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Introduction to the UNA Bill Tracker

This year GRC is trying a different approach to informing you about current proposed legislation.  Following is an overview explaining the difference between resolutions and statutes (bills).  Resolutions are basically a message to be delivered while bills are proposed laws. Since there are a lot of resolutions UNA rarely takes a position on resolutions.  See example below.

Resolutions can be from either body of the legislature (HR or SR) or be submitted as concurrent or joint resolutions: (HCR, SCR, HJR, SJR).  These are largely messages to either key branches of government or to the Utah people as a whole.  At times, these do align with actual bills presenting laws.  See below 2. Air Quality Resolutions and some actual somewhat parallel Bills regarding air quality.  Note that not all resolutions get passed in committee.  SR 1 demonstrates an unexpected example of action on a resolution. A bill is “enrolled” when it has been passed by both the Senate and House and awaits the Governor’s signature.

SR 1 Senate Resolution Regarding the Separation of Families at the Border (Sen. Davis, G.)  This resolution states that Utah deplores the separation of any families, including those seeking asylum, at the southern border; holding that this is not consistent with Utah family values.  With all public testimony at the committee in favor of this resolution, the resolution ran into the skepticism of the Republican members who do not believe reports (even from NSA and the federal DHHS) that families have been separated at the border. SR 1 was defeated in Senate HHS com with a vote to adjourn (adjourning a committee before a vote essentially kills a bill.) as follows:  To adjourn:  Sandell, Vickers, Buxton, Against adjourning:  Escamillia, Iwamoto.

 

Utah Nurses Association 2019 Bill Tracker (FINAL - Mar 15)

Each bill is listed with its sponsor, the bill title and its main points. The (current status) of the bill describes where it is in the legislative process.  If UNA is reviewing the bill, it is marked Under Review.  If we have collected information, this will be listed in the Discussion which also gives background on the position.  Not all bills are reviewed.  If you see one that you think SHOULD be under review, please contact the GRC Co-Chairs at advocacy@utnurse.org.  Once UNA takes a position, that position is indicated: supports, opposes, neutral.  

The Bill Categories are numbered and color-coded and bills that fall into related groups are listed by category for your convenience.

 

Bill Categories

1. Priority Bills Need Action NOW

2. Air Quality and Environmental Health Issues

3. Medicaid Expansion Bills

4. Bills that Directly Impact Health or Healthcare

5. Of specific interest to Nurse Practitioners and Other Prescribers

6. Public Health and Safety and School Safety Bills

7. Bills About Mental Health

8. Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Trafficking

9. Miscellaneous Bills of Interest:

10. One Last Bill re Referendum to take SLAVERY out of Utah Constitution

 

2019 BILLS BY CATEGORY

 

1.  Priority Bills Need Action NOW

HB 336 (Nurse Practice Act Amendments) - see category 5

HB 220 (Radioactive Waste Amendments) - see category 2

 

2. Air Quality and Environmental Health Issues

NOTE: These resolutions are about air quality and environmental conditions.  The bills at the end of this section present related statutes.  The GRC considers the proposed legislation and comments in Dropbox as appropriate.  These comments may include a reference to a resolution, but the resolutions are not set up for comment.

HCR 11 S Harrison ”Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 Gasoline” This resolution: ”recognizes impacts of air quality on the state;” “recognizes impact of vehicle emissions on air quality;” “recognizes that the lower-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline standards are crucial to improving the safety, health, and welfare of Utah's citizens;” “recognizes that certain local refineries have committed to manufacturing Tier 3”compliant lower-sulfur gasoline for sale in Utah;” acknowledges the air quality benefits that come from burning lower-sulfur gasoline “in vehicles;” acknowledges that the state is providing certain tax benefits for refineries manufacturing lower-sulfur gasoline; and “encourages purchase of lower-sulfur Tier 3 compliant gasoline by retailers and consumers.” (enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

HCR 002 Arent/Hinkins “Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal Energy”  This resolution supports the development of wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy in rural areas of the state as a complement to Utah's diversified energy system and supports the export of Utah-produced wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy to other states.  (Enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

HCR 003 S 01 S Handy “Concurrent Resolution Urging the EPA to update switcher locomotive emission standards”   This resolution: ”recognizes the railroad's economic impact in Utah;” “describes the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emission standards for switcher locomotives; recognizes that more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives would reduce harmful emissions in the state;” acknowledges that federal law prohibits states from adopting more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives; and ”urges the EPA to develop and make more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives.”(enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

