The 2019 State Legislative Session runs for 45 consecutive days between January 28 and March 14, 2019. During this time, state legislators will consider and vote on over 1,300 bills and balance our state’s budget. Action Utah will continually update this list of our top bills within our legislative priorities. Find out more about our State Legislature, how to find out who represents you and how our political system works in our Resources section.  Download our State Legislative Session Advocacy Guide here.

2019 Bill Tracker

QUICKLINKS: HealthcareAir QualityEducationSuicide PreventionStrengthening FamiliesGood GovernmentOther BillsAlso Tracking

HEALTHCARE

Legislative Goal: Expanding access and reducing costs

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 178 Health Care Charges Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem)   SUPPORT House/ to standing committee
  Creates a health care price transparency tool        
HB 210 Medicaid Expansion Program Revisions Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) Take Action – URGENT! SUPPORT House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Amends provisions relating to Medicaid expansion        
SB 11 Medicaid Dental Coverage Amendments Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Ogden)   SUPPORT Senate/ circled
  Expands Medicaid to cover dental care for the elderly.        
SB 96 Medicaid Expansion Amendments Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Ogden) Fact Sheet OPPOSE/AMEND Senate/ circled
  Exchanges Prop 3 for limited Medicaid expansion via a waiver with caps and work requirements   Take Action – URGENT!    
SB 97 Medicaid Program Revisions Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) Take Action OPPOSE Senate Comm – Not Considered
  Repeals Prop 3 for Medicaid expansion altogether        
  Pharmaceutical Price Transparency Act Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo)   WATCH In Process
           
  Prescription Drug Rebate Amendments Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield) Article SUPPORT In Process
           


AIR QUALITY

Legislative Goal: Cleaning up Utah’s air for better health and economic outcomes

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 98 Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ to standing committee
  Creates a public-private partnership to retrofit highly polluting train engines        
HB 139 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake) Article SUPPORT House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst
  Strengthens penalties and reporting for “coal rolling”        
HB 148 Vehicle Idling Revisions Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) Article SUPPORT House/ to standing committee
  Repeals provisions limiting a local highway authority’s ability to enact restrictions on vehicle idling        
HCR 2 CR Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydro. and Geothermal Energy Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) Fact Sheet SUPPORT Senate/ to standing committee
  Encourages development of renewables to grow Utah’s rural economy.        
HCR 3 CR Urging the EPA to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ to standing committee
  Requests greater federal regulation under the Clean Air Act        
HCR 5 Concurrent Resoution Urging Policies that Reduce Damage from Wildfires Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful)   WATCH House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Urges the federal government to mitigate wildfire risk and additional climate change        
  Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program Rep. Jeff Stenquist (R-Draper) Article SUPPORT In Process
  Reduces emissions by retiring the dirtiest, failing cars on the road in nonattainment areas.        
  Air Quality Amendments Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) Article SUPPORT In Process
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EDUCATION

Legislative Goal: Supporting schools and teachers to ensure a prosperous future for our state 

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 47 Early Childcare Coordination Amendments Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George)   SUPPORT Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Coordinates existing services for greater efficiencies, per DWS recommendations. Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden)      
HB 188 T.H. Bell Program Amendments Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Incentivizes UT students to work in public education in UT        
HB 198 Education Accountability Amendments Rep. Marie Poulson (D-Salt Lake) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ to standing committee
           

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Legislative Goal: Reducing our high suicide rate through evidence-based solutions 

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 17 Firearm Violence and Suicide Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) Article SUPPORT House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst
  Provides cable locks with the purchase of guns and vouchers for gun safes        
HB 209 Extreme Risk Protective Orders Rep. Steve Handy R-Layton) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Allows temporary removal of firearms from a person who poses a threat to self or others   Podcast    
SB 39 Assisted Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-S. Jordan)   WATCH House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Provides govt services for mental illness at a lower standard through a court process Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)      
Approp Elementary School Counselor Program Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)   SUPPORT  

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Legislative Goal: Building family economic prosperity

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 102 Campaign Funds Uses Amendments Rep. Stephanie Pitcher (D-Salt Lake)   SUPPORT House Comm – Held
  Allows candidates to use campaign funds to cover the costs of childcare        
HB 103 Utah Intergenerational Poverty Work and Self Sufficiency Tax Credit Rep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy)   SUPPORT House 1st Reading
  Provides a state EITC tax credit to 25K families in intergenerational poverty.        
HR 3 House Resolution Supporting a Humane Response to the Refugee Crisis Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake)   SUPPORT House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst
  Urges a humane response to the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.        
SB 34 Affordable Housing Modifications Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi)   SUPPORT Senate Comm – Passed
  Requires cities to adopt moderate income housing plans, adds $24M to the Olene Walker Fund. Rep. Val Potter (R-Logan)      
SB 110 Family Medical Unpaid Leave Provisions Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Orem)   SUPPORT  
  Enacts provisions related to family and medical unpaid        
  Affordable Housing Bond Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake)   WATCH In Process
           

GOOD GOVERNMENT

Legislative Goal: Protecting the voters voice and strengthening our democracy 

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 88 Statewide Initiative Process Amendments Rep. Merill Nelson (R-Grantsville) Article SUPPORT House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Creates a single deadline for the submission and removal of signatures on a ballot initiative.   Take Action!    
HB 145 Citizen Political Process Amendments Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo)   NEUTRAL House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst
  Gives voters 45 days to remove their signature from a ballot initiative and other changes.        
  Election Law Changes Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo)   WATCH In Process
           

OTHER BILLS

Legislative Goal: Provide community members with meaningful actions and vetted information on the issues Utahns care about most

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 36 Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful)   SUPPORT House Comm – Passed
  Requires reporting of people deemed by a court to be mentally unfit to purchase a firearm        
HB 143 Water Conservation Plan Amendments Rep. Suzanne Harrison (D-Draper) Fact Sheet SUPPORT House/ to standing committe
  Requires water retailers to evaluate how to conserve and costs of not conserving        
SB 52 Secondary Water Metering Amendments Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) Article SUPPORT
Senate/ to standing committee
  Requires water suppliers to meter and report secondary water usage   Fact Sheet    
  Conviction Reduction Amendments Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George)   SUPPORT In Process
           
SB 109 Asset Forfeiture Amendments Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)   SUPPORT Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)
           
HR 3 House Resolution Supporting Humane Response to Refugee Crisis Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake)   SUPPORT House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst
           

ALSO TRACKING

Action Utah takes no official stance on these bills, but we track them because members have shown a particular interest in these issues on one side or the other. This section is for your information. 

Bill No. Bill Name/Description Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 136 Abortion Amendments Rep. Cheryl Acton (R-West Jordan) Article   House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Prohibits abortion of a fetus at 15 weeks        
HB 153 Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendments Rep. Merrill Nelson (R-Grantsville) Article   House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Prohibits a change of gender on a person’s birth certificate Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R-Monroe)      
HB 166 Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R-Clearfield) Article   House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  Prohibits a person from performing or inducing abortion solely because the fetus may have Down syndrome Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo)      
  Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchasers Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake) Article   In Process
           
  Fossil Fuels Tax Amendments Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) Fact Sheet   In Process
           

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