2019 State Legislative Session2019-08-23T14:32:21-06:00

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 PASSED
Creates a health care price transparency tool Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Ogden)
HB 210 Medicaid Expansion Program Revisions Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) SUPPORT Incorporated into SB 96
Amends provisions relating to Medicaid expansion
HB 267 Prescription Drug Importation Program Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo) SUPPORT FAILED
Creates a state-run program to import pharmaceuticals from Canada Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo)
HB 274S03 Retail Tobacco Specialty Business Amendments Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT FAILED
Regulates sale of flavored nicotine products to protect youth Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City)
HB370 Pharmacy Benefit Manager Amendments Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield) SUPPORT PASSED
Creates requirements for pharmacy benefit managers to increase price transparency. Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City)
SB 11S01 Medicaid Dental Coverage Amendments Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Ogden) SUPPORT PASSED
Expands Medicaid to cover dental care for the elderly. Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)
SB 96S04 Medicaid Expansion Amendments Sen. Allen Christensen (R-Ogden) OPPOSE/AMEND PASSED
Limits Medicaid expansion via a waiver with caps and work reqs Rep. James Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville)
SB 97 Medicaid Program Revisions Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) OPPOSE FAILED
Repeals Prop 3 for Medicaid expansion altogether

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) SUPPORT FAILED
Creates a public-private partnership to retrofit highly polluting train engines Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)
HB 139S01 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT PASSED
Strengthens penalties and reporting for "coal rolling" Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake)
HB 148S04 Vehicle Idling Revisions Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) SUPPORT PASSED
Allows local highway authority to enforce restrictions on vehicle idling Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo)
HB 295S01 Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program Rep. Jeff Stenquist (R-Draper) SUPPORT FAILED
Reduces emissions by retiring the dirtiest, failing cars on the road Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo)
HB304 Fossil Fuels Tax Amendments Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT Interim study
This bill creates a revenue neutral tax on carbon dioxide emissions
HB 353 Reduction of Single Occupancy Trips Pilot Program Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT PASSED
This bill modifies provisions related to reducing single occupancy vehicle trips. Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo)
HCR 2S01 Supporting Renew. and Sust. Energy Options to Promote Rural Econ. Dev. Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) SUPPORT PASSED
Encourages development of renewables to grow Utah's rural economy. Sen. David Hinkins (R-Orangeville)
HCR 3S01 CR Urging the EPA to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) SUPPORT PASSED
Requests greater federal regulation under the Clean Air Act Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)
HCR 5 Concurrent Resolution Urging Policies that Reduce Damage from Wildfires Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) WATCH PASSED
Urges the federal government to mitigate wildfire risk and additional climate change Sen. Ronald Winterton (R-Roosevelt)
HCR 11 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 Gasoline Rep Suzanne Harrison (D-Draper) SUPPORT PASSED
This concurrent resolution encourages purchase of Tier 3 compliant gasoline. Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Orem)
HCR 13 CR Encouraging Utah Refiners to Manufacture Tier 3 Gasoline to Improve Air Quality Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) SUPPORT PASSED
Urges UT refineries to manufacture lower-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline in Utah Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)
SB 111S01 Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program Act Sen. Lincoln Fillmore SUPPORT FAILED
Creates the Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program. Rep. Mike Winder (R-West Valley City)
SB 144 Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT PASSED
Directs the DEQ to monitor and report enviro impacts of the inland port development Rep. Val Peterson (R-Orem)
Approps Air Quality Appropriations SUPPORT Nearly $29M FUNDED

EDUCATION

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

Bill No. Bill Name Bill Sponsor(s) Lobbying Kit AU Position Status
HB 47S01 Early Childcare Coordination Amendments Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George) SUPPORT PASSED
Coordinates existing services for greater efficiencies, per DWS recommendations. Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden)
HB 71S01 Health Education Amendments Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) SUPPORT PASSED
Provides that health education instruction may include information about contraception Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross)
HB 188S01 T.H. Bell Program Amendments Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George) SUPPORT PASSED
Incentivizes UT students to work in public education in UT Sen Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City)
HB 198 Education Accountability Amendments Rep. Marie Poulson (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT FAILED
Removes the single letter grade from school evaluations in favor of a dashboard system Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-S. Jordan)
HB 260S04 Access Utah Promise Scholarship Program Rep. Derrin Owens (R-Fountain Green) SUPPORT PASSED
Creates the Access Utah Promise Scholarship Program and amends/repeals other scholarship programs. Sen Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City)
SB149 Teacher and Student Success Act Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden) OPPOSE PASSED
Allocates money from the Our Schools Now compromise without SCC input or raising WPU Rep Jefferson Moss (R-Saratoga Springs)
SB 166S02 School Readiness Amendments Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden) SUPPORT PASSED
Rep. Bradley Last (R-Hurricane)

