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.

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Bill Tracker

PUBLIC HEALTH BILLS

Bill No.Bill NameBill Sponsor(s)Floor SponsorLobbying KitPositionStatusDescription
HB 12Family Planning Services AmendmentsRep. Ray Ward(R-Bountiful)Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Utah)One sheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateMedicaid 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 41Mental Health Crisis Line AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele)onesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateCreates a single crisis telephone number and establishes basic standards for crisis line services across the state. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 42Medicaid Waiver for Mental Health Crisis ServicesRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele)onesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateRequires the Department of Health to seek a medicaid waiver supporting certain mental health crisis resources.
HB 87Suicide Training AmendmentsRep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden)Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele)onesheetSUPPORTHouse – failedRequires an individual to complete a course in suicide prevention in order to obtain or renew a medical license.
HB 127Controlled Substance Database Act AmendmentsRep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)SUPPORTPASSEDChanges the requirements for controlled substances database and modifies enforcement provisions, requiring that medical professionals must consult the database when prescribing controlled substances.
HB 139Telepsychiatric Consultation Access AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)articleSUPPORTPassed House and SenateRequires 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 163Prescription Drug AmendmentsRep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo)Sen. Dierdre HendersononesheetSUPPORTSenate Business and Labor – heldRequires 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 325Primary Care Network AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake) One SheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateThis 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 399Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington)SUPPORTPASSEDThis 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 400Controlled Substance Database Act AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington)SUPPORTRan out of timeThis 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 472Medicaid Expansion RevisionsRep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy)Sen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake)Medicaid expansion primerNEUTRALSenate – passedWould 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 483Extreme Risk Protection OrderSteve Handy (R-Layton)onesheetSUPPORTHouse Judiciary – returned to RulesWould 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 47Medicaid Expansion AmendmentsSen. Gene Davis (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate 1st ReadingExpands Medicaid fully to cover people up to 138% of the federal poverty line without specifcying funding mechanisms
SB 48Medicaid Waiting Period AmendmentsSen. Allen Christensen (R-Morgan/Summit/Weber)articleOPPOSESenate 1st ReadingReinstats a 5-year waiting period for legal immigrant children before they can receive medicaid benefits from Medicaid or CHIP.
SB 172Medicaid Waiver AmendmentsSen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Utah)Rep. Dan McCay (R-Riverton)One SheetOPPOSE/ AMENDHouse Rev & Tax – failedRequests 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 CurriculumRep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake)Article SUPPORTFUNDEDOnetime $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 kidsRep. Ray Ward(R-Bountiful)SUPPORTSocial 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 PoolRep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy)PENDING LANGUAGEWas not numberedRequests a waiver to continue the progrm already in place from 2016 that allows federal funding to stabilize the individual insurance market .
SB 126Gestational Agreements RevisionSen. Lyle Hillyard (R-Cache/Rich)OPPOSESenate Committee – heldRepeals the law allowing surrogacy.

FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES

Bill No.Bill NameBill Sponsor(s)Floor SponsorLobbying KitPositionStatusDescription
HB 30Utah Antidiscrimination Act AmendmentsRep. Jim Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateAddresses 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 57Utah Intergenerational Poverty Work and Self-sufficiency Tax CreditRep. John Westwood (R-Cedar City)Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington)SUPPORTFailed to receive fundingStrengthens 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 106Education Grant Program for Individuals in the Justice SystemRep. Val Potter (R-Logan)Sen. Lyle Hillyard (R-Cache/Rich)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateCreates 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 111Community Reinvestment Agency ModificationsRep. Kim Coleman (R-West Jordan)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)AMEND/ OPPOSEDid not proceedRemoves the housing allocation requirement for certain community reinvestment project areas. Amended.
HB148Tax RevisionsRep. Tim Quinn (R-Heber)Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)onesheetSUPPORTSenate Revenue and Taxation – failedEliminates 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 160Domestic Violence ProvisionsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTPassed House and SenatePermits 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 196Breastfeeding Protection ActRep Justin Fawson (R-Ogden)Sen. Dierdre HendersononesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateAllows 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 234Compulsory Education RevisionsRep. Jefferson Moss (R-Saratoga Springs)Sen. Howard Stephenson (R- Salt Lake/ Utah)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateThis bill amends the definition of “valid excuse” for absence in the compulsory education code to include physical or mental illness.
HB 235Family School PartnershipRep. Bruce Cutler (R-Murray)SUPPORTHouse Education Committee – HeldSupports 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 259Moderate income housing plan amendmentsRep. Logan Wilde (R-Croydon)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateRequires the genearl plan of a county or municipality other than a town allow and plan for moderate income housing growth.
HB 264Elementary School Counselor ProgramRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Salt Lake/Utah)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateAuthorizes grants for school-based counselors and social workers.
HB 277Retirement Income Tax CreditRep. John Westwood (R-Cedar City)Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate Revenue and Taxation-failedExpands 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 278Paid Family & Medical Leave Tax CreditRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan)onesheetSUPPORTFailed to receive fundingCreates 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 283Workplace Protection AmendmentsRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)SUPPORTHouse Business & Labor Committee – failedProhibits 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 319Early Care and Learning Coordination AmendmentsRep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake)Sen. Ann MillnerSUPPORTRan out of timeEstablishes 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 380Utah School Readiness Initiative AmendmentsRep. Brad Last (R-Hurricane)Sen. Ann MillnerSUPPORTPassed House and SenateContinues 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 430Affordable Housing AmendmentsRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)Sen. Jacob Anderegg (R-Salt Lake, Utah)Passed House and SenateCreates the coalition of housing affordability in DWS, describes the membership, duties and reporting requirements of the commission and provides sunset date
HB 462Homeless Services AmendmentsRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake)articleSUPPORTPassed House and SenateRaises funding for homeless shelters by assessing a fee on municipalities that fail to provide sufficient low-income and affordable housing for their populations.
HB 464Affordable Housing AmendmentsRep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake)onesheetSUPPORTHouse 3rd Reading CalendarCreates 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 491Election Law ChangesRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan)Take action!SUPPORTPassed House and SenateGives 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 20Joint Resolution Submitting a Question to VotersRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan)Take action!SUPPORTPassed the House and SenateWould 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 6Paid Family & Medical LeaveRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)SUPPORTHouse 1st Reading
SCR 11Concurrent Resolution on Postpartum Depression Awareness and TreatmentSen. Brian Zehnder (R-Salt Lake)Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTPassed Senate and HouseDefining the significant problem of postpartum depression and its impacts and treatments to raise awareness of the issue in Utah.
SB 133Design and Build AmendmentsSen. Karen Mayne (D-Salt Lake)Rep. Kay Christofferson (R-Lehi)SUPPORTPassed Senate and HouseEliminates the $250K threshold to allow design build projects by organizations like Habitat for Humanities
SB 159Forcible Entry and DetainerSen. Margaret Dayton (R-Utah)Rep. Keith Grover (R-Provo)AMENDPassed House and SenateThis bill was amended. Took the email out, said 24 hours can’t include weekends and holidays.
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HB 117Hourly Wage IncreaseRep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTHouse Business & Labor Committee – FailedIncreases Utah’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour and works toward a more gradual raise of $12 by 2022.
HB 118Cash Wage ObligationRep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTHouse Business & Labor Committee – FailedIncreases Utah’s minimum wage for tipped workers to $3.25/hour.
HB 156Paid Parental Leave (State Agencies)Rep. Elizabeth Weight (D-Salt Lake)onesheetSUPPORTHouse Business & Labor Committee – heldProvides six weeks of paid parental leave for full- and part-time executive agency state employees, allowing new parents the ability to care for and bond with their child at a critical time without the financial stress accompanied by lost earnings, and increases employer retention of good employees.
HB 164Early Learning Task ForceRep. Bruce Cutler (R-Murray)Sen. Ann Millner (R-Davis/Morgan/Weber)NEUTRALHouse/ FailedCreates an Early Learning Task Force to use the study related to early childhood services learning in Utah and may policy recommendations to increase Kindergarten readiness. This bill may be redundant.
HB 165Pretrial Release AmendmentsRep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake)Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate 2nd Reading CalendarAllows a court to deny bail or release from jail prior to trial after an arrest for domestic violence for the protection of the alleged victim in certain circumstances.