HCR 004 Arent/Fillmore” Concurrent Resolution Supporting Every Utah’s Kid Outdoors Initiative This resolution: “describes the benefits of children spending time outdoors;” expresses support for Utah's Every Kid Outdoors Initiative; and describes Utah's Every Kid Outdoors Initiative. (enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

SB0144 L. Escamilla Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments   This bill: requires the creation of a data baseline in the Utah Inland Port Authority area in order to track the inland port's environmental impact. (enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

 

Appropriation Request:  $100 Million for Air Quality   This request allots up to $100 million to air quality projects with the goal of reducing emissions by 25% by 2026, as proposed in the

Governor's 2020 budget.  Watching for it to come up on the agenda of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee.  UNA SUPPORTS

HB 98 S. Handy Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation   This bill: “defines terms; creates procedures for grants issued for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions; “creates terms for grants issued for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions;” and makes technical changes. (Not passed) UNA SUPPORTS

HB0139 A. Romero Motor Vehicle Emission Amendments   Key Info: Tampering with a car's engine in order to spew stacks of black smoke on demand is known as "rolling coal."  This is a trend that releases excessive vehicle emissions and is illegal.  This bill would increase the penalties and improve the reporting system for those who tamper with engines to "roll coal." (enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

HB 148 S 03 P Arent/Bramble Vehicle Idling Revisions   This bill:  repeals provisions limiting a local highway authority's ability to enact restrictions on vehicle idling.  Strikes language that limits the ability of municipalities to enforce anti-idling ordinances.  Status: (enrolling). UNA SUPPORTS revising a date

HB 353 J Briscoe Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program  Creates a 3-year pilot program to fund 15-20 days of free transit fares throughout the UTA service area during the winter inversion season. Includes data collection and reporting to the legislature on transit ridership and vehicles on the road.  (Senate President after Concurrence Calendar) NEW BILL

 

TAKE ACTION NOW re: HB 220 – see discussion:

HB 220 S 03 Albrecht/Sandall Radioactive Waste Amendments   This bill: “provides that certain waste classifications are determined at the time of acceptance;” “allows the director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to authorize alternate requirements for waste classification and characteristics that would allow an entity to accept certain waste at a specific site.”  (enrolling) UNA strongly urges the Governor to veto

Discussion: This bill replaces the 15-year ban on admitting Class B and Class C radioactive materials into Utah disposal sites.  In effect, the bill allows any class to be accepted, trucked in, and stored as long as one person, the director of DWMRC, is convinced that the radioactive material is safe.  This opens the door to more highly radioactive materials such as depleted uranium that degrade to even higher radioactive products to be stored in some as yet undetermined manner in Utah as long as one person agrees. This recalls the decision to store chemical warfare weapons at the Tooele Depot until they started to leak. Then the Army built a major disposal site to rid us of the danger. This type of site does not exist for very radioactive materials.  We do not need to be allowing a major corporation to be able to pressure our state agencies to accept waste like this. Let other states store their own waste. Let Energy Solutions build facilities in California. Utah has a high cancer load and we have paid as downwinders enough already.  UNA OPPOSES

 

3.  Medicaid Expansion Bills

HB 210 R Ward Medicaid Expansion Program Revisions   This bill: removes the requirement that reimbursements for Medicaid providers increase annually at a certain rate; makes changes to the Inpatient Hospital Assessment and the Medicaid Expansion Hospital Assessment; permits funds from the Medicaid Expansion Fund to be used for the Medicaid  expansion to the full optional population under the Affordable Care Act;   amends provisions relating to the state sales tax;  (failed) UNA is in SUPPORT although elements of this bill have now been rolled into SB 96 that passed and has been signed by the Governor.

SB 96 S 04 A Christensen Medicaid Expansion Adjustments   This bill: makes changes to eligibility for and administration of the state Medicaid program;  directs the Department of Health to continue to seek approval from the federal government to implement the Medicaid waiver expansion;  directs the department to submit a request to the federal government to provide   Medicaid benefits to enrollees who are newly eligible under the Medicaid waiver  expansion in a manner that:   incorporates a per capita cap on federal reimbursement;  limits presumptive eligibility; imposes a lock-out period for individuals who violate certain program requirements; and  gives enrollees continuous eligibility for a period of 12 months;  directs the department to submit a request to the federal government to allow Medicaid funds to be used for housing supports for certain enrollees;  amends provisions related to the Medicaid Expansion Fund;  amends provisions related to the state sales tax.   (Governor signed) UNA’s position was and is OPPOSED although the 4th Sub did offer full expansion if the waivers are not forthcoming from CMS by July 2020.