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 17S02 Firearm Violence and Suicide Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) SUPPORT PASSED
Provides cable locks with the purchase of guns and vouchers for gun safes Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo)
HB 174 Psychiatry Medical Residents Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) SUPPORT PASSED
Requires the University of Utah to select additional psychiatry residents Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R-Monroe)
HB 209 Extreme Risk Protective Orders Rep. Steve Handy R-Layton) SUPPORT FAILED
Allows temporary removal of firearms from a person who poses a threat to self or others
HB 373S02 Student Support Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) SUPPORT PASSED
Provides funding provisions for school based mental health support Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden)
HB393S04 Suicide Prevention Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) SUPPORT PASSED
Increases suicide prevention and mental health services and resources. Sen. Don Ipson (R-St. George)
HB 399S04 Prohibition of the Practice of Conversion Therapy upon Minors Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) AMEND Bad Amendment - WITHDRAWN
Prohibits professionals from attempting to change a child or teen's sexual orientation or gender ID Sen. Dan McCay (R-Riverton)
SB 39 Assisted Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-S. Jordan) WATCH PASSED
Provides govt services for mental illness at a lower standard through a court process Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)
SB 106S01 Mental Health Services in Schools Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-S. Jordan) SUPPORT PASSED
Allows State Medicaid and private insurance to pay for mental health services in schools Rep. Susan Puslpher (R-S. Jordan)
Approp Elementary School Counselor Program Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) SUPPORT
Increases funding for 2018's HB 264: Elementary Schools Counselor Program

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 FAILED
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 HELD
Provides a state EITC tax credit to 25K families in intergenerational poverty.
HB 333 Workforce Development Incentives Amendments Rep. Suzanne Harrison (D-Draper) SUPPORT FAILED
This bill amends provisions related to tax credit incentives for economic development Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi)
HB386 Economic Development and Affordable Homes Amendments Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT FAILED
This bill modifies provisions related to housing and community development.
HR 3 House Resolution Supporting a Humane Response to the Refugee Crisis Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT PASSED
Urges a humane response to the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
SB 34S03 Affordable Housing Modifications Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) SUPPORT PASSED
Requires cities to adopt moderate income housing plans, adds $24M to the Olene Walker Fund. Rep. Val Potter (R-Logan)
SB 103S04 Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements Sen. Dan Thatcher (R-West Valley City) SUPPORT PASSED
Provides an enhanced penalty for hate crimes Rep. Lee Perry (R-Perry)
SB 110 Family Medical Unpaid Leave Provisions Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Orem) SUPPORT FAILED
Requires certain employers to provide at least 3 weeks of unpaid leave to certain employees Rep. Mike Schultz (R-Hooper)
Approp Maternal Mental Health Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT FUNDED

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) SUPPORT FAILED
Creates a single deadline for the submission and removal of signatures on a ballot initiative.
HB 259 Straight Ticket Voting Prohibition Amendments Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) SUPPORT FAILED
Removes straight ticket party voting and requires voting for the candidates on a ballot individually Sen. Curt Bramble
HCR 16 Concurrent Resolution Designating Utah Women's Voter Registration Day Rep. Melissa Garff Ballard SUPPORT PASSED
Designates Feb 14th as Utah Women's Voter Registration Day. Sen. Diedre Henderson (R-Spanish Fork)
SB 61 Poll Hours for Early Voting Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D-Salt Lake) SUPPORT PASSED
This bill amends poll hour provisions for early voting. Rep. Steve Eilason (R-Sandy)
SB 122 Special Congressional Election Amendments Sen. Dan McCay (R-Riverton) AMEND FAILED
Election Law Changes Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo) WATCH Never Introduced

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