HB 262Hygiene Tax ActRep. Susan Duckworth (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTHouse Revenue & Taxation Committee – FailedRemoves the luxury tax on non-luxury hygiene items to reduce the burden on low-income Utahns for child and adult diapers, tampons, etc. Enactment of this legislation could reduce local sales tax revenue by $1,810,000 in FY 2019 and by $2,270,000 in FY 2020.
HB 326Intergenerational Poverty InitiativeRep. Ed Redd (R-Logan)Sen. Howard StephensonarticleSUPPORTSenate 2nd Reading CalendarCreates a Poverty Plan Implementation Pilot Program using $1M for counties to allocate toward initiatives fighting intergenerational poverty.
HB 355Amendments to Tax LawRep. Dan McCay (R-Riverton)OPPOSEHouse Rules CommitteeCreates a corporate tax reduction that also reduces revenue for the education fund by $80 million.
Chidcare IncentivesRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)SUPPORTAbandonedCreates tax incentives for savings accounts where both employer and employee contriute toward childcare costs.
SB 27Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking AmendmentsSen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake)Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate to HouseAdds protections for victims of violence in dating and stalking situations by including them in the definition of domestic violence.
SB 86Victim Targeting Penalty EnhancementsSen. Dan Thatcher (R-Salt Lake/Tooele)SUPPORTSenate Rules CommitteeStrengthens hate crimes enforcement.
SB 145School Funding RevisionsSen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Salt Lake)WATCHSenate 3rd Reading Calendar – circledCreates more equitable school funding across districts. 7 senate co-sponsors.
SB 161Home Visiting Pay for Success ProgramSen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)Rep. Ed ReddSUPPORTSenate to HouseCreates a pay for success program that will help fund evidence-based home visiting programs that use healthcare providers targeting low-income mothers and their children, with a specific measure related to post-partum depression.
SB 152Equal Compensation StudySen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate Business & Labor Committee/HeldRequires the Utah Department of Human Resource Management to provide data related to gender-based wages in the state of Utah government to a third party institution to analyze and create a study.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Bill No.Bill NameBill Sponsor(s)Floor SponsorLobbying KitPositionStatusDescription
HCR 1Concurrent Resolution on Global Warming and Climate ChangeRep. Ray Ward(R-Bountiful)onesheetSUPPORTHouse Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee – heldAcknowledges that climate change is real and man-made and encourages energy policy decisions to be based on these two facts. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HCR 7Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic StewardshipRep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake)Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/Salt Lake)onesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateEncourages the responsible stewardship of natural resources and reduction of emissions through incentives and support of the growth in technologies and services that will enlarge the economy. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HCR 9Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar and Geothermal EnergyRep. Patrice Arent(D-Millcreek)Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington)onesheetSUPPORT/ AMENDHouse 3rd Reading Calendar – CircledWith 23 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, this bill encourages economic development and jobs in rural counties from the renewable resources of wind, solar and geothermal energy to help bring economic prosperity to Utah’s rural communities, retain Utah’s role as a leader in domestic energy production and contribute to satisfaction of the state’s renewable energy goals. This initiative received an amendment in committee that should be removed to retain the original intent of the resolution. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 38Fireworks RestrictionsRep. James Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville)Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D-Salt Lake)articleSUPPORTPassed House and SenateCompromise bill to reduce the number of days and hours fireworks may be legally used in Utah to reduce noise and potential air pollution.
HB 101Air Quality Emissions Testing AmendmentsRep. Patrice Arent(D-Millcreek)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)onesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateClean air bill that creates fairness in vehicle emissions testing by requiring the same testing from all counties of diesel vehicles with an expected reduction in pollution of 170 tons per year.
HB 135Extraterritorial Jurisdiction AmendmentsRep. Mike Noel (R-Kanab)Sen. David HinkinsarticleOPPOSESenate Natural Resources – failedRemoves authority for municipalities to regulate watershed lands outside of municipality boundaries necessary to control clean water for that municipality. Substitution 1 adds a hike in water fees for a fund controlled by the legislature to go toward projects like the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.
HB 211Freight Switcher Emissions MitigationRep. Steve Handy (R-Layton)SUPPORTReturned to rules without fundingClean air bill that provides funding to convert high-emitting freight switcher trains to low-emissions technology. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 255Extra-Jurisdictional Municipal PropertyRep. Kim ColemanOPPOSEHouse RulesPossibly will be amended to add the wording from HB 135 within the original bill.
HB 479Zero Emission Vehicle ProgramRep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)SUPPORTRan out of timeCreates greater availability and choice of EVs and hybrids for purchase in UT at lower prices, facilitating EV adoption and fleet transition while reducing emissions and generating business for auto dealers and utilities.
SB 136Transportation Governance AmendmentsSen. Wayne Harper (R-Salt Lake)Rep. Mike Schultz (R-Hooper)articleAMENDHouse to Rules due to fiscal impactOverhauls the transportation governance system toward addressing population growth, considering issues like multi-modality and air quality. Of the many provisions, creates an increased fee for hybrid and electric vehicles to help cover the costs of roads of $75 and $200 respectively. This bill was amended to reduce the additional fees for EVs to $120, and have the fee go toward EV infrastructure.
Also Tracking
HB 171Motor Vehicle Emissions AmendmentsRep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake)Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate 2nd Reading CalendarClean air bill that creates higher first offense and repeat offense penalties for “coal rolling”.
HJR 1Joint Resolution Urging Expemtion from the Antiquities ActRep. Carl Albrecht (R-Richfield)Sen. David HinkinsOPPOSESenate 2nd Reading CalendarEncourages Congress to pursue legislation exempting Utah from the federal Antiquities Act..
Appropriations request for DAQ research fundingSUPPORTAppropriationsProvides funding to research and improve the modeling for air pollution and emissions in order to assess best practices for improving air quality and move Utah toward attainment.