SB 97 Anderegg Medicaid Program Revisions   This bill: “repeals authorization for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act; “certain sales tax increases; and the Medicaid Expansion Hospital Assessment Act;” “amends the Inpatient Hospital Assessment Act;” and makes technical changes.  (failed)  UNA OPPOSED

 

4. Bills that Directly Impact Health or Healthcare

HB 252  P Ray E Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments   defines terms;  implements permitting requirements and processes for the sale of an alternative nicotine product or a nontherapeutic nicotine product; applies civil penalties to the improper sale of an alternative nicotine product or a nontherapeutic nicotine product; requires certain other nicotine products that contain nicotine to have a statement on the exterior package that the product contains nicotine; imposes licensing and bonding requirements on a person that sells or distributes an alternative nicotine product or a nontherapeutic nicotine product; imposes an excise tax on the sale of an electronic cigarette substance, a prefilled  electronic cigarette, an alternative nicotine product, a nontherapeutic nicotine device substance, and a prefilled nontherapeutic nicotine device in the state; provides for the remittance of the tax collected; creates the Electronic Cigarette Substance and Other Nicotine Product Tax  Restricted Account; addresses use of revenue from the taxation of an electronic cigarette substance, a prefilled electronic cigarette, an alternative nicotine product, a nontherapeutic nicotine device substance, and a prefilled nontherapeutic nicotine device; provides criminal penalties for a sale or purchase of an electronic cigarette product, an alternative nicotine product, or a nontherapeutic nicotine product, in violation of law.  (failed)

SB 11 S 01 A Christensen/Eliason Medicaid Dental Coverage Amendments   This bill: “expands Medicaid dental coverage to elderly Medicaid patients;” and “adds the University of Utah School of Dentistry's associated statewide network to the list of providers for adult dental services in the Medicaid program.”  (Enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS this bill as an improvement for some people on Medicaid.

SB 29 A Christensen/Barlow Healthcare Malpractice Act Sunset Extension   This bill: “extends the sunset date for provisions regarding medical malpractice arbitration agreements for 10 years.”  (Enrolling)

SB 30 T Weiller Anesthesia and Sedation Related Provisions   This bill: “extends the sunset date of statutory provisions related to the reporting requirements of certain adverse anesthesia events;” and” extends the sunset date of statutory provisions related to what constitutes unprofessional conduct when administering anesthesia in an outpatient setting.”  (Enrolling) UNA SUPPORTS

HB 90 S2E Hutchings Occupational Licensing Modifications   This bill: “provides for an individual with a criminal conviction to apply to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for a determination of whether the individual's criminal history would disqualify the individual from receiving a specific occupational or professional license if all other requirements were met;” “describes the contents of such an application;” and “describes DOPL's responsibilities in responding to such an application.  (Enrolling)

HB 113 Duckworth Hygiene Tax Act   This bill: “modifies definitions;” “increases the general state sales and use tax rate; “adds a sales and use tax exemption for certain incontinence care items, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.”  (failed)

HB 106 M Judkins Medical Cannabis Modifications   This bill: “amends the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis recommendations.  (It would add auto-immune disorder). (failed)

HB 275 J Dailey-Provost Contraception for Women Prisoners   This bill: Provides that jails must provide women prisoners with the option of continuing any medically prescribed method of contraception. (failed) UNDER REVIEW

HB 267 Thurston  Prescription Drug Importation Program  This bill:  defines terms; requires the Department of Health to: design a prescription drug importation program; apply for approval of the prescription drug importation program; if the program is approved, implement the provisions of the program; and   if approval is denied, study how the state can obtain approval for the program; describes the requirements of the prescription drug importation program;  modifies the Utah Antitrust Act to make certain anticompetitive activities illegal; and creates a sunset date for the provisions of this bill.  (failed).  This bill was stopped when PBMs and Pharma threatened lawsuit against Utah.

