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Gov. Gary Herbert talks to media March 1, 2016.

The second-to-last week of the Utah Legislature is wrapped up.

Here's what to know going into the last week.

Gov. Herbert expects House Medicaid expansion plan to pass; Utah Democrats urge support of full expansion

Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters that he would sign HB437 (sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville), which would extend Medicaid coverage to Utahns who have the greatest need.

"This is definitely people coming together and finding a solution. It's making it better," he said, according to a Deseret News article. "I expect it to come to my desk, and I'll sign it."

Herbert said there was always room for improvement and the bill wasn't the end answer to Utah's health care.

Utah Democrats have backed SB77 (sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City), which would fully expand Medicaid.

"Health care should be available as a right to every citizen in this country," said Davis, according to a Deseret News article.

Bills that advanced:

  • HB322 (sponsored by Rep. Susan Duckworth, D-Magna), which would name the House building the "Rebecca D. Lockhart House Building, unanimously passed a Senate committee. (Deseret News)
  • HB318 (sponsored by House Majority Assistant Whip Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville), which would create a commission that would plan the development of the Point of the Mountain area once the Utah State Prison is relocated, passed a Senate committee. (Deseret News)
  • SB149 (sponsored by Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden), which would make changes to Utah's school grading system, passed a House committee and awaits a final vote in the House and approval in the Senate for new changes. (Deseret News)
  • HB126 (sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City), which would restrict flying drones within 3 miles of a wildfire, passed the Senate, was substituted and returned to the House for further consideration. (Deseret News)
  • SB244 (sponsored by Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan), which would set $21.4 million next year to be spread evenly across more than half of Utah's 41 school districts, passed a Senate committee but it's unsure if the bill will be able to pass the Senate and House before the end of the session. (Deseret News)
Bills that failed:
  • SB107 (sponsored by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George), which would have changed Utah's hate crimes, failed the Utah Senate 17-11. (Deseret News)
  • SB240 (sponsored by Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City), which would have prohibited discrimination against individuals because of pregnancy or lactation, failed the Senate Busniess and Labor Committee in part because breastfeeding women could have bared their breasts in public protest. (Deseret News)
  • SB170 (sponsored by Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City), which would have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, failed the Utah Senate 10-15. (Deseret News)
  • SB180 (sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan), which would have taken away Salt Lake City's ability to raise sales taxes to help offset state prison relocation costs, was voted down by the Senate 13-15. (Deseret News)
  • HB136 (sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield), which would have allowed the state to seek the death penalty for someone convicted of human trafficking under certain circumstances, failed a Senate committee after passing in the House. (Deseret News)
  • HB65 (sponsored by Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City), which would abolish daylight saving time by keeping Utah on Mountain Standard Time year-round, failed in a House committee. (Deseret News)

While HB333 (sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield) didn't fail, the e-cigarette tax bill has been side-lined for further study. (Deseret News)

Resolutions that advanced:

  • SCR9 (sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross), which states that pornography is a public health hazard, unanimously passed a House committee. (Deseret News)
  • SJR2 (sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan), which would call for a repeal of the 17th Amendment, passed the House after passing the Senate last week. No action is required from Gov. Gary Herbert. (Deseret News)
  • SCR11 (sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem), which would reclassify marijuana to a less regulated class so there can be more medical research, passed the House and the Senate unanimously. It proceeds to the governor. (Deseret News)

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