SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday night, Gov. Gary Herbert gave the annual State of the State address to the Utah Legislature.
Other issues expected to be discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
• The creation of an electronic driver's license. The Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee is scheduled to hear SB100, which would be the first step to allowing Utahns to carry their license on their phone.
• Why teachers are leaving their careers. Members of the House Education Committee will consider HB130, which would require exit surveys of school employees.
• Water conservation. The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee is looking at two bills: SB52 concerning secondary water metering; and SB17 that looks at amending extraterritorial jurisdiction that allows cities to control watersheds not within their borders.
• Opioids. The House Health and Human Services Committee will discuss HB58, which would create the position of an opioid fatality examiner within the Office of the Medical Examiner as well as an Opioid and Overdose Fatality Review Committee within the Utah Department of Health to address problems with prescription drugs.
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- A bill to limit regulations on reselling event tickets passed unanimously through the Senate Business and Labor Committee Tuesday.
- The House Government Operations Committee considered several bills dealing with campaigns and lobbyists, including HB129 allowing the use of campaign funds for child care and HB64 establishing limits for a lobbyist's expenditures on a local official or education official. The committee voted to advance a bill that would allow candidates to use campaign funds to pay for child care during their bids for office.
- SB96, pitched by proponents as a more financially responsible way of expanding Medicaid coverage than the voter-approved Proposition 3, is headed to a vote by the full Senate.