HB 344 Wheatley/Winterton Student Asthma Relief Amendments  This bill: enacts definitions; permits a school to make stock albuterol available to certain employees for administering to certain students;  enacts provisions governing training provided by the Department of Health on the use and storage of stock albuterol;  authorizes a qualified adult to obtain a prescription for stock albuterol and   administer stock albuterol to certain individuals; enacts immunity provisions for a qualified stock albuterol entity;  requires the Department of Health to adopt rules establishing the storage of stock albuterol by a qualified stock albuterol entity.  (enrolling) UNA is neutral

SB 143 L Escamilla/Daw Public Education Vision Screening  This bill: defines terms;  recodifies existing provisions regarding vision screening in public schools and repeals outdated provisions; gives the Department of Health oversight over public education vision screening;  requires local education agencies to conduct certain free vision screening clinics; requires the Department of Health to provide for higher-level individual vision  screening within the local education agency framework; modifies provisions regarding volunteers at local education agency free vision screening clinics; makes technical and conforming changes; and  gives rulemaking authority.  (enrolling) UNA is neutral

HB 399S4 Prohibition of the Practice of Conversion Therapy Upon Minors   This bill:  prohibits certain health care professionals from providing conversion therapy to a minor; and adds a violation of the prohibition to the list of conduct that constitutes unprofessional conduct for licensing purposes.  (House Judiciary where it was amended by Rep Lisonbee which revised to say that only physical methods would be prohibited but talk therapy could continue. Rep Hall voted against this version yet it passed out of the committee. Failed)

 

Discussion: this bill originally prohibited all state licensed health care professionals from conducting “talk therapy” or therapy using physical abuse to alter gender identity. Originally UNA was supportive of this bill. With the addition of the 4th substitute, most of strength is removed from the bill and it is only addressing mental health therapists (without definition of such) and allows significant intervention by clergy and/or family members to largely conduct persuasion in any verbal manner, only precluding physical abuse. We have contacted original sponsor of the bill, Rep Hall to see what he wants to do. His intent was clear and appropriate in original bill. Go to this site to read the bill: https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/HB0220.html

 

HB 430 Ivory  Prohibition of Genital Mutilation  This bill defines female genital mutilation; makes performing or facilitating female genital mutilation a third degree felony; provides that a medical professional who performs female genital mutilation shall lose the ability to practice permanently; declares that female genital mutilation is a form of child abuse for reporting  requirements; allows a person subject to female genital mutilation to bring a civil action; and requires the Department of Health to create an education program to alert the community to the health risks and emotional trauma of female genital mutilation. (Enrolling)


5. Of specific interest to Nurse Practitioners and Other Prescribers

HB 336 J Dunnigan Nurse Practice Act Amendments   This bill: permits certain licensed nurse practitioners to prescribe a Schedule II controlled substance; removes certain requirements for advanced practice nurse practitioners to have prescriptive authority for controlled substances.  (ENROLLING!!!) UNA SUPPORTS

Discussion: This bill allows the APRNs to practice to the highest level of their education and provide the full continuum of care needed by their patients. NPs get the same controlled substance module of education required by the state of Utah as MDs do; and they are required to and have been diligent in use of the Controlled Substance Data Base to prevent inappropriate prescription of controlled substances.  The substitute bill has a C&R for new NPs in their first 1 year or 2000 hrs in solo practices only and the consulting provider can be an NP with at least 3 years of experience.

HB 186 S 02 R Ward Opioid Prescription Regulation Amendments   This bill:  permits the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to consult with prescribers and health care systems on best practices with respect to prescribing controlled substances; and requires the division to take certain steps after it receives a report from a medical examiner relating to a death by poisoning or overdose. (enrolling)

SB 203  S3 Bramble Physician Assistant Amendments This bill would make changes to multiple current laws to permit PAs to do a multitude of services (nearly 200 lines of changes) including mental health therapy. (enrolling) 

SB 241 Mayne Treatment Medication Amendments  This bill prohibits a health benefit plan from requiring step therapy for certain drugs used to  treat stage-IV advanced metastatic cancer or associated conditions.  (Failed)  NEW Bill

 

6.  Public and School Safety Bills

HB 13 S01 C Spackman Moss Distracted Driver Amendments   This bill: “defines terms related to the operation of handheld wireless communication devices;” “prohibits certain uses of a handheld wireless communication device while operating motor vehicle on a roadway;” “provides limited exceptions to the prohibition on the use of a handheld wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway.” (Failed in House)

HB 373 S1, Eliason Student Support Amendments This bill: defines terms; requires the State Board of Education (board) to coordinate with the Department of Health and make  recommendations related to Medicaid reimbursement for school-based health services; authorizes the board to distribute money to local education agencies (LEAs) for personnel who provide school-based mental health support; requires the board to establish a formula for distribution of money to LEAs; enacts requirements on LEAs to receive money; requires the board to make rules related to money for the personnel; and enacts other provisions related to student mental health support.  This bill lists resources for mental health for students as being counselors, psychologists, and school nurses and has a fiscal note of $32,100,000 for hiring these personnel at the discretion of the LEAs.  (Enrolling although with less money than originally proposed. $26,000,000 ongoing and $10,000,000 one time funding. School nurses are still listed on the team for caring for mental health needs of students.)   UNA Supports