GOVERNMENT

Bill No.Bill NameBill Sponsor(s)Floor SponsorLobbying KitPositionStatusDescription
HB 35Municipal Instant Runoff Voting Pilot ProjectRep. Marc Roberts (R-Sen. Howard StephensonSUPPORTPassed House and SenateCreates a pilot project for municipalities to choose whether they want to try “ranked choice voting.”
HB 67Voter Registration AmendmentsRep. Steve Handy (R-Layton)onesheetSUPPORTHouse Government Operations CommitteeUpgrades the voter registration system to create greater government efficiencies in registering eligible voters at the DMV automatically with the option to opt out. [CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO #InTheirWords]
HB 141Early Voting AmendmentsRep. John Westwood (R-Cedar City)Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Beaver/Iron/Washington)OPPOSE/ AMENDPassed House and SenateGives counties the option to reduce the early voting period from 14 days down to 2 under certain circumstances, limiting the ability for populations like certain rural and elderly voters to cast a ballot. This bill was amended to reduce early voting to 4 days instead of 2.
HB 154Voter Registration ModificationsRep. Karianne Lisonbee (R-Clearfield)OPPOSEHouse returned to RulesTrojan Horse bill that could derail Rep. Handy’s good bill (HB 67: Voter Registration Amendments, designed to improve government efficiencies by updating the voter registration system for County Clerks through opt-out voter registration at the DMV).
HB 189Driver License Exam RevisionsRep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Holladay/Murray)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)SUPPORTPassed House and SenateEases burdens for refugees and asylies in obtaining a drivers license by increasing the term of a license from 4 to 5 years and allowing them to take the test in their native language the first time around.
HB 218Modicications to Election LawRep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake)Sen. Diedre Henderson (R-Utah Co)onesheetSUPPORTPassed House and SenateSame day voter registration, which allows otherwise eligible voters to cast a provisional ballot on election day or during the early voting period
HB 338S2Elections ModificationsRep Daniel McCay (R-Riverton)Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-Jordan)Take action!WARNING: OPPOSERan out of timeEnacts a series of modifications to election, including shortening the period of time in which a person filing for candidacy has to announce a decision to gather petition signatures to be placed on the primary ballot from as much as 80 days down to 4, prohibiting the Lt. Governor from barring a convention-nominated candidate from the primary ballot if their political party attempts to prevent a petition candidate from getting on the primary ballot and repealing the County My Vote compromise legislation (SB 54 from 2014) if the 2018 County My Vote ballot initiative fails.
HB 471Initiative AmendmentsRep. Brad Daw (R-Orem)Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Utah/Wasatch)OPPOSE/ AMENDRan out of timeThis bill changes the effective date of certain laws enacted by a statewide initiative. This bill was amended to eliminate the one year delay for laws that would increase taxes and to require laws with a listed effective date to be effective as of that date.
SB 112Voter Registration RevisionsSen. Diedre Henderson (R-Utah Co)Rep. Steve HandyonesheetSUPPORTHouse 1st ReadingSister bill to HB 67, updates and streamlines the voter registration system by making registration automatic at the DMV with the option to opt out.
Also Tracking
HB 177Trauma Informed JusticeRep. Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan)Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)SUPPORTSenate 3rd Reading – Tabled
HB 379Death Penalty AmendmentsRep. Gage Froerer (R-Huntsville)NEUTRALHouse – failedRepeals the death penalty for inefficiencies, such as $40 million in extra expenses above life without parolle over the past 20 years, resulting in 2 executions. There are currently 9 individuals on death row in Utah. This bill is supported by groups on both sides of the aisle, including ACLU and Libertas.

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