 464 Affordable Housing Amendments Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) onesheet SUPPORT House 3rd Reading Calendar Creates a bond to provide $100 million in funding from the Economic Revitalization and Investment Fund to build or repurpose housing developments that meet certain affordable housing criteria
HB 491 Election Law Changes Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan) Take action! SUPPORT Passed House and Senate Gives the state the ability to place a non-binding ballot question on the ballot, just as we did when Utah was applying to host the Olympics in 2002. HB 491 would be repealed following this general election, just as was done after the 2002 decision was completed. In conjunction with HJR20, this is part of the Our Schools Now compromise legislation.
HJR 20 Joint Resolution Submitting a Question to Voters Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan) Take action! SUPPORT Passed the House and Senate Would ask Utah voters if the state gasoline tax should be increased by 10 cents for the transportation fund, thereby releasing more funding for education. Together with HB 491, this is the Our Schools Now compromise legislation.
HR 6 Paid Family & Medical Leave Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) SUPPORT House 1st Reading
SCR 11 Concurrent Resolution on Postpartum Depression Awareness and Treatment Sen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake) Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT Passed Senate and House Defining the significant problem of postpartum depression and its impacts and treatments to raise awareness of the issue in Utah.
SB 133 Design and Build Amendments Sen. Karen Mayne (D-Salt Lake) Rep. Kay Christofferson (R-Lehi) SUPPORT Passed Senate and House Eliminates the $250K threshold to allow design build projects by organizations like Habitat for Humanities
SB 159 Forcible Entry and Detainer Sen. Margaret Dayton (R-Utah) Rep. Keith Grover (R-Provo) AMEND Passed House and Senate This bill was amended. Took the email out, said 24 hours can’t include weekends and holidays.
Also Tracking
HB 117 Hourly Wage Increase Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT House Business & Labor Committee – Failed Increases Utah’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour and works toward a more gradual raise of $12 by 2022.
HB 118 Cash Wage Obligation Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT House Business & Labor Committee – Failed Increases Utah’s minimum wage for tipped workers to $3.25/hour.