HB 120 S 6 R Ward Student and School Safety Assessment   This bill: ”amends provisions of the International Fire Code related to routine emergency evacuation drills;” “directs the Department of Public Safety to employ a public safety liaison;” “directs the State Board of Education (Board) to develop and maintain a central repository database for purposes of school safety;” “authorizes the Board to share certain student data as requested by local law enforcement for specified purposes;” “creates the Student Safety Restricted Account with a 2024 sunset date;” “creates the Threat Assessment and Student Support Team Program;” “requires the Board to develop model policies and procedures for threat assessment and student support teams (team);” “requires a public school to establish a team and conduct a school climate survey;” “establishes duties of a team, including working with and responding to an individual who poses a threat of violence or harm to the individual, a school employee, or a student; “enacts provisions granting immunity from liability for a member of a team;” requires law enforcement to report a student to the student's school if that student poses a threat of violence or harm;” “ directs the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to employ a school-based mental health specialist;” “classifies certain records created by a team as protected.”  Rep Ward has promised Utah School Nurses that school nurse will be added to the list of team members. The latest substitute eliminated the list of who would be on the assessment team. (enrolling) UNA is in mild support.  (Much of the money and direct help for students has been amended out of this bill)

HB 217 J Briscoe  Open Carry Near Schools Amendments   This bill: “prohibits carrying a dangerous weapon within 500 feet of an elementary or secondary school;” “makes an exception for having a dangerous weapon inside a business or residence that is within the 500 feet;” “exempts persons carrying a dangerous weapon to and from a business or residence and to or from a vehicle;” and “exempts a person in a vehicle who is dropping off children or school personnel.  (failed) UNA SUPPORTS

HB 17 S 2  Eliason Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention   This bill reenacts and modifies previously sunsetted provisions relating to a voluntary firearm safety program and a suicide prevention education course. This bill requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, in consultation with the Bureau of Criminal Identification, to implement and manage a firearm safety program and a suicide prevention education course by: producing a firearm safety brochure and firearm safety packet; procuring cable-style gun locks; distributing firearm safety packets; “administering a program in which a Utah resident who has filed an application.”  (enrolling)

HB 87 S1 E Weight Safe Storage of Firearms Amendments  This bill: modifies definitions;  makes it a criminal offense to store a firearm in a place that the firearm owner knows or has reason to believe a minor or person legally restricted from possessing a firearm has access; requires a firearm dealer to post written notice of possible prosecution for negligent storage of a firearm and provides a penalty for failure to post the notice. (failed)

HB 94 N Thurston  Weapons Restrictions Amendments  This bill: eliminates the current exemption that allows a peace officer to carry a dangerous  weapon while intoxicated;  clarifies that carrying a dangerous weapon that is securely encased or not readily  available is not prohibited;   modifies the law to respect an individual's constitutional right to self-defense; and   provides an exception for an individual who carries a dangerous weapon on private  property with the consent of the owner. (enrolling)

HB 36 R Ward   Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting   This bill: requires the clerk of the district court to report information on individuals mentally  unfit to purchase firearms to the Bureau of Criminal Identification; requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification to submit information reported by the  courts on individuals mentally unfit to purchase firearms to the National Instant  Criminal Background Check System; requires the clerk of the district court to report information on individuals subject to a protective order to the Bureau of Criminal Identification; and  requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification to submit information reported by the  courts on individuals subject to a protective order to the National Crime Information  Center. (enrolling)

HB 170 S 02 Brian S King 911 Responsibilities in an Emergency   This bill: “defines terms;  makes it a class B misdemeanor to fail to contact emergency services in the event of a crime or another emergency subject to certain exceptions;   prohibits a prosecutor from basing charges for commission of an offense other than  the offense created in this bill on an individual's failure to contact emergency services; “amends provisions of the Good Samaritan Act to provide immunity from liability to   an individual who contacts emergency services in accordance with the requirements  of this bill.  (House failed)

HB 209 S Handy   Extreme Risk Protection Order   This bill:  enacts the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act;  defines terms; enables a family member or law enforcement to ask a court to restrain a person from   possessing any firearms or ammunition for a specified length of time;   requires the courts to develop and adopt uniform forms for all courts; requires that the court consider whether the respondent:  has made recent threats or acted violently;  violated a recent protective order; has demonstrated a pattern of violent acts or threats within the past 12 months; is dangerous; or has attempted or threatened self-harm;  allows a court to issue a search warrant if a respondent refuses to surrender firearms  and ammunition upon service of an order; requires the courts to enter the respondent's information into the national crime information center system upon issuance, and to remove the information upon  expiration; allows the respondent to surrender firearms and ammunition to a law enforcement agency or a federal firearms licensee;  provides for disposal if the firearms and ammunition are not reclaimed upon expiration; requires the director of POST to create and implement training and materials; and  requires the courts to create and distribute an annual report on extreme risk protective orders. (failed) UNA SUPPORTS

Discussion: This bill is nicknamed the ’Red Flag Bill” because it encourages family members who see potentially dangerous behavior to take action legally to remove firearms from an unstable person.

SB 45 A Christensen Domestic Violence Revisions   This bill adds aggravated cruelty to an animal to the list of offenses that may qualify as a domestic violence offense (enrolling)

SB 134 Iwamoto/VL Snow Campus Safety Amendments   This bill: defines terms; “requires an institution of higher education to develop: a  campus safety plan; and a campus safety training curriculum;  provides requirements for what a campus safety plan and campus safety training curriculum must address; and  places reporting and other requirements related to campus safety on the State Board  of Regents and the Utah System of Technical Colleges Board of Trustees.  (enrolling)  UNA SUPPORTS

HB 15 S02 S Eliason Victim Rights Amendments   This bill allows investigations to be reviewed at the request of a victim or victim's family.  (enrolling)

HB 190 S 1 A Stoddard Liability of Firearm Custodian (aka Lauren’s Law)   This bill: defines terms; and describes the circumstances under which a firearm owner or possessor is strictly liable for damage caused by the discharge of the firearm.  (passed in House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, sent to House Judiciary where it failed)

 

7.  Bills About Mental Health

SB 106 S 1 L Fillmore/Pulsipher Mental Health Services in Schools This bill: requires the Department of Health to develop a proposal and submit a state plan amendment to allow the state Medicaid program to be billed for certain mental health services provided in a public school; and prohibits certain health benefit plans offered on or after January 1, 2020, from denying a claim for mental health services solely because they are provided by a public school employee or in a public school.  (enrolling)

SB 39 L Fillmore Assisted Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness   This bill creates a process for the provision of assisted outpatient treatment for an individual with mental illness.  (enrolling)

SCR 001 L Fillmore/Daw Concurrent Resolution on the Payment for Treatment in an Institution for Mental Illness   This concurrent resolution urges Congress to extend Medicaid coverage beyond 15 days for services provided in certain settings to adults with serious mental illness.  (enrolling)

SB 38 L Fillmore/Daw Mental Health Amendments   This bill:”requires that a mental health professional provide a patient the opportunity to waive the patient's privacy rights; “requires a designated examiner to consider a proposed patient's mental health history when evaluating the proposed patient for civil commitment; “allows a designated examiner to request a court order to obtain a proposed patient's mental health history;” “requires a designated examiner to disclose to an unrepresented proposed patient the fact that the designated examiner may, by court order, obtain the proposed patient's  mental health history; “limits the circumstances under which a court may terminate a civil commitment.”  (enrolling)

HB 81 S 01 S Pulsipher School Counselor Services   This bill: ”directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules: regarding certain services provided by school counselors;” and “prohibiting school counselors from certain activities.”  (Enrolling)

HB 104 C Watkins Private Counselors in 3rd -6th grade Class Counties   This bill: “requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to exempt licensed private mental health therapists from additional licensure in order to be certified to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals who reside in certain rural areas and who are incarcerated or who are required to participate in treatment by a court or the Board of Pardons and Parole.”  (enrolling)

 

8. Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Trafficking Bills

SB 128 S 03  W Harper Child Welfare Amendments   This bill: clarifies that the division may support a finding of child abuse or neglect and that a judge may substantiate a finding;  clarifies language regarding policies and rules; clarifies procedures for the Department of Human Services regarding child pornography; requires the Office of Licensing, within the Department of Human Services, to run a background check on employees of congregate care settings where a child may be placed by the Division of Child and Family Services; defines "threatened harm"; outlines requirements for a juvenile court to follow when a child is placed in a   residential treatment program; limits who may be involved in the development of a child and family plan; modifies the presumption that reunification services will not be provided to a parent who voluntarily relinquishes parental rights under certain conditions; requires that an attorney guardian ad litem only interview a child in the presence of the child's parent if the parent consents or the parent's legal counsel is present; clarifies when a court may order the division to provide protective supervision   services; modifies provisions relating to who may adopt a child and with whom the division may place a child who is in foster care; modifies provisions relating to a court's consideration of multiple petitions for  adoption. (enrolling)

HB 253 R Spendlove Domestic Violence Response Amendments   This bill: clarifies the circumstances under which a court may require a defendant who is arrested for or charged with a domestic violence offense to participate in an  electronic or another type of monitoring program; requires a court to consider certain factors when determining whether a defendant  who is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a domestic violence offense should be required to participate in an electronic or another type of monitoring program; provides that a court may require a defendant who is convicted of a domestic violence offense to pay the cost of the defendant's electronic or other type of monitoring if the defendant is able; changes the term "domestic violence treatment program" to "domestic violence program"; requires the Administrative Office of the Courts to report certain information to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee relating to electronic or other type of monitoring of a domestic violence defendant(failed)

HB 20 A Romero Human Trafficking Amendments   This bill clarifies and amends certain language regarding human trafficking and creates an offense for trafficking a vulnerable adult.  This bill: clarifies that human trafficking of a child is an offense for which no statute of limitations applies; clarifies that those who knowingly benefit from human trafficking of a child can be charged as perpetrators; clarifies that victims of human trafficking may pursue civil actions against anyone  who knowingly benefitted from the trafficking; replaces references to "children engaged in prostitution" with "children engaged in  commercial sex"; directs law enforcement to investigate possible human trafficking of a child when they encounter a child engaged in commercial sex; and  creates a first degree felony offense for trafficking a vulnerable adult.  (Enrolling)

HB 108 A Romero  Human Trafficking Revisions   This bill: provides that children engaged in commercial sex or sexual solicitation should be treated as victims; requires law enforcement officers who encounter a child engaged in commercial sex or sexual solicitation to conduct an investigation into whether the child is being trafficked;  incorporates human trafficking of a child into the racketeering statute; and  creates a pathway for human trafficking victims to have adjudications for crimes committed while being trafficked vacated.  (enrolling)

HB 141 P Ray Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor   This bill: defines terms; increases the penalty for sexual exploitation of a minor when the offense is committed under certain circumstances, including by a family member or an individual in a position of special trust in relation to the minor, or against an infant or toddler.  (failed)

HB 19 A Romero/Weiler Pretrial Release Amendments    This bill: addresses the right to bail involving qualifying offenses;  modifies terms related to jail release agreements and jail release court orders; addresses conditions for release after arrest for domestic violence and other  offenses; amends provisions related to dismissal of certain offenses; addresses contents of retrial protective orders; repeals language regarding privileged communications; and  makes technical and conforming changes.  (Enrolling)

HB 92 S2 Pulsipher Violence Data Study   This bill: requires the state suicide prevention coordinator to award a grant to conduct a comprehensive violence data study; sets a sunset date.  (failed)

HB 75 K Ivory/Escamilla Sex Offender Registry Amendments   This bill: clarifies that an individual convicted of the offense of unlawful sexual activity with a minor is required to register as a sex offender unless the individual was less than four years older than the minor at the time of the offense.  (enrolling)

HB 100 VL Snow Sexual Violence Protective Orders   This bill: creates a sexual violence protective order and an ex parte sexual violence protective order; establishes procedures for the application of certain protective orders, modification of those orders, and enforcement of those orders; and requires that a sexual violence protective order be placed on the statewide warrant system.  (enrolling)

HB 137 S Pitcher Domestic Violence Enhancement Amendments   This bill: extends the duration between domestic violence offenses for purposes of applying a penalty enhancement. (enrolling)

HB 451 S Pitcher/T Weiler Victim Address Confidentiality Program (did not pass)

HB 243 Watkins Domestic Violence Modifications   This bill modifies provisions related to a victim of domestic violence or dating violence who carries a concealed firearm without a permit. (enrolling)

HB 111 S 2 A Stoddard Expungement Modifications   This bill: defines terms; limits an individual's eligibility for expungement of a domestic violence offense under certain circumstances; and makes technical and conforming changes.  (failed in the House)

HB 71 S1 R Ward Health Education Amendments   This bill: provides that health education instruction may include information about the medical characteristics, effectiveness, and limitations of contraceptive methods or devices; reorganizes provisions related to instruction in health; requires the State Board of Education to make administrative rules. (enrolling)   UNA SUPPORTS

 

9.     Miscellaneous Bills of Interest

HB 121 J Dailey-Provost  End of Life Prescription Provisions   This bill: defines terms;  establishes a procedure for an individual with a terminal disease to obtain a  prescription to end the individual's life; designates when an individual may make a request for aid-in-dying medication; establishes attending physician responsibilities; requires a consulting physician confirmation; provides for a counseling referral when needed; requires an informed decision; encourages family notification; requires written and oral requests and the ability to rescind the request at any time; requires waiting periods;  includes:   documentation and reporting requirements; and a requirement that the patient be a resident of the state; establishes the effect of the decision to utilize aid-in-dying medication on an  individual's wills, contracts, and insurance or annuity contracts;  provides limited immunities and procedures for permissible sanctions; prohibits euthanasia or mercy killing; establishes criminal penalties for certain actions; provides a uniform form for a patient's written request; and  includes a severability clause.  (failed)

SB 103 S04 Thatcher Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements   This bill:  provides for an enhanced penalty for a criminal offense if the offender acted against  an individual because of the offender's perception of the individual's ancestry, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual  orientation; provides the same enhancement provisions if the criminal offense damages property and the offender acted against the property because of the offender's perception of the property owner's ancestry, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation; and provides that this bill does not affect an individual's constitutional right of free speech or any other constitutional rights.  (enrolling)

HB 133 B Daw Initiative Amendments   This bill: modifies the effective date of laws enacted by statewide initiative; modifies appeal provisions relating to conflicting initiatives; and makes technical and conforming changes.  (enrolling)

HB 119 S3  B Daw Initiatives, Referends, and other Political Activities  This bill: defines terms; provides for the publication of a proposition information pamphlet to inform voters  of arguments for and against proposed and pending local initiatives and referenda; amends provisions relating to a local voter information pamphlet; enacts provisions for holding a public hearing to discuss and present arguments relating to a proposed or pending local initiative or referendum; requires the lieutenant governor to create instructional materials regarding local  initiatives and referenda; modifies  requirements relating to local initiatives and referenda, including: petition, circulation, and signature requirements; timelines; and appeals and other challenges; enacts provisions relating to determining whether a proposed initiative or referendum is legally referable to voters;  amends provisions regarding the use of email, and the expenditure of public funds,  for political purposes relating to proposed and pending initiatives and referenda; regulates the dissemination of information regarding a proposed or pending initiative or referendum by a county or municipality.  (enrolling)

HB 136 S 01 C Acton Abortion Amendment   This bill: prohibits an abortion from being performed after the unborn child reaches 18 weeks gestational age except under certain circumstances. (enrolling)

HB 166 Lisonbee/Bramble Down Syndrome Non Discrimination Abortion Act   This bill:  defines "Down Syndrome"; requires the Department of Health to create a Down syndrome informational  support sheet and publish the same information on the department's website; requires that a pregnant woman be provided certain information before receiving an abortion when a prenatal screening or diagnostic test indicates that the pregnant  woman's unborn child has or may have Down syndrome; after expressly permitted by a court of binding authority, prohibits a person from  performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant  woman who is seeking the abortion solely because an unborn child has or may have  Down syndrome; requires an abortion pathology report to provide information about whether an  aborted child had or may have had Down syndrome; requires a physician who performed an abortion to state whether the physician had any knowledge that the pregnant woman sought the abortion solely because the unborn child had or may have had Down Syndrome. Will not go into effect until Court would allow this type of restriction (enrolling)

SB 237 S1 Wayne Harper  Caregiver Compensation Amendments  This bill  defines terms; and  requires the Department of Health to provide a report relating to implementation of  a program to reimburse a caregiver who provides extraordinary personal care services to a family member who is enrolled in an existing waiver to the state Medicaid plan.  (enrolling) NEW Bill to GRC

HB 379 S1  Thurston  Intergenerational Poverty Solution   This bill defines terms; creates the Earned Income and Education Savings Incentive Program (the program), including:  providing a process for an individual identified by the Department of Workforce Services as experiencing intergenerational poverty to receive a state match of  deposits into certain 529 savings accounts; providing for the sharing of information between the Department of Workforce  Services, the Utah Educational Savings Plan, and the State Tax Commission; and requiring the Department of Workforce Services and the Utah Educational  Savings Plan to provide information about the program to the Legislature; and sets a termination date for the program but requires legislative review before the termination date to determine whether the Legislature should extend the program. (failed) New bill to GRC. Under Review

 

10. Bill to take exception that allows SLAVERY out of the Utah Constitution

HJR 08S1  Hollins Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution—Slavery and Involuntary Servitude Prohibition.   This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:  eliminate an exception to the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude.  Special Clauses:  This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.   This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2021, for this proposal.  (enrolling)



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